YU Ideas Panels on the Media and New York City

On March 5 and 6, 2019, YU Ideas presented back-to-back panels: “The Media: Its Past, Present and Future” and “New York: Stories Told and Not-yet-told.” The panels were comprised of selected YU faculty.

YU Ideas is an initiative hosted by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, senior adviser to the provost. The project brings the University’s interdisciplinary resources to bear on important themes of central significance to human society. Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University, spoke about this at the New York panel, when he said that events like these “highlight so much of what we are about: creating a fertile academic intellectual environment where we can talk to one another and learn from each other. This is one of the most exciting things about being at YU, where we can bring together different parts of the University in conversation with each other and broadcast that out to the community in a public way.”

March 5

  • Media, Visual Advocacy and Social Justice Movements (Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Director of the Indie Film Clinic and Director of the Leadership Program at the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law)
  • Who was Bill Bernbach, and What Do You Think He’d Say About Today’s (and Tomorrow’s?!) Ads? (Erik Mintz, adjunct instructor in English, Stern College for Women)
  • Between Past and Present: Navigating Today’s Museums (Dr. Jacob Wisse, associate professor of art history at Stern College for Women and director of the Yeshiva University Museum)
  • Media in the Digital Age (Lynda Johnson, adjunct professor of media studies, Stern College for Women)
Media Panel
(l-r): Dr. Karen Bacon (The Mordecai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, Dr. Jacob Wisse, Lynda Johnson, Erik Mintz, Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin and Dr. Selma Botman (provost and vice president of academic affairs)

March 6

  • Helping New Yorkers Find Community Through Care (Dr. Katherine Mitchell, director of field office and program director of Care Café, Wurzweiler School of Social Work)
  • Defining Community: Doors, Walls and the Jewish Concept of Eruv (Rabbi Ezra Schwartz, rosh yeshiva and assistant director, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary)
  • What Comes Up Comes Down: Fiction about a Changing New York (Dr. Ann Peters, associate professor of English, Stern College for Women)
  • Creating Resilience in the City that Never Sleeps: How NYC Prepares for Emergencies (Dr. Andrew Boyarsky, academic director and clinical assistant professor of enterprise risk management, Katz School of Science and Health)
New York Panel
(l-r): Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, Dr. Andrew Boyarsky, Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Dr. Ann Peters and Rabbi Ezra Schwartz