Public Seminar: A New Wave of Inquiry

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“What’s Left After Penis Envy?” As Chiara Bottici tells it, many more questions than answers. The philosophy professor’s reflections on Sigmund Freud’s femininity essay is but one in a number of highly popular posts in PublicSeminar.org, The New School for Social Research’s newest blog for faculty and student work. Putting a fresh face to the inquiring minds of our university’s founding division, the just-launched Public Seminar is a remake of the General Seminar journal, which was established by the original scholars from The New School’s legendary University in Exile in the 1930s.

“I am thrilled by the serious content and lively debate on Public Seminar,” said Will Millberg, Dean of The New School for Social Research, “but I am even more excited by the prospects it brings in terms of connecting faculty, students, alumni and friends in a global intellectual community.”

Students, faculty, and scholars from across the globe currently contribute to Public Seminar, creating a space for intellectual dissent, quizzical anecdotes, and informed theorizing on some of the world’s greatest questions and issues. The new blog crosses all disciplines within the division, with authors’ expertise ranging from philosophy to anthropology, history, and economics.

“The idea is to be inclusive, interdisciplinary and global,” said Milberg. “The hope is to create discussion on important theoretical, political, cultural and psychological matters that reflects our uniqueness in a new way.”

Be sure to check Public Seminar frequently for lively discussions and analysis on many topics pertaining to the world around us.