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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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Shanti Mathew

Deputy Director, Public Policy Lab
Shanti is a strategist who believes in the power of government to help people build better lives. As deputy director of the Public Policy Lab, Shanti partners with government to incorporate communities in policy design, transform service systems to be more equitable and effective, and pilot new social programs. She has led work with the NYC Administration of Children's Services, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Department of Homeless Services, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, among many other public-interest organizations.

Shanti serves with the Alumni Association Executive Committee for Choate Rosemary Hall, the Brooklyn Public Library Eagles, and the Young Professionals Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC.