Collaboratory Symposium 2018: A Symposium on Socially-Engaged Learning and Public Scholarship

Friday, April 27, 10 am-5 pm at Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, The New School


Collaboratory Symposium 2018, a day-long symposium in which academics and activists will take a deep-dive into questions around socially engaged learning, practice, and scholarship. They will answer questions such as:

  • How do socially-engaged projects and pedagogy consider and incorporate social justice issues and methods?
  • How can students be better prepared for engaged learning with external partners and communities?
  • What institutional processes, structures and resources would better support strong community partnerships and enhance the social justice outcomes of engaged learning activities?

The Symposium is hosted by the Collaboratory, a New School network of faculty, students and community partners at the forefront of innovative approaches and practices to creating a more just, resilient, and equitable society.


Activism through Arts and Culture: Cecilia Rubino, Manon Slome

Creating Transformation through Public Dialogue: Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Lydia Matthews

Community-engaged Social Ventures: Dennis Derryck, Mehdi Salehi, Michele Kahane, Maru Bautista

Co-producing Knowledge through Public Scholarship: Joseph Heathcott, Jeffrey Goldfarb, Mary Watson

Deconstructing Race and Power: Sujatha Jesudason, Judy Pryor-Ramirez, Ujju Aggarwal, Nadia Williams

Imagining Change with Youth Partners: Austen Osworth, Bernadette Ludwig, Jessica Walker

Media and Technology for Public Engagement: Anezka Sebek, Colleen Macklin, Sarah Montague

Mobilizing for Environmental Justice: Ana Baptista, John Clinton, Jess Irish, Stephen Metts

New Spaces for Civic Action: Braden Crooks, Nelesi Rodriguez, Trebor Scholz

Participatory Design with Communities: Andrew Shea, John Roach, Lara Penin, Miguel Robles Duran 

Partnering for Economic Justice: Gabriela Rendon, Kevin McQueen, Lesley Painter-Farrell

Preparing for Community Engagement: Cynthia Lawson, Chris London

Visualizing Data and Reality for Social Action: Aron Hill, Maya Georgieva


Friday, April 27, 10 am-5 pm


Theresa Lang Community Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th St.

TICKETS Members of the media should RSVP with Scott Gargan at 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. Learn more at


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Media Contact:

Scott Gargan
The New School
212.229.5667 x 3794

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