40th Social Research Conference

April 2 - 3, 2020


After thoughtful consideration, and out of general caution for COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone our Apology conference until the fall. Please check back for information about the new date. We...

39th Social Research Conference

October 3 - 4, 2019

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of The New School, which was founded by a group of professors who left Columbia University in protest over the imposition of loyalty oaths during World War I, and because of the...

38th Social Research Conference April 4-5, 2019

From the earliest moments of humanity’s search for answers and explanations, we have grappled with the unknowable—that which we are unable or not permitted to know. What does the history of the unknowable look like? What a...

37th Social Research Conference April 23-24, 2018

Cons and con men have long been present in American culture and are often represented as romantic figures. Cons abound — from Bernie Madoff’s billion dollar Ponzi scheme to street corner crooks and their games of three-c...

36th Social Research Conference, April 20-21, 2017

The concept of invisibility is powerful, pervasive, and multifaceted. It is paradoxically double-edged, affording the possibility of great power as well as the complete absence of power. It is both magical and a spur to...

35th Social Research Conference, October 13-14,  2016

What is twenty-first-century “scholarly knowledge”—and why do we care? Is there a place in contemporary society for pure research and intellectual investigation or must all research and education prove its...

34th Social Research Conference April 20-21, 2016

The media is full of headlines about “invasive others”: the Zika epidemic, the refugee crisis, “Big Data”, GMOs.  This conference provides a unique approach to the concept of the invasive other.  By focusing on the commo...

33rd Social Research Conference April 30 - May 1, 2015

The conference examined the ways sanctions and divestments are used to attain economic and political ends generally thought to be consistent with democratic principles, although there have been occasions when the us...

32nd Social Research Conference February 12-13, 2015

Freedom of expression remains under threat in both totalitarian and democratic states. Artists continue to be imprisoned and exiled and art continues to be banned and destroyed, all of which gives evidence of the powe...

31st Social Research Conference April 24-25, 2014

There is no more urgent issue than climate change, yet government, corporations, and the public are reluctant to change. In addition, while a great deal of research has been devoted to issues of engineering, architecture...

30th Social Research Conference November 21-22, 2013

Signs of corruption and the damage it causes are painfully evident in political and corporate life everywhere. At this public conference, policymakers, historians, lawyers, and scholars discussed the many systems unde...

29th Social Research Conference April 18-19, 2013

The conference examined the complex relationships between food and migration. Food scarcity is not only at the root of much human displacement and migration—the food industry also offers immigrants an entry point into th...

28th Social Research Conference December 6-8, 2012

This conference is intended to be broadly inclusive, ranging from individual philanthropy, volunteering, and faith-based giving, to state social welfare programs designed to reduce the suffering of citizens, to internat...

27th Social Research Conference April 12, 2012

This conference aims to shed light on the origins of the events in Tahrir Square, the deposing of President Mubarak, the changes currently under way, and the future of Egypt and the Middle East. 

"Egypt in Transition" will a...

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