Social Research conference series
The Social Research conference series, initiated in 1988 by Professor Arien Mack, aims to enhance public understanding and influence ongoing debates about current social and political issues and to amplify the public voice of the Social Research journal. Because we present our themes in their broad historical and cultural contexts, speakers at these conferences come from a wide range of disciplines with many different perspectives and kinds of expertise: historians, social scientists, natural scientists, and art historians routinely participate alongside legal theorists, policy makers, and journalists.
Public scholarship includes not only the media, the academy, and
political leaders, but all who understand the urgency of an issue and
wish to learn more—whether to influence public policy, educate others,
or simply be more informed citizens. Therefore, the general public is invited to Social Research
conferences to participate in the dialogue on critical and
contested issues. The result is a unique atmosphere and a vibrant discussion that reaches beyond
the walls of the university.
We also host smaller public events. We sometimes have evening launch events for Social Research issues that feature authors or speakers inspired by the issue theme. We also host an annual Public Voices lecture, which provides a platform for distinguished public persons to address the most pressing issues of the day.
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Our distinguished keynote speakers have included philosopher
Charles Taylor, Vice President Al Gore, Nobel laureate Arno Penzias, novelist Amitav Ghosh, and investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. The following is a partial list of conference speakers:
For some of our conferences, we initiate multi-institutional collaborations that expand the conference theme by bringing new perspectives from the collaborating institutions' public lectures, tours, and exhibits. Institutions that have collaborated on Social Research conferences include
Attendance and Publication
Social Research conferences typically draw audiences of 500 to 1,000 people representing a cross-section of the local, national, and sometimes the international community—students, academics, nonprofit leaders, government officials, policy makers, activists, scientists, and the general public.
To ensure maximum exposure, papers delivered at the conferences are published in special issues of Social Research: An International Quarterly, which reaches approximately 2,000 subscribers in more than 50 countries around the world. Conference issues of Social Research and individual articles are regularly used in university classrooms, and some issues have been republished as books. Audio recordings of some conferences are available on CD, and videos of keynote addresses are sometimes streamed online.
Every conference in this series relies on external funding and at times on internal New School funding as well. Outside funders have included
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Continental Grain Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Earth Pledge Foundation
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Engineering Foundation
The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Inc.
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
German Information Center
The Howard Gilman Foundation
Institute of International Education
Interval Research Corporation
The J.M. Kaplan Fund
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
National Endowment for the Humanities
Open Society Institute
Organic Commodity Project
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rockefeller Financial Services
The Rockefeller Foundation
Russell Sage Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation