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 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Celebration of Research: The New School Research Symposium 2019

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The people within The New School ecosystem and our communities of practice matter. This symposium acknowledges the work of researchers and creative practitioners.  All faculty, students, and staff and the public are welcome.

Fall 2019 Symposium Presenters: 
  • Diane Moser - Waterbirds: Environmental Dialogues Through Music
Composer/pianist Diane Moser created a 50 minute music composition for her Birdsong Trio comprised of bassist Ken Filiano and flutist Anton Denner, incorporating field recordings that focus on coastal and wetlands birds and their disappearing habitats in and around New Jersey and New York.
  • Harpreet Sareen - Plantae Agrestis: A Self-Organizing Distributed Garden driven with Plant Signals
In collaboration with Tower Hill Botanical Garden (Boston), ‘Plantae Agrestis’ is an installation wherein the control mechanisms lie with the plants. A number of plants in a conservatory of Botanical Garden are connected to robotic equipment and left to self-organize. Rather than stationary plants, this leads to a constantly rearranging layout of a conservatory controlled by the plants themselves. The installation, a preview of the future technological plant society, is meant to show the capabilities of nature and mechanisms to design with and for it.
  • Philip Dray - A Lynching at Port Jervis: Racial Violence, Response and Reform in New York City's Gilded Age
The 1892 spectacle lynching in Port Jervis NY of Robert Lewis, a 28-year old African-American hotel worker accused of a sexual assault, shook the nation. Such mob violence was unprecedented in a quiet upstate burg only 65 miles from Manhattan. The incident changed the national narrative on race, for it spoke unmistakably of the insidiousness and geographic ubiquity of racial intolerance. This project views it as an augury of many fierce injustices with which, in 2019, we still contend.
  • Julia Foulkes - Culture City: The Arts and Everyday Life in New York.  
This book examines New York in the postwar period, when the consolidation of a municipal cultural policy shifted the debate about the arts from established institutions to activities on the streets, from buildings to outdoor spaces, and from rehearsed performances and crafted artworks to spectacles of the everyday. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Julia Foulkes, History.

  • Arta Yazdanseta - Green Wall Cooling System
This investigation is a collaborative approach that builds upon previously published research by Dr. Yazdanseta. That research provided a method for designing vining green-walls so as to utilize their free transpiration cooling power to reduce the cooling loads of buildings. This study aims to optimize that method by introducing a performative support structure using ceramic 3D printing technology.

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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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Arta Yazdanseta

Assistant Professor of Environmental Technologies, Parsons School of Design
Arta Yazdanseta is a LEED certified architect, environmental designer, consultant, and educator. Her doctoral investigations at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities are in the field of thermodynamic materialism, which is an... Read More →
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Diane Moser

Assistant Professor, School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, College of Performing Arts
Diane Moser works as a featured performer and composer throughout the US with jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, dance companies, theater companies and film. She is the musical director/pianist/contributing composer of Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band... Read More →
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Harpreet Sareen

Assistant Professor, Interaction and Media Design, Parsons School of Design
Harpreet Sareen is a visual artist and HCI researcher focused on building artifacts and ecologies for new hybrid realities. He seeks to identify elements of versatility in the digital world and blend them in novel ways with the traditionally immutable physical world. To this end... Read More →
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Philip Dray

Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday October 1, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center - I202