December Newsletter: Education Program

Gottesman Libraries

The Gottesman Libraries Education Program informs students, faculty and staff about the latest thinking in education, in ways that engage members of the community with one another and with a broad range of educational experts. The program also provides understanding of work being done throughout the college.

Book Talk: From Humiliation to Dignity, with Evelin Lindner, Wednesday, 12/5, 12-2pm

Described by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist and Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil, as "the first book to futurise DIGNITY and to DIGNIFY the future", From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity (Human Dignity Press, 2019) is Evelin Lindner's sixth book. In Part I, Dr. Lindner describes the timeline, 1315-1948, of humiliation and humility; in Part II, explores issues and controversies surrounding "Equal Dignity for All"; and in Part III, questions "Where Do We Go from Here?"

Evelin Lindner has a dual education as a Medical Doctor and a Psychologist, with a Ph.D. in Medicine (Dr. med.) from the University in Hamburg in Germany, and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Dr. psychol.) from the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo in Norway. She is the founding president of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), a global transdisciplinary community of concerned academics and practitioners who wish to stimulate systemic change, globally and locally, to open space for dignity, mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow. Their goal is ending systemic humiliation and humiliating practices, preventing new ones from arising, and opening space for feelings of humiliation to nurture constructive social change, so that we call can join in healing the cycles of humiliation throughout the world. Linda Hartling is the director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.

Lindner is also co-founder of the World Dignity University Initiative, including Dignity Press and World Dignity University Press. All initiatives are not for profit. She lives and teaches globally, and is affiliated with the University of Oslo since 1997 (first with the Department of Psychology, and later also with its Centre for Gender Research, and with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights). Furthermore, she is affiliated with Columbia University in New York City since 2001 (with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, AC4), and since 2003 with the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. She convenes two conferences per year together with the HumanDHS network, and more than 30 conferences have been conducted since 2003 all around the world. One conference takes place each December at Columbia University in New York City, it is the Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, with Morton Deutsch as honourary convener until his passing in 2017. The other conference takes place at a different location each year, since 2003 in Europe (Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Dubrovnik), Costa Rica, China, Hawai’i, Turkey, New Zealand, South Africa, Rwanda, Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, and Indore in Central India.

Lindner has received several awards, and as a representative of the dignity work of HumanDHS, she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Please rsvp by Tuesday, December 4th with your interest and details.

Where: 306 Russell


On the Money: Grant Seeking Tips and Tools, Thursday, 12/6, 3-4pm

Are you hoping to fund your studies, research, project, or travel, but are not sure where to turn? While money does not grow on trees, the good news is that there is a lot out there... it's just knowing where to look for your smartest options.

“On the Money” provides useful advice on the grant seeking process, as well as a hands-on introduction to key resources. We will explore Foundation Grants to Individuals and Foundation Directory, from The Foundation Center, and SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network), from InfoEd.

This workshop is open to members and affiliates of Teachers College, Columbia University who may rsvp via online support.

Check out Show Me the Money on rhizr for further details.

Where: 104b Russell

Succulent Painting, Wednesday, 12/12, 12-3pm

Come paint and plant! Pots, soil, succulents, acrylic paints, and brushes are available to inspire relaxation and creativity. Students will be given a pot and use acrylic paint to decorate it. After the pot decoration, they will choose their succulents to plant.

All students are welcome to participate in this workshop which is co-sponsored by the Student Senate.

Where: Zen Garden, Second Floor

Live Music: Wadsworth Strings, Wednesday, 12/5, 5-6:30pm

Come join us for a special pre-exam holiday performance by our longest running ensemble!

The Wadsworth Strings Ensemble features music for classical strings, from the symphonies of Mozart and Haydn, to well known arias from the operas of Puccini and Bizet. You may hear a selection of continental Viennese waltzes and French cabaret. Musicians of The Claremont Strings Ensemble have performed collectively at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout the Northeast, playing a diverse range of symphonic and chamber music, eclectic jazz, and gypsy swing. Wadsworth Strings, emanating from the Washington Heights area, is a division of Claremont Strings, founded by Vivian Penham, a graduate of the Juilliard School and Columbia University.

Wadsworth Strings, Wednesday, 12/5, 5-6:30pm

Staff Picks: Homecoming / Coming Home, through December

"What is home? Who gets to call a place home? 

When I relocated to California with my family for two years, after living my entire life in New York City, these questions came to the forefront of my mind and have remained even after I returned to my beloved hometown.

This collection selects works that grapple with and explore the ways in which we define, create and abandon (whether forced or by choice) the spaces we call home."

-- Curator's Statement

Homecoming / Coming Home is curated by Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, Library Services Associate and will be on display through December.

Where: Reading Room, Second Floor


Staff Picks is curated each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.

Everett Cafe News: The Patriarchy: Past and Present, Monday, 12/10-through mid-January (Postponed)

The Patriarchy refers to a family, group, community, society, social organization, or government where men predominate in positions of power. Supremacy of the male traces back to the Old Testament with leading figures Methuselah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Derived from the Greek meaning "rule of the father", patriarchy in Aristotle's time viewed women as property; the term connected through the centuries to the women's movement and feminism, with many believing that cultural norms still favor men today. 

Take a look at the status quo and ask how and why the situation never seemed more dire... many a white wealthy male in the line of power, despite constant changes in government.

This exhibit draws attention to the history and continuing controversy over patriarchal systems and ensuing social, political, and economic issues -- sexism; gender and workplace; male-dominated industries and government; objectification; race and class; rape culture, to name just a few. Its intent is to help us examine our thoughts, feelings, and actions with regard to an ancient theme whose continuing relevance plays out.


At the Everett News Cafe, you'll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current affairs, education, or learning environments.

News Displays:

Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Monday, 12/3

Presidential Inaugurations at Teachers College, Thursday, 12/6-12/7

South Pole Discovered, Friday, 12/14

A Christmas Carol Is Published, Wednesday, 12/19

Highlighted Databases: Universal Design

Concomitant with the international observance prompted by the United Nations at he start of the month, we feature resources that support teaching and learning on the top of universal design. Read more on the library's news page.

Opening Reception & Exhibit: Knowing Together, by Rosalie Yu, Thursday, 12/6, 6-9pm

Knowing Together is an experiment in collaborative photography and the expression of embodied experience in three-dimensional art. Rosalie Yu uses 3D capturing techniques to explore the limits of perception and memory, to reflect upon archiving practices, to transform everyday experience through rituals, and to interrogate the process of capturing depth in photography. 

Rosalie Yu uses 3D capturing techniques to explore the limits of perception and memory, to reflect upon archiving practices, to transform everyday experience through rituals, and to interrogate the process of capturing depth in photography. 

Knowing Together” began with a workshop in late September where the artist and a group of strangers learn photogrammetry, a technique for creating 3D models of objects by combining photographs from multiple angles. The group formed a circle and passed around a camera to progressively capture a 3D image as the two strangers embrace platonically for the duration of the scan. Each embrace is 3D printed and exhibited as a sculpture. The entire group is credited as creators of these sculptures, which are displayed alongside raw captured images, video footage, and other source materials from the creation of these sculptures.

Where: Offit Gallery, Third Floor, Thursday, 12/6 - Monday, 2/25

Opening Reception, Thursday, 12/6, 6-9pm


To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

Last Updated: 9:04 am, Wednesday, Dec 12 , 2018