Lindsey Zeichner: United Nations Studies and Diplomacy

ZeichnerLindsey Zeichner
United Nations Studies and Diplomacy
B.A. anticipated June 2014
Home College: City
Mentor: Prof. Jean Krasno, Political Science and International Relations, City

Lindsey Zeichner’s academic background is notably accelerated and advanced. She attended a progressive high school that allowed her to take college courses, and she graduated in three years. By age seventeen, she was an established world traveler. She studied Italian in Italy, learned German in Germany and it’s derivative, Dutch, in the Netherlands. She learned the dialects of Belgium, became conversant in Russian and picked up some Turkish, Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian along the way. She volunteered in Germany to work with refugees from war-torn Africa, then traveled to Bavaria to work with an international film crew on a film about international stereotyping and prejudice. These formative experiences ignited her passion for international studies and her desire to become a “global citizen” and to work inter-culturally.

At 17, she entered Columbia University and studied upper-level German and Russian language, literature, culture and politics, as well as modern world history, anthropology, nonwestern music and Japanese culture. Two and a half years later, she was accepted – as the youngest student ever – to Columbia’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs United Nations Studies Program. She excelled in her courses and was offered a research position by Prof. Loraine Rickard-Martin; her research resulted in a manuscript with Prof. Rickard-Martin published in March 2014 by the International Peace Institute. Inspired by this project, Zeichner went on to research the complex routes by which weapons of mass destruction are trafficked between and among the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation, the Peoples’ Republic of China, North Korea and Syria; she is completing the manuscript for this study now.

In 2013, she came to CUNY to complete her undergraduate degree, fashioning her own advanced study of the U.N. and diplomacy. At City College, she studied the European Union with Prof. Syrrakos and received a fellowship to travel to Belgium to represent the college at the Model E.U. in Brussels. In her last semester, she represented City at the International Model U.N. in NYC. In addition to studying the history, culture and politics of Korea and Japan, she completed two independent studies: The Political and Historical Context of Pre-perestroika Soviet Art: the Artists’ Perspective and Global Health: A Guide to the Hispanic Patient.

About the first independent study, her interest in art and artists will come as no surprise since she is an artist herself. She has a notable c.v. in the performing arts: among other accomplishments, she composed the musical scores for two feature films and two animated shorts, received international recognition from ASCAP for a ballet she composed, and was awarded a fellowship by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to study music composition with the Haitian composer Daniel Barnard Roumain. In fact, her work as a multidisciplinary artist is what gave her entrée to become a global citizen. “In each country I visited, I was welcomed because I was an artist. People talked openly with me. Effortlessly, I learned about people, their family structures, their ethnicities, cultural influences, their governments and how they related to governance.”

She has applied to the CUNY Graduate Center’s Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, saying, “I feel so strongly about the value of my CUNY education, that this is the sole graduate program to which I have applied.”