Program News & 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.

February 6 – Nicole Krauss

The internationally bestselling Jewish writer Nicole Krauss will deliver this year's Hillel Rogoff Memorial Lecture, which is titled, "Forest Dark: The Path to Writing." Krauss is the highly acclaimed author of four novels: Man Walks Into a Room, The History of Love, Great House, and Forest Dark, a recently published work set in New York and Israel.

February 26 – Jewish Women and the Fight for the Vote

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in New York, the author, activist, and historian Louise Bernikow will join us to talk about the Jewish women whose incredible dedication and determination helped win this momentous victory, which led to the 19th amendment.

April 17 – Dr. Hillary Kunins

Dr. Hillary Kunins, Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she leads the Department's Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use, will join us to talk about her current work, dealing with the opioid epidemic and other public health challenges. She will also discuss the course of her career in medicine as an internist, running an HIV prevention program, and as a professor of medicine at YU's Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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 18 – Romeo and Juliet

We will visit Lincoln Center to watch Romeo and Juliet performed by the New York City Ballet and choreographed by Peter Martins. The work is set to Prokofiev's magnificent score, which has been described as capturing "the passion of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy about warring families with music at once tender, virile, and heart-breaking - filled with the ardor of the doomed young lovers."

March 15 – Complicit

We will enjoy a private on-campus screening of the documentary Complicit. The film follows the journey of a Chinese factory worker, who takes his fight against the global smartphone industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. As one reviewer explains, the film "provides a crucial look into the human devastation caused by the electronics manufacturing industry in China." Heather White, the director, will introduce the film and afterwards lead a Q&A session.

March 22 – Ecstatic Music Festival

We will meet at Merkin Concert Hall on the Upper West Side to enjoy an evening of music, as part of the Kaufman Music Center's Ecstatic Music Festival. Carmen Mesirow, known for her ethereal vocals, will play a set of songs with her all-acoustic trio. Then composer-violinist Jessie Montgomery and bassist-songwriter Eleonore Oppenheim will play a set. Then the two bands will jointly premiere a piece specifically written for the festival.

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.

January 29 – Financial Fitness & Dinner

Following a fun start-of-the-semester group dinner, Deborah Rosenbloom, JD/MPA, vice president of programs and new initiatives for Jewish Women International (JWI), will lead a workshop focusing upon: women and money, budgeting, establishing credit, managing debt, negotiation skills, family budgeting, and long-term asset building. The event is sponsored by JWI and the New York Jewish Women's Foundation.

April 25 – End-of-Year Dinner & Senior Presentations

Senior Projects are due at 5:00PM, and an hour later we will join together with this year's seniors to celebrate their accomplishment. Our evening will begin with a festive dinner. Then we will learn about the seniors' discoveries, when each briefly presents her research findings. It is sure to be fascinating and lots of fun!