• Alumni Day

    Alumni Day 2015

    Alumni Day 2016



    Every year, alumni from all schools and programs take over campus for a lively day of all things New School, including exhibitions, performances, talks, receptions, tours, and more. Stay tuned for upcoming program developments.

    Schedule of Events

    12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Parsons Festival

    Open to all
    Self-guided tour of students' works on display at the Parsons Festival, an annual series showcasing some of our most talented students

    • Undergraduate Student Show (Sheila C. Johnson Design Center)
    • Parsons Scholars and Student Alumni Show (University Center - Lobby, Social Justice Hub, and Event Café)

    12:00-9:00 P.M.
    Mannes Student Recitals

    Open to all
    Glass Box Performance Space, 55 West 13th Street

    • Ki-taek Song, Tenor 12:00 p.m.
    • Zach Gulaboff Davis and Julian Bennett Holmes, Composers 3:00 p.m.
    • Michael Stewart, Collaborative Piano 5:30 p.m.
    • Mark Nimar, Tenor 7:30 p.m.

    Jazz Student Spring Ensemble Recitals

    Open to all
    School of Jazz Performance Space, 55 West 13th Street

    • Christopher Fleck, Voice 2:00 p.m.
    • Sigmar Thor Matthiasson, Bass 4:00 p.m.

    12:30-2:30 P.M.
    New School for Social Research Luncheon with the Dean

    Open to alumni of The New School for Social Research
    This event is at capacity.
    Wolff Conference Room, D1103
    Albert and Vera List Academic Center
    6 East 16th Street

    1:00-2:00 p.m.
    The Art of Awareness: Yoga for All Levels

    Open to all
    This event is at capacity. Waitlist will be available on-site.
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level (L205)
    Find your center and invigorate your day with a mind-opening yoga session. Open to all levels, including beginners.

    2:00-2:45 p.m.
    The Open Mind: A Workshop on Mindful Meditation

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
    Come with an open mind and experience meditation in a welcoming community with your peers. Learn to use mindfulness techniques to solve problems, manage stress, and increase focus.

    2:00–4:00 p.m.
    Tours of the new Performing Arts Space

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue; meet in lobby
    Get an insider’s tour of Arnhold Hall, opened in September 2015, which has transformed our campus and neighborhood with a unified space for Mannes, Jazz, and Drama.

    2:00–3:15 p.m.
    Continuing the New School's Activist Legacy

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level (UL 104)
    Hear former Lang and Schools of Public Engagement student activists, now alumni, discuss real issues of the day.

    2:00–3:15 p.m.
    Politics, Policy and the Role of the Media 

    Open to all
    University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Lower Level (UL 105)
    New School faculty members discuss politics, human rights, ethics, and advocacy through a media lens. 

    • Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of International Affairs
    • Peter Lucas, Part-Time Assistant Professor
    • Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy

    2:45–4:00 p.m.
    Parsons Scholars Exhibition Opening

    Open to all
    University Center, 5th floor
    The Parsons Scholars Program, a college access program for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, will showcase art and design work from several generations of Parsons Scholars precollege alumni, as well as work by current Scholars.

    3:00-4:00 p.m.
    Networking Lounge

    Open to all
    Event Café, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
    Rub elbows with alumni from different industries and get your professional headshot.

    3:00-4:00 p.m.
    Planned Giving Afternoon Tea

    Open to alumni interested in estate planning
    Learn more about the options available when planning your charitable future. Get the answers to your questions about estate planning, charitable vehicles, and tax deductions.

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    New School Minute

    Open to all
    Starr Foundation Hall, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
    Celebrated New School faculty deliver rapid-fire 60-second lectures. View this year's speakers here.

    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Alumni Day Closing Party

    Open to all
    Event Café, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
    Join fellow alumni for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in one of the University Center’s most talked-about spaces.

    Alumni Day Honorary Committee

    Olga Alexakos, Economics ’02
    Lara Backmender, Fashion Design '99
    Kalisha Buckhanon, Creative Writing '03
    Mark Cajigao, Acting '08
    Edward Cardimona, Product Design ’83
    Angelina Gadeliya, Performance '05
    Alston Green, Illustration ’72
    John Hurley, Directing '10
    Danielle Neftin, Literary Studies ’13
    Alex Vadukul, Literary Studies '11

    Watch last year's New School Minute lectures, read about the day's highlights, and view the photo album on Facebook and Flickr.

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