New York City: Our Urban Classroom

You are familiar with the old clichés. New York City is a melting pot, the city that never sleeps, a place that has its own unit of time – the New York minute – but, for us at NYCE, New York City is our classroom, and yesterday was a testament to this fact.

Art History Minors visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they examined Greek vases, Renaissance masterworks, and Chinese scholar paintings in an attempt to help them better understand art history’s formal principles of iconography and rhetoric.

Advertising and Media Minors made an excursion to City Hall, where they had the chance to meet Heather Johnson, a Public Relations Specialist, and listen to presentations on local media and public works.

Criminology students visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which memorializes the lives of those lost in the Holocaust by preserving their traditions, celebrating their accomplishments, and providing a space for students of all ages to learn how to challenge and counter inequality and oppression.

Genetics Minors padded across the street to Columbia to visit the Morgan Room, lovingly called the Fly Room, which was first overseen by Thomas Hunt Morgan, Nobel Prize winner in Physiology and Medicine in 1933 for his discoveries elucidating the role that chromosomes play in heredity.

Psychology Minors visited Dr. Nim Tottenham’s Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia, where she showed the class her mock MRI scanner, which is used to help acclimate children to being in an MRI scanner for clinical studies.

Fashion Majors toured the Garment District in Midtown, where they learned about the history of the apparel industry in New York City.

Filmmaking Majors made their way to the Highline to capture images to tell a story, and Photography students hiked to Central Park to practice shooting in manual.

Though each group of students visited different parts of the city, they all returned to campus engaged, energized and ready to share what they had experienced and learned. The students agree: New York City is their classroom.