The Center for Public Scholarship at the New School for Social Research is hosting two free events to mark the 80th anniversary of the University in Exile at The New School in the University Center at 63 Fifth Avenue, between 13th and 14th Streets, in New York City:
SCHEDULE CHANGE: AMBASSADOR POWER TO SPEAK AT 2PM
2:00pm Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, discusses “Protecting Scholars and the Right to Free Inquiry” (in addition, the talk will be streamed live for anyone off site)
2:30pm Film Screening: Hannah Arendt (running time: 1:50). (View trailer in another window.)
4:30pm Discussion with the film's director Margarethe von Trotta, actress Barbara Sukowa, and co-screenwriter Pamela Katz; moderated by Jerome Kohn, director of the Hannah Arendt Center at the New School. Followed by Q&A.
6:00pm Video of Ambassador Power's 2:00pm talk
6:30pm Discussion with Jonathan Fanton, emeritus board member and former chair of Human Rights Watch and former president of The New School; George Rupp, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and former President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee; and Aryeh Neier, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. Followed by Q&A.
The University-in-Exile was created in 1933 as a refuge for European intellectuals facing persecution by the Nazi regime. It was the brainchild of Alvin Johnson, the president of The New School for Social Research, and helped facilitate the immigration of European scholars who would go on to enrich the American academic landscape and deepen connections between Europe and the United States in numerous disciplines. Hannah Arendt, widely acknowledged today as one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th Century, is one of the many theorists who found a new academic home at the New School. She taught there as University professor from 1967 until her death in 1975.
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Center for Public Scholarship
The Center for Public Scholarship at The New School for Social Research 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.