This week, I have been visiting our students studying at NYU Paris. Last night, I was privileged to share Thanksgiving dinner with them at a lovely restaurant in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

Sharng a Thanksgiving dinner in Paris

Bon appetit!

There is much for which to be thankful in Paris this year — that our first-year away students, our sophomores, and our GLS juniors are doing well; that Paris has rebounded after a difficult year; and that one of our Paris GLS students from last year, Melissa Godin (GLS ’17), has been named a Rhodes Scholar.

Most of all, I am thankful for our strong Liberal Studies community, that binds together students, faculty, and staff on Washington Square and across the Global Network.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Students and Dean Schwarzbach

Joining NYU Paris students to celebrate Thanksgiving.

GLS Alumni on Stage

GLS at the screening of Refuge. From left: Madison, Claudia, me, and Max.

Last week, three GLS alumni returned to NYU to raise awareness of the European refugee crisis. Maximilian Guen (GLS ’14) and his Magna Carta production company co-founder Matthew K. Firpo (Tisch ’12) screened their latest project, Refuge, a documentary of human stories from the European refugee crisis. Madison McCormick (GLS ’16) and Claudia Cereceda (GLS ’16) participated in the panel that followed, both having done original research on the issue last spring.

Each took a break from his or her busy careers – Max, newly named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising; Madison earning an International Relations M.A. while working for Global Business Coalition for Education; and Claudia on staff with the Mayor of New York as Special Assistant to the First Lady.

These and many other GLS alumni are living the goals that they had set for themselves as students. In GLS, we say that our students do not just learn to be global citizens – each of us automatically is that – but that they learn to be agents of change in a changing world.

Max, Madison, and Claudia – and other graduates volunteering with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, supporting operations at the White House, consulting for the United Nations Population Fund, studying law at Harvard, making international connections with Fulbright Fellowships, and more — are changing the world in many fields and across the globe.

It’s a pleasure for me to partner with GLS graduates whose work brings them back to NYU for a special occasion, especially when the topic is as critical as the refugee crisis. But nothing could be more deeply gratifying than seeing the work they carry out every day outside of NYU, making our world a better place­­.