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In Case You Missed It – “Science and Religion: Where Does the Conflict Lie?”

April 3rd, 2014 by joshuafluss

Tuesday night, April 1st, featured a excellent lecture by Dr. Alvin Plantinga, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “Science and Religion: Where Does the Conflict Lie?” Dr. Plantinga came to YU to speak with Prof. Aaron Segal’s courses in Philosophy, and also spent time meeting with students in a reception beforehand. The event was co-sponsored by the Strauss Center for Torah and Western Thought.

If you did not have a chance to hear the lecture live, now is your second chance. Just click on the video below to hear the whole talk and the Q&A which followed.


In Case You Missed It – Humanities in Dialogue

April 3rd, 2014 by joshuafluss

On March 26th, Prof. Rachel Mesch and Prof. Aaron Koller discussed Prof. Koller’s recent book, “Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought”. They discussed the origins of his book, the number of languages required for the work, and some of the very “modern” themes that are found in the book of Esther, albeit in other forms. Following that, the floor was opened to a wied variety of questions from the audience.

In case you were unable to attend, below you will find a video containing the discussion. Enjoy!


Professor Alvin Plantinga is Coming to YU

March 31st, 2014 by joshuafluss

Prof. Alvin Plantinga, an international authority in the field of philosophy and John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “Science and Religion: Where Does the Conflict Lie?” The lecture will take place this Tuesday, April 1st, at 7  PM, in Furst 535. The event is open to the public.

Honors Roundtable Spring ’14 – Professor Jenny Isaacs, Psychology

March 20th, 2014 by joshuafluss

Every semester the Honors Program invites one faculty member to tell their story in a more informal way, and to explain what they do and how they go to doing it. This semester, at noon Wednesday March 26th in the Honors Lounge we have the privilege of welcoming Prof. Jenny Isaacs of the Psychology department. Prof. Isaacs will tell us how she found her passion for research on social development and the psychology of power and how she ended up teaching at Yeshiva University. The talk is entitled “How did a nice Jewish girl from Long Island end up in a place like this?”

Pizza will be served, please RSVP to ychonors@yu.edu.


Humanities in Dialogue featuring Prof. Aaron Koller

March 20th, 2014 by joshuafluss

Join us Wednesday night, March 26th, at 8 PM in the Honors Lounge for a discussion between Prof. Rachel Mesch and Prof. Aaron Koller, on the topic of his new book Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Focusing on intertextual relationships and the history of ideas, the book shows how controversial Esther was for centuries, and how it became the beloved book known today. Come by for what is sure to be a fascinating evening!

Refreshments will be served.


Information on the Summer Course in St. Petersburg

March 13th, 2014 by joshuafluss

Prof. Cwilich, Prof. Zypman, and Prof. Val Vinokur of the New School discussed the details of this year’s Honors summer courses and trip to St. Petersburg. For more details, check out the video of the discussion and the slideshow included below, and submit the form if you want to attend.

In summary, the course will take place during the first summer session at YU, beginning on May 27th. There will be 3 weeks of class, excluding the week of shavuot. The trip will be for two weeks following the class time in New York, approximately leaving 6/22 and returning 7/6. The program will consist of two parts: one literature course by Prof. Vinokur in INTC entitled “Literary Petersburg: The Mind in the City, in a City of the Mind”; and one science course taught together by Prof. Zypman and Prof. Cwilich in Frontiers of Science entitled “St. Petersburg in Science and Technology: From ATOM to KOCMOC”.

If you are interested in coming, please submit the form included below to YCHonors@yu.edu. This year it will be especially difficult to accept students who request to join the course late, as we will need visas to enter Russia and the application process can be lengthy. We look forward to hearing from you with any questions or concerns about the trip.

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Discover the Summer Course in St. Petersburg

March 3rd, 2014 by joshuafluss

Dear Students,

Our next luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 12th, will be a discussion about this summer’s Honors course, which will be travelling to St. Petersburg, Russia. Join Prof. Cwilich and Prof. Zypman, who will be running the Frontier’s of Science course, and Dr. Val Vinokur, Professor of Literary Studies and Director of Jewish Studies at the New School, who will be teaching the INTC course on Russian Literature, to learn all about the planned summer course.

Pizza will be served, please RSVP to ychonors@yu.edu at your earliest convenience.

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In Case You Missed It – Prof. Rockland on Sarmiento

March 3rd, 2014 by joshuafluss

Wednesday, February 26th, the Honors Program had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Micheal Rockland, professor of American Studies at Rutgers University. Prof. Rockland spoke to the students about his road to academia, and how he developed his interest in Sarmiento, a great Argentinian leader from the middle of the 19th century. Prof. Rockland served as a cultural attache as part of the U.S. Diplomatic Service early on in his career, and held students rapt with his discussion of what Sarmiento means to Argentina and how his works highlight the cultural blind spot of the US to Latin America.

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If you have not had a chance to listen to the lecture, check out the link below.

Jazz at Lincoln Center – 3/1

March 3rd, 2014 by joshuafluss

This past Saturday night (3/1), at 8 PM, the Honors Program went to a performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The evening’s performance featured an All-Star quartet representing three generations, including 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette on drums, serial poll-winner Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone, 2011 “Best New Artist” GRAMMY® Award winner Esperanza Spalding on bass, and Argentinean pianist Leo Genovese. 2014 GRAMMY® Award nominee Cécile McLorin Salvant opened the show, and was a real crowd favorite. We have multiple cultural events going on each semester, stay tuned for our next show or concert coming up!

In Case You Missed It – Prof. Tom Doherty on “Jews, Nazis, and Hollywood”

February 26th, 2014 by joshuafluss

Prof. Doherty spoke to us about the topic of his most recent book, “Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939″. His talk explored the challenge of Hollywood in this era to find its place in the conflict of WWII, and the challenge to those who decided to take a stand. Listen to this fascinating talk on the culture of Hollywood and the role of film and filmmakers in society if you could not attend, by checking out the video below.