On September 29, the NYU Stern PhD program welcomed back alumni to campus to celebrate its history, scholarship and future.
Following opening remarks from Professor Joel Steckel, vice dean of Doctoral Education, NYU alumnus Henry Kaufman (ARTS ‘48, PhD ‘58), NYU Life Trustee, chairman emeritus of NYU Stern’s Board of Overseers and president of Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc., joined Professor Kim Schoenholtz, director of Stern’s Center for Global Economy & Business, for a fireside chat. Dr. Kaufman and Professor Schoenholtz discussed a variety of topics including the role of policy in AI-informed financing, future challenges for the labor sector and the decline in credit quality and AAA-rated companies. In his advice to current students, Dr. Kaufman highlighted the importance of having an open mind as well as an understanding of the history of economic and financial thought.
From left to right: Professor Kim Schoenholtz and Dr. Henry Kaufman (ARTS ‘48, PhD ‘58), NYU Life Trustee, chairman emeritus of NYU Stern’s Board of Overseers and president of Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc.
The event also highlighted the evolution of the program to its current level of preeminence through a panel discussion featuring current and former PhD program chairs and directors, moderated by Professor Lawrence White.
From left to right: Professor Emeritus Edwin Elton, Professor William Greene, Professor Emeritus William Starbuck, Professor Joel Steckel and Professor Lawrence White
Finally, the day concluded with current PhD students showcasing their research.
NYU Stern PhD student Stéphane Francioli presents his research on organizational behavior.