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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.
Friday, October 4 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Transgender Acceptance: A Conversation about The Bold World

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Transgender Acceptance: A Conversation About the Bold World 

Today we are witnessing a sea change in attitudes toward questions of identity, self-expression, and language. Communities both large and small are embracing authenticity and dynamic evolution and rejecting the destructive categories of gender, race, and sexual orientation.

Join Jodie Patterson, author of The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transition; Jean Malpas, founder and director of the Ackerman Institute for the Family's Gender & Family Project; and New School Executive Dean Mary Watson in a heartfelt, brave, and engaging discussion about trans families, communities, and education in transition. These powerful stories of imagination, courage, struggle, and self-determination help us understand what is needed — deep shifts within all of us — in order for all people to flourish.

Speakers
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Mary Watson

Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement, The New School
Mary R. Watson is the executive dean of the Schools of Public Engagement, the founding college of The New School. She leads the college with the aim of advancing its innovative approaches to action-oriented, engaged learning in the world. Watson is a leader in university networks... Read More →
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Jean Malpas

Founder and Director, Gender & Family Project , Ackerman Institute for the Family
Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT was trained by leading psychologists and family therapists in Belgium, France and the United States. After graduating from Brussels University with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, he attended NYU’s Psychology Department on the... Read More →
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Jodie Patterson

Social Activist, Entrepreneur, and Writer
Jodie Patterson is a social activist, entrepreneur, and writer. She has been lauded for her activist work by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, FamilyCircle, Essence, Cosmopolitan, and Yahoo!, among others. She sits on the board of a number of gender/family/human rights organizations... Read More →