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Disrupt Climate Injustice – How to Get Involved Outside The Classroom

February 26 – March 2, 2018: The New School will disrupt regular curriculum across the University in order to learn about climate change and its implications, particularly the unequal and devastating impacts on the most vulnerable and least responsible communities around the globe. This disruption is an opportunity to come together to take concrete action toward fighting climate change and supporting climate justice.

RSVP for the events and activities listed below to participate outside the classroom.

Vulnerability and Resilience

Monday, February 26 at 5:00 pm
The Bark Room, M104
2 West 13th Street

Interdisciplinary Science Planetary Health Talk: Yi-Ching Ong, Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Biological insights from epigenomics can help us better understand how social factors ‘get under the skin’ to affect disease outcomes and pattern health disparities. This systems science approach linking ecological, biological, and social research can support the design of more effective health interventions for persistent health disparities. Addressing vulnerability in population health allows for effective communication of findings from social epidemiology to health practitioners, policymakers, communities.

Sponsored by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. For more information, please contact Katayoun Chamany at

DIY Seed Bomb Workshop

Tuesday, February 27 at 11:00 am
The New School Making Center
2 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

Seed bombing has been a central tactic of guerilla gardeners in New York City in the 1970s. To this day, seed bombing is one strategy for implementing small social changes by filling vacant spaces with wildflowers of food.

Attend this workshop led by the Lower East Side Ecology Center to make your own seed bomb and learn more about the role of green spaces in fighting climate change and promoting social justice.


Webinar: Navigating, Using, and Understanding The New School’s Sustainability Dashboard

Tuesday, February 27 at 2:30pm

Join this webinar guided by Assistant Director for Sustainable Initiatives, Erik Eibert, to learn about New School Buildings’ sustainability efforts. Erik will demonstrate the various features of the sustainability dashboard, and provide insights on the types of data that are available to The New School community.


Wardrobe Crisis: Book Talk with Clare Press and Kim Jenkins

Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 pm
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street, Room B500

Join us at The New School to celebrate the launch of the U.S. Edition of Clare Press’ book, Wardrobe Crisis.

About the Book:

Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer: it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street – or you made them yourself. Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year.

In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermès; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw.

Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.


Science+Art+Design Workshop: Microbial Fuel Cells

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 3:50-5:10 PM
University Center, 618
63 5th A
venue, New York, NY

Explore microbial fuel cells and other alternative forms of energy being developed by scientists and designers. We will learn how to harvest metabolic energy using a microbial fuel cell to power a calculator.

Content and skills learned in this lab include scientific principles of energy, photosynthesis, and electrogenic microbes.

This event is sponsored by The Department of Natural Sciences & MathematicsEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and The Provost Office.


Tar Sands Songbook: Workshop Performance and Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 6:00 PM
University Center, Tishman Auditorium
63 5th Avenue, New York, NY

An illuminating work of documentary theater, Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our relationship with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows this relationship all too well: She was born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir.

Written and directed with Cecilia Rubino, Kalmanovitch’s polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors’ voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and members of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. Actors Jennifer van Dyck and Peter Jay Fernandez, musician Tanya Kalmanovitch, and media designer Stephen Byram bring this work to life.


Environmental Justice Tour of Newark, New Jersey

Friday March 2, 2018 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
University Center
63 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Professor Ana Baptista and the Environmental Justice Coordinator of the Ironbound Community Corporation will lead a tour of Newark, New Jersey.

The tour will cover the environmental and industrial history of Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood. The tour will review the social, political, and environmental history of Newark’s development with particular attention to the racial and ethnic dynamics of the city’s changing demographics and landscape. The tour will take participants through the Seaports of Newark and Elizabeth (3rd largest seaport in the US) and discuss the health, environmental, and economic impacts of global goods movement.


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