NYU Global Engagement Symposium
April 5, 2019 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
19 Washington Square North
Event Space - 2nd Floor
9:00am to 9:10am - Opening remarks
9:10am to 1:10pm - Student presentations, panels, and film screening
1:15pm - 1:45pm - Keynote address & closing ceremony
2:00pm to 3:00pm - Closing reception (invitation only)
Student Presentations, Panels and Film Screening
Open to full NYU community
9:10am - 9:30am
Javier Cohen - Stern School of Business
Benjamin Newhouse - Stern School of Business
FinTech and Innovation in Israel
Javier and Benjamin will share their experiences interning at "The Floor" - a financial technology and innovation hub in Tel Aviv - and present their respective research projects on Israeli FinTech penetration of the Chinese market and the complex role that artificial intelligence plays in the development of FinTech.
9:30am - 9:50am
Feiran Lyu - Global Liberal Studies and Art History
The Exhibition: "Harold in China" 1932-1939: Photographs from the Acton Collection
Feiran will present research conducted in the photograph archive at Villa La Pietra, NYU Florence. The photo archive preserves more than 17,000 photographs from late 19th century to 1994 chronicling the lives of the Acton family, including more than 200 photographs from Sir Harold Acton’s time in China which Feiran has curated for exhibition.
9:50am - 10:10am
Alexandra Mytnick - CAS - Classical Civilizations and Art History
The Repatriation of Greece's Elgin Marbles: More Than Just Stones
Alexandra will present her research on repatriation and cultural property law citing several international case studies, including the ongoing fight for the Elgin Marbles between the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum (museum vs. museum), the return of ceremonial artifacts to the Alaskan Chugach people by the Berlin Museum (museum vs. people), and the Louvre Museum returning frescoes to the Egyptian government (museum vs. government).
10:10am - 10:30am
Sidney Williams - Global Liberal Studies and Spanish
Reconceptualizing Negotiations: Colombia, the FARC, and Environmental Peacebuilding
Sidney will present on the effectiveness of environmental peacebuilding, a new theory that has emerged from the academic literature on conflict resolution, with a focus on the use of land and the environment in Colombia during the peace process. This was a historic process that marked the end of a fifty year civil war between the government and a guerrilla group (the FARC).
10:30am to 10:50am
Aldo Gonzalez Aragon - Stern School of Business
Johileny Meran - College of Arts and Science
Ingrid Adams - Stern School of Business
Global Equity Fellows: Access and Community Engagement Abroad
The Global Equity Fellowship, supoprted by the Office of Global Programs in partnership wih the NYU Leadership Initiative and NYU Student Affairs, is offered to select students studying away at the global academic centers who are committed to advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging and Equity (IDBE) at their sites. Three Fall 2019 Fellows will discuss their experiences in London, Madrid and Prague.
10:50am - 11:10am
Cynthia Orizaba - Global Liberal Studies
From NAFTA to USMCA: Understanding US International Trade from the Other Side
Cynthia will present on her experience as an intern for the Trade and NAFTA Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC during the final renegotiations of the USMCA (formerly NAFTA) deal, offering insights into the types of concerns that arose throughout the renegotiation process shared by both U.S. and Mexican citizens.
11:10am - 11:30am
Maria Polzin - Gallatin
Food Gardening in Cape Town
Maria will present research conducted in Cape Town, South Africa on food security and sovereignty through her participation in the Community Systems Strengthening for Health Project (CSS). The project was funded by the European Union in partnership with the University of Cape Town. Maria was afforded the opportunity to participate through the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights.
11:30am to 11:50am
Symposium Film Prize Winners
Kate Alvarez - Social & Cultural Analysis and Journalism
Amalia Mobley - Global Liberal Studies and Journalism
Sara Thunga - School of Nursing
La Puerta de la Memoria
Since the Spanish Civil War and subsequent Franco dictatorship, Spaniards have received no recognition or restitution for their kidnapped and executed loved ones, even decades after Franco’s death and the transition to a democratic government. The Plataforma Contra la Impunidad del Franquismo is a group that has gathered every Thursday evening in Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain for the past eight years to keep the memory of the victims of the Franco regime alive, challenge the silence around the issue, and hold the Spanish government accountable for their inaction on the matter.
11:50am to 12:10pm
Tianran Qian - Global Liberal Studies
When Chinese Winds Blow: "Chinese Style" in Popular Music and China's Cultural Soul-Searching in the Process of Modernization
This presentation will explore the ongoing cultural phenomenon in China known as “Chinese Style (中国风)”, which describes contemporary artistic productions and music that incorporate classic Chinese elements from traditional Chinese culture. The project examines China's modern history and present-day reactions to the perception of a hegemonic globalization of culture.
12:10pm to 12:30pm
KD Harbeck - Gallatin
Lani Mac - Global Liberal Studies
Global Perspectives on Food & Identity
Lani and KD discuss their inquiries into how our food choices (what, when, where, why and with whom we eat) can inform our perceptions of culture and identity.
12:30pm to 12:50pm
Hamza Haider - NYU Abu Dhabi, Engineering
Precious Plastic: Mobilizing Plastic Recycling
Hamza will present on the Precious Plastic project to expand recycling capacity globally and his expereince as a Design Engineer Intern on the team that founded the Precious Plastic Sarajevo LAB.
12:50pm to 1:10pm
Domnica Dzitac - NYU Abu Dhabi, Computer Science
Extending Curiosity: The Power of Exploring Options
Domnica will present on her internship experience through NYU Washington DC's Global Leadership Scholars Program. As a research assistant at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress (LOC), she has been able to build upon her background in Computer Science and Mathematics by using the LOC collection to perform Sentiment Analysis as part of Professor Kari Kraus' research project “Cosmic Wear and Enchanted Wear: A Design Approach to Digital Patina.”