September - December 2013
Panels on the Syrian Civil War, America's Surveillance State, Eric Hobsbawm's Legacy and More

The legacy of New School for Social Research professor Eric Hobsbawm will be celebrated on October 25.

NEW YORK, August 22, 2013 - The New School's public programming begins the academic year with a diverse array of panel discussions, lectures, and events exploring global and domestic politics, policy and government.

Editors Note: Click here for a full online calendary of public programming on politics, policy and government.

The New School’s Center for Public Scholarship (CPS) will host several events exploring the global intersections of research and public action. The Syrian Higher Education in Crisis: The Road Forward (Oct. 7) will bring together a panel of human rights experts and advocates to discuss the dire state of the war-torn Syrian intellectual diaspora. CPS's 30th Social Research Conference on Corruption, Accountability, and Transparency (Nov 21 and 22) examines U.S-specific and global dimensions of the problem of corruption, including social and historical dimensions of corruption, systems at risk of corruption (governments, business, labor, and markets), and possibilities for reform. And CPS's fifth Public Voices Lecture (Dec. 5) presents journalist James Bamford and Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth in discussion on the American surveillance state. The panel is moderated by trial lawyer Martin Garbus.

The New School will take on violence in America with a series of events including Redefining Rape—Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation (Sept. 11). Professor Estelle Freedman of Stanford University will explore the ways in which rape has defined citizenship throughout American history, as well as how aspiring citizens have tried, repeatedly, to redefine rape. The university will also present a panel entitled Aurora, Newtown, Boston…Reflections on Contemporary America (Nov. 5). Panelists, including Claire Potter, Professor of History, The New School for Public Engagement; Christine Rosen, a Senior Editor of The New Atlantis; and Jean Smith, Co-Director, New York Salon, as moderator, will examine the ways in which the response to these violent acts casts a spotlight on the changing nature of political debate in the United States.

Two fall events will celebrate the legacies of influential New School professors. The New School for Social Research will host a celebration of and tribute to the life of Aristide R. Zolberg, the leading political scientist who published extensively on comparative politics and historical sociology in both English and French, on September 19. Zolberg was the Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Politics and University in Exile Professor Emeritus at The New School for Social Research. On October 25, The New School for Social Research will remember the legacy of world-renowned historian Eric Hobsbawm with a memorial event, "Hobsbawm's 20th Century." Hobsbawm taught at The New School for Social Research from 1984 to 1996, first as University Professor of Politics and Society and then as Visiting Professor.

Editors Note: Click here for a full online calendary of public programming on politics, policy and government.

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