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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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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 advancing change in higher education, including the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, the Ashoka Changemaker campus initiative, and the Critical Edge Alliance. She is co-founder of The New School’s university-wide Social Innovation Initiative and Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, which includes The New School Collaboratory, a Rockefeller Foundation-funded initiative on university-community partnerships.

Watson recently contributed the chapter "Designing the University of the Future: A New Global Agenda for Higher Education" for the book, The New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways for the International Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) edited by Diana Ayton-Shenker. Her creative practice and scholarship on the human rights of workers reflect her commitment to a more just and equitable world. She is a recipient of The New School's Distinguished University Teaching Award. Watson holds a PhD in Organization Studies from Vanderbilt University.