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Highlighting the Education Program, Fall 2015: Blackthorn’s Sloe 

In Fall 2015, we are happy to see content significant to today's classroom and world. We can marvel at how the first dissertation, ever to be written in comic book form, was done at Teachers College, as we look back at The Comic Book Project and appreciate rapid growth in the teaching of visual literacy. Or, how a disengaged

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January Posters 

Just in case you're wondering…. posters for offerings of the Gottesman Libraries Education Program draw upon the historical art collections of Teachers College, Columbia University. Click on the offering or event, and you will learn what’s going on in January. Click on the title of the artwork and read “About the work”, to find details on …

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Sensational Gods: A Winter Book Collection 

Drawn to the festive red and green, we note the powdered face of the Elizabethan court jester. The comic fool, yet not the fool in serving to provide witty insight and advice to the King, whom he may also mock. Dark eyes aslant, there’s a pursed smile…deciding, disapproving, lying? We muse on what student Burdett had in …

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Poster Art 

What do featured databases, themed book displays, and special news exhibits all have in common? Psychology, science, culture, the arts, technology and media. You're thinking connections to research and teaching in the broad areas of education, psychology, and applied health sciences? Institutional mission ... and connections to the Gottesman Libraries Education Program! To catch the …

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Landing on Mars: A New Cafe Book Collection 

With the recent discovery of liquid water on Mars, comes the arrival of a new, thought-provoking, café book collection! Landing on Mars delves into amazing scientific, anthropological, and philosophical ideas concerning human travel to outer space and the sustainability of life on the Red Planet. Fast forward 10, 20, 30 years? Are you packing your bags, donning …

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With All Seriousness, Comics Find a Permanent Home 

While you may relish reading the Sunday funnies over a cuppa in the coziness of your kitchen, you may also recall perusing Serious Comics, featured earlier this Fall as the lattes lapped Everett to the tune of daily news. The display spoke volumes to the relevance and impact of the comic as an innovative model for new forms …

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Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Moves to Russell Tower 

If you missed Bin Laden's Bookshelf in Everett Café, you’ll get another chance to peruse the telling resources of the founder and head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda. The Bin Laden Collection of English-language books is now integrated throughout the circulating research collection, housed in Russell Tower, floors five through two, of the Gottesman …

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Moving Walls: Summer 2015 Education Program 

A moving wall is a fixed period of time – months or years – that tends to change the equation of motion. Not that we claim to fathom Lagrange's formulas, but we can spot the relevance. Summer construction impacts event programming and library services, as engineers and workers repair the roof, install a sprinkler system, upgrade the WiFi, …

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Just Look at That Art! 

Happen to see our latest e-board and website ads? Our inspiration draws from the Gottesman Libraries Historical Art Collections, where we incorporate unique pieces by artists, young and old, from all over the world – Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, New York, and in between. Click on the italicized title and read “About the work” for …

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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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“Our Treasury and Too”: Highlights of the 2015 Spring Education Program 

"It never is too late For nights of stars and feet that move to an Iambic measure; all who clapped were linked, The theatre is our treasury and too, Our study, school-room, house where mercy is Dispensed with justice. Shakespeare has the mood And draws the music from the dullest heart.” --from A Performance of …

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The Politics of True Play 

On Wednesday March 11, the library hosted a guest lecture by Cheng Xueqin, regional director of early childhood education in Anji, a county in China’s Zhejiang province. Ms. Cheng presented on her work and experience in developing Anji Play, a play-driven curriculum for preschool- and kindergarten-aged children that she and a group of Anji school …

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Talk and Act: Fall 2014 Education Program 

… from books and guest speakers, to films and Socratic conversations, we engage in spirited discussion of topics and trends, tactics and targets. We open Fall Book Talks with Summer Melt (the transition of low-income minority students to college) -- and close with The Kidnapping of Sr. Angeles (for some lighter holiday reading). We explore wordless narratives and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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” …

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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 …

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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 …

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