September 19-25, 2016

This September – as we celebrate the inauguration of Andrew D. Hamilton, NYU’s 16th president on Sunday, September 25 – we reinforce our collective commitment to NYU’s future. Beginning Monday, September 19 and continuing through the convocation on September 25, there will be a series of events showcasing NYU's intellectual vibrancy and wide range of interests.

For a full program of events, including the live webcast, visit

We are pleased to highlight the following inaugural events featuring faculty and student presenters from NYU Steinhardt:

The City
NYU Talk - Make Discoveries

Drawing inspiration from NYU’s location in New York City, this panel explores key challenges facing cities in the 21st century: shaping a resilient environment that accommodates the flow of people, water, and waste materials. More than half of the world’s population lives in large urban centers – often called “global cities.” Questions the panelists might address include: what systems allow a city to thrive? Whose history matters? What counts as cultural heritage in urban life, according to whom? “The City” highlights some of the most incisive research exploring NYU’s relationship to NYC.

DATE: Wednesday, September 21
TIME: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Kimmel, Room 802

Moderators: Mitchell Moss, Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, NYU Wagner; and Robin Nagle, Professor of Anthropology, Arts and Science

Speakers: Larry Aber, Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Policy, NYU Steinhardt; Zhan Guo, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Transportation Policy, NYU Wagner; and Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology and History, Arts and Science

Make a Meal
NYU Community square - MAKE connections

Hear all about today’s “foodie culture” and learn how what we eat connects us to other cultures and eras as NYU Steinhardt Graduate Food Studies Program Director Jennifer Berg delves into our complicated and ever-changing relationship with food. There will be sushi-making demonstrations and free healthy smoothies.

DATE: Wednesday, September 21 & Thursday, September 22
SESSIONS: 11:15a.m., 12:15p.m., 1:15p.m., 2:15p.m., 3:15p.m., 4:15p.m.
PLACE: Kimmel, Second-Floor Commuter Lounge

The Mind


Virginia Woolf described the brain as “the most unaccountable of machinery – always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud.” How do we connect brain, mind, consciousness, and culture? Highlighting divergent viewpoints from the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology, and Classics, the panel on “The Mind” offers compelling accounts that extend beyond mind as machinery. The panelists are likely to discuss theory, evidence, and experience related to emotion, cognition, memory, communication, intersubjectivity, and history. Don’t miss a special musical performance by Joe LeDoux and musical partner, Colin Dempsey, the duo known as So We Are.

DATE: Thursday, September 22
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
PLACE: Kimmel, Room 802

Speakers: Ned Block, Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Neural Science, Arts and Science; Marisa Carrasco, Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, Arts and Science; Peter Meineck, Professor of Classics, Arts and Science; and Colin Dempsey (musical partner), Musician, Arts and Science

Moderators: Joe LeDoux, Professor of Neural Science, Arts and Science; and C. Cybele Raver, Professor of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt


Events over the last year have forced college campuses to wrestle both in- and outside of the classroom with some of the most difficult issues of our generation, to mixed results. How can today's college campuses – long considered protected spaces of self-expression and activism – continue to foster an environment of critical intellectual and creative dialogue when the issues at stake constrain those willing to engage? This panel will look closely at what it means to teach and learn today in spaces that are being questioned by students and faculty alike.

DATE: Thursday, September 22
TIME: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Kimmel, Room 914

Moderators: Deborah Willis, University Professor, Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging, NYU Tisch

Speakers: Charlton D. McIlwain, Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, NYU Steinhardt; Pamela Newkirk, Professor of Journalism, Arts and Science; Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis, Arts and Science; and Anna Kazumi-Stahl, Associated Faculty, Gallatin, Site Director for NYU Buenos Aires

The Book

In 1894 Scribner’s Magazine ran an article entitled “The End of Books,” in which the author declared that “reading ... soon brings on great weariness.” Since at least the nineteenth-century, enthusiasm for the book has been accompanied in equal parts by a great anxiety surrounding its staying power. The future of “the book” as a medium for the transfer and dissemination of knowledge is often dismissed as being passé and encouraging that “great weariness” – but we’re not yet bored. This panel features experts from diverse fields (journalism, English, media studies) as they address the pressing question of the meaning of “the book.”

DATE: Thursday, September 22
TIME: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Kimmel, Room 905/907

Moderators: John Guillory, Professor of English, NYU Silver Professor, Arts and Science; and Lisa Gitelman, Professor of Media and English, NYU Steinhardt

Speakers: Tom Augst, Associate Professor of English, Arts and Science; Phillip B. Harper, Professor of Literature, Social and Cultural Analysis, and English, Arts and Science; and Katie Roiphe, Professor of Journalism, Arts and Science

Tech & Data

Technology is changing our lives at a breathtaking pace, from social media and big data analytics to smart devices, sensors, crowdsourcing, and robotics. Even though segments of the public have embraced these developments enthusiastically, others view them with trepidation and concern. This panel considers the human side of technology and the data it generates: how various advances are changing the way we work, learn, teach, share, and feel. With backgrounds in education, economics, and analytics, some of NYU’s leading thinkers in technology and data address how current innovations allow us to inhabit, to see, and to make sense of the world in new ways.

DATE: Thursday, September 22
TIME: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Kimmel, Room 802

Moderators: Jan Plass, Professor of Digital Media and Learning Sciences, NYU Steinhardt; and Raghu Sundaram, Professor of Finance, NYU Stern

Speakers: Julia Lane, Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner and CUSP; Kristin Sosulski, Clinical Associate Professor of Information and Operations and Management Sciences, NYU Stern; and Arun Sundararajan, Professor of Information and Operations and Management Sciences, NYU Stern

Lightening Challenge

Join us as we celebrate NYU's graduate student excellence at the Lightning Challenge. Twelve competitors including three of Steinhardt's own - Evelyn FitzgeraldDanielle Davis and Nikki Youngblood - will take the stage of the Eisner and Lubin Auditorium to answer the challenge to present their graduate work in just three minutes. A panel of judges and the audience will award $2,500 in prizes to victors..

DATE: Wednesday, September 21
TIME: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Kimmel, Room 401

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Part of a series of events leading up to the inauguration of NYU’s 16th President, Andrew D. Hamilton, on September 25, 2016.

For a full program of events, including the live webcast, go to: