Next Tuesday, December 10th, at 5:45 PM in Furst 501, we will have the honor to hear a lecture given by Dr. Anita Shapira. Dr. Shapira, Prof. Emeritus of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, specializes in Zionism, the Jewish community in Palestine and the state of Israel. Her latest book, Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award for the year 2012. She is presently writing a biography of David Ben-Gurion. Prof. Shapira will address the topic “Ben Gurion’s Leadership”.
In case you missed this week’s excellent discussion with a number of professors each from the Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology departments, a video may be found in the link below. Check it out to find out what to focus on if you are looking for a career in each of the majors, how/when to begin research, and what the future for students with degrees in these fields holds. A worthwhile listen for all social science students, so click on the link below to listen to the discussion.
Sunday, November 17th, Dr. Cwilich and 25 students went to see the masterful performance of “Waiting for Godot” at the Cort Theater on Broadway. The performance, featuring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, received rave reviews from the students, who took a recuperative break from their studying to spend a day at the theater. This is just one of the many cultural events that have and will continue to take place this semester, ranging from seeing the opera “Tosca”, going to Carnegie Hall for a performance by the San Francisco Symphony, and attending “Big Band Holidays” at Jazz at Lincoln Center (still to come, stay tuned!)
This Wednesday night, November 13th, the Honors Program went to Carnegie Hall to see a performance by the San Francisco Symphony. Under the wonderful direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the Symphony performed several classical and modern works, from Mozart and Beethoven to Copland and Steven Mackey. The focus was on Jeremy Denk, a piano soloist, who was fantastic in his performance of the Mozart piece. The audience was pleasantly surprised to hear that Copland’s “Hoe-Down”, from Rodeo, was performed as the encore, keeping people cheering to the very end.
Wednesday, November 13th, the Honors Luncheon came to you. Prof. Cwilich led a session with many professors to speak about the benefits of mentoring an Honors thesis. He described it as a very rewarding experience, where the professors are proud of their students’ work, and even challenged academically. The Honors Program reaches out to faculty to pair them with interested students if they are open to the work.
Dean Eichler joined the meeting, adding that Honors students going through with a capstone experience to their education at Yeshiva College act as a model for the other students in their respective fields. This is whether the thesis is written in the students’ major, or in another interest, as many of our students do.
In the meeting, Prof. Cwilich gave an overview of the process. Students are encouraged to come up with a problem they want to solve in conjunction with a mentor, and these conversations are supposed to help narrow down the issue from a broad idea that they may be thinking about. The mentor guides the student through this thought-process, leading to an official proposal, the first step in the Honors thesis. Once submitted (and frequently before) the research work begins. Mentors meet regularly with their students to help create structure and measure progress, and eventually to form the written work. To help students block out an appropriate amount of time, they must register for five credits over two semesters.
We hope this information was helpful for those who are interested!
In honor of the release of her new book, on November 12th, 2013 Prof. Gillian Steinberg was featured in the newest installment of the Humanities in Dialogue series. Prof. Steinberg was interviewed about her new book, “Thomas Hardy: The Poems”, by Prof. Jess Olson. A number of faculty and students joined us in the Honors Lounge over light refreshments to listen to the discussion and ask questions of their own, in what was a memorable evening.
If you could not attend the event, a recording of the discussion is included in the link below. Enjoy!
On Wednesday, November 6th, Prof. Mario Kessler spoke to the Honors Program about the way the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, dealt with November 9th, 1938 and commemorated Kirstallnacht. He particularly focused on how the media, politicians, and academics portrayed the Holocaust, and how it was frequently used in the context of Socialist ideology. Prof. Kessler, visiting professor from the University of Potsdam, is a scholar of modern German history and was a resident of East Germany, and he shared his insights with us. Several students and professors joined us in the Honors Lounge for supper and a fascinating lecture.
If you want to hear the whole talk, please check out the video included below.
Wednesday afternoon, Prof. Bella Tendler joined us to speak at the Honors Luncheon about her research into the religious practice of the ‘Alawite sect and the ancient text she rediscovered. The ‘Alawites are the ruling sect in Syria, and their history and place in Islam helps to provide a context for the civil war raging in Syria today. A packed house of students and professors came to hear her fascinating talk, and we hope to hear more from Prof. Tendler again soon.
Join us for a very special Honors Supper on next Wednesday, November 6th, at 5:45 PM in the Honors Lounge. Professor Mario Kessler will come to speak on the topic of “Reflecting on Kristallnacht on its 75th Anniversary”. As a scholar in German history, Prof. Kessler’s talk will focus on the place of Kristallnacht in East German memory and culture.
Pizza and salad will be served. Please RSVP to YCHonors@yu.edu.