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Values and Learning Modalities 

“Pass It On” TV commercials from Values.com were the experimental learning modality used at the monthly meeting of the Socratic Conversations on Thursday, September 18th.  In Lights! Camera!! Values!!? the group explored their basic values by responding to one-minute dramatic pieces on significant themes, like believing in yourself (courage and perseverance), making a difference (generosity …

Posted a month ago by Jennifer Govan

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Summer of Firsts 

Home to work, this is a summer of firsts; lovely lemonade stand to foldable four-point crab trap, experiment we go: there's dog walking (for a puggle named Jennifer); horseback riding with Magic, Dock, and Bequita; an oyster harvest at Peconic Bay; walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on surely the hottest day; and tour of Four …

Posted a month ago by Jennifer Govan

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Welcome 

September comes around like a carousel, not unlike the work of Arthur Wesley Dow and his students. An influential and highly innovative art educator, Dow taught future art teachers the importance of creating art through elements of composition, namely line, mass, and color. Made in the early 1900’s by an unknown student of Dow’s, the …

Posted a month ago by Jennifer Govan

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By Design: Highlighting the Spring Education Program 

D esign is the theme for Socrates. Death, strengthflame,  friend, home, if you please! Fine topics equate, As we ponder our fate -- Philosopher, growing minds he believes! * * * * * * E very book talks in the Library. Dear reader, be sure not to tarry! Global or leader, It couldn’t …

Posted 5 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Friendship: The Design and the Art of Creating Personal Relationships 

FRIENDSHIP, which seems like such a simple concept when you’re browsing at the rack of Hallmark greeting cards in the drugstore, turned out to be problematical – but rewarding -- when it was examined deeply, wittily, and movingly, at the monthly Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on Thursday, April 17th. Each participant drafted a “Friendship Credo” …

Posted 6 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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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 6 months 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 7 months 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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