Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
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Thursday, October 3 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Refugee Scholars Primary Source Workshop

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This workshop led by nationally recognized professional educators will introduce or re-enforce concepts of experiential learning using archival documentation from the Rockefeller Archive's dossiers on refugee scholars, many of whom accepted teaching positions at The New School for Social Research after the University in Exile was founded in 1933. Participants inhabit the role of philanthropic foundation officials reviewing applications for academic asylum in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. The Rockefeller Foundation financially supported endangered European scholars and made what became the Graduate Faculty of The New School possible. More info: https://rockfound.rockarch.org/refugee-scholar-program. Appropriate for undergraduates and novice researchers through experienced historians and educators.

Listen to WSNR New School Radio's feature on The Refugee Scholars Project here!

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Marissa Vassari

Rockefeller Archive Center Archivist and Educator
Marissa Vassari is the archivist andeducator in the Research and Education division of the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC). She has presented her K-12 education work at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, was invited to conduct the RAC World War II Refugee Scholars Workshop... Read More →
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Elizabeth Berkowitz

Rockefeller Archive Center Outreach Program Manager and Fellow
Elizabeth Berkowitz is currently a Mellon/ACLS public fellow at the Rockefeller Archive Center, where she works as the outreach program manager for the Department of Research and Education. She holds a PhD in art history from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where... Read More →
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Barry Goldberg

Rockefeller Archive Center Research Fellow
Barry Goldberg is a research fellow at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) specializing on the history of the Rockefeller Foundation. He holds a PhD in History from the CUNY Graduate Center (2017) and has written for numerous publications, including the Journal of Policy History... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Klein Conference Room - A510