Guest Talk: The Child in Movies, with Ulf Abraham & Petra Anders, Monday, 4/25, 5-7pm

The Education program includes occasional lectures and talks by leaders in the broad field of education.

  • The Child in Movies, with Ulf Abraham & Petra Anders, Monday, 4/25, 5-7pm


  • Both, in brand new movies and in world classics, children have stopped depending on adults and begun to explore their own possibilities and struggle for their identity, self-esteem, and morality. Ulf Abraham illustrates how these films can be used as a tool in education.

    Professor Ulf Abraham holds a doctorate in German Literature and a Chair in the "Pedagogy of Language and Literature" within the German Department of Bamberg University, Germany. He has done research and published on literary learning and on the writing and reading skills of students of all ages. His books include an influential introduction to teaching German Literature (Literaturdidaktik Deutsch, Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2009). Another recent publication is on the use of film in the teaching of German, Filme im Deutschunterricht (Seelze-Velber: Klett Kallmeyer, 2009).

    Joining Professor Abraham is Dr. Petra Anders, Assistant Professor, Department of German Literature and Education, University of Bremen, Germany, from which institution she earned her Ed.D., summa cum laude, in 2009. Her recent book is Poetry Slam im Deutschunterricht (Schneider Verlag, 2010). She has done research and written on poetry and movies in schools, cinematic interpretation, adolescent novels, hip-hop movies, and the representation of Germany in film.

    This talk is co-sponsored by the Film and Education Research Academy (FERA) and Gottesman Libraries. It is part of the month's venue on creativity, comprising library events and offerings in support of the Department of Arts and Humanities Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Symposium on April 28th and 29th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Death in Popular Culture, with Diane Dobry, Monday, 4/11, 4-5:30pm


  • Do we live in a death-denying culture, or are we privately wondering what mysteries death holds? Films, plays, documentaries, and popular television present us with an array of possibilities from the external to the internal point of view of death and what lies beyond. Popular culture offers stories that tease and joke about it to those that tug at our emotions or even give us pause to consider a completely different perspective. Are we impacted by the ideas about death in popular culture in how we view our own mortality and could the imagery in popular culture actually serve to enhance thanatology?

    Diane Dobry, current TC doctoral student in Cultural Studies, will explore how media represents human mourning, ideas about the afterlife, near-death experiences, judgment, communication with the dead, and reincarnation using clips from a variety of films and television programs.

    Diane Dobry is a Public Relations and media specialist who is researching audiences of paranormal reality television and its relationship to beliefs in the survival of human consciousness after death. She served for many years as Director of Communications in the Office of External Affairs at Teachers College, and went on to work in Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation. Previously she was an instructor of media studies at Queens College. Ms. Dobry also imported Hungarian wines for several years.

    Co-sponsored by the Film and Education Research Academy (FERA) and the Gottesman Libraries, this presentation picks up on themes presented by Diane in her talk last Fall, Research and Musings Behind Paranormal Television Programming.


  • Rain Garden, with Colin Schumacher, Thursday, 4/14, 4:30-6pm


  • Did you know that a green renovation is afoot just outside the walls of The Gottesman Libraries? Last fall, Teachers College committed to planting the Russell courtyard with a diverse array of perennial native plant species that promises beautiful springtime blooms and effectively eliminates the carbon footprint associated with annual plantings. Also debuting this spring is a brand new river-themed rain garden, a children's vegetable garden, a composting center, and a 300-gallon rainwater irrigation system. These projects were jump started by a grant from Brita Inc.'s FilterForGood campaign. Teachers College was one of five schools nationally to receive funding.

    Concomitant with TC Go Green week, Colin Schumacher, TC alumni who envisioned the courtyard renovations, will present on the history of the Russell courtyard project and discuss the ways in which green infrastructure at schools can meet a vital need for stormwater management and education in New York City.

    Colin currently teaches 4th and 5th grade at The Earth School, PS 364. He has taught at Teachers College's Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, where he developed gardening curriculum. He also founded a garden club as a student teacher with his fifth graders at P.S. 179 in the South Bronx. As an undergraduate at Hamline University, Schumacher won the Eliza A. Drew Prize in Environmental Studies for his research on large dam projects in Canada. Colin also interned for Anishinaabekwe activist Winona LaDuke at the White Earth Land Recovery Project in northern Minnesota.

    This talk is co-sponsored by TC Go Green and Gottesman Libraries in support of activities for Earth Week, April 18-22.

    Where: Second Floor Salon

  • Climate Reality Tour: Biking to Connect Climate Justice Struggles, with Jamie Trowbridge, Wednesday, 4/20, 3-4pm


  • Corporate agriculture and deforestation are two of the leading producers of climate warming emissions. Both processes are facilitated by current global trade rules. It's a tragic irony that while designed to produce ever more quantities of food on the whole, that both processes lead to more overall malnutrition, hunger and poverty by displacing small farmers and fueling an unnatural, processed food system. The forces that are fueling the global food crisis - free market fundamentalism and the quest for unlimited economic growth - show up at the root of the financial crisis and climate crisis, as well.

    The Climate Reality Tour was a movement-building bicycle journey from the coal fields of Appalachia to the U.N. Climate Talks in Cancun, Mexico. Join us for footage and stories from inspiring organizers on the frontlines of resistance against the unsustainable global economic order.

    Jamie Trowbridge, one of two CRT riders, has long suspected that certain University economics courses do little more than teach our future business elite an elaborate rationalization to help them feel okay, and even a sense of necessity, about mistreating other people and trashing the planet. This suspicion was confirmed working as a Research Fellow for Greenpeace, where he tracked huge swathes of money from the libertarian, oil-tycoon Koch family that are being funneled through charitable foundations to fund professional climate change deniers and to promote an anti-regulatory, free-market paradigm at university-based research centers.

    This talk is co-sponsored by TC Go Green and Gottesman Libraries in support of activities for Earth Week, April 18-22.

    Also be sure to check out our news displays on environmental education during this time.

    Where: 306 Russell


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