Distance Learning: Master Classes
Every week during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, UNIS held a Master Class for the community, featuring distinguished guests from various fields.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
Our first session featured U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer spoke with the UNIS Community about the US Courts and Constitution.
Max Hollein, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of NY
Our second session featured Max Hollein, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Community questions focused around the 150th anniversary of the Met, how the Museum is confronting the current health situation, and how it is adapting to a globalized art world.
Michael Mayer, Tony Award Winning Director
Our third Master Class featured Michael Mayer. Mr. Mayer is the Tony Award-winning Director of Spring Awakening, American Idiot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He has directed many other plays and musicals, films, television, and opera.
Smiling Mask Concert
A group of UNIS Students wanted to do something positive during this pandemic, with the goal of educating about COVID19. They built a website (sites.google.com/unis.org/coronavirus), raised funds, and created a wonderful concert utilizing the international language of music. Please enjoy the concert as UNIS students help to build a better world.
Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET and the former President of NBC News
Our fifth session featured Mr. Neal Shapiro. Mr. Shapiro provided insight into his journey through the world of journalism. He highlights the role of media in today's society, especially the role of media during a pandemic.
Madeleine Smithberg, UNIS class of '77 and Creator of the Daily Show
Madeleine discusses her journey since graduating from UNIS, Class of 1977. After UNIS, she became an Art History major, took her first job post-grad in Italy, became a Co-Creator of the Daily Show, and continues with her success today.
Carol Bellamy, Chair of Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Carol Bellamy has worked as a lawyer, a banker, and a New York Politician. She headed up the Peace Corps and ran UNICEF. She has been a leader in education, Board Chair of the IBO, and CEO of World Learning. Please enjoy a Conversation with Carol Bellamy.
To the Class of 2020, featuring United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres
Secretary-General António Guterres addressed the UNIS Class of 2020 to celebrate their achievements. He answered questions from Tutorial House students about his experience in high school and his life today as the S-G, and provided invaluable advice. Afterward, the celebration of the Class of 2020 continued with memories from their time at UNIS.
Dr. Prem Premsrirut, MD/PhD, CEO of Mirimus
UNIS Parent, Dr. Premsrirut, spoke to the UNIS Community about what the scientific community is working on during COVID-19. Dr. Premsrirut explains the structure of COVID-19, how it infects humans and replicates, and humans immune response. She then provides an in-depth analysis of the various testing methods, antibodies, and more.
A Panel of UNIS Alumni Discuss Dismantling Racism
Episode 10, our final masterclass of the school year, featured a panel of UNIS Alumni:
- Ann Morning '86, Associate Professor of Sociology, NYU
- Arthur Ago '86, Director of Criminal Justice Project, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights
- E. Michael Bobbit '87,Assistant Commissioner, Community Action Programs for the City of New York
- Moderated by: Sonny Ago '87, AVP for Student Life at Manhattan College
The discussion began by diving into the definition of racism, why our concepts of race matter, and noting that UNIS students have the power to be agents of change. The panelists then provided insight and background into our current climate, as well as the history that has led us here. The panel then took questions from our community. The discussion closed by pointing out that this is just the start and we must work to sustain the conversation and take action.