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 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Opening Ceremony for The Festival of New

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Join university leadership in kicking off The Festival of New with a lively discussion on The New School's Centennial, hosted by President David Van Zandt and Provost Tim Marshall.

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Claire Stevens

Co-chair of the University Student Senate, The New School
Claire Stevens is a second year at Lang, and she is in the Bachelors-Masters program for Global Studies and International Affairs. Claire lives and breathes for Student Advocacy. She was one of the recipients of the university-wide Emerging Leader Award in 2019, and later that summer... Read More →
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Gustavo Sampaio

Co-chair of the University Student Senate, The New School
Gus Sampaio is Co-Chair of University Student Senate and a student in the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program at the College of Performing Arts. He holds a BA in Human Behavior & Society from The Evergreen State College and an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College... Read More →
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Tim Marshall

Provost, The New School
Tim Marshall is the provost and chief academic officer of The New School. Prior to his appointment as Provost, Tim served as dean of Parsons The New School for Design. While at Parsons he developed an ambitious and comprehensive academic plan that presented an integrated suite of... Read More →
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William Milberg

Dean, The New School for Social Research
William Milberg is Dean and Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research and Co-Director of the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School. His research focuses on the relation between globalization, income distribution and economic growth, and the history and philosophy of economics. He teaches graduate... Read More →
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Rachel Schreiber

Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Dr. Rachel Schreiber joined The New School as Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design in July 2019, following more than 22 years in senior leadership and faculty roles at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, and other... Read More →
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David Van Zandt

President, The New School
David E. Van Zandt became The New School’s president in 2011. He has advanced a vision for The New School that elevates the university’s core values of creativity and social engagement and connects its strengths in design, social research, liberal arts, and performance. He has... Read More →
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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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Stephanie Browner

Dean, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School
Stephanie has been the dean of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts since 2011. The school received a $5 million grant from its founder, Mr. Eugene M. Lang, in honor of her leadership in 2012. With over twenty years of experience working in higher education, she was... Read More →
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Richard Kessler

Executive Dean, College of Performing Arts, The New School
Described by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times as a “firebrand,” Richard Kessler holds a dual appointment as the Executive Dean for the Performing Arts at The New School and Dean of Mannes College, the century-old music conservatory at The New School. In his role as Executive... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Tishman Auditorium - U100