Philadelphia Intellectual Experience

Have a new common intellectual experience, but this time experience all Philadelphia has to offer when it comes to culture. Engage with the histories of iconic institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Mutter Museum, Fairmount Park “Charms,” The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Music, and the Cathedral Basilica of Philadelphia.

IDS-110 Philadelphia Intellectual Experience

This course will examine the rich culture of several of Philadelphia’s iconic cultural and intellectual institutions. Students will study the history of the organizations, as well as the philanthropy behind them and the architectural spaces that house them. This intellectual and cultural experience will also allow for live participation as a patron at museums, rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concert events. Students will explore Philadelphia’s cultural and intellectual life as it has evolved throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Find Your Own Culture

The semester will conclude with students’ own discoveries of intellectual or cultural institutions. Each participant will select an additional organization to research and visit, and will share their findings during an in-class presentation. The course will provide opportunity for individuals to engage, “hands-on,” in Philadelphia’s culture and will empower students to take advantage of all our region has to offer.

Fulfill the “Art” Requirement 

This course satisfies the core curriculum’s Art requirement.

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For more information about this course, contact Prof. Holly Hubbs.