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    FALL 2016 EVENTS

    Speaker Series

    A variety of speakers are invited to address honors students each semester. These speakers are drawn from a broad array of fields, including politics, medicine, the nonprofit sector, business, science and the arts. They talk about recent developments in their particular fields, discuss their own research and work, and field student questions. Successful female professionals are also invited to share with students their strategies for balancing the demands of careers, children and community.

    September 19 – Heidi Cullen

    We will enjoy a delicious, start-of-the-year dinner. Then, Dr. Heidi Cullen will speak to us about "Seeing Climate, Seeing Change: Communicating Climate Science in a Changing Media Landscape." Dr. Heidi Cullen, who serves as Chief Scientist for Climate Central, was The Weather Channel's first on-air climate expert and is the author of The Weather of the Future.

     November 2 – Richard Pildes

    Richard Pildes, the Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law and co-author of The Law of Democracy, will deliver a talk on "Democracy and the Law," focusing on the current presidential election cycle and then will answer our questions, in the lead-up to Election Day.

     December 13 – Alumnae Panel

    We will enjoy a group dinner, after which a panel of graduates of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program, who are now successfully pursuing a range of professional careers, will discuss their work, offer advice for current students, and answer our questions.

    Cultural Enrichment

    Honors students are invited to participate in a range of trips to cultural attractions around New York City each semester. These outings include visits to museums, plays, operas, concerts and trips to such ''only in New York'' places as the United Nations and the historic Lower East Side.

    September 9 – United Nations

    We will visit the United Nations, where international guides will explain the work of the UN, as we visit some of the main Council Chambers and the General Assembly Hall. Afterward, we will have a private briefing by United Nations advisors.

     November 17– The Cherry Orchard

    We will meet in the theater district to watch Diane Lane star in a new adaptation of Anton Chekov's masterpiece The Cherry Orchard, about a family on the edge of ruin - and a country on the brink of revolution. Adapted by 2016 Tony Award winner Stephen Karam and staged by the Roundabout Theatre Company, the play is a "must see."

    December 4 – The Morgan Museum and Library

    Situated just a few blocks from Stern College, The Morgan Museum and Library is one of Murray Hill's cultural treasures. Our guided tour will focus upon the history of the museum, the museum's holdings, and Pierpont Morgan's private library. We will also be introduced to the special exhibition - Charlotte Bronte: An Independent Will. After our group tour, we will have time to explore the museum on our own.

    Leadership Sessions

    Professionals and community leaders join honors students several times a semester to conduct leadership training sessions. These workshops are designed to help students master skills that will make them more effective leaders both at Stern and beyond. Sessions help students master fundamental skills in: networking, interviewing, negotiating, time management and conflict resolution. They also address such issues as applying for prestigious fellowships and developing financial literacy.

    September 7– Professional Starter Kit

    Rachel Cyrulnik, an early honors program graduate and now a partner at the strategic development consulting firm ALTRUICITY, will join us to lead an interactive session titled "Professional Starter Kit: Laying the Groundwork for Success."

    November 28 – Presentation Skills

    Will Carlin, a communications specialist who is co-Managing Partner of the interactive marketing firm VShift and teaches project management and communication at NYU Wagner, will introduce us to key aspects of "Presentation Skills."


    Archaeology Fieldwork at Tel Es-Safi/Gat, Israel

    Dates: June 28-July 24, 2015
    Instructor: Dr. Jill Katz
    Students will travel to Israel to participate in archaeological excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath (Goliath’s hometown). The primary goal is to gain practical experience in the recovery and analysis of the material remains, and learn how these finds are used by archaeologists and historians to gain new insights into biblical history. Students participate in all aspects of the excavation process including digging, sifting, washing, sorting, and analysis. Research is supplemented by afternoon fieldtrips and evening lectures.

    The last two years, the research team uncovered the city’s fortification wall. We will continue to expose and outline this monumental feature.

    Honors Travel Courses to Italy: 2 linked courses (3 week New York component and 2 weeks in Italy)
    Dates: New York: May 27-June 12; Italy: June 14-28

    1) Classicism: From Antiquity to the Age of Revolution - Marnin Young (Art History)
    Classicism was arguably the dominant artistic culture of Europe prior to the twentieth century. This course tracks the history of the idea and practice of Classicism in the visual arts from the Roman emulation of Greek sculpture through its “rebirth” in the Renaissance and Neo-Classicism during the Enlightenment to its fossilization in the Academic reactions to the revolutionary upheavals of modernity. Following a three-week examination of the textual and artistic range of the Classical tradition, including visits to New York museums, the course will move to Italy, where it will undertake an intensive examination of the material residue of Classicism.
    2) Classical Jewish History: From Ezra to the Jews in Ancient Rome - Joseph Angel (Bible) and Steven Fine (Jewish History)
    Classical Jewish History covers generally the story of the Jews from the beginning of the Second Temple period until the end of the Talmudic period. This specific version of Classical Jewish history focuses on the Jewish relationship with Rome, from Hasmonean times until the Middle Ages. In-depth study of the Jews under Rome will take place in the city of Rome itself, which will serve as the laboratory for this exploration. Field trips to the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia are planned.

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