exploring the concept of invisibility across science, politics, culture, and society

The Center for Public Scholarship at The New School presents "Invisibility: The Power of an Idea" on Thursday, April 20, noon-8 pm + Friday, April 21, noon-5 pm

Brian Greene, physicist and co-founder of the World Science Festival, and author Marina Warner give the keynote address


Scholars explore the concept of invisibility in the context of science, politics, culture, and society in Invisibility: The Power of an Idea, a concerence presented by the Center for Public Scholarship at The New School. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Unseen mysteries of black holes and gravitational waves
  • Secrets politicians hide from each other and society
  • Mythicism, religion, and spirituality
  • Marginalized people who have been stripped of their place in society
  • Brian Greene, physicist and co-founder of the World Science Festival, and author Marina Warner give a keynote discussion on Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. The speakers will bridge the gap between the scientific concept of invisibility and the universe, and the concept as it appears in the humanities.

    Additional highlights of the conference:

  • The New School hosts a Facebook Live interview with Greene on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m.
  • Magician Alex Stone performs during a wine and cheese reception Thursday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.
  • Screening of Mona El Naggar's Ladies First: Saudi Arabia's Female Candidates Friday, April 21, 11 a.m.
  • WHO:

    Who: Adam Bradley (University of Colorado, Boulder), Simon Critchley (The New School), Molly E. Cummings (University of Texas at Austin), Wendy Doniger (University of Chicago), Mona El-Naggar (New York Times), Brian Greene (Columbia University), Darrick Hamilton (The New School), Gerald Holton (Harvard University), Kim Hopper (Columbia University), Mark Johnston (Princeton University), Georgina Kleege (University of California, Berkeley), Alan Lightman (MIT), William Milberg (The New School), Latif Nasser (RadioLab), Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University), Darryl Pinckney (author), David R. Smith (Duke University), Marina Warner (Birkbeck, University of London)


    Thursday, April 20, noon-8 p.m.
    Friday, April 21, noon-5 p.m.


    Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th St. (Thursday, noon-5:30 p.m. and Friday)
    The Auditorium, 66 West 12th St (Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.)

    TICKETS The event is free and open to the public. Members of the media should RSVP with Scott Gargan at gargans@newschool.edu or 212.229.5667 x 3794.

    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.


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    The New School
    212.229.5667 x 3794

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