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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Tuesday, October 1 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Open Dis[Courses]- New School Histories

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When The New School for Social Research opened its doors 100 years ago, it offered courses in the social sciences and public affairs—and a new vision of higher education. It was not a university; it did not offer degrees. The founders thought that people would come to the school for “no other purpose than to learn.” A century later, The New School has changed in almost every way. Design, the arts, a spirit of activism, and degree programs dominate. But the university continues to strive to offer disciplinary experimentation, political involvement, and a global lens that provides a critical perspective on higher education. In what ways have these values been realized (or not), and how? This course constructs answers to these questions by assembling a history of the university from scrapbooks of newspaper articles, memoirs, artwork, and interviews. The basis of the course is the academic and artistic works of The New School’s faculty and students since its establishment. Participants join in university centenary activities throughout the semester.

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Julia Foulkes

Professor of History, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Julia Foulkes investigates interdisciplinary questions about the arts, urban studies, and history in her research and teaching. Professor Foulkes's most recent book, A Place for Us: West Side Story and New York (2016), examines what this legendary musical and film reveal about mid 20th century New York. She has curated an exhibition marking the 100th birthday of Jerome Robbins that focuses on his relation to New York: Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York, at New York Public Library... Read More →
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Mark Larrimore

Associate Professor of Religion, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
Mark Larrimore directs the Religious Studies curriculum at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. He is the author of The Book of Job: A Biography (2013) and editor of The Problem of Evil: A Reader (2001), The German Invention of Race with Sara Figal, (2006) and Queer... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
Lecture Hall - UL104