Such was the sentiment among scholars at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business last fall when they watched the astonishing global economic crisis unfold. Even as they rushed to make sense of the ruin, they realized that they must put forward their best ideas on how to rebuild a stronger financial future. The Obama administration has taken note of their recommendations, as seen in this magazine’s feature, “Economy: Code Red,” and in a new book published in March.
Barack Obama’s ascendency to the presidency has not only prompted new hopes for economic policy; it has also inspired many to wonder whether we now live in a “postracial” society. While the researchers featured in “Can We Talk?” wouldn’t say we’ve come that far, there is consensus that we’re in a better place than ever to have a frank conversation about how race affects our work and personal lives.
From this introspection, the magazine widens its lens to look at NYU’s efforts to redefine the term “global education.” In order to truly understand the world in which we live—and to help that world understand us—the university is expanding overseas to a branch campus in Abu Dhabi and a network of new study-abroad sites, as examined in “Walking the Global Walk.”
As always, we hope this issue of NYU Alumni Magazine offers you new opportunity for both reflection and connection.—John Sexton