The Collegiate Seminar Program at NYU offers local area high school students the opportunity to experience the rigorous, challenging, and dynamic intellectual atmosphere of a college classroom at a major urban research university. Participants will work closely in small groups with leading NYU faculty. Each session begins with a 90-minute seminar, followed by lunch and a personalized tour of NYU's Washington Square campus.
Students who are selected to participate in the program will attend one of the ten seminars offered below. Students will indicate their seminar preference during the nomination and application process, and will be assigned a seminar if selected.
Participation is selective. Students must be nominated by a counselor, teacher, or school administrator, and then complete an application. There is no cost to participate. The program is open only to students who will be high school juniors in Fall 2019.
Selected students will participate in one of the seminars listed below.
We will explore how photography can be used in three distinct ways: to document events (e.g. war photography); to bear witness (someone telling their truth); and to advocate for social change (from the Civil Rights movement to today’s issues). No background in photography needed – this seminar considers the role played by images in our culture.
Seminar Date: September 14, 2019
Professor: Ulrich Baer, professor of German and Comparative Literature. Professor Baer has held appointments in the department of English in NYU's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the department of Photography and Imaging in the Tisch School of the Arts.
We will explore the modern human rights 'revolution' and the gap between the aspirations of achieving human dignity and equality and ongoing harms. From global migration to modern slavery and violence world-wide, the human rights and humanitarian imperatives face the challenges of working toward realization of rights while addressing and preventing wrongs.
Seminar Date: September 21, 2019
Professor: Joyce Apsel is a clinical professor in Liberal Studies, as well as a recipient of NYU's Distinguished Teaching Award. Her research interests are in comparative genocide and human rights.
Even if we don’t pay much attention to garbage, it is a constant of everyday life. This seminar reveals the culturally complex history and infrastructure of New York’s Department of Sanitation and shows how the DSNY keeps the city alive, every single day.
Seminar Date: September 29, 2019
Professor: Robin Nagle is a clinical professor in NYU Liberal Studies. Her research includes the many forms of labor and infrastructure that waste requires, the spatial demands it imposes on urban areas, the organizational responses it inspires, and the cultural practices and attitudes that adhere to it
As inequality increases in the U.S., the political system becomes more polarized and populist leaders take over political parties. Latin American democracies are a case study that helps us better understand the kind of democracy the U.S. is becoming.
Seminar Date: October 12, 2019
Professor: Patricio Navia is a clinical professor of Liberal Studies and and adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Latin American and Carribbean Studies at New York University. His research area is in democratization, electoral rules and democratic institutions in Latin America.
How does the writer makes the personal universal? We have an idea, we link it to an image, and from the image comes a story. Through in-class writing exercises, with an eye toward image and repetition, we’ll construct drafts of our own poems and prose.
Seminar Date: October 19, 2019
Professor: Tim Tomlinson is the author of the short story collection, This Is Not Happening to You, and two books of poetry, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse. He teaches writing in Liberal Studies.
As climate change causes more frequent and more intense storms, cities must adapt existing infrastructure to prevent flood damage. Using Superstorm Sandy as a case study, we will explore the vulnerability of New York City’s infrastructure and we will also examine the innovative designs that can protect our infrastructure and minimize losses.
Seminar Date: October 26, 2019
Professor: Anne Dudek Ronan is an industry professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She has won several teaching awards for her passion for undergraduate and graduate education. Her specific area of interest is Water Resources Engineering, with a focus on numerical modeling.
It’s easy to think of memories as simply static photos, pulled from a mental scrapbook. However, current research shows that memories are, in fact, dynamic recreations of past events that ultimately shape our identities. We will explore how memories are encoded in the brain, where our memories are stored, and how the formation of new memories changes the connections between nerve cells. The ultimate goal of this research is to one day find methods for improving memory in aging individuals and for restoring it in those suffering mental illness, disease, or brain injury.
Seminar Date: November 2, 2019
Professor: Thomas Carew is a professor of Neural Science at the NYU College of Arts and Science. His labratory is interested in understanding how the brain acquires, stores and retrieves information. He formally served as the Dean of the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science.
Can popular movies like “Mary Poppins” or “Wall Street” give us insight into complex topics such as bank runs and insider trading? We will explore what we can learn, and what we can’t learn, about finance from Hollywood while viewing and discussing movie clips.
Seminar Date: November 9, 2019
Professor: Robert Whitelaw is the Vice Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Edward C. Johnson 3d Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. His research interests include empirical asset pricing, including the resolution of the market-level risk-return puzzle, the role of information processing in explaining excess volatility, and the impact of frictions in generating apparent market inefficiency.
We will examine religious liberty, the separation of Church and State, and the role of religion in public and political life. We will focus on how the Supreme Court has dealt with these three vital issues.
Seminar Date: November 23, 2019
Professor: John Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University, the Dean Emeritus of NYU Law School, and the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law.
Artificial Intelligence, robots, smart cities, machine learning, intelligent systems – these are the buzzwords for the new technological revolution. Can we learn from our last technological transformation and find a way for technology to work for all members of our global society – not just those privileged by race, gender, social class, physical ability, religion, or nationality?
Seminar Date: December 7, 2019
Professor: Charlton McIlwain is the Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development, and an associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. His work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism. He is currently working on a book Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
This program has been convened by Fred Schwarzbach, a Clinical Professor of Humanities in Liberal Studies, where he served as dean from 2004 to 2017.
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