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at is “fake news?” How does it differ from “real” news; and how can u ensure your own writing is accurate? This hybrid course blends ssons in political philosophy, history and communications with actical journalistic instruction ­ to prepare the next generation journalists to safeguard the truth—and their own careers—at a me when press freedom is under unprecedented attack. Students ll read excerpts and articles that address the importance of eedom of speech and of the press, and explore past and present reats to those freedoms, interpolating the readings with current adline news. The texts range from the origins of our democracy d Constitution to the rise of broadcast media, digital media and e alt-right; from the First Amendment and Tocqueville’s vision America to Watergate and the social-media assisted Russian hack the 2016 election. Students will also read chapters from the vels 1984, by George Orwell, and Bright Lights Big City, by Jay Inerney, exploring how the fictional uses and abuses of the factecking profession reflect present realities; and they will receive primer in how to fact check, using the methods of The New Yorker gazine’s renowned checking department. Distinguished professional ct checkers and media figures will visit the class to share their pertise. The two-fold goal of the course is to deepen students’ derstanding of the power of fact in society, and to increase eir ability to control the accuracy of their own work. (Strongly commended for all Journalism+Design Majors and Minors)

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partment: Journalism & Design (LLSJ)

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This seminar will focus on Plato’s philosophical and political battle against the Sophists and their influence on Athenian politics and education. In the first part of the course we will read fragments and extant works by Antiphon, Critias Gorgias, Prodicus, and Protagoras discuss the Sophists’ contribution the secularization of Athenian pol and the debate concerning the rel between discourse and truth, rhet and virtue, nature and convention In the second part of the course w will examine Plato’s critiques to th Occupy a space you never have before.

Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory Juliet Takes a Breath Kindred Love of Worker Bees Love in My Language Milk and Honey Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS Mules and Men Nevada Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond the Limits of Law Orientalism Our Bodies, Whose Property? Pedagogy of the Oppressed Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the AntiViolence Movement Race Matters Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century

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Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School is an academic space like no other. Designed for courageous intellectuals, our curriculum is as flexible, current, and bold as our community. At Lang, students learn to investigate new ideas by asking big questions. They break from convention, studying and collaborating across all schools and colleges at The New School, including a renowned design school, a stellar performing arts college, and world-famous graduate schools. This integrated approach to liberal arts places Lang students at the forefront of theory, practice, and global innovation. Small classes, a commitment to social justice, and our location in the heart of New York City help us constantly reimagine college education. Students here don’t retreat


from the world. They engage with it.


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WHO WE ARE For a century now, The New School has been a renowned, socially engaged university and a hub for new, groundbreaking ideas and the people that generate them. Students at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts are direct inheritors of The New School’s tradition of working for change. Ignited by academic freedom that transcends traditional boundaries, our students get out and create real change even before graduation. A COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY Every day, scholars at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts benefit from being part of The New School, the only university where a world-famous design school, Parsons School of Design, comes together with progressive colleges that include the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research, and more. This unique position allows our students to take classes and declare minors across the university, conduct interdisciplinary research, and

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collaborate in new and unexpected ways.


at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts involves investigating, developing, and challenging ideas and the status quo. Critical thinking is at our core. Here you’ll have the freedom to delve deep into theory and critically explore what is most relevant to you in this rapidly changing world.

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An Academic Path Paved for You—by You Your academic curiosity and passion should drive your education. At Lang, you’ll have both the resources and the intellectual space to chart a curriculum tailored to you. Select from a number of course options to fulfill the few requirements outside of your major: first-year writing seminars, an advising seminar/workshop, and two university lecture courses. Take an array of liberal arts courses ranging from Avant-garde Poetry to Zone Infrastructure: Histories of Finance, Globalization, and Territory, as well as universitywide offerings at Parsons School of Design; The New School for Social Research; the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment; and more.

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What Are Small Seminar-Style Courses? Imagine a liberal arts course that is rarely a lecture and always a roundtable of creative intellectuals with bold, distinct voices as passionate as your own. Small, intimate, and engaging, seminar courses at Lang will immerse you in an academic experience fueled by seminal texts and the deep discourse necessary to not only retain them but expand upon them. Here you’ll use literature, theory, and discourse to analyze and address some of today’s most pressing and controversial issues. Academic and social interactions with both faculty mentors and fellow students create a space where critical theory and diverse viewpoints are cultivated, nurtured, and challenged.


THE BUDDHA’S REVOLUTION: EXPLORING THE IDEAS AND PRACTICES OF BUDDHISM PLATO & THE SOPHISTS EUGENE LANG COLLEGE LIB ARTS: PHILOSOPHY GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ This course studies the narrative of Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014). Winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize, he was arguably the most influential writer in the last third of the twentieth century. Among his myriad of unofficial disciples and followers, one can find such contemporary luminaries as Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Peter Carey, and Ben Okri. In addition to One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), the novel that popularized magical realism throughout the world, we will study his innovative crime story Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1982), the monumental romance Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), and his historical recreation of the life of the libertador Simón Bolívar, The General in his Labyrinth (1992), among other texts. College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC) Department: Literary Studies (LLST) Campus: New York City (GV) Course Format: Seminar (R) Max Enrollment: 18 BLIND SPOTS OF NYC: CAPITALISM AND EXCLUSION TAUGHT BY: BENOIT CHALLAND SECTION: AX CRN: 7065 Credits: 4 This course is an experiment in applied historical sociology, offering a journey through the history of racial and class exclusion in New York City, from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War. The course is co-taught by a leading artist and a professor of Sociology at NSSR. Having taught classes on the making of global capitalism through the history of sugar and cotton, Prof. Challand approached artist Kamau Ware, author of a graphic novel on the colonial period of NYC who also leads historical tours of the city, about locating the legacy of these commodities that played an important role in shaping the communitarian contours and the urban landscape of colonial New York. The class alternates walking tours in Lower Manhattan with classroom discussions, using a variety of historical sources and secondary literature on the period running between 1625 to 1880. This class, limited to 18 students, will confront the absence of slavery’s memory in the New York City landscape, architecture and monuments, and reflects on the connection between class and race politics in the making of a leading trading city such as New York. Students will be asked to write two essays as part of the requirements, an argumentative essay on a political issue of the these times, and a narrative essay, helping us to recreate the contours of social life in historical NYC.


Majors and minors

To pursue a liberal arts education is to explore a spectrum of humanity’s greatest scholarly work and inquiry. At Lang, we believe that exploration requires academic freedom. Choosing from a relevant and comprehensive list of majors and minors gives you the flexibility to rethink disciplines from unexpected angles. Once here, you’ll work together with academic and faculty advisors to design a course of study, either choosing from one of our majors or designing your own. You have until the first semester of your junior year to declare a major, so the opportunities to discover new passions and explore new subjects are numerous, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

helping to create a more holistic and forward-thinking undergraduate path. A Well-Selected Minor Gives You an Edge Pursuing a minor gives you the opportunity to investigate another subject you’re passionate about, gain specialized knowledge that can help you advance toward your career goals, and show the breadth of your interests if you apply to graduate school. Many majors at Lang are also available as minors; students can also choose from a list of university-wide minors. Minors enable you to explore a range of topics and enrich your studies for your major.


Culture and media

Apply multifaceted, interdisciplinary

Analyze media—print, film, radio, television,

approaches to the study of anthropology

and the Internet—from the standpoints of

with in-depth explorations of key

history, politics, technology, sociology, textual

contemporary issues. Gain fresh insight

analysis, and ethnography. Learn to use

from courses that reflect the diverse

media as a tool for social change and gain the

interests of an international faculty.

research and production skills necessary to

Major (BA), Minor

put your ideas into action.

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Major (BA), Minor

Study visual and performing arts in a liberal


arts context. Connect academic inquiry and

Evaluate the history of economic ideas,

research to creative practice and use the

contemporary markets and institutions, and

arts as a powerful tool for self-discovery

global economic development along with the

and advocacy. Students choose one of two

influence of class, gender, race, and ethnicity

concentrations: Visual Studies and Arts

on economic outcomes. The curriculum

in Context.

emphasizes quantitative methods.

Major (BA)

Major (BA), Minor


Environmental studies

Investigate capitalism in its historical

Confront the critical environmental issues

context and from the perspectives of

facing the world’s cities in the 21st century.

economics, policy, ethics, culture, media,

Bringing together the natural sciences, the

and the visual arts. Students apply

social sciences, and design, this curriculum

interdisciplinary and analytical approaches

prepares students for policy planning and

to evolving socioeconomic phenomena,

service careers in the public, private, and

from postcolonial Africa to the politics of

nonprofit sectors.

food systems, and examine how capitalism

Major (BA, BS), Minor

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informs political, technological, and creative activity in the modern world.



Address the role of race and ethnicity in the United States and around the world while

Combine practice and performance

developing the skills and knowledge needed

opportunities in New York City with a

to bring about social change. This curriculum

rigorous liberal arts education. Learn from

draws on humanities and social science

some of the nation’s top choreographers,

courses offered across the university that

dancers, and scholars and view dance in its

explore how the categories of ethnicity

social, cultural, and historical contexts while

and race are constructed, maintained,

developing a sense of social responsibility.

and challenged.

Major (BA), Minor




Examine the cultural and social significance

Question the culturally constructed idea

of music in today’s world and explore the

of sex difference and the way gender

diversity of contemporary music; music

and sexuality are renegotiated over time.

history, theory, and criticism; and the evolving

Research the history of feminist thought and

technologies used in composing, performing,

action; men’s studies; gay, lesbian, bisexual,

and listening.

and transgender studies; and queer theory.

Major (BA), Minor



academic, artistic, and political discourse in contemporary DANCE


Global Studies

Journalism + Design

Delve into the challenges of globalization,

Merge the rigorous critical thinking fostered

with a view to developing equitable

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outcomes through research, foreign

with the creative design thinking nurtured

language study, internships, and fieldwork.

at Parsons School of Design. Acquire the

Major (BA), Minor

skills needed to address the complex media ecosystem of the 21st century and develop


the creative capacity and confidence to

Understand contemporary events by

thrive in any field that values imagination,

researching the past. Benefit from the

agility, and know-how.

partnership between Lang and The

Major (BA), Minor

New School for Social Research, whose graduate faculty are renowned for their

Liberal Arts

multidisciplinary approach to social theory.

Work closely with a faculty advisor to

Develop critical thinking, professional

design your own course of study. Select

research, and writing skills and engage with

courses from the broad range of subjects

New York City’s many scholarly institutions

offered at The New School and bring

and museums.

together themes and methods that interest

Major (BA), Minor

you. Major (BA, BS)

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Interdisciplinary Science Investigate the dynamic interplay between

Literary Studies

health and environmental change by

View the written word from both critical

integrating laboratory work, scientific

and creative perspectives as you develop

thinking, and quantitative reasoning with

skills beyond effective writing, such as

critical perspectives from the social sciences,

collaboration, research, and analysis. All

humanities, and arts. Using a planetary

students take two Introduction to Literature

health framework, students address

courses, which provide a common language

climate change, the development and

and academic experience, then move on to a

use of emerging biotechnologies, and the

concentration in either Literature or Writing.

acquisition, management, and interpretation

Major (BA)

of large sets of data—real-world challenges that benefit from scientific innovation that is


sustainable and socially just.

Study literary texts over time and across

Major (BA), Minor

linguistic and geographical borders to develop finely honed skills as a critical


reader, writer, and analytical thinker.

Study Jewish art, history, and literature and

Students are guided by faculty members

consider Jews and Judaism as rich case

who bring scholarly and aesthetic expertise

studies for questioning the meaning and

to the subjects of both English writing and

origin of concepts like nation, state, religion,

world literature in translation. Literature can

ethnicity, exile, and diaspora.

be taken as a concentration (BA, Literary


Studies) or as a minor. Minor



Debate and interrogate the great

Delve into the complexities of human

intellectual traditions while exploring the

behavior and explore the forces of social

history of ideas, particularly those that

change. This distinctive curriculum

have played a central role in shaping the

introduces students to key texts,

modern world.

concepts, and research methods as well

Major (BA), Minor

as design strategies for responding to

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social problems. Politics

Major (BA), Minor

Consider politics—the exercise of power in society—on many scales, from the


micropolitics of the family to geopolitics,

Explore acting, directing, and playwriting,

and use New York City as a laboratory

from the classics to contemporary work.

to explore issues like immigration and

This interdisciplinary program both

economic inequality.

grounds students in practice and examines

Major (BA), Minor

experimental innovations in theater in the context of liberal arts.


Major (BA), Minor

of psychological inquiry. Study the

Urban Studies

application of the scientific method to

Examine the complex cultural,

psychological research and learn how to

governmental, physical, and social

evaluate the literature of psychology with

ecosystems of the modern city. Students

a critical eye.

can focus their studies on geography,

Major (BA), Minor

history, culture, public policy, or planning

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Analyze the scope and evolution

and development. RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Major (BA), Minor

Study the intersections and intimate connections between systems of belief


and practices, ethical codes, rituals,

Establish a foundation in visual culture,

narratives, philosophies, and social and

ranging from classic works of art

political structures across many cultures

in museums to contemporary and

and centuries.

experimental artworks. Through visual


art, students gain deeper insight into social issues such as race, class, gender

Screen Studies

and sexuality, nationality and citizenship,

Immerse yourself in the rich history of

science, technology, and global economic

motion pictures and their transformation

and environmental issues.

into today’s rapidly changing screen


industries and cultures. Students can choose from courses in subjects including


screenwriting, directing, editing, and

Choose a genre (fiction, nonfiction, or


poetry) and progress through writing

Major (BA)

workshops to develop a unique authorial voice. Courses emphasize literary analysis, essential communication skills, and a profound understanding of craft. Writing can be taken as a concentration (BA, Literary Studies) or a minor.



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BENEFITS offered by THE NEW SCHOOL Our integrated approach to learning allows you to stretch yourself beyond traditional academic paths, grow intellectually and creatively, and expand your problem-solving capabilities. Being part of The New School means you are free to declare a minor at any of our four other schools and colleges, take courses across the university to satisfy non-major requirements, enroll in our BA/BFA dual-degree pathway, or simultaneously pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees through one of our renowned graduate schools. MINORS AT THE NEW SCHOOL You can choose from more than 50 minors at The New School. These highly creative and options. Artists can gain a global perspective; historians can learn music composition; performers can study sociology. Every time you cross into a new discipline, you increase your relevance in a world market that is quickly evolving. Parsons School of Design Alternative Fashion Strategies

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Schools of Public Engagement

Art and Design History


Chinese Studies

Comics and Graphic Narrative

Capitalism Studies

Digital Humanities

Communication Design

Contemporary Dance

Film Production

Creative Coding

Contemporary Music

Food Studies

Creative Entrepreneurship

Culture and Media

French Studies

Data Visualization


Hispanic Studies

Design Studies

Environmental Studies

Japanese Studies

Fashion Communication

Ethnicity and Race

Literary Translation

Fashion Studies

Gender Studies

Moving Image Arts

Fine Arts

Global Studies

Museum and Curatorial Studies

Immersive Storytelling




Interdisciplinary Science


Jewish Culture

Social Practice

Journalism + Design

Sustainable Cities


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enriching series of courses give you endless ways to broaden your skills, interests, and career


College of Performing Arts Mannes School of Music Music Composition Post-Genre Music: Performance and Creation Techniques of Music (Theory, Ear Training, Dictation)

Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Theater Urban Studies Visual Studies Writing

The School of Drama Creative Technologies for


Performative Practice Dramatic Arts



THE BA/BFA DUAL-DEGREE pathway Lang is the centerpiece of The New School’s BA/BFA

Percentage of Lang students

pathway (called BAFA for short), a course trajectory designed

who take courses at Parsons

for students who want a comprehensive education in liberal arts and either jazz or the arts. Students interested in BAFA must apply to complete the five-year curriculum (168–180 credits, depending on the chosen majors), which leads to the award of both a BA from Eugene Lang College and a BFA from either Parsons School of Design or the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the College of Performing Arts. Careful advisement ensures that you meet the requirements of both degrees. To pursue the BA/BFA dual degree, you must be admitted to both colleges. Begin earning a master’s while still an undergrad Go further faster. The New School’s Bachelor’s-Master’s program allows students across the university to save time and money by earning graduate credits that apply to both their New School undergraduate degree and a graduate

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degree from The New School for Social Research or the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. Starting in their junior year, students admitted to the program can earn up to 18 credits in master’s courses (depending on the program) and apply those graduate credits to both their undergraduate degree and an MA or MS degree. Current Bachelor’s-Master’s Program Pairings Anthropology BA Anthropology MA

History BA Historical Studies MA

Liberal Studies MA

Sociology MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

Journalism + Design BA The Arts BA Liberal Studies MA

Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA

Literary Studies BA Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA

Culture and Media BA Creative Publishing and Critical

Liberal Arts BA

Liberal Studies MA

Fashion Studies MA Philosophy BA

Journalism MA Liberal Studies MA

Liberal Arts BA or BS

Media Studies MA

Anthropology MA

Liberal Studies MA Philosophy MA

Environmental Policy and Economics BA Economics MA

Sustainability Management MS

Politics BA Politics MA

Historical Studies MA Environmental Studies BA or BS Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management MS Global Studies BA Anthropology MA Historical Studies MA International Affairs MA


Media Studies MA Politics MA

International Affairs MA or MS Liberal Studies MA Media Studies MA Nonprofit Management MS Organizational Change Management MS Philosophy MA Politics MA Psychology MA Public and Urban Policy MS

Psychology BA Psychology MA Sociology BA Liberal Studies MA Sociology MA Urban Studies BA Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management MS Public and Urban Policy MS


food system (production, distribution, consumption and disposal) and the urban environment. We will learn about the environmental impacts of food on cities and the pressures of consumption patterns on urban foodsheds. The course will explore how different frameworks, from urban ecology to environmental justice, and different analytical methods, from risk assessment to lifecycle analysis, help us to identify strategies for making the food system more sustainable and resilient. For the course project, students will research a food systemrelated environmental problem and prepare

Lang’s First-Year Writing Program introduces you to the debate and dynamism at the heart of seminar learning.

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Course offerings vary as widely as the faculty teaching them: from environmentalism, travel writing, and artificial intelligence, to feminism, existentialism, and activism (and beyond). Students typically take Writing the Essay I and II in consecutive semesters in the first year. These courses, organized on the workshop model, help students develop confidence and conviction as writers. Assignments include personal writing, cultural and literary criticism, argumentative essays, and experimental writing, emphasizing how to write convincing and compelling work and setting a foundation for the production of research. The First-Year Seminar The first-year seminar is taught by a professor who serves as your faculty advisor during your freshman year at Lang. First-year seminars draw upon professors’ expertise in particular areas and offer opportunities to engage in intense discussions with your classmates and develop the skills to grapple with challenging material and diverse perspectives.


This course examines the relationship between the

Lang’s first-year seminar and writing courses provide you with the academic foundation, support, and guidance vital to your overall success. Academic advisors, faculty advisors, and first-year fellows are available to help you navigate the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to college life and studies. We encourage you to explore new intellectual realms by taking a broad range of liberal arts courses during your first year at Lang. Try leaving your comfort zone and choose topics you wouldn’t ordinarily decide to study.

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First-Year Experience

Lily Yonglin chen Lily Yonglin Chen is a Bachelor’s-Master’s student with a full course load. She is on track to finish her undergraduate studies and receive her master’s degree in just three and a half years. What stands out to you about going to college at Lang? I feel like a lot of people are crushed by their undergrad experience, with all the prerequisites—but there is no handbook of right and wrong at Lang. It all comes down to how you want to spend your time. For example, I chose to do a math class called Making Math and Art, and it’s honestly my favorite class right now. Lang allows you the opportunity to work on amazing projects and collaborate with people in different fields or programs. You’re not stuck in a small town—you’re in New York! And as a freshman, you take a first-year seminar course to help ease you into the city. How did the first-year seminar help you do that? Well, through the seminar, you get connected with a peer fellow—a student mentor who went through Lang and can speak about the school from a personal perspective. It’s supposed to be someone who completely understands what you’re going through and who teaches you things like financial literacy and safety in the city.

The first-year seminar gives students time to develop independence and accountability and find out what they’re passionate about, but I think all of your time at Lang is about discovery. I want to go to law school after this, so I am graduating in three and a half years with a master’s degree. How is that possible? I enrolled in city college and state college while I was still in high school, and those credits transferred to Lang. But at Lang, there is no set path—you get to create your own. Everything is in your hands. Aside from the first-year writing program and first-year seminar, it’s very flexible. What do you like about Lang’s seminar-style courses? It feels good for a professor to actually know your name. Even my one lecture class at Lang had only 50 students, as opposed to the bigger schools, where lectures can have 100 or 200 kids in a classroom. In the ideal seminar course, everyone contributes. Everyone gets a chance to understand each other’s ideologies. People are curious and they want to learn from you. If you care about the big picture and enjoy thinking big thoughts, then Lang is the place to be.

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At Lang, the classroom is in constant dialogue with the outside world. Lang courses connect what students are learning to the big questions and problems of our time. You can study directly with activists, artists, policymakers, and community leaders who co-teach courses with Lang faculty through our Civic Liberal Arts program. Lang’s Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice offers civic participation opportunities in which students can combine their passion for social justice with academic work and build community with other similarly dedicated minds. And in addition to offering traditional internship and study abroad opportunities, Lang provides a range of fellowships, engagement with the world by combining research, theory, and practice. These include:

»» Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowships »» Eugene Lang Opportunity Awards »» Civic Engagement and Social Justice Mini-Grants »» Social Science Fellowships »» Dean’s Honor Symposia »» Global Ambassador Awards »» Tishman Environmental Merit Scholarships »» Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity

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grants, and student conferences that support our students’


Scholars Program

Marina Delgado Marina Delgado is a senior at Lang majoring in Interdisciplinary Science, with a minor in Literary Studies, focusing on poetry. In 2017, she traveled to Argentina on the Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowship. There she investigated the effects of climate change on the ecosystem and local indigenous communities.

How did you first get involved with Lang’s Interdisciplinary Science program? When I started at Lang, I never wanted to take another science or math course again. I really wanted to focus on literary studies and writing. But after taking a class with Katayoun Chamany, the head of Lang’s Interdisciplinary Science [IS] program, I fell in love with the idea of learning science in a contextualized way. I went to public school, where science was mostly memorization. But this was actual critical thinking in science—something I had never experienced before. What was your experience with the Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowship? Last year, I was applying to a lot of science fellowships and looking at different science internships. I discovered this opportunity in my home country, Argentina, to study a tree that’s endangered because of climate change. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it without extra funding, because I am a low-income student. Thankfully, one of Katayoun’s former students helped create a program, the Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowship, which is like the Lang Opportunity Awards but focused on the sciences. I applied, was granted it, and went on to do the entire six-week experience in Argentina, fully funded. It was incredible. My work ended up becoming a lot more about the Mapuche, an indigenous group who live there in the area, and how they’re affected by the loss of the tree.

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Were you able to continue pursuing your interest in writing? Even after I decided I wanted to be an IS major, I definitely didn’t want to let go of my writing, so I continued to take poetry classes. Now, for my senior thesis in poetry, I’m writing about the connections between climate change and the Mapuche. In many traditional science labs that I visited during my time in Argentina, the Mapuche perspective was completely ignored, because science is traditionally taught in a vacuum. There was a huge lack of interest from the scientists in speaking with the Mapuche and seeing how they might combat climate change, a problem that was essentially being caused by cultures outside of the Mapuche. My project is trying to bring science out of the vacuum by putting it into poetry while also keeping a lot of those scientific roots. What’s it like to be able to explore the intersections of all your interests? Before I came to Lang, I never even considered science and activism to be so intertwined—but social justice is ingrained into Lang’s IS program in this really amazing way. For example, the chemistry courses are completely contextualized in “the now.” Our final project for chemistry was studying what would be the best energy portfolio for New York City. After learning all this information throughout the entire semester, we had to apply it to the greater idea of how it can actually be put into policy. The genetics courses are all centered around human health and the fact that who you are is not entirely made from your genes; your environment is also so important. what’s great about studying science here is that we are always encouraged to bring in our own passions and perspectives.


Sometimes you have to bring that social justice perspective to science yourself, and

Julian Apter Julian Apter is a BA/BFA student studying both anthropology at Lang and jazz guitar at the College of Performing Arts. A recipient of the Lang Opportunity Award, he conducted ethnomusicology research in Ghana that enabled him to explore the connection between music and anthropology in Africa. What first brought you to Lang? The interdisciplinary aspect is pretty much what drew me to The New School. The New School not only has a great jazz school at the College of Performing Arts, it has a stellar faculty for anthropology and liberal arts. Another great part is Lang’s Bachelor’s-Master’s program, where you begin taking graduatelevel classes during the senior year of your undergrad. A lot of people tell me, “I could never do school for five years in a row, let alone six.” I could. Not a problem for me. I think that whatever you do, if you want to do it well, you really have to focus and get nerdy about it. And with the BA/BFA, it’s difficult, because in some ways I have to compromise. I can never practice as much as a jazz student who isn’t doing anthropology. But they end up informing each other. How does Lang help you balance your interdisciplinary interests? The project I got funded through the Lang Opportunity Award program is an intersection of both of my majors in a lot of ways. The project is in Ghana, and I think I’m going to title it The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction in Ghana. It’s basically looking at ethnomusicological scholarship. There’s so much happening in Ghana and West Africa in general—all of Africa, really—but there isn’t much scholarship on it.

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So I’ll be in Ghana this summer for a month, recording musicians and publicizing them. I’ll be working with a label called Akwaaba, whose mission is to bring these amazing musicians that are not on the Internet online to diversify their revenue streams and enable them to gain agency by entering global markets. The Lang Opportunity Award, which is like a grant, will help me get there. That’s fantastic. Is there anything else that stands out to you about Lang’s education style? We are in an interesting time. I think that generally the New School style of education really makes a difference, in terms of critical thinking and seminar-style classes. In thinking about what an education should do, Lang is a lot closer than most institutions. Even if you go to one of those so-called star schools, you’ll still wind up taking all these giant lecture classes. It’s different at Lang—the seminar style works really well for me. And I think in this modern society, it’s superimportant to be a critical thinker and be informed by multiple frameworks of thought. I took an Intro to Film class at Lang and did a music analysis of the score of Godard’s 1960 film Breathless. I argued that there’s all this feeling that you’ll actually miss out on if you don’t pay attention to the music— the composer was really drawing upon very hip innovations of the day lost. The way Lang and The New School allow for that interdisciplinary work never ceases to amaze me.


in terms of harmony and melody. It’s background music, which can be

Sabrina Wu Sabrina Wu is a junior with a double major in Theater and in Culture and Media. She is a student fellow in one of Lang’s Civic Liberal Arts courses, which allow students to learn outside of the classroom and work with non-faculty professionals around New York City.

How did you decide on your focus of study? My first few years as a student, I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I don’t think anyone really has a plan going into college—I didn’t. Lang helped me explore different areas and home in on my interests. My year living on campus was definitely part of that experience. My classes also incorporated a lot of New York City into them, both historical aspects and current events happening around the city. I was able to meet people who were involved in organizations outside of school and network like that. That was really helpful. What kind of organizations have you been involved with? Right now, I am a student fellow in one of Lang’s Civic Liberal Arts courses, called Scene Study: Prison Plays. The class is done in partnership with The Fortune Society, an amazing organization based in Long Island City, Queens. They offer arts, theater, and writing programs for formerly incarcerated individuals. The course is part acting class, part discussion about prison conditions. We talk to guest speakers about prison life and, using that information and knowledge, harness it for our acting scenes.

It’s really great that Lang is partnering with these programs and also giving exposure to organizations and using our resources in a way that promotes discussion, not only in class but outside of class, of questions like, How can we change the school-to-prison pipeline? I don’t hear about many of these opportunities being offered anywhere else. What is the Lang community like? Lang has given me the space to really express myself. Even the faculty are supportive of this—you develop great relationships with faculty members and communities with whom you have similar interests. The community at Lang is really powerful.


Internships and Study abroad


Number of countries in which Lang students studied this year

One of the many advantages of studying at Lang is being immersed in New York City—and the world. Many Lang students spend a semester, academic year, or summer abroad taking courses, working at internships across the city, or pursuing volunteer projects. With proper research and planning, you can study, work, or volunteer almost anywhere in the world while at Lang. Lang offers options to study abroad both through the college and through other institutions, including:

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»»Short-term programs led by Lang faculty during academic breaks

»»Domestic exchange and pre-approved study abroad programs with partner institutions Past foreign study programs have taken students to:

»»Buenos Aires, where they examined the relationship between democratic citizenship and neoliberal globalization as experienced by residents

»»Wrocław, where they debated the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today’s world

»»Shanghai, where they studied how rapid urbanism has transformed the city’s fashion and architecture over the past century


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2017–2018 Lang internships included:

»»HarperCollins—prepared children’s book manuscripts for publication

»»Interview Magazine—edited online content »»AFROPUNK—created editorial content to tie in with the popular music festival

»»Museum at Eldridge Street—marketed a historic synagogue and its cultural programs

»»Warner Music Group—created Spotify playlist concepts to highlight label artists

»»Roc Nation—assisted with artist management and »»Paley Center for Media—researched and responded to inquiries from filmmakers, TV networks, producers, and directors

»»Scholastic—researched content for a children’s news magazine

»»NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist

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marketing campaigns for tours and releases

Hospital—conducted public health research focusing on hepatitis B vaccinations for newborns

»»Metropolitan Museum of Art—digitally archived materials from excavations at Qasr-i Abu Nasr, Iran

»»Full Frontal with Samantha Bee—researched topics for satirical coverage on the program

»»Brooklyn Hospital Center—facilitated therapeutic sessions through play, art, and music for children and families through the hospital’s child life program

»»Rock Shrimp Productions—served as a production assistant for celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s production company

»»Stand Beside Them—coached military veterans and their spouses/caregivers on the transition back to civilian life

»»Diane Von Furstenberg—created content for a luxury fashion brand’s social media channels

»»Rockefeller & Co.—worked with the sustainable investing unit

»»NYC Central Labor Council—researched policy positions of City Council members

»»NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs—helped


plan and execute community events

Irie Ewers Irie Ewers is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Economics. She is a two-time recipient of Lang’s Social Science Fellowship who has traveled to Argentina, done two internships, and conducted funded research during her time in college. Somehow she also found time to adopt a dachshund puppy. What first drew you to Lang? I was interested in the first-year immersion program [now the Global Immersion Program] and Lang itself, not even realizing they were connected until I went to apply to both of them. When I found out they were the same, my decision was made. Lang’s study abroad program offered experiential, in-the-field education. I was also drawn to the Environmental Studies program from the beginning, because I really liked the foundations of science that Lang offered. What’s it like pursuing environmental studies in a big city like New York? Obviously, being in New York City seems kind of like a contrast— studying the environment while being in an urban center. I wanted to understand that interplay and study the urban systems, since an urban system is still part of the environment. Plus, in terms of applicable, real-life skills, New York City really pushes you to develop your personal attributes as well as your career path very early on. I’ve had 12 different jobs, from cleaning floors to working at Rockefeller Center. The city really becomes your classroom. Speaking of classes, how do you like the small seminar-style courses? They were a huge draw for me, actually. I’m from a small town and the idea of moving to New York was really overwhelming, but when I got here, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of intimacy in the classes. Also, I think some of the closest connections I made at Lang were with professors. They’re eager to help and willing to go outside the classroom with you, especially with the Social Science Fellowship, which gave me peer-to-peer mentoring that completely changed my education.

Can you tell me more about the Social Science Fellowship? The fellowship provides funds for undergraduate students to do an internship over the summer, giving you hands-on learning which you then transfer into theory. You go from practice into theory and then create your own research project in the style of a graduate or upper-level research paper. It is a really amazing program. I was lucky enough to do it twice, actually. The first year, I interned with an environmentally focused start-up and then I looked into Citi Bike as an extension of the sharing economy and wanted to understand the social and environmental justice implications of that. The next time I did it, I interned at Rockefeller & Company and then focused my research on private investment and the interplay between the private sector and private systems and the environment and social systems. Before Lang, the idea of living in New York City and finding a career felt completely inaccessible. But Lang offered me so many opportunities and resources. Every opportunity I’ve participated in, from internships to international travel to doing funded research, has all come from the school. The opportunities are everywhere at Lang—you just have to try them and see what happens.

Yu ling wu Yu Ling Wu was a BA/BFA student majoring in Theater at Lang and Integrated Design at Parsons. She traveled to Scotland, Colombia, and Berlin as part of Lang’s Study Abroad program. Yu Ling began developing her own solo show while in Berlin with Lang theater professor Zishan Ugurlu and went on to write and perform the finished product, The Mom, the Dad & the Holy Spirit, as her senior work. Yu Ling was also the 2018 New School Commencement student speaker. Tell us a bit about your study abroad experience. Before my junior year, I decided I wanted to go to Edinburgh to take part in a two-week study abroad program at the Fringe Festival. It sounded like a really cool way to experience a huge theater festival in a different context. Through Lang, I applied for a Lang Opportunity Award, and was able to go on a full ride.

That’s great. What other programs have you discovered at Lang? I also went to Colombia with the Gural Scholars, a scholarship program in which students work together in a cohort and learn about social justice and civic engagement in a different context every year. The junior year is supposed to be in an international context, so we took a look at Colombia, because our professor said there were many parallels between the Bronx in New York and Colombia. It was a difficult trip, looking at politics outside of the U.S. and our role in so many countries, but it was a valuable experience I will never forget. Later I studied abroad in Berlin and fell in love with the theater there. I saw a show every day, all thanks to Lang grants and scholarships. Lang has been so supportive. When did you start thinking about developing your own solo show? When I came back to New York, I went to Zishan and said, “I want to do this solo performance.” She said, “Great, let’s build it together!” She became my independent study senior thesis advisor, and we worked together for the next few months to put together the show. What’s so special about Lang is that your relationship with professors is so intimate. I love all my professors; I really do. You are building relationships with artists who have their own careers outside of teaching. They may have their own practices, but in my experience, teaching isn’t secondary on their list of priorities. It’s not like “I’m this first, and then I’m a teacher”—they care so much. Zishan even directed my solo show. In what ways have your experiences at Lang changed you? Before I got to Lang, I was used to quizzes and tests every day as the measure of knowledge. But Lang judges you based on how you think. I had a really hard time unlearning things about my own identity and my own internalized racism, sexism, and my biases. It’s a constant unlearning, but I think Lang has allowed room for that kind of messiness. The people at Lang and in my community have given me a lot of love and patience, and that’s how I was able to create my performance. That sounds so cheesy, but as Zishan says, “Why not be cheesy?”

freedom, New York City campus, and position as part of The New School all attract faculty who turn classroom theory into world engagement. These forward-thinking educators are also practitioners out in the field, global leaders deeply connected to organizations and industries addressing some of today’s most pressing issues. Many of our faculty are integral members of the university community, some jointly appointed at Lang and

Lang’s cultural relevance, commitment to academic

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DEAN BROWNER Dean Stephanie Browner’s third-floor office provides a rare vantage point on Lang and The New School: the bustling courtyard below; the Skybridge, where students both create and curate art each semester; and The New School’s original 12th Street building. Dean Browner spoke with us about her research, Lang’s engaged approach to theoretical discourse, and the university mission that brought her here.

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What drew you to Lang?

“Intellectually progressive”—can you expand on that?

Well, I originally found out about The New

Yes. People think higher education is liberal or

School because my mom—both my parents were

progressive, because the students tend to skew

immigrants—read anything she could get her hands

that way. But actually, higher education can be

on that had a progressive take on art or politics.

quite stodgy and traditional. An ivory tower can be

She didn’t go to college until after she had children,

a very conservative place, and not actually open to

but books by Hannah Arendt and others associated

the ideas of people who haven’t traditionally been

with The New School were everywhere in our house.


So I knew about the university’s values, and its commitments to being in and of New York City, and being intellectually progressive—not just superficially, but deeply intellectual and serious. I have a history of working in small liberal arts colleges, and that, combined with The New School’s mission, drew me to Lang.

What kind of student thrives at Lang? I think Lang students in general have a voice far earlier and far stronger than most college students. Visiting professor and author Mary Gaitskill told me this my first year here. They tend to have a sense of purpose, or at the very least a habit of independent thought. They don’t ask, “What’s going to be on the exam?” Many hone this voice through writing, through creative work, through activism. I like that those who are activists do so both outside the university and within. They speak up at university events. Often, even in the middle of the Lang Academic Awards, students use their moment at the microphone to speak truth to power. We honor that kind of fierce individuality and independence. How is the curriculum at Lang unique? I feel that our students aren’t just here for the cultural capital of being able to say, “Oh, I read Marx” or “I read Lolita” or “I read Aristotle.” You’ll read all those things here, but it’s because these writers and these ideas are powerful and relevant. Class discussions are not competitive or oneupmanship environments. The classroom is where we open up questions and really interrogate ourselves and the world, our thoughts and what other people are thinking. When I first came to Lang, we designed and started offering 20 Civic Liberal Arts courses each year that our faculty co-teach with partners from outside of the academy, such as a curator from the Whitney Museum of American Art and an editor from the New York Times. These “outsiders” are there in the classroom, designing courses with professors. They’re thrilled to be teaching at The New School,


and students are doing work that is very important to people outside the academy.

New York City become, but we already have classes that integrate

Lang’s commitment to civic liberal arts?

critical thinking and coding, and we have new faculty.

has been the bell hooks residency at Lang. Bell and I have been colleagues for years, first getting to

As far as we can tell, we may be the only school that’s exploring this topic right now. Outside of being Lang’s dean, you’re also a faculty

know each other in Kentucky. We’ve brought her to

member. What are you teaching this term?

The New School four times, I believe. The first time,

I love to talk about what I’m teaching, because it’s

people waited more than an hour in a line that went

important to me. I can’t be a good dean if I’m not in

down Fifth Avenue in order to hear her talk with

the classroom. My background is in American and

Melissa Harris-Perry. Each residency, she has had

African-American literature, so I’ve taught those

conversations with a wide range of people—Laverne

courses, but I’ve also taught a freshman seminar.

Cox, Eve Ensler, Samuel Delany, Janet Mock, Cornel

In my 19th- and 20th-century American literature

West, etc. These are on YouTube and are still very

class, we begin with Walt Whitman and Herman

popular and important. She never stops thinking

Melville, then on to Harriet Jacobs, who wrote a

critically and always finds pleasure and humor in her

slave narrative and hid in her grandmother’s attic for

dialogues with others.

seven years to avoid a predatory white slave owner.

What new areas are students at Lang exploring

We’ll eventually end up with Langston Hughes and

these days?

Marianne Moore.

We began the Journalism + Design program a few

What was behind your decision to play so many

years ago. It prepares students to be journalists of

roles on campus?

all kinds and to help shape a sector that is of critical

I get to know the college through student eyes that

importance to democracy and in radical disruption right now. We’re also exploring what it would mean to offer courses in “coding and liberal arts.” Technology is a part of our lives, and we are beginning to grasp the impact of social media, data, and algorithms in almost everything, from private conversations to national elections. Reading and writing have long been core to a liberal arts education. Perhaps technology is a third strand that should be woven into what we offer at Lang. I’m not sure what it will

way. It’s really easy to think you know the college when you’re the dean, but I don’t know it any better than my students do, and if I don’t stay in touch, I’ll be oblivious to their needs. Being an advisor also requires that I know the curriculum from the student perspective and to spend time in conversation with one student at a time. But this is why we’re here—to change lives one at a time. It’s about human learning and the relationships that nurture learning, for them and for me. It keeps me happy.


Lots! The most popular program in recent years

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Is there any specific programming that supports


Featured Faculty:

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela Assistant Professor of History

Lang courses often bring together different perspectives in provocative ways. Is that true of your courses? That certainly is true of a new course I’m teaching called Publishing Life. It’s actually part of a grant that Lang got from the Mellon Foundation. In the course, students and I collaborate with Verso Books, a preeminent left-leaning Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

American press. Verso publishes a lot of New School authors—it’s respected and world renowned. In class, we investigate the work of theorists embedded in a Marxist framework and self-help authors—writings in two totally different genres. The premise is that the two groups of authors are actually taking on very similar questions, like, How do we lead a “meaningful life”? and What is the philosophically coherent way to be a smart consumer and/or producer of these kinds of genres? What are the benefits of Lang’s approach to small seminar courses? I’ve had some of the same students in five or six classes. So one benefit of Lang’s small seminars is the fact that students are able to come back to the same professor in their department, be familiar with him or her, and expand on ideas developed previously. There are 18 people in the room, max—so everyone involved is going to come into the class already having some type of relationship. But Lang seminars also bring the classroom out into the world. I always say to my students, “My most profound hope is that our academic work will actually shape your understanding of your own experiences. These texts should really bump up against your identity and who you think you are in the world.” So it’s not just that the students and I get to be buddybuddy. Lang seminars involve community-based projects that are great opportunities to enhance the academic dimension through a more 360-degree kind of engagement.


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Featured Faculty:

Assistant Professor of Culture and Media

How does your research influence the courses you teach? My research is on the mediated body—in other words, how the body works as a medium or a canvas that reflects and informs your relationship to the world. So my courses reflect that interest. In Race and Digital Media, we were trying to society, understanding not only how people of color and certain ethnic minorities interact with technology, but also that race itself is a construct that has a societal function—it works like a cultural mechanism of identity, oppression, privilege, etc. We’re really trying to push through some complicated theoretical ideas in class.

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think about how race functions as a technology within our

Why is Lang the right college to investigate these ideas? Knowledge doesn’t pertain to one discipline at a time. I think that Lang has been a particularly fruitful institution for looking at the body, race, identity, culture, and media because of how it allows students from a wide variety of disciplines, a wide variety of backgrounds, to come into this space and have conversations about interconnected networks of knowledge. We come at our work in class from a wide variety of angles. I naturally have a lot of Culture and Media students. But I’ve also had students from across the university take my courses, including several from Parsons’ Fashion Design program, which has been really fun in terms of process. They bring an interesting aesthetic sense to the creative and design-oriented projects in my classes, and I’m looking forward to having that kind of aesthetic sense in the class on


data visualization that I’m teaching next semester.


In Conversation:

Deva Woodly and Austin Ochoa ’18

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Deva Woodly is an associate professor of politics at Lang. Her work in and outside of the classroom focuses on political communication, social movements, and public opinion and behavior. She was the Senior Capstone faculty advisor to Austin Ochoa, BA Politics ’18. We spoke with them about Austin’s project and Deva’s pivotal guidance during his research. Interviewer:  Deva, can you tell us a little about what

and then we collect those research projects into a

you’re teaching this semester?

journal called UnderPol. Not only do the students

Deva:  Right now, I’m teaching a class called Becoming Generation Citizen, which is a really cool Civic Liberal Arts class, supported by a Mellon grant.

create the scholarly content, but they do the artistic direction and layout design. Interviewer:  Austin, what type of project are you

It allows us to work with an outside organization, a

doing for your capstone?

nonprofit called Generation Citizen. The organization

Austin:  I have a particular interest in constitutional

trains our students to guide high school students

law and criminal law, so, for my senior thesis I

through a civic action, from research through the

wanted to bring together everything I’ve learned

implementation of some change, whether that’s

in the past three or four years at Lang—the Bill of

gathering information that wasn’t previously

Rights; the rights of the accused; the Fourth, Fifth,

known, contacting a public official, or seeking

and Sixth Amendments; and the history behind those

new legislation.

rights and those who have them.

Interviewer:  So you’re sort of creating an ecosystem

Interviewer:  Students at Lang often take theory

of civic engagement.

they’ve learned in the classroom out into the world.

Deva:  Yes, one that consists of political and civic

Have you had any similar experiences outside of


awareness and participation. And it’s going great. I also teach the Senior Capstone, which Austin is in. Each student does an independent research project,

Lang? Austin:  Yes. Last year I got a job with a criminal court judge here in Manhattan, so every day I was

have a topic that you really care about. How do

political implications, all at work in the courtroom.

we make this a research paper—a truly intellectual

I saw human rights come into play, making the


process more fair and equal for all involved, like

Austin:  Big-time. A lot of my classmates have had

Mapp v. Ohio. All these concepts are being played

the same kind of experience with Deva’s direction.

out in the courtroom every single day, and it’s kind

Friends of mine in the Becoming Generation Citizen

of cool to have that broad perspective on it. It helped

course love the work they’re doing. They’re a pretty

me learn that one of the greatest things about the

sharp group.

U.S. Constitution is its ability to fix itself—to right its

Interviewer:  Specifically, what do they say?

own wrongs.

Austin:  That it’s an experience.

Interviewer:  And how has Deva influenced your

Deva:  That’s the word on the street?

research for your senior capstone?

Austin: Yep.

Austin:  Oh, she’s been monumental in broadening

Deva:  Haha.

my perspective on my paper. Specifically, I’m very

Austin:  But that “experience” is the reason I came

attracted to case law and legal jargon and I often get

to this school—being able to have my finger on the

kind of lost in it. Deva’s helped me ask, “What are the

pulse of our culture, of our generation. It’s really

cultural implications of Mapp v. Ohio in 1961, and

embodied at The New School, and specifically at

how did that transform courtrooms all across the

Lang, in terms of what our generation stands for.

country?” Deva’s really done a great job at opening

Deva:  And what do you think your generation

my eyes and pointing me in the direction of how to uncover those implications. Deva:  Now, it should be said that Austin started out a very good writer and a very analytical mind. But his fascination and talent are for the details of the law. So, I think that my main goal this semester has been to broaden his view, to say, “This is what the law is, but how does that affect practice?” And over

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But with every student I start by saying, “You

learning about in the classroom, their histories, their

stands for? Austin:  So many things: progress, equality. But for anyone interested in the work our generation is doing, I’d say come to a seminar at Lang—you’ll find out.

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seeing the constitutional amendments I’d been

the course of the drafts we do to develop the theses, you see students and their perspectives blossom on


the page.


Featured Faculty:

Allison Lichter Joseph Assistant Professor of Journalism and Design and former Deputy Emerging Media Editor at the Wall Street Journal

Lang students are known for integrating thoughtful inquiry with real-world collaborative action. How does your teaching help students do that? Lang has a tradition of rigorous scholarly study and a deep appreciation of professional careers, and that enriches our students’ experiences. I’m a good fit here because of that. Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

After working at WNYC radio for nine years, I joined the Wall Street Journal as an online features editor and eventually joined what was then called the Social Media desk. This was when many people at the Journal questioned what social media could do. I translated between two worlds, traditional journalists and digital readers, and our team experimented to see what worked and what didn’t. As an instructor, I see an opportunity to impart what I’ve learned to future journalists. Most important, I want my students to be great collaborators. Collaboration and trust are essential for newsrooms to keep pace with changing technology and audience needs. Our students need to know how to build relationships and solve problems in effective ways. How is NYC a resource for students? We help students connect with important people in the news business. For example, this past semester, both the standards editor and the deputy general counsel for the New York Times visited a class taught by a longtime NYT reporter, Mireya Navarro. They discussed real news, fake news, and what the truth means today. Students heard firsthand the lengths a major news agency goes to to build the trust of its readership. They engaged in conversation that inspired them to become better researchers and analysts able to report with integrity. The fact that we’re bringing in so many outside professionals from institutions like ProPublica, the New Yorker, and Vox means that our students are constantly interacting with frontline news makers who are also potential future employers.


Katayoun Chamany Mohn Family Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Featured Faculty:

At Lang, critical thinking is considered an important skill for engaged citizens. How do you help Lang students develop this capacity through your work in science? Our program investigates the dynamic interplay between human health and the environment (natural, built, and innovation and socially just practices. Our courses showcase how science can be an active participant in change, not just a neutral discourse of facts and equations. For example, in a recent senior seminar, students focused on energy resources and planetary health by facing the very real challenge of whether nuclear energy should be subsidized by taxes and

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social) in an effort to simultaneously promote scientific

be included in New York State’s energy portfolio. Students took on the roles of real stakeholders, such as CEOs, mayors, scientists, nuclear regulators, public health researchers, and representatives of Native American populations and realized how multilayered and complex energy policy can be. After the project, many students said that they had a much more informed and nuanced stance on the issue. Our students are invested in problem solving and social change, so they need to learn how to negotiate, compromise, and shape health and environmental policy and practice when their values differ from others’. These are important skills that we teach in addition to the concrete, scientific content, principles, and data analysis skills. What are the benefits of Lang’s small seminar courses? My freshman seminar course Biology, Art, and Social Justice integrates art with labs. One module that has gained much attention is focused on painting with bacteria. Here, students apply what they have learned in the course to curate their own artistic design in a Petri dish and present their work alongside a design statement. From this experience they begin to see the similarities and differences between the scientific method and the art/design process, the role that genes and environment play in ecosystem bacterial colonization and settler colonialism.


dynamics, and the parallels that can be drawn between


In Conversation:

Shanelle matthews and Jasveen sarna ’18

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

Shanelle Matthews is the former director of Communications for the Black Lives Matter Global Network and was the inaugural activist-in-residence at The New School, where she taught Black Resistance: 1960–Present. Her former student Jasveen Sarna majored in Literary Studies, with a minor in Ethnicity and Race, at Lang. We spoke to the duo about the importance of community in activism and how organizing today is always a collaboration with the past. Interviewer:  Shanelle, can you tell us a little

I have also worked alongside associate professor

bit about your role as The New School’s

of politics Deva Woodly and the director of the Office


of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Christina

Shanelle:  During my time as The New School’s activist-in-residence, I worked alongside students, faculty, and staff to ideate on how to marry scholarship and activism to create a more equitable and just world. In doing so, I guest-lectured across disciplines, engaged in community-centered lecture series like Race in the U.S., and shared my experience as an activist and communications strategist. I also taught Black Resistance 1960–Present, where we studied the resistance strategies of civil and human rights organizations centered on Black liberation. Our

Dawkins, to ensure that The New School continues to engage activist-practitioners through both a formal residency and in the New York community at large, because the organizing and social justice communities here are robust and committed. It’s critical to couple local community engagement with the ideas and theories that the faculty and students have about the future of social movements in New York and in this country. Interviewer:  Why are students at Lang a good fit for this coursework?


goal was to understand how organizations and the

Shanelle:  The students who come to Lang, and The

organizers therein use particular resistance strategies

New School at large, expect they will have access to

to change how people engage with power.

social justice opportunities because of the history

them organizing. They’re learning about resistance

and activist-in-residence on-site allows students to

strategies both in class and in practice, and I’m

have real-time conversations about how to engage in

learning so much from them about what it means

social movements both on campus and off.

to organize on campus in 2018. All of this led to

Shanelle’s class? Jasveen:  I got an email! I’m an Ethnicity and Race minor, and I got an email from Lang’s Civic Engagement and Social Justice office about the class

really productive conversations in the classroom and building communication and shared strategies across generations. Interviewer:  And what kind of student projects are sparked from these conversations?

with Shanelle—I immediately jumped on it. It’s my

Jasveen:  I’ll admit, I was bursting at the seams to

last semester, and I thought it would be an honor to

talk about communications and its role in social

be in a class with her.

movements because it’s what I believe in most

Interviewer:  And has it been? Jasveen:  Definitely. I got exactly what I expected. A lot of times things in academia can seem so theoretical, and so a little hopeless, but having an activist like Shanelle teach your class, someone who is working from a much more real-world, realexperience framework, is so valuable. And It’s been so helpful that the group in our class has bonded a lot. We went to Harlem to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with Shanelle a couple months ago, and we all got breakfast together. It was a really beautiful bonding experience that informed our work. I think it’s very important to have time and space for community building. Interviewer:  So the classroom is like a community for you?

intensely and the area to which I’ve committed my life, but alas, I’ll save that for a future course (wink, wink). The curriculum I developed for this course delves into resistance strategies starting in the 1960s, which was the start of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, through today’s Movement for Black Lives. We discussed what it meant for Ella Baker, as a black woman organizer, to lead and her role living in the shadow of Dr. Martin Luther King, and how that compares to today’s Black Lives Matter Global Network, which is led by queer Black women. We talked a lot about organizing both then and now—and how important it is to paint a prophetic vision for the future. Built into every lesson are dynamic individuals and organizers that have fought tirelessly to win improvements in the lives of Black people and to put

Jasveen: Definitely.

power in the hands of the people, where it belongs.

Interviewer:  How many students were in your Black

It’s been a fantastic refresh for me, too. When you’re

Resistance: 1960–Present course?

working in the field, time to read and study is rare.

Shanelle:  I had eight students, which I appreciated. I went to a state school, and there the ratio of

The New School

Interviewer:  Jasveen, what prompted you to take

New York City

and publicity of the university. Having a practitioner

I can’t overstate how much this experience was mutually beneficial.

students to faculty was like 50 to one. Having a small class gave us space to talk intimately and at length about barriers to achieving social justice, how we are impacted by the same kind of oppression we read about, and what our dreams are for the future. We spent a lot of time talking about what it means to be a student of color here at The New School, where students of color are the minority, and what it means to be a person of color in the world, too. It was a meaningful conversation to have, given the current political conditions and because it’s never a wrong time to talk about being a person of color in America. Jasveen:  The real world comes into our discussions almost every class. Shanelle:  It does. And that dynamic isn’t transactional for me. I hope that these eight students are in my life for a long time. I want to continue building relationships with them and support them wherever they go from here. In college at LSU, I organized on campus against hanging the access to the African American Cultural Center and women’s center, so it resonates with me when I see


Confederate flag, for ADA accessibility, and for

University Center discussing capitalism, freedom, and Foucault. They bring their unique perspectives and apply them to their study of culture, history, literature, and liberal arts. On campus, they might write for the New School Free Press, audition for Lang Theater Productions, or host a show on WNSR. Academic and social events like panel discussions, performances, and film series from across The New School are readily available to Lang students, but it’s also easy to go off campus to visit museums, feminist bookstores, and avant-garde theaters or picnic and debate philosophy in Union Square Park. At Lang, you’ll find your intellectual community and friendships that last.

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University housing at the New School provides more than just a place to sleep: It’s a vibrant gathering place for a diverse community of students from different schools and disciplines. Design students live across the hall from poets and musicians, and encounters with neighbors can lead to thrilling creative discoveries. Resident advisors and staff will help you make a smooth transition into Greenwich Village, a center of the arts hosting theaters, museums, and galleries that are just a short walk away.

Tina Holmes, Resident Advisor Moving on her own to New York City was scary for Tina Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

Holmes, now a resident advisor (RA) at the Kerrey Hall residence. But in her freshman year, she quickly made a best friend in her residence hall. “If you have a hard time getting acclimated to New York, you have 500 people who are going through the same thing,” Tina says. Across hallways, students from different disciplines mingle and uncover unexpected interests—it was one of Tina’s roommates who inspired her to pursue her dual degree, adding a self-designed Liberal Arts major focusing on psychology at Lang to her Communication Design major at Parsons School of Design. Living in the residence hall “makes it very convenient to get involved.” It means easy access to the academic resources of the university, the rich cultural and artistic playground of Greenwich Village, and the city itself, with its movie theaters and museums, parks and rivers. After working as an office assistant and getting to know the community around her building, Tina decided to become an RA. “Being an RA at The New School is being the best version of yourself, being a good example whenever you can and bringing those tools to whatever you do,” Tina says. She has learned to stay calm in crises, to communicate better, and to “listen to every side of the story,” just as the RA she had in her freshman year did for her.


Hall Council is a student-led organization that gives residents living on campus a voice in shaping their community. As a Hall Council member, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to remain active and engaged. You can attend meetings, plan programs, facilitate community development activities, and advocate for the residential population in the residence halls. Hall Council participation gives you the ability to foster an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment that includes your voice and your input. Hall Council is a student-led organization that gives residents living on campus a voice in shaping their community. As a Hall Council member, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to remain active and engaged. You can attend meetings, plan programs, facilitate community development activities, and advocate for the residential population in the residence halls. Hall Council participation gives you the ability to foster an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment that includes your voice and your input. Hall Council is a student-led organization that gives residents living on campus a voice in shaping their community. As a Hall Council member, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to remain active and engaged. You can attend meetings, plan programs, facilitate community development activities, and advocate for the residential population in the residence halls. Hall Council participation gives you the ability to foster an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment that includes your voice and your input. Hall Council is a student-led organization that gives residents living on campus a voice in shaping their community. As a Hall Council member, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to remain active and engaged. You can attend meetings, plan programs, facilitate community development activities, and advocate for the residential population in the residence halls. Hall Council participation gives you the ability to foster an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment that includes your voice and your input. Hall Council is a student-led organization that gives residents living on campus a voice in shaping their community. As a Hall Council member, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to remain active and engaged. You can attend meetings, plan programs, facilitate community development activities, and advocate for the residential population in the residence halls. Hall Council participation gives you the ability to foster an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment that includes your voice and your input. Hall Council is a student-led organization that gives residents living on campus a voice in shaping their community. As a Hall Council member, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to remain active and engaged. You can attend meetings, plan programs, facilitate community development activities, and advocate for the residential population in the residence halls. Hall Council participation gives you the ability to foster an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment that includes your voice and your input. Hall Council is a student-led organization that gives residents living on campus a voice in shaping their community. As a Hall Council member, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to remain active and engaged. You can attend meetings, plan programs, facilitate community development activities, and advocate for the residential population in the residence halls. Hall Council participation gives you the ability to foster an inclusive, engaging, and supportive environment that includes your voice and your input.

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Campus life

Life at Lang starts in the classroom and spreads throughout The New School and out into New York City—and beyond. Every day provides a new opportunity to expand your sense of community and explore your interests. Organizations, activities, facilities, and academic resources include: New School Free Press:  This biweekly student-run

The University Center:  This building, a striking

publication brings The New School’s entire university-

embodiment of The New School’s mission of

wide community the latest news and cultural and

challenging the status quo, provides a focal point

political happenings on campus and across NYC.

for our downtown New York City campus at

Student Groups:  Groups include the Women in Music Collective, Reading for Writers, Queer Collective, Zine Collective, and Students of the African Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

Diaspora (SOAD). Fitness and Recreation:  The university offers free group fitness classes, intramural sports, and outdoor adventures like rock climbing and bike riding throughout the city and beyond.

the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. The forward-thinking design reflects The New School’s commitment to creativity, innovation, sustainability, and social engagement. Highlights include the Tishman Auditorium, a dynamic event space, and the University Center Library, offering bookable group workspaces and quiet study areas, computer workstations and printing, and on-site collections of art, architecture, design, fashion and

Lang Theater Productions:  Each semester, students

technology materials.

are invited to audition for a theatrical production

Dining:  The New School Dining program prides itself

at Lang. Past plays produced by the faculty and students of Lang include Our Town, The Judith of Shimoda, From the Fire, Big Love, Measure for Measure, Nightclub Cantata, Operetta, and The Laramie Project. Lang’s Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice: This office provides a hub for learning communities composed of students, faculty, staff, and community partner organizations around New York City.

on serving chef-driven, diverse, and healthful food in the main dining hall in our University Center and Lang Café, at 65 West 11th Street. Our farm-to-table food offerings promote the health of our students, community, and planet. Public Programs:  Students get a front-row seat to history as it’s being made at more than 1,300 events each year. Past speakers include Jane Goodall, Zadie

New School Debate Team:  The New School Debate

Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Edward Snowden, Laura

Team competes in collegiate policy debate and

Poitras, Patti Smith, Ai Weiwei, and bell hooks.

is a part of both the Cross Examination Debate Association and the National Debate Tournament. Students with any level of debate experience can join the team. The team’s community outreach brings New School students as ambassadors to universities. Millimeter Reading Room:  The Millimeter Reading Room at Lang features communal study spaces, lounge chairs, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that include volumes from the Radical Reading Collection, a selection of books recommended by the Gural Scholars. Parsons Making Center: This newly created center is a spacious studio bringing together creative tools from around the university. The space offers students unprecedented opportunities to acquire industryready skills, transform the way products are made,


and upend conventional notions of supply chains, local production, mass customization, and craft.

University Art Collection:  A curricular resource for all areas of study, the collection conserves, interprets, and presents works of art to the students, faculty, and greater community. New acquisitions support the vision of the university as an environment for innovative thinking and artistic experimentation. Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries:  Part of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, these galleries feature rotating exhibitions that bring together art, design, and the humanities. List Center Library:  This library houses on-site social sciences and humanities library collections and is one of only three sites worldwide to provide full access to Hannah Arendt’s archive.

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“Can we explore what it means to define space, time, relationship, gender in softer, broader terms?” Lang Dance faculty, Rebecca Stenn on her collaborative performance “Elusive Birds” premiering July 12-15th. Read more “Can we explore what it means to define space, time, relationship, n softer, broader terms?” Dance faculty, Rebecca Stenn on her collaborative performance premiering July 12-15th. Read more “Can we explore what it means to define space, time, relationship, n softer, broader terms?” Lang Dance faculty, Rebecca Stenn on her collaborative performance

A Parent’s perspective When Patricia visited Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts for the first time with her daughter Micah, she knew immediately that Micah had found the right place. “I still get a little emotional when I think about seeing her at the University Center, seeing the energy that it called from her,” Patricia says. Micah had been looking for an unconventional educational learning environment, a place that allowed for deep and broad study. “As a parent, I think it is important to allow the student to own their experience and select an environment that is best suited for them to learn and grow,” Patricia says. “Micah did not want a large lecture hall where students could disappear. She wanted the challenge of a place where all of the students wanted to participate.” At Lang, she found small seminar-style classes with students who are “curious, serious, and passionate”; professors who are practitioners in their fields; and mentors who engage and challenge students and encourage them to turn new ideas into action. “The excitement from the other students is contagious,” Patricia says. Micah has found her community, both in and outside of the school. Lang has also challenged Micah to become a different kind of learner. “Micah takes greater risks and speaks up in class more consistently. She’s learning to question and openly evolve in the classroom,” Patricia says. “I see the transformation in my daughter at Lang. I see someone who is well supported and well equipped to pursue her passions.”

“I see the transformation in my daughter at Lang. I see someone who is well supported and well equipped to pursue her passions.�

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accomplished critical thinkers. They understand that achievement is not a destination but an ongoing path that informs a holistic, sustainable, and rewarding career. A liberal arts education at Lang produces graduates who are responsive to global and societal shifts and prepared to make significant contributions to the fields and industries that need them most.

Graduates of The New School are ambitious and

Life after lang: Internships and Careers


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Life after Lang: Internships and careers Lindsey Holder is assistant director of Lang Advising, where she handles a range of services, including helping students in their search for internships and careers post-graduation. She talks with us about how your career trajectory should be as tailor made as your education and why she believes a liberal arts degree from Lang can prepare you to thrive in today’s evolving job market. What’s the value of a liberal arts education in today’s job market? Many believe that a liberal arts education is limiting,

courses and instructors, or simply coming into my office to say hello and grab a piece of candy before or after class. The better I know my students, the better I can

but that couldn’t be further from the truth. As it turns

advise them, which will allow them to make the most

out, based on a National Association of Colleges

of their time at Lang.

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

and Employers (NACE) survey, nearly all eight of the career readiness competencies new hires should exhibit are central to a liberal arts education (Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Digital Technology, Leadership, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Career Management, Global/Intercultural Fluency). Each time I look at any of the Lang course descriptions, I see the ways in which our offerings map onto these competencies, ensuring that our students leave here prepared for the working world. At Lang, students are encouraged to take a wellrounded approach to education. How do you help them be more holistic in their career searches? I ask students to consider what they want their lives to look like after they graduate from Lang—whether they want a varied schedule, whether they want to work for a large company or a small company, for profit or nonprofit. Are they interested in working in the field, or traveling for work? Once I have a broad understanding of what they want to achieve and what they love to learn about, I am better able to recommend specific classes that will help make them more marketable when the time comes to look for jobs and internships.

What are some of the services your office provides? The Lang Advising Office can help students explore career choices and graduate programs, locate resources in other areas of the university, create academic plans, discuss major and minor options, research different study abroad options, review résumés and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and create strategies for solving academic and personal concerns— just to name a few. Ultimately, if a student has a question and isn’t sure where to go, Advising is a perfect first stop. Any favorite success stories about a Lang student and an employer? I’d worked with one student since her very first day as a freshman, and it was always her goal to work in publishing, so we focused our efforts on classes and projects that would help her stand out to potential employers. Each semester, she would see me to review her résumé and cover letter before she applied for internships, and as she was getting ready to graduate, we met more frequently to discuss job opportunities and searches. When I saw her at graduation, she told me she

When do you recommend students reach out

had gotten a job at her top-choice publishing firm

to you?

and that she was starting the following week. It was

I recommend that students reach out as early and

the greatest birthday present I could have hoped for,

as often as possible. The students I have the closest

and she still keeps in touch with updates. In a few

relationships with and understand the best are

years, I know I’ll be reaching out to her about hiring

those who are the most communicative, whether it’s

her own Lang interns and recent grads.

coming in to talk about an academic plan, asking me to review résumés and cover letters for internship applications, emailing me with questions about


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Students at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts graduate as adaptable, socially engaged professionals who work in some of today’s top industries. At Lang, they are groomed to be critical leaders who constantly question the status quo and transform the global market. Emily ’16 (Politics major) is the administrative

Emily ’10 (Arts major, focus on Dance and Poetry)

and communications coordinator at the nonprofit

is the author of Fort Not and served as editor of

Damayan Migrant Worker Services, which

Lang professor Jennifer Firestone’s book Gates &

empowers low-wage workers to fight for labor,

Fields. A dancer-turned-poet, she is a member of

health, gender, and immigrant rights.

the Belladonna* Collaborative.

Suzanne ’13 (double major: The Arts; Culture and

Alex ’11 (Literary Studies major) is a city

Media) is a writer and director whose work includes

correspondent for the New York Times and has

The Open House and The Heat.

written for Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, New York,

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Steven ’09 (Liberal Arts major, focus on Urban Studies) manages City Harvest’s Healthy Neighborhoods South Bronx, which addresses food insecurity and food waste. Rachel ’06 (Liberal Arts major) is a Pulitzer Prize– winning essayist whose work has appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, and other publications. She is the author of The Explainers & the Explorers (Scribner, 2018). Adhish ’10 (Urban Studies major) founded a company dedicated to creating low-cost earthquake-resistant building materials and has

Salon, L’Uomo Vogue, and other publications. In 2018, he won the Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New York Award in the newspaper category for “The Little Theater That Could” in the New York Times Metropolitan section. Aditya ’18 (Economics major) is an account executive at Haywire, Inc, helping to grow the market share of many Fortune 500 companies, smaller clients, and nonprofit organizations. Ryan ’03 (double major: Illustration; Liberal Arts, focus on Writing) is the principal designer of Google Doodles and of the personality of Google Assistant.

been active in helping Nepal rebuild after the 2015

Morten ’11 (Literary Studies major) is a critic and


the author of A Difficult Death: The Life and Work of

Sarah ’10 (double major: Fashion Design; Liberal

Jens Peter Jacobsen (Yale University Press, 2017).

Arts, focus on Culture and Media) founded a

Miles ’13 (Literary Studies major, Writing

school of fashion design in Beirut, offering quality

concentration) is a writer and senior editor at The

education to talented people for free.

Trace. He has also held editorial positions at Eight

Leandra ’11 (Literary Studies major) is a writer and

by Eight magazine, TIME, and Fast Company.

the creator of the fashion and lifestyle website

Charles ’16 (Urban Studies major) is a transportation

Man Repeller.

planner at WSP. He previously worked in the

Nassim ’04 (double major: Liberal Arts; Jazz and Contemporary Music) teaches seventh- and eight-grade history and is activism coordinator at Manhattan Country School. Allan ’11 (Liberal Arts major) helps institutional design and sustainability teams win green building certification. He was part of the team that created the on-site water recycling system at the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Manhattan Borough Commissioner’s Office and the Pedestrian Projects Group at the New York Department of Transportation. Lucina ’11 (Literary Studies major, Literature concentration) works in international rights for the University of Chicago Press and founded Reading in Translation to promote critical analysis of the translator’s task in book reviews. Patrick ’16 (Politics major) is in graduate school at Roskilde University in Denmark pursuing an MSc in


international public administration and politics.

New York City The New School Watch as Cleopatra, BA Liberal Arts ’08 (top), asks herself, “What can I do for my community that has never been done before?” See Nayaab, BA Interdisciplinary Science ’12 (bottom), research the critical intersections between cells and society.



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CESJ runs several programs designed to build and upplement a social justice community at Lang. Ranging rom our intensive, four year Gural Scholars program to a ummer fellowship, our programs offer a variety of ways o get involved. Lang CESJ offers small grants to individual nd groups of students to support student programming, esearch costs, activism, creative projects, or other work hat focuses on social justice or civic engagement.

ast awards have funded needs like: production osts for an exhibition on Salvadoran migration and isplacement; supplies for a theater project with young women in I Have A Dream Foundation’s programs; ravel to a reproductive justice conference; food for a tudent-organized conference on urban community nd environmental health. Students at Lang interested n environmental justice and public health can pursue earning through traditional academic routes by taking oursework or majoring in Interdisciplinary Science S) at Lang, or Environmental Studies (university-wide

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