Students in the New York City Program tour the Tenement Museum.

In their second week in New York City, the Fall 2019 cohort of Hamilton’s New York City Program had the chance to explore New York’s Tenement Museum. Students were able to experience the everyday life of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries at the museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The group viewed the living and working spaces of two immigrant families, the Levines and the Rogarshevskys. Students observed the conditions in which sweatshop workers lived and worked, and learned about the social lives and mobility of period families from the great educators at the Tenement Museum.

The group later met with Rob Spatz ’90, who offered advice on navigating today’s challenging job market as well as his views of financial markets. Spatz is an operating partner of Bearing Capital which he founded in 2001. Bearing, a private equity partnership, applies relative value and structured credit techniques to special situation commodity, infrastructure, energy, agriculture and insurance transactions in developing and dislocated markets.

This semester’s New York City Program is directed by Professor of Economics Derek Jones, and the topic is Global Labor Markets.

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