Growing populations, a changing climate, rising oil prices, diminishing fuel reserves: These are realities confronting America’s cities. While political leaders debate the development of alternative energy sources, most experts agree that energy efficiency is fundamental to the urban future. Can cities combat global warming and the high cost of energy with a less wasteful infrastructure and other strategies? What will it take for cities to become more efficient—and what reforms are beyond the powers of local government?
On Thursday, June 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the keynote address in the inaugural program in the Cities Respond to Climate Change lecture series will be John Podesta, president, Center for American Progress; and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
A panel discussion will also be held.The panelists are Susan Anderson, director of Sustainable Development, City of Portland, Oregon; Kenny Esser, Policy Advisor, Office of New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine; Jim Gallagher, senior vice president for Energy Policy, New York City Economic Development Corporation; Ashok Gupta, Air and Energy Program director, Natural Resources Defense Council; Department of Environmental Protection, State of New Jersey; and Max Schulz, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute Center for Energy Policy and the Environment.
The event will take place in Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.
Con Edison has generously underwritten both this program and a new scholarship fund to train the next generation of leaders in sustainable urban development at Milano.
Agnes Heller, philosophy professor at The New School for Social Research received an honorary doctorate degree from Ben-Gurion University in Israel in recognition of her accomplishments. The ceremony took place at the university’s 38th Annual Board of Governors Meeting on May 27, 2008.
According to University President Professor Rivka Carmi, all of the honorary degrees were granted in recognition of an individual’s distinguished contributions to science and humanity. Rector Professor Jimmy Weinblatt noted that each of the evening's recipients "symbolize one or more facets of David Ben-Gurion's visions" for Israel.
The university’s citation for Professor Heller read as follows: “In recognition of an eminent philosopher, one of the founders of the "Budapest School," who has been a model of personal and intellectual courage; in admiration of a Holocaust survivor who has dedicated her life to examining the moral and ethical issues of our lives, posing fundamental questions about history, culture, democracy and modernity; in appreciation of a woman who bravely withstood persecution by a totalitarian regime in her native Hungary, unwilling to compromise her independent thought and integrity; in acknowledgement of an award-winning scholar whose prolific body of work and teaching continues to inspire generations of students; in profound esteem for a person who did not hesitate to re-examine her ideas, never losing her belief in the spirit of man and the values of mutual responsibility and brotherhood which have found expression in her support of the State of Israel."
Degrees were also conferred upon: former President of the University, MK Professor Avishay Braverman, Israel; winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, Professor Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, France; philanthropist Baron David de Rothschild, France; philanthropist Carol Saal, United States; and internationally acclaimed Israeli author Professor Amos Oz.
|Ajkem'a Loy'a's workshop on creating "fajas de mostacilla" (beaded belts)|
New School students are working with a group of women in Guatemala to turn their local artisan business into a sustainable source of income. The project grew out of a partnership between The New School and CARE, an organization that works with women internationally to eliminate poverty. New School Trustee and Global CARE Ambassador Sheila C. Johnson helped coordinate the partnership to apply the University’s resources to CARE’s mission.
The students are from Parsons BBA Design and Management program and The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs. They are spending the month of June in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, working with the women’s artisan organization Ajkem’a Loy’a to develop a successful business model for their handcrafts.
Over the past few weeks, the students have used their expertise regarding foreign markets and business strategy to develop a plan that targets tourists— a large source of local income. Together, the students and women have created a series of workshops in beading, backstrap loom weaving, and jewelry to teach travelers local crafting skills. The students are also redesigning the Ajkem’a Loy’a store and logo and consulting with the group on new product development.
The students will return to the United States next week. They have been blogging their experiences at thenewschoolcollaborates.blogspot.com. A series of videos documenting different stages of the project can also be found at YouTube.
David Lehman, faculty member and poetry coordinator of The New School’s MFA Writing Program, is a recipient of a Speaker and Specialist Grant Award from the US State Department. He recently returned from traveling in China and Mongolia on a two-week tour, giving poetry readings and lectures on American poetry at universities and other cultural centers. Lehman observed that many poems are being written in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake that hit Sichuan province, which claimed the lives of 60,000 people. Lehman enjoyed meeting and speaking with Chinese poets and learning about the latest developments in China.
The US Speaker and Specialist Grant has no application and is awarded from the US Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.
See tomorrow's jazz and classical virtuosos every Tuesday, beginning in June on Pier 45, one of Hudson River Park's most beautiful spots. Through August 19, the Stars of Tomorrow Series will feature jazz and classical performances by exceptional groups from Mannes College The New School for Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Enjoy a sunset and be dazzled by an international coterie of emerging artists who have performed to critical acclaim around the world.
All performances take place at 6:30 p.m. at Pier 45 at Christopher Street, the Hudson River @ West 9th Street.
"Perverted by Theater," a curatorial project created by New School Drama student Paul David Young (Playwriting '09) and artist Franklin Evans, was selected as the winning proposal for an art exhibition and performance by the contemporary visual arts organization Apexart. Over 240 proposals were submitted and juried by a distinguished panel of international art curators and artists. The instillation/performance will be presented this fall at Apexart’s exhibition space in New York City.
The installation will be a collection of visual art and media pieces, video, film, and performance, purposely selected for its theatricality and installed in an environment “molded by theater.” In his proposal, Young describes the project as being “dedicated to evoking ‘unpresentness’ by emphasizing the temporal dimension, the subject/object relation, the audience, the presence of the actor, and the implication of dramatic concepts such as character and story in visual art.
“The principles and elements of theatrical performance and its inception (will) guide the selection of works and their installation,” he explains. “Whereas the visual arts traditionally constituted the background for dominant elements of the theaterâ€”the play and the actorsâ€”here the visual art becomes the play, the actors, and the constitutive elements of theater itself.”
Through exhibitions, international residencies, publication initiatives, and programs and events, Apexart is committed to cultural and intellectual diversity and aims to stimulate public dialogue about contemporary art. Since their inception, more than 1,000 artists, both emerging and established, have participated in over 130 exhibitions, with artists such as Vito Acconci, Martha Rosler, Dave Hickey, John Baldessari, Hou Hanru, Ute Meta Bauer, David Byrne, Janine Antoni, Kerry James Marshall and Jean-Hubert Martin, as well as many other artists from around the world.
Visit www.apexart.org for more information.
This summer, Parsons The New School of Design is partnering with I.D. magazine to present an exhibition of the I.D. Annual Design Review. On view July 10-September 28, 2008, the Review offers a rare and timely look at the state of contemporary design. More than 130 works representing the finest examples produced in a wide range of design categories will be on view at Parsons' new exhibitions center, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center by Lyn Rice Architects, which itself has won accolades for its cutting-edge design. Parsons and ID will host an opening reception on July 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
For the competition and related exhibition, I.D. has selected the finest examples of work produced in eight wide-ranging design categories, with the help of prominent experts in the field. Every year, the review grows more competitive, drawing more than two-thousand entries from every part of the world. The resulting designs will also be featured in the July/August issue of I.D.
Of the featured works recognized in each of the eight categories—consumer products, graphics, packaging, environments, furniture, equipment, concepts, and interactive—one entry is selected as the best of its category, with others receiving design distinction or honorable mention. Among the "best of" work from the past year is the iPhone from Apple in the consumer products category. Additional winners include the new New York City Condom Dispenser by the noted industrial designer Yves Béhar of Fuseproject; the Datum Line, an innovative conceptual project that would visibly communicate the impact of the melting polar ice sheets on the world's sea levels; Bikedispenser, from the Dutch company Springtime, a fully automated bicycle rental station; and Simpledoubledeux, designed by Drexler Guinand Jauslin Architects of Zurich, an interchangeable bed frame made of two interlocking wood elements.
The exhibition will feature a majority of these projects in real form, with others represented creatively by the exhibition designers Paul Carlos and Urshula Barbour of Pure+Applied, who also have taught at Parsons. For more information visit the Parsons event calendar.
|By Mary Nangah|
Students in Parsons’ MFA Fine Arts program raised over $10,000 to help victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A dozen students saw their work auctioned at the Women of the Congo benefit on June 12 at Cipriani 23rd Street. Proceeds from the auction support two specific causes: City of Joy, a safe house for survivors of sexual violence in Bukavu, and Avocats Sans Frontieres, a non-profit group of lawyers who provide free legal aid to victims of sexual violence.
Parsons student Mary Nangah, originally from Cameroon, organized the effort at the urging of Fine Arts MFA Director Anthony Aziz. As a student from a neighboring country, Nangah did not realize the extent of the sexual violence in the Congo in the wake of the country’s civil war. Once she took on the project, Nangah had no problem getting students involved, as many were eager to use their talents for a greater good. “The idea that our work will help people is so fulfilling,” Nangah said.
Other students who participated were Angela Basile, Cecile Chong, Matthew Deleon, Lars Van Dooren, Kyong eun Kang, Seyhan Musaoglu, Caithlin Rueter, Meghann Snow, Suzzane K. Stroebe, Genevieve White, and Frank Zadlo.
Mannes College The New School for Music presents a number of not-to-be-missed classical music institutes, festivals, and seminars that go beyond the usual “light” summer fare. These include The Eighth New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, June 25-29; and The Ninth Annual International Keyboard Institute and Festival, July 13-27.
The Eighth New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes (June 25-June 29)
The New York Guitar Seminar presents eight concerts, 30 master classes, and hands-on workshops. This year the Guitar Seminar honors Maestro Oscar Ghiglia’s 70th birthday and his 50 years of training many of the world’s finest concert and recording artists and teachers. A number of Ghiglia’s notable protégés will be at this year’s seminar paying tribute to Maestro Ghiglia’s devotion and artistry.
For detailed information on the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, visit www.newschool.edu/mannes/gi or call (212) 580-0210 x4883. Admission: $15; available at the door. Location for All Guitar Seminar Concerts: Mannes Concert Hall, 150 West 85th Street, NYC
The Tenth-Annual International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKI) (July 13-27)
The International Keyboard Institute, founded by Mannes alumnus and faculty member Jerome Rose, features performances by world-renowned pianists, master classes, and symposia. Two concert series will take place this year: Prestige Series concert at 6:00 p.m. feature accomplished young artists from around the world, many of them recent winners of major international competitions; Masters Series concerts at 8:30 p.m. feature guest artists and faculty.
This year the guest artist faculty includes distinguished pianists Menahem Pressler, Joaquín Achúcarro, and Philippe Entremont. Founder and Director Jerome Rose will perform the opening concert. Marc-André Hamelin will be returning to the festival for the sixth season to perform the final concert in the Masters Series. For a detailed schedule of Program Information, Evening Events, and Master Classes, please visit: www.ikif.org or call 212.580.0210 x4858.
Location for all International Keyboard Institute and Festival Concerts: Mannes Concert Hall, 150 West 85th Street, NYC
Admission: $20 per concert; $15 per master class; Daily Pass: $50 (classes plus 2 concerts); Festival Pass (2 weeks - 28 events): $250; Week I, Festival Pass: $125 (13 concert events); Week II, Festival Pass: $125 (12 concert events; 1 lecture; MacKenzie semis and finals)
|Julia MacLaine and
The MacLaine-Kazantsev Duo, which consists of Mannes pianist Ilya Kazantsev (BM '05, MM '07, current PDPL student) and Mannes cellist Julia MacLaine (PDPL '07), won the first-prize at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston.
The First Prize winning ensemble in each age group and category receive a certificate of accomplishment, a gold medal, and will compete for the grand prize while performing in a First Prize Winners’ concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
ICMEC was created to provide young and mature chamber music ensembles from around the world with an opportunity to compete with each other in their respective age groups and to perform in the best music halls of New England and New York.
The New School Jazz Ensemble will perform on Thursday, June 26, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Union Square Park - South Plaza, as part of the JVC Jazz Festival. Melanie Charles (vocalist) leads and directs the ensemble of exceptional students in this free event.
The JVC Jazz Festival New York is a two-week celebration that fills New York City's premiere concert halls, intimate clubs, parks, schools and museums with some of the top musical talent in the world. Started in 1972 by George Wein as the Newport Jazz Festival New York, this festival has been sponsored by JVC since 1984, and has become a New York institution. Past festival performers include: Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Cesaria Evora, Joao Gilberto, Shirley Horn, Lauryn Hill, Caetano Veloso, Charlie Haden, Dianne Reeves, Stan Getz, Sting, Shirley Horn and thousands more.
The Jazz Ensemble concert is presented in association with the Union Square Partnership as part of their ‘Summer in the Square’ series. The New School faculty and alumni performing in this year's festival include: Billy Harper, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Goldberg, Roy Hargrove, Robert Glasper and others. Check out JVC Jazz Festival website for details.
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Forty individuals are selected each year to study at a graduate or, in some cases, undergraduate institution each year in the United Kingdom. Fellows are supported for two years. The fellowship award includes university fees, living expenses, an annual book and thesis grant, grants for daily research and travel, and travel expenses to and from the United States. In some cases, where applicable, the scholarship will also pay towards supporting a dependent spouse. Applicants may be from any area of study and will need to have graduated from their institution after April 2006 for the 2009 award. For more information visit the scholarship website. The application deadline is October 2, 2008.
The New School’s Transregional Center for Democratic Studies will be conducting its ninth Democracy and Diversity Institute in Cape Town, South Africa, January 6-22, 2009. During the intensive two-week program, up to 40 junior scholars and graduate students from sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, Latin America, and central and eastern Europe will gather to examine challenges to democracy in the host region and beyond. The institute will offer seminar courses in political science, anthropology, economics, sociology, and gender studies, to be co-taught by faculty from The New School for Social Research and South African academics. Students will select two of the four seminar courses; they will also attend a series of master classes conducted by scholars and intellectuals from South Africa and other countries in the region. The program includes evening guest speakers and study tours to socially and politically significant sites in the Cape peninsula.
New School students will receive credits upon successful completion of their coursework (three credits per course). This graduate program is also open to advanced students from Eugene Lang College.
The following seminar courses will be offered at the 2009 institute:
Democracies and Boundaries: Conflicts About Membership, Borders, and Diversity
Prof. David Plotke,Department of Political Science, The New School for Social Research
Gender and Democracy
Profs. Elzbieta Matynia, Department of Sociology and Liberal Studies, The New School for Social Research, and Shireen Hassim, Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Democracy and Africanism
Prof. Hylton White, Department of Anthropology, The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College, and guest speakers
Shifting Power in the Global Economy: Rethinking Development Strategies
Profs. William Milberg, Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research, and Stephen Gelb, executive director, the EDGE Institute, Johannesburg, and Department of Development Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Applications, with full instructions, will be available beginning in September at www.newschool.edu/tcds. The deadline for applications is October 17, 2008.
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.
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.
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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.
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