We have chosen this theme for our next conference because there is no more urgent issue than climate change, yet government, corporations, and the public are reluctant to change. In addition, while a great deal of research has been devoted to issues of engineering, architecture, land use, etc., as ways of mitigating the effects of climate change, very little attention has been paid to the ways psychological factors, money and politics, and infrastructures impede change. This conference examines these issues as well as the difficult choices that must be made to foster urban resilience. We aim to make clear how these factors can be overcome and identify areas in which more research is needed. Speakers include experts in the social sciences, philosophy, architecture, environmental engineering, city planning, politics, and business.
Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m.
This conference also publicly launches C6, the Coalition to Confront Climate Change Challenges in Cities, a collaboration between New School faculty and students of all divisions and departments to initiate cross-disciplinary activities that support climate change mitigation and urban resilience.
The director and founder of the Social Research conference series (1988) is Arien Mack, Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, who has been the editor of Social Research since 1970.
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.