Can a Public Space Be a Safe Space?
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At The New School, our community of artists and scholars seek innovative solutions to today’s most pressing world problems through collaborative design, multimedia practices, and compelling public programs. With a deep commitment to social justice values and a transdisciplinary approach to learning, students from Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, College of Performing Arts, the Milano School, and The New School for Social Research, and more bring about positive change in and outside of New York City.

Can a University?
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The New School is the only comprehensive university where a renowned design school, Parsons School of Design, a rigorous and relevant liberal arts school, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the stellar College of Performing Arts, the world famous New School for Social Research, and many other graduate schools and programs come together to unlock creativity, intellect and potential. It is why our highly creative students are prepared for a future in today’s rapidly changing world.

Can Tagging Save Lives?
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Miles Kohrman, a graduate of The New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, left Time for The Trace, a new approach to online journalism. The Trace is committed to moving the needle on a single issue—gun violence in the United States. Every day, the staff tags news items and publishes original content on gun violence and its relationship to policy, culture, business and law. With an unapologetic focus on the information deficit surrounding gun violence, The Trace confronts the lack of coverage and public understanding that lead to a lack of action in American gun policy. Employing investigative reporting, data analysis, and web design, this New School alum is creating critical, life-saving discourses.

Can a Designer Write Like a Journalist Who Thinks Like A Designer?
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Through The New School’s Journalism + Design major and minor, students benefit from an interdisciplinary exploration that brings together our Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts journalism instructors with our Parsons School of Design faculty. Using collaborative design methods, students conduct human-focused inquiry, opening up and democratizing ideas. Our students explore cutting-edge technologies and key journalism traditions that, when paired, produce the unexpected results that are characteristic of The New School.

Can Sustainable Housing Be Affordable Housing?
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At The New School’s Parsons School of Design and Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, students join forces to create Empowerhouse, a breakthrough in home-building innovation and winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon Affordability category. These solar-powered, humanely designed homes defy convention, providing sustainable urban housing at an unprecedentedly low cost. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, New School students are promoting innovative building methods and meeting critical housing needs through design.

Can an Urban Farmer Grow Into a Fulbright Scholar?
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At The New School, we not only host groundbreaking Fulbright Scholars, we produce them too. Our convention-defying students who have become Fulbright Scholars span the globe, shedding new light on the goddess Aphrodite in Cyprus, designing interactive coral reef experiences in Malaysia, and reporting on the explosion of Japanese drumming in the backyards of Brazil. Our real world approach to education leads to Fulbright Scholars who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions that leave an indelible mark on society.

Can Opera Find a Home In a Brooklyn Loft?
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Three New School alumni were struck by the lack of public access to classical opera. School of Jazz and Mannes School of Music graduates Daniel Ellis Ferris, Dean Buckand, and Laetitia Ruccolo combined their love of music with entrepreneurship to bring about change. Their creation, LoftOpera, stages updated productions of classics like Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Bohème in a spacious Brooklyn loft at affordable ticket prices. Performances immerse audiences in both a traditional genre and contemporary staging. Attendees stand throughout the set and are invited to participate in each performance. True to the New School sensibility, LoftOpera is a sustainable, cutting-edge model for arts businesses.

Can a Design Student in New York Reshape Policy in Uganda
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Combining design-inspired learning and civic engagement, students at The New School’s Parsons School of Design go out into the world understanding their craft’s change-making potential. Recent projects include collaborations that brought together students of disciplines taught throughout The New School to develop housing in Uganda and create resilient design-led businesses and a training center in post-disaster Haiti. At The New School, we know design can be the solution to critical world problems.

Can Students Studying Marx Find Relevance In a Biology Class?
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Students at The New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts understand the human dimension of every practical discipline, including science. Bringing civic engagement into the lab, our students critically examine cell growth and how it directly affects the future of gender politics. They investigate the evolving chemistry of crucial pharmaceuticals and examine why they are made less available to the economically disadvantaged. Here at The New School, our interdisciplinary approaches lead us to explore advances in modern science and seek to advance our future as well.

Can Data Be Empathetic
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In The New School’s Parsons School of Design, Data Visualization students not only learn to synthesize data with design thinking but also critically analyze statistics from a human perspective. They employ advanced technologies to interpret data and design complex graphs, maps, and charts in aesthetically arresting, ethically sound graphics that reflect a commitment to democratic process and information transparency. New School students blend art and science to communicate comprehensive data that can change lives.

New solutions do not simply arrive.

Ideas that make the world a better place don’t show up on your doorstep fully formed.
They aren’t delivered by the mailman. Amazon. Or storks.

The next big thing—and all the little ones, for that matter—will be created by those willing to critically and rigorously examine the issues, question old answers, and design unprecedented ways to make the future a just and beautiful place.

At The New School in NYC, we do that on a daily basis.

New answers are created by digging deep. Then deeper.

Our university is reimagining design, turning knowledge into dialogue, breaking the fourth wall, and defying separation between disciplines.

Our people are a force of new technology, sustainability, justice, thinking, and engagement. Are you?

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