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Learning Articles

Mar 13 2024

A New Paradigm of Physics and Cosmology

Dear TNS Friends, I hope this finds you as well as possible. From the very inception of The New School (TNS), I sensed that the program would become Commonweal's...
Oct 11 2019

Why The New School Needs Your Help

Dear TNS Friends: We authentically need your help. For many years we have managed our modest TNS budget with the support of a few core funders and generous small...
Aug 31 2015

Eight Years at The New School

Dear New School Friends, Often I write to you about things that interest me -- like my last post on whether beauty will save the world. I rarely write to you about New...

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