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Must-See Events for 2016

There’s nothing busier than the spring semester—we all know it flies by. And when you have three papers to write, a group project (ugh) to finish, and summer internship plans to finalize, extra opportunities for education are most likely at the bottom of your to-do list. With so much on your plate, you’re going to need a break: consider the 2016 Public Programming lineup your intelligent diversion. Check out a few dozen highlights from this semester’s series of events.

Mannes Sound Festival Opening Concert
Thursday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

Mannes Sound Festival—a series of concerts performed by Mannes School of Music students, faculty, and renowned guests at prestigious New York City concert venues and cultural institutions—kicks off with a collaborative musical and theatrical tribute to Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death by Mannes and the School of Drama.

How Music Dies Panel
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.
Arnhold Hall, School of Jazz Performance Space, 55 West 13th Street, 5th floor

Ian Brennan, author and 2016 Grammy-nominated producer (Zomba Prison Project), discusses his book, How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts. Culled from a lifetime of learning through failure and designed to provoke thought and provide inspiration for artists in every medium, the book is a virtual how-to manual for those on a quest for authenticity in an age of airbrushing and auto-tuning.

The Piano Is a Drum: Randy Weston and Senegalese Master Drummers in a Tribute to Doudou N’Diaye Rose
Thursday, February 18, 8:00–10:00 p.m.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center

This night of master drumming from West Africa features brothers Moustapha “Tapha” N’Diaye and Birame N’Diaye, along with Mar Gueye and his son, Mor Coumba Gueye, Neil Clarke, and New School Jazz artist-in-residence Randy Weston in a musical tribute to the N’Diaye brothers’ father, the late legendary Doudou N’Diaye Rose.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Thursday through Saturday, February 18–20
The Theater at the School of Drama, 151 Bank Street

It’s the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and The School of Drama is celebrating with a performance of Julius Caesar, the bard’s classic story of betrayal, directed by faculty member Casey Biggs.

Verge Conference
Wednesday through Friday, February 24–26
Various locations at The New School

This three-day event, organized by students at Parsons School of Design, brings leading thinkers, field experts, and change makers, including faculty members from the top-ranked U.S. art and design school, together under one roof to galvanize a movement toward transdisciplinary design. Nominations for participants are open through February 17.

Public Art Fund Talks—The New School: Isa Genzken, Randy Kennedy, and Daniel Buchholz in Conversation
Monday, February 29, 6:30 pm
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Isa Genzken, one of the most influential artists of the past four decades, in conversation with Daniel Buchholz and Randy Kennedy, art critic of the New York Times.

2015 The Story Prize Reading and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30–9:00 p.m.
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

The three finalists for The Story Prize — Charles Baxter (There’s Something I Want You to Do), Adam Johnson (Fortune Smiles), and Colum McCann (Thirteen Ways of Looking) — will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award.

From Social Science to Social Policy: How Research Is Improving Government
Thursday, March 3, 6:00 p.m.
Arnhold Hall, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street

How is the White House turning research findings into improvements in federal program performance and efficiency? Find out during the Center for Public Scholarship’s eighth Public Voices event with Cass Sunstein (Harvard Law School, former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs) and Daniel Kahneman (Princeton University).

How Did We Get Here? The Historical Roots of the U.S. Immigration Debate
Friday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
80 Fifth Avenue, room 529

This multidisciplinary conference, hosted by the Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility, explores immigration and migration in the United States. The conference will focus on three historical periods: the early republic through the end of the 19th century, the Ellis Island/Angel Island era through the National Origins era up to 1965, and 1965 to the present.

E-Waste Tsunami: Design and Policy Response
Friday, March 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue

Coinciding with the exhibition of the same name and corresponding workshops being held in Aronson Gallery from March 4, this panel discussion brings together designers, policy experts, and supply-chain participants to raise awareness of e-waste and imagine best practice scenarios.

16th Annual Fusion Fashion Show
Saturday, March 5, 5:00–8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6, 2:00-6:00 p.m.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

Parsons BFA and AAS students and their peers at FIT battle it out on the runway in a fashion design competition hosted jointly by the two art and design colleges. Parsons alumni Chris Benz and Damien Nunes will sit on the judges’ panel.

Reporting on Iran: Can We Know The Truth?
Monday, March 14, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College, 65 West 11th Street, room B500

In the aftermath of the historic U.S.–Iran nuclear deal and the release of Washington Post correspondent and Eugene Lang College alumnus Jason Rezaian (’01) after 15 months of imprisonment in Tehran, leading Iran watchers, journalists, and human rights activists discuss the realities of life in Iran and how we can learn about them.

The Invention of Chic: Thérèse Bonney and Paris Moderne
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL105

Lisa Schlansker Kolosek discusses the life and career of American photojournalist M. Thérèse Bonney (1894–1978) and her collection of more than 4,000 photographs, held at the research library of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

National Book Critics Circle Reading 2016
Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

The National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in the categories of Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. On Wednesday, finalists will read from their work, and on Thursday, the awards will be presented.

New Challenge Finalist Pitch and Interviews
Tuesday, April 5, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Center and Hirshon Suite, 55 West 13th Street

Students with bright ideas make their final pitches in The New School’s New Challenge, a multidisciplinary ideas competition in which participants develop innovative solutions to urgent social and environmental problems. The winners receive between $2,500 and $10,000 to implement their ideas, as well as mentorship and workshops.

Humanities Action Lab
Thursday, April 14, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Keynote and Launch
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Thursday, April 14, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Exhibition and Reception
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street

Friday, April 15, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street

Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street

Humanities Action Lab—a coalition of 20 universities collaborating to produce student- and community-curated public projects around pressing social issues—presents events focusing on its latest initiative, States of Incarceration, at The New School. The event launches with a keynote address and includes an exhibition and a national public forum—a space for students, stakeholders, scholars, and policy experts who worked on the project to come together and engage in a national dialogue on incarceration.

The Irresistible Resistance, Part of Earth Week at The New School
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

In celebration of Earth Week at The New School, the Tishman Environment and Design Center hosts a discussion on the growing unification of movements for climate justice, the deepening of transnational solidarity movements across the globe, and the creative expressions of people and communities determined to achieve solutions to the climate crisis on their own terms.

Sustainapalooza III, Part of Earth Week at The New School
Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street

Young, socially engaged designers spearheading solutions to sustainability-related problems give short, provocative, and idea-rich “flash” presentations of their projects and proposals.

Yanis Varoufakis
Monday, April 25, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

Having trouble wrapping your head around the Greek debt crisis? Hear from an expert —the former Greek minister of finance himself — who will discuss the consequences of the country’s controversial austerity policies.

Black Lives Matter 101: A Comprehensive Course in Black Social Movements
Monday through Friday, April 25–29, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Various locations

In 1948, W.E.B. DuBois taught the first university course in African-American history and culture at The New School. Now, almost 70 years later, the New Black School carries forward the tradition by organizing Black Lives Matter 101, a series of “classes” examining Black social movements in the 21st century.

Best Online Editors Panel
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
Starr Foundation Hall, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

Want to see your byline in some of New York City’s top magazines? Get some advice from a panel of the city’s most prominent editors, who will discuss best practices for submitting writing to the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Slate, and Salon.

Parsons Festival
Thursday, May 12, through Tuesday, May 31
Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Parsons School of Design presents its fifth annual Parsons Festival, an array of exhibitions, presentations, installations, workshops, symposia, gallery openings, and performances that celebrate the next generation of artists and designers working in a range of disciplines.

(Un)silent Film Night
Friday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue

Student musicians from Mannes and the School of Jazz provide live musical accompaniment to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece The Birds, performing a new score composed by School of Jazz student Nathan Kamal. The amplified ensemble will improvise with Kamal’s “musical sketches.”

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