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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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Nesting in the Collaboration Space 

“What's that big discoball on the second floor?", a student asked. "It's actually a nest!", I exclaimed. You, too, may have noticed our newest piece of art funded by The Myers Trust as part of the Library's Exhibitions Program. Intrigued by the "Reading Nest" at the Cleveland Public Library, the library design team …

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Rid Yourself of Back Pain: A New Gottesman Library Lecture Tells Us How 

The little pains we feel along our spines creep over us so slowly we often hardly notice until they become much worse. Over time, however, the soreness we get from extended hours of study begins to add up; a small ache develops into a larger posture problem, and if we’re not careful, causes persistent back …

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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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Stolen Bikes 

I gaze high up at the brightly lit stage, feeling lost in the large musty space. Within an instant I recognize three familiar banana seats – one of them a girl’s– only it is crusted over with thick, bruised blue paint, not light sparkling yellow as before. My brothers’ bikes are quickly wheeled in by …

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Margaret Bates and Teaching Research Methods with YouTube 

Can research methods be fun to teach? So advocates Dr. Margaret Bates, who cites examples of the benefits of focus groups and social media that allow people to feel safe and open up about themselves and their research topics. Using a Dodge commercial and other short video clips, Bates remarks on the significance of participant …

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Learning Our Way Out 

Last Spring the Library Director asked me to consider doing a book talk with Jane Boorstein, an alumna of Teachers College. As he handed over a slim paperback with a modest cover, he inquired if I knew her, mentioning casually that she developed a novel educational approach in Ethiopia. I quickly read the title, Learning …

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“Trudging Towards Freedom” with William Ayers 

Schooling is never neutral. Schools are always contested spaces, sites of conflict and contradiction, hope and struggle. In the last half-century, social upheavals in South Africa, China, Europe, Chile, and the US were sometimes centered, often energized, and always echoed within the schools. School people in societies as diverse as medieval Saudi Arabia, the Soviet …

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Research & Musings on Paranormal Television 

Paranormal reality television shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Labs, The Haunted, and Celebrity Ghost Stories, to name a just a few, have grown in popularity in recent years, with some claiming to be "probing the afterlife." Recent polls indicate that a notable number of respondents express belief in the existence of activities considered to …

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Higher Education in Rwanda 

Captured here is stimulating discussion on the challenges and opportunities of higher education in Rwanda with staff and students from representative institutions striving to make a difference. Our panel talk  offers several unique perspectives from members of Generation Rwanda and the Akilah Institute for Women. Michael Brotchner is Executive Director of Generation Rwanda (formerly known …

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Unusual Graveyard 

The granite tombstones are gray and crooked, their engravings barely legible from weathering more than a century of rain, sand, and Atlantic hurricanes. Purple sea grapes border the cholera graveyard which rests peacefully on a bluff near the old Hopetown fire station. We see white caps glimmering in the pure light of the moon, a …

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Humanizing the Zeitgeist 

It can be said that Renee Cherow-O’Leary, Founder and President of Education for the 21st Century, began -- to use her expression --by “mining the zeitgeist” or spirit of the age.  With enthusiasm she exhibited a stack of modern magazines, citing examples of  hot articles, among them “Hooked on Gadgets and Paying a Mental …

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Something Cool – Worm Composting 

It all started when Amelia Epp, artist, teacher, blogger, and M.A. candidate in art education, offered to worm sit over the summer for a friend in New York. After two months of experiencing the blissful benefits – reducing organic waste, providing fertilizer for plants, growing community gardens, and the never-to-be missed topic of conversation - …


Reposted from Gottesman Video Collective. Written by Spam.

This video is part of the Something Cool series, which is focused on interesting and inspiring events or projects in the library and the EdLab. Publishing Location First published on the EdLab Blog but will find a home on the library pressible site. Producer Notes This event took place twice within a few hours and …

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Music, Conversation, and Interpretive Understanding with Emir Lewis 

Emir Lewis has edited and/or produced approximately 20 motion pictures, including those for television: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (2008) and Year of the Bull (2003). Renowned for his use of music, coupled with his tackling of controversial subjects, Mr. Lewis' works include: Woodstock, Now and Then (2009); AIR (America’s Investigative Reports, 2008); Mr. …

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On Private Funding 

For years I had and loved a jade plant, a common household Crassula ovata, even if it never had the fortune to bear small pink or white flowers. It required normal watering in the summer, when the soil was dry, and very little watering in colder months. But the dry heat of our New York …

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Expert Advice on Publishing Online  ☆

Ms. Kay Cassell, Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, offered invaluable advice on how to find a topic; develop it into a publishable paper; and get it published. Certainly a fine presentation well geared towards students in the social sciences who are over the hump of finals and eager to spend …

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Beasts of No Nation and AIDS/HIV in Nigeria 

Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala read from and discussed his debut novel, Beasts of No Nation (Harper Collins, 2005), as well as his forthcoming nonfictional work on AIDS/HIV in Nigeria. Beasts tells the story of a young boy soldier, Agu, who is forced into the army in an unnamed country in West Africa. Despite his love …

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Makerbot 3-D Printing: Revolutionizing the Role of Computers 

The state-of-the-art of "desktop manufacturing" today is reminiscent of "personal computing" in the 1970s and "Real-time" computer processing and "real world computing" are poised to (once again) revolutionize the role of computers everyday life. This was demonstrated by none other than Chris "Widget" DiMauro with the  state-of-the-art 3-D printer – Makerbot. DiMauro is a research …

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