Victor T. Madubuko speaks at The New School University in New York City
Alumni Day @The New School
May 16, 2014
Jet lag may have been a common condition for those descending upon The New School’s campus one fine Saturday afternoon in early May. After all, they came from Turkey, Colombia, Japan, Brazil, and more, all to partake in an annual day of reflection, reconnection, and re-introduction. “They” were our past New Schoolers and the day in question was Alumni Day.
Hundreds of alumni were welcomed by New School president David Van Zandt and many key faculty members as they attended open houses from their respective schools, toured the #NewUniversityCenter, and listened to fully realized lectures and performances, a program called New School Minute.
In an effort to get graduates up to speed on the latest university developments, New School Minute asked 25 faculty members from all seven divisions to provide a taste—60 seconds worth—of the work they’ve been honing as part of their classes or research agendas. Topics spanned a performance by The New School for Jazz’s Jane Ira Bloom on the alto saxophone, new research on America’s unbanked and the path towards financial inclusion from professor of urban policy Lisa Servon, and a poetry reading from Eugene Lang College dean Stephanie Browner.
The event concluded with an invitation to this year’s Mannes Opera, the New York City premiere of Il Postino, at Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Il Postino marked the first time singers and musicians from Mannes College The New School for Music collaborated with design students from Parsons The New School for Design on their annual opera production.