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Contemporary struggles for racial justice are simultaneously global, highly networked, and relatively invisible on the world stage. This is to say when it comes to securing racial justice across the globe there is movement, but no Movement - especially as compared to the history's most high profile race-based social movements, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and South Africa's Anti-Apartheid movement. Students in this course will explore the activists, organizations, policy makers and media influencers involved in contemporary established and emerging movements to secure racial justice across the globe.

The course locations - New York and London - places students at the heart of two networks for race-based global activism, facilitated through the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights in the U.S., and the European Network Against Racism in the UK. Through course readings, lectures, guest speakers and site visits in New York and London, students will gain scholarly insight into how social movements work, and have the opportunity to engage with racial justice activists to understand how movement organizations operate, how they draw attention to their struggles, and the challenges they face in their work to secure racial justice and opportunity for people across the globe.

Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development; Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

NYU Washington Square and London, UK

Program Dates:

Spring 2020 on Washington Square; travel to London Sunday, March 15 - Sunday, March 22, 2020

Application Deadlines:

Applications for 2019-2020 will be sent to eligible students by May 30, 2019.


Eligible candidates for global honors seminars are Steinhardt students enrolled in their freshman or sophomore year during 2019-2020. You must have a Steinhardt cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate a record of leadership, community engagement, and service. 

Students may participate in only one global honors seminar during their degree.

Course May Count Towards:

Cultures & Context CORE
Liberal Arts elective
Unrestricted elective
Major or minor in Media, Culture, and Communication


Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Class Location: GCASL  Room:369
Course Number: MCC-UE-1401


Undergraduate Tuition: Tuition for the 4-credit course are the same as a regular NYU course.

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2020.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Other Costs

Participants are responsible for:

  • $400 program fee
  • Daily personal spending money, including most lunches and dinners, snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Any pre-departure immunization or medical expenses as required by NYU or recommended by students' personal doctors or the NYU Health Center
  • Visa fees if required
  • Cost of obtaining a passport, if student does not already have one
  • Regular tuition and registration fees

Students will stay in a hotel during the travel component of the seminar. Rooms are double occupancy.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: NYU Steinhardt will book and pay for roundtrip air travel to London, based on the program travel dates.  Students will be required to travel as a group, and alternative flight plans are not allowed.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: US citizens require a valid passport and do not require a visa for visits to the United Kingdom less than six months in duration.  All other passport holders should check  with their respective visa requirements

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