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The New School Showcases Commitment to Sustainability with Earth Week Events

The New School has a long history of fighting for just causes, and promoting social justice and activism on campus. Chief among those causes is climate change, and the university has gone to great lengths in recent years to educate students on how to live more sustainably, while also creating an environmentally friendly campus.

Students can discover tips on how to become an eco-warrior here, and learn about the events in store for Earth Week 2017 with the above slideshow.

Ecology and Sovereignty: Native and Indigenous Perspectives Transcending Boundaries

Tuesday, April 18 from 6pm to 8pm

Join Native and Indigenous artists, activists, and thought leaders underscoring the value of traditional ecological knowledge and the necessity of transcending the imposed boundaries of thought, borders, and mediums as we advance socially just approaches to environmental issues.

Going Beyond “Green”

Wednesday, April 19 from 10am to 6pm

Join the Tishman Environment and Design Center for an interactive showcase of community-based participatory research led by New School faculty and students addressing the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats to community well-being and social justice.

Visions of Dis-Topia: Earth Day (1970-2017) and Avoidable Futures

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 11am to 3pm

Forty-seven years ago Parsons and New School students celebrated the first Earth Day in Union Square Park. Since then the ripping open of the Earth to extract “resources” has increased, there has been a recent and rampant deregulation of environmental protective orders, and the protracted myth of an all-important free market over the health of the planet and its citizens. Join us in the University Center Lobby for a series of dystopic vision experiences of our future if we further the present state of inaction.

What Does Trump Mean for Global Climate Change?

Wednesday, April 19 from 6pm to 8pm

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) Economics of Climate Change Project, directed by Willi Semmler, invites you to a panel discussion on the economics of climate change.

“Beyond the Polar Bear” Artwork Exhibit

Thursday, April 20 from 11am to 3pm

Visit this pop-up exhibition of student, faculty, and alumni work reflecting on the threat of climate change in our lives.

Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi: A Film Screening on Black Farmers’ Rights

Thursday, April 20 at 6:30pm

Dirt and Deeds In Mississippi uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s.

Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23

This year’s ISSRNC conference seeks to critically explore the ways in which the idea of sacred landscapes is entangled with diverse communities and geographies. The conference will feature interdisciplinary talks on what kinds of meanings shape, and are shaped by, the effects of climate change, mass extinction, human population growth and ecological degradation of mountains, forests, rivers and other sacred landscapes across the globe.

Mobilizing to March

Friday, April 21 from 10am to 12pm

Celebrate Earth Week by flexing your environmental activism muscles with us in the Social Justice Hub!

Natural Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Skills Lab

Friday, April 21 from 3pm to 5pm

Have you ever wondered how a solar cell works? What if you heard that you could generate energy from the sun with the help of crushed berries? Come learn to build solar cells!

Street Seats Installation

Saturday, April 22

In collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), the Design Build course of the School of Constructed Environments, taught by professors Huy Bui and Carlos Gomez de Llarena, has developed this year’s Street Seats project for the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Parsons Student Senate Gala

Saturday, April 22 from 7pm to 10pm

Each year the Parsons Student Senate holds the GALA to showcase the creative talents of students from around the school. The GALA features an art gallery of a diverse body of student work as well as a space for peers, faculty, and alumni to gather and celebrate the end of another successful school year. In honor of Earth Day, this year’s Gala will emphasize themes of sustainability.

Majestic Site-Specific Commission by Agnes Denes Unveiled at the University Center

The New School Art Collection recently unveiled a monumentally-scaled version of pioneering artist Agnes Denes’s Pascal’s Perfect Probability Pyramid & the People Paradox – The Predicament (PPPPPPP). The 18 by 24 foot mural occupies the double-height wall in the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Commons Dining Hall of the Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)-designed University Center. Denes, who is best known for her 1982 work Wheatfield – A Confrontation, is one of the pre-eminent artists working today who has dealt with environmentalism in her work.

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