Experiencing NYC Diplomatic Culture

In this seminar, explore the unique role that NYC plays in international diplomacy with special emphasis on understanding the United Nations.  In addition to studying the UN’s past, present, and future, you will have opportunities to interact with professionals who work in the exciting field of international diplomacy.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Jacqueline Noel at or by calling 212-774-4861.

Program Closed for Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Seminar Dates

This seminar will meet on the following Saturdays from 10:0am-1:00pm:
October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11.




The tuition for this intensive is $475


Registration and Payment

You can register for this intensive by clicking on the “Register for the Intensive” link above. Once you have registered you will be contacted with instructions on how to make payment.


Your guide on this diplomatic adventure is Professor Amit  Bhattacharyya, who holds a Ph.D. in Population Economics from  Brown University and has extensive research and teaching experience  in many countries of the world.  He has worked professionally in the United Nations most of his adult life and has written many books and articles. He is fully conversant with the United Nations, its history, culture, and its role in the world.  He has retired from the UN and is currently a visiting fellow at Marymount Manhattan College.

Seminar Description

In this seminar, you’ll explore NYC as a centerpiece of global diplomacy.  Focusing on NYC’s unique role in international relations—both historically and today—experience this facet of NYC culture through exclusive access to important sites and individuals who work in this field.  Hear from diplomats, ambassadorial and consular staff members, and others who are immersed in the diplomatic culture of NYC.

Seminar topics include:

  • the history of the United Nations;
  • how bureaucrats from around the world interface with New York City;
  • various UN activities and priorities, such as peace keeping, violence against women, human rights, and the International Court of Justice;
  • the relationship between the United States and the United Nations;
  • the work of specific UN agencies, including UNDP, UNFPA, and UN WOMEN, with special attention paid to how the work of these agencies has made a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Readings and class discussions are supplemented by numerous guest speakers and class outings, possibly including visits to the United Nations (an optional visit that would be arranged during the week, as the UN is closed on Saturdays); a specific UN Mission where students can gain behind-the-scenes access to hear directly from staff members about their work; and guest lectures by UN staff members and interns about their unique experiences.

By the end of this seminar, you’ll have been fully immersed in NYC’s diplomatic culture, understanding through hands-on experience its unique role in international relations.

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