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The King’s College, NYC, To Host Week-Long High School Summer Academy Online with Journalism and Finance Tracks


Photo: Students tour New York during The King’s College’s Summer Academy. This year’s Summer Academy will be held online. 

This month, The King’s College in New York City will host two week-long summer sessions for high school students to earn college credit studying with finance and journalism faculty and industry leaders.

Each week includes interactive classes with professors and field-trip style sessions virtually exploring New York City institutions. The King’s College is a Christian liberal arts college, and professors bring a biblical perspective to their areas of expertise.

This is the college’s sixth year offering Summer Academy and the first hosting the program virtually. Summer Academy Online is offered at the highly discounted rate of $200 for one week or $350 for two weeks. Dates and track options are as follows:

  • July 12–17: Faith and Finance
  • July 26–31: Sports Journalism | Arts and Culture Reporting

Paul Glader, track leader for Arts and Culture Reporting, will take students on a virtual visit to Newsweek magazine and on virtual visits of MoMA, Pace Gallery and the David Zwirner Gallery. “The arts world has long wrestled with digital categories,” says Glader, a former reporter at The Wall Street Journal who also edits the award-winning web-site ReligionUnplugged.com. “And this year their ability to make, show and demonstrate art in that new format is very important.” Students will explore this digital trend and consider how it will shape the future of the art world. They will discuss NYC as a hub of book publishing, fashion, art, film / tv, music and many other parts of culture. They will also consider how Christians can think about and approach culture. And they consider how Christians are working in the world of art and culture at a high level.

Clemente Lisi, track leader for Sports Journalism, will give students hands-on writing experiences to hone their craft, including an examination of how society engages with sports on TV, apps and the Internet as well as in person. This is even more relevant during a year in which pro sports and college sports are adapting to Covid-19. Lisi is a former deputy head of news at The New York Daily News and a sports journalist who covers major league soccer and the World Cup. One element of the course covers the life of Jackie Robinson and features a virtual tour of Brooklyn locations that highlight the famed baseball player. “Robinson is the kind of historical figure that transcends sports. He broke the color barrier to become the first African-American to play in the major leagues in 1947,” Lisi says. “He was also a devout Christian and remains a role model for so many Americans seven decades after he played baseball.”

In the Faith and Finance track, Dr. Kimberly Reeve and Prof. Michael Hrynuik will lead group activities and discussions to teach students the economics, instruments and institutions of financial markets using New York City as a case study. As Christian finance practitioners, they will discuss how Biblical principles are applicable to everyday operations at a financial institution. Dr. Reeve has an MBA and a PhD and has worked as a managing director at Cathedral Consulting Group. Hrynuik has an MBA from Yale University and has worked in finance at Lehman Brothers, MUFG Securities and Queensboro Capital. “We start with the very roots of capitalism in New York City,” Dr. Reeve says. They plan to cover an overview of money from seashells and gold to cryptocurrency. And Hrynuik says they aim to help students answer the question: “Is it possible to be a Christian leader within the world of financial services and to find a way to glorify God?”

Students can apply and submit their enrollment fee at www.tkc.edu/sa. Applications due by July 8 for the finance track and by July 17 for the journalism tracks.

The King’s College (www.tkc.edu) is a Christian liberal arts college in New York City’s Financial District founded in 1938. It chooses to engage American culture at its heart, providing students with opportunities they won’t find elsewhere. The College’s Core Curriculum gives students a robust intellectual foundation for principled leadership throughout society. Under the mentorship of its faculty, students learn to seamlessly integrate their faith and morality into their lives and careers. King’s is not a college for the faint of heart — it calls students to be good, brave and ready.