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A Visit to the Whitney With an Expert Becomes a Two-Way Learning Experience

After leaving work on Wednesday of their first week at New York Public Radio the scholars went further downtown to the Whitney Museum. There Kristin Roeder of the museum's education staff showed them around the new building, with special focus on the exhibition 'Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection.' 'During our introductions,' Ms. Roeder recalled, 'students shared such a diverse variety of academic and personal interests - I found it very engaging to experience the depth that each student's ideas and insights brought to our discussions.'

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Photo by Kate Fenneman Stokes

Kristin Roeder discussing Njideka Akunyili Crosby's 2016 work "Portals."

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Photos by Melanie Rosen Brooks

Discussing Gary Simmons's, 1993 work "Lineup." The provocative arrangement of gold-plated sneakers against a police lineup background led to a discussion of race, money and assumptions at the boundaries between law enforcement and the rest of society.

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On a Whitney terrace, from left: Shuofei, Ibrahim, Emmanuel Jr., Desiree, Isaiah and Muhammad. Two of the group, sophomores Ibrahim of Rochester Institute of Technology and Desiree of Skidmore, are in last year's class but doing internship this year.

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After the museum, an evening picnic on the High Line.

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