Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

Making a History of The New School Through Community

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


This semester, Professors Julia Foulkes and Mark Larrimore are teaching a university lecture course on the history of The New School, generating discussions about the uses of the past in a school dedicated to the new. Without civic engagement as a deliberate intention, the course has become a community effort and conversation about The New School’s distinctive legacies and values.

Students analyzed scrapbooks from the first decades of the school’s history and conducted interviews with current faculty, staff, and alumni. On May 8th, the class will conclude at an open town hall meeting with students delivering “State of the School” addresses that utilize the school’s history to chart its future.

In this talk, Julia and Mark will discuss the aims and results of the course, the various kinds of civic engagement in which the university has been involved over the last 100 years, and the benefits of focusing inward to look outward.

Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, 7th floor

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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