• Honors


    Program News & Events

    We are pleased to announce the Summer 2013 travel courses!

    SOCI 1212H: Archaeology Fieldwork at Tek Es-Safi/Gat, Israel (3 CREDITS)
    DATES: June 30 – July 19, 2013
    INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jill Katz
    COST: $3,000, excluding airfare  

    Join students and scholars from around the world as we excavate Gat of the Philistines. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain academic and practical experience in the recovery and analysis of the material remains of an ancient culture. Students will participate in all aspects of the excavation, including digging, surveying, and recording, and various laboratory activities such as washing and analyzing ceramics and faunal remains. Field trips to nearby archaeological sites and evening lectures round out the curriculum.
    Open to women. Toward “elective” category of General Education requirements

    Click here for application or e-mail fberen@yu.edu  
    For information, contact Dr. Jill Katz at jckatz@yu.edu

    JHIS 1807H & HIST 2149H: The Jewish Confrontation with Modernity in Lithuania & Belarus: 1800-1941, Lithuania & Belarus (3 CREDITS)
    Dates: June 3 – June 12, 2013
    Instructor: Dr. S. Z. Leiman
    Cost: $3,000 excluding airfare

    This honors course will take place in Europe and will address the key Jewish movements and institutions in Lithuania in the modern period, including Torah scholarship, Lithuanian Haskalah, Yiddish scholarship, the Zionist movement, and Jewish socialist movements. Students will visit the physical remains – and experience the surrounding culture – of these movements and institutions. Among the cities and towns students will visit are: Vilna, Kovno, Slobodka, Telz, Shavli, and Kelme. Participants in this course will be joining an adult Jewish History tour group.
    Open to women. Toward JHIS or “Contemporary US and Global Perspectives” category of General Education requirements

    Click  here for application or e-mail fberen@yu.edu
    For information, contact Dr. Cynthia Wachtell at wachtell@yu.edu


    Speakers 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, February 25th – 6:45 - 9:15  – Eliyahu Stern
     Dr. Eliyahu Stern, an assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History at Yale University and a Yeshiva College alumnus, will dine with us, discuss his career, and then deliver this year's Hillel Rogoff Memorial Lecture.  The title of his lecture is "Zionism and the Battle over Judaism."  Zionism emerged as a response to the fractious internal religious debates in 19th century European Jewry. The talk will address the way these debates continue to structure American and Israeli geopolitics.
     Thursday, April 25th – 7:30 - 9:30  – Elie Wiesel
     We will travel together to hear one of the world's most esteemed humanitarians, Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, discuss "Jeremiah and His Lamentations."  His talk will be delivered at the 92nd Street Y, a key cultural and educational institution that has been serving New Yorkers since 1874.

     Thursday, May 2nd – 6:30 - 9:00 – Alumnae Panel
     This will be our final extracurricular event for 2012 - 2013.  We will have a celebratory end-of-year dinner, and then our alumnae panel members will briefly discuss their careers, offer advice for current students, and answer students' questions.  The alumnae are all graduates of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program, who are now successfully pursuing professional careers.   


    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.

     Friday, February 15th – 10:00 - 11:00 or 11:15 - 12:15  – International Center of Photography
     We will be led on guided tours of the exhibit "Roman Vishniac Rediscovered."  Vishniac created the most widely recognized and reproduced photographic record of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars.  We will be viewing those works, as well as his images of immigrant life in America during and after World War II.  (Please note: there are two tour time-slots: 10:00 - 11:00 and 11:15 - 12:15.)

     Sunday, March 17th – 4:45 - 8:15 – Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society
     We will visit Lincoln Center - a vital NYC cultural institution - in the early evening to hear the Jerusalem Quartet perform  "Shoskatovich Cycle 1," four string quartets composed by Dmitri Shoskatovich.  After the concert, we will be treated to a private discussion of his work, led by a Lincoln Center speaker.
     Friday, April 19th – 9:15 - 11:00 – Central Park Walking Tour
     Spring flowers will be adorn the walkways as we promenade through the heart of Central Park, and tour guides from the Central Park Conservancy will introduce us to the park's history and explain how the designers, Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision a reality.


    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.
     Tuesday, February 5th – 6:30 - 8:00 – Networking & Self-Promotion
     Tory Johnson – founder and CEO of Women for Hire, a Manhattan company that produces career expos nationwide, and the Workplace Contributor for ABC's "Good Morning America" – will focus on three key subjects for young, professional women: networking, self-promotion, and negotiation.  This will be her third time leading a workshop for our honors students, and she is great!
     Wednesday, April 10th – 7:00 - 8:30 – Best Practices for Successful Interviewing
     Roy Cohen, a career coach and the best-selling author of The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide, will lead this interactive session.  Whether you are applying for an internship, summer job, graduate school, or a permanent position, there is an art to the interview.  Come learn the best practices for successful interviewing.

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