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23rd Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw, Poland (July 3-19, 2014)

TCDS is pleased to announce its 23rd annual Democracy & Diversity Graduate Institute that will be held at The New School summer campus in Wroclaw, Poland from July 3 to 19, 2014. Over the years the D&D Institute has gathered an exceptional international reputation as a major transatlantic bridge that brings Americans and Europeans closer to ideas generated in both parts of the world.

Widely admired as an intimate international forum for lively but rigorous debate on critical issues of democratic life, the D&D Institute brings an interdisciplinary, comparative, and highly interactive approach to the social, political, and cultural challenges facing today’s world.

Located between Berlin, Prague, and Warsaw, and saturated with the history and memory of these three distinct cultures, Wrocław (formerly Breslau) is a beautiful and booming city that uniquely conveys both the challenges and the promise of a united Europe. Drawing on Wrocław’s culture of the borderland, TCDS’s network of distinguished and dedicated collaborators and alumni, and The New School’s reputation stemming from our long-term engagement in the region, the Democracy & Diversity Institute offers a rigorous program of critical inquiry on some of the most pressing problems of our time.

This year’s program will unfold around the theme Understanding Modernity and will consider the individual and social conditions of modern prejudice and its political consequences; contemporary social movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall St. and their democratic potential and limitations; the role of political theory in legitimizing violence in its various forms (structural, cultural, symbolic); and the necessity of media in modern democratic life and the role of the “politics of small things.”  This program will be complimented by several study tours of Wrocław’s cultural and historical landmarks as well as several evening events featuring artists and intellectuals from the region.

Our local partners in Poland are the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education (IISCE) at the University of Lower Silesia and the Ośrodek Szkolenia Państwowej Inspekcji Pracy.


New School students register for 2 out of the 4 graduate-level seminars offered, and receive 6 credits, while other participants receive Institute certificates. The following courses are offered at this year’s Wroclaw Institute:

    Agnes Heller – The New School for Social Research, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
    James Miller – The New School for Social Research, Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies
    Elzbieta Matynia – The New School for Social Research, Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies
    Jeffrey Goldfarb – The New School for Social Research, Professor of Sociology

Please view the complete course description here.

For further information, please click here.

03 Mar 2014

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