Literature, Philosophy, & Culture (LPC)

Dates: July 7-July 20, 2019

The Literature, Philosophy, & Culture session (LPC) is aimed at students who love reading and are interested in interpreting and discussing culturally significant books.  Students will study important texts drawn from global literature, philosophy, music, religion, and cultural theory, based upon their own interests and preferences, and engage in careful analysis and the development of their interpretative skills.  As students study such genres as poetry, fiction, philosophical works, religious texts, and other culturally important texts, instructional staff will frame the reading comparatively and globally, and enable students to think more fluently about their places in the world and cultivate the skills to better articulate themselves in speaking and writing.  Taking advantage of Yale’s prestigious libraries, archives, and museums, students will have the opportunity to relate their reading to larger cultural issues, thinking about the role the written word plays in issues of justice, community, identity, and systems of oppression.  Engaging with the world from multiple perspectives, students will leave Yale with an awakened awareness of the human condition, ready to reject simple platitudes and work collaboratively and without complacency toward solving both personal and social problems.

LPC is a great fit if you are intrigued by any of the following (or related) questions:

  • Should religious texts be read differently from philosophical texts?
  • How can an understanding of irony help us to form our identities?
  • What are some strategies available to interpret difficult texts?
  • What makes an argument compelling?
  • How does literature help me to understand the minds of others?
  • What role can literature play in resisting bigotry or oppression?