political scientists New York City is an unparalleled social-political
laboratory. An immigrant city, with its multi-ethnic, multi-racial and
multi-religious population base, New York City represents the pinnacle of
cosmopolitanism. Yeshiva University exists in one of the more vibrant immigrant
enclaves of the city, Washington Heights, whose cliffs alongside the Hudson
River the troops of General George Washington defended during the American
revolution. New York’s Wall Street and Madison Avenue are geographic signifiers
that denote, around the world, high finance, multinational corporatism, the
advertising kingdom and the communications network, all of which make New York
City a global hub. Comprised of five boroughs, four of which are clustered
around “the City” (Manhattan), an island about 13 miles long and 2 miles wide,
with a total population of some eight million inhabitants, how is such a city
to this mix the presence of the United Nations. The U.N. brings diplomats to
New York City as both employees and privileged residents – privileged because
their U.N. status allows them to live in
the city in various ways as “exceptions to the rule” – like having parking privileges on the busy
streets of New York! You will find
consulates of states from around the world nestled among the brownstones on
Manhattan’s east side. Anyone can schedule an appointment with a consulate
official and get first-hand information about that official’s country. Rising
into the clouds from its perch on the banks of the East River around midtown,
the tablet-shaped U.N. building with its panoply of national flags decorating
its front courtyard has immortalized this New York City vista through
photographs snapped by tourists and professionals alike that have appeared in
every possible venue around the world. Does the U.N. really help govern the
of course, one can jump on Amtrak and be in Washington, D.C. or Boston within
four hours, in Philadelphia within even less time. Want to attend a session of
Congress? See Independence Hall? Follow the Liberty Trail? Or see the Liberty Bell? You’ll find Amtrak at Penn Station at 34th
Street in Manhattan. To get to Penn Station, take the #1 subway train at 181st
St. and St. Nicholas Ave – only a few blocks from the YC campus.
then, of course, there is Jewish New York. A rich history connects Jews with
this fabled metropolis! You can devote Sundays to exploring…. The Tenement
Museum. The Jewish Museum. The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. YIVO.
The Leo Baeck Institute. The various Jewish organizations. The synagogues.
Brooklyn. The Yiddish theater. The regular theater. The Israeli consulate. The U.N.’s Isaiah
Wall. The Israel Day Parade. And Yeshiva University where you’ll arrive back
study political science in New York City from the vantage point of Yeshiva
University in Washington Heights is like studying a body in motion. And we
can’t even list all the libraries and archives the city has to offer. It’s
impossible not to find what you need or want in New York City – unless you
don’t know what you need or what you want. In that case there is another
resource available to you – the faculty around you at Yeshiva University who
stand ready to help under almost all circumstances.
very first thing to learn about studying political science is to know where you
are -- observe your environment. Look around. Ask questions. What’s going on?
Who are those people? What do they want? How do they want to get it? Can they
get it given the circumstances? Should
they rightfully get it? How do you know
if they should rightfully get it? As
students of Yeshiva College, you reside in Washington Heights. Where does the
name come from again? Who lives in Washington Heights besides you?
are the resource of political scientists. People make our work exciting and
challenging. Their needs, their hopes
for a better life, all of these things figure potentially into eventual
political considerations. People’s needs, whether in Washington Heights or
Kuala Lumpur or Beersheva, drive the inquiry and research of political
scientists in democratic states. The ancient Greeks taught us that the aim of
politics should be the good life,
meaning the ethically harmonious life. How should we define that good life today
in our globalized world?
Listen. Question. These are the tools of
the political scientist. Where can you do all of these things as well as in New
York City? Doesn’t New York City just
beg the question?
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