The American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the Fred Fox School of Music  provides students with an ennobling vision—a sense of a larger purpose and a higher calling through the meaning and beauty of the arts. Its overarching mission is the betterment of students’ lives and the public through a richer engagement with the aesthetic, philosophical, and historical foundations of American society, with an emphasis on how art and culture relate to the lives they lead. It brings the breadth and diversity of Western civilization to the forefront of higher education with cutting-edge research, innovative courses, an extensive outreach program, and ambitious training objectives.