The New School at 90: What Would Dewey Do?

6:00 p.m.

The New School hosts Peter M. Rutkoff, professor of American studies at Kenyon College, as he delivers a lecture commemorating the university’s 90th anniversary.  Professor Rutkoff co-authored New School: A History of The New School for Social Research, a groundbreaking study of the university and the only publication to deal in depth with its history. In light of current debates on the challenges posed by urban schooling, pedagogy, and philosophy, Rutkoff reexamines the influence of The New School in progressive education. He asks whether John Dewey’s teachings are still a suitable guide to progressive education 150 years after his birth and discusses school and university alliances and the continuing importance of experiential pedagogy. In the words of Zorah Neale Hurston, he urges American schools to leave the classroom.Presented as part of the week-long 90th Anniversary exhibition and event series "By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School” and the Vera List Center’s 2009/2010 program cycle “Speculating on Change.” For the complete schedule of events, visit 

Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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