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Five Public Programs You Need to Know About This Year

September 29, 2019

Sample for The New School’s Medium Page,  Public Program highlights in 2019

2019 Hirshon Artist-in-Residence Raoul Peck 

Raoul Peck is one of the most significant and prolific filmmakers of our time. The Haitian-born director of the award-winning documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” based on James Baldwin’s incomplete and unpublished manuscript, was this year’s Hirshon Artist-in-Residence. On November 19th, he spoke to Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film, in The New School’s Tishman Auditorium about his decade’s spanning film career before a packed audience of diverse multi-generational communities—scholars from multiple disciplines and institutions, independent film enthusiasts, and those interested in the issues in Haiti and the immigrant community.

Rethinking History Through Feminism

A powerhouse panel of feminists, academics, and scholars gathered at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium on the verge of International Women’s Day. Political Journalist and Activist Gloria Steinem joined Dr. Sally Roesch(UCSC), Emmy-Award winning writer Carol Jenkins, and third-generation Mohawk Clan Bear Mother Louise Katerakat’s discussed intersectional feminism, white privilege, and the racist history of the electoral college. This joint partnership with The Strand Bookstore was moderated by Jessica Bennett, Feminist Fight Club, and New York Times gender editor.

Indigenous Insight on The Climate Crisis

In a tribute to Earth Week, the Tishman Environment and Design Center assembled two panels highlighting climate justice based on indigenous insight and knowledge. Both evenings featured indigenous representatives from North America, South America, and Central America in a discourse of land and rainforest preservation and decolonization. The Tishman Center, which looks through the lens of environmental climate justice and sustainability, offered a platform for these leaders to speak, in their own words, about how the climate crisis is affecting their communities.

Tara Westover and Min Jin Lee

To launch the PEN World Voices Festival, acclaimed author’s Tara Westover and Min Jin Lee (Feed the Millionaire’s, Pachinko) gathered to discuss Westover’s world-renowned book, Educated: A Memoir. During the festival’s cornerstone event, Westover spoke about her religiously fanatic father, suffering physical abuse at her brothers’ hands and deciding to sever familial ties. Lee meaningfully inquired about the process of writing such a fierce and harrowing narrative and the parallels between personal and educational freedom.

Ani DiFranco in Conversation with Cecile Richards

Grammy-award winning singer, poet, and alumna of The New School, Ani DiFranco, launched her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, in conversation with Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood. DiFranco started the evening by reading a passage from her book detailing her first Planned Parenthood experience in upstate New York. In interacting with the audience, the singer-songwriter took her time to answer questions—touching on everything from being a parent to her kindred connection with devoted fans and the ways that bond has sustained her in the darkest times.

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