• Alumni Day

    Alumni Day

    Alumni Day 2017

    Saturday, May 6

    Every year, alumni from all schools and programs take over campus for a lively day of all things New School, including exhibitions, performances, talks, receptions, tours, and more. View some of our highlights below and stay tuned for upcoming program developments.

    View highlights from Alumni Day 2017 on Instagram and stay tuned for the complete photo album.

    Schedule of Events

    11:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M. 
    Speaking Freely: A Conversation with bell hooks 
    An intimate conversation with the author, feminist theorist, activist, cultural critic, and radical thinker on her writings and scholarship

    12:00-1:00 P.M.
    Art at The New School: A Guided Tour, Part 1   
    Exploration of The New School's art collection, featuring works by José Clemente Orozco, Camilo Egas, Gonzalo Fonseca, Dave Muller, and more  

    The New School Art Collection, in recognition of its historic commitment to art as a vehicle for sociopolitical change, seeks to advance the importance of art as an agent for personal and collective transformation.

    12:00-1:00 P.M.
    Off the Cuff: Building Communication Confidence Through Improvisation
    Workshop to improve professional and social communication skills led by Chloe Lewis, MFA Acting '14, and Brennan Lowery, MFA Acting '14. 

    1:00-2:00 P.M.
    From the Source: A Screening and Talk with Writer Bekah Brunstetter '07, of NBC's This Is Us
    Screening of NBC's This Is Us, followed by a talk and Q&A with writer Bekah Brunstetter, MFA Playwriting '07, on her inspiration, direction, and method for writing the episode

    1:00-2:00 P.M. 
    Tour of Parsons' Making Center 
    A firsthand look at the new cutting-edge design and making facility promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration and creation across campus

    2:15-3:30 P.M.
    The Work of Social Justice
    Discussion with alumna leaders in the fields of activism, organization, and social justice. Panelists include:
    Evette Banfield, MS Urban Policy Analysis and Management '97, Vice President of Economic Development Policy and Wealth Building Strategies, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development
    Danielle Chynoweth, MA Politics '00, Township Supervisor, City of Urbana, Illinois; former Organizing Director, Center for Media Justice
    Ana Oliveira, MA Anthropology '04, President and CEO, The New York Women's Foundation
    Irene Pedruelo Tapia, MA International Affairs '15, Lead Strategist, DoSomething.org
    Moderated by Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health, with introductory remarks by André Singleton, BA The Arts '11

    3:30-4:30 P.M. 
    Art at The New School: A Guided Tour, Part 2
    Exploration of The New School's art collection, featuring works by Sol LeWitt, Kara Walker, Agnes Denes, Frank Stella, and more

    The New School Art Collection, in recognition of its historic commitment to art as a vehicle for sociopolitical change, seeks to advance the importance of art as an agent for personal and collective transformation.

    3:30-4:30 P.M.  
    Parsons presents Major Major Wavelength
    6 East 16th Street
    12th floor
    New York City
    A showcase of the first- and second-semester work of the Parsons MFA Design and Technology class of 2018
    Program is open from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.               

    3:30-4:30 P.M.
    Alumni Station
    - Alumni Networking  
    - Parsons Entrepreneurial Lab Demos, led by Rhea Alexander, BFA Environmental Design '87
    - Open Campus
    - Jazz performances
    - Refreshments and more  

    4:30-5:30 P.M.
    New School Minute
    An annual event featuring a series of rapid-fire lectures and presentations by more than a dozen top New School faculty from a range of disciplines 

    5:30-7:30 P.M.
    Closing Party
    Celebration featuring music from The Lot Radio's Francois Vaxelaire, Media Studies '13, plus mingling, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails  

    While You're on Campus

    Parsons Festival 2017 - Street Seats
    Available all day
    Reclaimed public space at the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue, designed by students in the Design Build course of the School of Constructed Environments in collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation

    The New Store
    11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
    Official retail space for New School merchandise and swag

    AAS Fashion "Reveal"
    11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
    Parsons' AAS Fashion Design program has partnered with byREVEAL to showcase designs from AAS alumnae Autumn Adeigbo '05 and Amber Groen '17. Visit the reveal throughout Alumni Day in the University Center Event Cafe.

    Post-Alumni Day    
    7:30 P.M.   
    Lang Dance Spring Production 2017 
    New York Live Arts
    219 West 19th Street
    New York City 
    All works will be performed by students of the Eugene Lang College Dance program.
    Passes for this event will be available at the Alumni Day registration desk in the University Center.

    8:00-10:00 P.M.
    Monstrosity by Lucy Thurber 
    The Theater at the School of Drama  
    151 Bank Street 
    New York City 
    The School of Drama BFA Production Series presents 
    Monstrosity, a dark, epic tale of singing teenage fascists, magic, war, and love directed by Sherri Eden Barber, MFA Directing '09.
    Off-campus student performance with limited seating offered on a first-come, first-served basis

    2017 Alumni Day Host Committee

    Honorary Host Committee Chair
    Edwin Fancher, BA Liberal Arts ’49, MA Psychology ’51
    Co-founder, The Village Voice

    Host Committee
    Ben Baisden, MA Media Studies ’05
    Producer, FOX Sports

    Eddie Barbash, BFA Jazz and Contemporary Music ’12
    Founding Member, Jon Batiste and Stay Human

    Amy Chasan, MS Nonprofit Management ’14
    Founder, Sweet Generation

    Mary Elise Chavez, BBA Strategic Design and Management ’08
    Managing Partner, Digital Experience Practice, Fabric Branding

    Deborah Creighton, MA Historical Studies and Sociology '96
    Freelance Editor and Digital Content Strategist

    Alexandra Fees, BM Performance ’12, MM Voice ’14
    Artistic Director, Opera Upper West

    Yahdon Israel, MFA Creative Writing ’16
    Content and Social Media Director, MakersFinders and Contributing Editor, LitHub

    Miles Kohrman, BA Liberal Studies ’13
    News Editor, The Trace

    Eric Lau, BFA Communication Design ’09
    Associate Creative Director, sparks & honey

    Kulveen Sarna, MS Strategic Design and Management ’17
    Sales Operations Coordinator, Edie Parker

    Malini Singh McDonald, MFA Directing ’03
    Producer, Marketing Director & Publicity, Theatre Beyond Broadway

    Nathaniel Smith, MS Urban Policy Analysis and Management ’00
    Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity

    Jo Ann Tansman, BFA Illustration ’77
    Freelance Creative Director and Photographer  

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