The New School Celebrates 100 Years of Innovative Education with The Festival of NEW

Andrew McCabe, Tarana Burke, Aasif Mandvi, Shaun King, Masha Gessen, Miki and Radha Agrawal, Rain Valdez, Naomi Wadler and More Headline Week-long Celebration Featuring Performances, Exhibitions, Panel Discussions, and More

Alumni Anna Sui, Dr. Ruth, Julio Torres, Bill Ritter, Jillian Hervey, James Francies, Derek Lam and Others Return to Campus to Share Insights, Engage in Compelling Conversations, and Perform Latest Work


New York, September 9, 2019 -- Marking 100 years of groundbreaking scholarship, bold creativity, and world-changing ideas, The New School will open its doors to the public from October 1 - 6, 2019 with The Festival of NEW, a week-long celebration honoring its distinct legacy.  Alumni including Anna Sui, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Julio Torres join Andrew McCabe, Aasif Mandvi, Shaun King, Masha Gessen and many others for exciting performances, lectures, exhibitions and more. 

From a multi-artist/multi-genre concert in Union Square to a one-of-a-kind performance and discussion on Ellis Island and an all-night experience that merges philosophy and music, The Festival of New brings together The New School’s rich academic and cultural offerings with the changemakers who are shaping the century ahead. Sessions include the engaging series “Dialogues on The New” with Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, activist Naomi Wadler, and journalist/activist Shaun King; topical conversations on 100 Years of Bauhaus (with the Executive Director of the Josef Albers Foundation), A Just New America (with Maya Wiley, Paolo Mendoza, and Jose Antonio Vargas), Resilient Futures: New Thinking on Climate Change, and Loyalty and Betrayal: Their Role in Political Life (with a Keynote Address by Andrew McCabe); and powerful performances including 400 Years of Inequality Presents the Cotton Series, A Night of Philosophy Featuring John Cage’s Musicircus, and Martha Graham and Modernism: Trauma, Interdiction, and Agency in “The House of Pelvic Truth.”

“We are thrilled to host The Festival of New, a celebration of 100 years of courageous academic leadership, public engagement, and creative experimentation,” said David Van Zandt, President of The New School. “The university has always had a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers and engaged innovators around the world. We are excited to share this moment with our alumni, friends, supporters, and New School enthusiasts from NYC and beyond and welcome the public into our extraordinary community of artists, scholars, and activists.”

Events are free and open to the public. Register now for the festival and to sign up for events.



Dialogues on The New

October 1 
Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, 6 pm 
Tarana Burke, founder of Me Too Movement, 7:30 pm 

October 3 
Geena Rocero and Rain Valdez, Transgender activists, 7:30 pm 

October 4 
Naomi Wadler, Youth and gun violence prevention activist, 10 am Shaun King, social justice activist, with moderator Michael Skolnik, civil rights leader 12 pm 
Jodie Patterson, LGBTQAI advocate, 2 pm

Loyalty & Betrayal: Their Role in Political Life 

October 3
Keynote Address by Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI, 6 - 7:30 pm

October 4
Masha Gessen, Journalist and author, 1:30 pm


Honoring Adam Michnik, Polish Dissident: Degree Re-Conferral and Lecture
Friday October 4, 5 - 7 pm 

At the Parsons Table with Anna Sui (Class of 1984)
Friday, October 4, 6 – 7 pm

New Narratives: Immigration and the Peopling of America featuring comedian Aasif Mandvi, Deborah Amos, International Correspondent for NPR,  author and lecturer, Anthony Appiah, Maya Wiley, and Alex Aleinikoff
Sunday, October 6, 7 – 10 pm



The New School in the Square with Lion Babe (Jillian Hervey Class of 2011), Morgan Saint (Class of 2016), and James Francies (Class of 2017) with his trio
Thursday, October 3, 4 – 7 pm

(Un)Silent Film Night presents Errol Morris’ The Fog of War with Live Orchestra
Thursday, October 3, 8 – 11 pm

A Night of Philosophy featuring Simon Critchley, John Cage Musicircus and The Art of Change Opera
Saturday, October 5 - Sunday, October 6, 7 pm – 7 am

The New School Comedy Special with Julio Torres (Class of 2011) and Spike Einbinder (Class of 2013)
Sunday, October 6, 6 – 8 pm



Screening of The Great Hack
Conversation with the film’s subject, Associate Professor of Media Design David Carroll, and Alexander Heffener
October 1; 5 - 9 pm

Ask Dr. Ruth with Dr. Ruth Westheimer (Class of 1959) and Bill Ritter (Class of 2016)
Conversation with Dr. Ruth and Bill Ritter, WABC News Anchor
Saturday, October 5
Screening of Ask Dr. Ruth 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Conversation 5 - 6 pm



In the Historical Present
Through commissioned artworks, pieces from The New School art collection and archives, and artist-led engagements and performances, In the Historical Present invites viewers to conceive of the institution itself as a script — a set of procedures, methodologies, and discursive practices that unfold over time.
Tuesday – Sunday, October 1 – 6
Gallery hours noon – 6 pm, Thursday until 8 pm



Experience The New School’s innovative process by attending our open courses during the Festival. Learn about creative practice, urban studies, fashion communication, theater practice, new technology, liberal arts and more.
Check schedule for times and locations

To view the full schedule of events, visit

Select events will be broadcast on Livestream for those unable to attend. 

Follow these and other Centennial events, milestones, and activities on The New School Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Join in with the hashtag #100YearsNew.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in art and design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the performing arts, and media. Learn more at




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