the new historia, center for rediscovering women's contributions in history, opens at the new school

Panel Discussion Featuring Refinery 29's Amy Emmerich and Activist Nell Merlino
April 25, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm

NEW YORK, April 13, 2017 — The New School announces the launch of The New Historia, an initiative designed to document and promote the achievements of women in history that have gone unnoticed or unrecognized by our larger society. Led by New School faculty members and students, the initiative will use technology, including a searchable digital platform, to connect today's young women with the unknown female groundbreakers of the past.

Over the past 60 years, feminist scholars have researched, with little support, earlier women and their contributions to society. The New Historia was created to support such scholars in their efforts, while encouraging a new generation to uncover and highlight the stories of unknown women.

“Knowing is powerful and we can be more powerful than we have ever been,” Gina Luria Walker, professor of Women's Studies at The New School who leads the initiative.. “It is imperative that we galvanize what we know so that women’s legacy is acknowledged as essential to the continuum of human enlightenment. Activating what we know will also keep us from making contemporary women invisible — waiting to be brought to life 50 or 100 years from now.”

The New Historia is building an inter-university consortium of scholars, a searchable digital platform, and a new curriculum that more accurately reflects women’s contributions throughout history.

The New Historia will present a panel discussion featuring distinguished women from media, academia, and business who will speak about how new media is changing the ways in which we document women’s stories for posterity. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at The New School’s University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue. The panel features:

  • Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer, Refinery29
  • Nell Merlino, Creator, Take Our Daughters to Work Day; Icon, The Female Lead; Founder, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
  • Nancy Kendrick, Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College
  • Mary Spongberg, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
  • Julie Dam, Content Consultant & Novelist 

Members of the press must RSVP with Will Wilbur.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. Learn more at



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Media Contacts:

Will Wilbur,
The New School
212-229-5667 x 3990
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