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.
October 28 – Joan Spero
Joan Spero, a former Under Secretary of State and currently a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's School of International Affairs, joined us to talk about her career in the public and private sectors and reflect upon the current status of women professionals, in a talk titled, "Brick Walls and Glass Ceilings."
December 7 – Chanukah Dinner and Alumnae Panel
We enjoyed a fun Chanukah Dinner. Then, three graduates of the Honors Program, who are now successfully pursuing a range of professional careers (in publishing, psychology, and education), discussed their work, offered advice for current students, and answered our questions.
December 17 – Dis(Honesty)
In 2013 Yael Melamede became the first Israeli to produce an Oscar winning film, Inocente. We watched her latest documentary, Dis(Honesty - The Truth About Lies, a feature exploring how and why people lie. Then Ms. Melamede led a discussion of the film and answered our questions.
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.
October 18 – Lower East Side Walking Tour
Guides from the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy introduced us to Manhattan's historic Lower East Side. We toured the Bialystoker Synagogue, learned about the Henry Street Settlement while strolling along East Broadway, and marveled at Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, a gothic structure that once housed the largest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the United States.
October 22 – American Ballet Theater
We met at Lincoln Center to enjoy a performance of the ABT during its celebratory 75th anniversary season. The Brahms-Haydn Variations, a classical ballet choreographed by Twyla Tharp began the evening. Monotones 1 & 2, a company premiere full of poetry and eerie otherworldliness followed. The evening concluded with The Green Table, a masterpiece from the 1930's that is considered the most powerful antiwar statement ever devised for dance.
November 20 – Sims Recycling Facility Tour
The Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility opened in 2013 and is the principal processing center for NYC's recyclables. Located on an 11-acre waterfront pier in Brooklyn, it is the most sophisticated recycling facility in the U.S. We learned about the facility and how YU's own recyclables are processed there, and, from a viewing platform, we watched the recycling process in action!
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 2 – Braver in 90 Minutes
Our evening began with a shared dinner. Then we enjoyed a workshop led by Rachel Simmons, cofounder and program director of the Girls Leadership Institute and author of the New York Times best sellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.
December 1 – How Successful People Handle Pressure
Dr. Yael Muskat, Director of the YU Counseling Center, led an interactive session designed just for us titled: "Enjoying Excellence: How Successful People Handle Pressure."
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.
Honors Program Activities
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Honors Program Newsletter - Fall 2014
Honors Program Newsletter - January 2014
Honors Program Newsletter - Spring 2015
Honors Program Newsletter - Fall 2015
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