Upcoming Events

Unique Responsibilities of Universities in the Face of Climate Change 

Thursday, October 9, 2014
The New School, University Center, John L. Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Avenue
Free. Register by emailing cps@newschool.edu

How does the threat of climate change affect the mandate of universities to teach and do research?
Join in the discussion with university presidents (more will be added soon):
John Sexton, President, New York University
Leslie Wong, President, San Francisco State University
Moderator: David Van Zandt, President, The New School
To view all New School public events related to climate change, visit the C6 events page.

Facing Two Apocalyptic Threats: Nuclear Disaster and Climate Change, 6th in the Public Voices series

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

Robert Jay Lifton, former distinguished professor of psychiatry and psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and CUNY Graduate Center, author of many books, including The Genocidal Mentality: Nazi Holocaust and Nuclear Threat.
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).

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, 7th in the Public Voices series

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.

Is empathy necessary for morality, or can morality prevail in the absence of empathy? Join experts discussing this question.

C. Daniel Batson, Professor Emeritus of Social Psychology, Kansas University
Justin D'Arms, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University
Antonio Damasio (unconfirmed), University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California
Nancy Eisenberg, Regents' Professor in the Department of Psychology, Arizona State University
Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University; author, The Better Angels of Our Nature (Viking Books, 2011)
Moderator: Emanuele Castano, Professor of Psychology and Director of Cognitive, Social, and Developmental Psychology at The New School for Social Research


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. 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 critics, museum directors, and scholars like Paul Chan and Paul 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. 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, 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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