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 17 (Tuesday) – 6:15 - 8:00 – Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change
We will meet at the CUNY Graduate
Center, located just a few blocks from our campus, to enjoy a lecture sponsored
by The Center for the Study of Women and Society. Barbara Winslow, a historian in CUNY’s School of Education
& Women's Studies Program, will introduce us to the amazing and
trail-blazing career of NYC’s Shirley Chisholm. The first African-American woman elected to Congress, Chisholm
served for seven terms (1969 to 1983) and in
1972 became the first major-party black candidate for President of
the United States.
March 22 (Sunday) – 9:45 - 11:15 – The Haggada’s Politics
We will meet on the Wilf Campus to hear a timely, pre-Pesach
discussion between Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Senator Joseph Lieberman on
the topic “The Haggada’s Politics: From 2,000 Years Ago to Today,” which will
be moderated by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik.
April 16 (Thursday) – 6:45 - 9:30 – Above and Beyond
Spielberg will join us on campus to introduce, screen, and answer our questions
about the new documentary film she produced, Above and Beyond. In 1948, a group of American World War II pilots
volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of
"Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only
prevented the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth,
but they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.
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 1 (Sunday) -- 1:15 - 4:00 -- A Beautiful Day in November...
We will meet in City Center to see A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, a critically acclaimed play by Kate Benson that is part of the Women's Project Theater. The play was selected by the New York Times as a critic's pick with this rave review: "Spectacularly inventive! Ms. Benson, the playwright, is fearless and remarkably assured in this dizzyingly entertaining work." Before the performance, we will enjoy our own private discussion with the play's artistic directors.
February 27 (Friday) – 9:45 -
12:30 – American Museum of Natural History
will meet at the American Museum of
Natural History. There our morning will begin with conservation-themed guided
tours through the halls of Ocean Life, Biodiversity, and Planet
Earth. Afterward, we will enjoy the new
Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe, which celebrates pivotal
discoveries about the structure and history of the universe and our place in
it. Then we will have time to explore
the museum on their own.
26 (Thursday) – 6:45 - 9:30 – Paul Taylor Dance Company
over fifty years the great choreographer Paul Taylor has been helping define
modern dance. We will meet at Lincoln Center to see Taylor’s amazing
dance company perform three very different and very wonderful dances: “Rite of
Spring,” “Diggity,” and “Promethean Fire.”
After the performance, we will be treated
to a brief talkback session with performers from the company.
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.
February 10 (Tuesday)
– 6:00 - 8:30 – Education, Leadership & Identity
We will share a delicious, dairy group dinner, and then Rabbi Josh
Joseph, Yeshiva University's own Senior Vice President, will engage us in a
leadership session titled, “Raise Your Hand: Education, Leadership, &
April 27 (Monday) – 6:00 - 8:30 – Senior Project
Senior Projects are due at 5:00, and an hour later we will join
this year’s seniors to celebrate their accomplishment. Our evening will begin with a festive
end-of-year dinner. Then we will learn
all about the seniors’ discoveries, when each briefly steps forward as one
of the evening’s leaders to present her research findings. It is sure to
be fascinating and lots of fun.
Archaeology Fieldwork at Tel Es-Safi/Gat, Israel
Dates: June 28-July 24, 2015 Instructor: Dr. Jill Katz Students will travel to Israel to participate in archaeological excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath (Goliath’s hometown). The primary goal is 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 participate in all aspects of the excavation process including digging, sifting, washing, sorting, and analysis. Research is supplemented by afternoon fieldtrips and evening lectures.
The last two years, the research team uncovered the city’s fortification wall. We will continue to expose and outline this monumental feature.
Honors Travel Courses to Italy: 2 linked courses (3 week New York component and 2 weeks in Italy)Dates: New York: May 27-June 12; Italy: June 14-28
1) Classicism: From Antiquity to the Age of Revolution - Marnin Young (Art History) Classicism was arguably the dominant artistic
culture of Europe prior to the twentieth century. This course tracks the
history of the idea and practice of Classicism in the visual arts from the
Roman emulation of Greek sculpture through its “rebirth” in the Renaissance and
Neo-Classicism during the Enlightenment to its fossilization in the Academic
reactions to the revolutionary upheavals of modernity. Following a three-week
examination of the textual and artistic range of the Classical tradition,
including visits to New York museums, the course will move to Italy, where it
will undertake an intensive examination of the material residue of Classicism.
2) Classical Jewish History: From Ezra to the Jews in Ancient Rome - Joseph Angel (Bible) and Steven Fine (Jewish History)
Classical Jewish History covers generally the story of the
Jews from the beginning of the Second Temple period until the end of the Talmudic period. This
specific version of Classical Jewish history focuses on the Jewish relationship
with Rome, from Hasmonean times until the Middle Ages. In-depth study of the
Jews under Rome will take place in the city of Rome itself, which will serve as
the laboratory for this exploration. Field trips to the Roman cities of
Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia are planned.
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Honors Program Newsletter - Fall 2014
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Honors Program Newsletter - Spring 2015
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