TCDS Announces 22nd Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, July 10-26, 2013

The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) is pleased to announce that it will hold its 22nd annual Democracy & Diversity Institute at The New School summer campus in Wroclaw, Poland from July 10 to 26, 2013.  Widely admired as an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life, the D&D Institute brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, and highly interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today’s world. Over the years the D&D Institute has gathered an exceptional international reputation as a major transatlantic bridge that brings Americans and Europeans closer to ideas generated in both parts of the world.

Located between Berlin, Prague and Warsaw, and saturated with the history and memory of their respective cultures, Wroclaw (formerly Breslau) is a beautiful and booming city that uniquely conveys both the challenges and the promise of a united Europe.

New School students register for 2 out of the 4 graduate-level seminars offered, and receive 6 credits, while participants from other countries receive Institute certificates. The following courses are offered at this year’s Wroclaw Institute:


SOCIAL IMAGINARY OF THE URBAN: The Spatial, the Temporal and the Political in Wroclaw

Elzbieta Matynia – The New School for Social Research, Sociology and Liberal Studies
Susan Yelavich – Parsons The New School for Design, Design Studies

HANNAH ARENDT: Politics and Philosophy

Richard J. Bernstein – The New School for Social Research, Philosophy


Carol L. Bernstein – Bryn Mawr College, English and Comparative Literature


Jeffrey Goldfarb – The New School for Social Research, Sociology


The D&D Institute is organized by the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, which has nurtured over the years a growing but closely knit network of extraordinary alumni occupying positions of high responsibility on both sides of the ocean. Our partner in Wroclaw is the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at the University of Lower Silesia.

Full course descriptions and program information, including application forms will be available in early March. You are also cordially invited to join us at a TCDS Open House: Wroclaw Orientation & Reception on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm (Wolff Conference room # 1103, 6 East 16th Street), where you can learn more about the program.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at, by phone at 212 229-5580 ext. 3137 or please keep an eye on our Web site updates.

Please note that the deadline for applications  is APRIL 1, 2013, for all New School applicants, and APRIL 8, 2013 for all other applicants. 

See you in Wroclaw!   


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