Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of the Humanities Ambassadors Club?
The goal of the NYU Humanities Ambassadors is to strengthen the voice and identity of the Undergraduate humanities community by providing a dynamic platform for social and academic activities. Several events will focus on how a humanities education can prepare students for a wide range of careers and how the humanities intersect with fields such as the sciences, business and law.
How do I join the club?
Sign in to Orgsync to join here: https://orgsync.com/join/77638/the-humanities-ambassadors-at-nyu. You can also visit us at ClubFest on January 29, 2014 at Kimmel!
Can non-humanities majors still join?
Absolutely! Everyone who has an interest in the humanities and wants to connect with other like-minded students may join. Students interested in how the humanities intersect with other disciplines such as business, law, medicine or the sciences are especially welcome to join.
What is the Humanities Initiative?
The Humanities Initiative is a department within NYU that provides both financial and academic support for Humanities projects throughout the university, serving faculty and student projects across a wide range of disciplines. Read more about our mission here.
The Humanities Ambassadors Club will launch in Spring 2014 with a series of weekly social and educational events and end the year with a large career-focused finale event.
First week of each month
- The leadership team will meet to discuss planning, logistics, outreach and event coordination. A social event around campus (perhaps in a dorm or central meeting space) will be hosted during that same week.
Third week of each month
- The leadership team will host club-wide events and invite all club members to participate. These events will include a blend of social and educational activities. Event space will be reserved at the Kimmel Center on Fridays from 5PM to 7PM.
Year-end Finale Event (Tentative Date: April 30, 2014, 6PM to 8PM)
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Initiative, the Humanities Ambassadors Club will host a career panel talk featuring speakers from a variety of careers. This event is tentatively titled “What can you do with a B.A. in the Humanities?” Invited speakers will talk briefly about how their background in the Humanities has helped them be successful in their career. Following the panel talk, students will have an opportunity to form small groups and ask questions of speakers in a more intimate roundtable setting. Speakers could potentially include faculty, alumni or special guests chosen and invited by the Humanities Ambassadors Club leadership team.
Below are examples of the types of activities the Humanities Ambassadors may host.
- Guest Presenter – Invite a faculty member, alumni, museum executive, popular author or artist to come and speak to the club about their career and educational background.
- Museum Field Trip – Plan an outing to a museum, and contact museum administration to arrange a tour.
- Show Outing – Arrange group tickets to BAM or Skirball for theater, dance or musical performance.
- Workshop – Have students submit original poetry or creative, and run a small workshop with peer feedback.
- “Flash of Knowledge” Talks – Students present 5 minute talks about a subject that inspires them, or that they wish to learn more about, in grand TEDTalk style.
- Peer Learning Clinics – Students run small clinics to teach each other about drawing, sculpture, origami, book-binding, photography, etc.
I’m a Senior in CAS double majoring in History and Classics. My love for the humanities stems from my interest in paleontolgy as a child. My love for dinosaurs translated into wanting to know more about how the world around me came to be. I was far more interested in the people who built the world rather than the mechanisms behind it. On a more personal note, I like to consider myself a big reader and a huge sci-fi/fantasy and mystery buff.
I am a Sophomore in CAS majoring in English Literature and minoring in Gender Studies, Communications, and Spanish. A lover of reading from a very young age, I have always been drawn to stories that explore the essence of the human experience. I am passionate about all types of literature, from classic pieces of fiction to contemporary essays on gender discourse. I enjoy studying the humanities as means to better understand myself and the dynamic world that we live in. My other interests include writing, travel, and scouring local flea markets.
I am studying Environmental Policy, Comparative Literature, and Human Rights at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where I am a sophomore. I believe the humanities are critical for facilitating communication across a wide range of disciplines in order to achieve effective solutions to global challenges. I am thrilled to be working with the Humanities Ambassadors to engage with others who are passionate about these rich areas of study. Currently I am also a Research Scholar at GLOBAL Design NYU, an NYU faculty-directed research collaborative focused on ecological design and architecture.
I am a Junior in Gallatin with a concentration in Narrative Analysis and Production and a minor in Business Studies. I have always enjoyed telling stories. In elementary school, one of my first written sentences was “My mom bleaches her teeth,” and the scribbled page was photocopied and circulated amongst my mother’s giggling co-workers. I can only hope that my stories have remained amusing while having become less revealing of my friends and family. But really, you can speak with me unguardedly (even if you bleach your teeth). If I am not at home reading or writing, you can find me in the library reading or writing.
I am currently majoring in Political Science and double-minoring in History and Creative Writing. At the tender age of eight, I discovered the Harry Potter series. From then on, no one could dissuade this geeky, robes-clad Hermione Granger wannabe from becoming a writer. By the time I’d turned sixteen, I realized public service was truly my calling and looked to history for the past’s wisdom. Currently, I enjoy Youtube marathons and exploring New York City’s neighborhoods when not reading or writing creative non-fiction.
I am a sophomore in LSP double majoring in Chemistry and Art History and plan to go into the field of Art Conservation. I believe that the humanities are not only a crucial part of our education but also to our maturing into adults. How we live our lives depends so much on how we understand ourselves and the world around us and I feel as though humanities gives great insight into those things. My hobbies include playing volleyball, sketching, and photography.
I am a Sophomore in CAS double majoring in English and History and minoring in Comparative Literature and French. From the first book I read on my own, a work of historical fiction focusing on a young girl’s life during the Revolutionary War, I have been fascinated by the interplay of literature and history. For me, the humanities is not just an area of personal fascination but also a field of learning that is essential to understanding who we are. My hobbies include reading, writing, travel, and obsessing over the BBC’s Sherlock.
I’m a CAS sophomore double majoring in history and art history and squeezing in classes in everything else so I can see just how much of the world I’m missing out on. When I’m not working with the Humanities Ambassadors, you can find me sitting in the Sky Room at the New Museum, waiting for student rush tickets on the streets of Times Square, or hanging out with the poets of Slam! at NYU, the university’s slam poetry group.