Nov 14 5:30pm Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up: Health Justice

Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up: Health Justice

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 AT 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 

Lang Cafe, Eugene Lang College65 West 11th Street New York, NY 10011


Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up: Health Justice

We welcome students interested in the natural sciences, math, planetary health, sustainability, and social justice to join us for food, conversation, and student and alumni presentations. This meet up is proud to host the following alumni and students who will showcase how their Lang experience led them to funded research/internship experiences and careers in Health Justice.

Faculty will advise students for Science and Math Fellows, spring registration, and research and summer internships before and after the Alumni and Student Presentations for the Interdisciplinary Science Program, an academic program focused on the knowledge, values, and methods of science to address pressing planetary health challenges facing our democracy. Food will be served. RSVP appreciated.

Sponsored by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Eugene Lang College. For more information, please contact Katayoun Chamany.


Trump Administration’s Stance on Transgender Policies Has No Basis in Science

This past week  has proved challenging in many ways, and the leak of a newly proposed policy to narrowly define gender as a binary was yet another stunning blow to our scientific understanding of gender.  As quoted in  Nature  on October 30:

This is not the first time that the administration has attacked legal protections for transgender and non-binary people. Last year, Trump declared that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military, and rescinded guidelines suggesting that schools should let pupils use the lavatory of their choice. An October 2017 memo from the US Department of Justice stated that laws prohibiting employment discrimination should not apply to gender identity.

Instituting a policy with a narrow definition of sex or gender and no basis in science would be a major step backwards for the United States in gender-identity issues. Sadly, the move is only the latest in a series of proposals that misuse and ignore science and harm marginalized groups as part of a quest to score cheap political points.

Nov 8: 6:30- 8:30pm Crossroads of Opportunity:Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today

A Crossroads of Opportunity: Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today
Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
The Skylight Room (9100) CUNY Graduate Center
New York

This panel will bring together healthcare professionals with artists and researchers using technology meant for healing and pain management in their creative practice. Healthcare is becoming increasingly technological in both its implementation and delivery as we are becoming more connected daily. New advancements in technology are aiding in the healing process and allowing us to understand how healthcare works both as a science and as social experience. This panel attempts to answer the question of how art and design can and are helping in the healing process. What types of interventions are possible through technology to achieve wellness on a personal, shared, and international level? Using the Internet, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Games, and other connected interfaces, this panel will explore the future of this fascinating field and how it will evolve in the next 20, 30, 40 or more years to come. This panel will transport audiences into new potentials for collaborative experiences using technology and art into the world of medicine and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public, but please click here to RSVP.

Speakers include Sean Montgomery, an artist using Brain Wave Interaction with performers and audiences in his work; Holly Cohen, a previous TED speaker, and Program Manager of Assistive Technology/Driving Rehabilitation at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation; Heather Dewey-Hagborg, an artist using technology in her work to recreate the faces of people from their discarded DNA samples; and Matthew N. Bartels, the Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a regional medical provider in the Bronx and Lower Hudson Valley in New York State.

Co-sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; The Montefiore Einstein Fine Art Program and Collection; the Collective Voice: Digital Conversations in Public Space research team from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and the Digital Humanities Initiative.


When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 7pm
Venue: The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, NY, NY 10014
Tickets: $20 (FREE to New School friends with the code NewSchool)
With every flush, the drugs we use go down the drain. Many are not filtered out by wastewater treatment, leaving streams and rivers awash in everything from painkillers and antidepressants to amphetamines and illicit drugs.
On November 8, join Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for a conversation on how drug pollution impacts freshwater quality, the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and the health of river and stream life.
Discover what it means to be a fish or a platypus living in a cocktail of drugs, which chemical compounds are passed through the food web, and how other forms of pollution, like micro-plastics, amplify the problem.
Featuring freshwater ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi and Cary president and conservation biologist Dr. Joshua Ginsberg. Rosi was recently featured in a PBS segment on the hidden health hazards of pharmaceutical pollution.
Doors open at 6:30pm. RSVP required.


Please see that the Vera List Center for Art and Politics is hosting a year long open curriculum around the First Amendment and addressing the recent rise of hate speech and promotion of peace.


Seminar 1:  MON 12 NOV 2018 6.30PM-8.30PM

Mapping the Territory takes as a point of departure Kanwar’s meditations on the freedoms we have, and have not, and how we might use layers of darkness to illuminate what is unknown, to retrieve rights as they seemingly deteriorate in front of us, and to recuperate a sense of self and society in times of crisis.

The New School
Theresa Lang Community Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York City
Free admission; space is limited and registration required. On registration, participants will receive preparatory reading material.

This seminar is preceded by a screening of Amar Kanwar’s Such a Morning and discussion on November 11, 2018 at 7:30pm, at UnionDocs, Brooklyn. Afterwards, the filmmaker will be joined by seminar co-curators Carin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich as well as filmmaker Nitin Sawhney and writer Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.