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NYU Berlin students involved in Steinhardt show recognized as top 2015 art pick by NYT

New York Times co-chief art critics Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith recently published their selection of the top art shows world in 2015. Their #10 pick is a show at NYU Steinhardt and a number of former NYU Berlin students were involved in this show. Here’s a link to the article, The Best Art of 2015: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/09/arts/design/best-art-2015.html?_r=2

NYU Shanghai and NYU Abu Dhabi Inaugurate First Live Virtual Talk

Harvey Molotch
NYU Shanghai and NYU Abu Dhabi inaugurated the “live virtual talk” between the two campuses, featuring Harvey Molotch, NYU Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies. Moloch delivered a talk entitled “Making Self and Other: Solidarities and Moral Panics,” with over 20 students and faculty members participating in a lively virtual question and answer session following the presentation.
During the talk, Molotch discussed the sociological theory of symbolic interaction and explained how it accounts for construction of the “social self;” that is, one’s personal identity in the “eyes of others.” In addition to being the basis for normal social interaction, this process of identity construction can also lead to conformity, isolation, and, in extreme cases, violence and outright war.
“I cannot remember ever speaking to a group of more engaged students. Every question — and there were a lot of them — was not only smart but came from a real struggle to take the issues to a higher level,” said an impressed Molotch of the students in his virtual meeting.

Dispatch from Madrid

NYU Madrid Director Robert Lubar provides an update on the site and looks ahead to 2016.
As Director of NYU Madrid it gives me great pleasure to share with you some of our exciting new initiatives for Spring 2016. With the guidance of our new Manager of Student Life and Housing, Rodrigo Urbina, we are establishing a Student Government Council at NYU Madrid in which our two NYU Ambassadors will work with other interested students to organise activities and town hall meetings on and off campus. We are also starting a soccer club and will arrange regular “partidos.” During Ally Week we will be organising a series of extra-curricular activities, including a screening of Vice Chancellor Linda Mills’s film “Of Many,” along with visits to Madrid’s Islamic Cultural Center and the Centro Sefarad. Rodrigo, in close collaboration with our Intern Sandra Fernández, has injected new life into our Intercambio Program (social exchanges between American and Spanish students), which has been enormously successful this year. Students, at their own expense, are also invited to participate in the Morocco Exchange Program, an educational, guided visit to Morocco from April 28 – May 2. Finally, beginning Fall 2016 students will also have the option to live in a new Residence Hall, in addition to participating in homestays.

NYU Florence Students Present at the City of Florence’s Global Mayor’s Conference ’Unity in Diversity’

students at the conference
On Sunday, November 8, a group of NYU Florence students were invited to address assembled mayors, municipal representatives, and distinguished guests at the City of Florence’s global mayor’s conference ‘Unity in Diversity’ in Florence City Hall’s historic Salone dei Cinquecento. The proceedings were projected for the general public onto a big screen in Florence’s central square Piazza della Signoria below. Over 4 days, mayors from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe were brought together to discuss how culture, education and intercultural dialogue can be vehicles for peace and the role that city governments can and should play to support policies that foster these processes at the local level. Speakers included Nobel prize winners and distinguished special guests like U.N. Messenger of Peace H.R.H. Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, actors Forest Whitaker and Tim Robbins; Nobel Prize Laureats Tawakkol Karman, Shirin Ebadi, and Betty Williams; and NYU’s own Awam Amkpa.
Sunday morning’s concluding panel on Education and Intercultural Dialogue featured addresses by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Ugandan education activist Sam Okello, and UNESCO’s chair for religious pluralism and peace, all of whom emphasized the importance of education in combating the negative effects of violence and extremism on youth. The NYU Florence student panel, the only students invited to participate in the conference, was composed of Liberal Studies freshmen Helen You, Eilish Anderson, Michelle Deme, Lucy Lyons and Ismail Ibrahim; NYU Shanghai Junior Emily Flippen; and Duke University Senior Nicole Mwaura. The students shared their own personal experiences of global education and its impact on their world view, their understanding of different cultures, and their, and their country’s, role in the world.
The Mayor of Florence and other city officials and special guests left their seats after the presentation to commend the students on the maturity of their presentation and for so forcefully and gracefully bringing the voices of the young people who embody the values of global education to the proceedings. ‘They are the drivers of the future,’ the Mayor of Florence told them after the event, and ‘There are a few future politicians among them,’ commented Wole Soyinka, as they were surrounded and congratulated by assembled guests. The Mayor of Florence featured the students’ presentation as a highlight of the day’s proceedings on his personal Twitter account. NYU Florence students showed the participants and the public what the future may look like if more and more cities around the world promote opportunities for international education and cultural exchange. “I truly believe that if we challenge the world’s students to think and learn globally, and we arm them with the tools to interact across cultural, religious, and ethnic boundaries with not only intelligence but empathy, it is then that we will truly begin to see a global transformation“, concluded NYU Florence student Nicole Mwaura. Thanks to the students, the audience could see that transformation happen right before their eyes; her words couldn’t have been more poignant.
See a full report on the students’ participation here: http://www.lapietradialogues.org/blog/?page_id=5006