Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.

Featured Speakers

avatar for Miki Agrawal

Miki Agrawal

Social Entrepreneur, Founder of TUSHY
avatar for Radha Agrawal

Radha Agrawal

Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker
avatar for Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos

International Correspondent, NPR
avatar for Tarana  Burke

Tarana Burke

Founder of the 'me too' Movement
avatar for Carl Bernstein

Carl Bernstein

Journalist and Author
avatar for Emily Bode

Emily Bode

Designer, Bode, BA in Philosophy '13, BFA in Fashion Design '13
avatar for Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen

Staff Writer, The New Yorker
avatar for Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and author of Stamped From The...
avatar for Derek Lam

Derek Lam

Designer, BFA in Fashion Design '90
avatar for Shaun King

Shaun King

Activist, CEO of The North Star, Co-Founder of the Real Justice PAC
avatar for Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik

Founder & CEO, Kwik Learning
avatar for Fern Mallis

Fern Mallis

President, Fern Mallis, LLC
avatar for Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi

Actor, Writer, Comedian
avatar for Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe

Former Deputy Director of the FBI
avatar for Paola Mendoza

Paola Mendoza

Filmmaker, Activist, The Soze Agency
avatar for Jodie Patterson

Jodie Patterson

Social Activist, Entrepreneur, and Writer
avatar for Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
avatar for Geena Rocero

Geena Rocero

Model, Producer, Gender Proud
avatar for Jonathan F. P. Rose

Jonathan F. P. Rose

President, Rose Companies
avatar for Jeff Rosenthal

Jeff Rosenthal

Co-Founder of Summit
avatar for Erica Williams Simon

Erica Williams Simon

Founder and CEO, Sage House
avatar for Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik

Co-Founder, Partner of The Soze Agency
avatar for Vanessa Soudan (VIVA)

Vanessa Soudan (VIVA)

Artist & Movement Guide, Founder of Haus of Sweat, BA Liberal Arts...
avatar for Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Fashion Designer, BFA Fashion Design '84
avatar for Naomi Wadler

Naomi Wadler

Youth Advisor to the Georgetown University Center on Poverty and...
avatar for Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Sex Therapist, Media Personality and Author, MA Sociology '59
avatar for Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley

University Professor, The New School
avatar for Rain Valdez

Rain Valdez

Actress and Filmmaker, Now>Ever Productions
avatar for Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Founder, Define American
avatar for Jeremy Schwartz

Jeremy Schwartz

Co-Owner of Powder Mountain and Co-Founder & Creative Director of...
avatar for Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth

New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and the...
avatar for Kay Unger

Kay Unger

Chair, Board of Governors Trustee, Fashion Design '68
avatar for Jenny Han

Jenny Han

Author, CEO Acme Collective, Executive Producer, MFA Creative Writing...
avatar for Donna Karan

Donna Karan

Founder of Urban Zen, Board Member, Fashion Design '87
avatar for Stephen Bailey

Stephen Bailey

Founding Partner, Bluespire, Producer, MA Media Studies '15



Shanti Mathew

Deputy Director, Public Policy Lab
avatar for Barbara  Adams

Barbara Adams

Part-time Lecturer, Transdisciplinary Design MFA, Parsons School of...
avatar for Alex Aleinikoff

Alex Aleinikoff

University Professor, Director of The Zolberg Institute on Migration...
avatar for Karim Amer

Karim Amer

Filmmaker, The Great Hack
avatar for Lia Gartner, FAIA, LEED AP

Lia Gartner, FAIA, LEED AP

Vice President for Buildings
avatar for Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Author, Professor of Philosophy and Law
avatar for Cleo Barnett

Cleo Barnett

Curator, Artist and Creative Director
avatar for Jon Baskin

Jon Baskin

Instructor and Associate Director, Creative Publishing And Critical...
avatar for Elizabeth Berkowitz

Elizabeth Berkowitz

Rockefeller Archive Center Outreach Program Manager and Fellow
avatar for David Brody

David Brody

Professor of Design Studies, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Associate Professor of Psychology, The New School
avatar for Melissa T. Brown

Melissa T. Brown

Associate Professor of Political Science, Borough of Manhattan...
avatar for Stephanie Browner

Stephanie Browner

Dean, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School
avatar for Otto von Busch

Otto von Busch

Associate Professor of Integrated Design, Parsons School of Design
avatar for David Carroll

David Carroll

Associate Professor of Media Design, Parsons School pf Design
avatar for Elizabeth Chakkappan

Elizabeth Chakkappan

Professor, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Carrie Chan

Carrie Chan

Design Trust, Royal College of Art Fellow in Design Curation
avatar for Heather Chaplin

Heather Chaplin

Director, Journalism + Design, The New School
avatar for Sona Charaipotra

Sona Charaipotra

MFA Creative Writing '12, Author, Co-Founder of CAKE Literary

Amy Chester

Director, Rebuild by Design
avatar for Lucky Church

Lucky Church

Global Liaison & Master Relationship Builder. Partner & Global PR...
avatar for Cecilia Clarke

Cecilia Clarke

President & CEO, Brooklyn Community Foundation, New York
avatar for Dhonielle Clayton

Dhonielle Clayton

Co-founder CAKE Literary, COO We Need Diverse Books, MFA Creative...
avatar for Michelle Coffey

Michelle Coffey

Executive Director, Lambent Foundation, New York
avatar for Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen

Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Doctoral...
avatar for Alan Collinge

Alan Collinge

Founder of Student Loan Justice and author of The Student Loan Scam:...
avatar for Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins

Director, Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for...
avatar for Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley

Hans Jonas Professor Of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research
avatar for Harold Crooks

Harold Crooks

Co-Director, Writer, Filmmaker
avatar for Aruna D'Souza

Aruna D'Souza

Writer-art critic
avatar for Alexandra Delano

Alexandra Delano

Associate Professor of Global Studies; Chair and Departmental Faculty...
avatar for Jaskiran Dhillon

Jaskiran Dhillon

Associate Professor Of Global Studies, Schools of Public Engagement
avatar for Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas

Composer and Producer, Part-Time Lecturer, Mannes School of Music
avatar for Philip Dray

Philip Dray

Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Design, Eugene Lang College of...
avatar for Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Actress and Producer
avatar for Nadia Elrokhsy

Nadia Elrokhsy

Associate Profressor of Ecological Design, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Will Etundi

Will Etundi

Founder, White Lights
avatar for Leonardo Figueroa

Leonardo Figueroa

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Policy, Schools of...
avatar for Nick Figueroa

Nick Figueroa

Executive Director, College Visions
avatar for Steele Filipeck

Steele Filipeck

Part-Time Lecturer, Schools of Public Engagement
avatar for Julia Foulkes

Julia Foulkes

Professor of History, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
avatar for Shelley Fox

Shelley Fox

Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Director of MFA Fashion Design And...
avatar for Oz Frankel

Oz Frankel

Associate Professor of History, The New School for Social Research
avatar for Dena Freeman

Dena Freeman

Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
avatar for Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Julien J....
avatar for Alyshia Gálvez

Alyshia Gálvez

Professor of Food Studies and Anthropology, Bachelor's Program For...
avatar for Andrea Geyer

Andrea Geyer

Associate Professor of New Genres, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Barry Goldberg

Barry Goldberg

Rockefeller Archive Center Research Fellow
avatar for Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger

Joseph Urban Professor Of Design, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Pauline Gourlet

Pauline Gourlet

Data and Innovation Lead, United Nations
avatar for Catherine Gund

Catherine Gund

Founder-Director of Aubin Pictures
avatar for Hunter Harris

Hunter Harris

Staff Writer, Vulture
avatar for Hunter Harris

Hunter Harris

Staff Writer, Vulture
avatar for Victoria Hattam

Victoria Hattam

Professor of Politics, Schools of Public Engagement
avatar for Andrew Hemingway

Andrew Hemingway

Professor Emeritus in History of Art at University College London
avatar for Jamer Hunt

Jamer Hunt

Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary, The New School
avatar for Pia  Infante

Pia Infante

Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute, San Francisco, MA...
avatar for Janaye Ingram

Janaye Ingram

MS Non Profit Management '09, Director of National Partnerships,...

Jeffrey Isaac

James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science at Indiana University,...
avatar for Aaron Jakes

Aaron Jakes

Assistant Professor of Historical Studies, Eugene Lang College and...
avatar for Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Associate Professor of Integrated Design, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Jae Joseph

Jae Joseph

Art Consultant + Cultural Entrepreneur, JAE JOSEPH STUDIO
avatar for George Kateb

George Kateb

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus, Princeton...
avatar for Richard Kessler

Richard Kessler

Executive Dean, College of Performing Arts, The New School
avatar for Robert Kirkbride

Robert Kirkbride

Dean of School of Constructed Environments, Associate Professor of...
avatar for Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner

Co-Founder and Co-Editor, The American Prospect
avatar for Mark Larrimore

Mark Larrimore

Associate Professor of Religion, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
avatar for Hali Lee

Hali Lee

Co-Director, Donors of Color Network; founder, Asian Women Giving...
avatar for Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee

Editor-in-Chief, Allure
avatar for Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann

Editor, The New Republic
avatar for Brian Lehrer

Brian Lehrer

Host of "The Brian Lehrer Show"
avatar for Joyce Englander Levy

Joyce Englander Levy

Director of Mindful Movement at THE WELL
avatar for Gemma Gambee Lewis

Gemma Gambee Lewis

Meditation and Spiritual Teacher & Artist
avatar for Sacha Llorenti

Sacha Llorenti

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the UN
avatar for Gilad Lotan

Gilad Lotan

VP Data Science, BuzzFeed
avatar for Colleen Macklin

Colleen Macklin

Associate Professor Of Media Design, Parsons School of Design, MA...
avatar for Karen Maine

Karen Maine

Writer, Director, BA Liberal Arts '08
avatar for Jean Malpas

Jean Malpas

Founder and Director, Gender & Family Project , Ackerman Institute...
avatar for Jahan Mantin

Jahan Mantin

Co-founder, Project Inkblot
avatar for Avishai Margalit

Avishai Margalit

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
avatar for Tim Marshall

Tim Marshall

Provost, The New School
avatar for Anne McNevin

Anne McNevin

Associate Professor of Politics, The New School for Social Research
avatar for Timon McPhearson

Timon McPhearson

Associate Professor of Urban Ecology, Director of the Urban Systems...

Pablo Mendez-Lazaro

Associate Professor , University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences...
avatar for William Milberg

William Milberg

Dean, The New School for Social Research
avatar for James Miller

James Miller

Professor of Liberal Studies and Special Advisor To Provost, The New...
avatar for Lauren Moraski

Lauren Moraski

Editorial Director, HuffPost, Part-time Assistant Professor, Schools...
avatar for Diane Moser

Diane Moser

Assistant Professor, School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, College...
avatar for Sam Moyn

Sam Moyn

Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History,...
avatar for Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Teen Vogue, executive editor
avatar for Eric L. Muller

Eric L. Muller

Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in Jurisprudence and...
avatar for Jan-Werner Müller

Jan-Werner Müller

Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson

International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service
avatar for Andrew Nathan

Andrew Nathan

Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
avatar for Jehane Noujaim

Jehane Noujaim

Filmmaker, The Great Hack
avatar for Sugeni Pérez-Sadler

Sugeni Pérez-Sadler

Senior Director, Postsecondary Policy Office of Safety and Youth...
avatar for Jeffrey R. Gardere, M.Phil., M.S., D.Min.,  Ph.D., ABPP

Jeffrey R. Gardere, M.Phil., M.S., D.Min., Ph.D., ABPP

Board Certified Clinical Psychologist
avatar for Jessica Pisano

Jessica Pisano

Associate Professor and Chair of Politics, The New School for Social...
avatar for Robert Polito

Robert Polito

Professor, Schools of Public Engagement
avatar for Latha Poonamallee

Latha Poonamallee

Associate Professor of Management & Social Innovation and Chair of...
avatar for Melissa Rancourt

Melissa Rancourt

Academic Director of Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and...
avatar for Charles B. Rangel

Charles B. Rangel

Statesman in Residence at The City College of New York for the City...
avatar for Alexandra Rautionmaa

Alexandra Rautionmaa

Founder, White Lights
avatar for John Reed

John Reed

Associate Professor of Writing Across Media, Schools of Public...
avatar for Nynne Storm Refsing

Nynne Storm Refsing

Publishing and Development Fellow, The New Republic, Copenhagen,...
avatar for Elaine Rocha

Elaine Rocha

Global COO of AIG,
avatar for Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

Founder and Principal, iNova Advisors and Partners
avatar for Andrew Rudd

Andrew Rudd

Urban Environment Officer, UN-Habitat
avatar for Carl Hancock Rux

Carl Hancock Rux

Faculty, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
avatar for Gustavo Sampaio

Gustavo Sampaio

Co-chair of the University Student Senate, The New School
avatar for M. Bryna Sanger

M. Bryna Sanger

Deputy Provost, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, The New...
avatar for Harpreet Sareen

Harpreet Sareen

Assistant Professor, Interaction and Media Design, Parsons School of...
avatar for Ellen Schrecker

Ellen Schrecker

Professor of History (retired), Yeshiva University
avatar for Rachel Schreiber

Rachel Schreiber

Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design, The New School
avatar for Whembley Sewell

Whembley Sewell

them., executive editor
avatar for John Sharp

John Sharp

Associate Professor of Games And Learning, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Trebor Sholtz

Trebor Sholtz

The New School, Associate Professor
avatar for Marci Shore

Marci Shore

Associate Professor of History, Yale University
avatar for Lauren Slowik

Lauren Slowik

Adjunct Professor, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School...
avatar for Shireen Soliman

Shireen Soliman

Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Janis Staggs

Janis Staggs

Director of Curatorial, Manager of Publications, Neue Galerie New...
avatar for Claire Stevens

Claire Stevens

Co-chair of the University Student Senate, The New School
avatar for Sharon Sutton

Sharon Sutton

Visiting Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design
avatar for Stephanie Szitanyi

Stephanie Szitanyi

Assistant Dean, Part-Time Faculty Affairs, Schools of Public...
avatar for Marcela Tabares

Marcela Tabares

Senior Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research at A+E Networks
avatar for Marcus Turner

Marcus Turner

Assistant Professor of Filmmaking, Schools of Public Engagement, The...
avatar for Marissa Vassari

Marissa Vassari

Rockefeller Archive Center Archivist and Educator
avatar for Claire Wardle

Claire Wardle

First Draft
avatar for Mary Watson

Mary Watson

Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School
avatar for Edisa Weeks

Edisa Weeks

Choreographer, Performer, Educator, Maker, DELIRIOUS Dances
avatar for Nadia Williams

Nadia Williams

Assistant Professor of Diversity and Inclusion and Director of the...
avatar for Tracyann Williams

Tracyann Williams

Director of Academic Affairs in the Bachelor's Program For Adults and...
avatar for Tim Wise

Tim Wise

Writer and Educator
avatar for Karen Wong

Karen Wong

Deputy Director of the New Museum, NYC
avatar for Arta Yazdanseta

Arta Yazdanseta

Assistant Professor of Environmental Technologies, Parsons School of...
avatar for Jaeseong Yi

Jaeseong Yi

Product Designer, Farmshelf
avatar for David Van Zandt

David Van Zandt

President, The New School