In 2015, College of Arts and Sciences art history Professor Romita Ray organized the University’s first public Diwali celebration on campus. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Hindu festival held each October or November in India where…
Meet the Men Behind Creation of the Fisher Center
Winston Fisher and James Kuhn are the driving force behind Syracuse University’s New York City academic home in midtown Manhattan. This video provides some insight on the two men who made it all happen.
Here’s a transcription of the story:
“This was a second floor vacant space. And you look at it, you see. This is the perfect ..the location is dynamite. This is where everything is happening today in New York City. It’s everything I explore and exceed. It’s gonna make every other academic institution jealous we have this asset here.
It’s a wonderful opportunity for Syracuse to make a name for itself in the financial capitol of the world. . I think it’s opportunity for classes here, semester aboard programs. I think this is one kind of program.
It can be. I had a vision. Had a vision that New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. It’s international. But it was an under utilized asset for the university. And this is a great place. You can have an academic center. Students can take advantage of it. You can have faculty take advantage of it. There is so much energy and so much potential. And it’s power.
I think the vision is that Syracuse is not often talked about in a specific school mode. I think for a hundred thousand feet, people see Syracuse football, basketball team, Arts and Sciences. But the thing that make Syracuse great, we have so many great colleges, from Maxwell, Newhouse, Whitman, to Ischool, VPA, and bandier program, Europe program. This is opportunity of showcase that, students don’t have to wait, to go up to Syracuse for a visit, to get a tour, or miss something. It’s sort of our brand on display, in the middle of Madison Avenue, in technology, in new media area, of New York City. So this is a wonderful opportunity, branding opportunity, and an educational opportunity.”