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What’s Your Triple Package?

Are you… practical...empathetic... imaginative...persistent... intuitive... open-minded... curious... creative... logical... rigorous... enthusiastic...cooperative... passionate...? These are just some of the thoughts collected on the flipchart in preparation for the recent Socratic conversation What's YOUR "Triple Package"? Discovering and Activating Your "Signature Strengths" to Design Your Success, moderated by Ron Gross, author of Socrates Way and Co-Chair of …

Posted 14 days ago by Jennifer Govan

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Would It Kill You to Talk about Death for an Hour?

In fact, it didn't! Participants adopted a lively, healthy approach to discussing the Inevitable at a recent Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross, co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Innovation in Education. Spurred by Sam Harris’ video, It Is Always Now (which looks philosophically at the present moment and why it’s important to live …

Posted a month ago by Jennifer Govan

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Feeding Our Flame: A Campfire Conversation to Fuel Our Resolutions for the New Year

Happy 2014! Marshmallows-on-sticks to hand, a group of 16 conversationalists gathered in the Socratic circle to fire up the New Year. While books on display focused on themes of gratitude, commitment, and life change, comments on the flip chart sparked thoughts for new beginnings: Better health. Finding three new good friends. Need more income to …

Posted 2 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Call for Student Musicians

Come showcase your talents at the Everett Cafe! We sponsor live music Mondays through Thursdays, 4-5pm, 5-6pm, or 6-7pm, scheduling weekly performances at peak cafe hours to maximize enjoyment by our community. Vocalists and acoustic instrumentalists performing classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass, traditional, pop, and/or world music are most welcome, as we strive to suit a …

Posted 2 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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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 …

Posted 2 months ago by Anne Hays

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Infusing the Fall 2013 Education Program

Education  -- Special -- we honor last, but not least. Design thinking infuses Socratic conversation, like mint tisane. United Nations, we celebrate our common humanity. Cosmopolitanism and philosophy wed innovation and education. Arts, Media, and Justice we embrace with a panel of eight. TEACH, in motion, we face the real …

Posted 3 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Re-Designing New York City: What Are Your Ideas?

An aspiring group of urban re-designers met recently to share ideas at one of the Library's monthly Socratic conversations on how to improve the quality of life in New York City.  Suggestions covered a gamut of inspiring possibilities -- greater sociability and concept of the neighborhood, more green environment, less waste, active citizenry, stronger schools, …

Posted 3 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Do You Have a Soul?

Twenty-two brave souls addressed this question at the Library's monthly Socratic Conversation on November 7th, conducted by Ron Gross. They started by viewing an arresting short video of the renowned psychologist Carl Jung, author of Modern Man in Search of a Soul, talking to his own soul, illustrated by beautiful paintings from his famed Red Book. Jung's colloquy began: …

Posted 5 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Design Thinking Practiced at Socratic Conversation

Design Thinking was practiced at the Socratic Conversation held on Thursday, September 19th with Ron Gross, group facilitator, author of Socrates’ Way, and Chair of the University Seminar on Innovation on Education. Participants viewed a brief video of David Kelley, a leading champion of Design Thinking who co-founded IDEO and teaches Design Thinking at Stanford. After critiquing the …

Posted 6 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Call for DJ’s: Now Receiving Applications

"Oh, uh, oh, I heard it on the radio....." (Ross Lynch) Are you... or do you want to be a dj? Let us come and see your show, and let the good times go on n' on! We are pleased to announce the expansion of the Everett Cafe music program to include the art …

Posted 7 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Hello, Education Program

Opening Days. A flutter of fresh faces. A rousing rag and a fallen moustache. A wandering through floors, librarians leading. A panoply of news. A flurry of questions. Woodwinds rising. Leaves turning. Student, teacher, writer, artist, friend uniting. So begins the Education Program, to inform about the latest thinking in education and engage members of …

Posted 7 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Lavender Summer: Pondering the Education Program

So seeing the purple fields, row upon row of long, slender plants dotted with honeybees, I ponder the brief summer, and dream of France or England. Better yet, I am closer to home -- right here in the North Fork, savoring by bicycle the last of our August holiday. I brake at the lavender farm, …

Posted 7 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Our History Show, Now in Vinyl

Thanks to the Services team for their help researching and curating the history of TC, education, health, and psychology this past spring term. The first set of materials is up on the third floor! More will be coming soon, including the title of the show, and instructions for anyone who wants to help tell the …

Posted 9 months ago by Brian Hughes

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On Creative Aging

Creative Aging was the subject of a Socratic Conversation with Ron Gross on Thursday, May 30th.  Participants discussed new ways to thrive and contribute throughout our ever-longer life-spans -- for our parents, our grandparents, and for ourselves -- if we're lucky! Gross began by noting that Socrates himself reached the peak of his powers at …

Posted 10 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Balance and Momentum: Spring Education Program

Pedaling is the way a cyclist goes forward, maybe for châteaux, grey road ribboning vineyards green in a Loire Valley August, or for sweaters, woolly spin down the salt-slippery strip into Aber town, or for work, up past the North Woods on that crazy-cold NYC day, hands like birds frozen in flight. We provide points …

Posted 11 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Child Abuse Prevention: A Select Bibliography

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The April 10th Everett Cafe news display will feature advocacy efforts, and the Socratic conversation, Generational Patterns of Familial Child Abuse, with Natalie Millman, CU social work student, will focus on strategies for working with abused children and advocate for change on a multi-systems level. Also on April 11th, …

Posted 12 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Learning Spaces

Imagine a box, velvet black, Low-key lighting like beams from a lighthouse cast. Open space, no seats, silence. Just a big black box Waiting for actors, dancers, musicians. It’s a space that will be. Meaning will they make, Like blank page to written word. They perform, imprint our souls, move on. My knowledge of transitional …

Posted 12 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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On Space and the Education Program

As we grow, our spaces need to evolve, and the way things evolve can be difficult to predict. Whether we need to fashion a third bedroom out of a Manhattan living room, or create more appealing space for an expanding Education Program, we anticipate that content is prime; aesthetics and functionality, key; light, tone, color, …

Posted 13 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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125th Anniversary: Call for Actors

Do you have a talent for acting that is going unused? Maybe you do and you don't even know it. Maybe you just want to give it a shot. For Teachers College's 125th, EdLab is producing a series of short (2 minute, slightly humorous video re-enactments of major events in Teachers College history. The films …

Posted 13 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Process in the Education Program

“Why do we do what we do?” asks a colleague over the cranking of coffee machines in the Everett Café. I flip through the numbers and think through the presentations: an estimated 1,500 events since the inception of the Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, enhanced by introductions at professional conferences, staff meetings, and the events themselves. …

Posted 13 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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