We are pleased to invite you to the following NYU Global Dialogues event hosted jointly by NYU Washington DC and NYU London via Video Conference, taking place the week following Spring Break. Please RSVP via the link at the bottom of this email if you would like to attend.
Legislative Bodies US v UK
Thursday 1 May 2014, 6pm
Room 104 NYU London Academic Centre
One of the most notable changes in British Politics in the past decade is the growing Independence of Members of Parliament. Historically, MPs followed the Party Whips as Party support was essential to preferment. As a consequence of these changes, many political scientists in the UK have tended to devote their attention to studying the executive rather than the legislature.
While several academics have written about this phenomenon, none has put forward, or even attempted to put forward a coherent thesis to explain the rise in MP independence. This comparative discussion will illustrate clear trends that have led to the decline in partisan voting, the growth in the number of ‘safe seats’, increasing lobbing activity in Parliament and the rise in importance of Parliamentary Committees.
Influences on voting in Congress is well established, therefore this discussion will also look at ways in which the influences on voting by representatives has been analyzed and what testable hypothesis could be put forward to explain the rise in MP rebellions.
The Honorable David Bonoir. - Founding chair, American Rights at Work
Thomas A. (Tad) Devine - Principle, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh
Linda Killian - Washington Journalist and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Scott Kelly - Political Professor at NYU London, London School of Economics and University of London
Philip Cowley - The University of Nottingham, Professor of Parliamentary Government, Faculty of Social Sciences
Ally week will be taking place next week at NYU London (for the 3rd consecutive year!) - just before everyone jets off travelling for spring break. Ally Week is happening in NYC the following week, but you’ll all be travelling then!
Below you will find a number of great opportunities and events that are being run exclusively for NYUL, and relevant events in London.
What is NYU Ally Week?
At a large urban institution with hundreds of micro-communities, it is often challenging to foster meaningful cross-cultural interactions. The annual NYU Ally Week creates opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators to deepen their understanding of the experiences of others, and raise awareness of the individual and collective injustices that confront many in our society.
Working from an intersectional and intercultural understanding of oppression, the entire campus community will be challenged to examine stereotypes and prejudice through events, a photo campaign, pledge stations and social media
Check out what’s happening all over the world across NYU’s global network for Ally Week here: http://nyuallyweek.tumblr.com/
Every Wednesday, we bring you a British-ism to help you get acquainted with our weird and wonderful vocabulary!
This week’s word/phrase is: Leg it
Meaning; To run away. Usually to run away from trouble or flee the scene of a crime.
"As soon as I heard about the fire I legged it over here as fast as I could."
Last Thursday we were taken on a tour of the BBC Broadcasting House!
It was really cool to see all the different departments and the newsroom, and all the people doing work while we were there. The Africa area was busy as they had an ambassador there doing an interview.
I really liked the different working spaces that the BBC has—comfy areas, places with big tables for collaborative work, desks, etc. I think any place that has varied work spaces is successful!
Afterwards, there were a few people who actually came in to talk to us and give insight into their views of journalism. They answered questions and told stories about their experiences in the field. The BBC is really amazing about putting journalists in the field.
We then had some BBC pastries and were given the opportunity to come back on Tuesday morning (tomorrow!) to see a radio show. So excited!
PS: The picture is one of the views from the roof.
As you will have seen in the Cultural Programming Calendar for this Spring Term, you are in London when the annual University Boat Race is being held: in fact it is being held this very Sunday, April 6th 2014. Now in its 160th year, “The Boat Race” as it is universally known as one of THE events of the British social and sporting calendars and you should really try and see it if you are in town this weekend!
As its name suggest, the event is a race between the rowing teams of Oxford and Cambridge universities, but the whole country stops to watch and to the victorious team members, need never to buy a drink again, as they become part of college folklore, forever a member of the team that won the boat race!
The race (itself) begins near Putney Bridge (on the River Thames) at 5.55pm on Sunday afternoon and will finish 25 minutes later upstream at Chiswick Bridge, but the whole day is one to enjoy, with music festivals (in-and-around the Thames at Putney) and the pubs spilling-out onto the river banks with merry undergraduate students goading their counterparts from the other university. It’s all good fun and a good place to meet fellow British students, especially ones from Oxford or Cambridge.
A good plan for the day, if you want to go, is to take London Underground to Putney Bridge. This is three stops beyond Earl’s Court on the (green-coloured) District Line (if travelling South West out of the city). At Putney Bridge: Exit the station and go left and then right. This will take you past the Ten Bells pub - the first of many refreshment stops. Even better, cross the bridge (now directly ahead) and walk to the far bank of the river. There on your right, firstly you will see hundreds of people and then you will see a number of riverside pubs.
The race starts at 5.55pm, but to get into the spirit of things it’s probably best to arrive around 3.30pm.