Upcoming Events

Confronting Climate Change: Insights from the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
6th in the Public Voices seriesradiation

Thursday, December 4, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m., followed by a reception
The New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

This conversation will focus on how to generate the political and social change necessary to confront climate change.
Robert Jay Lifton, author of many books, including, most recently, Witness to an Extreme Century (a memoir) and currently working on a book comparing nuclear and climate threats (see his recent op-ed in the New York Times, "The Climate Swerve")
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science, Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University; author of many books, most recently The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future with Eric Conway (Columbia University Press, 2014)
Moderator: Tom Engelhardt, editor, writer, and author; creator of TomDispatch.com, a project of the Nation Institute, at which he is a fellow


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 give the first keynote address with a video he is creating especially for the conference, The Censorship of Artists: Artists in Prison, Artists in Exile. Our second keynote event will feature Katia Samutsevich from Pussy Riot, who will talk about supporting LGBT rights in Russia and art performance as political protest. The program pairs artists with critics, museum directors, and scholars like Paul Chan and Holland Cotter, Shirin Neshat and Jack Persekian, and Ricardo Dominguez and Stephen Duncombe. Olaf Peters, Emily Braun, and David Freedberg will address the history of banning art and Agnes Gund will moderate. Finally, Jeffrey Deitch, Boris Groys, Jack Persekian, Lisa Phillips, and Svetlana Mintcheva will examine self-censorship in arts institutions. 

German-American Relations in 2015: A Fraught Connection
Celebrating the 80th Anniversary Issue of Social Research

(dates TBA) April 2015
The New School, Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Free. Registration will begin soon.

We mark the 80th anniversary of Social Research: An International Quarterly of The New School for Social Research by examining the current relationship between the United States and Germany at a time when this relationship has become extremely strained. Social Research was launched in 1934 by the founding members of the "University in Exile,” all of whom were German scholars rescued from the shadow of Nazism in Europe on the brink of World War II by the New School's first president, Alvin Johnson. The New School for Social Research has had a close relationship with German scholars ever since.

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, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall at 55 West 13th Street
(Keynote takes place at the 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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