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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.

September 19 – Heidi Cullen

We will enjoy a delicious, start-of-the-year dinner. Then, Dr. Heidi Cullen will speak to us about: "Seeing Climate, Seeing Change: Communicating Climate Science in a Changing Media Landscape." Dr. Cullen, who serves as Chief Scientist for Climate Central, was The Weather Channels first on-air climate expert and is the author of The Weather of the Future.

November 2 – Richard Pildes

Richard Pildes, the Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law and co-author of The Law of Democracy, will deliver a talk on "Democracy and the Law," focusing on the current presidential election cycle and then will answer our questions, in the lead-up to Election Day.

December 13 – Alumnae Panel

We will enjoy a group dinner, after which a panel of graduates of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program, who are now successfully pursuing a range of professional careers, will discuss their work, offer advice for current students, and answer our questions. The panelists are: Ilana Levin (Harvard Law School, practices employment law); Yaelle Frohlich (PhD student at NYU in history/Judaic studies); Davida Kollmar (GPATS, teaching/Jewish community work); and Tirtza Spiegel (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, OB/GYN resident).

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.

September 9 – United Nations

We will visit the United Nations, where international guides will explain the work of the UN, as we visit some of the main Council Chambers and General Assembly Hall. Afterward, we will have a private briefing by a United Nations advisor on the subject of human trafficking.

November 17 – The Cherry Orchard

We will meet in the theater district to watch Diane Lane star in a new adaptation of Anton Chekov's masterpiece The Cherry Orchard, about a family on the edge of ruin - and a country on the brink of revolution. Adapted by 2016 Tony Award winner Stephen Karam and staged by the Roundabout Theatre Company, the play is a "must see."

December 4 – Morgan Museum and Library

Situated just a few blocks from Stern College, The Morgan Museum and Library is one of Murray Hill's cultural treasures. Our guided tour will focus upon the history of the museum, the museum's holdings, and Pierpont Morgan's private library. We will also be introduced to the special exhibition "Charlotte Bronte: An Independent Will." After our group tour, we will have time to explore the museum on our own.

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.

September 27– Professional Starter Kit

Rachel Cyrulnik, an early honors program graduate and now a partner at the strategic development consulting firm ALTRUICITY, will join us to lead an interactive session titled "Professional Starter Kit: Laying the Groundwork for Success."

November 28 – Presentation Skills

Will Carlin, a communications specialist who is co-Managing Partner of the interactive marketing firm VShift and teaches project management and communication at NYU Wagner, will introduce us to key aspects of "Presentation Skills."