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Today in History: Building the Berlin Wall 

An East European book exchange trip, part of a federal government grant to build our mathematics' education collection, takes us Humboldt University, one of Berlin's oldest universities. It is two years after the Wall's collapse, and we are yet to visit libraries in Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria -- countries, like the former East Germany, …

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Library Resources and Services for the Ed.D. in Nursing Education Program 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the Ed.D. in Nursing Education program at Teachers College.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible from on and off campus, have been selected to support the online needs of participants in the program, i.e., "those desiring to be …

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Today in History: Great Expectations Is Fully Published 

On August 3, 1861, the closing chapters, 58-59, of Great Expectations were published in All the Year Round, a literary circular from Charles Dickens, British writer and social critic. Dickens' popular novel tells the tale of an orphan named named Pip who believes he will inherit a fortune. Narrated in the first person and set in …

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A Few Summer Posters 

Picking just the right image to advertise an event or offering is fun, for a picture -- true to its saying-- speaks a thousand words. It's even better when you discover a work of art from within the Gottesman Libraries historical art collections that fits the bill and communicates just the perfect feel and tempo! …

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Today in History: WW1 Begins 

Did you know that on July 28, 1914 Austria and Hungary declared war on Serbia? For, one month to the day, the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, by Gavrilo Princip, a Yugoslav nationalist, had triggered one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg, and France; …

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Library Resources and Services for Students in the English Education Summer MA Intensive (INSTEP) Program 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the English Education INSTEP Program.  These e-resources have been selected to support the objectives of the program, i.e., to allow participants to "take advantage of Teachers College, Columbia University's highly regarded English Education program" as well as "the full …

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Today in History: Monkey Trial Ends 

What is it about the courtroom that lends itself to both theater and education? I note the connections: our foreperson is an actress, on and off Broadway, with a command of audio books; another juror, a TC instructor of English education, specializing in theatrical performance; a third, an acting teacher who conducts workshops throughout the …

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Library Resources and Services for A&HL 4199, TC Immersion Seminar 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Nancy Boblett's course A&HL 4199, TC Immersion Seminar.  These resources have been selected to provide incoming international students with an introduction to the range of research resources available to them and to illustrate search strategies and protocols for the optimal use of these …

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Today in History: E.B. White’s Birthday 

Today is E.B. White's 117th birthday, for he is still very much alive in the hearts and minds of his readers, children through adults. Elwyn Brooks White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York; graduated from Cornell University in 1921; worked for The New Yorker magazine; and lived on a farm …

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Today in History: Mark Twain Begins Reporting for Territorial Enterprise 

Remembering my first and only journalism class, I look back and sigh; what seemed easy on the surface was nothing but tough, akin to the teacher that reminded me of an armadillo. He was hard skinned, symbolic of boundaries and shields, and completely in charge. From the minute we stepped into the classroom, the scene was set for …

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Today in History: Robert Louis Stevenson Sets Sail for the South Seas 

I should like to rise and go Where the golden apples grow;- Where below another sky Parrot islands anchored lost, And, watched by cockatoos and goats, Lonely Crusoes building boats.. -- Robert Louis Stevenson, "Travel" A Child's Garden of Verses       High seas, adventure, pirates, desert islands come to mind, but so do …

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Spiritual Life Conference at TC 

This past weekend, I attended the second annual Spiritual Life Conference at Teachers College. Students, staff, and faculty from the SMBI (Spirituality Mind Body Institute) spoke about their research -- mostly correlating the presence of spirituality in one's life (connection through prayer, meditation, mindfulness, yoga) with a decrease in anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, and an overall …

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Today in History: Nixon Signs the Higher Education Act 

Planning our trip to the AAU National Track and Field Championships this July, I find myself wondering how sport and athletics might affect the future of my kids on their educational journey. Will there be opportunities, or impossibilities, due to higher levels of competition amid increasing financial costs? For my eldest, college is a mere …

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Library Resources and Services for ORLD 6918, Advanced Research Seminar in Adult Education: The Integrative Literature Review 

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 …

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Workshopping RoadWork: Memories Under Construction 

Summer is officially here! It's a time where creativity flourishes and memories are made. There couldn't be a better time to experience RoadWork: Memories Under Construction in Macy Gallery. You can view the installation at any time, but the next two Thursdays - June 23 from 3-5 PM and June 30 from 2-5 PM - you can …

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Staff Picks of the Month: Escapism 

When my turn to do the Staff Picks of the Month came around, I knew right away what I wanted to focus on: speculative fiction. Or do we call it genre fiction? Sci-Fi/Fantasy? Weird-books-where-sometimes-there's-magic-and-sometimes-there's-robots-and-sometimes-both-oh-my-god-how-do-we-define-all-of-this? The books featured in this collection belong to a form of storytelling that is often incredibly difficult to pin down with …

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Today in History: King John Seals the Magna Carta 

Runnymede is a beautiful, tranquil English meadow on the banks of the Thames between Windsor and Staines – the historic meeting place where the tyrannical, malevolent King John sealed the Magna Carta. Whether or not John of Lackland offered up shrimp to the barons at his tea table while signing the peace treaty "like a …

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Visiting the Cooper Hewitt, Part II 

Even before we set out on our family field trip, I am asked about "The Chair", whose lucky sitter can rock from side to side, or spin around in a complete circle – reminiscent of a top twirling off its axis to slow down. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and distributed by Herman Miller, the Spun Chair (also …

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Today in History: D-Day: The Normandy Landings 

My travels as an au pair do not take me to the beaches, but rather to the medieval town of Gaillon, south of Rouen, still in the upper Normandy region. I am sure to visit the town's memorial which reads, "Aux Morts/Aux Combattants 1914-1918~1939-1945; La Ville de Gaillon Reconnaissante". While the names are sparse, they …

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