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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.
Wednesday, October 2 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Intelligence to Inform Public Life: Roundtables by Public Seminar

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"The Performance of Transgender Inclusion" by Jen Manion

In this piece, Jen Manion critically considers “the pronoun go-round and the new gender binary,” in opposition to those “who righteously assert compulsory pronoun identification on everyone in the room and then never speak another word about transgender issues, rights, or people.” Jen Manion is an associate professor of history at Amherst College and the author of Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (2015), for which she received the inaugural Mary Kelley Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Manion is also an editor of Taking Back the Academy! History of Activism, History as Activism (2004) and has published nearly three dozen essays and reviews in U.S. histories of gender and sexuality.


Public Seminar is an innovative online platform drawing on great university ideals and working to strengthen and extend these ideals, not to replace them. Based on the founding traditions of academic freedom, critical scholarship, and public engagement of the original The New School for Social Research (1919) and its University in Exile (1933), this course seeks to inform debate about the pressing issues of current times and create a global intellectual commons. An independent project of The New School Publishing Initiative, Public Seminar is produced by The New School faculty, students, and staff, and supported by colleagues and collaborators around the globe.

In this series of pubic editorial discussions, participants review, over lunch, three essays on pressing issues of our times with authors, and then think together with them how society should explore those issues in future essays in order to properly inform public debate.

Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
U502 / 503 63 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10003