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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 17 (Tuesday) – 6:15 - 8:00 – Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change

    We will meet at the CUNY Graduate Center, located just a few blocks from our campus, to enjoy a lecture sponsored by The Center for the Study of Women and Society.  Barbara Winslow, a historian in CUNY’s School of Education & Women's Studies Program, will introduce us to the amazing and trail-blazing career of NYC’s Shirley Chisholm. The first African-American woman elected to Congress, Chisholm served for seven terms (1969 to 1983) and in 1972 became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States.


    March 22 (Sunday) – 9:45 - 11:15 – The Haggada’s Politics

    We will meet on the Wilf Campus to hear a timely, pre-Pesach discussion between Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Senator Joseph Lieberman on the topic “The Haggada’s Politics: From 2,000 Years Ago to Today,” which will be moderated by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik.


    April 16 (Thursday) – 6:45 - 9:30 – Above and Beyond

    Nancy Spielberg will join us on campus to introduce, screen, and answer our questions about the new documentary film she produced, Above and Beyond. In 1948, a group of American World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of "Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only prevented the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth, but they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.


    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 1 (Sunday) -- 1:15 - 4:00 -- A Beautiful Day in November...

     We will meet in City Center to see A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, a critically acclaimed play by Kate Benson that is part of the Women's Project Theater. The play was selected by the New York Times as a critic's pick with this rave review: "Spectacularly inventive! Ms. Benson, the playwright, is fearless and remarkably assured in this dizzyingly entertaining work." Before the performance, we will enjoy our own private discussion with the play's artistic directors. 


     February 27 (Friday) – 9:45 - 12:30 – American Museum of Natural History

    We will meet at the American Museum of Natural History. There our morning will begin with conservation-themed guided tours through the halls of Ocean Life, Biodiversity, and Planet Earth.  Afterward, we will enjoy the new Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe, which celebrates pivotal discoveries about the structure and history of the universe and our place in it.  Then we will have time to explore the museum on their own.


    March 26 (Thursday) – 6:45 - 9:30 – Paul Taylor Dance Company

    For over fifty years the great choreographer Paul Taylor has been helping define modern dance.  We will meet at Lincoln Center to see Taylor’s amazing dance company perform three very different and very wonderful dances: “Rite of Spring,” “Diggity,” and “Promethean Fire.”  After the performance, we will be treated to a brief talkback session with performers from the company.


    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.


    February 10 (Tuesday) – 6:00 - 8:30 – Education, Leadership & Identity

    We will share a delicious, dairy group dinner, and then Rabbi Josh Joseph, Yeshiva University's own Senior Vice President, will engage us in a leadership session titled, “Raise Your Hand: Education, Leadership, & Identity.”


     April 27 (Monday) – 6:00 - 8:30 – Senior Project Presentations

    Senior Projects are due at 5:00, and an hour later we will join this year’s seniors to celebrate their accomplishment.  Our evening will begin with a festive end-of-year dinner.  Then we will learn all about the seniors’ discoveries, when each briefly steps forward as one of the evening’s leaders to present her research findings.  It is sure to be fascinating and lots of fun.





     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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