Upcoming Events

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary Issue of Social Research

Thursday, April 9, 2015
6:00-7:30 p.m. (preceded by a reception at 4:30 p.m.)
The New School, Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Social Research, the flagship journal of The New School for Social Research, was launched in 1934 by the founding members of the "University in Exile,” all of whom were scholars rescued by Alvin Johnson, the first president of The New School, at the brink of World War II. Join us to celebrate this legacy of free inquiry. 

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)
Fritz Stern, University Professor Emeritus, Columbia University; author, Five Germanys I Have Known (2006) and Gold and Iron (1977) 
Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States 

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

Thursday and Friday, April 30 and May 1, 2015
The New School, Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

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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