Weekly Observer. May 12-18, 2008

NANCY FRASER AWARDED THE INTERNATIONAL CHAIRE BLAISE PASCAL (CBP) RESEARCH CHAIR

Nancy Fraser, the Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science at The New School for Social Research, ws recently awarded a Chaire Blaise Pascal (CBP). Awarded joimtly by the French state and the Ile de France region to only five preeminent international scholars each year, CBP chairs are highly distinguished research fellowships and include two Nobel Prize winners as past recipients.

Fraser was nominated for the CBP chair by the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), a leading social science research center in France. She will hold the chair for 12 months over the next two years, during which time Fraser will work on a book titled Abnormal Justice. She will conduct her research at EHESS as part of the research laboratory GSPM, or Groupe de sociologie politique et morale, which is home to the distinguished sociologist and social theorist, Luc Boltanski.

In addition to her individual research, Fraser will continue her work to establish an international network of researchers within NSSR, GSPM and the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany. The project will focus on the relation between critique as an everyday social practice of ordinary actors and critical social theorizing by philosophers and sociologists.

Fraser has also recently received two other prestigious European research fellowships, including the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy, and the Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. She also has two new books appearing in Fall 08: Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World and Adding Insult to Injury: Debating Redistribution, Recognition and Representation, edited by Kevin Olson.


New School STUDENT’S DOCUMENTARY TO APPEAR ON SHOWTIME’S THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Haider Hamza, a student in the Graduate Program in International Affairs has a documentary Ask an Iraqi that will appear this week as part of the episode “Two Wars” on Showtime’s This American Life.

Hamza is an international student who came to The New School from Iraq. Last year he and his 74-year-old roommate, Lorna embarked on a six-week tour of mostly red states to find out what Americans think about the Iraq war. In each city he visited, he set-up a booth with the sign “Talk to an Iraqi”and fielded questions from locals about his homeland, his faith, or anything else. “I wanted to get different perspectives from different people,” Hamza said. “I also want to know if the war has changed their lives at all. In Iraq, its changed our lives dramatically—its right outside our windows.” The often hilarious and poignant results are shown in his 25 minute documentary Ask an Iraqi.

The televised version of the award-winning Chicago Public Radio show This American Life began its second season on March 22. The show, hosted by Ira Glass, presents stories from around the country.

UNIVERSITY NEWS

VITO ACCONCI TO DELIVER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

The New School will hold its 72nd commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. in the Theater at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. New School President Bob Kerrey will address the graduates and confer the honorary degrees, and performance and conceptual artist Vito Acconci will deliver the commencement address. Honorary degree recipients include sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, urban planner Majora Carter, theater director Elizabeth LeCompte, and management educator Henry Mintzberg. Women’s rights activist Wanda Nowicka will receive the University in Exile Award.

Vito Acconci has earned international recognition for his provocative and often radical art-making practices. He has been a vital presence in contemporary art since the late 1960s; his confrontational and ultimately political works have evolved from writing through conceptual art, body art, performance, film, video, multimedia installation, and architectural sculpture. In the 1970s, Mr. Acconci produced an extraordinary body of conceptual performance-based videotapes, including Theme Song (1973) and The Red Tapes (1976), considered one of the most important works in the medium.

Zygmunt Bauman is regarded as one of the world’s great social theorists and the leading sociologist of postmodernity. He is known for his analyses of the links between modernity and the Holocaust and of postmodern consumerism. Professor Bauman is known throughout the world for works such as Legislators and Interpreters (1987), Modernity and the Holocaust (1989), Modernity and Ambivalence (1991), and Postmodern Ethics (1993). He is the author of more than 20 books in English and numerous articles and reviews. Professor Bauman was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences in 1990 and the Theodor W. Adorno Award of the city of Frankfurt in 1998.

Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist, was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“genius grant”) in 2005. In 2001, Ms. Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx, an organization that works in partnership with government, businesses, and neighborhood groups to improve transportation, fitness, recreation, and nutrition and promote economic development in the low-income community where she was raised and now lives. Ms. Carter wrote a $1.25 million federal transportation grant proposal to design the South Bronx Greenway, with 11 miles of bike and pedestrian paths connecting neighborhoods and the rivers; since then, she has secured more than $20 million for the project, which is to begin construction in 2008.

Elizabeth LeCompte is a founding member of the Wooster Group, the groundbreaking artists’ ensemble. Since 1975, Ms. LeCompte and the Wooster Group have created 18 multimedia theater pieces. Ms. LeCompte has also created seven film, video, and DVD works and choreographed four short dance pieces. She has received numerous honors and awards, including an NEA Distinguished Artists Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in American Theater, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the medal of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.

Henry Mintzberg is an internationally renowned academic and writer on business and management. He has written more than 140 articles and 13 books on management and business strategy. Professor Mintzberg has received a number of academic and practitioner awards. His book The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning won the Academy of Management’s 1995 George R. Terry Award for best book of the year; “The Manager’s Job: Folklore and Fact” was named the best article of the year in 1975 by the Harvard Business Review. Professor Mintzberg was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997 and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 1998. He also received the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2000 from the Academy of Management.

Wanda Nowicka has been a leader in the field of women’s rights and health for many years. Since 1990, she has been active in the NGO movement in Poland; she is a cofounder and member of several NGOs, including the Neutrum Association for an Ideologically Free State and the Federation for Women and Family Planning, whose president she has been since its creation. The federation, which advocates and lobbies for women’s reproductive health and rights, has initiated campaigns to liberalize Poland’s highly restrictive anti-abortion law. Ms. Nowicka is also one of the founders of ASTRA, the Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and is active in the international arena of women’s rights and health.

For more information about the 2008 commencement, visit the university website.

IT’S THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN, STUPID

Laura D’Andrea Tyson

As debate on the recession moves from “if” to “when” to “how long,” The New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and the New America Foundation host a panel entitled “It’s the Economic Recovery Plan, Stupid” with top economists and business executives on Thursday, May 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Bob Kerrey, president of The New School and former U.S. senator and governor of Nebraska, will make the opening remarks. The keynote speech will be delivered by Laura D’Andrea Tyson, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Clinton and professor of economics at the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley.

The panel will be moderated by Teresa Ghilarducci, Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Economic Policy Analysis at The New School for Social Research. It will include Heidi Crebo-Rediker, co-director of the New America Foundation’s Global Strategic Finance Initiative and former investment banker with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and Bear Stearns; Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute; and Tom Gallagher, senior managing director of theInternational Strategy and Investment Group, Inc. They will discuss the economic and political realities behind the debate on how best to stimulate the economy, including how a major public infrastructure investment might serve as a centerpiece of a longer-term recovery program.

SCEPA will also present a new publication, The Promise of Public Investment, based on its year-long series of forums questioning conventional wisdom on U.S. economic policy.

The event will be held in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 212.229.5662 x3570 or email specialevents@newschool.edu.

For more information about the SCEPA, please visit www.newschool.edu/cepa. For more information about the New America Foundation, please visit www.newamerica.net.


SIXTH ANNUAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS

On Friday, May 2, students, faculty, and staff gathered to recognize the extraordinary leadership efforts by New School students during the 2007-08 academic year. At the event, organized by the Office of Student Development and Activities, individual students and student organizations received awards for their outstanding commitment to serving The New School through programming, civic engagement, and community work. The winners of the Sixth Annual Student Leadership Awards are:

Outstanding Student Organization: Project Africa
Outstanding New Student Organization of the Year: The New You
Emerging Leaders: Josephine Breeland, Steven Houang, Daniel Schulman
Outstanding Student Leader of the Year: Nicole Pontes
Outstanding New Program of the Year: Take Back the Night
Outstanding Student Program of the Year: Vagina Monologues
Outstanding International Leadership Award: Camila Ronderos
Community Service and Civic Engagement Award: Allan Robles
Bridge Building Award (group): Conversation Partners
Bridge Building Award (individual): Hendrick Cho
Senior Vice President for Student Services Alma Mater Award: Joaquin Sanchez, L.J. Regine, Elizabeth Bley, Yinan Xia, Harper Keenan

The Office of Student Development and Activities and the entire New School community congratulates each of the award recipients and thanks everyone who took the time to nominate and recognize our students for their truly amazing efforts this year.

WRITING AWARD WINNERS MEET WITH WORLD-RENOWNED ARTIST TO CELEBRATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The winners of the 2007-08 Vera List University Art Collection Writing Award, with prizes ranging from $200 to $400, are six students from Lang, The New School for General Studies, and Parsons.

On April 22, they celebrated their accomplishments in an informal gathering with artist and 2007-08 VLC Fellow Marjetica Potrc, whose work some had analyzed in their essays. In their conversation, they explored the relationship between visual and literary practice and the role of criticism for both.

This year, the prizes were awarded to the following students:

First Prize Creative Response: Julia Hermannsdottir, “The Butcher” (in response to Rirkrit Tirjavanjia, Untitled)

First Prize Critical Response: Hannes Steen Thornhammar, untitled text (in response to Earl Staley, Triumph of Bacchus)

Second Prize Creative Response: Brandon Johnson, “Warriors” (in response to Marjetica Potrc, Warriors)

Second Prize Critical Response: Kyle Garson, untitled text (in response to Rachel Harrison, Perth Amboy)

Honorable Mention Creative Response: Nicole Dular, “Somewhere Between” (in response to Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Untitled)

Honorable Mention Critical Response: Veronica Cassidy, “Trapped in the Intestinal Tract: Kara Walker’s Event Horizon

The winners were selected by a jury composed of the following members:

Neil Gordon, dean of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Joshua Mack, member of the Vera List Center Advisory Committee; writer for Time Out New York and Modern Painters
Rosemary O’Neill, associate dean of Faculty Affairs and associate professor of art history, Parsons The New School for Design
Robert Polito, director of the Writing Program and the MFA in Creative Writing, The New School for General Studies
Silvia Rocciolo, co-curator of the New School Art Collection

The Vera List University Art Collection Writing Award honors the best critical and creative essays written by students in response to the university’s collection of more than 1,800 artworks. Established in 1996 by the late Vera List, a life trustee of The New School, it is presented once a year.

For further information on the award or the VLC, please contact Carin Kuoni, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, at kuonic@newschool.edu.


STUDY AROUND THE CLOCK IN ARNHOLD HALL

Don’t want to go home? New hours are in effect at Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, so you don’t have to.

Lobby and Student Activities Space: Open 24 hours Monday through Thursday, with extended hours Friday through Sunday.
Computer Labs: Extended lab hours (3rd, 4th, 8th, and 9th floors) began April 27.
See posted schedule in all New School academic buildings for lab and lobby hours.


NEWS FROM THE NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

TERESA GHILARDUCCI FEATURED IN MONEY MAGAZINE

Teresa Ghilarducci, the new director of The New School for Social Research’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), was recently featured in Money Magazine for her cutting-edge proposal to restructure the U.S. retirement income security system.

Ghilarducci joined The New School and SCEPA this spring after 25 years as a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and ten years as director of the Higgins Labor Research Center at the university.

Her new book, When I’m 64: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them, investigates the effect of pension losses on older Americans. Ghilarducci’s plan includes a mixed system composed of Social Security, employer defined-benefit pension plans, and a new type of personal retirement savings account known as a Guaranteed Retirement Account (GRA).

“Teresa Ghilarducci isn’t one for conventional wisdom. In her upcoming book, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them,’ the New School University economist argues that a rich nation ought to be able to ensure a secure old age. And she has a radical proposal for making that happen.” Money Magazine, April 23, 2008

NEWS FROM MILANO THE NEW SCHOOL FOR MANAGEMENT AND URBAN POLICY

ATLANTA MAYOR SHIRLEY FRANKLIN AND MILANO ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ATLANTA RESIDENTS

Merida Escandon, Milano Admissions Director;
Mayor Shirley Franklin; and
Sharon Greenidge, Assistant Director

On April 22, Milano admissions staff met with Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and prospective students from the Atlanta area to announce the Urban Conversations Scholarship for aspiring Atlanta graduate students, starting in the Fall 2008 semester. The New School is dedicating this scholarship to Franklin for her participation in the June 1, 2007, conference “Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class.”

“The Urban Conversations Scholarship provides an opportunity to invest in our city’s future,” said Franklin. “This program can help train Atlanta’s future leaders to responsibly address the issues that matter to our residents, including affordable housing, a sustainable environment, and funding for mass transit and education.”

Joining Mayor Franklin for the announcement were 30 Milano alumni, prospective students, and City Hall representatives. Rashida Roberts, an Urban Policy Analysis and Management student and Atlanta native, also attended and spoke on her experiences at Milano with the mayor and guests.

Urban Conversations is a conference series presented by Milano that regularly brings U.S. mayors and governors together with journalists, academics, foundation officials, and opinion leaders to discuss pressing issues of urban governance. The June forum focused on the crisis of affordability for the shrinking middle class in metropolitan areas and potential solutions. Franklin was joined by Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, and Ester Fuchs, professor of public affairs and political science at Columbia University.

NEWS FROM THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA

DRAMA ANNOUNCES FINAL DRAFT 2008 PLAYWRIGHT SHOWCASE

The New School for Drama presents Final Draft, its annual playwright showcase, Monday through Wednesday, May 12–14.

This year’s presentation of new play readings features stimulating and provocative work from Drama’s MFA Playwriting class of 2008. The faculty of the program, directed by Playwriting Chair Pippin Parker, includes Christopher Shinn, Frank Pugliese, Nicole Burdette, and Michael Weller. All readings are professionally directed.

Readings are free and open to the public. For reservations, please call 212.229.5859 x2628. Presentations take place at The New School for Drama Theater, 151 Bank Street, 3rd floor. Visit the Drama website to view each day’s complete schedule and read excerpts from the plays.

NEWS FROM PArsons THE NEW SCHOOL FOR design

PARSONS THESIS EXHIBITIONS NOW ON VIEW

Parsons thesis exhibitions continue this week at venues across Manhattan. Work by students in the Photography, Fine Arts, and Illustration programs is now on view. Communication Design and Technology students’ work is on view beginning Wednesday, May 14, and Product Design students’ work is on view beginning Friday, May 16. For detailed information on individual thesis exhibitions, please visit the Parsons event calendar at www.parsons.edu/events.

 

Michael Hoefler,
BFA Product Design

Parsons BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition
On view through May 17, 2008
Calumet Gallery, 22 West 22nd Street, New York
For admission information and hours of operation, please call 212.989.8500 or visit www.calumetphoto.com.

Parsons BFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
On view through May 17, 2008
Gallery MC, 549 West 52nd Street, 8th floor
For admission information and hours of operation, please call 212.581.1966 or visit www.gallerymc.org.

Parsons BFA Communication Design and Technology Thesis Exhibition
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m.; on view through May 24, 2008
Chelsea Art Museum, 556 West 22nd Street, New York
For admission information and hours of operation, please call 212.255.0719 or visit www.chelseaartmuseum.org.

A Good Life: Parsons BFA Product Design Thesis Exhibition
Opening reception: Friday, May 16, 7:00–10:00 p.m.; on view through May 25, 2008
Press and industry open house: May 20, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Felissimo Design House, 10 West 56th Street, New York
For admission information and hours of operation, please call (212) 956-4438 or visit www.felissimo.com.

NEWS FROM MANNES COLLEGE THE NEW SCHOOL FOR MUSIC

DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES GETS STELLAR REVIEW FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

Deanna Breiwick, and Emily Duncan-Brown

The New York Times (May 5, 2008) gave Mannes’ production of the opera Dialogues of the Carmelites an excellent review. Reviewer Steve Smith wrote, “In the 10 years that Joseph Colaneri has been artistic director of the Mannes Opera at Mannes College the New School for Music, the program has earned a stellar reputation for the quality of its presentations and the excellence of its student singers.” Smith, who attended the Saturday evening (May 3) performance in the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, wrote that the production lived up to its “expected high standard.” Smith praised not only the guest artist, veteran soprano Joyce Castle but also the students, whom he applauded for their “tremendously exciting” performance, “radiant tone,” and “superb diction.” He also singled out the master artist-in-residence, Regina Resnik, and the set and stage directors for praise.

The review continued, “‘Dialogues,’ completed in 1956, is based on a failed screenplay inspired by the true story of 16 Carmelite nuns sent to the guillotine by French revolutionaries in 1794. Relatively conservative in its harmonic language and endowed with a constant flow of melody, the opera requires two things to make an impact: a solid cast of female singing actors and a conductor who brings a chamber like intimacy to Poulenc’s exquisitely shaded music. This production had both.”

NEWS FROM THE NEW SCHOOL FOR GENERAL STUDIES

12TH STREET LITERARY MAGAZINE RELAUNCHED AFTER 58 YEARS

On April 24, the New School Writing Program relaunched the undergraduate literary magazine 12th Street, last published in 1950. The magazine consists of new work by students currently enrolled in the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy; a work of art from the Spring 1949 issue appears on the inside cover.

The Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy is an innovative sequence of writing workshops and close-reading seminars designed to offer gifted undergraduate writers in the New School Bachelor’s Program a balanced and substantial literary education. A part of the Leonard and Louise Riggio Writing and Democracy Initiative at The New School, the program focuses on “the writer in the world” and extends to undergraduates the mission and accomplishments of the New School’s renowned graduate program in creative writing.

The relaunching of 12th Street will be marked with a celebration on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Union Square Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street. Faculty members Shelley Jackson, Zia Jaffery, and Paul Violi and students from the Riggio program will read from the magazine, which will be nationally distributed by Barnes and Noble.

Publication of 12th Street is made possible by the Leonard and Louise Riggio Writing and Democracy Initiative at The New School.

NEWS FROM THE NEW SCHOOL FOR JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

JAZZ FACULTY CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY AT SISTAS’ PLACE

Trio 3 photograph by Judy Shiller

On Saturday, May 17, the jazz group Trio 3—featuring Oliver Lake on alto sax and Jazz faculty members Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums—celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The event, which follows the group’s full winter/spring concert schedule, will take place at the incomparable Sistas’ Place, a cultural center where “Jazz: Music of the Spirit Lives, and Culture is a Weapon.” Ahmed Abdullah, trumpeter, philosopher, and Jazz faculty member, is music director of Sistas’ Place.

Shows are at 9:00 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25; to make reservations, call 718.398.1766. Sistas’ Place is located at 456 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn (take the A train to Nostrand Avenue). For more information, visit www.sistasplace.org.

SPRING RECITAL AND ENSEMBLE SERIES (FINAL WEEK)

Hear talented young artists play original music and classic and modern jazz in the Spring Recital and Ensemble Series, which runs through May 14. Seventy-five performances will be given.

Performances will take place in the Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 5th floor. All performances are free and open to the public. To view the full schedule, go to the Jazz website and click on “Events.”

UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
BUILDING LATIN AMERICAN BICENTENNIALS IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION

The New School’s Observatory on Latin America (OLA) and the Programa Bicentenarios of the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADU-UBA) are launching a research project, Building Latin American Bicentennials in the Age of Globalization. A number of Latin American countries will be celebrating the bicentennial of their national independence, including Argentina, Chile, and Mexico in 2010 and seven other countries in the next 15 years. These bicentennials offer an excellent opportunity for comparative and multidisciplinary research on how governments and civil society in these countries are constructing their commemorations and how they will use this historical moment to address urgent issues of social inclusion and institutional reform.

As part of this project, the OLA and FADU, in collaboration with the Centro de Estudios del Patrimonio (CEPAT) of the Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Paisaje, Universidad Central de Chile, are issuing a call for submissions of papers and visual presentations to the Latin American and English-speaking scholarly community and to civil society. The intention is to stimulate thinking and action on the Latin American bicentennials as well as communication and interaction among peoples in the region.

An evaluation committee will review the submissions and select the recipients of five awards for the most distinguished works, along with seven honorable mentions. The award winners will receive flight and accommodations for four days to participate in an international conference to be held at The New School in New York on February 26 and 27, 2009. In addition, their works will be included in the forthcoming book Construir Bicentenarios Latinoamericanos. Works by the winners of the honorable mentions will also be included in the book.

The deadline for abstracts is June 17, 2008. Final presentations must be received by September 29, 2008. For submission information, visit the Observatory on Latin America website.

JOIN THE NEW SCHOOL AND THE OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN THE AIDS WALKS NEW YORK CAMPAIGN!

Did you know that between 40,000 to 60,000 people are newly infected with HIV in the United States every year? That 50 percent of those newly infected are under the age of 24? That 25 percent of those newly infected do not know it? That New York accounts for approximately 18 percent of all HIV cases in the United States?

This year, The New School will form its first team to support the AIDS Walk New York campaign, helping people in our community struggling with HIV and AIDS. Please join The New School AIDS Walk team (#1463) on Sunday, May 18, at 9:00 a.m. in Central Park. To register to walk or to donate online, go to www.aidswalk.net/newyork/. Click on “Register to Walk,” then “Join a Team”; then select our team name, The New School - 1463, from the pull-down menu.

Fliers and donation forms for the walk will soon be available at the following campus locations: 66 West 12th Street; 55 West 13th Street; 135 East 12th Street; 66 Fifth Avenue; 65 Fifth Avenue; 150 West 85th Street; 80 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor; and 79 Fifth Avenue, 18th floor. If you would like to volunteer, contact any of the following New School AIDS Walk NY Committee members: Adam Reale, Design and Construction; Laura Cosgrove, Office of Finance and Business; Katie Scheidt, Office of Information Technology; Stephen Serwin, Raymond Fogelman Library; and Sheila Slaughter, Office of Human Resources.

Help The New School demonstrate our commitment to ending AIDS and promoting awareness and show our support for family members, friends, and neighbors who are facing the reality of AIDS every day.

TIME OUT NEW YORK DISCOUNT OFFER

Start your year off being in the know about things free or fancy. Time Out New York is offering all students, faculty, and staff at The New School a full year's subscription for just $20! That's 51 issues for the entire year and only 39c an issue. Steal this deal for yourself or a gift to another.

THE BEST DEAL FOR AFFORDABLE THEATER, Dance, and concert TICKETS:
THEATRE DEVELOPMENT FUND

An exciting spring theater, music and dance season is under way: Why pay $100 or more, when you can pay $20-$36 for Broadway shows and Off-Broadway shows, dance performances and concerts? An inexpensive way to enjoy the best of New York culture is to join Theatre Development Fund (TDF).

To be eligible, you must be a full-time student or teacher, senior citizen (62+), civil servant, union member, staff member of a not-for-profit organization, performing arts professional, or member of the clergy or armed forces. Annual membership fee is $27.50, and you can join online.

A small sampling of performances recently available to TDF Members for $20-36 per ticket include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Bronx Tale, A Chorus Line, Altar Boyz, American Ballet Theatre, August: Osage County, Avenue Q, Big Apple Circus, Celia, The Color Purple, Come Back Little Sheba, Crimes of the Heart, Curtains, The Fantasticks, The Farnsworth Invention, Forbidden Broadway, Gypsy, The Homecoming, In the Heights, Is He Dead?, Les Miserables, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, November, Passing Strange, Paul Taylor Dance Company, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, The Ritz, Rock 'n' Roll, The Seafarer, Sunday in the Park with George and Xanadu.. So don't miss this great opportunity to see great theater at great prices.

NEW YORK TIMES DISCOUNTS

The New York Times is offering a 60 percent discount ($.40/per day Monday-Saturday, $2.00 on Sunday) for home or office subscriptions to all faculty, staff, and students.

Here's how it works. Unlike traditional subscriptions, the education rate can be set up by semester or in a combination that best reflects your schedules for both delivery and billing. New School faculty, staff, and students can have a subscription Monday-Friday, Sunday only, weekends only, or any combination.

To take advantage of the special discount to the Times or to change a current subscription, students, faculty (full-time and part-time), and staff should contact the customer service center at 888.NYT.COLL, to order a single subscription or a classroom subscription of up to eight copies for required reading in the classroom.

To order a classroom subscription of eight or more copies for required reading in the classroom, contact the education program's customer service center at 800.631.1222.

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CATCH THE LATEST EXHIBIT AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART FOR FREE

Did you know that you could get into this exciting museum for free? In order to receive your free admission, go to the lobby information desk and show them your valid New School ID. Students, faculty, and staff receive one free admission for themselves. Faculty and staff may also obtain an additional two tickets for their guests. Enjoy!

UPCOMING EVENTS

TICKETS: In person purchases can be made at The New School Box Office at 66 West 12th Street, main floor, Monday–Friday 1:00–7:00 p.m. The box office opens the first day of classes and closes after the last paid event of each semester.

NEW SCHOOL JAZZ AT SWEET RHYTHM:
VESUVIUS TAKES A NAP DIRECTED BY JOANNE BRACKEEN

Monday, May 12, Sets at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue (south of Christopher Street)
Admission: [Sweet Rhythm]$10 cover + $10 food and drink minimum, no cover + $5 food and drink minimum for students with ID
A luscious, fluffy group creating thought-provoking polyphonic and cacauphonic foliage.
Mallory Glaser on vocals, Lily Nussbaum on vocals, Raffi Garabedian on tenor saxophone, Daniel Lubin on trombone, Charlie Lee Georgescu on guitar, Jon Notar on piano, Ross Gallagher on bass, and Seth Waldstein on drums.

SCREENplay 2008
Monday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.
The New School for Drama Theater, Drama Building, 151 Bank Street, 3rd floor
Admission: Admission is free and open to the public; reservations required. For reservations, please call 212.229.5859 x2630 or email at hoytr@newschool.edu.
SCREENplay is an opportunity for the graduating writers of The New School for Drama’s MFA Playwriting program to introduce their screenplays to a community audience and industry professionals. Each student will present one current project along with a brief project description and a short staged reading of a scene from the screenplay. Reception to follow.

NEW SCHOOL JAZZ AT SWEET RHYTHM: ARMEN DONELIAN TRIO
Monday, May 19, Sets at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue (south of Christopher Street)
Admission: [Sweet Rhythm]$10 cover + $10 food and drink minimum, no cover + $5 food and drink minimum for students with ID
Donelian Trio heralds new CD Oasis on Sunnyside Records
Armen Donelian on piano, David Clark on bass, and George Schuller on drums
An eclectic musician of Armenian parentage who has appearedinternationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975,Armen Donelian has worked with Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, ChetBaker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie Paris, Billy Harper, Night Ark and others.
Oasis (SSC 4007), Armen Donelian’s new trio CD due out May 6th, is his 11th as a leader and his eighth for the Sunnyside label,featuring him in a set of six originals and two standards accompaniedby David Clark on bass and George Schuller on drums, his band-matesfor the past four years.
Donelian's piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted inclassical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft, swingingtouch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonicvocabulary and a boundless source of creative ideas. Without force orpersuasion, he invites the listeners to join the trio in verypersonal and reflective explorations.
Clark is an experienced professor of bass at Berklee College of Musicin Boston. Schuller, the son of noted composer Gunther Schuller, is a New York City-based bandleader and record producer with a pedigreemusical upbringing.

IT’S THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN, STUPID
Thursday, May 22, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Admission is free, but RSVP is required. Please call 212.229.5662 x3570 or email specialevents@newschool.edu.
As debate on the recession moves from “if” to “when” to “how long,” The New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and the New America Foundation host a panel entitled “It’s the Economic Recovery Plan, Stupid,” with top economists and business executives. The panel will discuss the economic and political realities behind the debate on how best to stimulate the economy, including how a major public infrastructure investment might serve as a centerpiece of a longer-term recovery program. SCEPA will also present a new publication, The Promise of Public Investment, based on its year-long series of forums designed to question conventional wisdom on U.S. economic policy.

Bob Kerrey, president of The New School and former U.S. senator and governor of Nebraska will make the opening remarks. The keynote speech will be delivered by Laura D’Andrea Tyson, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Clinton and professor of economics at the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley. The panel will be moderated by Teresa Ghilarducci, Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Economic Policy Analysis at The New School for Social Research, and will include Heidi Crebo-Rediker, co-director of the New America Foundation’s Global Strategic Finance Initiative and former investment banker with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and Bear Stearns; Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute; and Tom Gallagher, Senior Managing Director of the International Strategy and Investment Group, Inc.
For more information about the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, please visit www.newschool.edu/cepa. For more information about New America Foundation, please visit www.newamerica.net.

 

STUDENT SERVICES

ADMINISTRATIVE REMINDERS FOR STUDENTS

COMMENCEMENT TICKETS
If you indicated on your graduation petition that you will attend the university commencement ceremony, you may receive up to three tickets for guests to attend the ceremony. Tickets may be picked up beginning Monday, April 21 through Wednesday, May 14 at the Registrar’s Office, Albert List Academic Center, 65 Fifth Avenue, ground floor during these hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. You must bring your newcard when you pick up your tickets. For more information about commencement, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/commencement.
Please note: Students who do not pick up their tickets by May 14 will forfeit their tickets.

GRADUATION CANDIDATES - CAP AND GOWN INFORMATION
If you petitioned by March 30 and you indicated on your petition that you plan to attend commencement, a cap, gown, and hood have been ordered for you. Caps and gowns for students from all divisions including Mannes will be distributed at the Student Activity Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, ground floor, from 12:00–7:00 p.m, Monday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 14. You must pick up your regalia in advance of the ceremony. You must bring your ID card as well as $50 in cash when you pick up your regalia.ation Candidates – Cap and Gown Information

STUDENT ACCOUNTS INFORMATION
To ensure that you receive correspondence from The New School in a timely manner, please review your official address in MyNewSchool to make sure that it is current. If it is not, you can change your address online. This is especially important for students who are expecting to receive a refund.

FEDERAL WORK-STUDY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Student Employment Office has partnered with New York City Public Service Corps to provide students with off-campus Federal Work-Study opportunities in the public sector. NYC Public Service Corps is an internship program of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services committed to providing students with meaningful experiences to enhance their academic and career objectives. Law, graphic arts, education, journalism, research, and office administration are just a few of the areas available to interns. If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study and are interested in developing professional skills in a meaningful community service experience, stop by the Student Employment Office at the Albert List Academic Center, 65 Fifth Avenue, room 105M.

STUDENTS: HOW TO PROVIDE VERIFICATION OF YOUR SPRING ENROLLMENT
Health insurance agencies, housing authorities, banks, or other third parties may ask you to provide verification that you are enrolled at The New School. If you registered for the spring term prior to April 8, you can print an Official Enrollment Verification Certificate at MyNewSchool. To do this, log in to MyNewSchool and click the Student tab; then in the Self Service channel, click Student Academic Information. The certificate, produced by the National Student Clearinghouse on behalf of the university, serves as official evidence of enrollment at The New School.

STUDENTS: ACCESS GRADES AND REGISTRATION FEES THROUGH MYNEWSCHOOL
The New School does not automatically mail copies of semester grades. If you need a printed copy of your grades, you can request a copy through MyNewSchool (click the Student tab; then, in the Self Service channel, click Student Academic Information). Your semester grades will be mailed within two weeks. You can also access registration fees through MyNewSchool.

STUDENTS: REQUEST YOUR OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT ONLINE
Students can request an official transcript through MyNewSchool. Click the Student tab; then, in the Self Service channel, click Student Academic Information). Transcript requests are processed five business days after they are submitted. There is no fee for regular five-business-day service. Next-day transcript service is available only to students who submit requests in person. Transcripts of students with library or financial holds of any kind will not be released.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

2008-09 Student Health Insurance
All degree, diploma, online only, visiting, mobility (study abroad), Lang and Parsons consortium, graduate certificate program, and both graduate and undergraduate degree program non-matriculating students are automatically charged a Student Health Services Fee and a Student Health Insurance Fee. Milano branch campuses and Parsons Decorative Arts program, Washington, DC, are excluded. Depending on course load and status, students may be eligible to decline these services by submitting a completed Online Waiver Form by September 29, 2008.
Students may access the Online Waiver Form and select the “New School” link. Students may also access the Online Waiver Form via a link in their MyNewSchool Online Services account located in the “Forms” box under the “Student” tab.
For additional information on fees, deadlines, policies and procedures regarding the Student Health Insurance program, please visit the New School website at www.newschool.edu (click on “Student Services”, then “Health Services”).

A FEW MINUTES FOR YOUR LIFE: TAKE THE HIV TEST FOR FREE-SPRING 2008 HOURS
Hispanic AIDS Forum, in collaboration with New School Student Health Services and the Office of Student Development and Activities (OSDA), will be offering FREE confidential HIV testing every week on Mondays 4:00-6:30 p.m. and Thursdays 3:00-5:30 p.m. The testing site will be at Loeb Residence, 135 East 12th Street, 2nd floor. For further information, please contact Student Health Services at 212.229.1671, option 1 or 2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES

Student Disability Services Newsletter
The latest edition of the spring 2008 Student Disability Services newsletter has been posted online. The newsletter spotlights deafness and hard-of-hearing, and features a story about the award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf. The newsletter also includes tips on final exams and test taking as well as information about career guidance for people with disabilities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES (ISS)

LIMITS TO ONLINE CLASS REGISTRATION
As you register for spring 2008, please be advised that no more than the equivalent of one online class or three credits per semester may be counted in calculations of full-time enrollment for F-1 international students. This restriction does not affect registration for students studying outside the United States. If you have any questions about online class registration, contact iss@newschool.edu.

I-20 END DATES
Section 5 on your I-20 indicates the date when the validity of your I-20 ends. If you will be completing your studies by that time, please be advised that you will have a 60-day grace period after the program end date on your I-20 in which to either depart from the United States or transfer to another college or university. You will not be able to reenter the United States using your current I-20 during this grace period. If you find that you will not be able to finish your current degree by the completion date on your I-20, you can request a program extension. You must make your request at least 30 days before the completion date. Visit the student services website to find out what documents you need in order to request a program extension. If you plan to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must attend an OPT workshop before you apply and USCIS must receive your application before the last day of class. If you have been admitted to pursue a different degree at the New School, you must apply for your new I-20 before the end date on your current I-20. Contact iss@newschool.edu if you have any questions.

CHANGE OF MAJOR OR EDUCATIONAL LEVEL REQUIRES NEW I-20
Please note that if you change your major (e.g., from a BA in Fashion Design to a BA in Product Design) or your educational level (e.g., from MA to PhD), you MUST request an update to your I-20 to reflect your current degree and program information.
Deadlines:
Change of major: By the end of the add period (for spring 2008, this date is Monday, February 4)
Change of education level: You must apply for the new I-20 BEFORE you begin your new program.
Failing to request the changes in your I-20 for a change of major or educational level in a timely manner may jeopardize your I-20 status.


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