PUBLIC SEMINAR In the spirit of The New School for Social Research, informing debate about the pressing issues of our times
Generously supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, GIDEST incubates transdisciplinary ethnographic research at the intersection of social theory, art, and design, and fosters wide-ranging dialogue on related themes across the university.
Laura Y. Liu is Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School. Her ongoing research project, Sweatshop City, examines the urban geography of migration, industry, and neighborhood change in New York City.
The second semester of the Public Seminar is over, and the papers are now in, presented in this our second issue. Here you find short and long essays, supplemented by visual presentations around five major themes: Capitalism and its Alternatives, Democracy and its Enemies, Identities, the Arts and Literature, and Media, Memory and Miscellaneous. Note, though, that the pieces in fact address each other between and among these categories, as they consider “fundamental problems of the human condition and pressing problems of the day, using the broad resources of social research,” staying true to the mission statement of Public Seminar, and to the scholarly and public project of our academic home, The New School for Social Research. -Jeffrey Goldfarb