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    We are pleased to announce the Summer 2014 travel courses!


    Archaeology Fieldwork at Tel Es-Safi/Gat, Israel (3 CREDITS) 

    Dates: June 25-July 28, 2014 
    Instructor: Dr. Jill Katz

     Students traveled to Israel to participate in archaeological excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath (Goliath’s hometown). The primary goal was 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 participated in all aspects of the excavation process including digging, sifting, washing, sorting, and analysis. Research was supplemented by afternoon fieldtrips and evening lectures.  

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

    Art and Revolution in Paris (3 CREDITS)
    Dates: June 16 – June 26, 2014
    Instructors: Dr. Julie Browne and Dr. Marnin Young

    This class offered the unique opportunity to study the relation of art and revolution in the city of Paris. Combining an art historian’s attention to contextual interpretation and a political scientist’s concern with the complex nature of political revolutions, we visited museums like the Louvre and the Orsay to engage firsthand the paintings of Jacques-Louis David, Eugene Delacroix, and Gustave Corbet, among others, as representations of the unstable alliances that make regime change possible. We walked the streets where artists and revolutionaries once rallied, from the Bastille to the Concorde, from the Butte Montmartre to the Place Vendome. We saw how now-standard tourist destinations—the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Versailles—are infused with significance as sites and symbols of the French revolutionary tradition.



    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.

    Wednesday, January 29th – 6:15 - 10:00 – Hannah Arendt Film Screening 

    Renowned filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, one of the leading filmmakers in Germany and possibly the most important living female filmmaker, discussed her newest movie, "Hannah Arendt."  She was joined by Pamela Katz, a film professor at NYU, and co-writer of the movie's screenplay.  We joined members of the YC honors and others for a screening and discussion of the film.


    Wednesday, April 2nd - 7:00 - 9:30 - Abraham Foxman

    Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and author of Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism and other works, first met with us discuss his life and work at the ADL.  Then he delivered this year's Hillel Rogoff Memorial Lecture.


    Monday, April 7th – 7:30 - 9:15 – Michael J. Sandel 

    Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, delivered this spring's Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf, in which he addressed the subject of economic inequality. We had the opportunity to join him for a private reception at the YU Museum preceding his talk.


    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.

     Friday, February 7th – 10:00 - 12:00 – The Ark Door Exhibit 

    Together with members of the YC honors program, we visited the YU Museum for a special morning visit to the "Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue" exhibit.  Our visit started with a special presentation and discussion in the Great Hall, arranged by the director of the museum.  Then we were led on a curatorial tour of the exhibition, followed by a Q & A session and concluding discussion.


    Thursday, February 27th – 5:45 - 10:15 – Lincoln Center Ballet

    We enjoyed a fabulous night at the ballet.  Our evening at Lincoln Center began with a special "meet the dancer" session and backstage tour, and then we enjoyed a performance of three "scenic delights" that put luxurious costumes and atmospheric settings on display for a sensational visual experience: Bal de Couture, DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, and The Four Seasons.

    Thursday, March 27th – 6:45 - 10:30 – Moses at Carnegie Hall

    Carnegie Hall was the venue for the evening's musical marvel.  We heard Max Bruch’s moving oratorio from the late nineteenth century, Moses, performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, but first Maestro Leon Botstein discussed the stories behind the music in a lively "Conductor’s Notes" Q & A session.

    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.


    Tuesday, March 18th – 6:00 - 8:30 – Fellowships Session

    We participated in a leadership session on "Applying for Prestigious Fellowships."  Dr. Jill Katz educated us about these fellowships (Wexner, Rhodes, Fullbright, and many more), explained the application procedure, and helped us understand SCW students' unique strengths as applicants.


     Tuesday, April 29th – 6:30 - 9:00 – Financial Literacy Dinner 

    We enjoyed an end-of-the-year celebratory dinner, at which our 2014 graduates were recognized.  Then we participateed in a leadership session on "Financial Literacy," in which Ashley Feinstein – an expert from Go-Girl Finance, who runs the websites "Knowing Your Worth" and "The Fiscal Femme" –offered an introduction, specially designed for college women, to the subject of personal finance.


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