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    The New School 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.

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

    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

    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

    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;

    For Alumni interested in attending without an official SXSW badge, contact Yolanda Urrabazo.

    XPPRIZE Futurecasting Workshop: How AI Can Positively Impact Society

    New School faculty members give lightning talks and together with XPRIZE innovators lead a workshop on ways A.I. can positively impact society. Sociology Professor Eiko Ikegami talks 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

    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