January 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.

Library Tours:

Get acquainted with the Gottesman Libraries and learn about valuable resources, services, and recent developments! We welcome Spring students, new and returning as we settle into the new semester.

Library tours take you throughout the physical space; are open to members and affiliated members; and last approximately 45 minutes.

  • Wednesday, 1/23, 3pm
  • Thursday, 1/24, 12pm
  • Friday, 1/25, 11am
  • Monday, 1/28, 3pm
  • Tuesday, 1/29, 10am

If you are unable to attend a scheduled tour, please reach out to us, and we gladly will arrange an additional time.

Where: First Floor Library Services Desk

Workshop: Warm Boots for Spring: Research Tools & Strategies, Tuesday, 1/29, 3-4pm

In this workshop we will review essential research tools and strategies for finding and navigating the scholarly literature in your area of interest. Please come with your topic, questions, and device so that you can warm boot, hands-on, ready for the new semester!

Kindly rsvp by Monday, January 28th with your details.

Where: 104b Russell

Live Music:

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. We are working on the Spring schedule so that you can enjoy a variety of genres and styles!

Shane Bordeau, guitarist, received his EdM and MA degrees in the music department at Teachers College and has been teaching and performing music for the past 15 years. He has been involved with many performing groups, most recently as a member of the Chicago-based rock/pop band Berry and can be heard on their 2018 album “Everything, Compromised”, released by Joyful Noise Records. As a composer, some of his works include the musical “The Manson Family Follies”, which debuted with the Bergen County Players in Bergen County, NJ, and pieces for modern dance “the body electric” and “5 suites for Stacey”, which were choreographed and performed by the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD.

Saxophonist Ray Patton is a historian of music, intergeneric music aficionado, and chronically transient performer. He received his PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 2011, and served on faculty at Drury University (where he also played in the jazz band). He currently works as Director of General Education at John Jay College. His book, Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Shane Bordeau and Ray Patton, Wednesday, 1/23, 5:30-6:30pm


Want to play in Everett Cafe? If you'd like to showcase your own talents, please contact us with your details via online support. Solos, duets, trios are welcome!

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.

George Washington Delivers the First State of the Union Address, Friday, 1/4

Carl Rogers Is Born, Tuesday, 1/8

The Donkey and the Dems, Tuesday, 1/15

California Gold Rush, Thursday, 1/24

U.S. Coast Guard Is Created, Monday, 1/28

Staff Picks: Artists’ Books: Dimensional Stories

"As the model of the Library continues to evolve from a collection of printed material into that of a learning environment, patrons are becoming interested in utilizing the Library as a creative space, or a sort of “third place” away from home or the office.

Here at the Gottesman Libraries, EdLab offers funding, exhibition space, and support to artists who explore the intersections between education, technology, data, art, and media.

It seems natural to me, then, that the Artists’ Book bridges the gap between the written word and visual art.

When people think of an Artists’ Book, they are likely to assume this is a book about an Artist. Although there are some wonderful books published on the works of Artists, an Artists’ Book is a work of art that either uses a book as art medium, or is a sculptural or conceptual piece that is inspired by the idea of the book.

Years ago, I took a course on book arts, which really explored the boundaries of what a book could be. I remember a fellow student creating a book about creepy clowns (this was long before clowns were the “it” monster) that consisted of a paper maché clown mask containing a long, rolled up tongue on which the story was written. This particular book caused me to wonder about the vast possibilities of what a book could be.

Please enjoy this collection that I have gathered that contains compilations of Artists’ Books, instructional references, and actual Artists’ Books."

-- Curator's Statement

Artists' Books: Dimensional Stories is curated by Jackie Duvall-Smith, conceptual artist.

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.

Highlighted Databases: Educational Change

We feature research resources that cover the literature of educational change, including focus, as we support current initiatives and development of the College and Library. Read more on the library's news page.

Everett Cafe News: The Patriarchy: Past and Present: A New Book Display, from mid-January

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.


Teachers College, Columbia University (Unleashing), a video by Chelsea Knight, Tuesday, 1/22 - Friday, 1/25

This 25-minute video piece by Chelsea Knight, titled Teachers College, Columbia University, is comprised of interviews with employees of the College. The participants, speaking widely about their work and lives, also describe historical and interpret historical photographs taken over more than a century in various learning environment of the school. The connection of these photographs with the personal memories and anecdotes of the participants offers a unique narrative of Teachers College, The interviews are counterpointed by slow, wandering footage of the interior space son the institution. The video os part of a larger video installation project by the artist, currently in progress, investigating institutional spaces and the votes of those who make these spaces function.

The video screening conclude the public programming of Unleashing, the exhibition project. The project, inspired by the American philosopher Maxine Greene and her idea of “social imagination” took place in Spring 2018. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, it was directed by Richard Jochum and curated by Livia Alexander and Isin Onol.

For more information about the full exhibit, see: unleashing.tc.columbia.edu

Where: Kasser Family Exhibition Space, First Floor

When: 1/22-1/25

Knowing Together, by Rosalie Yu, through 2/25

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


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

Last Updated: 10:33 am, Wednesday, Dec 12 , 2018