The recent groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of NYU’s new campus in Washington, D.C., attracted some impressive guests including top donors, construction crew heads, DC campus planners, Chair of the Board of Trustees and the full university leadership team, who assembled to mark the start of the founding of NYU’s newest study-away site, the Constance Milstein and Family Academic Center (NYUDC). This is situated just blocks from the White House in the heart of the city. One topic addressed by speakers was the global network university. Said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Marty Lipton, “[NYUDC] fits in with this concept that John Sexton has brought to fruition,” said Lipton. “But we have a great deal more to go.” Another insisted there should be “no barriers” within the school’s network and that the establishment of NYUDC would assist in destroying more of them. This construction will definitely add to the prestige of the Washington campus.
Connie Milstein is about to embark on a new building project, the Washington, D.C. branch of the New York University study-abroad program. Ms. Milstein is directing $10 million to construct the 12-story, 75,000-square-foot center, which will join 11 other extensions of NYU which are located throughout the world.
The Washington, D.C. campus will offer a one semester study-abroad program in which students will be able to learn journalism, political science and American history just steps away from the White House, in one of the most powerful governmental cities in the world.
Groundbreaking is due to commence in September, 2010 with the first students arriving at the campus for spring semester in 2012. Students will arrive to find a building with dormitories on the upper floors, suitable for 125 students. The rest of the building will house lecture halls and seminar rooms. Located within the walls of the new building will also be the offices of Government and Community Affairs and the Brademas Center for the Study of Congress.
Connie Milstein explains her special interest in this project:
“I used to think New York was the capital of the world, but being in D.C. will give these students a totally different view of the United States and its position in the world. It’s an important place to teach students how the government works and the history of the U.S., not to mention opportunities for internships, which will allow them to understand the political system and get exposure to a much larger global network.”
Ford’s Theatre, where Connie Milstein sits on the Board of Trustees, is not only a place where great theater can be enjoyed by appreciative audiences; it is also a place where visitors can participate in innovative activities to learn about history.
One of these activities is the “History on Foot” walking tours, where an actor in costume leads visitors through downtown Washington D.C., bringing the extraordinary times of the Civil War era to life.
Currently there are two choices of tours available to participants: “Investigation:Detective McDevitt” which probes into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy, trying to separate fact from fiction concerning the historical events of April 14 and 15, 1865; and “A Free Black Woman:Elizabeth Keckly” which introduces the visitors to Elizabeth, close confidante to Lincoln’s wife. In this “street theater” presentation participants learn about the Lincoln family and the help Elizabeth gave to former slaves as they learn to live as free people in the newly free city of Washington.
It is also possible to request privately led walking tours for individuals or groups, depending on availability.
Among Connie Milstein’s many philanthropic activities is her participation in the functioning of Ford’s Theatre as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Ford’s Theatre, which, for many is “America’s most famous theater,” earned its place in history when one of America’s most beloved of Presidents, President Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated there in 1865.
Because of its historical importance Ford’s Theatre works in partnership with the National Park Service, overseeing close to one million visitors every year. Visitors to Ford’s Theatre learn about Abraham Lincoln, his tumultuous presidency, and his life in Washington D.C. in the mid-19th century. Ford’s Theatre is an excellent place to begin to understand Lincoln’s struggle to maintain a united country, the events leading up to his assassination and the motivating forces leading to his tragic death.
New York University is the latest recipient of the largesse of Connie Milstein and her philanthropic activities. Ms. Milstein is embarking on a $10 million project to expand the NYU campus to Washington D.C. by building an extension there.
The 12-story building will be the 12th additional campus for NYU which houses their extensive study-abroad program. The Washington campus will join the other satellite campuses which are located in internationally important cities such as London, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv. The Washington, D.C. program will be offering a one semester study-abroad program in journalism, political science and American history. Internships will also be offered in various government offices and non-governmental organizations.
The new building will be located on northwest L Street, just a few blocks from the White House. Ground-breaking for the new structure is scheduled to commence in September, 2010.