Keeping it in the Family: New School Twist on A National Program

The Theresa Lang Center had a very different look and feel on Thursday, April 28, when the standard fare of seminars and symposia was replaced by more than 35 favorite sons and daughters from across the university community as The New School participated in the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Following a cheerful welcome and breakfast with President Van Zandt, the TODSWD committee executed a full program representing The New School’s best: Jazz faculty member Scott Kettner led a Brazilian percussion workshop; youngsters directed two Drama MFA students in a performance from Elmer Rice’s play The Adding Machine; and Jean Taylor from the Drama faculty gave a clowning class full of hilarious participation by our junior guests. Ilana Levitt, director of training and development in Human Resources, moderated a presentation from a number of New School parents about the kind of everyday work that makes this university a cauldron of creativity and incubator of intellect.

Matt Sussman from Communications and External Affairs at The New School caught the morning’s hands-on introduction to design thinking, spearheaded by Anne Gaines, director of SPACE at Parsons. Participants either created their own illustration or reinvented the New School standard T-shirt design.

Ezra Levitt, Tristan Ferguson, and Paul Giampiccolo begin to draw after demonstrating proof of concept.

Rekha Dhillon-Richardson displays the results of her foray into on-trend T-shirt design.

Sophia Gay models her handiwork as Claire Buchanan and administrative assistant Lindsey Jochets look on.

Arielle Ramirez gains approval from client Keisha Davenport-Ramirez, director of the Office of Intercultural Support and HEOP, before beginning work.

After consulting with one-another on trends and market capacity, Mia Jay-Pachirat, Jasmine Frank, Parker Jay-Pachirat, Larkin Dhillion-Richardson, Claire Buchanan prepare for their first charrette.