Events at The New School | October 2021

Even amidst a pandemic, The New School community has managed to find innovative ways to stay connected. Our hope is to provide an open, free space for the public to interact with each other, stay informed, and celebrate the work of our students, faculty, alumni, and more. Join us online in discussing readings, screenings, and having panel discussions from the scholars, artists, and researchers that make up the university. You can also keep an eye on our events calendar so you’ll know when new events are added!

Keep scrolling for a few highlights from October’s virtual and in-person events.

ONLINE | Craft-Lesson Lunch w/ Tara Menon

Monday, October 4, 2021, 12:30PM to 1:30PM (EDT)

Throughout the Fall, Lang’s First-Year Writing Program is hosting a series of weekly lunches where faculty (and special guests) will present dynamic and interactive lessons in the craft of writing. October’s special guests include Tara Menon, A.W. Strouse, Christen Clifford, and Krisit Marie Steinmetz.

Register for this event here.

Full dates to our weekly lessons are located here: Craft-Lunch Hub.

ONLINE | Industry Experts Panel: Branded Content

Monday, October 4, 2021, 4:00PM to 5:30PM (EDT)

This is the age of viral video obsessions, on-demand entertainment and curated “IRL” or AI unique experiences. Branded content represents a new approach to advertising and diversified revenue streams. From sponsored pieces on podcasts, live video and even sensational TikTok’s, this approach to branding is prompting consumers to seek them out and share with campaigns practically with no prompting at all. These marketing messages are so savvy that they’re almost invisible. It’s a way for companies to engage with their audience, improve their reputation and cultivate new relationships. Hence, the cliched phrase “content is king” is indeed more apropo than ever. We’re experiencing an era where marketing and branding are in a constant state of flux and evolution. As more people skip ads, block banners, and ignore traditional advertising, brands are forced to rethink how to get their messages effectively across.

Join us for our first Industry Experts Panel on Branded Content, where we’ll discuss how to bring emotion and humanity to your brand, and learn strategies from industry professionals on how to stand out in the digital age.

Register for this event here.

ONLINE | The Investiture of President Dwight A. McBride

October 06–09, 2021

As we welcome students and faculty back to campus this fall, we are taking this opportunity to honor new beginnings. The university entered a new era with the arrival of President Dwight A. McBride in April 2020. Now, as our campus and city start to reopen, we will officially mark this historic moment of new beginnings and momentum. This series of online events include a Panel Discussion: The Future of Higher Education, Investiture Ceremony, Alumni Day, Supporter Summit, and Family Day.

Register for these events here.

ONLINE | Anti-Asian Racism in the Era of Great Power Competition

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 10:00AM to 11:30AM (EDT)

In this talk presented by India China Institute at The New School, Jessica J. Lee of the Quincy Institute will explore how the current climate reduces space for U.S.-China cooperation on vital issues of mutual concern such as the climate crisis and pandemics, as well as endangers Asian Americans by reinforcing centuries-old fears about their influence in society. For more information about the event, please visit ICI Website.

Register for this event here.

ONLINE | Philosophy Film Club screening of ‘Children of Paradise’

Friday, October 15, 2021, 6:00PM (EDT)

Join the Philosophy Film Club presents ‘Children of Paradise’ (dir. Marcel Carné), with pre- and post-film discussion facilitated by Dick Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy.

In the spirit of community, please join the Fall 2021 film screening series hosted by the Lang Philosophy Film Club. Everyone with an interest in philosophy, film, and/or convivial conversation about the meaning of what we experience is invited. Each screening will begin and conclude with a discussion facilitated by a member of the NSSR Philosophy Department. All are welcome!

Register for this event here.

ONLINE | The Cherry Orchard

October 15–16, 2021

School of Drama is proud to present a special one-evening opportunity to stream the MFA production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, translated by Carol Rocamora and directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar. In The Cherry Orchard, the last and most famous of Chekhov’s major plays, Russian aristocrat Lyubov returns from Paris to her childhood estate, which is due to be sold. Anton Chekhov’s 1903 play highlights the growing irrelevancy of the Russian upper classes as the former peasant class begins to gain power.

Featuring third year MFA actors: Jerome Allen-Smith, Anne-Sophie de Villeroy, Ariel Diaz-Beato, Brianna Dodson, Kimberly Gómez, Haley Henson, Zoe Liu, Timmy Ong, Jacob Presson, Emma Rathe, Ana Grethel Solis, Booker Vance.

Register for this event here.

IN-PERSON | Mannes Sounds: A Tribute to Saint-Saëns

October 17, 2021, 3:00PM EST

This event is “Tribute to Saint-Saëns in Observance of the 100th Anniversary of His Death”. Founded in 1999 by Pavlina Dokovska, chair of the Mannes Piano department, the Mannes Sounds Festival presents more than 20 concerts annually performed by young artists from Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the School of Drama as well as master classes and lectures by distinguished faculty members and renowned guest artists. It is one of the outstanding components of the Mannes performance program. The events are held at various prestigious concert venues and cultural institutions throughout New York City. The Fall 2021 events will include virtual and in person events.

Register for this event here.

IN-PERSON | MFA Fine Arts Exhibitions

CLASS OF 2020: LOGICS OF NON-EXCHANGE (October 5th — 16th)

CLASS OF 2021: NO VACANCY (October 26th — November 8th)

jess saldaña, Hold On, 2020 (still) HD video, 2:24 minutes
Kat Meese Jostad, Reboot, 2021 (detail)

The Parsons School of Design Fine Arts Class of 2020 and 2021 are presenting their thesis exhibitions this October. Curated by Stamatina Gregory and Jody Graf respectively, we hope you can join us and celebrate these extraordinary groups of emerging artists. Visit the links below to schedule your gallery visit.

Register: Class of 2020 Exhibition

Register: Class of 2021 Exhibition


Oct. 25–29, 2021

This in-person seminar series will revisit our paradigms concerning objectivity in the humanities. To many, it seems as if the humanities provide us at best with less-than-objective knowledge claims. Arguably, there are at least two overall reasons for this. On the one hand, there is a tendency to associate objectivity with the kind of knowledge-acquisition, explanation, and justification characteristic of the natural sciences. On the other hand, the humanities themselves have contributed to the impression that they might be less relevant than the natural sciences to epistemic progress, due to internal discussions about the very concept(s) of knowledge, reality and objectivity. Register for your seminars of interest below:

Bayo Akomolafe: On Not Thinking Straight: Stupidity, Trust, and the Ethics of Vaccine Hesitancy in the Anthropocene

Jill Lepore: How Data Killed Facts

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht: Hermeneutic Complexity and Philosogical Powers

Monika Kaup: Narrative Objectivity

Lorraine Daston: The View from Everywhere: Objectivity in the Humanities

Alice Crary: The Unhappy Marriage of Objectivity and Politics

This in-person event series is open only to current New School students, faculty and staff. Valid New School ID and up-to-date vaccination and testing compliance required for entry.

The list above is just a sampling of what to look forward to this month. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our events calendar, as more events are added regularly.




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