Histories of
The New School

The New School was founded in 1919. Or 1896, when the Chase School of Art began, which eventually evolved into Parsons School of Design. Or 1933, on the occasion of the University-in-Exile, which became the Graduate Faculty in Political and Social Science. Or 1989, when Mannes College of Music, first established in 1916, became a part of the school. 

The questions that arise just in establishing the school’s founding exemplify much of the intriguing and complicated history of this storied institution. The beginning is an unsettled matter. So, too, is much of what follows.

The New School Is

  • Parsons School of Design
  • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Performing Arts
  • The New School for Social Research
  • Schools of Public Engagement
  • Parsons Paris
  • Continuing and Professional Education
It is, I think, a rather sad reflection on the present state of political science that our language does not distinguish between such key terms as power, strength, force, might, authority, and, finally, violence—all of which refer to distinct phenomena.