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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.
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Erica Williams Simon

Founder and CEO, Sage House
Erica Williams Simon is a social critic, author, host, and founder and CEO of Sage House, a company that creates spaces for meaningful conversation about who we are and how we want to live. Most recently, the former Washington, DC politico and lifelong civil and human rights activist was the head of The Creator's Lab at Snapchat, a first-of-its-kind program that developed inspirational experiences for a global network of young storytellers and creators. The self described professional question asker is an accomplished moderator and interviewer: She is host of the popular podcast The Call with Erica, creator and host of the Rosario Dawson-produced digital talk show The Assembly, and author of the book You Deserve the Truth; Change the Stories that Shaped Your World and Live a World Changing Life (Simon & Schuster). She has been featured on The Today Show, O Magazine, and Washington Post, and is a frequent TV commentator.