November News: 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.


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

Show Me the Money: Grant Seeking Tips & Tools, Thursday, 11/5, 2-3pm

Begin your quest for financial support and gain helpful advice on the grant seeking process. With tips to offer, we will explore key tools for identifying funding sources: Foundation Grants to Individuals and Foundation Directory, from The Foundation Center, and SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network), from InfoEd.

Please rsvp by Tuesday, November 3rd with your interest and details and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session.

Zotero via Zoom, Tuesday, 11/10, 3-4pm

Managing bibliographic references is key to the research process, especially as you embark on a major, paper, thesis, or dissertation, or even as you organize readings for class. This workshop introduces you to Zotero, "your personal research assistant" -- a citation management tool that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share research. You can even tag and write notes for your citations!

Please rsvp via online support, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session.

Who's Citing Whom?, Thursday, 11/12 2-3pm

Why find highly cited articles and authors? Is it helpful to see who has cited you or is writing on the same topic? Or are you just curious about the most cited scholarly journals with a view to publishing your own?

Come to Who's Citing Whom? and find out. To discover your preferences in using citation tools, we'll explore key citation indices: ISI Web of Science, Scopus, and also Google Scholar. Please rsvp by Tuesday, November 17th your interest and details, and we'll follow up with a link prior to the session.

Managing Citations with Mendeley, Monday, 11/23, 3-4pm

Like Zotero, Mendeley is a tool for managing citations, and it may well be your first choice of software. Please join us for this workshop and find out! With just a few clicks, you can You will learn to generate references, citations and bibliographies in a whole range of citation styles in this workshop.

Please rsvp via online support, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session.


The Gottesman Libraries sponsors book talks, readings, and signings by faculty, students, staff, and others interested in sharing their work with the Teachers College community. The goals are to celebrate achievements in publishing and promote social and intellectual discourse on key topics of relevance to the educating, psychological and health professions.

Buddy Read: She Would Be King, with TC African Studies Working Group, Friday, 11/6, 4-5:30pm

Please join us for a reading and discussion of She Would Be King (Graywolf Press, 2018), described as "a novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history―a dazzling retelling of Liberia's formation", written by TC alumna Wayétu Moore.

"She Would Be King is a spectacular blend of history and magical realism that follows three extraordinary characters: in the West African village of Lai, red-haired Gbessa is cursed with immortality at birth and lives in exile under suspicion of being a witch; on a plantation in Virginia, June Dey hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee; and in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave, learns to fade from sight at will. When the three of them meet in the colony of Monrovia, it isn’t long before they realize that they are all cursed—or, perhaps, uniquely gifted. Together they protect the weak and vulnerable amid rising tensions between the American settlers, French slave traders, and indigenous tribes.

In her transcendent debut, Wayétu Moore reimagines the tumultuous and dramatic story of Liberia, a country whose past and present are inextricably bound to the United States. With great poise and lyricism, she captures the epic excitement of a nation’s founding and explores themes of community, loyalty, and the complex ties that bind the African diaspora. She Would Be King resonates deeply with our current moment and, as Edwidge Danticat observes, 'boldly announces the arrival of a remarkable novelist and storyteller.'"

-- Publisher's description

Wayétu Moore is a Liberian-American author and social entrepreneur. Her debut novel, She Would Be King was named a best book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly & BuzzFeed. The novel was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club selection, a BEA Buzz Panel Book, a #1 Indie Next Pick and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award.

A graduate of Howard University, University of Southern California, and Columbia University, Moore is the recipient of the 2019 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction and founder of One Moore Book, a non-profit organization that creates and distributes culturally relevant books for underrepresented readers. Her first bookstore opened in Monrovia, Liberia in 2015.Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications. She has been featured in The Economist, NPR and Vogue, among others, for her work in advocacy for diverse children’s literature.

This event is co-sponsored by the Teachers College African Studies Working Group and Office of Graduate Student Life and Development. Discussion will be led by Akosua Ako-Addo, Obi Eneh and Carolyn Swen, all of whom are M.A. candidates in the International Educational Development program.

On November 4th, Part 2, pages 159-294 will be discussed, with select readings. A book talk with Wayétu Moore will be held on Wednesday, November 18th, 4-5:30pm, with details forthcoming.

Please rsvp at your earliest convenience.

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 Cafe News postings on the library blog.

Dedication of the Gottesman Libraries, 11/4

Louisa May Alcott Publishes "The Rival Painters", Wednesday, 11/11

Elizabethan Age Begins, Tuesday, 11/17

The Origin of Species Is Published, Tuesday, 11/24

Shirley Chisholm Is Born, Monday, 11/30

Staff Picks: Music As Medicine, through November

"In what might only be described as year from another dimension, people everywhere are struggling to adjust to life as we know it turned upside down. From employment changes to derailed goals to unending social isolation, the pandemic is responsible for a mass uptick in anxiety, depression and loneliness, even in people who have never been previously afflicted by mood disorders. It's nearly impossible to read anything or go anywhere without being reminded of the dangers of Covid-19 to our physical health, but news addressing the toll it's taking on our mental health is harder to come by. 

In a society that still has a long way to go in recognizing the dangers of mental illness and the importance of accessible mental health care, it's important to acknowledge that the ways we're feeling right now are valid. This is a silent epidemic stemming from a situation unprecedented by anything we've experienced in our lifetime, and its uniquely universal. An invisible shockwave that recognizes no borders, the psychological effects of the last 8 months have reached every corner of the planet, with the only consolation being that we're all in this together.

Fortunately, there are many tools at our disposal to help with whatever struggles we might be facing. This month I want to focus on the therapeutic effects of music, a potent and powerful tool that is widely available and doesn't require a prescription. As someone who has struggled with mental illness, I recognize how frustrating it can be to be told to "get some sunshine" or "try yoga" when the treatment you need goes beyond behavioral changes into the realm of therapy or medicine, and it's not my intention to suggest that music itself can be an effective replacement for these treatments. However, there are many exciting and innovative developments in psychotherapy that incorporate creativity and the arts with promising results, such as music therapy, which opens up opportunities for treatments that are not only more accessible but potentially... fun!

Music, which is generally free and already exists as a major part of our lives, can have interesting psychological and physiological effects on us. Variations in musical components, such as the tempo, key, instrumentation and lyrics of a song can quickly alter our mood and energy levels. The process of writing music can offer deep emotional catharsis, whereas playing music alongside others is an opportunity for companionship. The effect that music has on us can go beyond mental health into our physical well being as well. Music therapy is being used more and more often as a tool for neurorehabilitation, due to music's unique ability to communicate beyond the limitations of words. And although this might be relatively new research in the Western world, many other societies have used music as a healing mechanism for centuries, holistically integrating sound with medicine.

The resources I've collected, which are all available electronically through the Teachers College and Columbia University's databases, address all of the aforementioned ways that music is used therapeutically, and there is a plethora of additional research and writing on the topic if you find that it piques your interest. Hopefully these books can offer insight and suggestions to help manage your mood if you're not feeling your best. If you've been struggling to cope or experiencing mood issues and are looking for immediate resources, Columbia Health can help direct you to the support you need. Stay safe and be well everyone! ?♬?"

-- Curator's statement

Music as Medicine is curated by Emily Reo and designed by Trisha Barton.

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

Everett Cafe: Strength In Cities: Lessons From the Urban Landscape: A New Book Display, through November

The urban landscape changes when unintended events occur, due to weather, disease, disaster, terrorism, or other happenings. As a result of the environment in which it finds itself, a city adapts and transforms -- often leading to welcome, safe, and positive change for its inhabitants. Boulders in parks, more bike lanes, roof gardens, rooftop generators, community gardens, and increased outdoor dining (the latest a consequence of global pandemic) are visible examples of urban adaptations that create healthier lifestyles and ultimately serve to bring people closer together, despite environmental and social issues and/or political and economic crisis.

Large cities across the world, including New York, London, Paris, Beijing, and Mexico City, more than ever share wide-ranging concerns, yet also proven successes in facing the unplanned. Like campuses, or sites where colleges or universities reside, they are learning environments that shape growth and change. Drawing upon diverse perspectives -- architects, ecologists, educators, historians, researchers, scientists, urban planners, and more -- Strength in Cities: Lessons From the Urban Landscape focuses on cities as a model for resilience, from how they learn, to what they can teach us.

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

Featured Databases: Harlem Renaissance 100

In November we highlighted databases that include books, articles, images, and more about the history and impact of the Harlem Renaissance, as Teachers College continues to honor the 100th anniversary through the program of events, "Creating a Better World". The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic movement, also known as the New Negro Movement (following the eponymous anthology published in 1925 by Alain LeRoy Locke) that promoted a renewed sense of racial pride, self identity, and economic independence amid progressive changes in government. Read more on the library's news page.


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Last Updated: 8:00 pm, Monday, Nov 2 , 2020