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Ball point pen on today's newsprint Parson School of Design, now Parsons the The New School for Design, has long been affiliated with the New School for Social Research. When I was a student there, I took all of my academic credits at the New School. I particularly liked studying philosophy with Dr. Paul Edwards, but there was one class I took to fulfill a humanities requirement that stands out even though it was somewhat disappointing. It was "The Human Connection." A  study of relationships and the web of human connections that make up our lives. Aside from reading Emile Zola, the course was a loose structure of informal discussions which seemed a lot like group therapy for middle aged women who's kids didn't come to see them anymore. Yet, despite that, I say only 'somewhat disappointing' because there was one thing I really loved about the class. It met in a third floor room in the ...

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