The Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research opened its doors to students at the beginning of the Harvard-Westlake 2012 - 2013 academic year. It is designed as a “bridge” building; both physically bridging the Seaver Building to Mudd Library and intellectually bridging the understanding of multiple academic disciplines in a classroom environment. The Kutler Center is both a building and a program. It is named for Brendan Kutler, a member of the Harvard-Westlake class of 2010 who died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 29, 2009.
Throughout his life, Brendan thrived in situations where he could pursue intellectual truths and make connections between disciplines. He enjoyed independent research and study, often taking classes without credit for the sheer joy of learning new things. Brendan's wide variety of interests and activities are reflected in both the interdisciplinary studies that are the focus of the Kutler Center and the metaphors embedded in the design of the building.
The Brendan Kutler Center supports the Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research (ISIR) Department at the Upper School which is home to many unique courses. All Upper School students will find many academic opportunities in ISIR. The Kutler Center also supports HWGo! Student Summer Fellowships, Cinema Sundays, and many other special programs. Please click on the links to the left to learn more about our work.
For more information about the Kutler Center, please contact Jim Patterson, Director of the Kutler Center, email@example.com, +1(818)487-6535