The Center for Public Scholarship seeks to promote free inquiry and public discussion, bringing the best scholarship in and outside the academy to bear on the critical and contested issues of our times.
The center is dedicated to engendering and enhancing freedom of inquiry — not merely as an intellectual exercise but as a lived imperative — and to addressing, illuminating, and alleviating pressing social issues. These goals are rooted in the
earliest history and ideals of The New School. In this spirit, all of the center's activities and initiatives are intended to foster dialogue within and beyond the academy and to enhance public understanding of important social and political issues.
The Center draws on the strengths of The New School and its faculty to shape and inform its programs.
Under the direction of Dr. Arien Mack, Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology and editor of Social Research: An International Quarterly since 1970, the center unites a number of existing initiatives and draws on their
demonstrated strengths to develop new programming. It is designed to serve as a bridge between the many initiatives at The New School consistent with its mission and as a catalyst for new programs both within the university and between The
New School and other institutions.
The center's multifaceted activities include producing Social Research: An International Quarterly, an award-winning journal first published by The New School in 1934; the annual Social Research conference series, launched in 1988; the Journal Donation Project, which ran from 1990 to 2018; and Endangered Scholars Worldwide, an activist initiative started in 2008 to respond to the wrongful imprisonment of scholars around the world.
For more information,
Arien Mack, Director
Center for Public Scholarship
The New School
80 Fifth Avenue, room 714
New York, NY 10011