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.


To watch Episode 1, Featuring Justice Breyer Please Click Here

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.

To watch episode 2, featuring Max HolleinPlease Click Here

Michael Mayer, Tony Award Winning Director

Our third Master Class featured Michael Mayer.  Mr. Mayer is the Tony Award-winning Director of Spring AwakeningAmerican IdiotThoroughly Modern Millie, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He has directed many other plays and musicals, films, television, and opera.

To watch Episode 3, featuring Michael Mayer Please Click Here

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.

To watch Episode 4, The Smiling Mask Concert Please Click Here

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.


To watch Episode 5, A Conversation with Neal Shapiro Please Click Here

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. 


To watch Episode 6, A conversation with Madeleine Smithberg, Please Click Here

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 watch Episode 7, A Conversation with Carol Bellamy Please Click Here

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. 

To watch Episode 8, S-G Addresses the Class of 2020 Please Click Here

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. 

To Watch Episode 9, Dr. Premsrirut discusses COVID-19 Please Click Here

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.

To watch Episode 10, UNIS Alumni Discuss Racism Please Click Here

Thank you for joining us for our Masterclasses! We hope you continue to enjoy them over the summer and hope to see you here again in the fall!