From its inception, NYU has been infused and energized by the great eras of migration that have brought people to New York City from all over the world. In May 1932, Chancellor Elmer Ellsworth Brown invited educators worldwide to a Conference of Universities. The goal of the conference was to examine the changing role of universities in society, a question of significance because of the unrest in the world at that time. In November 1932, administrators and educators from such renowned institutions as Yale University, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the University of Minnesota joined NYU for the three-day conference at the Waldorf-Astoria.
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