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The Power of Progressive Education: Can Creativity be Taught?

Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Dramatic play, building with blocks, learning from trial and error -- classroom or boardroom? Graduate school or lower school lab? Businesses today thrive on people who are creative on their feet, know how to problem-solve and want to collaborate. These are the people who create the next successes. 

How does a century-old pedagogical movement such as progressive education produce the kinds of entrepreneurs, designers and pioneering doctors that we need tomorrow?

The first of a series of conversations, this symposium focuses on the efficacy of experiential, hands-on learning.

Welcome: David E. Van Zandt, President, The New School

Introduction: Kate Turley, Principal, City and Country School

Keynote:  Bruce Nussbaum, Professor of Innovation and Design, The New School and author of Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire 


David Rockwell, CEO, Rockwell Group, architect and creator of Imagination Playground

Charles Adler, Founder, Kickstarter

Mark Pinney CFO, Vimeo and parent of three City and Country graduates

Lori Breslow, Ph.D.: Director, MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory and Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management

PLUS City and Country School parents:

Tucker Viemeister, industrial designer/entrepreneur  

Eric Freitag, Director of Product Innovation, RG/A

Cocktails and creative playtime to follow.

Presented by The New School and City and Country School.

Event Type

Conferences and Symposia


General Public


Art and Design, Education and Learning, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas, Creativity and Innovation


University, Parsons School of Design


Pre-College and Continuing Studies, Education, Schools and Universities


$30 General Admission; New School community, free but registration is required.

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