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John Galliano's Parsons Gig Cancelled

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Welp, John Galliano will not be teaching that Parsons master class after all. Parsons the New School for Design sent an official email to students yesterday declaring that the scheduled workshop, titled "Show Me Emotion!," advertised by the school back in March has been cancelled.

"It was a condition of our agreeing to host Mr. Galliano that we also hold a larger forum, which would include a frank discussion of his career. Ultimately, an agreement could not be reached with Mr. Galliano regarding the details of that forum, and so the program will not move forward," reads the letter.

Eric Wilson of the New York Times spoke with an anonymous source who claims Galliano, "had not asked for restrictions on the content of the talks... Rather, it was the size and the makeup of the audience that had been debated between the school and the designer."

May 7, 2013


To the Parsons community:

We are writing to follow-up on messages we shared with you on April 26 about the planned workshop with John Galliano. It was a condition of our agreeing to host Mr. Galliano that we also hold a larger forum, which would include a frank discussion of his career. Ultimately, an agreement could not be reached with Mr. Galliano regarding the details of that forum, and so the program will not move forward.

As we have expressed over the past weeks, a critical element of a New School education is the connection between creative and intellectual invention and an individual's actions in the world at large. While we understand the pressures Mr. Galliano faces, we expected to invite students, faculty and staff to ask Mr. Galliano how his trajectory as a designer was changed by his offensive remarks and to learn from that example.

We continue to believe there is room at Parsons to explore Mr. Galliano's efforts to make amends for his actions and that members of our community will decide for themselves how to view his contributions. It is certain this would not have been an easy or comfortable conversation but our mission is to provide uncommon learning opportunities that transcend the boundaries of the disciplines. We apologize to those students who anticipated participating in the workshop and to all those who looked forward to engaging Mr. Galliano in discussion.

Over the last several weeks, many members of the university community wrote to express their views about this visit. Regardless of your opinion, you remind us all that it is our commitment to debate, and our willingness to support the possibility of change, that makes Parsons and The New School such an extraordinary place to learn.


Sincerely,

David E. Van Zandt, President
Tim Marshall, Provost
Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons

With any luck, Galliano's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, will have something profane to say about all this soon.
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