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Researching Activism at The New School

This guide provides suggestions for approaching historical research concerning activism at The New School throughout its history.

Oral History Recordings Documenting Activism

The New School Archives has supported several projects and ongoing programs to identify and interview individuals who can contribute to the documentary record through their personal experiences. Many of the oral histories touch upon activism at different points in time. Oral history recordings are available on our Digital Collections site, both in transcript form and as sound recordings.

  • The New School Oral History Program -- Of particular note are Ann Snitow discussing activism within the New School, as well as general aspects of feminism and feminist activism, and Celeste Lacy Davis discussing her experiences in the civil rights movement, as a member of a radical political organization in the 1970s, and participation in the movement against police brutality. Many of the oral history interviews with faculty touch upon research that can be considered a form of activism or motivated by social justice concerns.


  • Independent Study Oral History Project on New School History -- Of particular note are Sandra Farganis discussing anti-war activism as well as the protests against New School President Bob Kerrey and the interviews with Linda Dunne and Bea Banu in which the mobilization movement on campus in the 1990s and Bob Kerrey's presidency are discussed.


  • Parsons Centenary Oral History Project -- Of particular note is Benedict Fernandez discussing the genesis of the exhibition My God! We're Losing a Great Country (1970) and his personal experiences using photography as a vehicle for documenting the civil rights movement.


  • Radical Shifts -- Of particular note is David C. Levy discussing his recollections of the anti-war movement as it transpired at Parsons School of Design.

American Race Crisis Lecture Series

The audio recordings and transcripts in this collection document lectures from a 15-part series on the race crisis in the United States, held in the spring of 1964 at The New School, and organized by New School professor Daniel S. Anthony. The speakers in the recordings include Charles Abrams, Algernon D. Black, Dan W. Dodson, Milton A. Galamison, Martin Luther King, Jr., Louis Lomax, Joseph Monserrat, Melvin Tumin, Robert C. Weaver, and Roy Wilkins. Open to the general public, the lectures were held in the auditorium of the school's flagship building at 66 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village.

Topics discussed range from the impact of school integration, housing discrimination, affirmative action, the growing Black separatist movement, and motivations for racial prejudice. Dr. King opened the conference.

Digitized sound recordings and transcripts are available here.

No Longer in Exile Conference

No Longer in Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at the New School was a two-day conference held in 2010 in celebration of the re-establishment of a gender studies program at The New School university. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate-level students and invited guest speakers discussed topics relevant to the discipline's past, present and future. This collection consists of the video files recorded during the conference.

Digital video recordings are available here.