Slice of New York Pre College Summer Intensive


This Program is no Longer Available for Summer 2019


Program Overview

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. The program is also open to entering 1st year Marymount Manhattan College students who graduated high school in 2019, and will be no older than 18 during the program. 

Program Dates

 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. Nava SiltonDr. 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. Amit BhattacharyyaDr.  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

Matthew LundquistDr. Lundquist received a doctorate in biology from Binghamton 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

Dr. Susan BehrensSusan 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 OzbekAnna 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. 

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.

Meal Plan

 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.  

College Credit

This is a non-credit intensive. College credit is not available. 


Program Costs

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 


Refund Policy

All requests for a refund must be made, in writing, to Jacqueline Noel (

On or before 6/1/19                                 100% Refund

Between 6/2/19 and 7/7/19                     50% Refund

After 7/7/19                                                 0% Refund


Application Requirements

  1. Marymount Pre-College Summer Intensive Program Application.
  2. Marymount Pre-College Recommendation Form from a high school teacher.
  3. Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe what you hope to achieve during the Pre-College Summer Slice of New York 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.