The Liberal Studies Department launches the second PCA/Terra Undergraduate Research Program


The Liberal Studies Department launches the second PCA/Terra Undergraduate Research Program: a new partnership with theTerra Foundation for American Art.

In Spring 2016, the Liberal Studies Department started a collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art on a new research program devoted to undergraduate students.
Every semester (Fall and Spring), PCA Liberal Studies Department Head Barbara Montefalcone, along with members of the faculty, will select a group of 3 outstanding PCA students across departments and will offer them the opportunity to take part in a unique research program based on the Collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art Library. The project will culminate in a public presentation at the Terra Foundation Center in Paris. Click here to read about the first session, held in spring 2016

The group of selected students will have the opportunity to work as a team and conduct high level research on a specific topic related to American Art. They will have free access to the Terra Library Collection and will follow a one-session training with a librarian who will present the collection and the research facilities available at the Terra Foundation. They will then conduct their research independently and under the supervision of the Liberal Studies Chair, and present their findings in English to an audience of art history students coming from several French Universities. (The partner University for the Fall 2016 session is Université Paris Ouest (Nanterre-La Defense).

The PCA/Terra Undergraduate Research Program is suited for all students interested in the history of art and, particularly for those interested in American art. It is an opportunity to work closely with the Terra Library’s wonderful collection of books, have a first major experience within the academic research world, and improve one’s research, writing and presentation skills. The final workshop and presentation will also be an occasion to meet peers from French universities and compare study and research methodologies in an international and interdisciplinary context.

For students taking Art History or Liberal Studies courses during the fall 2016 term, the workshop could count as (and replace) a final project and contribute to their final grade.
The research theme selected for the Fall 2016 session is: Movement.

If you are interested in participating send:
-A short cover letter explaining the reasons why you wish to take part in the project;
-A short CV.
Send all materials to:

September 12th, 2016