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Engaged Lives: Activist and Musician Stephan Said on The Rise of Global Social Movements

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

The New School for Public Engagement’s "Engaged Lives" is a series of conversations with alumni about their lives, work, and New School experience. Join Stephan Said, MA, International Affairs, Milano and BA, School of Undergraduate Studies, in conversation with New School for Public Engagement Executive Dean David Scobey

Stephan Said is an internationally acclaimed musician and activist whose songs and writings have helped ignite the Seattle demonstrations, the global anti-war movement, Arab Spring, and Occupy, and propel the International Day of Peace. Stephan’s unique multi-ethnic, multi-religious heritage makes him a voice that bridges cultures across the world. His music fuses pop, hip-hop, rock and world folk music in an infectious sound charged with ecstatic lyrics for change. Called  “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” by Billboard Magazine, his songs have been sung by artists from Pete Seeger to Patti Smith, Dave Matthews and DJ Spooky. He has been featured in the New York TimesTime MagazineThe New Yorker, NPR, PRI, BBC, Democracy Now!, GritTV with Laura Flanders, The Village Voice, and more. Stephan is also the co-founder of difrent: a production company creating a television series and associated events featuring youth at the frontlines of social change.

This program at The New School on February 11 will launch Said’s newest initiative - the Light The World Global Tour from September 2014 to December 2015. Light The World is spreading the call for global unity and equality. The tour will entertain, educate, engage, and empower audiences to work towards global economic and social equality through nonviolent means.

The Engaged Lives events are followed by a reception and sponsored by The New School for Public Engagement.

This event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required by contacting Susan Morris at 212.229.5600 x1106 or at

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