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    FALL 2014 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.

    Monday, September 15th – 5:30 - 7:30 – American & Talmudic Law Compared 

    We will share a group dinner and then listen to a discussion between Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. and Rabbi Yona Reiss - moderated by Professor Adina Levine - about the differences between American and Talmudic Law. This event is co-sponsored by the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought. 


    Thursday, December 11th - 7:00 - 9:30 - The Good Doctor

    We will travel uptown to join members of the Yeshiva College honors program and hear from Dr. Barron Lerner, a member of the faculty at the New York University Langone School of Medicine and the author of The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics.


    Tuesday, December 16th – 6:00 - 8:30 – Alumnae Panel

     First, we will enjoy a celebratory, first-night-of-Chanukah dinner. Then, three 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 students' 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.

     Thursday, September 4th (6:30) and Friday, September 5th (8:30/10:15) – Murray Hill

    We will enjoy guided architectural and historic walking tours of the Murray Hill, the neighborhood in which Stern College is located, that will take us from the colonial days, to the Gilded Age, to the present. Along the way, we will be introduced to former mansions and former carriage houses, and we will learn how the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings competed for the bragging rights of being NYC's tallest skyscraper. 


    Friday, November 7th – 10:15 - 12:30 – Museum of Modern Art 

    We will meet in the Museum of Modern Art and be led on a guided tour of its incomparable collection of modern and contemporary art and then will have time to explore the current Henri Matisse on our own. Recently renovated and expanded, the MoMA has won wide praise for the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, whose innovative design doubled the museum's former size.    

    Thursday, November 20th– 7:00 - 10:30 – La Boheme

    Locate your opera glasses! We will meet at Lincoln Center for a night at the world famous Metropolitan Opera house, where composer Giacomo Puccini's most popular opera will be performed. Set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris, La Boheme presents a tale of tragic love between a shy seamstress and a passionate poet, who chance upon each other one snowy evening. 

    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.


    Monday, November 17th – 7:15 - 9:00 – The Confidence Code 

    We will visit Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law to hear Claire Shipman, the senior national correspondent for Good Morning America, deliver this semester's Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf evening lecture, "The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know."


     Wednesday, December 3rd – 7:00 - 8:30 – Successful Negotiating  

    Lee Miller, co-author of A Woman's Guide to Successful Negotiating: How to Convince, Collaborate, and Create Agreement and the Managing Director of NegotiationPlus.com, will introduce us to an assortment of effective strategies and techniques for negotiating in personal and professional relationships. 


    Other Fall Events 

    Tuesday, August 26th - 7:30 - 9:00 - Welcome Event for First Year Students

    All new honors students in the S. Daniel Abraham, Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein, and Sy Syms Honors Programs will come together for this popular, annual event. This year, we will be having desserts and snacks together while we play Panoply, an exciting and interactive team-based trivia game prepared by a group of recent honors alumni.


    Wednesday, October 22nd - 7:00 - 8:00 - Senior Project Meeting

    All juniors and seniors in the Honors Program are required to attend this Senior Project meeting, at which Cynthia Wachtell will discuss the process of writing a Senior Project and students will break into groups to discuss their work. 





    Learn more about these courses in our Fall 2014 newsletter, at right!


     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.


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