Virtual Events at The New School | November 2020

This month, The New School has an outstanding lineup of virtual events, all free and open to the public.

Keep scrolling for everything from workshops and panel discussions to concerts and author readings, all happening this month. You can also keep an eye on our events calendar so you’ll know when new events are added.

Critical History Today: The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement
Monday, November 2, 6:00–8:00PM (EST)

Join the Historical Studies department for an event with Critical History Today, a lecture series that builds upon our shared commitment to developing modes of historical analysis that speak to the urgent concerns of the present and that promote rigorous engagement between history and other branches of the humanities and social sciences. Tonight’s event will feature Kevin M. Kruse, Professor of History at Princeton University, who specializes in the political, social, and urban/suburban history of twentieth-century America, with a particular interest in conflicts over race, rights and religion and the making of modern conservatism.

Yvonne Rainer: “Revisions” Book Launch and Dance Rant
Monday, November 2, 2020, 8:00-9:00PM (EST)

On the eve of the 2020 US Presidential election, Yvonne Rainer assumes the guise of Apollo Musagète, Leader of the Muses, to perform a “dance rant” that mobilizes her rage against and bafflement at the Age of Trump. Titled, “Revisions: A Truncated History of the Universe for Dummies: A Rant Dance, Lecture, and Letter to Humanity,” this performance is the final iteration in a series of dance rants that began in 2017.

Poetry Forum: Hafizah Geter and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 6:00PM (EST)

Join the MFA Creative Writing Program for a reading and discussion with Hafizah Geter, author of Un-American, and Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, managing director at the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center and cohost of the EMPIRE reading series with Hafizah Geter.

Law Justice and Human Rights Seminar: Legal Education Training Research and Publication
Wednesday, November 4, 1:00PM (EST)

Join NSSR’s New University in Exile Consortium for its 10-part online seminar introducing the legal system of the People’s Republic of China–in practice as well as theory–with an emphasis on institutions, norms, procedures, personnel and ideology relating to constitutional law, criminal justice and human rights. This session focuses on academic freedom and what is taught regarding law and criminal punishments.

Racism Untaught: Revealing & Unlearning Racialized Design
Thursday, November 5, 12–1:30PM (EST)

Join the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment for a workshop on revealing and unlearning radicalized design. Racism Untaught is a toolkit developed to facilitate workshops in academia and industry to walk participants through the process of analyzing forms of Racialized Design — design that perpetuates elements of racism. Facilitators will walk participants through the design research project and assist in cultivating learning environments to further explore issues of race and racism.

Mannes Sounds Lecture: Vladimir Feltsman “Chopin’s Mazurkas”
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 10:00-11:00AM (EST)

Mannes School of Music is hosting a lecture-presentation of Chopin’s Mazurkas by internationally acclaimed pianist and Mannes piano faculty member Vladimir Feltsman.

Lighting Injustice
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:00-7:30PM (EST)

The Parsons MFA Lighting Design program is hosting an interactive conversation to promote advocacy of marginalized groups as part of the lighting designers’ role. In addition to connecting likeminded people across the global lighting design community, this event will seed supportive structures to sustain action required to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the lighting design industry.

Remaking Graduate Education for a New Era: Decolonizing International Affairs
Monday, November 9, 2020, 3:00-5:00PM (EST)

The coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement serve as a wake up call for a new approach to the study of international affairs. Both continue to reveal the deeply embedded structures of inequality and injustices that pervade national life. In this event, the faculty of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs will discuss their vision of where the world is heading, how their research and teaching engage with those visions, and what universities should offer to address the most urgent challenges that require a critical global approach.

Book Launch: Egypt’s Occupation: Colonial Economism and the Crises of Capitalism
Monday, November 9, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM (EST)

The history of capitalism in Egypt has long been synonymous with cotton cultivation and dependent development. Join NSSR’s Historical Studies Department for a roundtable discussion on the topic with Professor Aaron Jakes and Professors Benoit Challand, Nancy Fraser, Julia Ott, Emma Park and Ann Stoler.

Kristallnacht and Its Aftermath
Monday, November 9, 2020, 7:30-9:00PM (EST)

In commemoration of Kristallnacht (Nov 9-Nov 10 1938) Mannes Sounds Festival in partnership with the Center for Jewish History, the American Society for Jewish Music, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research presents “Kristallnacht and Its Aftermath.”

Mason Leaver-Yap | Note to Self
Monday, November 9, 8–9:00PM (EST)

Mason Leaver-Yap works with artists to produce texts, exhibitions, and events, and on Monday, November 9, they’ll join Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts for a discussion about their work as a part of the college’s VIRTUAL BODIES series. Leaver-Yap has worked with artists including Ingrid Pollard, Renée Green and Free Agent Media, Onyeka Igwe, Lin+Lam, Beatrice Gibson with CAConrad and Eileen Myles, among numerous others.

Economics Seminar Series: Narendar Pani, “Volatility and Power in India’s Distance Dualism”
Tuesday, November 10, 12:30–2:00PM (EST)

Continuing its Economics Seminar Series, join NSSR for a conversation with Dr. Narendar Pani. Dr. Pani, who works with the National Institute of Advanced Studies at the Indian Institute of Science, will present his latest paper focused on India’s movement away from an agrarian economy, which has been marked by an understated point of divergence from the predictions of development theory.

National Book Awards Finalists Reading
Tuesday, November 10, 7–10PM (EDT)

Every year, The National Book Foundation teams up with The New School’s Creative Writing Program to present readings by each of the National Book Awards Finalists. This year, the readings will be hosted virtually, for all to enjoy. Among this year’s finalists is New School alumni Kacen Callender, for their book King and the Butterflies, which was nominated in the category of Young People’s Literature. Other categories include: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Translated Literature. Click here for the full list of 2020 Finalists.

Carolina A. Miranda: AICA Distinguished Critic Lecture
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:00-9:00PM (EST)

Los Angeles Times arts journalist and columnist Carolina A. Miranda will deliver the 14th annual AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture in partnership with the Vera List Center. Previous lecturers in this series have been Courtney J. Martin, Aruna D’Souza, Paul Chaat Smith, Negar Azimi, Naomi Beckwith, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Lucy Lippard, Michelle Kuo, Peter Schjeldahl, Holland Cotter, Roberta Smith, Linda Nochlin, and Michael Brenson.

Fiction Forum: N.K. Adjei-Brenyah
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 6:00PM (EST)

Join the Creative Writing Program for a reading and conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. Adjei-Brenyah’s work has appeared or is forthcoming from numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, Paris Review, Guernica, and Longreads. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees, is the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Exemplars in Global Health? Comparing Asia’s Many Responses to COVID 19
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 9:00-10:30AM (EST)

Even as the COVID 19 pandemic continues to be marked by ebbs and flows, a handful of countries in Asia have had relatively sustained success in curtailing morbidity and mortality due to the virus. Join the Julien J. Graduate Programs in International Affairs and the India China Institute for a conversation on the reasoning behind these countries’ comparative achievements. This panel will bring together experts from different states including Japan, Vietnam, China, and South Korea. The juxtaposition of these national experiences will aim to illuminate the constellation of historical, political, infrastructural and other factors that undergird competent public health responses.

Remembering Gender: Recovering Lives, Reshaping Intellectual Histories
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:00AM-12:00PM (EST)

Join Ellen Freeberg, Associate Dean at The New School for Social Research, and Elzbieta Matynia Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, in a conversation about Frieda Wunderlich, the first female economist at The New School for Social Research and a founding member of the 1933 “university in exile.”

NSSR Philosophy Colloquium: Robin Dembroff “Escaping the natural attitude about gender”
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM (EST)

The term ‘patriarchy’ is part of the common lexicon, and appears everywhere from Ani DiFranco lyrics, to references on The Simpsons, to academic tomes only accessible behind paywalls. On the most common understanding of patriarchy, patriarchy is characterized by a binary hierarchy: men are dominant, and women are subordinated. This binary picture has shaped not only how feminists understand patriarchy, but also how we understand sexism, misogyny, gender, and feminism itself. In this talk, Robin Dembroff will motivate a new model of patriarchy, and outline some of its metaphysical and epistemological upshots.

Existential Hope: Catalyzing Cooperation Toward Flourishing Futures
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 7:00-9:00PM (EST)

Allison Duettmann will present a lecture on the value of Existential Hope in the world today, and how those who pursue a better future can work together to make it so. This is the third lecture in the Transceiver series by the New School Policy and Design for Outer Space.

Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators Agent Panel
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM (EST)

Join the Creative Writing Program and the Society of Children’s Writers and Book Illustrators (SCWBI) for their annual Agent Panel. This year’s panel will be moderated by Harold Underdown will feature Brenda Bowen (The Book Group), Janna Morishima (JANNA co.) and Cindy Uh (Creative Artists Agency).

Power and the Politics of Care Panel
Friday, November 13, 2020, 4:00-6:00PM (EST)

Join the new Initiative for the Study of Power, Politics, and Organizing for its first event in the U.S. The event includes a conversation between Professor Deva Woodly and panelists Monica Atkins, Christopher Paul Harris, and Miriam Ticktin. Afterwards, there will be a live Q&A session between the panelists and attendees.

Managed Retreat: Film Screening & Panel
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:00-7:30PM (EST)

“Managed Retreat” is a short documentary portrait of three New York City neighborhoods that were purchased by the New York State government in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, to be demolished and returned to nature as part of the city’s first ‘managed retreat’ from rising sea levels. Join the Schools of Public Engagement in a viewing of this observational documentary that follows the process of retreat over the course of one year in three waterfront communities on Staten Island, as homes are destroyed, streets are abandoned, and wild animals begin to return.

NSSR Philosophy Colloquium: Colin Koopman “Critique without Judgement”
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM (EST)

The historical specificity of Michel Foucault’s practice of critical genealogy offers a valuable model for political theory today. By bringing into focus its historical attention to detail, we can locate in Foucault’s genealogical philosophy an alternative to prominent assumptions in contemporary political theory. On Thursday, November 19, join Professor Colin Koopman and the NSSR Philosophy Department for a discussion of these topics and more.

Piano Cantabile: “Survey of Beethoven’s Variations”
Friday, November 20, 2020, 7:00-8:30PM (EST)

Join the College of Performing Arts for an evening full of music, curated by Inessa Zaretsky. This Piano Cantabile Series is part of the Mannes Sounds Festival which was founded in 1999 by Pavlina Dokovska, chair of the Mannes Piano department. This instillation’s program includes, Thirty Two Variations in C Minor on an Original Theme, Seven Variations on “God Save the King,” Six Variations in F Major on an Original Theme, and Fifteen Variations and Fugue in E flat Major on an Original Theme “Eroica.”

Book Talk: I Am the People: Reflections on Popular Sovereignty Today
Friday, November 20, 2020, 12:00-2:00PM (EST)

The aim of this webinar is to discuss the global rise in populism in order to understand how the populist form of politics has distinctive histories in the global north and global south. The discussion will center around Partha Chatterjee’s recent publication I Am The People: Reflections on Popular Sovereignty Today.

BFA Production of BAKKHAI
Three showings:
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 2:00-4:00PM (EST)
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 7:00-9:00PM (EST)
Sunday, November 22, 2020, 2:00-4:00PM (EST)

The School of Drama is proud to present the BFA virtual Production of Euripides’ BAKKHAI, a new version written by Anne Carson, and directed by faculty member Dennis Hilton-Reid.

This production features an exciting cross-college collaboration with original music composed by students from the School of Jazz & Contemporary Music overseen by faculty members Fay Victor, Darius Jones and Ed Neumeister.

European Women Composers through the Centuries:
Monday, November 23, 2020, 7:00-8:30PM (EST)

Join the College of Performing Arts for an evening of music by European women composers from the 18th century until today, presented with House of Redeemer. The program includes:

Anna Bon: Flute Sonata in C Major, op.1 №1
Marianne von Martinez: Sonata for piano in E major
Catharina Josepha Pratten: Impromptu “Forgotten” for Guitar
Kaija Saariaho: Changing Lights for Soprano and Flute
Fanny Mendelssohn: From Das Jahr (The Year) for piano: May (Spring Song), September (At the River)
Ethel Smyth: “The Clown” for Soprano and Piano
Amparo Fabra-Crespo: Kaleidoscope No. I for Guitar
Clara Schumann: Three Romances for Violin and Piano op.22

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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