By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School - Peter M. Rutkoff, The New School at 90: What Would Dewey Do?

Lecture Mon 19 Oct 2009 6.00PM-8.00PM The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
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The New School hosts Peter M. Rutkoff, Professor of American Studies at Kenyon College, to deliver a lecture commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the founding of The New School. Professor Rutkoff wrote New School: A History of The New School for Social Research, the seminal history of The New School and the only publication to deal with the university's storied history in depth. The co-author of the only published monograph on the history of The New School, Rutkoff considers the heritage of the university on its 90th anniversary. In light of current debates on the challenges posed by urban schooling, pedagogy, and philosophy he will reexamine the influence of The New School in progressive education. Can the teachings of John Dewey (on the 150th anniversary year of his birthday) continue to serve as a guide to the direction of progressive education? He will draw on examples of school and university alliances and the on-going importance of experiential pedagogy in contemporary education. He will, to cite Zorah Neale Hurston, urge American schools to leave the classroom.

Sponsored by The New School and held in conjunction with the week-long exhibition and event series, "By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School."