Program News & Events
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.
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, 2014Instructors: Dr. Julie Browne and Dr. Marnin YoungThis 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
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
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.
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
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.
February 27th – 5:45 -
10:15 – Lincoln Center Ballet
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.
27th – 6:45 - 10:30 – Moses at Carnegie Hall
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.
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.
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
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.
Honors Program Activities
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Honors Program Newsletter - January 2014
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