THE NEW SCHOOL PRESENTS PERSPECTIVES ON DIGITAL SANCTUARY, AI FOR SOCIAL GOOD, AND FASHION FOR PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES AT 2018 SXSW

The New School hosts a Happy Hour with faculty members on Saturday, March 10, 6 p.m. at the Moody Room at the Westin, 310 E 5th St.

The New School — a progressive New York City university comprised of five schools including Parsons School of Design — returns to​ SXSW  in Austin, Texas March 9-16.

NEW YORK, March 5, 2018 — The New School — a progressive New York City university comprised of five schools including Parsons School of Design — returns to​ SXSW in Austin, Texas March 9-16, sharing innovative projects and perspectives that embody ​the university’s human­-centered approach to technology and design-inspired solutions to pressing issues.

Faculty- and alumni-led specialized talks, workshops, and projects will highlight the university’s commitment to confronting real-world problems through design. They include:

Style for All: Universal Designed Clothing

Grace Jun, a Parsons School of Design alumna, discusses her work with the Parsons-housed Open Style Lab, an initiative that researches and implements fashion design solutions for people with mobility impairment and paralysis.

Saturday, March 10, 5-6 p.m. Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd, Ballroom AB

Race and Digital Sanctuary in 2018 America

Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and a nationally recognized civil rights advocate, discusses Internet privacy, data collection, surveillance issues, and broadband deployment in the context of low-income communities of color.

Saturday, March 10, 5-6 p.m. Westin Austin Downtown Continental, 310 E 5th St, 1-2

Make A Dent In Changing The World For The Better: Happy Hour with The New School

New School faculty members and SXSW attendees get together for drinks and discussion on ways to use design and technology to make the world a better, more sustainable, and more beautiful place.

Saturday, March 10, 6-7 p.m. Westin Austin Downtown Continental, 310 E 5th St, Moody Room

XPPRIZE Futurecasting Workshop: How AI Can Positively Impact Society

New School faculty members and XPRIZE innovators give lightning talks and lead a workshop on ways A.I. and other exponential technologies can positively impact society. Sociology Professor Eiko Ikegami talks about interacting with and researching autistic avatars in the virtual world of Second Life; Media Studies Professor Peter Asaro speaks on killer robots and ethics in A.I.; and Design Strategies Professor Ed Keller speaks on leveraging A.I. to design equitable future states.

Sunday, March 11. For more information, contact Scott Gargan at gargans@newschool.edu

Making Cities Inclusive, Equitable and Sustainable

Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and a nationally recognized civil rights advocate, joins representatives of public, private, and NGO sectors to discuss the need, the opportunities, and ways to advance inclusive and equitable cities.

Monday, March 12, 10:30-11 a.m. NYC House @ Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

From CBGB To The World: A Downtown Diaspora

Julia Gorton, Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons, shares her epic Polaroids of indie rock royalty — Television, Blondie, Lydia Lunch, and more — taken at Hell’s Angels bar-turned-nightclub CBGBs. She’ll be joined by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame, Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke, songwriter/producer Chris Stamey, and Television guitarist Richard Lloyd.

Thursday, March 15, 2-3 p.m. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Room 12AB

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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