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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)

llege: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

partment: Journalism & Design (LLSJ)

mpus: New York City (GV)

urse Format: Seminar (R)

x Enrollment: 18

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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

you Are here.

New York City

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School is an academic space like no other. Designed for courageous

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Now is the time to use intellect and action to make a critical impact on the world.

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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renowned, socially engaged university and a hub for new,


groundbreaking ideas and the people that generate them.


direct inheritors of The New School’s tradition of working

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traditional boundaries, our students go out and create real

at Lang

change even before graduation.



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Arts benefit from being part of The New School, the only

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university where a world-famous design school, Parsons

For a century now, The New School has been a

Students at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts are for change. Inspired by academic freedom that transcends

Every day, scholars at Eugene Lang College of Liberal

School of Design, comes together with forward-looking 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 collaborate in new and unexpected ways. Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts


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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Anchored in intensive reading and writing, learning

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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 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 you need 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 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, helping to create a more holistic and forward-thinking Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

undergraduate path. A Well-Chosen 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, and students can choose from a list of universitywide minors. Minors enable you to explore a range of topics and enrich your studies for your major.


contemporary DANCE

Apply multifaceted interdisciplinary

Combine practice and performance

approaches to the study of anthropology

opportunities in New York City with a

with in-depth explorations of key

rigorous liberal arts education. Learn from

contemporary issues. Gain fresh insight

some of the nation’s top choreographers,

from courses that reflect the diverse

dancers, and scholars and view dance in its

interests of an international faculty.

social, cultural, and historical contexts while

Major (BA), Minor

developing a sense of social responsibility.

New York City


Major (BA), Minor

Study visual and performing arts in a liberal


arts context. Connect academic inquiry and

Examine the cultural and social significance

research to creative practice and use the

of music in today’s world and explore the

arts as a powerful tool for self-discovery

diversity of contemporary music; music

and advocacy. Students choose one of two

history, theory, and criticism; and the

concentrations: Visual Studies and Arts

evolving technologies used in composing,

in Context.

performing, and listening.

Major (BA)

Major (BA), Minor


Culture and media

Investigate capitalism in its historical

Analyze media—print, film, radio, television,

context and from the perspectives of

and the Internet—from the standpoints

economics, policy, ethics, culture, media,

of history, politics, technology, sociology,

and the visual arts. Students apply

textual analysis, and ethnography. Learn

interdisciplinary and analytical approaches

to use media as a tool for social change

to evolving socioeconomic phenomena,

and gain the research and production skills

from postcolonial Africa to the politics of

necessary to put your ideas into action.

food systems, and examine how capitalism

Major (BA), Minor

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



Evaluate the history of economic ideas,

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contemporary markets and institutions, and code as a liberal art

global economic development along with the

Develop skills in code and computational

influence of class, gender, race, and ethnicity

thinking as part of your liberal arts

on economic outcomes. The curriculum

education, and use them as tools for

emphasizes quantitative methods.

critical and creative inquiry and for better

Major (BA), Minor

understanding how computational systems affect different aspects of society.

Environmental studies

Students in this minor explore algorithmic

Confront the critical environmental issues

thinking and consider questions of access,

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

equity, and social justice in relation to

Bringing together the natural sciences, the

technological systems.

social sciences, and design, this curriculum


prepares students for policy planning and service careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.


Major (BA, BS), Minor



Journalism + Design

Question the culturally constructed idea

Merge the rigorous critical thinking fostered

of sex difference and the way gender

by Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

and sexuality are renegotiated over time.

with the creative design thinking nurtured

Research the history of feminist thought

at Parsons School of Design. Acquire the

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

skills needed to address the complex media

bisexual, and transgender studies; and

ecosystem of the 21st century and develop

queer theory.

the creative capacity and confidence to


thrive in any field that values imagination, agility, and know-how.

Global Studies

Major (BA), Minor

Delve into the challenges of globalization, with a view to developing equitable

Liberal Arts

outcomes through research, foreign

Work closely with a faculty advisor to design

language study, internships, and fieldwork.

your own course of study. Select courses

Major (BA), Minor

from the broad range of subjects offered at The New School and bring together themes


and methods that interest you.

Understand contemporary events by

Major (BA, BS)

researching the past. Benefit from the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

partnership between Lang and The

Literary Studies

New School for Social Research, whose

View the written word from both critical

graduate faculty are renowned for their

and creative perspectives as you develop

multidisciplinary approach to social theory.

skills beyond effective writing, such as

Develop critical thinking, research, and

collaboration, research, and analysis. All

writing skills and engage with New York

students take two Introduction to Literature

City’s scholarly institutions and museums.

courses, which provide a common language

Major (BA), Minor

and academic experience, then move on to a concentration in either Literature or Writing.

Interdisciplinary Science

Major (BA)

Investigate the dynamic interplay between health and environmental change by


integrating laboratory work, scientific

Study literary texts over time and across

thinking, and quantitative reasoning with

linguistic and geographical borders to

critical perspectives from the social sciences,

develop finely honed skills as a critical

humanities, and arts. Using a planetary

reader, writer, and analytical thinker.

health framework, students address

Students are guided by faculty members

climate change, the development and

who bring scholarly and aesthetic expertise

use of emerging biotechnologies, and the

to the subjects of both English writing and

acquisition, management, and interpretation

world literature in translation. Literature can

of large sets of data—real-world challenges

be taken as a concentration (BA, Literary

that benefit from scientific innovation that is

Studies) or as a minor.

sustainable and socially just.


Major (BA), Minor




Debate and interrogate the great

Study Jewish art, history, and literature and

intellectual traditions while exploring the

consider Jews and Judaism as rich case

history of ideas, particularly those that

studies for questioning the meaning and

have played a central role in shaping the

origin of concepts like nation, state, religion,

modern world.

ethnicity, exile, and diaspora.

Major (BA), Minor


Delve into the complexities of human

in society—on many scales, from the

behavior and explore the forces of social

micropolitics of the family to geopolitics,

change. This distinctive curriculum

and use New York City as a laboratory

introduces students to key texts, concepts,

to explore issues like immigration and

and research methods as well as design

economic inequality.

strategies for responding to social problems.

Major (BA), Minor

Major (BA), Minor



Analyze the scope and evolution

Explore acting, directing, and playwriting,

of psychological inquiry. Study the

from the classics to contemporary

application of the scientific method to

work. This interdisciplinary program

psychological research and learn how

both grounds students in practice and

to evaluate the literature of psychology

examines experimental innovations in

with a critical eye.

theater in the context of liberal arts.

Major (BA), Minor

Major (BA), Minor

RACE and ethnicity

Urban Studies

Address the role of race and ethnicity in

Examine the complex cultural,

academic, artistic, and political discourse

governmental, physical, and social

in the United States and around the

ecosystems of the modern city. Students

world while developing the skills and

can focus their studies on geography,

knowledge needed to bring about

history, culture, public policy, or planning

social change. This curriculum draws on

and development.

humanities and social science courses

Major (BA), Minor

offered across the university that explore how the categories of ethnicity and


race are constructed, maintained, and

Establish a foundation in visual


culture, ranging from classic works


of art in museums to contemporary

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Consider politics—the exercise of power

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and experimental artworks. Through RELIGIOUS STUDIES

visual art, students gain deeper insight

Study the intersections and intimate

into social issues such as race, class,

connections between systems of belief

gender, and sexuality; nationality and

and practices, ethical codes, rituals,

citizenship; and science, technology,

narratives, philosophies, and social and

and global economic and environmental

political structures across many cultures

issues. Visual Studies can be taken as a

and centuries.

concentration (BA, The Arts) or as a minor.



Screen Studies


Immerse yourself in the rich history

Choose a genre (fiction, nonfiction, or

of motion pictures and trace their

poetry) and progress through writing

transformation into today’s rapidly

workshops to develop a unique authorial

changing screen industries and cultures.

voice. Courses emphasize literary

Students can choose from courses

analysis, essential communication skills,

in subjects including screenwriting,

and a profound understanding of craft.

directing, editing, and cinematography.

Writing can be taken as a concentration

Major (BA)

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

Parsons School of Design Art and Design History

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Schools of Public Engagement

Comics and Graphic Narrative


Chinese Studies

Communication Design

Capitalism Studies

Film Production

Creative Coding

Code as a Liberal Art

Food Studies

Creative Entrepreneurship

Contemporary Dance

French Studies

Data Visualization

Contemporary Music

Hispanic Studies

Design Studies

Culture and Media

Japanese Studies

Fashion Communication


Literary Translation

Fashion Studies

Environmental Studies

Management and Leadership

Fine Arts

Gender Studies

Migration Studies

Immersive Storytelling

Global Studies

Moving Image Arts



Museum and Curatorial Studies


Interdisciplinary Science


Social Practice

Jewish Culture

Sustainable Cities

Journalism + Design

Temporary Environments


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your relevance in a world market that is quickly evolving.


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

Politics Psychology Race and Ethnicity Religious Studies Sociology Theater Urban Studies Visual Studies Writing

Performative Practice


Dramatic Arts



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

Percentage of Lang students

dual degree (called BAFA), a course of study providing

who take courses at Parsons

an immersion in both the liberal arts and either jazz or art and design. Students interested in BAFA apply to the five-year program (168–180 credits, depending on the chosen majors), which awards 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. To pursue the BAFA dual degree, you must be admitted to both colleges. Advisement ensures that you meet the requirements of both degrees. newschool.edu/lang/babfa 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 degree from The New School for Social Research or the

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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. newschool.edu/bachelors-masters Current Bachelor’s-Master’s Program Pairings Anthropology BA Anthropology MA Liberal Studies MA The Arts BA Liberal Studies MA Culture and Media BA Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA Liberal Studies MA Media Studies MA Economics BA Economics MA Environmental Studies BA or BS Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management MS Global Studies BA

History BA Historical Studies MA Journalism + Design BA Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA Liberal Arts BA Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA Fashion Studies MA Liberal Arts BA or BS Anthropology MA Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management MS Historical Studies MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies MA International Affairs MA


Anthropology MA

Liberal Studies MA

Historical Studies MA

Media Studies MA

International Affairs MA

Philosophy MA

Media Studies MA

Politics MA

Politics MA

Psychology MA Public and Urban Policy MS Sociology MA

Literary Studies BA Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism MA Liberal Studies MA Philosophy BA Liberal Studies MA Philosophy MA Politics BA Politics MA 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 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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The First-Year Writing Program debate and dynamism at the heart of seminar learning. 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

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Lang’s First-Year Writing Program introduces you to 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.

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 did 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

In the ideal seminar course, everyone contributes. Everyone gets a

schools, where lectures can have 100 or 200 kids in a classroom.

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.

Lily Yonglin chen Lily Yonglin Chen is a Bachelor’s-Master’s student with a full course load. She completed her undergraduate studies at Lang with a BA in Psychology and will soon receive an MA in Psychology from The New School for Social Research— all in three and a half years. What stood 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 was one of Lang allows you the opportunity to work on amazing projects and

my favorite classes. 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 The first-year seminar gives students time to develop independence

financial literacy and safety in the city. 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.

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a project based introduction to computing ter language. The course assumes no prior uting and is meant to introduce students from ines to important tools and techniques in . Each week will be a self contained project y of computing tasks solved using Python. These webscraping and webcrawling, data analysis and al Language Processing, machine learning, video application design. Students will leave this grounding in computing fundamentals, prepared rk. College Lib Arts (LC)

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Lang: Where the classroom meets the world 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, grants, and student conferences that support our students’ engagement with the world by combining research, theory,

» 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 » Civic Liberal Arts Fellowships » Tishman Environmental Merit Scholarships » Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity

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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. For my senior thesis

in poetry, I wrote about the connections between climate change and

In many traditional science labs that I visited during my time in

the Mapuche.

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 was trying to bring

science out of the vacuum by putting it into poetry while also keeping a lot of those scientific roots.

What was 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

For example, the chemistry courses are completely contextualized in

really amazing way.

“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. Sometimes you

have to bring that social justice perspective to science yourself, and what’s

great about studying science here is that students are always encouraged

to bring in their own passions and perspectives.

Marina Delgado Marina Delgado graduated with a major in Interdisciplinary Science and a minor in Literary Studies, focusing on poetry. 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? 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 But I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it without extra funding, because I am

study a tree that’s endangered because of climate change. 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.

general—all of Africa, really—but there isn’t much scholarship on it.

scholarship. There’s so much happening in Ghana and West Africa in

Digital Reproduction in Ghana. It’s basically looking at ethnomusicological

in Ghana, and I think I’m going to title it The Work of Art in the Age of

is an intersection of both of my majors in a lot of ways. The project is

The project I got funded through the Lang Opportunity Award program

How does Lang help you balance your interdisciplinary interests?

they end up informing each other.

never practice as much as a jazz student who isn’t doing anthropology. But

the BA/BFA, it’s difficult, because in some ways I have to compromise. I can

want to do it well, you really have to focus and get nerdy about it. And with

alone six.” I could. Not a problem for me. I think that whatever you do, if you

A lot of people tell me, “I could never do school for five years in a row, let

taking graduate-level classes during the senior year of your undergrad.

Another great part is Lang’s Bachelor’s-Master’s program, where you begin

Performing Arts, it has a stellar faculty for anthropology and liberal arts.

School. The New School not only has a great jazz school at the College of

The interdisciplinary aspect is pretty much what drew me to The New

What first brought you to Lang?

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.

Julian Apter

So I’ll be in Ghana this summer for a month, recording musicians and

ceases to amaze me.

Lang and The New School allow for that interdisciplinary work never

harmony and melody. It’s background music, which can be lost. The way

was really drawing upon very hip innovations of the day in terms of

actually miss out on if you don’t pay attention to the music—the composer

1960 film Breathless. I argued that there’s all this feeling that you’ll

to Film class at Lang and did a music analysis of the score of Godard’s

thinker and be informed by multiple frameworks of thought. I took an Intro

And I think in this modern society, it’s superimportant to be a critical

classes. It’s different at Lang—the seminar style works really well for me.

so-called star schools, you’ll still wind up taking all these giant lecture

Lang is a lot closer than most institutions. Even if you go to one of those

seminar-style classes. In thinking about what an education should do,

of education really makes a difference, in terms of critical thinking and

We are in an interesting time. I think that generally the New School style

Lang’s education style?

That’s fantastic. Is there anything else that stands out to you about

grant, will help me get there.

by entering global markets. The Lang Opportunity Award, which is like a

online to diversify their revenue streams and enable them to gain agency

mission is to bring these amazing musicians that are not on the Internet

publicizing them. I’ll be working with a label called Akwaaba, whose

harnessed it for our acting scenes.

prison life and, using that information and knowledge,

about prison conditions. We talked to guest speakers about

individuals. The course was part acting class, part discussion

arts, theater, and writing programs for formerly incarcerated

organization based in Long Island City, Queens. They offer

done in partnership with The Fortune Society, an amazing

courses, called Scene Study: Prison Plays. The class was

I was a student fellow in one of Lang’s Civic Liberal Arts

What kind of organizations were you involved with?

and network like that. That was really helpful.

people who were involved in organizations outside of school

current events happening around the city. I was able to meet

a lot of New York City into them, both historical aspects and

definitely part of that experience. My classes also incorporated

home in on my interests. My year living on campus was

college—I didn’t. Lang helped me explore different areas and

to study. I don’t think anyone really has a plan going into

My first few years as a student, I didn’t know what I wanted

How did you decide on your focus of study?

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

Sabrina Wu

It’s really great that Lang is partnering with these

is really powerful.

whom you have similar interests. The community at Lang

relationships with faculty members and communities with

the faculty are supportive of this—you develop great

Lang gave me the space to really express myself. Even

What is the Lang community like?

many of these opportunities being offered anywhere else.

change the school-to-prison pipeline? I don’t hear about

in class but outside of class, of questions like, How can we

using resources in a way that promotes discussion, not only

programs and also giving exposure to organizations and


Internships and Study abroad

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Number Number of of countries countriesin in which which Lang Lang students students studied studied this this year 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:

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

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

» Costa Rica, where they combined classroom learning with practical experience through research on and analysis of Central American social and economic issues

» Paris, where they considered the life, work, and

legacy of novelist, essayist, playwright, and poet James Baldwin

» Tokyo, where they immersed themselves in liberal arts, Japanese language study, and culture at the research-focused Sophia University


New York City

Recent Lang student 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 marketing campaigns for tours and releases

» Paley Center for Media—researched and responded to inquiries from filmmakers, TV networks, producers, and directors

» Scholastic—researched content for a children’s news 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

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» New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist

» 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

Speaking of classes, how did 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

I was lucky enough to do it twice, actually. The first year, I interned

paper. It is a really amazing program.

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

Before Lang, the idea of living in New York City and finding a career

systems and the environment and social systems.

felt completely inaccessible. But Lang offered me so many opportunities

and resources. Every opportunity I participated in, from internships to

international travel to doing funded research, all came from the school. The

opportunities are everywhere at Lang—you just have to try them and see what happens.

Irie Ewers Irie Ewers graduated with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics. A two-time recipient of Lang’s Social Science Fellowship, she traveled to Argentina, completed 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 Lang’s study abroad program offered experiential, in-the-field education.

was made. I was also drawn to the Environmental Studies program from the beginning, because I really liked the foundations of science that Lang offered. What was it like pursuing environmental studies in a big city like New York? Obviously, being in New York City seemed 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 Plus, in terms of applicable, real-life skills, New York City really pushes

part of the environment. 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.

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 What’s so special about Lang is that your relationship with

worked together for the next few months to put together the show. 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 did your experiences at Lang change 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 allows room for that kind of The people at Lang and in my community gave me a lot of love

messiness. 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?”

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 through 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 did you discover 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

Later I studied abroad in Berlin and fell in love with the theater there.

our role in so many countries, but it was a valuable experience I will never forget.

I saw a show every day, all thanks to Lang grants and scholarships. Lang was so supportive.

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 The New School for Social Research. Lang students


Lang’s cultural relevance, commitment to academic

also benefit from close relationships with faculty; this interaction enriches students’ scholarship and understanding of the world.







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. 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 that

immigrants—read anything she could get her hands

way. But actually, higher education can be quite

on that had a progressive take on art or politics.

stodgy and traditional. An ivory tower can be a very

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

conservative place, and not actually open to the ideas

but books by Hannah Arendt and others associated

of people who haven’t traditionally been admitted.

with The New School were everywhere in our house.

What kind of student thrives at Lang?

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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.

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 Outside of being Lang’s dean, you’re also a faculty

Lang’s commitment to civic liberal arts?

member. What are you teaching this term?

Lots! The most popular program in recent years

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

has been the bell hooks residency at Lang. Bell and

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

I have been colleagues for years, first getting to

the classroom. My background is in American and

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

African American literature, so I’ve taught those

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

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

people waited more than an hour in a line that went

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

down Fifth Avenue in order to hear her talk with

class, we begin with Walt Whitman and Herman

Melissa Harris-Perry. Each residency, she has had

Melville, then on to Harriet Jacobs, who wrote a

conversations with a wide range of people—Laverne

slave narrative and hid in her grandmother’s attic for

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

seven years to avoid a predatory white slave owner.

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

We’ll eventually end up with Langston Hughes and

popular and important. She never stops thinking

Marianne Moore.

critically and always finds pleasure and humor in her dialogues with others. What new areas are students at Lang exploring these days? We began the Journalism + Design program a few years ago. It prepares students to be journalists of all kinds and to help shape a sector that is of critical importance to democracy and in radical disruption right now. And while reading and writing have long been core to a liberal arts education, technology is a third strand we’ve begun to weave into our offerings. In spring 2020, we launched a new minor, Code as a Liberal Art, that integrates critical thinking and coding to deepen understanding of technology’s

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Is there any specific programming that supports

What was behind your decision to play so many roles on campus? I get to know the college through student eyes that 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 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.

conversations to national elections. As far as we can tell, there are very few schools exploring this topic from an interdisciplinary perspective.


impact on almost everything in our lives, from private


Featured Faculty:

Natalia MehlmanPetrzela Associate 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 American press. Verso publishes a lot of New School authors—it’s respected and world renowned. Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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.


David Bering-Porter

New York City

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 think about how race functions as a technology within our 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 oppression, privilege, etc. We’re really trying to push through some complicated theoretical ideas in class. 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

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function—it works like a cultural mechanism of identity,

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

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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

Each student does an independent research project,

what you’re teaching this semester?

and then we collect those research projects into a

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. It allows us

journal called UnderPol. Not only do the students create the scholarly content, but they do the artistic direction and layout design.


to work with an outside organization, a nonprofit

Interviewer:  Austin, what type of project are you

called Generation Citizen. The organization trains our

doing for your capstone?

students to guide high school students through a civic

Austin:  I have a particular interest in constitutional

action, from research through the implementation of

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

some change, whether that’s gathering information

wanted to bring together everything I’ve learned

that wasn’t previously known, contacting a public

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

official, or seeking new legislation.

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

Interviewer:  So you’re sort of creating an

and Sixth Amendments; and the history behind

ecosystem of civic engagement.

those rights and those who have them.

Deva:  Yes, one that consists of political and civic

Interviewer:  Students at Lang often take theory

awareness and participation. And it’s going great. I

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

also teach the Senior Capstone, which Austin is in.

Have you had any similar experiences outside of Lang?

law is, but how does that affect practice?” And over

court judge here in Manhattan, so every day I was

the course of the drafts we do to develop the theses,

seeing the constitutional amendments I’d been

you see students and their perspectives blossom on

learning about in the classroom, their histories, their

the page. But with every student I start by saying, “You

I saw human rights come into play, making the

have a topic that you really care about. How do

process more fair and equal for all involved, like

we make this a research paper—a truly intellectual

Mapp v. Ohio. All these concepts are being played


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

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

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

the same kind of experience with Deva’s direction.

me learn that one of the greatest things about the

Friends of mine in the Becoming Generation Citizen

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

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

own wrongs.

sharp group.

Interviewer:  And how has Deva influenced your

Interviewer:  Specifically, what do they say?

research for your senior capstone?

Austin:  That it’s an experience.

Austin:  Oh, she’s been monumental in broadening

Deva:  That’s the word on the street?

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

Austin: Yep.

attracted to case law and legal jargon and I often

Deva:  Haha.

are the cultural implications of Mapp v. Ohio in 1961, and how did that transform courtrooms all across the country?” Deva’s really done a great job at opening 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

Austin:  But that “experience” is the reason I came to this school—being able to have my finger on the pulse of our culture, of our generation. It’s really embodied at The New School, and specifically at Lang, in terms of what our generation stands for. Deva:  And what do you think your generation 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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get kind of lost in it. Deva’s helped me ask, “What


political implications, all at work in the courtroom.

New York City

Austin:  Yes. Last year I got a job with a criminal


Featured Faculty:

Allison Lichter Joseph Assistant Professor of Journalism + 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. After working at WNYC radio for nine years, I joined the Wall Street Journal as an online features editor Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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

New York City

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 social) in an effort to simultaneously promote scientific 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 and planetary health by facing the very real challenge of whether nuclear energy should be subsidized by taxes and 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

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recent senior seminar, students focused on energy resources

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

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-inresidence at The New School, where she taught Black Resistance: 1960– Present. Her former student Jasveen Sarna majored in Literary Studies, with a minor in Race and Ethnicity, at Lang. We spoke to the two 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

It’s critical to couple local community

bit about your role as The New School’s

engagement with the ideas and theories that the


faculty and students have about the future of social

Shanelle:  During my time as The New School’s

movements in New York and in this country.

activist-in-residence, I worked alongside students,

Interviewer:  Why are students at Lang a good fit

faculty, and staff to ideate on how to marry

for this coursework?

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

Shanelle:  The students who come to Lang, and The New School at large, expect they will have access to social justice opportunities because of the history and publicity of the university.

taught Black Resistance: 1960–Present, where we

Interviewer:  Jasveen, what prompted you to take

studied the resistance strategies of civil and human

Shanelle’s class?

rights organizations centered on Black liberation.

Jasveen:  I got an email! I’m an Ethnicity and


Our goal was to understand how organizations and the organizers therein use particular resistance strategies to change how people engage with power.

Race minor, and I got an email from Lang’s Civic Engagement and Social Justice office about the class with Shanelle—I immediately jumped on it. It

movements, because it’s what I believe in most

honor to be in a class with her.

intensely and the area to which I’ve committed

Interviewer:  And was it? 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 was so helpful that the group in our class bonded a lot. We went to Harlem to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with Shanelle, 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 was like a community for you?

my life, but alas, I’ll save that for a future course (wink, wink). The curriculum I developed for this course delved 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 were dynamic individuals and organizers that fought tirelessly to win improvements in the lives of Black people and to put power in the hands of the people, where it

Jasveen: Definitely.

belongs. It was a fantastic refresh for me, too. When

Interviewer:  How many students were in your

you’re working in the field, time to read and study is

Black Resistance: 1960–Present course?

rare. I can’t overstate how much this experience was

Shanelle:  I had eight students, which I appreciated.

New York City

was my last semester, and I thought it would be an

mutually beneficial.

I went to a state school, and there the ratio of students to faculty was like 50 to one. Having a small class gave us space to talk intimately and at 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

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length about barriers to achieving social justice, how

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 came into our discussions almost every class. Shanelle:  It did. And that dynamic wasn’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. In college at LSU, I organized on campus against hanging the Confederate flag, for ADA accessibility, and for access to the African American Cultural Center and women’s center, so it resonated with me when I saw them organizing. They learned about resistance strategies both in class and in practice, and I learned so much from them about what it meant to organize on campus in 2018. All of this led to really productive conversations in the classroom and building communication and shared strategies across generations. Interviewer:  And what kind of student projects were Shanelle:  I’ll admit, I was bursting at the seams to talk about communications and its role in social


sparked from these conversations?

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 just a short walk away.

Tina Holmes, Resident Advisor Moving on her own to New York City was scary for Tina Holmes, a resident advisor (RA) at the Kerrey Hall residence. Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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 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 extends 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 Printmaking Club, Cross-Country, Hip Hop Collective, and Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative. Fitness and Recreation:  The university offers free Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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

Lang Theater Productions:  Each semester, students

collections of art, architecture, design, fashion, and

are invited to audition for a theatrical production

technology materials.

at Lang. Past plays produced by the faculty and

Dining:  The New School Dining program prides

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.

itself on serving chef-driven, diverse, and healthful food in the main dining hall in our University Center and O Café, at 65 West 11th Street. Our farm-totable food offerings promote the health of our

Lang’s Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice:

students, community, and planet.

CESJ runs several programs for students, faculty, and


staff designed to build and sustain a social justice community at Lang.

Public Programs:  Students get a front-row seat to history as it’s being made at more than 1,300

New School Debate Team:  The New School Debate

events each year. Past speakers include Jane

Team competes in collegiate policy debate and

Goodall, Zadie Smith, Anna Sui, Edward Snowden,

is a part of both the Cross Examination Debate

Andrew McCabe, Patti Smith, Ai Weiwei, and

Association and the National Debate Tournament.

bell hooks.

Students with any level of debate experience can join the team. The team’s community outreach brings New School students as ambassadors to universities.

University Art Collection:  A curricular resource for all areas of study, the collection conserves, interprets, and presents works of art to the

Millimeter Reading Room:  The Millimeter Reading

students, faculty, and greater community. New

Room at Lang features communal study spaces,

acquisitions support the vision of the university as

lounge chairs, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that

an environment for innovative thinking and artistic

include volumes from the Radical Reading Collection, a


selection of books recommended by the Gural Scholars.

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and

Parsons Making Center: This center is a spacious

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries:  Part of the

studio bringing together creative tools from

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, these galleries

around the university. The space offers students

feature rotating exhibitions that bring together art,

unprecedented opportunities to acquire industry-

design, and the humanities.

ready skills, transform the way products are made,


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

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.

“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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an opportunity to form bonds, ease the

We welcome students from around the

transition from home to college, learn to

world. Whether you are an international

appreciate differences, and make new

student or scholar or an exchange visitor,

friends for life. Our four residences in

you are joining a diverse and thriving

Greenwich Village offer students a

academic and artistic community in one

nurturing, supportive environment as well

of the world’s great cities.

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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.

Life after lang: Internships and Careers


Graduates of The New School are ambitious and


alumni pathways


Life after Lang: Internships and careers Lindsey Holder is the director of Retention Initiatives for Student Success, a role in which 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 carefully tailored 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

asking me to review résumés and cover letters for

today’s job market?

internship applications, emailing me with questions

Many believe that a liberal arts education is limiting, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. As it turns out, based on a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, nearly all eight of the career readiness competencies new Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

hires should exhibit are central to a liberal arts

about 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 advise them, which will allow them to make the most of their time at Lang.

education (Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/

What are some of the services your office

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.

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

At Lang, students are encouraged to take a well-

personal concerns—just to name a few. Ultimately,

rounded approach to education. How do you help

if a student has a question and isn’t sure where to

them be more holistic in their career searches?

go, Advising is a perfect first stop.

I ask students to consider what they want their lives

Any favorite success stories about a Lang student

to look like after they graduate from Lang—whether

and an employer?

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. When do you recommend students reach out to you? I recommend that students reach out as early and as often as possible. The students I have the closest relationships with and understand the best are those who are the most communicative, whether it’s coming in to talk about an academic plan,

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 had gotten a job at her top-choice publishing firm and that she was starting the following week. It was the greatest birthday present I could have hoped for, and she still keeps in touch with updates. In a few years, I know I’ll be reaching out to her about hiring her own Lang interns and recent grads.



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alumni pathways

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

Brandon ’06 (Liberal Arts) is the senior

and communications coordinator at the nonprofit

education policy advisor in the Office of the Mayor

Damayan Migrant Worker Services, which

of New York City.

empowers low-wage workers to fight for labor, health, gender, and immigrant rights.

Alex ’11 (Literary Studies major) is a city correspondent for the New York Times and has

Suzanne ’13 (double major: The Arts; Culture

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

and Media) is a writer and director whose work

Salon, L’Uomo Vogue, and other publications. In

includes The Open House and The Heat.

2018, he won the Rev. Mychal Judge Heart of New

Steven ’09 (Liberal Arts major, focus on Urban Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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

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.

publications. She is the author of The Explainers &

Ryan ’03 (double major: Illustration; Liberal Arts,

the Explorers (Scribner, 2018).

focus on Writing) is the principal designer of Google

Adhish ’10 (Urban Studies major) founded

Doodles and of the personality of Google Assistant.

a company dedicated to creating low-cost

Zosha ’18 (double major: Interdisciplinary Science;

earthquake-resistant building materials and has

Jazz and Contemporary Music) received a Fulbright

been active in helping Nepal rebuild after the 2015

Fellowship to study folk musical instruments and


storytelling in Norway.

Sarah ’10 (double major: Fashion Design; Liberal

Miles ’13 (Literary Studies major, Writing

Arts, focus on Culture and Media) founded a

concentration) is a writer and senior editor at The

school of fashion design in Beirut, offering quality

Trace. He has also held editorial positions at Eight

education to talented people for free.

by Eight magazine, TIME, and Fast Company.

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

Charles ’16 (Urban Studies major) is a

the creator of the fashion and lifestyle website

transportation planner at WSP. He previously

Man Repeller.

worked in the Manhattan Borough Commissioner’s

Sarah ’16 (double major: Global Studies; Photography) is a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate

Office and the Pedestrian Projects Group at the New York Department of Transportation.

Foreign Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Department

Lucina ’11 (Literary Studies major, Literature

of State.

concentration) works in international rights for the

Allan ’11 (Liberal Arts major) helps institutional design and sustainability teams win green building certification. He was part of the team that

University of Chicago Press and founded Reading in Translation to promote critical analysis of the translator’s task in book reviews.

created the on-site water recycling system at the

Zenat ’15 (Economics major) founded and runs

Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Playground Coffee Shop, a community space and café that bridges cultural and economic gaps


between people living in Brooklyn.

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 and society. newschool.edu/outcomes/ success-stories


critical intersections between cells

he Lang Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice osters a culture of social justice that is recognized and einforced on the individual and collective level among aculty, students and staff and reflected on our campus nd communities. We design, facilitate and support ustice-centered learning communities and produce urricula, projects, events, and dialogues.

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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Our University at a Glance

A Few Facts that Set Us Apart

Offers more than 120 degree and diploma programs, more than 55 undergraduate minors, and 11 graduate minors.

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Students come from all 50 states and 115 countries.

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9:1 student-to-faculty ratio.1 Provides financial aid and scholarships to 82% of students.2

Among national universities, The New School has the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.3

Parsons School of Design is the top art and design school in the United States.4

#1 most international university We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university with more than 10,000 students.5

#1 for sustainable building The American Institute of Architects named the New School University Center one of the greenest buildings in the United States—and it’s the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold–certified urban university building.

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