NYU Collegiate Seminar Program
About the Program
The NYU Collegiate Seminar Program offers high school juniors the opportunity to experience college-level classes at a top-tier research university. Selected students will participate in 90-minute online seminars taught by leading NYU faculty in a variety of academic subjects.
The Fall 2020 Collegiate Seminar Program will be conducted exclusively online.
Students who are selected to participate in the program will attend one of the online seminars described 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 2020.
Fall 2020 Seminar Descriptions
Students will be able to choose one of the online seminars described below.
The Politics of Photography | Saturday, September 12th
An exploration of 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: Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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.
Idea Image Story | Saturday, September 26th
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 will construct drafts of their own poems and prose.
Seminar Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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.
Making Memories in the Brain | Saturday, October 10th
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: Saturday, October 10th, 2020
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.
How Street Cleaners Save the City Every Day | Saturday, October 17th
Even if we don’t pay much attention to garbage, it is a constant of everyday life. We reveal 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: Saturday, October 17th, 2020
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
What Hollywood Taught Me About Finance | Saturday, October 24th
Can popular movies like “Mary Poppins” or “Wall Street” give us insight into complex topics such as bank runs and insider trading? We explore what we can learn, and what we can’t learn, about finance from Hollywood while viewing and discussing movie clips.
Seminar Date: Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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.
The Supreme Court and Religion Clauses: Religion and the State in America | Sunday, November 1st
We will examine religious liberty, the separation of Church and State, and the role of religion in public and political life with a focus on how the Supreme Court has dealt with these three vital issues.
Seminar Date: Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Professor: John Sexton, President Emeritus of New York University, the Dean Emeritus of NYU Law School, and the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law.
An Informal Introduction to Knot Theory | Sunday, November 8th
An informal introduction to the large and currently research active mathematical theory of knots and links. We will introduce "linking numbers" of links (which go back to the great mathematical scientist Gauss in the early 19th century) and other (20th & 21th century) invariants of knots and links which can be used to study and provably distinguish knots from each other. We briefly indicate some (late 20th and early 21th century) relations to physics and also briefly introduce high-dimensional knots (first discovered in the 20th century).
Seminar Date: Sunday, November 8th, 2020
Professor: Sylvain Cappell is a Julius Silver Professor of Mathematics at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Science and an American Mathematical Society Fellow.
Designing Urban Infrastructure in the Era of Climate Change | Saturday, November 14th
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 explore the vulnerability of New York City’s infrastructure and examine the innovative designs that can protect our infrastructure and minimize losses.
Seminar Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2020
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.
The Latinamericanization of the United States | Saturday, December 5th
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: Saturday, December 5th, 2020
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.
Black Software: Will New Technology Be Able to Save us All | Saturday, December 12th
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: Saturday, December 12th
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 recently published a book, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter (Oxford University Press).
Application Process and Eligibility Requirements
- The Fall 2020 nomination form will be available on May 1st.
- Students must be nominated by a high school official
- Nominated students must complete an application (this will be sent to the student by email after the nomination is received)
- Participants must be in 11th grade in Fall 2020
- Students will be notified of their status, and assigned a seminar if selected, in August
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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