Across the first century of its existence, The New School challenged the status quo and assumptions about how things work in politics, society and our communities. In Servant Spaces, Infrastructures and People, Parsons School of Constructed Environments celebrates The New School’s commitment to social justice with a cluster of demitasse talks and a panel conversation that reconsider infrastructures that hide in plain sight, right under our noses – from drinking straws, chopsticks and microfarms, to life-preserving ductwork, notions of shelter and service ecologies.
Please join us as we launch Praxis Tank: dedicated to elevating knowledge borne from freedom struggles; and the practices-pedagogies-experiments that advance collective transformation and movements for liberation. We take “knowledge” to embody many forms at once — art, stories, actions, music, writing. ‘Tank’ refers to a space for holding and storing unseen and undervalued knowledge, for collaborative thinking across time and space, and for creative experimentation.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 Lang Cafe, 64 W 11th St. Program: 6-8pm Reception: 8-8:30pm
Nicole Burrowes on Freedom Schools Lynn Lewis of Picture the Homeless Oral History Project Mildred Beltré and Oasa DuVerney of Brooklyn Hi! Art Machine Betty Yu of Chinatown Art Brigade Shana Agid and Gabrielle Bediner-Viani of Working with People Shani Peters of The Black School
Organized / moderated by Ujju Aggarwal and Laura Y. Liu
September 9, 8:30 to 9:30pm Tishman Auditorium, University Center website
Join Microsoft’s president, one of the tech industry’s broadest
thinkers, for a frank and thoughtful discussion about how to harness the
power of today’s technology while tackling the threats of an
increasingly digitized world.
Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief:
When your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to
help address the world you have helped create. This might seem
uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed
with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself.
While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have
reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology
into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches
are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions
like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must
accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need
to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of
In Tools and Weapons, Brad Smith and his coauthor Carol Ann
Browne bring us a captivating narrative from the cockpit of one of the
world’s largest and most powerful tech companies as it finds itself in
the middle of some of the thorniest emerging issues of our time. These
are challenges that come with no preexisting playbook, including
privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral conundrums of
artificial intelligence, big tech’s relationship to inequality, and the
challenges for democracy, far and near. While in no way a
self-glorifying “Microsoft memoir,” the book pulls back the curtain
remarkably wide onto some of the company’s most crucial recent decision
points as it strives to protect the hopes technology offers against the
very real threats it also presents. There are huge ramifications for
communities and countries, and Brad Smith provides a thoughtful and
urgent contribution to that effort.
Join Brad Smith as he sits down in conversation with Trevor Noah, bestselling author, world-famous standup comedian, and host of the Daily Show, to discuss Tools and Weapons and how the world should navigate the vast potential and existential risks of our digital world.
A limited number of free tickets for this event is available to New School students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Click here to reserve a ticket. Please present your NewCard at the event to verify your registration.
This event is co-sponsored by Strand Books and the School of Media Studies at The New School. Opening remarks by Peter Asaro, Director of The New School’s Graduate Program in Media Studies.