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.
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Sunday, October 6 • 6:00pm - 9:30pm
New Narratives: Immigration and the Peopling of America

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Join us on legendary Ellis Island for a stimulating discussion of central questions of our day: what story does America tell itself about who constitute "the American people"? How has that narrative been constructed throughout U.S. history—who has been included and who has been excluded—and is a new narrative needed for the 21st Century?

Led by The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School, New Narratives: Immigration and the Peopling of America is an initiative committed to reshaping the conversation on American migration. The night includes a performance by Aasif Mandvi and conversation between Alex Aleinikoff and Kwame Anthony Appiah, moderated by NPR's Deborah Amos.

** A private boat will leave at 6:00 PM from a Manhattan dock for the journey to Ellis Island. Programming begins at 7:00 PM. Email confirmation will be required to attend the event.**

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Deborah Amos

International Correspondent, NPR
Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.In 2009, Amos won the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University and in 2010 was awarded the... Read More →

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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Author, Professor of Philosophy and Law
Professor K. Anthony Appiah was educated at the University Primary School at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; at Ullenwood Manor, in Gloucestershire, and Port Regis and Bryanston Schools, in Dorset; and, finally, at Clare College, Cambridge University... Read More →
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Alex Aleinikoff

University Professor, Director of The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School for Social Research
Alex Aleinikoff is university professor, and has served as director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility since January 2017. He received a JD from the Yale Law School and a BA from Swarthmore College.Alex has written widely in the areas of immigration and refugee law... Read More →

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Aasif Mandvi

Actor, Writer, Comedian
Aasif Mandvi is a Peabody Award-winning actor, writer, creator, comedian, author, and producer. Widely known for his work as a correspondent on the multi-Emmy-winning show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mandvi made his roots in New York theater under the tutelage of the pre-eminent... Read More →

Sunday October 6, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Ellis Island