Stanford in New York Summer 2020-2021

Stanford in New York is excited to offer a full program this Summer 2020-2021. Experience the global city and this unique opportunity to live, learn, and work in New York City during a summer quarter. This full-time, in-person program will feature 4-day/week internships in areas of student interest as well as New York faculty-led courses designed to capitalize on the resources only New York City can offer. The summer program will also offer field trips, alumni networking, guest speakers, and group activities. Test the waters of living, learning, and working in a global city, while being in a Stanford academic environment.


New York, New York

Living and Travel Conditions­­

Single bedroom dormitory style housing with private kitchenettes and bathrooms. Housing is located in Brooklyn, New York.

Prerequisites and Expectations

There are no prerequisites; students are expected to take all 3 of the courses offered and to remain in residence for the full 10 weeks of the quarter.

Required Coursework

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.

Rosina S. Miller 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.


Imaging Change: Global Arts and Social Change - 4 units

Working amid great chaos, photographers, filmmakers, and contemporary artists are exploring new ways to use their mediums to advocate for social change. This course will examine some of the people, collectives, and organizations working globally that use the realm of the visual to address and advocate for human rights and social justice.  Students will learn about practitioners in socially engaged art, concerned photography, cultural organizing, public art, interactive film, and more. The class will include regular visits to (or guests from) artists’ and photographers’ studios, and the esteemed foundations and organizations supporting this work. Students will gain a new understanding of the arts as a provocative and wholly vital field that actively seeks social progress. A final paper will be required.

Danielle Jackson is deeply committed to bringing discrete people, ideas, and disciplines together. She is the co-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center, an internationally-recognized gallery and educational space that uses photojournalism and documentary film to create conversation on social change.  Formerly, she ran the cultural department at Magnum Photos NY where she coordinated a range of lectures, traveling exhibitions and retrospectives for museums, universities, and photo festivals in more than a dozen countries. Her observations on cultural practice can be found on Twitter @Makerthinker. She holds a BFA in Film and Television and MA in Africana Studies from NYU.

The Agile City - 4 units

While a unique confluence of forces—largely economic, cultural and environmental—is transforming urban places globally, these forces are having extraordinarily transformative effects on New York City. As a result, the form of the city is changing as convulsively as it did in the formative decades of the late 19th and early 20th century. At such a historic tipping point, The Agile City is intended to help participants think about city form and the forces that create it as integral to the larger questions and issues society faces.

The course will ground itself in the physical city: at the intersection of architecture and planning (culture, identity and innovation in built form), social impact (how to grow broad well-being) and environmental sustainability (conserving nonrenewable resources and improving the health of ecosystems that support us). Students in the course will learn to “read” the physical city as a record of the forces that act on it and as an expression of transformative vitality. The class will draw from case studies in New York and elsewhere, using guest experts and site visits or walking tours.

James S. Russell, FAIA, is a journalist and consultant who focuses on architecture and cities. He has written for numerous publications as an architecture critic and journalist, including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He was the architecture critic at Bloomberg News and a long-time editor at Architectural Record magazine. He is working on a new book about the intertwining of urban culture and business success at a time of extraordinary challenges.   His earlier book, The Agile City: Building Well Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change, was published by Island Press.