The New School enriches the community with public programs. Audience members interact with leading scholars, artists, executives, and politicians in conferences and discussion panels; attend opera, theater, classical music, and jazz performances; and see student work in film festivals. Symposiums and lecture series allow participants to hone their skills as critical thinkers, effective communicators, and agents of social change. There are many opportunities to sponsor upcoming programs. Support for public programs comes from generous corporations, foundations, and individuals.
Con Edison provides millions of New Yorkers with essential utilities. The company also improves their quality of life through a robust philanthropic program. The company has a long tradition of supporting organizations that are dedicated to creating strong and stable communities such as the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. The Con Edison Speaker Series and Scholarship was established at The New School in 2008. The June 26, 2008, inaugural event, Cities Respond to Climate Change: The Challenge of Energy Efficiency, featured a panel of experts convened by Milano’s Center for New York City Affairs to discuss population growth, climate change, rising fuel prices, and related issues that challenge American cities today. Outstanding Milano students training to become leaders in the field of sustainable urban development will also benefit from a scholarship funded by Con Edison.
"Because Milano is a place that trains tomorrow's leaders for careers in building vibrant, healthy urban communities,” remarked Con Edison CEO Kevin Burke, “we think there's no better place for this conversation to take place than Milano."