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Book Talk: Mission to Teach, with Dipak Basu, Monday, 5/13, 4-5:30pm

The Gottesman Libraries sponsors book talks and lectures by faculty, students, staff, and others interested in sharing their work with the Teachers College community. Come celebrate these scholarly achievements and promote social and intellectual discourse on key topics in education, psychology, and applied heath.

  • Mission to Teach, with Dipak Basu, Monday, 5/13, 4-5:30pm

    Please join us for a reading and discussion of Mission to Teach: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator, biography of Professor Sreyashi Jhumki Basu who was a Teachers College doctorate in science education and a posthumous recipient of the TC Early Career award in April 2013. Dr. Jhumki Basu was a New York University who developed ground-breaking teaching techniques that were rooted in her own experiences as a teacher in embattled inner-city schools. She co-founded a public school in underserved Crown Heights of Brooklyn which acted as one of the laboratories for her work.

    Author of the book and Jhumki’s father, Dipak Basu is founder of Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of poor rural people in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as Anudip’s Chairman and CEO. Dipak also founded and served as Executive Director of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world’s largest aid agencies. He held senior management positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Dipak served as a consultant to the Government of India. Dipak is the recipient of the Tech Laureate award for IT in Humanity and the President's Award from Save the Children. He is a Cisco Leadership Fellow, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.

    In 2009, following the loss of their beloved daughter the previous year, Dipak and his wife, Radha, launched the Jhumki Basu Foundation, to carry on her remarkable legacy.

    This event is sponsored by the Program in Science Education and Gottesman Libraries. Christopher Emdin, Assistant Professor of Science Education, will introduce Dipak Basu. Signed copies of Mission to Teach will be available in 414 Zankel Hall following the talk.

    Persons interested in attending the book talk may rsvp via online support.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • Untapped Talent: Unleashing the Power of the Hidden Workforce, with Dani Monroe, Friday, 5/3, 3-5pm


  • Join us on Friday, May 3rd for a discussion and reading of Untapped Talent: Unleashing the Power of the Hidden Workforce, with Dani Monroe, president and founder of Center Focus International, an organizational consulting and diversity firm.

    "Most talent management books focus on the top talent and how to get them into the organization, leaving thousands of workers without training or organizational support. In Untapped Talent, Dani Monroe argues that these workers are the key to organizational success and that talent programs have to be developed to bring these critical and overlooked ones into the limelight to focus on their 'untapped' potential. By focusing on mid-level or 'B'/'C' employees, this book helps leaders to better understand the pool of traits and skills that they have access to in their existing workforce.

    Using stories of the resourcefulness, resilience, and resolve in those who 'tapped' into their talent, Untapped Talent shows how successfully mining key traits and skills is essential to thrive in today's competitive market. This book shows managers and leaders how to recognize talent in their ranks and bring out the special qualities that can help transform those individuals and subsequently the entire organization."
    --Palgrave MacMillan

    In her 20 years of diversity and organizational change work Dani Monroe has developed a keen understanding of their relationship to an organization's bottom line. Her expertise is to connect diversity and organizational change to that bottom line so that both individuals and the organization benefit.

    Dani has authored numerous articles for many publications, including Diversity Inc.'s online magazine, Black Enterprise, and Banker & Tradesman. She co-authored the chapter "Managing the Complexity of Organizational Transformation" for the book Transforming Work, by John Adams. She has been featured in the Boston Business Journal, and was awarded the prestigious YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award in 2000.

    This event is co-sponsored by the programs in Adult Learning and Leadership and Gottesman Libraries. Introducing Dani Monroe is Dr. Lyle Yorks, Associate Professor of Adult & Continuing Education and AEGIS Program Director.

    Please rsvp via online support no later than Wednesday, May 1st.

    Where: 305 Russell

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    Please note that Columbia Bookstore will have a special discount on Untapped Talent on Friday, May 3rd. Also, there will be a signing after the library book talk at 6pm at the bookstore.

  • Spearheading Debate: Culture Wars & Uneasy Truces, with Steven Dubin, Wednesday, 5/1, 4-5:30pm


  • Come congratulate Steven Dubin, Professor and Program Head of Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and Research Affiliate of Columbia University's Institute of African Studies, on his new book, Spearheading Debate: Culture Wars & Uneasy Truces (Jacana, 2012) which he will present on Wednesday, May 1st.

    "As South Africa's democracy matures, this book analyses the following questions: how does the state mediate between traditional tribal authority and constitutional law in matters such as initiation customs or the rights of women, children and gay people? What are the limitations on artistic freedom in a society where sensitivities over colonial- and apartheid-era representations are acute? Whose histories are venerated and whose are obliterated? How does race open up discussions or close down dialogue? What are the parameters of freedom of speech when minorities fear that hateful language may trigger actual violence against them? And do legacies of oppression generate exclusive insights and grant special rights? Examining disputes over South African art, music, media, editorial cartoons, history, public memory, and a variety of social practices, Spearheading Debate extends the culture-wars perspective to new territory, demonstrates its cross-cultural applicability, and parses critical debates within this vibrant society in formation."
    --Jacana

    Steven Dubin is the author of four previous books: Bureaucratizing the Muse: Public Funds and the Cultural Worker (University of Chicago Press, 1987); Arresting Images: Impolitic Art and Uncivil Actions (Routledge, 1994, c1992); Displays of Power: Memory and Amnesia in the American Museum (NYU Press, 1999; expanded paperback edition, 2000); and Transforming Museums: Mounting Queen Victoria in a Democratic South Africa (Palgrave/Macmillan; 2006; Mounting Queen Victoria: Curating Cultural Change, paperback, Jacana, 2009). Professor Dubin received his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and did post-doctoral work at both Chicago and Yale, all in Sociology. He is also an Associate at the Research Centre on Visual Identities in Art and Design, University of Johannesburg.

    Where: 305 Russell





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