Book Talk: I Am in Here, with Virginia Breen, Monday, 9/29, 5-7pm

Have you published lately… or maybe you have something on the burner? Course paper to blog to scholarly text, the writer is within us all - and where better to share than with the Teachers College community?

The Gottesman Libraries sponsors book talks and lectures by faculty, students, staff, and others, so join us!

  • I Am in Here, with Virginia Breen, Monday, 9/29, 5-7pm


  • I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice (Revell, 2011) tells the inspirational story of Elizabeth Bonker who in minimally verbal and writes poetry to illuminate the inner world of autism and world around us. Written by her mother, Virginia (Ginnie) Breen and her daughter, Elizabeth, this award-winning book begins, "Beauty bursts forth in the most unexpected places…" and goes on to show us how.

    Elizabeth is now sixteen years old and her mission is to change the way the world sees autism. With her poetry, she asks us to look beyond the behaviors caused by the medical condition and see the intelligent human beings within. Elizabeth has been featured widely in the media and press, including PBS, TEDMED, Daytime News, The 700 Club, AutismOne, and Fox News. Attending from home via robot, Elizabeth excels in honors courses at her local public high school by painstakingly typing out her work one letter at a time on an iPad with her educational aide.

    Ginnie is the mother of three children, two of whom are profoundly affected by autism. In addition to working to heal her children, Virginia is a venture capitalist who invests in high-tech companies and serves on corporate and non-corporate boards, including 15 years on her local public school board. She studied computer science at Harvard, business at Columbia, and philosophy in Singapore.

    This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Health and Behavior Studies. Mrs. Breen will be introduced by Hsu-Min (Mina) Chiang, Assistant Professor in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ginnie has worked closely with both of her children’s teachers and aides in public and private schools for more than a decade. She looks forward to a lively discussion about the challenges and blessings that come from teaching children with autism.

    Please rsvp with details via online support by Thursday, September 25th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Summer Melt: Supporting Low-Income Students through the Transition to College, with Ben Castleman, Thursday, 9/3, 4-5:30pm


  • Let us welcome Benjamin Castleman who will discuss his forthcoming book, Summer Melt: Supporting Low-Income Students Through the Transition to College (co-author Lindsay Page, Harvard Education Press, October 2014) which explores the complex factors that contribute to the trend of attrition among college-intending seniors--especially those from low-income families. With the absence of school support, confusion over paperwork, lack of parental guidance, and the teenage tendency to procrastinate, up to 40% of students presumed to be headed to college fail to matriculate at any postsecondary institution in the fall following high school. Summer Melt offers practical guidance for schools and districts committed to helping their students make the transition to college, including counselor outreach, peer mentoring, and usage of text messages and social media.

    Ben Castleman is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Ben’s research applies insights from behavioral economics and social psychology to improve college access and success for low-income and non-traditional students. He has conducted several randomized trials to investigate innovative strategies to deliver high-quality information about the college-going process to students and their families, and to ease the process of students and families getting professional support when they need assistance. Much of Ben's work has focused on reducing summer melt among college-intending high school graduates.

    Ben’s research has been generously supported by The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The W.T. Grant Foundation, The Heckscher Foundation for Children, The Kresge Foundation, The Lumina Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. His research has received extensive media coverage, including The Associated Press, The Washington Post, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Time Magazine, and USA Today. Along with Bottom Line, a college access organization, Castleman was a winner of the 2014 Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy national competition for low-cost randomized trials in public policy. Ben is a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. He is a Lumina Foundation/Institute for Higher Education Policy Academic Fellow, and is a recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders award, given annually by The Association of American Colleges and Universities. Ben is a graduate of Brown University and completed his doctoral work at Harvard University.

    Professor Castleman will be introduced by Leanne Stahnke Zoven, Director of College Supports at NYC Outward Bound and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, co-sponsor of this event.

    Please rsvp with details via online support by Tuesday, September 2nd.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Somewhat Close to Normal, with Ebonye Octavia Gussine, Thursday, 9/11, 4-5:30pm


  • Debut novelist Ebonye Octavia Gussine will present Somewhat Close to Normal (August Rose Press, 2014), which is a fictional 9/11 tale that showcases a multicultural cast of Native New Yorkers who struggle for orientation in their irrevocably transformed world.

    Writes PR Newswire:

    "The book is a carefully drawn portrayal featuring a cultural mosaic of interconnected characters and how their lives were impacted by the horrific events on September 11th 2001. It follows lifelong residents of New York City and explores how their worlds are transformed. The characters focus not only on their losses, but also what it means to live in a world with heightened prejudices.

    "Somewhat Close to Normal hits on the connections that we all have made from our experiences during that time and the stories that we have lived to tell. This story reminds you to love one another, to appreciate one another, and to care for one another. We never know what tomorrow will bring."
    --Amazon Reader Review

    "Somewhat Close to Normal is a must read for those who struggle with their own memory of 9/11, and may give the reader some level of comfort knowing they are not alone."
    --Amazon Reader Review

    Ebonye Octavia Gussine was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. Somewhat Close to Normalis her first novel. She earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a M.S. from CUNY School of Professional Studies. Two years after she witnessed the fall of the Twin Towers, she began writing about the impact of that experience. These drafts evolved into her debut novel, Somewhat Close To Normal. Ebonye has one child and lives with her husband in Northern California.

    Please rsvp with details via online support by Tuesday, September 9th.

    See here for the book trailer.

    Also be sure to visit the Everett Cafe news display on Patriot Day, an annual observance which remembers those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

    Where: 305 Russell

  • Atheists in America, with Melanie Brewster and Contributors, Wednesday, 9/17, 4-5:30pm


  • Come hear Melanie Brewster and contributors discuss their new book, Atheists in America: Narratives from an Invisible Minority (Columbia University Press, 2014).

    "This collection features more than two dozen narratives by atheists from different backgrounds across the United States. Ranging in age, race, sexual orientation, and religious upbringing, these individuals address deconversion, community building, parenting, and romantic relationships, providing a nuanced look at living without a god in a predominantly Christian nation.

    These narratives illuminate the complexities and consequences for nonbelievers in the United States. Stepping away from religious belief can have serious social and existential ramifications, forcing atheists to discover new ways to live meaningfully without a religious community. Yet shedding the constraints of a formal belief system can also be a freeing experience. Ultimately, this volume shows that claiming an atheist identity is anything but an act isolated from the other dimensions of the self. Upending common social, political, and psychological assumptions about atheists, this collection helps carve out a more accepted space for this minority within American society."
    --Book Description (Columbia University Press)

    Melanie Elyse Brewster is Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Co-Founder of the Sexuality, Women, & Gender Project. She also runs the Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment Working Group at TC and regularly tweets about identity politics at @melysebrewster. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

    Stephen S. Mills is a poet, adjuncts at a career college and does freelance writing work. Stephen has a MFA from Florida State University, and his chapter is entitled "A Tale of Two Closets" in Part 3, Two Closets? Identifying as Both LGBTQ and Atheist.

    Dr. Camilo Ortiz is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Long Island University where he conducts research on parenting. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his chapter is entitled, "Cracking Open the Closet Door" in Part 7, Atheism at Work: Tales of Coming Out to Coworkers and Colleagues.

    Be sure to read the September 3rd article, "Beyond Belief", in TC People. Moderating the panel discussion is Joe Levine, Senior Director, Publications, Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Please rsvp with details via online support no later Monday, September 15th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Diverse Early Childhood Education Policies and Practices, with Amita Gupta, Thursday, 9/18, 5-7pm


  • Please join us for a reading and discussion with Amita Gupta on Diverse Early Childhood Education Policies and Practices: Voices and Images from Five Countries in Asia (Routledge, 2014).

    "Diverse Early Childhood Education Policies and Practices explores issues in early childhood education and teacher preparation in five Asian countries: India, Singapore, China, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Some observed classrooms in these countries reflect influences that are simultaneously indigenous and colonial, local and global. By highlighting the diverse and often hybrid classroom pedagogies at work in these 21st century Asian classrooms, the discussions in this book take into consideration the influence of globalization on local policies and practices, and the challenge educators face when they are expected to reconcile different and sometimes conflicting cultural and pedagogical world views.

    Through a research-driven analysis of key issues such as recent revisions to national early childhood education policies, perceptions on "play-based and child-centered" pedagogy, curriculum and learning materials, and an emphasis on the teaching of values, this book illuminates the diversity of the observed classrooms as well as current trends in early childhood education in parts of Asia. The cross-national perspective serves to expand and diversify the global discourse of early childhood education and teacher education."
    --Book Description (Routledge)

    An alumna of Teachers College (Ed.D, M.A.), Dr. Gupta has been in the field of early education for over twenty-five years and has extensive cross-cultural experience with school administration, teacher education, and classroom teaching in urban schools in both India and the U.S. Prior to joining CUNY she was Associate Director of an early education school on the Upper West Side for ten years. Dr. Gupta serves as an early childhood consultant and on the Board of Directors for schools in both countries, and offers culturally responsive professional development consultations in the areas of school leadership, teacher preparation, curriculum design and development for schools, institutions and organizations in India and the U.S. Dr. Gupta is Professor of Early Childhood Education at City College of New York and Doctoral Faculty for CUNY Graduate Center. She is also a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (2009-10).

    Dr. Amita Gupta as published extensively in her field, including articles, reviews, encyclopedia entries, and books: Early Childhood Education, Postcolonial Theory and Teaching Practices and Policies in India: Balancing Vygotsky and the Veda (2nd ed, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Going to School in South Asia (Greenwood, 2007); and Early Childhood Education, Postcolonial Theory and Teaching Practices and Policies in India: Balancing Vygotsky and the Veda (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

    This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, will introduce Professor Amita Gupta.

    Rsvp with details via online support by Tuesday, September 16th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives: An International Inquiry with Immigrant Children and The Arrival, with Carmen Martinez-Roldan and Guests, Monday, 9/22, 3:30-5pm


  • Join Carmen Martinez-Roldan and co-authors Evelyn Arizpe, Teresa Colomer, and Marcella Terrusi as they present their new book, Visual Journeys through Wordless Narratives: An International Inquiry with Immigrant Children and The Arrival (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), which explores response strategies to Shaun Tan's The Arrival. Tan's work is a wordless graphic novel about a man who leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family. Findings with children from the UK, Spain, Italy and the USA demonstrate the value of using wordless narratives in education. With support for immigrant children’s understanding of literature and visual literacy, comes the sharing of experiences that enrich and transform teaching and learning.

    Carmen Martínez-Roldan is an Associate Professor in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on bilingual children’s biliteracy learning, specifically, how children construct meanings from texts and the contexts that mediate their interpretive processes. She has also conducted research on teacher and children’s learning in environments where online games and Latino children’s literature were available. Her research has been disseminated nationally and internationally. In 2012, Carmen received the Mid-Career Award for outstanding research in teaching and teacher education by Division K of the American Educational Research Association.

    Joining us via Skype from Mexico is Dr. Evelyn Arzipe. Dr. Arzipe is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Glasgow and is the Programme Leader for the M.Ed. in Children’s Literature and Literacies. She has taught and published widely in the areas of literacies, reader-response to picture books and children’s literature, including Mexican children’s books. Evelyn’s publications include Children Reading Pictures: Interpreting Visual Texts and Reading Lessons from the Eighteenth Century both with Morag Styles. She also recently co-edited Picturebooks: Beyond Borders of Art, Narrative and Culture with Maureen Farrell and Julie McAdam.

    A leading specialist in children's literature, Teresa Colomer and her team will share a short video from Spain. Dr. Colomer is a Professor at the Department of Language, Literature and Social Sciences Education at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She is the Director of the international MA on Books and Literature for Children and Youngsters, as well as the Director and Coordinator of the official interuniversity MA on School Library and Reading Promotion. She is also the Principal Investigator of the research group GRETEL.Teresa is the author of approximately 200 publications. She has received several international awards.

    Contributing author Marcella Terrusi has a PhD in Children’s Literature and is a teacher of History of Picturebooks at Isia-Urbino (School of Art and Design) and a researcher with the Department of Quality Life at the University of Bologna. She is active in the Italian IBBY section (International Board on Books for Young People) and she participated in the Biennial of Bratislava International Jury as the Italian Member in 2009. She is author of Albi Illustrate. Leggere, Guardare, Nominare il Mando Nei Libri per L'infanzia, the first Italian monograph on picture books.

    This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Assistant Professor of English Education, will introduce Professor Carmen Martínez-Roldan and guests.

    Please rsvp with details via online support by Thursday, September 18th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Confrontation 9: Face It to Escape It, with Dilshad Dayani, Wednesday, 9/24, 4-5:30pm


  • Let us warmly welcome TC alumna Dilshad Dayani back to Teachers College, as she presents her latest book, Confrontation 9: Face It to Escape It (CreateSpace, 2014) -- a tool to help one craft a concrete roadmap for success in life.

    "Confrontation 9: Face It to Escape It is all about how to manage your inner fears and roadblocks. It gives you the tools to overcome the difficult process of confessing your limitations. Within its pages, you’ll realize how diverse concepts of success in society, through media and cultural conditioning, can inhibit and blur your priorities. Redefine and activate your paradigm of success, acquire the tools of a new mindset, design your own culture map and give your spirit the makeover of a lifetime."
    --Book Description, Dr. Dilshad Dayani

    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, passion and goal to impact incubated at the age of 13, and she now serves as a Diversity Advocate, Executive Trainer, Author, Broadcast journalist and International Speaker. As an immigrant from South Asia, her personal challenges transformed her journey into an Empowerment Radio Talk show serving diverse communities in Texas and East Coast. In it she addressing cultural issues with unique solutions.

    Dishad Dayani earned her Masters in Instructional Design and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University, in addition to a Masters of Education from Karachi University in Pakistan followed by a doctorate in education from North Central University. Dilshad has served as a curriculum technology specialist, elementary school teacher, and early childhood development director in Texas and California. Active in various boards from Parent Education to Diversity portfolios, she is also on the community advisor board for NPR and KERA Dallas, Texas and a thought leader for Kappa Delta Pi, the highest Honor society in education.

    Her first book Let's Hear Our Five Senses Talk (Lulu, 2006), is a children’s book of rhymes, rhythm, and short sentences that was inspired by her children.

    Please rsvp with details via online support by Monday, September 22nd.

    Read about Dilshad's previous presentation Zindagi: Acculturation, Technology and Media through Collaboration, which describes the empowerment radio module she innovated at Teachers College through Research.

    Where: 306 Russell



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