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Today in History: Galileo Is Convicted of Heresy 

On April 12, 1633 Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilee (1564-1642) was convicted of heresy by the Roman Catholic Church for his belief that the Earth revolved around the Sun. While the Church maintained that the Earth was the center of the universe, the imprisoned "Father of Modern Science" held firmly onto his theories. He served a …

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Archive Deep Dive: The City of Gems 

Image from PocketKnowledge: Grinding gems, Ratnapur This picture from PocketKnowledge shows a traditional method of manually grinding gems in Ratnapur, Ceylon during the 1920s. While Ceylon was the old name given to Sri Lanka during the British colonial rule, the city of Ratnapur still retains its name along with its world renowned status …

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Today in History: Chang Poling Is Born 

Throughout my service at Teachers College I have been privileged to work with students and scholars from all over the world. Equally, I came to appreciate the deep historical research interests in leading international educators --- or even all educators from a particular country, whether Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, China --- but particularly China -- who chose …

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(Her) Stories: Women’s Memoirs 

I wanted to curate a collection on women’s memoirs because of my interest in personal histories and their impact on communities. These stories can teach us about our neighbors, ourselves, and our collective hopes and dreams. Personal narratives can also offer a voice to those …

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Today in History: Agnes Martin Is Born 

On March 22, 1912 Agnes Bernice Martin was born on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. Hoping to become a teacher, she immigrated to the United States in 1932 and attended Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied art education, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in 1932 and a Master's of Art degree in …

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Archive Deep Dive: Sacred Woods of Monks 

This picture in the PK archives is mysteriously titled “Portugal, Busaco, Entrance to sacred woods”. Image: Photograph from 1920 After much investigation, we finally discovered a current picture of this exact spot in a Portuguese blog! Image: Present day Coimbra Gate The structure is one of the main …

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Today in History: Ides of March 

On March 15, 44 BC, Roman politician, military general, and historian Gaius Julius Caesar was assassinated by many high-ranking Roman senators, including his protege Marcus Brutus. Caesar was for-warned with a handwritten note, which he did not read, as he entered the meeting hall adjacent to the Theatre of Pompey -- only to be surrounded by senators …

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Today in History: Ernest Hemingway Finishes Old Man and the Sea 

He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the …

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Library Resources and Services for A&HA 4085, Historical Foundations of Art Education 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Ami Kantawala's Spring 2019 course A&HA 4085, Historical Foundations of Art Education. The resources, primarily electronic but also some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, …

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Be a Detective: Art, Artifacts, and Artful Historical Research 

Practice-Teaching: Detail Of GL00-BB04-FF05-DR03-0053 (n/a, 1904-1922), by Unknown. Students of Arthur Wesley Dow Collection. Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University. If you are curious about the history of art education, anatomy of artifacts, and nature of historical research, then this guide will serve to illuminate. Think of yourself as a detective, with an insatiable desire …

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Today in History: Getty Museum Receives Largest Endowment 

On February 28th, 1982 the J. Paul Getty Museum received the largest endowment in the history of funding for the arts -- a whopping $1.2 billion from the late Minneapolis-born billionaire, Jean Paul Getty (1892-1976), who made his fortune in oil and art. His wealth was fiercely contested by family and ex-family members -- allowing it to …

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Everett Cafe: The Award Goes to Mis / Representation 

The Oscars have not been without controversy, from this year’s lack of host, to surprising nominations of the best films. Like cinematic productions, awards may involve false or misleading contexts to sway opinion, even if misrepresentation is rightfully exercised through freedom of speech and artistic license. But ... you make ask... What about the larger …

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Archive Deep Dive: A TC President’s Critique of Education 

Just over 10 years ago, John H. Fischer passed away at the age of 99. He was the 6th President of Teachers College from 1962-1974. But it was for his work before his stint at Columbia University that he first came into the national spotlight. In 1954, the Supreme Court issued …

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Library Resources and Services for CCPX 4010, Social Problems for Clinical Psychologists 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky's Spring 2010 course CCPX 4010Social Problems for Clinical Psychologists. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the aim of the course, i.e., "to explore psychological approaches to critical social<a href="http://gottesman.pressible.org/files/2019/02/ma-04-1.jpg" rel="attachment …

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Today in History: First Academy Awards Announced 

Did you know that the first ever Academy Awards were announced February 18th, 1929 on the back of the organization's newsletter and reprinted in Variety Magazine two days with the article "Academy Awards Talent Credit for Making-Writing-Acting-Titling")? Presentation of the awards honoring the best films of 1927 and 1928 took place months later -- May 16th, 1929 …

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Library Resources and Services for MSTC 5001, Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Science Education 

This research guide is intended as an overview of of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Felicia Mensah's Spring 2019 course MSTC 5001, Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Science Education. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the aim of the course, i.e., …

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Today in History: Olivia Hooker Is Born 

The last known survivor of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and the first Afro-American woman to enter the United States Coast Guard in February, 1945, Olivia Juliette Hooke was born today, February 12th, 1915 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Olivia Hooker became one of five female afro-americans to join the Women's Reserve, known as SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready), …

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Library Resources and Services for A&HD 5046, Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Dance Education 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Barbara Bashaw's Spring 2019 course A&HD 5046, Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues in Dance Education.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been …

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science 

In November, Women in Technology @ Columbia University (WIT@CU), an initiative to support and increase the numbers of women in IT across the university, hosted a Networking Mixer in the Smith Learning Theater. As a complement for the event, TC librarians curated a special collection showcasing our materials on women in science and technology-  everything from biographies of women scientists, to histories …

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Today in History: Birth of a Nation Premiers 

Adapted from Thomas Dixon's novel, The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Klu Klux Klan, D.W. Griffith's silent movie "Birth of a Nation" premiered on February 8th, 1915 at Clune's Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Its opening sequence included a "Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture": We do not fear censorship, for …

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