Upcoming Events

Facing Two Apocalyptic Threats: Nuclear Disaster and Climate Change

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:00pm
The New School, Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Free. Registration will begin soon.

Robert Jay Lifton, psychiatrist and author, and Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, will discuss the parallels between the nuclear threat and the urgent threat of climate change. In a letter to The New York Times in April, Lifton states, "As we have learned in the antinuclear movement, a certain amount of fear can be useful when combined with hope. In our climate struggles, that hope should not be sought in misleading claims of technological magic. Rather, it can be found in our capacity to translate our awareness of actual danger into energy policies emphasizing renewable, noncontaminating sources that even now outpace our grasp of their potential contribution to our lives and those of our descendants."

Empathy and Morality, a public panel discussion

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00pm. Reception follows.
The New School, The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Free. Registration will begin in January.

This panel will confront the question, how can humans be capable of the kinds of violence against their fellows that they regularly commit? What drives such selfish and destructive behavior, which is so clearly immoral? Religions and cultures all over the world embed moral codes that regulate behavior, but these same groups are often responsible for the attempted destruction of other religions and cultures. How can we reconcile this with the claim that humans are the “social animal,” attuned to others and capable of empathy toward them? What is the relation between empathy and morality?

Speakers names coming soon.

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

Thursday and Friday, February 12 and 13, 2015 
The New School, The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Free. Registration will begin soon.

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. The program pairs artists with critics, museum directors, and scholars like Paul Chan and Paul Cotter, Shirin Neshat and Jack Persekian, and Kara Walker (unconfirmed) and Peter Schjeldahl.

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

(dates TBA) April, 2015
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Free. Registration will begin in January.

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 at the brink of WWII by the New School's first president, Alvin Johnson. The New School for Social research has had a close and ongoing relationship with German scholars ever since.

Sanctions and Divestment: Economic Weapons for Political and Social Change, the 34th Social Research conference

(dates TBA) April, 2015
The New School, The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Free. Registration will begin in January.

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

 
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