Book Talk: Sharing the Work, with Myra Strober, Thursday, 3/30, 4-5:30pm

With congratulations to our authors, we are pleased to celebrate the scholarly achievements of our faculty, students, and colleagues in the field.

  • Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others), with Myra Strober, Thursday, 3/30, 4-5:30pm


  • Myra Strober became a feminist on the Bay Bridge, in 1970, after the chairman of Berkeley’s economics department had told her that she could never get tenure because she was a mother. Flooded with anger, she found her life’s work: to study and fight sexism in the workplace, in academia, and at home. Strober’s interest in women and work began when she saw her mother’s frustration at the limitations of her position as a secretary. Her consciousness of the unfairness of the usual distribution of household chores came when she unsuccessfully asked her husband for help with housework. Later, when a group of conservative white male professors sputtered at the idea of government-subsidized childcare, Strober made the case for its economic benefits. Strober was a pioneer. But she wasn’t alone: she benefitted from the women’s movement, institutional change, and new federal regulations that banned sex discrimination. She continues the work today and invites us to join her.
    -- Publisher's Description

    Myra Strober is a labor economist. She is Professor (Emerita) at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, and Professor of Economics at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (by courtesy). In addition to Sharing the Work (MIT Press, 2016), she is the coauthor of The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan (also, MIT Press, 1999).

    Dr. Strober will be introduced by her mentee, friend, and colleague, Dr. Regina Cortina, Professor of Education, International and Transcultural Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Co-sponsored by the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, Office of Alumni Relations, and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, this event includes a book signing and reception.

    Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, March 28th.

    Where: 138 Horace Mann

  • Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education, with Michel Alhadeff-Jones, Tuesday, 3/21, 4-5:30pm


  • "Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education (Routledge, 2016) argues that by rethinking the way we relate to time, we can fundamentally rethink the way we conceive education. Beyond the contemporary rhetoric of acceleration, speed, urgency or slowness, this book provides an epistemological, historical and theoretical framework that will serve as a comprehensive resource for critical reflection on the relationship between the experience of time and emancipatory education.

    Drawing upon time and rhythm studies, complexity theories and educational research, Alhadeff-Jones reflects upon the temporal and rhythmic dimensions of education in order to (re)theorize and address current societal and educational challenges. The book is divided into three parts. The first begins by discussing the specificities inherent to the study of time in educational sciences. The second contextualizes the evolution of temporal constraints that determine the ways education is institutionalized, organized, and experienced. The third and final part questions the meanings of emancipatory education in a context of temporal alienation.

    This is the first book to provide a broad overview of European and North-American theories that inform both the ideas of time and rhythm in educational sciences, from school instruction, curriculum design and arts education, to vocational training, lifelong learning and educational policies. It will be of key interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of philosophy of education, sociology of education, history of education, psychology, curriculum and learning theory, and adult education."
    -- Publisher's Description

    Michel Alhadeff-Jones is a psychosociologist and a philosopher of education. He works as an adjunct associate professor in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. In Europe, he teaches at the universities of Fribourg and Geneva (Switzerland) and he is associated to the French Laboratory of Research EXPERICE (Experience, Cultural Resources and Education) at the University of Paris. He is the founder of the Sunkhronos Institute located in Geneva.

    Dr. Alhadeff-Jones will be joined by Dr. Megan Laverty, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education, at Teachers College, and both will discuss some of the key insights and questions raised by this book.

    Please rsvp with your interest and details by Friday, March 17th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Letters to a Young Education Reformer, with Rick Hess, Thursday, 3/23, 7-9pm


  • In Letters to a Young Education Reformer (Harvard Education Press, 2017), Frederick M. Hess distills knowledge from twenty-five years of working in and around school reform. Inspired by his conversations with young, would-be reformers who are passionate about transforming education, the book offers a window into Hess’s thinking about what education reform is and should be.

    Hess writes that “reform is more a matter of how one thinks about school improvement than a recital of programs and policy proposals.” Through his essays, he explores a range of topics, including: Talkers and Doers; The Temptations of Bureaucracy; The Value in Talking with Those Who Disagree; Why You Shouldn’t Put Too Much Faith in Experts; Philanthropy and Its Discontents; and The Problem with Passion."
    -- Publisher's Description

    An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess is Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. Dr. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include The Cage-Busting Teacher, Cage-Busting Leadership, Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, The Same Thing Over and Over,, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, Rick Hess Straight Up and is a regular contributor to The Hill. Hess’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review board for the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.

    This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis.

    Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, March 21st.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • The Dropout: How a Lost Kid Found His Dream, with Joseph Mathews, Wednesday, 3/29, 5-7pm


  • Please join Joseph Mathews, Teachers College doctoral candidate and edutainer, on Wednesday, February 1st, as he discusses his first book, The Dropout: How A Lost Kid Found His Dream (CreateSpace, 2008), with relevance to his continuing work in the field.

    "Follow the high school drop out Joseph Mathews as he takes you on a journey through his troubled life and shares with readers the events that lead to him dropping out of high school. Joseph's debut project, The Dropout gives a very vivid and detailed account of what makes a kid want to drop out of school. He shares with readers his early life as an honor roll student and explains how that all changed. Joseph also shares many lessons with young readers about the destructive lifestyle he was living, the friends he lost along the way, and the eventual trouble that led to him going to jail when he was 17 years old. But just when it seemed like Joseph's life was over his story demonstrates that even when you've made mistakes and bad decisions, never give up because there is a dream inside of you, and that... ...Sometimes in life all you will have is a dream, so hold on to yours."
    -- Publisher's Description

    Joseph Mathews has conducted many professional development workshops for teachers that focus on student and family engagement. In addition to his newly published Things I Wish My Teacher Knew About Me (CreateSpace, May, 2015), he has written Wrestling for My Life (2011), Why Do Boys Make Girls Cry? (2011), Me and My Homies (2010), and The Dropout (2008). Joseph has a M.A. in Family and Community Education, and he is pursuing now a Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Studies, also at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Please rsvp with your interest by Monday, March 27th, and stay tuned for details on Joseph's Spring 2017 workshops in the series, Engaging the Disengaged Student: I Hate My Teacher & My Teacher Hates Me, Wednesday, March 1st; Academics vs Athletics, Wednesday, April 5th.

    Where: 306 Russell



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