Institute for Retired Professionals-50th Anniversary Closing Celebration with Ira Katznelson on the American Racial Divide.
The Institute for Retired Professionals (http://newschool.edu/irp) welcomes Ira Katznelson, formerly dean of The New School for Social Research and now Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. Professor Katznelson is a past president of the American Political Science Association and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is the author of When Affirmative Action Was White.
His latest book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, "deeply reconceptualizes the New Deal and raises countless provocative questions," according to Pulitzer Prize--winning author David Kennedy. In this lecture, Katznelson explores a theme of the book, asking how a nation could fight a world war for liberty and democracy while denying full rights to 20 percent of its citizens.
The Institute for Retired Professionals (IRP) provides a stimulating and supporting environment for serious peer learning to people of all backgrounds interested in intellectual exploration. The IRP is open to retired or semi-retired people who want to participate actively in cooperative learning and instruction.
The program opens with a performance of "Fanfare," a piece composed by David Tcimpidis of Mannes College and commissioned by the IRP on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Formerly the dean of The New School for Social Research and now Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University
Michael Markowitz is a writer, producer, and actor who began his comedy career in The Mee-Ow Show, an improv group at Northwestern University.
David Scobey, executive dean of The New School for Public Engagement and a national leader in developing innovative methods to bring higher-education institutions together with communities to explore the arts, humanities, and design. Scobey is the author of Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape and other studies of politics, culture, and space in 19th-century America.