News Displays: Leta Hollingsworth Is Born, Friday, 5/25

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  • Leta Hollingsworth Is Born, Friday, 5/25


  • Leta Stetter Hollingworth (25 May 1886 – 27 November 1939) was an American psychologist who pioneered research in the fields of gifted education and the psychology of women. She earned her MA and Ph'D from Teachers College, Columbia University and served as as Instructor in Educational Psychology, then as Assistant Professor of Education, and finally Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College where she remained
    for the rest of her life. Among her students was Carl Rogers, a founder of the humanistic approach to psychology. Hollingworth's publications include works on intelligence testing, gifted children, and special disabilities.

  • Citizen Kane Is Released, Tuesday, 5/1


  • Considered one of the greatest movies of all time, Citizen Kane was released on May 1st, 1941 at RKO Palace Theater ion Broadway. The mystery drama by Orson Wells follows the life of William Randolph Hearst, who ruled the nation's newspapers. With its original camera and sound work, it included a fake-newsreel or “mockumentary” footage that became a model for many films to be produced over decades to come.

    Be sure to check out the related Everett Cafe book display, What's Real in the Media? that focuses on fake news and media literacy.

  • Happy Birthday, James Barrie!, Wednesday, 5/9


  • James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up, was born on May 9th, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He attended the University of Edinburgh and became a journalist, though later moved to London to pursue his interest in becoming playwright. Barrie's inspiration for Peter Pan stemmed from his friendship with the Davies' children, five brothers for whom he would become guardian.He was made a baronet and received the Order of Merit, among other honors, including President of the Society of Authors and Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

  • Plessy versus Ferguson, Friday, 5/18


  • Decided on May 18th, 1896, Plessy versus Ferguson was a landmark case that upheld racial segregation laws for public facilities in the United States, provided they were equal in quality. Taken to trial, Homer Randolph Plessy had boarded a "whites only" car of the East Louisiana Railroad in New Orleans after buying a first class ticket.

    Regarded as one of the worst decisions in our nation's history, the decision was later ruled unconstitutional with regard to schools and educational facilities as a result of the landmark case Brown versus Board of Education in 1956.



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