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Today in History: Twitter Launches 

Looking at the list of the most re-tweeted tweets tells us something about the culture and mindset of social technology; topping it is Japanese billionare Yusaku Maezawa who promised to give away 100 million yen ($924.3k USD) to 100 random individuals who followed his account and re-tweeted the tweet: ZOZOTOWN. (4.68 million re-tweets). Carter Wilkerson tweeted Wendy's asking …

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Today in History: World Population Day 

Sloan Wayland and Jane Boorstein are two significant Teachers College members who come to mind when reflecting on the problem of our world's population. Both ambassadors for social change who sought to make a deep difference through education, I met the former who quietly sought a home for his research collection in the field of population …

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Today in History: Zip Codes Are Introduced 

Despite e-mail, the United States Postal Service handles billions of pieces of mail and packages each year. Understanding the complexity of this government service, we look to history to appreciate how we receive regular mail and the efforts undertaken to strengthen the process. Did you know that on July 1st, 1963 the Zone Improvement Plan …

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Today in History: First Newbery Medal 

Did you know that the first Newbery Medal was awarded on June 27, 1922 to Hendrik Willhem Van Loom for his book, The Story of Mankind. Named in honor of John Newbery, a famous British eighteenth century publisher of juvenile books who also supported the work of Christopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith, and Samuel Johnson, the …

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Today in History: Summer Solstice 

"Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill." ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Ch. 4, p. 38) Also …

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Today in History: Anne Frank Receives a Diary 

"Sunday, 14 June, 1942 On Friday, June 12th, I woke up at six o'clock and no wonder; it was my birthday. But of course I as not allowed to get up at that hour, so I had to control my curiosity until a quarter to seven. Then I could bear it no longer, and went …

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Everett Cafe Book Display: Getting In Or Getting Out: College Admissions 

A friend recently related a long story about a neighbor who tried desperately to get into medical school; the son of alumni, he had all the right grades and extra curriculars, but was turned down repeatedly in every application, even by the less prestigious schools. By some strange miracle, her neighbor's mom happened to be sitting …

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Today in History: Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night 

When it came out, we had no idea it was based on a story, true or fabricated... but the movie was certainly all the rage, and little did we know, the actual writing behind it.  A mega star was about to be born just under two weeks before Christmas Day, 1977 -- and his fame would …

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Library Resources and Services for Students in the AEGIS Program 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS) program.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible from on and off campus, have been selected to support the aims and objectives of the program, emphasizing<img class="alignright size-medium …

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Staff Picks: Labor 

May 1 marks International Workers' Day, chosen in memory of the Haymarket Affair: a general strike petitioning for the eight hour day set in 1886, the ensuing police violence, and other workers' rallies that followed. With teachers of all levels going on strike around the nation and the world in a fight for fair treatment, this …

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Library Services, Spring 2019: Musing on the Time for Dance at Teachers College 

When the new doctoral program in Dance Education welcomed its first cohort of students in the 2018-2019 academic year, the library was presented with an exceptional opportunity: to collaborate with faculty and students (through our document delivery service and other mechanisms) in building the collection in support of their research …

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Today in History: William Young Patents the Ice Cream Freezer 

August Bank Holiday - a tune on an ice-cream cornet. A fanfare of sunshades opening.  A wince and whinny of bathers dancing into deceptive water. A tuck of dresses. A rolling of trousers. A compromise of paddlers. A sunburn of girls and a lark of boys. A silent hullabaloo of balloons. -- Dylan Thomas. Holiday Memory, 1946 …

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Library Resources and Services for HUDK 5324, Research Practicum 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Laura DeRose's Summer 2019 course HUDK 5324, Research Practicum.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones relevant to the focus of the …

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“From Negative to Positive”: Photos by Carolina Cambronero Varela at the Offit Gallery 

At my special request, Carolina Cambronero Varela poses alongside my favorite image from her photographic exhibition, “From Negative to Positive,” on view at the Offit Gallery, Teachers College, Columbia University through next Thursday, May 30, 2019. This not-to-be-missed exhibition, which focuses on the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph (CSJ) in Brentwood, NY, demonstrates …

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Water to the Well: Education Program Spring 2019 

‘I lifted the bucket to his lips. He drank, his eyes closed. Then I drank. It was like a feast of water. This was not ordinary food of course, but it might just as well have been. The sweetness of this water was born from the long walk under the stars, from the song of …

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Today in History: Grace Hoadley Dodge Is Born 

"It would be difficult to discover a more gracious example of Christian philanthropy and social humanitarianism than Grace Hoadley Dodge." -- Lawrence A. Cremin, David A.Shannon, Mary Evelyn Townsend, A History of Teachers College, p. 10. On May 21st, 1856, Grace Hoadley Dodge was born in Manhattan to Sarah Tappan and William Heard Dodge. She …

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Today in History: Remembering Harold Ordway Rugg 

Not once in a century and a half of national history has the curriculum of the school caught up with the dynamic content of American life. Whether of colonial reading or reckoning school, Latin grammar school, academy, or modern junior high school, the curriculum has lagged behind the current civilization. Although the gap between the …

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Today in History: Nelson Mandela Is Inaugurated 

On May 10, 1994, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013), leader of the African National Congress, was inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa. He was the first fully, democratically elected president in his country, and he held office as President of South Africa until June 16th, 1999. A lawyer by profession, Mandela dedicated his …

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Archive Deep Dive: Yerkes – A Glimpse of the Stars 

Have you ever wondered what the Sun looks like when it’s viewed straight on? Well here it is: Image from PK: Sun photographed through 40-inch Yerkes telescope This picture from the early 1900s was made possible by a method of observing elements in the sun using spectrology. American astronomer (and University of Chicago …

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