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The New York City Seminar

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Church Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The New York City Seminar — 5 units


What are essential characteristics of cities? What makes New York New York? Taught by the program director, the NYC Seminar includes all program participants and investigates how New York, as a complex, dynamic city, shapes and is shaped by issues relevant to each quarter’s thematic lens. To do this, the seminar focuses attention on your engagement with the city through your internship, courses, and other activities, and asks you to consider what the city means to you personally. Using a structured experiential education process that includes site visits, workshops, reflective assignments, and a final portfolio project, the course ultimately aims to integrate the learning from all elements of the program and help you gain meaningful insights into work and professional life, the application of your interests and values, and your vision for the future.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Rosina S. Miller

Rosina S. Miller (she/her/hers) is the founding director of Stanford in New York. Working for more than 20 years in experiential education, Rosina previously served on the faculty and then as executive director of The Philadelphia Center, an off-campus study program founded by the Great Lakes Colleges Association and one of the nation's earliest programs dedicated to academic internships and learning in an urban environment. Rosina is also a co-founder of a successful charter school in Philadelphia that features a Spanish language immersion program and a commitment to global citizenship. For 9 years, Rosina served in various leadership positions on the school’s Board of Trustees, including president.

Rosina holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Folklore and Folklife and has researched, presented, and published on urban social change efforts. She is passionate about cities, urban cultural expression, experiential learning, and helping students integrate their personal, professional, and academic development.