Students have the opportunity to sample “slices” of Marymount Manhattan’s unique curriculum. Each day’s seminar is led by an MMC faculty member with expertise in the particular discipline/field and includes an in-class session usually in the morning followed by a group lunch and then an excursion that offers unique access to a location that is linked to the day’s topic and to New York City. Each evening features a cultural or social event sponsored by the Office of Residence Life that provides additional access to NYC’s myriad cultural institutions.
Sunday 7/14/19 to Saturday 7/20/19 (inclusive of housing check-in and checkout)
Seminars: Daily Schedule
Monday July 15: Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? Child Development and NYC
Faculty: Nava Silton
Dr. Silton received a Master’s and Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University. Nava’s research interests include determining how best to enhance typical children’s sensitivity to children with disabilities and how to teach social-emotional skills to children on the spectrum. She has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Workshop, and Mediakidz and has consulted for Netflix and The Autism Seaver Center.
This seminar will afford students an opportunity to learn key theories of Child Development and special, hot issues confronting today’s kids! Whether it’s Piaget, Freud, Erikson or Vygotsky, students will be armed with classical theories of development and then be able to delve into the controversial issues of today. Students will have hands-on/interactive opportunities to engage with the material in a talk-show format and as part of a mock congress.
As part of this seminar, students will also have an opportunity to tour an actual Children’s Television Network in NYC!
Tuesday July 16: United Nations’ Perspectives on Global Issues
Faculty: Amit Bhattacharyya
Dr. Bhattacharyya 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. Amit 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.
This seminar, led by former a United Nations official and current Marymount Manhattan Visiting Fellow, will provide students with a valuable understanding of current global issues from the perspective of the United Nations: international affairs, development, the environment, women’s empowerment, and peace and security issues.
The group will tour the United Nations, lunch in the UN cafeteria, rubbing elbows with diplomats and dignitaries, and meet with a UN official to learn more about this fascinating organization.
Wednesday July 17: Green Spaces in an Urban Jungle
Faculty: Matthew Lundquist
Dr. Lundquist received a doctorate in biology from Binghampton University and a master’s degree in entomology from Michigan State University. His research focuses on the ecological impacts of urbanization, particularly the biodiversity and ecological function of urban freshwaters and urban green spaces. Matthew has published on topics such as aquatic insect diversity and the effects of litter on freshwater streams and teaches conservation biology and general biology at MMC.
When you think of New York City, the last thing you probably think about is nature, something that is wholly separate from urban life. Or is it? The burgeoning science of urban ecology seeks to understand the impact that cities have on nature as well as the important role that nature has in cities. This includes the economic, environmental and aesthetic value of “green spaces” or “green infrastructure,” areas built by humans to emulate nature. We will spend the morning learning about the history of green spaces in New York City and the impact that they have on the urban environment.
In the afternoon, we will visit Hudson Yards and explore the biodiversity of The High Line, a train bridge repurposed as an urban garden. We will then climb up onto the green roof of the Javits Center and learn about how green infrastructure can increase efficiency while also providing habitat for diverse animals and plants.
Thursday July 18: New York Talk
Faculty: Susan Behrens
Susan J. Behrens holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brown University. As a research associate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NY) and Cambridge University (UK), Sue conducted research on the processing of language and its neural connections. At MMC, Susan is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and teaches courses in linguistics and sociolinguistics. Her textbooks include An Introduction to Speech Science (with Jack Ryalls; Allyn and Bacon, 2000), Grammar (Routledge 2010), Language in the Real World (with Judith Parker, Routledge, 2010), Understanding Language Use in the Classroom (Multilingual Matters, 2014).
This seminar will explore the languages of the most diverse city in the world through classroom activities examining the basics of language, the infamous New York accent, and the 100s of other languages and dialects of the city.
In the afternoon you will be able to take your knowledge to a new level with a field trip to where it all began, Ellis Island.
Friday July 19: Media Literacy and Media Makers
Faculty: Anna Ozbek
Anna Ozbek is a filmmaker, multimedia journalist, educator, and organizer based in New York City. She has a decade of experience working in broadcast media and video production around the world. Her multimedia work has appeared in places such as CNN, Global Post, National Geographic, NY1 and Democracy Now! She works on the independent daily news hour Democracy Now! and is an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA candidate at Hunter College.
This seminar asks participants to consider how emerging media makers can benefit from applying a more critical lens to all media – including their own. Students will learn more about the history of our media landscape and how learning the methods of production helps us better understand our world today.
In the afternoon. students will visit the Chelsea studios of the global TV news hour Democracy Now! to see how independent media offers vital lessons in this field. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the production staff and engage in discussions about the importance of framing and intention in digital storytelling.
All program participants who live outside of a 25-mile radius of Marymount Manhattan College are required to live in the residence hall for the duration of the program. Participants will be housed in the College’s 55th Street Residence Hall. Housing is available to students accepted for the intensive, and who will be at least 16 years of age as of 7/1/19.
Click here to view the Housing Information Sheet
Click here to view the Resident’s Guide to Community Living
The residence hall check-in will take place on Sunday 7/14/19. The residence hall checkout will take place on Sunday 7/20/19 (by no later than 10:00 am). Additional information regarding the check-in and check-out will be provided to each accepted student in May.
All students participating in the United Nations Intensive, and who are living in the residence hall, are required to participate in the Marymount Dining Dollars meal plan. The cost of this plan for the one week period will be $50. The meal plan is a declining balance card and students may add money to their card throughout the course of the program. Students will have access to the Marymount Manhattan College cafeteria located at 221 East 71st Street from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday-Thursday. Evening and weekend meals are not included in the meal plan. Grocery stores and restaurants are located near the 55th Street residence hall. The estimated budget for additional meals, transportation, and other personal costs is approximately $100. This budget will vary depending on the student’s individual needs.
This is a non-credit intensive. College credit is not available.
Program Costs-Residential Option
Tuition and Housing: $1,550
Meal Plan: $ 50
Total Program Cost: $1,600
Program Costs-Commuting Option
Tuition: $ 1,050
Total Program Cost: $ 1,050
Payment Due Dates
Deposit: $ 500 Due on or before 5/24/19
Final Payment (Residential) : $ 1,100 Due on or before 6/7/19
Final Payment (Commuting: $ 550 Due on or before 6/7/19
All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On or before 6/1/19 100% Refund
Between 6/2/19 and 7/7/19 50% Refund
After 7/7/19 0% Refund
- Marymount Pre College Summer Intensive Program Application.
- Marymount Pre College Recommendation Form from a high school teacher.
- Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe what you hope to achieve during the Precollege Summer United Nations Intensive Program and what has prepared you for this experience.
Priority Application Date
Applicants who apply by May 1, 2019 will be notified of acceptance into the program by May 10, 2018. Enrollment and registration in any Pre College Summer Intensive Program do not imply acceptance into any degree program at Marymount Manhattan.