February 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.

New in Vialogues: Learning at the Gottesman Libraries (2019)

This highlight video shines a light on a selection of the 300+ educational events hosted at the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College Columbia University in 2018. Check it out!


Regularly scheduled instructional offerings include workshops, tours, orientations, and course-specific instruction in coordination with staff and faculty of the College.

New Year, New Plant, Monday, 2/4, 2:30-5:30pm

It's Chinese New Year's Eve and time to plant and paint! Pots, soil, succulents, acrylic paints, and brushes are available for students to enjoy and exercise their creative talents as we begin the new year and the start of Spring Term. Attendees will be given a pot to paint and also a plant, which they are welcome to take home.

This workshop (rescheduled from December 2018) is co-sponsored by the Student Senate and the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs, so please drop by!

Where: Zen Garden, Second Floor

Who's Citing Whom?, Tuesday, 2/5, 3-4pm

Who's Citing Whom? covers citation searches for scholarly journals, books, book series, reports, conferences, and much more. If you need to find the most highly cited articles and authors; are curious about who has cited you, is writing on a similar topic; or wish to explore the impact factor for journals in your field, then join us!

In this session you will learn some tips and tricks as discover your preferences in using key citation tools, namely: Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, and ISI Journal Citation Reports.

See our rhizr and rsvp via online support with your details by Monday, February 4th.

Where: 104b Russel

Empower Hour: Demystifying the IRB, Tuesday, 2/12, 3-4pm

This workshop provides a general overview of IRB, Citi training changes, timeline for submission, and other important areas. It is part of a new series, "Empower Hour", geared towards entry-level or Masters students. The goal of the series to provide institutional knowledge and empower students to take charge of their educational journey.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs; Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Diversity and Community Affairs.

Where: 305 Russell

Empower Hour: Conference Submission & Presentations: Part I , Tuesday, 2/19, 3-4pm

This workshop provides a general overview of the importance of scholarly writing, research process, submission/application, and presentation. It is part of a new series, "Empower Hour", geared towards entry-level or Masters students. The goal of the series to provide institutional knowledge and empower students to take charge of their educational journey.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs; Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Diversity and Community Affairs.

Where: 305 Russell

Speaking as An Academic, Monday, 2/18, 4-6pm

HOW you present is just as important as WHAT you present! This workshop is the fifth in the series of offerings by the Academic Career Development Program, co-sponsored by Career Education & Professional Development (CEPD) and Gottesman Libraries. Faculty will share when to start presenting, which conferences to apply of,r and best practices for delivering an effective presentation.

This workshop is designed for ALL doctoral students interested in pursuing academic careers. Other TC students may attend on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP on TCCS LINK via myTC Portal, or click here to register for Zoom access.

Where: 306 Russell

K-12 Resources, Tuesday, 2/19, 3-4pm

Are you researching the Cold War in U.S. history textbooks, or needing to build a syllabi for 6th grade novels that deal with immigration? This workshop covers helpful ways to find textbooks, children's literature, lesson plans, and other K-12 materials in the Gottesman Libraries' collection. From Educat, our catalog, to Databases by Genre: K-12, through to Pocketknowledge's American Curriculum Collection, we will present different ways of accessing both current and historical materials.

Please rsvp by Monday, February 18th with your interest to reserve a seat.

Where: 104b Russell

Live Music:

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles! If you'd like to participate, see our Spring Call for TC Student Musicians and contact us via library support.

Laura Head, Tuesday, 2/5. 6-7pm

Wadsworth Strings, Wednesday, 2/13, 4-5:30pm

Rebecca Pu, Monday, 2/18, 4-5pm

Geremy Grant, Wednesday, 2/27, 6-7pm (cancelled)

Where: Everett Cafe

Film Talks:

The Gottesman Libraries hosts films, including special documentaries throughout the year, often in coordination with faculty and student groups who are invited to discuss them when possible with the filmmaker.

Adelante, Wednesday, 2/20, 5-7pm

"Adelante showcases an Irish Catholic church on the outskirts of Philadelphia that is attracting the patronage of Mexican immigrants in the area. With a personal glimpse at the lives of the vibrant community members - a remarkable Irish American priest, young Mexican immigrants, and older Irish parishioners - the film shows how churchgoers from various backgrounds have forged meaningful and heartfelt bonds of friendship and understanding. Once moribund, the church has become a place for American parishioners to learn about, accept, and embrace a group of immigrants that breathes new life into the community. The film shares the expectant joy of the newly arrived families as they establish lives in an unfamiliar, often bewildering country that offers opportunities entangled with sometimes painful compromises. At its core, Adelante is a celebration of two groups' growth and an embrace of their evolving community."

-- Film Description

Adelante (2014) is directed by the University of Pennsylvania graduate student Noam Osband and executive produced by Professor Stanton Wortham of the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. It was an Official Selection in the 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Awards include: Canada International Film Festival, 2014 - Rising Star Award; Memphis International Film Festival, 2014; UBC International Anthropology Film Festival, 2014; Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, 2014; and Society of Visual Anthropology Film Festival, 2014.

For a related article, see "Documentary on Norristown's Mexican Community, Inspired by GSE Research, Airing on WHYY".

This film talk will be attended by Professor Regina Cortina's students in Latinos in Urban Schools, Department of International and Transcultural Studies.

Interested students from outside this course are welcome to rsvp with their details.

Where: 306 Russell

Please join us for a screening and panel discussion of the film, Nankei: The Tale of a School, with filmmaker Guang Zu. This documentary is about prestigious Nankai University in China founded by Dr. Chang Poling who studied at Teachers College between 1917-1919. It showcases the strong influence of Teachers College and its faculty members on the development of the university.

The film director, Mr. Guang Zhu, and a number of TC faculty members, including Dr. Henan Cheng, Adjunct Assistant Professor , Department of International and Transcultural Studies, are invited to join a panel discussion on the film and the historic ties between Teachers College and educational development in China. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Teachers College Center on Chinese Education. Be sure to check out the Photographic Exhibition which provides insight into the College's historic involvement in China.

Where: 306 Russell

Book Talks:

Embodying Theory: Epistemiology, Aesthetics, and Resistance, with Elizabeth Bishop, Wednesday, 2/20, 3:30-5pm

Please join us to congratulate Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Youth Studies Program, City University of New York, and Director of Curriculum and Outcomes Evaluation, Global Kids, and hear her discuss on her recently published book Embodying Theory: Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance (co-authored by Tamsin Wojtanowski; Peter Lang, 2019) on Wednesday, February 20th.

"Embodying Theory: Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance takes a deep dive into representational spaces of social science theory and research, positioning post-structuralist frameworks as potent tools in ongoing fights against injustice and inequity. In this interactive text, the reader takes a discursive tour through theoretical and imagistic landscapes that offer options for liberated existence and expression from repression and moralism. By foregrounding the "double articulation" of what is articulated through language and what is shown through visual material, Embodying Theory furthers an argument that there are numerous ways to embody, interpret and interact with meaning across cultural, materialist and populist platforms, to strategically create counter-narratives in the service of building peaceable, inclusive, sustainable and joyful futures.

Embodying Theory offers a series of writings and images to make theory walk, recasting major post-structural and deconstructive thought in order to explore spheres of action in the educational, the sociopolitical, the ethical, the aesthetic and the academic. This is an explicitly politicized approach to text creation, understood as both building theory and practice, to collaboratively design a textual experiment. This book reconceptualizes the text as an anti-moralistic response, as a non-violent battleground visually and textually. Embodying Theory uses the form of the book to demonstrate the always possible, to break open words and images. Through an interplay of light and language, the text foregrounds an affirmative stance against the nihilistic and the cynical. Embodying Theory interacts with core notions of "becoming" as key to understanding processes of subjects constructing their present and future."

-- Publisher's Description

Elizabeth Bishop is a researcher, educator and youth advocate. She is Director of Curriculum and Outcomes Evaluation at Global Kids, and Faculty of Youth Studies at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. Bishop also directs the Drop Knowledge Project, where she conducts ongoing research exploring the intersections of literacy, civic engagement, global education, cultural studies and youth organizing. Elizabeth formerly served as the Assistant Director of the Teachers College Peace Corps Fellows Program. She has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, MS from Pace University, an MA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS from Ithaca College.

Tamsen Wojtanowski is an artist interested in where the medium of photography might overlap with painting, printmaking and installation. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and Vancouver. Wojtanowski is a found-ing member of the artist-run exhibition space, NAPOLEON, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches photography classes at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

This book talk is co-sponsored by Racial Literacy Roundtable (RLR) and the Civic Participation Project (CPP). Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of English Education, will welcome guests and introduce Elizabeth Bishop.

Please rsvp no later than Monday, February 18th with your interest and details.

Where: 306 Russell

Education at War: The Fight for Students of Color in America's Public Schools, with Arshad Ali, Tuesday, 2/26, 1-2:30pm

Please join us for a discussion of Education at War: The Fight for Students of Color in America's Public Schools (Fordham University Press, 2018), edited by Arshad Imtiaz Ali and Tracy Lachica Buenavista.

"On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the anti-war speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” in New York City at the Riverside Church. At the time, the United States framed its intervention in Vietnam as a mechanism to protect democracy worldwide. While this supposed defense of democracy raged on thousands of miles away, social protests for racial equity, political representation, and an economic livelihood for its most disenfranchised communities spread across the United States. Highlighting this contradiction in his anti-war speech, King presented his doubts regarding the government’s ability to eliminate the materialism, militarism, and racism that built the nation, a plight that continues today. Written from the perspectives of education practitioners and scholars who have personal histories with global war via (settler) colonialism, immigration, and subsequent disenfranchisement in the United States, Education at War addresses the vestiges of war that shape the lives of youth of color.

This thought-provoking collection of essays reveals how the contemporary specter of war has become a central way that racism and materialism are manifested and practiced within education. Education at War asserts that the contemporary neoliberal characterization of education and school-based reform is situated within the global political economy that has facilitated growth in the prison and military industrial complex, and simultaneous divestment from education domestically. Essays examine anti-war projects across the K–20 education continuum with chapters from educators who are from and/or work directly with the communities often pathologized in “damage-centered” educational discourse. The authors do not just frame the conditions faced by our communities as state-mediated but also as collectively resisted."

-- Publisher's Book Summary

Arshad Imtiaz Ali is Assistant Professor of Educational Research in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. He earned a masters degree at Harvard University and a doctorate at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University and University College London. Dr. Ali’s research examines the construction of racial identities through exploring the tropes of democracy, liberalism, and modernity in the lives of the youth. The fundamental question he is concerned with is how young people from historically marginalized communities come to make sense of urban life in the U.S., and how they find meaning in their lives through understanding the manifestations of political and cultural ideologies in daily action.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) and the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs (ODCA). Erica Walker, Professor of Mathematics and Education and IUME Director, will welcome attendees and introduce guest speakers. Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, February 25th.

Where: 306 Russell

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.

Birth of a Nation Premiers, Friday, 2/8

Olivia Hooker Is Born, Tuesday, 2/12

First Academy Awards Announced, Monday, 2/18

Getty Museum Receives Largest Endowment, Thursday, 2/28

Everett Cafe: The Patriarchy: Past and Present

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. 

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.

Highlighted Databases: Nutrition Education

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

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.

I studied book arts while earning a BFA at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN. As an artist, the fundamental theme that has remained incorporated into my work is the idea of story-telling. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of telling a story visually.

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.

Exhibit: Knowing Together, by Rosalie Yu, through Monday, 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. 

See this short video about Knowing Together produced by the library.

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.

This exhibited is commissioned by the Myers Fund through Edlab at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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 oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

Last Updated: 9:59 am, Monday, Feb 25 , 2019