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Nightmare on Twelfth Street – The New School Falls Into Chaos

August 30th, 1997

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ONE AFTERNOON THIS PAST APRlL, a group of more than fifty students and faculty at the New School for Social Research filed into a room on the second floor of the graduate faculty building for an open meeting with New School president Ionathan Famon. For months, the students had been clamoring for a drastic revision of the New School’s curriculum and minority hiring policies, and the mood in the room was tense. Before Fanton arrived, the group prepared the atmosphere by lighting candles, burning incense, and draping an Indian tapestry over a portrait of former New School professor Ernst Wolff (a “dead white male”). They also read
aloud a statement declaring their “solidarity… against this University’s discriminatory employment practices and its abhorrence of genuine democracy.”

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