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Holiday 2020

01  Dean’s Letter
02  College Cohort Program
03  Proud to Be First
04  Pre-Professional Advising
05  Academic Achievement Program
06  International Students
07  Scholars Lectures
08  Research and Scholarship at CAS
09  CAS Summer Abroad
10  CAS Alumni Relations
11  CAS Student Council
12  College Events
13  Upcoming Dates

01 | Dean’s Letter

Happy New Year from CAS

Happy Holidays!

2020 is not yet over. But I am still proud of how far we have come.

In this final edition of College News for 2020, I cannot help but describe the arduous journey of the College of Arts and Science at New York University over the past several months.

Physical distance has been a routine part of our daily lives, for instance: we have had to maintain our separation from family and friends, colleagues and acquaintances, neighbors and strangers, to uphold the public health guidelines that mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this year’s outset, faculty, staff, and students who planned to travel from elsewhere to NYU in New York City—or to any of our other campuses and sites across the world—have faced stringent domestic or international airline restrictions. In one way or another, the recent global protests against social injustice and inequity have impacted us, whether due to the collective agitation in nearby parks and streets or the more local concerns expressed in our own places of work and education. And the societal bruises inflicted by rampant political partisanship and a contentious election season in the United States will require considerable time to heal. I could go on and on.

From this vantage point, 2021 cannot arrive soon enough.

Yet we must also appreciate the perseverance we showed during our journey. As I have communicated at key points in past months, our increasingly adept and innovative use of educational technology have enabled us, despite the pandemic, to strengthen our global reach, influence, and sense of connection with one another. Many of us have responsibly supported one another on matters of health and safety, such as in adhering to the multilayered safety plan designed by NYU to protect our entire community from COVID-19. And many of us have demonstrated empathy and compassion during this past election season, cognizant that all members of our community are valuable and belong; that intellectual curiosity should prevail despite strong disagreements; and that staying open-minded and considering all points of view remain indelible principles of higher education that we should never forget to champion.

Winds of resilience, in other words, billow beneath and buoy our institutional wings, conveying us to the future: we have mustered shrewd flexibility and unflagging courage in overcoming the plethora of challenges, seen and unseen, that have come our way. The higher education we have sought to deliver in CAS in 2020, I expect, should persist in preparing our students for 2021 as well as for the years and worlds beyond.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Gene Andrew Jarrett (he/him/his)
Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science
Professor of English
New York University

Gene Jarrett photo

Gene Jarrett

Giving to CAS

02 | College Cohort Program

Unique to CAS, the College Cohort Program offers all CAS first-year students the opportunity to build a small community within CAS that is diverse in intellectual range, serves as a crucible for debate and scholarship, and fosters a welcoming and supportive home.  Centering on three key principles—College Life, Academic Inquiry, and Service—in students’ first and second years in the program, cohorts focus on building community and helping students adjust to life in college and in New York City. In the later years, the Cohort Program works to help students think about life after CAS. College Leaders are either Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors who serve as student mentors to each new cohort.

External Transfer Advisory Board Photo

External Transfer Advisory Board – This semester, the External Transfer Advisory Board, comprised of previous external transfer students, has brainstormed various ways to build community and welcome the Spring 2021 class in a virtual format.

Liberal Studies to CAS Advisory Board Photo

LS-to-CAS Advisory Board 2020-21 – The LS-to-CAS Advisory Board is brainstorming some amazing ideas to support, engage, and welcome former LS students into the CAS community!

Cohort President Comedy Night Photo

Cohort President Comedy Night – On November 20th, the Class of 2023 Cohort Presidents hosted a comedy night featuring NYU Comedy Troupes Hammerkatz and Bechdel Test, and professional comedians Richard Sarvate and Luke Thayer (pictured).

CP meeting with CAS Alum photo

Cohort President Meeting with CAS Alum - CAS Alumna, The Honorable Christina C. Bonne-Année, led the Class of 2023 Cohort Presidents in a robust and engaging session about relationship building on November 6th.

03 | Proud To Be First

Proud to Be First Banner Photo


Proud to Be First started off the Fall semester with our annual Kick-Off event! In addition to getting a warm welcome from Dean Gene Jarrett, Professor of Neural Science André Fenton, and the Proud to Be First Leadership Team,  incoming students who opted to be matched with a P2B1 mentor also had the opportunity to virtually meet with their Mentors for the very first time!

Proud to Be First Fall 2020 Kickoff Photo

Secrets to Success Faculty Panel

This event, moderated by Professor Trace Jordan of the Proud to Be First Leadership Team, featured CAS faculty members sharing tips for student success and providing insights into their own educational journeys as first-generation college students!

Proud to Be First Secrets to Success Photo

Academic Q/A Panel

In our Mentor-Led Academic Q/A Panel, participants got to hear from a diverse panel of five first-generation NYU Faculty Members, who each shared a brief presentation about how they found success in their respective fields – Psychology, Journalism, Chemistry, and more – before opening up the panel for questions! Additionally, there were two raffle winners, Anthony Portillo and Yasmine Essaid; they won an NYU Knit Pom Beanie and an NYU 16 oz. Ceramic Mug, respectively.

Academic Q/A Panel Photo
Academic Panel Screenshot Photo

04 | Pre-Professional Advising

Online Pre-Law Lectures

This fall, alumna Ruti Bell offered a series of online lectures for prelaw students. Held on four evenings throughout the semester, with the lecturer and students scattered across the globe, the students were treated to a basic overview of the problems and questions addressed within law topics such as election law or torts and contracts. Peppered with recent and relevant examples, the lectures gave interested prelaw students a preview into the types of questions and topics they may encounter as they continue to develop and pursue their professional goals in an interactive small group setting.

Prehealth Advisory Board Photo

The Prehealth Advisory Board (PHAB) is back!

After a brief hiatus, the PHAB team is back and looking to jump into action this semester. PHAB is a student run organization working closely with the Preprofessional Office to develop programs to educate and form a community of support for Prehealth students. We will be hosting a range of events throughout the year from tips for finals to resume workshops specifically tailored for Prehealth students. Please keep an eye out for upcoming editions of The Medical Record for event details!

(Pictured above) are PHAB members Mayerly Lara - Anthropology, Usman Malik -, Zeynep Akpinar - Chemistry, not pictured, Bonnie Yuan - Nutrition and Dietetics, Ilan Pesselev - Biochemistry. We look forward to inviting you all for our events!

05 | Academic Achievement Program

Despite the unique remote nature of the current fall semester, the Diversity Advising team had a successful semester offering support and resources related to diversity and inclusion, and engaging our current students through virtual social and academic programming.

Our team hosted a series of conversations focused on equity and inclusion in academic spaces referred to as EquiTEA Talks (TEA = Talking about Equity in Academics/Advising). The conversations focused on topics such as the global pandemic and its impact on diverse student populations, reviewing our College Cohort curriculum related to identity and culture, politics and its impact on education and advising, and other EDI related topics.

EquiTEA Talks Photo (A discussion on diversity and inclusion)

Our AAP community held its Fall 2020 Welcome Mixer in September, welcoming about 200 students to AAP and CAS through social activities and a presentation on AAP. This event included 58 mentors (36 mentors from CAS) and 277 mentees (155 mentees from CAS) participating in our AAP Mentorship Program. This program offers peer-to-peer support for newly admitted first-year student mentees as they transition to college life in CAS and at NYU.

Deloitte and the Supporting Excellence and Advocating Diversity (SEAD) Photo

In addition to new programming for the Fall 2020 semester, AAP continues to offer weekly Games Days and Rap Sessions for members of the AAP community to come together and socialize through playing games and discussing topics that impact our community.

This fall semester AAP partnered with members of the NYU community to host virtual programming. In addition to collaborating with student clubs on topics for our weekly Rap Sessions we hosted an information session with Deloitte and the Supporting Excellence and Advocating Diversity (SEAD) organization through Stern. Our Academics committee also partnered without AAP alumni and members of our NYU Wellness Exchange to host a destress event in November. Our Community Service committee hosted a virtual 5K walk during the month of October, partnering with the American Cancer Society – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization. They also continue their partnership with Pharos Academy, formerly Bronx Lighthouse, to offer mentorship to their students and virtual community service for their school community.

Strides Across America Walk Challenge Photo

Christopher Holliman, Assistant Director, coordinated two incredibly successful academic panels for the AAP community focusing on our pre-health and pre-law programs. Both events had close to 80 participants. He arranged to have 20-30 professionals in both fields to meet one-on-one with the students of AAP to discuss their current professions and academic advice.

AAP Prelaw Photo
AAP Prehealth Photo

AAP also hosted its first virtual Alumni Mixer in September and Womxn of Color Mixer in November, to continue with the celebration of NYU Womxn 100. Both events were well attended, with almost 100 participants at each event, and provided an excellent opportunity for current students to connect with our alumni and for our alumni to reunite with one another.

AAP Alumni Mixer Photo
AAP Womxn of Color Mixer Photo

We also welcomed our new 2020-2021 participants of the Pipeline Opportunities for Inter-Collegiate Stem Education (POISE) program. Led by the excellent leadership of Héctor Perea, Academic Advisor, students of Borough of Manhattan Community College were admitted to the program and connected to NYU and AAP academic resources and general support to ensure their current academic success and as potential NYU scholars.

BELOW: Members of our Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) program engaged in a week of mentorship and fellowship during their Brotherhood week, as well as other programming aimed to support the male-identifying members of our AAP community. An alumni networking event was held in September, allowing almost 40 alumni to connect with about 50 of our GQ members.

GQ Brotherhood Week Photo

The AAP team has met with our university partners through the FRN Domestic Exchange program to discuss the future of the academic exchange program, which has been suspended for the SP21 term due to the current pandemic but will resume during the 21-22 academic year.

06 | International Students

During this semester unlike any other, the CAS Advising International Team organized programs and events that emphasized staying connected and knowing what resources are available to students no matter where they are studying from. Events, news and updates (of which there were many this semester!), important dates, as well as fun pictures are shared in our biweekly International Edition newsletter.

To help students stay connected, the International Student Mentor Program, now in its fifth year, has gone virtual. The mentor program pairs new, incoming international student “mentees” with returning international student “mentors” to help navigate NYC and NYU. This year we saw record numbers of applicants and participants, with 145 mentees and 35 mentors connecting with each other across four continents. In our monthly large group meetings, mentors and mentees have shared creative ways of keeping in touch with each other, including the classic voice-only phone call. For the first time ever, we are also expanding this one-semester program to be a year-long one. We hope that these connections and mentoring relationships which develop in the Fall can continue and be even more valuable in an uncertain Spring.

The International Team also continued to host monthly virtual events on topics relevant to international students as well as cultural discussions. The team hosted a conversation about U.S. elections as well as an exclusive docent-led virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We partnered with the Office of Global Services to host sessions on work authorization and also with the Wasserman Center to present about resumes, international-oriented job searches, and NYU’s Handshake resource.

Wherever students are this semester, our goal has been to bring them a small slice of New York, to tell them we are here to be of support, and to remind them that, wherever they are CAS will be here.

International Students Discover Yourself Photo

07 | Scholars Lectures

Liina Pylkkanen Photo
Date: Tuesday, February 2
Lecture: Making Meanings: The Brain’s Ability To Create and Comprehend Complex Messages

Liina Pylkkanen, Professor of Linguistics and Psychology
The essence of human intelligence is our ability to make sense of the world and express our own complex thoughts. In other words, our brains are meaning makers constantly combining smaller elements into larger, hopefully coherent, representations. Prof. Pylkkanea’s lab studies processes by which our brains create complex meanings through language. In this talk, Prof. Pylkkanea summarizes what we have learned about this fascinating process so far. To study it, tiny magnetic fields emerging from people’s heads while they use language are measured; these magnetic fields are created by neural activity and with a technique called magnetoencephalography, we can capture them noninvasively.
Andreas Hochwagen Photo
Date: Wednesday, February 10
Lecture: Counting Genes

Andreas Hochwagen, Associate Professor of Biology
Although most genes are present in two parental copies, some are repeated dozens or even hundreds of times. This lecture explores the reasons for this copy-number increase, both in healthy individuals and in disease. It also presents research indicating cells can sometimes determine gene copy number and regenerate copies if numbers get too low.
Date: Monday, February 22
Lecture: Venezuela’s Once (and Future?) Crisis

Alejandro Velasco, Associate Professor of History
Even against the backdrop of nearly twenty years of seemingly unending crisis, recent news from Venezuela are astounding: barren grocery stores; unobtainable medicine; resurgent diseases; exploding malnutrition; collapsing infrastructure; millions fleeing—all underlain by an intractable political impasse fueling growing calls for armed intervention. However, another dangerous crisis is taking shape, less tangible and compelling but possibly more consequential. It is a crisis of memory and amnesia, one that threads together Venezuela’s past, present, and future turmoil. This crisis informs dangerously simplistic explanations of why Venezuela is where it is—for some, because of an historic dependence on oil; for others, because of the nefarious impact of socialist rule—each one eliding important contrary evidence and motivated more by short-term aims than by long-term solutions. But behind the fog of urgency and its attendant distortions lies nuance critical for a full and considered evaluation of Venezuela’s deeper-seated problems, problems that will continue to exist long after the present crisis abates. These problems extend well beyond any particular policy or program, and instead reach deep into the way that a country does and does not wrestle with its past in order to craft different futures, in the process inviting larger reflections about the role and the purpose of history in urgent times.
Tania Lupoli Photo
Date: Thursday, March 11
Lecture: Identification of Allosteric Pockets in Antibacterial Drug Targets

Tania Lupoli, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
During host infection, pathogenic bacteria encounter several types of stress that impair protein integrity, including reactive oxygen and nitrogen species and chemotherapy. The resulting protein aggregates can be resolved or degraded by molecular machinery conserved from bacteria to eukaryotes. Eukaryotic Hsp104/Hsp70 and their bacterial homologs ClpB/DnaK are ATP-powered chaperones that restore toxic protein aggregates to a native folded state. In this talk, Prof. Lupoli discusses how these proteins can be inhibited at allosteric sites by small molecules that may act as antibiotics.
Elena Manresa Photo
Date: Wednesday, March 24
Lecture: Learning about the Unobservables Driving the Economy: The Role of Machine Learning

Elena Manresa, Assistant Professor of Economics
The world is heterogeneous in unobservable ways: workers receive different salaries despite similar education and experience, countries differ in political regimes when populations have similar income distributions, and firms differ in productivity when they have similar size and produce similar goods. The design of successful economic policies depends on understanding decision-making, but decision-making cannot be rationalized without understanding the role of unobserved heterogeneity. Prof. Manresa combines economic data with machine learning tools to account for unobserved heterogeneity to learn about firms responsible for R&D spillovers in the US or sources of wage inequality.
Dennis Geronimus Photo
Date: Monday, March 29
Lecture: Hidden in Plain Sight: Black Africans in Renaissance Visual Culture

Dennis Geronimus, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Slaves, servants, nurses, and kitchen maids; pages and grooms; shipmates and gondoliers; marginal bystanders in crowded banquet halls and town squares…In images sacred and profane, from Venice and Florence to Antwerp and Lisbon, this is how sub-Saharan Africans were typically depicted in Renaissance imagery. At times, their presence in religious contexts was charged with special primacy. Conversely, numerous unsympathetic and downright hostile portrayals likewise persisted. The exceptions are as revealing as the rule, however, and such examples begin to flash out from history in increasing number the closer we study the visual landscape. Portraiture, in particular, reveals the relationships between Black Africans and European artists (and their patrons) to have been marked by growing complexity—and a sense of shared humanity. One especially remarkable portrait takes us from 1530s Medici Florence to 1930s Baltimore, raising a host of questions ranging from ancestry and gender to the politics of race.

08 | Research and Scholarship at CAS

Have a research project? Need funding? The next chance to apply for a grant through the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund Friday, April 2. For more information you can contact

Have you completed a research project? Want to tell the world all about it? The Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, May 7, is your chance to share your results with peers and faculty! Submit an application by Friday, March 12.

The Marc and Ruti Bell Public Service Scholarship seeks to enable students to pursue careers in the public service sector by providing them with increased financial freedom. The scholarship awards up to $8,000 annually and is renewable until graduation. Review the eligibility criteria and apply by Friday, January 29!

College New Research Photo

09 | CAS Summer Abroad

The College of Arts and Science’s summer study abroad hosts 14 different programs throughout 11 different cities, utilizing NYU’s global network. CAS Summer Abroad has been hosting webinars throughout the fall semester. Check out the recordings of our past webinars on our website.

Below are some clips from our webinar series:

Summer Advantage: CAS Summer Abroad Photo

The Summer Advantage: CAS Summer Abroad hosts a number of programs curated to the city of study, and with small cohort sizes. You’ll never be a face lost in the crowd.

Summer in Florence Faculty Director Stefano Albertini Photo

Summer in Florence’s Faculty Director, Stefano Albertini, shows us the sun setting over the Duomo in Florence during the Summer in Florence webinar.

Summer in Dublin by Faculty Director Professor Conor Creaney Photo

Faculty Director Professor Conor Creaney talks about Summer in Dublin’s program, walking us through the Trinity campus (only offered in the summer via CAS Summer Abroad!).

To learn more about our other CAS Summer Abroad programs, visit our website today!

10 | CAS Alumni Relations

Alumni Awardee Roger Ross Williams Photo

Roger Ross Williams (WSUC ’87), 2020 CAS Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

On October 24, 2020, Dean Gene Jarrett presented the CAS Alumni Achievement Award to Roger Ross Williams (WSUC ’87). Williams is an award-winning director, producer, writer and the first African-American director to win an Academy Award ® with his short film “Music By Prudence.”

Williams’ award winning work pushes the boundaries of culture and film. His documentaries include Academy Award ® nominated and Emmy Award winning “Life, Animated” as well as “God Loves Uganda,” “American Jail,” Emmy Award winning “The Apollo,” and Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning VR experience “Traveling While Black.” His production company One Story Up is currently in production on numerous doc features and series, including: a feature-length adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between The World and Me,” an untitled documentary about civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, and a short film series with Topic and First Look Media. Currently Williams is in pre-production on his first narrative feature, “Cassandro,” for Amazon studios.

Read Williams’ inspiring acceptance speech:
Thank you, Dean Jarrett, Ms. Ivey and the College Alumni Association for this incredible honor. I was so thrilled to receive that iconic Tiffany blue box I received in the mail and marvel at this beautiful award. This award is going to have a really prominent place right here next to this iconic gold man [Roger’s Academy Award].

Nothing has shaped who I am or where I am in my career more than my experience at Washington Square University College (WSUC). NYU grounded me and educated me, and New York City was my campus. Studying Journalism under some of the greatest practicing journalists in the city where the greatest journalism happens was an amazing experience. It allowed me to be adjacent to institutions like The New York Times, PBS and the major television networks. And because of my experience at NYU, I ended up working at many of those networks. Because of NYU I had the opportunity to create documentaries for The New York Times, and one of my jobs out of college was as a researcher for ABC News working with people like Peter Jennings, Ted Koeppel and Barbara Walters. None of this would have been possible without the education and on the ground training I got at WSUC.

My professors would send me out into the city with assignments – that’s where I formed a lot of my social justice values and political ideas. I covered political conventions in Madison Square Garden. I went backstage to interview Madonna as she launched her “Like A Virgin” tour at the Palladium. NYU provided me with incredible experiences. No other city, no other university could give you experiences like that. It helped shape my curiosity, my imagination and my drive.

Mid-way through my career I decided to become a documentary filmmaker. I quit my job at CNN at the time, and I headed to Africa to make my first film “Music by Prudence.” I had no idea that the journey I was on would lead me to the stage of the Oscars. That was overwhelming and exciting and I wouldn’t have made it there if it wasn’t for WSUC and what I learned there. I went on to make films that garnered a second Oscar nomination and multiple Emmys, and I wouldn’t have received those awards without what I learned at WSUC.

Today I humbly serve as the Governor of the Documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where I get to sit at the table with the most influential names in the entertainment industry. I was only the second African-American elected to the board of that great institution.

I run a thriving production company. I direct and produce documentaries for TV and film. The entertainment industry has not always been accessible for people who look like me. Now my mission is to open doors for people who look like me. I wouldn’t be able to do that, again, without the education and training I received at WSUC.

I was the first person in my family to go to college. There is a moment that is burned in my memory – the moment I received my acceptance letter from NYU. I opened it with my mom in the basement of our modest, little house in Pennsylvania and we jumped up and down and hugged each other. Things like that never happened to folks like us and it changed the course of my life.

When I graduated years later, it was one of the greatest days of my life, because my mother who was a maid and had never graduated from high school, could see her son in his purple gown sitting in Washington Square Park – which, to all of us, was the center of the universe – and hear Senator Claiborne Pell, who created legislation that provides federal funds for low and middle income students like me and who inspired me to work in social justice and make a better world for people like my mother who never had the opportunities that I had. She was so proud of me that day and it is a day that I will never forget.

I have to dedicate this award to Betty Williams, my mother, who passed away a year ago, and everything she sacrificed for me to give me a better life and how she inspired me to serve humanity through my art. Mom, this is for you. Thank you so much, NYU, for this incredible honor.

Keep in touch and stay connected with CAS Alumni Relations! Email: Follow us on Twitter (@ArtsandScience) and Instagram (nyuartsandscience). Interested in participating as an alumni mentor? Please fill out this form:

Giving to CAS

11 | CAS Student Council

CAS Student Council’s two-fold mission of Student Advocacy and Programming is geared toward establishing new college traditions and fostering community amongst our diverse student body. Pictured below are just a few candid shots of CAS StuCo in action.

StuCo Kyel Shrader Photo
StuCo Wendy Fan Photo
StuCo Olivia Ottaviano Photo
StuCo Yuna Kim Photo

Thanks to Zoom, StuCo General Assembly meetings go global—CAS Student Council shows their school spirit no matter where they are!

Stuco Sarwat Siddiqui Photo
StuCo Musa Nishat Photo
StuCo Saralika Barua Photo

12 | College Events

Here at the College of Arts and Science we are committed to providing a unique educational experience for our students, one that incorporates not only an excellent classroom experience, but that also offers unique and exciting co-curricular lectures and events that spotlight our faculty—as well as noted scholars from around the world—and focus on topics that deeply affect our community.

Dean Jarrett’s Welcome to New First Year and Transfer Students

On Monday, August 31, Dean Jarrett welcomed new first year and transfer students in our traditional Welcome event. This year, for the first time, the Welcome was conducted virtually, and students (and, through the magic of the internet, for the very first time, their entire families and other guests!) joined us from wherever they were all around the world. In addition to Dean Jarrett’s words of encouragement and offerings to our new students about their place in CAS history, the Welcome featured remarks by current CAS student Lily Ge, a rising third-year majoring in Neural Science, and an incredibly inspiring keynote address by recent CAS alumnus Imam Khalid Latif, who is University Chaplain, Global Spiritual Life at NYU; Executive Director, The Islamic Center at NYU; Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership; and Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU Wagner.

Nearly 4,000  individuals were able to view the Dean's Welcome this year, up significantly from our typical audience of approximately 1,400 (traditionally split into two groups in the Skirball Theatre over two mornings due to space limitations). You, too, can view the Dean’s Welcome in its entirety at the video below.

CAS Dean Jarrett's Welcome Message

CAS Dean Jarrett’s Welcome Message

Virtual Dean’s Lecture with Professor Paul Romer
Professor Paul Romer Poster Photo

On Tuesday, October 27, Dr. Paul Romer, University Professor in Economics and Founding Director of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, presented a special virtual Dean’s Lecture entitiled “Progress Is Possible...If We Are Willing and Able to Make Course Corrections.” Professor Romer, the co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences, spoke candidly about this concept and how it had informed his own experiences in academia and as the Chief Economist at the World Bank and as founder of the Charter Cities Initiative, as well as in the broader context of the strategic challenges we face globally today.

A group that exceeded the capacity of any of our ‘brick and mortar’ CAS events facilities was able to take part in this event from around the world on the Zoom platform—bearing out in real time the hypothesis posed in Dr. Romer’s title. You, too can view Professor Romer’s  complete talk in the video below.

CAS Dean's Lecture with Professor Paul Romer

CAS Dean’s Lecture with Professor Paul Romer

Bentson Dean’s Lecture
Professor Rayna Rapp Poster Photo

On November 11, Professor Rayna Rapp of our Anthropology department presented a fascinating Bentson Dean’s Lecture to a group of students, professors and other guests assembled from around the world. Entitled “Banking on DNA: Gendering the Ever-Expanding Horizon of Prenatal Genetic Testing and Reproductive Technology,” Dr. Rapp’s talk focused on cutting edge technology that is forever changing the landscape of family-making. The entire talk and question and answer session may be viewed in its entirety in the video below.

Bentson Dean's Lecture with Professor Rayna Rapp

Bentson Dean’s Lecture with Professor Rayna Rapp

Dean Jarrett Greeting Card Photo

13 | Upcoming Dates

Mark Your Calendar!
Upcoming Dates

Sunday, December 13, 2020
Last day of Fall 2020 classes
Monday, December 14, 2020
Reading Day
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - Monday, December 21, 2020
Fall Semester Exams for
College of Arts & Science, Rory Meyers College of Nursing - Undergraduate (Non-Nursing Clinical Sequence) & Graduate, Faculty of Arts & Science/Liberal Studies, Gallatin School for Individualized Study, Graduate School of Arts & Science, Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Undergraduate College, Tandon School of Engineering, Robert F. Wagner - Graduate School of Public Service, School of Professional Studies - Credit Programs, Silver School of Social Work, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Tisch School of the Arts

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 - Sunday, January 3, 2021
Student Winter Recess - No classes scheduled
Thursday, December 24, 2020 - Sunday, January 3, 2021
Winter Recess for University Offices - The University, including the Office of the University Registrar, will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021.
Monday, January 4, 2021
The University reopens

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