Fall 2014

International Education Week Coincides with Double #1 for NYU

The Institute for International Education’s 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchangereleased earlier this week identified NYU as #1 in both sending students abroad and enrolling international students. This is the first time NYU has led in both categories.

This news coincided with NYU’s annual International Education Week, showcasing some of the dynamicglobal connections that faculty and students have made. Join us in congratulating Steinhardt students Ahmed Alif and Jazmine Russell for their participation in the NYU Global Engagement Symposium. Alif shares his research examining the psychological states of undocumented immigrants in the New York metropolitan area and how these mental states correlate to tax contributions. Russell shares her qualitative research and social art project made a series of interviews with Moroccan nationals exploring beliefs on existence, truth, subjectivity, ambiguity, freedom, and culture.

Astor Fellows: From Shanghai to Buenos Aires

Astor Fellows 2014The inaugural group of Brooke Astor International Travel Fellows (pictured, left) presented their research findings to the Steinhardt community, teacher colleagues, and the public at a symposium held on September 13. Presenters discussed their experiences in the Science Education Beyond Borders program, in which a select group of NYC teachers traveled to Shanghai and Beijing with Pamela Fraser-Abder, Professor of Science Education. Presentation topics included a cross-cultural comparison of teacher professional development practices in the US and China, access to education based on student ability and geographic location, and family expectations for educational achievement. The symposium garnered significant press attention from China Daily USA and the Xinhua NewsAgency outlets.

A competitive application process is currently underway to select the second cohort of Astor International Travel Fellows. The theme of the program this year is Special Education Beyond Borders and the group will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina under the leadership of Dr. Mark Alter, Professor of Educational Psychology at NYU Steinhardt. Visit our program page to learn more.

New Global Master’s Degree Sequences Added

Graduate programs in Educational Theatre, Food Studies, International Education, Music Businessand Sociology of Education now include optional global study sequences to help students identify which study abroad programs best suit their needs and when to take them. These documents are posted on program websites in addition to existing course of study examples. Global sequences demonstrate the alignment between our study abroad options and the curriculum and help students build globalexperiences into their academic plan.

Each year more than 450 students participate in Steinhardt’s portfolio of 30+ short-term study abroad programs. These courses are interdisciplinary in focus and invite participation from students across the university to study in locations around the globe. Greater integration of study abroad programs into the curriculum infuses international experiential learning into the curriculum and in some cases accelerates degree completion. Global sequences are now in development in several other Master’s degree programs.

New Study Abroad Course Launches: Music Business in Brazil

Sam Howard-SpinkSam Howard-Spink, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Business, will lead the first-time offering of the Emerging Models and Markets for Musiccourse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in January 2015. The program has had a wonderful response and over 30 students will be accompanying Professor Howard-Spink to Brazil.

The group will spend two weeks becoming acquainted with existing and emerging business models around music in major developing countries, and will immerse themselves in Brazilian culture. "We're very excited to be able to offer this study abroad course in Rio de Janeiro for the first time. It will provide graduate students with valuable insights into one of the world's most important emerging markets, as well as a greater understanding of the global flows and economies of music. We're especially pleased to be working with Rio's prestigious Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) Business and Law School,” said Professor Howard-Spink.

In addition to class discussions, students will engage with local students, attend performances, and experience samba, examining all that Rio has to offer as a global hub of the music industry.

Global Integration Fund Supports “Un-Glitz” and “City Food” Events

Steinhardt’s Global Integration Fund supports inter-disciplinary events that bring the world to Washington Square. Over the past few months, the Global Integration Fund has supported two exciting events that fulfill that mission.

Un-glitz: Art Activism and Global Cities, was part of the 2014 NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange Symposium. Student and faculty participants discussed visual cultures, art history, anthropology, archives, digital humanities, collections and museum studies, and urban/environmental studies. The event included a public dialogue featuring NYU Steinhardt faculty Dipti Desai, Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, as well as scholars and artist from Hong Kong and mainland China.

The City Food: Lessons from People on the Move workshop brought together historians, sociologists, advocates, media analysts, curators, cultural theorists of globalization and geographers to generate inter-disciplinary knowledge, methodological innovations and public policy outcomes on migration and urban foodways. Steinhardt’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies hosted this event in collaboration with the University of Toronto, SouthAsia@NYU, NYU Steinhardt Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture & Communications, and the UTSC Culinaria Research Centre. Krishnendu Ray, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies developed this conference with the support of Arvind Rajagopal, Professor of Media, Culture and Communications and Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication.

To learn more about NYU Steinhardt’s Global Integration Fund or past events, click here.

GIFTED Women Visit New York

GIFTED 2014GIFTED, part of the larger Ghana Wins! Project, is a professional development program that aims to build capacity of women leaders in education in Ghana. The program is a collaboration between New York University, University of Minnesota, University of Education Winneba, and Mujeres por Africa. It is sponsored by Banco Santander and led at Steinhardt by Principal Investigator Kristie Koenig.

The first cohort of GIFTED Fellows (pictured, left) travelled to New York City for a week-long summer institute at NYU. The 12 Fellows continued their leadership training, visited New York City public schools, attended presentations on gender and education, participated in a data analysis workshop, and presented at an educational symposium at NYU. The presentations focused on GIFTED participant projects completed in Ghana. Further details can be found on the GIFTED website.


New Faculty Join International Education Program

NYU Steinhardt’s International Education program welcomes three new faculty members this fall. Carol Anne Spreen, Associate Professor, joins the school from the University of Virginia, continues to serve as a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and is an affiliated researcher at the Center for Education Rights and Transformation. Her research interests include the study of educational change and the influences of globalization and privatization on teaching and learning. Elisabeth King, Associate Professor, received her doctorate in political science from the University of Toronto and joins NYU after completing a Fellowship at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include conflict, peace-building and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, Assistant Professor, is a sociologist whose scholarly and community-based work focuses on the social lives of marginalized youth. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, and he has also taught at a charter middle school in San Francisco and a college in rural China.

Student Spotlight: Research Conducted Through Provost’s GlobalResearch Initiative

Jaclyn Rohel The Provost’s Global Research Initiatives (GRI) was “a great fit at the perfect moment,” explains Food Studies doctoral candidate, Jaclyn Rohel (pictured, left), who used the funding and support of the GRI to complete research related to her dissertation,The Politics of Oralities: Paan and Publics in the Global City, at NYU London.

“[Through the GRI] I was able to attend talks and lectures at nearby institutions, and connect with professors and graduate students who were engaged in related areas of study at other universities,” Rohel said. “At that time, I was researching how this comestible [edible item] was produced, distributed, consumed and represented in London. I divided my time between fieldwork interviews and archival research (at the British Library and the London Metropolitan Archives),” located in short walking distance to NYU London.

Rohel credits a London-based study abroad program led Dr. Radha Hegde with with initially “shaping the trajectory” of her research on the policies of food, migration and public space in global cities. SteinhardtGlobal Programs offers approximately thirty such opportunities for graduate students to study abroad during Intersession and summer. Since returning from the GRI, Rohel has continued her dissertation writing and will present her findings at at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C.

GRI opportunities are ongoing. The final deadline for the 2015 Summer Dissertation Writing Program is February 27, 2015.

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Summer Study Abroad Admissions Begin December 1

Summer Study Abroad 2015This summer, Steinhardt will offer sixteen faculty-led study abroad courses in twelve exciting locations. Participants earn 3-6 credits while studying in depth with NYU faculty. Students who apply by December 7 will receive admissions decisions by December 15. Students may apply until the final deadline, March 15, 2015. Interested students should visit our resource pages for undergraduate and graduate students to learn more.