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Book Talk: Stitching Truth 

Author and journalist Jeff Kelly Lowenstein travelled to Santiago, Chile as a Fulbright Scholar in 2013, and so lived in Chile during the 40th Anniversary of the country’s 1973 military coup. His book The Chilean Chronicles: Moments and Memory Forty Years After the Pinochet Coup contains his observations of this important moment in Chilean history. …

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Why Muslim Women are Reinterpreting the Qur’an and Hadith: A Transformative Scholarship-Activism 

On April 14, 2016, Dr. Nimat Hafez Barazangi returned to the Gottesman Libraries to discuss her most recent book, Why Muslim Women are Reinterpreting the Qur’an and Hadith: A Transformative Scholarship-Activism. A Cornell research fellow and Teachers College alum, Dr. Barazangi understands the value of education, especially to marginalized populations. In her talk, she explained …

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Hold Fast to Dreams 

Higher education is often seen as a potential silver bullet for breaking cycles of poverty in the US, yet research continually finds that low-income students face perversely daunting barriers to attending college and completing degrees. This has been true for generations and many know it to be true now, but much conversation and scholarship on this issue …

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“I am in here”, by Virginia Breen 

Every parent looks forward to hearing their child’s first word. For Virginia Breen, that day never came. In contrast to her two other children—one autistic, the other not, daughter Elizabeth’s autism kept her locked in a silent world for the next few years. Not until the age of six was Elizabeth enabled to communicate through …

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Wordless Narratives Book Talk 

Two Mondays ago, the library hosted a book talk for a study that centered around the children’s book, The Arrival by Shaun Tan, a wordless graphic novel about a man who leaves his family in a poor town in search of opportunity in another country.  The talk was led by Carmen Martinez-Roldan, Evelyn Arizpe, …

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Confrontation 9: a book talk with Dr. Dilshad Dayani 

Dr. Dilshad Dayani returned to Teachers College on September 24 to present and discuss concepts from her latest book Confrontation 9: Taking on the Challenges of Work, Family, and Purpose (2014). Dilshad Dayani is the President and Founder of “World Women Global Council” and the founding Vice President of UN WOMEN-USNC Dallas Chapter. Her mission, …

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Atheists in America Book Talk 

The library hosted a book talk the other night with Melanie Elyse Brewster, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at TC, and Co-Founder of the Sexuality, Women, & Gender Project. Library staff should watch this Vialogue and discuss (in Vialogues!) better ways to capture library events with video. No idea is too small to be valuable! Upon …

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Guest Talk: Zines & Handmade Publications: Possibilities for Personal Expression and Alternative Education 

Guest Talk: Zines & Handmade Publications: Possibilities for Personal Expression and Alternative Education, with Anne Hays & Discussants, Tuesday, 1/28, 4-5:30pm: here in the library at Russell 306 A zine, or fanzine, is a self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually produced today by a photocopier and circulated to less than 1,000 …

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Book talk with Wendy Elmer 

Education Program at Gottesman Libraries hosts different types of education related events in the library through the year. For instance, Socratic Conversation, book talk, workshop, news display, and film screening.  I always find those events resourceful and enjoyable. This week, I attended a book talk hosted by Wendy Elmer: Book of Poems About Being a …

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Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives & America’s Future, with David L. Kirp 

Renowned education expert David L. Kirp speaks on Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives and America's Future (PublicAffairs, March 31st, 2011). In his latest publication, dedicated to "the unsung heroes -- those whose tireless efforts are changing the arc of children's lives," he outlines a clear policy agenda that places kids first …

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Making Failure Pay, with Jill Koyama 

A little discussed aspect of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a mandate that requires failing schools to hire afterschool tutoring companies, the largest of which are private, for-profit corporations, and to pay them with federal funds. In this book talk, Jill Koyama, author of Making Failure Pay: For Profit Tutoring, High-Stakes Testing, …

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Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age 

In the wake of the recent elections, Christopher Cross, noted author and expert on the federal role in education, delivers a masterful talk on the updated edition of his critically acclaimed, best-selling book, Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age (new edition from Teachers College Press, 2010; first edition, 2004). In it Cross astutely reflects …

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“Makings of the Sea” 

If we follow the light of Albert Camus and use the sea as a metaphor, we explore how “aesthetics inhabit and define the Mediterranean as a common cultural horizon founded on difference.” Maltese-born author  John Badacchino provides a wonderfully rich and inspiring talk on Makings of the Sea: Journey, Doubt, and Nostalgia (Gorgias Press, 2010), …

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Unequal Fortunes  ☆

Ms. Laura Scheiber, Ph.D. candidate, and Juan Carlos Reyes, Executive Assistant to the President of Teachers College, on Tuesday, September 14th, read from and discussed the compelling book, Unequal Fortunes: Snapshots from the South Bronx, (Teachers College Press, June 2010). The book, which was co-authored with President Emeritus Arthur Levine, is a highly personal account …

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Doing Race 

With the goal of illuminating our trouble in talking about race, Stanford University professors Hazel Markus and Paula Moya, of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity,  conducted an engaging talk drawn from their newly published volume Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century (W.W. Norton, Inc., 2010). Their acclaimed, edited work …

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The Delicate Balance 

When she appeared on our Evanston doorstep the morning my parents left for the West Coast, I thought we were in for big trouble: Keyes was as wide as our refrigerator and wore gold-rimmed, granny glasses on the brim of her nose as black as molasses. Like everyone else, we never knew her first name. …

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Book Talk – Computer Clubhouse 

Gail Breslow is Director of the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network and has overseen the dissemination of the Computer Clubhouse to community-based organizations both nationally and internationally since 1995. In addition, she has spearheaded the development of programs such as Hear Our Voices (a Clubhouse program for girls and young women); Clubhouse-to-College/Clubhouse-to-Career; and Beyond Four Walls: …


Reposted from Gottesman Video Collective. Written by Spam.

A book talk with Gail Breslow, Fred Riedel and several students demonstrating the work that is accomplished at the Computer Clubhouses. Publishing Location: Will be published on the Library pressible blog. Producer Notes: This is a different take on the previous edit.  I tried to incorporate more of the 'book talk' event but I still …

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Contributions of a TC Knight 

Consistent with the "knights of yesteryear," Mark J. Gadsden's mission is to maintain "a high level of integrity in the role of peacekeeper or watchman on the wall of truth; to protect the weak and defenseless in our world; and to direct people to do the right thing, either by words or actions" (Introduction, p. …

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Life Inspiration with Emily Grossman 

With footsteps in the sand before the tide, it's hard to tell the coming from the going, the beginning from the end. They form a path, often obscure, to some point of return, or no return. It's a curiosity to stand in another set of prints and imagine the person to whom they belong, comparing …

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Diane Ravitch on Testing, Choice, and Public Education  ☆

As her home office in Brooklyn was being repainted, Diane Ravitch, one of the nation's foremost historians of education and a leading education policy analyst, began reviewing forty years of her writings. Yellowing scrapbooks that recorded her reflections and observations on the state of American education stimulated a fresh look at currently popular strategies of …

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