The New School in New York City has produced dozens of famous graduates. According to Time magazine, the school boasts award-winning actors such as Tony Curtis, Paul Dano, Jonah Hill, Bea Arthur and Walter Matthau.
In the field of literature, the New School's alumni include Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansbury, Mario Puzo and Jamaica Kincaid. Fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Anna Sui, Narcisso Rodriguez, Isaac Mizrahi and Donna Karen attended the university as well. Musicians Sufjan Stevens and Ani Difranco also graduated from the school.
Shimon Peres, a Noble Peace Prize recipient and president of Israel, attended the school to study social research. The New York Times reports that in 1953, he was named the director general of the Ministry of Defense in Israel. He established the country's electronic aircraft industries, as well as its nuclear program.
After a long political career he became deputy prime minister in Ehud Olmert's Kadima government. On June 13, 2007, Peres was elected president.
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