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    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.

    February 10 – International Rescue Committee

    Dr. Emmanuel d'Harcourt, Senior Health Director for the International Rescue Committee, and his colleague Annie Bonz, a mental health specialist, will join us to discuss the humanitarian work - focusing upon community health, mental health, and the refugee crisis - that the IRC engages in around the globe. A casual dinner will precede their presentation.

    February 29 – Dara Horn

    Dara Horn, the acclaimed author of the novels A Guide for the Perplexed, All Other Nights, The World to Come, and In the Image and winner of two National Jewish Book Awards, will deliver this year's Hillel Rogoff Memorial Lecture, titled "The Presence of the Past."

    April 19 – Dennis Ross

    We will visit Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law to hear Ambassador Dennis Ross, of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, present and discuss his book Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama. Ambassador Ross served as a senior adviser on Middle East issues in the Barack Obama administration's National Security Council and also worked in several other administrations, both Republican and Democratic, during which he assisted in negotiations on Middle East peace and other foreign policy issues. A dessert reception will follow the lecture.

    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.

    February 18 – Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Our evening at Carnegie Hall will start with a pre-concert talk by Simon Morrison, a professor of music history at Princeton University. Then we will enjoy a magical performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra that presents three popular works from two centuries and three nationalities. Each was a crowd-pleaser in its time and continues to be in ours, and each explores to the fullest extent the colors of a modern symphony orchestra: Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, Weber's Overture to Der Freischutz, and Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony

    March 31 – The Crucible

    Arthur Miller's The Crucible returns to Broadway in a new production overseen by the award-winning director Ivo van Hove. Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, The Crucible is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama. Among the stars in the play's cast will be Saoirse Ronan, a current nominee for the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in Brooklyn.

    April 8 – Hispanic Society & American Academy of Arts and Letters

    We will enjoy guided tours of two amazing cultural institutions that are off the beaten path. The Hispanic Society, housed in a beautiful Beaux Arts building in lower Washington Heights, is a museum and library dedicated to Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American culture and art, where we will see major paintings by Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco, among others. Located next door is the equally stately American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society for America's top architects, composers, artists, and writers, where an archivist will lead us through this year's Invitational Art Exhibition.

    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.

    March 7– Conversational Skills

    Jodi R. R. Smith, the founder of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, will make a return visit to the Honors Program to offer an interactive and fun evening workshop on "Conversational Skills." Light refreshments will be served.

    May 3 – Senior Project Presentations & End of Year Dinner

    Our evening will begin with a festive end of year dinner. Then we will celebrate this year's seniors and learn about their Senior Project discoveries, when each senior briefly steps forward as one of the evening's leaders to present her research findings. It is sure to be fun and fascinating!


    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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