I have been teaching Charles Dickens to students for over forty years, but I still remember my first encounter with his work in a seminar during my senior year in college. I was fascinated by his uncanny ability to manage huge casts of characters and still tell a compelling story. I went on to write a master’s thesis and a doctoral thesis on Dickens, and even though my research centers on Dickens as a social critic, the extraordinary narrative complexity of his work has never ceased to amaze me.

A Christmas Carol

Image by Thinkstock/prawny via NYU News.

Most people today first experience Dickens through his hugely popular holiday story, A Christmas Carol. I, too, have a fondness for this classic tale of redemption. Recently I sat down with the NYU Stories team to consider what makes A Christmas Carol so timeless; read our interview to learn more.

Recently, in looking back on my 30 years as a professor-turned-academic administrator, I identified several key lessons about working outside the classroom that I’ve learned along the way. I shared them in an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, titled “They Don’t Train Us for This,” which you can read here.

Photo: Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle


London is a very special place to me – it is where I did my graduate work, where I first taught, and at times where I have lived. But I am here this week because it is the gathering place for dozens of Liberal Studies faculty who lead our writing-intensive courses.

Each of these faculty members teaches Liberal Studies classes at one of NYU’s global academic centers in cities around the world. We have convened from New York and Madrid, from Buenos Aires and Shanghai, and from Berlin and Florence, to exchange innovative ideas and best practices. Our focus is the unique curriculum that is foundational to Liberal Studies learning.
Another core component of Liberal Studies is global study, integrated seamlessly into the education of our students. As in this week’s conference, we foster frequent pedagogical connections among our faculty who are positioned throughout NYU’s global network so that our students develop the same essential skills and achieve the same learning outcomes no matter where in the global network they study.

Below are a few photos from our conference:
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Robert Squillace, who has studied how education technology can connect learning communities, shares insight.
Master teacher and award-winning author Roberta Newman addresses the group.