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Imagine a university where scholars, artists, and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Imagine a community where walls between disciplines are dissolved, so journalists collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians. Imagine an intellectual and creative haven that never has and never will settle for status quo. In 1919, a few great minds imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher learning. The New School was the result. Today, we are the only comprehensive university housing a world-famous design school, a premier liberal arts college, a renowned performing arts college, a legendary social research school, and many more schools and programs designed for students of every age and stage of life. The Schools of Public Engagement offer a distinctive educational experience integrating professional, civic, and interdisciplinary learning. 

Pioneros: Building Cuba’s Socialist Childhood. September 17 to October 1, 2015. Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design/The New School.  An unprecedented exhibition of the material world of childhood in Cuba through the decades of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The exhibition explores the relationship between the political and the material orders, offering a portrait of the effects of global and national politics on the material environment and in everyday life, as well as of the impermeability and resilience of some individual and collective practices to politics. More than 200 objects like toys, furniture, books, clothing, appliances, and children ephemera, designed for or used by Cuban children in the decades of the 1960s through the 1980s, will be exhibited along with old photographs obtained through Facebook and other social media, or directly contributed by their owners. They will attest to both the efforts of the Cuban state to shape a socialist “new” man and the individual tactics to resist them (stressing the role that objects played in these processes). The exhibition, co-curated by sociologist Maria A. Cabrera Arus and art historian Meyken BarretoType your paragraph here.

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Born in Miami to Cuban parents in the 1970s, and trained as a Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, Raúl Rubio is Associate Professor of Languages...

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