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The Fear of Art, 32nd in the Social Research conference series

Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13, 2015 
The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street)

Artists continue to be imprisoned and exiled and art continues to be banned and destroyed, all of which gives evidence of the power of images to unsettle, to speak truth to power, to question our cherished cultural norms or our ideas about what is sacred. 

Ai Weiwei will be our keynote speaker with a video he is creating just for the conference, addressing "The Censorship of Artists: Artists in Prison, Artists in Exile."

The program pairs artists with non-artists, like Paul Chan and Holland Cotter, Shirin Neshat and Jack Persekian, and Ricardo Dominguez and Stephen Duncombe. Scholars Olaf Peters, Emily Braun, and David Freedberg will address the history of banning art and Agnes Gund will moderate. Artists in exile will talk about their experiences and, finally, museum and gallery directors Jeffrey Deitch, Boris Groys, Jack Persekian, and Lisa Phillips will talk about institutional self-censorship with Svetlana Mintcheva.

Protecting Minority Rights in the Face of Terrorist Acts
Celebrating the 80th Anniversary Issue of Social Research

Thursday, April 9, 2015
The New School, Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

We mark the 80th anniversary of Social Research: An International Quarterly of The New School for Social Research by addressing the vexed question of how to protect human rights, particularly the rights of minorities, in the face of the increasing number of horrifying terrorist acts. 

Speakers include:
Michael Ignatieff, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School; Canadian writer, teacher and former politician; author of many books, including The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004)
Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States

Social Research was launched in 1934 by the founding members of the "University in Exile,” all of whom were scholars rescued from Nazism in Europe on the brink of World War II by The New School's first president, Alvin Johnson. 

Sanctions and Divestment: Economic Weapons for Political and Social Change,
the 33rd Social Research conference

Thursday and Friday, April 30 and May 1, 2015
The New School, Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Free. Registration will begin soon.

The conference will consider the history of sanctions and divestment as tools to achieve political ends and their impact on human rights. Sessions will also be devoted to contemporary applications of sanctions and divestment targeting specific conflicts (e.g., Israel/Palestine or Zimbabwe), and to the use of these economic tools in relation to global issues such as climate change or nuclear disarmament. All speakers will be asked to reflect on conditions under which sanctions and divestment succeed or fail and at what cost. (The conference is partially based on a forthcoming special issue of Social Research.)

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