The New School

Introduction

About us

Discover a new kind of university in New York City, one where scholars, artists, and designers come together to challenge convention and create positive change. Our university takes full advantage of its location in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Our colleges include Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research, the Schools of Public Engagement, and Parsons Paris.

Since our founding in 1919, The New School has redrawn and redefined the boundaries of intellectual and creative thought as a preeminent academic center. Our rigorous, multidimensional approach to education dissolves walls between disciplines and helps nurture progressive minds. At our university, students have the academic freedom to shape their unique, individual paths for a complex and rapidly changing world.

With leading-edge faculty and world-renowned alumni, we are committed to developing students who will have an impact on the world and solve the most pressing social issues of our time.

Mission & Vision

The New School’s future will be shaped by the core values that have defined our past: academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation.

Mission

The New School prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and juster place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills that a sound education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.

Vision

We are and will be a university where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, such as democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, sustainability, migration, and globalization. We will be the preeminent intellectual and creative center for effective engagement in a world that increasingly demands better-designed objects, communication, systems, and organizations to meet social needs.

Our vision aligns with shifts in the global economy, society, and environment, which animates our mission and our values:

  • Creativity, innovation, and a desire to challenge the status quo will affect what and how we teach and the intellectual ambitions of the university itself.
  • Social engagement should orient students' academic experiences to help them become critically engaged citizens, dedicated to solving problems and contributing to the public good.
  • The New School must embrace these principles and innovate to address shifts in the global economy, society, and environment that require individuals to grapple with complex problems, pursue more fluid and flexible career pathways, and collaboratively create change.

Educational Approach

We will fulfill our mission by extending The New School's legacy as a nontraditional university and community, nimble and responsive to change, that:

  • Focuses on and engages with critical contemporary issues
  • Prioritizes humanity and culture in designing systems and environments to improve the human condition, an approach that draws on design thinking and the liberal, creative, and performing arts
  • Places collaborative, project-based learning at the center of the educational experience
  • Takes full advantage of our New York City location and connectivity to global urban centers

University leadership

The future of The New School will be shaped by the core values that have defined our past: academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Our leadership team brings this mission to life.

With a commitment to providing excellent service to students and advancing a rigorous academic environment, the leaders of our university ensure that we adapt and respond to contemporary issues, create a more inclusive community, and foster creativity and collaboration among students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Anthropology (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The MA in Anthropology is a 30 credit program combining the theoretical and methodological foundations of social and cultural anthropology with an emphasis on the critical exploration of how ethnographic sensibilities matter in the world today. [+]

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The MA in Anthropology is a 30 credit program combining the theoretical and methodological foundations of social and cultural anthropology with an emphasis on the critical exploration of how ethnographic sensibilities matter in the world today.

The program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the development of anthropology within the social sciences and introduce them to key concepts and issues that shape contemporary fields of knowledge production.

Curriculum

A full account of degree requirements and procedures is contained in the Anthropology departmental handbook.

To earn the MA in Anthropology, a student must complete a total of 30 credits, of which 18 credits must be listed or cross-listed in Anthropology. These 18 credits include core courses as well as courses within “Perspectives” and “Practices” categories.... [-]


Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (MA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA New York

The Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The New School’s College of Performing Arts is one of the first graduate programs designed specifically to help performers gain the critical skill set they need to become recognized artistic leaders—onstage and beyond. [+]

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The Master of Arts in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at The New School’s College of Performing Arts is one of the first graduate programs designed specifically to help performers gain the critical skill set they need to become recognized artistic leaders—onstage and beyond.

This innovative new program is designed for students who have just completed undergraduate performing arts programs as well as performing artists out in the world. The program enables musicians, composers, actors, directors, playwrights, and dancers to further develop their skills as performers while acquiring the competencies they need to excel as independent artists, reinvent existing cultural organizations, and launch their own arts-related enterprises.... [-]


General Psychology (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The Psychology graduate program provides comprehensive training in all the major fields of modern psychology and emphasizes research that is sensitive to social and cultural influences and concerns. In the MA program, there is an optional concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling. Students in the doctoral program can focus on cognitive, social, and developmental psychology or clinical psychology. [+]

About

The MA in General Psychology is a 30-credit program that provides students with a basic education in psychology and is a prerequisite for more specialized work leading to the Ph.D. degree.

Students take courses covering a wide range of the literature, including cognitive, social, developmental, and abnormal psychology, neuroscience, research methods, and statistics.

Curriculum

Entering students work with an individual faculty advisor. This advisor, together with the departmental student advisor, introduces them to the curriculum as a whole and helps them to formulate the program that best suits their interests and needs. Students have access to a wide range of courses across The New School for Social Research to satisfy the elective requirements beyond the core required courses in general psychology.... [-]


Global Political Economy and Finance (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The MA in Global Political Economy and Finance is a 30-credit program that provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the world economy in historical context, the political economic analysis of the dynamics of contemporary world capitalist society, and state-of-the-art tools of political economic and financial analysis. [+]

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The MA in Global Political Economy and Finance is a 30-credit program that provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the world economy in historical context, the political economic analysis of the dynamics of contemporary world capitalist society, and state-of-the-art tools of political economic and financial analysis.

Curriculum

A full account of degree requirements and procedures is contained in the Economics departmental handbook.

To earn the MA in Global Political Economy and Finance, a student must complete a total of 30 credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

There is no written comprehensive examination; the MA degree is awarded for successful completion of the required 30 credits.... [-]


International Affairs (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The field of international affairs is changing. Our approaches in and outside of the classroom must change as well. Gain the theoretical and practical tools you need to engage with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. [+]

About

The field of international affairs is changing. Our approaches in and outside of the classroom must change as well. Gain the theoretical and practical tools you need to engage with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Named one of the top international affairs programs by the Foreign Policy Association, the Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs is distinctive in the New School tradition: critical, engaged, and truly global.

The SGPIA Difference

International Affairs at The New School stands out from conventional programs for its unique blend of pedagogical and scholarly commitments:

A critical and global perspective on international problems Engaged, field-based learning through our International Field Programs, our Practicum in International Affairs, and other offerings Multidisciplinary social research drawing on the traditions of The New School for Social Research Small classes, accessible faculty, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to tailor their studies to their interests and goals Curriculum ... [-]

Liberal Studies (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

Through the Liberal Studies program, you will critically explore and intensively examine the core issues of our time. The MA in Liberal Studies offers practical writing tools and guided in-depth study in cross-disciplinary courses taught by renowned faculty, who share the values of rigorous critical inquiry and thoughtful expression. [+]

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The program's core courses will ground you in the history of ideas and in the practice of sustained writing, while you develop an intellectual peer community. From there, you can branch out, taking advantage of the rich offerings and distinguished faculty of The New School. Work with both a faculty advisor and a student advisor to create a robust pathway tailored to your individual needs and academic ambitions. We offer a rich selection of courses with world-class professors who can extend your command of critical theory, the history of ideas, aesthetics, philosophy, politics, anthropology, media theory - wherever your curiosity takes you. Courses are available in both the daytime and the evening to fit into even the busiest schedule.... [-]


Media Studies (MA)

Online Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 2 more

The Master of Arts program in Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory, design, and practice with an emphasis on the production of the video, audio, and Web-based media. [+]

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The Master of Arts program in Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory, design, and practice with an emphasis on the production of the video, audio, and Web-based media.

Gain experience in creative media making, critical analysis and reflection, and entrepreneurialism and management - guided by a faculty that includes noted filmmakers, researchers, designers, and scholars. Designed to accommodate working students, this flexible program enables you to study full-time or part-time, onsite in New York, or online from anywhere.

Part of the School of Media Studies (SMS) at The New School, the graduate program in Media Studies reflects the university's historical commitment to progressive education, an activist orientation, and the advancement of global perspectives.... [-]


Philosophy (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The MA in Philosophy is a 30 credit program providing students with advanced training in the history of philosophy and in central areas of current philosophical inquiry. The program offers an optional specialized minor in Psychoanalysis. [+]

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The MA in Philosophy is a 30 credit program providing students with advanced training in the history of philosophy and in central areas of current philosophical inquiry. The program offers an optional specialized minor in Psychoanalysis.

The MA prepares graduates for academic and professional careers and for further study and research at the doctoral level.

Curriculum

A full account of degree requirements and procedures is contained in the Philosophy departmental handbook.

To earn the MA in Philosophy, a student must complete a total of 30 credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

A maximum of three credits taken at another university at the graduate level may be granted toward the credit requirement for the master's degree. Twenty-seven credits must be completed at The New School for Social Research.... [-]


Politics (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The MA in Politics prepares graduates for academic and professional careers in diverse fields, including government, NGOs, law, consulting, journalism, or further study and research at the doctoral level. [+]

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The MA in Politics is a 30-credit program providing students with advanced training in political analysis and political science research methods.

With individualized advising and mentoring from faculty in the department, students specialize in one of the four departmental fields (political theory, American politics, comparative politics, or global politics) and complete two substantial research papers. The MA in Politics prepares graduates for academic and professional careers in diverse fields, including government, NGOs, law, consulting, journalism, or further study and research at the doctoral level

Entering students work with an individual faculty advisor. This advisor, together with the departmental student advisor, introduces them to the curriculum as a whole and helps them to formulate the program that best suits their interests and needs.... [-]


Sociology (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The MA in Sociology is a 30-credit program providing students with a thorough grounding in the historical, theoretical, and methodological development of sociology and gives students the tools to apply this knowledge in the world around them. [+]

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The MA in Sociology is a 30-credit program providing students with a thorough grounding in the historical, theoretical, and methodological development of sociology and gives students the tools to apply this knowledge in the world around them.

The MA in Sociology prepares graduates for academic and professional careers in diverse fields, including government, NGOs, media, consulting, or further study and research at the doctoral level.Entering students work with an individual faculty advisor. This advisor, together with the departmental student advisor, introduces them to the curriculum as a whole and helps them to formulate the program that best suits their interests and needs.... [-]


MSc

Data Visualization (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

Parsons’ Master of Science in Data Visualization is a multidisciplinary program in which students develop skills bringing together visual design, computer science, statistical analysis, and ethical considerations of data analysis and representation. The presentation of data plays a critical role in the shaping of opinion, policy, and decision making in today’s increasingly global society. Giving students a competitive edge as they enter the field, the MS program responds to the increased demand for experts who can turn data into insight. [+]

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Parsons’ Master of Science in Data Visualization is a multidisciplinary program in which students develop skills bringing together visual design, computer science, statistical analysis, and ethical considerations of data analysis and representation. The presentation of data plays a critical role in the shaping of opinion, policy, and decision making in today’s increasingly global society. Giving students a competitive edge as they enter the field, the MS program responds to the increased demand for experts who can turn data into insight.

Curriculum

The Master of Science degree is awarded for completion of 30 credits. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.... [-]


Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)

Campus 2 years September 2018 USA New York

The 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies program radically reframes the study of urban environments and design approaches to cities. By combining urban planning, policy, urban design, activism, and community practice, students gain the skills and expertise needed to address contemporary urban challenges. In line with The New School’s historic commitment to environmental and social justice, students design and implement strategic projects to bring about transformative change in urban environments on a global scale. [+]

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The 60-credit Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies program radically reframes the study of urban environments and design approaches to cities. By combining urban planning, policy, urban design, activism, and community practice, students gain the skills and expertise needed to address contemporary urban challenges. In line with The New School’s historic commitment to environmental and social justice, students design and implement strategic projects to bring about transformative change in urban environments on a global scale.

Curriculum

This studio-driven program is part of Parsons' School of Design Strategies (SDS) and shares a 12-credit core curriculum with the 36-credit research-based MA Theories of Urban Practice program.... [-]


Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The New School is at the forefront of addressing global environmental issues, thanks to Milano's Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. This program is designed to turn students' passion for environmental change and sustainability into careers with impact. [+]

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The New School is at the forefront of addressing global environmental issues, thanks to Milano's Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. This program is designed to turn students' passion for environmental change and sustainability into careers with impact. Our students benefit from small, customized classes, a rigorous program of critical theory and practice, and close attention from a faculty engaged in research, scholarship, and cutting-edge professional practice. Our practice-based learning places students front and center alongside organizations working on the most pressing environmental issues of our time, from climate change and environmental justice to food systems and sustainable development.... [-]


International Affairs (MA/MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 USA New York + 1 more

The field of international affairs is changing. Our approaches in and outside of the classroom must change as well. Gain the theoretical and practical tools you need to engage with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. [+]

About

The field of international affairs is changing. Our approaches in and outside of the classroom must change as well. Gain the theoretical and practical tools you need to engage with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Named one of the top international affairs programs by the Foreign Policy Association, the Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs is distinctive in the New School tradition: critical, engaged, and truly global.

The SGPIA Difference

International Affairs at The New School stands out from conventional programs for its unique blend of pedagogical and scholarly commitments:

A critical and global perspective on international problems Engaged, field-based learning through our International Field Programs, our Practicum in International Affairs, and other offerings Multidisciplinary social research drawing on the traditions of The New School for Social Research Small classes, accessible faculty, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to tailor their studies to their interests and goals A dynamic curriculum ... [-]

Media Management (MS)

Online Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 2 more

Learn the skills you need to be a leader in a field you're passionate about. The New School's Master of Science program in Media Management offers you the tools, professional network, and practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. Whether you want to advance your career or build a new enterprise, our faculty of media experts will show you how. [+]

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Learn the skills you need to be a leader in a field you're passionate about. The New School's Master of Science program in Media Management offers you the tools, professional network, and practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. Whether you want to advance your career or build a new enterprise, our faculty of media experts will show you how.

Experience Matters

Keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date as markets change and technologies advance is critical to your professional success. Our MS in Media Management degree gives you a solid foundation in the latest concepts and practices for managing traditional and emergent media platforms, including:... [-]


Nonprofit Management (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

Milano’s groundbreaking Nonprofit Management program was the first of its kind in this country. From the beginning, our highly engaged curriculum has resonated with innovative thinkers familiar with The New School’s deep commitment to advancing progressive change and social justice. Our students develop their critical thinking skills and engage with real-world nonprofit challenges and social entrepreneurial experiences. [+]

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Milano’s groundbreaking Nonprofit Management program was the first of its kind in this country. From the beginning, our highly engaged curriculum has resonated with innovative thinkers familiar with The New School’s deep commitment to advancing progressive change and social justice. Our students develop their critical thinking skills and engage with real-world nonprofit challenges and social entrepreneurial experiences. We prepare you to challenge assumptions and develop new perspectives for leading and managing nonprofits in this increasingly complex environment. The result is a unique program designed to give you the capacity and creative courage to generate, manage, and sustain nonprofit success.... [-]


Organizational Change Management (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

Today’s organizations don’t need dogma. They need new models of consultation and intervention. Milano’s Organizational Change Management program trains students to become diagnosticians and designers of elegant, unique interventions that reimagine and reassemble cultures, build leadership capacities, and facilitate group dynamics. We offer a curriculum that provides students with a large intellectual and practical basket filled with theories, tools, and techniques. Our faculty is made up of engaged professionals creating change in a wide spectrum of organizations. [+]

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Today’s organizations don’t need dogma. They need new models of consultation and intervention. Milano’s Organizational Change Management program trains students to become diagnosticians and designers of elegant, unique interventions that reimagine and reassemble cultures, build leadership capacities, and facilitate group dynamics. We offer a curriculum that provides students with a large intellectual and practical basket filled with theories, tools, and techniques. Our faculty is made up of engaged professionals creating change in a wide spectrum of organizations. They offer rigorous coursework in critical thinking and theory along with a sequence of increasingly complex projects conducted for real-world clients. Upon completion, you will have a portfolio that showcases an approach to change defined by innovative thinking, a commitment to civic responsibility, and a break from conventional formulas that fail to resolve underlying issues.... [-]


Public and Urban Policy (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 16 - 42 months September 2018 USA New York + 1 more

The New School's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban and global. Our community of scholars examine today’s urban policy issues in real time and design creative solutions, all while working closely with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. [+]

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The Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban and global. The New School's community of scholars examine today’s urban policy issues in real time and design creative solutions, all while working closely with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

We give you the opportunity to work on policy analysis in real-world settings, with a focus on social justice. Put theory into practice and apply your analytical and collaborative problem-solving skills as early as your second semester in our Urban Policy Lab. Our areas of specialization allow you to explore emerging fields of study, such as data visualization, global urban futures, food and environment, housing and community development, finance, and capital markets, politics and advocacy, and many others.... [-]


Master

Economics (MA/MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years April 2019 USA New York + 1 more

The Department of Economics at The New School for Social Research offers a broad and critical approach to the study of economics, covering a wide range of schools of thought, including Keynesian and post-Keynesian economics; the classical political economy of Smith, Ricardo, and Marx; structuralist and institutionalist approaches to economics; and neoclassical economics. [+]

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The Department of Economics at The New School for Social Research offers a broad and critical approach to the study of economics, covering a wide range of schools of thought, including Keynesian and post-Keynesian economics; the classical political economy of Smith, Ricardo, and Marx; structuralist and institutionalist approaches to economics; and neoclassical economics.

The department’s courses of study emphasize the historical roots of economic ideas, their application to contemporary economic policy debates, and conflicting explanations and interpretations of economic phenomena, within the context of a rigorous training in the conceptual, mathematical, and statistical modeling techniques that are the common methodological basis of contemporary economic research. The department's work centers on the changing shape of the world economy, its financial markets and institutions, problems of regulating and guiding economic development in the advanced industrial world and in emerging markets, complexity in economic systems, labor markets, and the economic aspects of the class, gender, and ethnic divisions.... [-]


Industrial Design (MFA)

Campus 2 years September 2018 USA New York

Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design program offers an innovative two-year, 60-credit full-time graduate curriculum that prepares students to negotiate the seemingly contradictory forces at play in the growing product design industry. Students explore the way goods can be produced in both localized contexts (a “making in place” approach, which relies on regionalized needs and constraints) and globalized contexts (employing design principles focusing on universal needs). Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments includes graduate students in Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design, creating a unique learning community. [+]

About

Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design program offers an innovative two-year, 60-credit full-time graduate curriculum that prepares students to negotiate the seemingly contradictory forces at play in the growing product design industry. Students explore the way goods can be produced in both localized contexts (a “making in place” approach, which relies on regionalized needs and constraints) and globalized contexts (employing design principles focusing on universal needs). Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments includes graduate students in Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design, creating a unique learning community.

Curriculum

The MFA Industrial Design curriculum balances competing for interests such as economical production and sustainability, consumerism, social and environmental improvement, and global and local production, investigating ways to integrate and reconcile these forces as a whole. In their second semester, MFA students explore limited-run making in New York City, and in the third semester, they can investigate large-scale global production through virtual collaborations or study abroad at sites including Parsons Paris. A specialized thesis project offers opportunities to develop designs that advance — or challenge — industrial design theory and practice.... [-]


Textiles (MFA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA New York

The Master of Fine Arts in Textiles, launching in fall 2018, enables you to explore these dynamics creatively and reflectively, dissolving the boundaries between technology and craft. In the process, you are prepared for the growing array of creative and professional opportunities related to textiles in fashion design, product design, interior design, textiles research, set design, fine arts, architecture, and hybrid fields. [+]

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Textiles are literally and figuratively woven into human history and culture. Today communities of makers, designers, and scholars are exploring textiles — from locally crafted materials to 3D knitted matter to hand-embellished fabrics — and pioneering textile-based industries and theory. The Master of Fine Arts in Textiles, launching in fall 2018, enables you to explore these dynamics creatively and reflectively, dissolving the boundaries between technology and craft. In the process, you are prepared for the growing array of creative and professional opportunities related to textiles in fashion design, product design, interior design, textiles research, set design, fine arts, architecture, and hybrid fields.... [-]


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