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Center for Public Scholarship

The Center for Public Scholarship seeks to promote free inquiry and public discussion, bringing the best scholarship in and outside the academy to bear on the critical and contested issues of our times.


The Center is dedicated to engendering and enhancing freedom of inquiry—not merely as an intellectual exercise but as a lived imperative—and to addressing, illuminating, and alleviating the pressing social issues of our times. These goals are rooted in the earliest history and ideals of The New School. In this spirit, all of our activities and initiatives are intended to foster dialogue within and beyond the academy and to enhance public understanding of important social and political issues, drawing on the strengths of The New School and its faculty to shape and inform Center programs.

Under the direction of Dr. Arien Mack, Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology and editor of Social Research: An International Quarterly since 1970, the Center unites a number of initiatives by drawing on their demonstrated strengths to provide a foundation for new programming.

The Center aims to be the public face of the New School for Social Research and The New School, reaching the public in the New York community and well-beyond. One of its strengths is its capacity to respond quickly to social and political problems as they arise.