October Newsletter: Education Program

Gottesman Libraries

Ed Prpgram LogoThe 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.

Read more below about offerings in October.


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

Introducing Zotero, Wednesday, 10/6, 4-5pm

Zotero is a free, open-source bibliographic management program that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research. In this workshop we will introduce you to this important tool, help you get started, and offer tips for effectively using Zotero in your studies and research so you can master the art of managing scholarly references.

You may rsvp by Tuesday, October 5. If you wish to attend virtually, please let us know and we'll send a Zoom link.

Using Educat+, Tuesday, 10/12, 4-5pm

This workshop focuses on different options for searching Educat+, the new catalog of the Gottesman Libraries, for best access to resources held at Teachers College, Columbia University, and beyond. You can optimize your research strategy by using Boolean logic, scoping features, facets, permalinks, citation tools, and more.

Rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, September 20th. If you wish to attend virtually, please let us know and we'll send a Zoom link.

Accessible Navigation, Tuesday, 10/19, 4-5pm

This workshop offers tips and tricks for accessing e-resources provided by Proquest E-book Central; EbscoHost and JStor, and Mendeley, a citation management software. While these databases differ in scope, function, and content, they share common concerns in addressing requirements that serve to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Accessible features may include text-to-speech; transcripts; alternate text; Aria landmarks; access keys; EPUB and DRM-free books; magnification; adjusting settings; colors and contrasts; screenreaders; and keyboard navigation.

Please rsvp by Monday, October 19th. If you'd like to join via Zoom, just let us know and we'll send a Zoom link.

Cited Reference Searches, Thursday, 10/21, 4-5pm

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

Please rsvp via online support by Wednesday, October 20th. If you'd like to attend virtually, let us know and we'll provide a Zoom link prior to the session. 

Managing Citations with Mendeley, Wednesday, 10/27, 4-5pm

A free application, Mendeley is a tool for managing citations, often used in the applied health sciences. Like Zotero, another free citation management software, Mendeley allows you to extract metadata (including title, authors, keywords.) from PDFs, but it automates this process while providing a customized option to organize your files directly in your hard drive. You can also highlight and annotate directly on the article PDF.

Please rsvp with your interest and details via online support by Tuesday, October 26th. If you are unable to attend in person, a Zoom link will be provided so that you can attend virtually.

Scoping Reviews, Thursday, 10/28, 4-5pm

This workshop focuses on strategies for conducting a scoping literature review, often adopted in research in the applied health sciences. We will focus on key medical databases, using a sample topic, and take you through the process of finding preliminary information for assessment.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Wednesday, October 27th. If you'd like to join remotely we will provide a Zoom link to the session.

All workshops meet in 306 Russell.


The Gottesman Libraries sponsors talks by leaders in education, psychology, and the applied health sciences to recognize and celebrate scholarly work of interest to the Teachers College community.

Book Talk: Like Words Falling onto the Page: Demystifying the Academic Writing and Publishing Process, with Felicia Mensah, Thursday, 10/7, 4-5:30pm

"Like Words Falling Onto the Page is a concise and easily accessible book for introducing and supporting graduate students and junior faculty in the academic writing and publishing process. The book offers assignments, tips, and personal experience with writing and publishing. As a resource for research methods courses or advising, the book is also perfect for faculty to support and mentor their undergraduate and graduate students."

The Falling Workbook complements the paperback text and offers assignments to support your writing and publishing process. As a resource for research methods courses or advising, the book and e-workbook are perfect for faculty to support and mentor their undergraduate and graduate students. 

-- Book description

In this book talk / workshop, Professor Mensah will present some tools and strategies to guide students in the process of writing and publishing, with interactive exercises and activities.

Felicia Moore Mensah, Professor of Science Education & Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, was raised in Selma, North Carolina. Dr. Mensah earned her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MS at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and her PhD from Florida State University. After completing a postdoctoral and visiting professor position at Michigan State University, she accepted a faculty role at Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently a full professor, she has supported and mentored graduate students, junior and senior faculty nationally and internationally. Visit Felicia Moore Mensah's website, The Scholar Mentor, and learn more.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Wednesday, October 6th.

Where: 306 Russell

The first three persons who come in person will receive a free autographed copy of her book!  

Virtual Book Talk: Microintervention Strategies, with Derald Wing Sue, Tuesday, 10/12, 6-7pm

Please join us for a panel book talk on Microintervention Strategies: What You Can Do to Disarm and Dismantle Individual and Systemic Racism and Bias, authored by Derald Wing Sue, Cassandra Z. Calle, Sarah Alsaid, and Narolyn Mendez, Elizabeth Glaeser (Wiley, 2020).

"Microintervention Strategies: What You Can Do to Disarm and Dismantle Individual and Systemic Racism and Bias, delivers a cutting-edge exploration and extension of the concept of microinterventions to combat micro and macroaggressions targeted at marginalized groups in our society. While racial bias is the primary example used throughout the book, the author’s approach is applicable to virtually all forms of bias and discrimination, including that directed at those with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and others.  

The book calls out unfair and biased institutional policies and practices and presents strategies to help reduce the impact of sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and classism. It provides a new conceptual framework for distinguishing between the different categories of microinterventions, or individual anti-bias actions, and offers specific, concrete, and practical advice for taking a stand against micro and macroaggressions."

-- Publisher's description

  • Derald Wiing Sue is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College at Columbia University. He is the author of 23 books and over 170 scholarly publications and has led extensive cultural diversity training for many Fortune 500 companies and institutions of higher education.

  • Sarah Alsaidi completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on identity, microaggressions, and microintervention response strategies for people of color and allies. Sarah utilizes an intersectional, feminist, and social justice approach that integrates her clinical background and research. She is driven by her desire to live by these principles and values and believes in the sharing of power, self-disclosures, and active interventions. Sarah is the founder of Sarah Alsaidi Consulting and has several years of experience facilitating workshops and trainings in educational and organizational settings. She has played an integral role in the development of mental health awareness campaigns and programming in the community, initiatives centering the experiences of women of color and access to education, as well as teaching anti-bias microintervention strategies in education, hospital and social service settings. Sarah also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University teaching Multicultural Psychology. 

  • Narolyn Mendez is also pursuing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, having earned her M.Ed here. She has a BA from City University of New York and is co-founder of nascent consulting and has interned at Mount Sinai Hospital and Health System, and externed at Barnard College's Rosemary Furman's Counseling Center.

  • Cassandra Calle earned her Bachelor's in Psychology from Montclair State University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has served as Psychology Intern at Lincoln Medical Center, Rikers Island Correctional Services, and Dean Hope Center at Teachers College. She has also served as a Course Assistant at Teachers College.

  • Elizabeth Glaeser (she/her/hers) is a postdoctoral fellow with the Anxiety and Mood Disorder Service and the Gender and Sexuality Service at the NYU Child Study Center, within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center with a focus on crisis management and care for children and adults. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College Columbia University in the Counseling PhD program where her research focused on antiracism education for allies and multicultural and social justice interventions in mental health systems specifically with the gender expansive community. She has worked in LGTBQ mental health for 12 years and worked at The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project from 2014 – 2020. She completed clinical practicum experiences at the Central New York Psychiatric Center, Office of Mental Health New York State Transgender Identity Program, Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, and in college and community settings. Her work has been featured in journals, textbooks of cultural sensitivity, and guides on how to support and empower transgender individuals and address racial microaggressions. 

Please rsvp by Monday, October 11th with your interest and details and we'll follow up with a Zoom link.

Virtual Book Talk: Reclaimative Post-Conflict Justice: Democratizing Justice in the World Tribunal on Iraq, with Janet Gerson & Dale Snauwaert, Tuesday, 10/26, 4-5pm

Please join us in congratulating authors Janet Gerson and Dale Snauwaert on their latest book, Reclaimative Post-Conflict Justice: Democratizing Justice in the World Tribunal on Iraq (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021), with a foreword by Betty A. Reardon. Janet Gerson and Dale Snauwaert will present their work, a volume in the series Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations and invite questions and comments from attendees.

"Reclaimative Post-Conflict Justice: Democratizing Justice in the World Tribunal on Iraq " presents an important contribution to our understanding of post-conflict justice as an essential element of global ethics and justice through an exploration of the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI). The 2003 War in Iraq provoked worldwide protests and unleashed debates on the war’s illegitimacy and illegality. In response, the WTI was organized by anti-war and peace activists, international law experts, and ordinary people who claimed global citizens’ rights to investigate and document the war responsibilities of official authorities, governments, and the United Nations, as well as their violation of global public will. The WTI’s democratizing, experimental form constituted reclaimative post-conflict justice, a new conceptualization within the field of post-conflict and justice studies. This book serves as a theoretical and practical guide for all who seek to reclaim deliberative democracy as a viable foundation for revitalizing the ethical norms of a peaceful and just world order."

-- Publisher's description

Janet Gerson, EdD (Teachers College, Columbia University), is Education Director at the International Institute on Peace Education, and formerly served as Co-Director of the Peace Education Center at Columbia University. She received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies and the 2014 Peace and Justice Studies Association Award for Public Deliberation on Global Justice: The World Tribunal on Iraq. She has contributed chapters to Human Dignity: Practices, Discourses, and Transformations (2020); Exploring Betty A. Reardon's Perspective on Peace Education (2019); The Handbook of Conflict Resolution (2000, 2006); and Learning to Abolish War: Teaching toward a Culture of Peace (2001).

Dale T. Snauwaert, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Peace Studies and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in the Foundations of Peace Education and the Undergraduate Minor in Peace Studies at the University of Toledo, USA. He is the Founding Editor of In Factis Pax: Online Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, and received a Fulbright Specialist Grant for peace education in Colombia. He has published on such topics as democratic theory, theories of justice, the ethics of war and peace, the normative foundations of peace studies, and the philosophy of peace education. His recent publications include: Betty A. Reardon: A Pioneer in Education for Peace and Human Rights; Betty A. Reardon: Key Texts in Gender and Peace; and Human Rights Education beyond Universalism and Relativism: A Relational Hermeneutic for Global Justice (with Fuad Al-Daraweesh), among others.

Betty Reardon is is a widely published feminist peace educator and activist who has worked to introduce a gender perspective into peace education as it is practiced in formal and non-formal learning settings (Education for a Culture of Peace in a Gender Perspective, 2001.) She has advocated peace learning as an essential component of effective community and civil action, and educated for active participation in global civil society. Believing that civil society is the most effective realm in which to work for the global change required for the achievement of women’s full human equality, a stable peace and the vitality of Earth, she has encouraged educators to take up their responsibilities to the global civil order. She is a founder of the Peace Education Commission of the International Peace Research Association (founded in 1975), of the original Peace Education Program at Teachers College Columbia University (founded in 1983,) and most significantly, of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE, founded in 1982), the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE, founded in 1999.)

Persons interested in attending this virtual book talk may rsvp in advance with their interest and details and will receive a Zoom link for the event.

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

Virtual Talk: Recognizing and Dignifying: Restorative Art in Conflicts, with Emmanuelle Sinardet, Monday, 10/4, 3-4pm

Through three works by Colombian artist Érika Diettes, Río abajo (2008), Sudarios (2011) and Relicarios (2015), we will observe how art can play a transformative role in situations of armed conflict.

Art can enable victims of conflict—here of the Colombian conflict—to gain recognition of their pain and prepare the transition to post-conflict societies. In the works that we will evoke, this recognition does not rest on the display of the violence and abuses suffered, but on a collaborative work between the victims and the artist, in which the victims can express their traumatic experiences and receive a form of consideration that dignifies them, contributing at the same time to a reparation – albeit a symbolic one. Social transformation here consists in seeking to overcome psychosocial affectations, such as impossible grief, bewilderment and pain, feelings of abandonment, loneliness and helplessness. Indeed, artistic work aims at the rehumanization of victims who have been made invisible. But with this dignification and rehumanization, art also creates the conditions for the transition to a post-conflict society, as it invites conciliation by showing that individual pain is also collective pain. In this way, it can combat the emergence of ghosts of the past and the repetition of atrocities.

Emmanuelle Sinardet is a professor for Latin American studies at the University of Paris Nanterre, France, where she teaches Latin American economic, political and cultural history. Since 2007, she has been in charge of the Centre d’Études Équatoriennes in the Centre de Recherches Ibériques et Ibéro-américaines (CRIIA) and the Unité de Recherche (UR) Etudes Romanes, a research group that has extensive experience in studies related to literature, culture, language and didactics of Spanish language. She is a recognized expert on Hispanic studies and her research focuses on nation-building, nationalism, cultural policies in the 19th and 20th centuries, in Latin America and in the Philippines. Professor Sinardet is a member of editorial boards and a reviewer for several scientific journals (Crisol, Les Travaux du GRELPP, Rita, CRLA-Archivos, Cahiers ALHIM, América, among others) and books (Histoires de la littérature et fragments de littératures oubliées I: mondes américains en interaction). She also works as a translator for the projects ¡Basta! 100 mujeres contra la violencia de género (Panamá, Colombia, Venezuela) and Lectures d’ailleurs.

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Virtual Talk: Unjust Democracy: Unconstitutional Practices and Neocolonial Policies in the Ecuadorian Amazon, with Joyce Sanchez Espinoza and Eli Art, Monday, 10/11, 4:30-5:30pm

The situation in which the indigenous nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest lives are becoming more and more difficult due to the persistent environmental contamination in various sectors of the Amazon territory.

This has led to intense social mobilizations of the Amazonian indigenous people’s inconsistent claims to the State regarding its absence as a protective agent in the face of the eminent environmental contamination caused by the companies that extract natural resources.

Ecuador’s environmental legislation in its entirety and without any contradiction protects the right of civil society to participate in decision-making in the exploitation of said natural resources. Thus, several articles promote the participation of communities in the formulation and planning of extraction; the participation of civil society in the Decentralized System of Environmental Management on environmental management and natural resource management is established. Furthermore, however, we understand that aboriginal communities find state absenteeism as well as the lack of space for them in decision-making as a flagrant violation of Ecuador’s environmental legislation.

The violation of the bilateral contracts between extracting companies and the State fall into the frontal infringement of the Ecuadorian environmental law and its Constitutional Charter, the constitutional and human rights of citizens against the native Ecuadorian indigenous populations, as well as against the State’s own territorial patrimony, then lead this investigation to the following questions:

  • What are the gaps between what is written in the law and the applied reality of said environmental legislation?
  • How can these gaps be closed so that Ecuador’s current environmental legislation becomes a reality and is not simply legislative rhetoric?

Joyce Sanchez Espinoza is the founder and director of Intercultural Cardboard Press / Cartonera Intercultural and currently serves as County Committee Member for District 37, Queens, NYC; Secretary of the Family Preservation Committee in National Action Network, NYC Chapter, parent advocate for Parents in Action, Inc, a Queens community based non-for-profit organization and community. She also hosts a weekly radio show “Parents in Action” at Radio Impacto 105.5 FM in NYC. She led the Visual Arts Program of Centro Cultural Barco de Papel from 2016-2018 managing several art projects for the artistic community in Queens. She studied Intercultural Pedagogy and Anthropology in Linkoping University and Stockholm University, Sweden from 1996-2000 and Visual Arts at LaGuardia Community College, NYC in 2015. Joyce has participated in several academic art events, art shows as an interculturalist visual artist and writer Her work is related to social justice causes and cultural and political identity, such as Bordersongs, a poetry book title published in 2016 and The Bird Man, Waranka Llimpi, published in 2011. She currently serves in the collective Coalition of Artists For The Amazon.

“La Amazonia Ecuatoriana no tiene bandera política. Es suelo patrio y patrimonio nacional donde yace la soberanía del pueblo. Quien no la defienda no es digno de llamarse ecuatoriano.” Jese Artist

“The Ecuadorian Amazon does not have a political flag. It is homeland and national heritage where the sovereignty of the people lies. Whoever does not defend it is not worthy of being called Ecuadorian. “Jese Artist

Eli Art was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. Sonia is a self-taught painter. In 2001, Eli Art immigrated to the United States seeking the dream of a better life and future for her children. She feels blessed to have the many opportunities found in this country and the ability to grow artistically. Seeking to give back to her community, Sonia began to get involved in community events and eventually was offered the opportunity to host her first art exhibition at the offices of the Consulate of El Salvador in Brentwood, NY. In 2016 she was the president of the Active 20-30 Club in Brentwood, an organization of young community leaders that were seeking to assist underprivileged children in Central America. Sonia is a member of the Poet Lair Club, trying to rescue poetry and Latin American idiosyncrasy on Long Island. She is the founder of The International Art Focus group; their mission is to help discover and foster the artistic abilities in young people as they learn to artistically express themselves and grow through the arts. Sonia’s community involvement has taken her to partner up with in the Brentwood Art Festival, Puerto Rican Day Parade, First Hike Hispanic Cancer on Long Island, Long Island Immigrant Alliance, Long Island Latino Teachers Association, Teatro Yerbabruja, and the Independent Salvadoran Committee, among many others.

Denunciamos la corrupción política y judicial que propician una democracia injusta que castra el derecho humano del ecosistema mundial.” Eli Art

We denounce the political and judicial corruption that promotes an unjust democracy that castrates the human right of the world ecosystem.” Eli Art

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Virtual Talk: Occupy Art Project, with Eirini Linardaki, Monday, 10/18, 5-6:30pm

The Occupy Art Project took its roots in New York, in 2020, when I invited about 28 artists to explore and invest in the spaces of the Consulate General of Greece in New York, as a form of physical and dialectical occupation.

Joined by a very active team of artists and curators, we aimed to question the nature of the presence and the role of art in public space and in a public service, a representation of Greece, a country that inspired artists via its aesthetics. Being of dual citizenship and living between countries I also wished to highlight the citizenship of artists as fluctuating and transformable throughout life, and in osmosis with the communities they interact and build projects with. Through this project, we also interrogated the public space as a primary horizon for dialogue and the role of artists as mediators questioning how social issues walk hand in hand with artistic research. The continuation of Occupy Art Project during the pandemic became a platform where we expanded our need for exchange. We created a broad network of initiatives, and an open dialogue questioning our social roles through an existential and anthropological interrogation with public panels and discussions. For the following months, through “Expanded Studios” the network of artists, curators and initiatives, in Greece, France and the US, opens this dialogue from within the studios and creative spaces. Each participant of the project, is to invite an artistic team and highlight, in her/his turn a new network that moves organically in this path of artistic citizenship

Eirini Linardaki was born in Athens and studied at L.I.T. Limerick, Ireland, HDK Berlin and Marseille. She lived in France for more than twenty years. She now shares her time between the island of Crete, Paris and New York, developing projects in the public sphere. Her public art collaborations include the City of New York, the City of Newark, the City of Paris, the City of Montrouge, France, the City of Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Chania, in Greece. “Communities are at the center of my practice. Whether I involve elderly citizens, students, schools, or residents from specific localities, their participation, journeys & cultural heritage bring us to an exploratory path together that nourishes the development of these public projects. At this time of historic global crisis, art is helping and serving people in their communities. I believe that right now in history, art is keeping pace with social change and can help youths to express themselves through projects and voice their view of the world. Sometimes persistent social issues knock on our door and enter our dreams, becoming a defining aspect of a useful artistic vision. I experience this through my research, my practice and my journey. The complexity of these environments I witnessed in various communities (Baltimore Vocational High School, Bay Ridge, Schools of Marseille, Lower East Side Girls Club) became part of my work, expressed through channels found with my students, and generated new ambitions for the youths that share these experiences with me.

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Virtual Talk: Public Art as a Commune, with Eirini Linardaki and Cynthia Tobar, Thursday, 10/21, 4:30-5:30pm

More details will be provided soon.

Eirini Linardaki was born in Athens and studied at L.I.T. Limerick, Ireland, HDK Berlin and Marseille. She lived in France for more than twenty years. She now shares her time between the island of Crete, Paris and New York, developing projects in the public sphere. Her public art collaborations include the City of New York, the City of Newark, the City of Paris, the City of Montrouge, France, the City of Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and Chania, in Greece. “Communities are at the center of my practice. Whether I involve elderly citizens, students, schools, or residents from specific localities, their participation, journeys & cultural heritage bring us to an exploratory path together that nourishes the development of these public projects. At this time of historic global crisis, art is helping and serving people in their communities. I believe that right now in history, art is keeping pace with social change and can help youths to express themselves through projects and voice their view of the world. Sometimes persistent social issues knock on our door and enter our dreams, becoming a defining aspect of a useful artistic vision. I experience this through my research, my practice and my journey. The complexity of these environments I witnessed in various communities (Baltimore Vocational High School, Bay Ridge, Schools of Marseille, Lower East Side Girls Club) became part of my work, expressed through channels found with my students, and generated new ambitions for the youths that share these experiences with me.

Cynthia Tobar is an Assistant Professor and Head of Archives at Bronx Community College. She contributed a chapter entitled "Reclaiming the Hall: Amplifying Community Voices at the Hall of Fame", to Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene. Cynthia is also a current doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, and she will discuss how the creation of a public art community event provided an opportunity to learn about how community arts-based practitioners can embrace culturally inclusive approaches, including Community-Based Archiving and socially engaged art practices.

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Viirtual Talk: Movement Matters, with Paz Tanjuaquio, Monday, 10/25, 6-7pm

“Movement Matters” follows the trajectory of a dancer’s life in NYC. Paz Tanjuaquio discusses her artistic path as a dancer, choreographer, and performer that leads to creating the nonprofit arts organization TOPAZ ARTS - an essential and inspiring space for contemporary dance and visual arts, celebrating over 20 years of making and supporting creative visions.

Paz Tanjuaquio has been active in New York City since 1990 as a choreographer, performer, visual artist, educator, and is a six-time marathon runner. She is Co-Founding Director of TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. – a nonprofit arts center in Queens, NY, established in 2000 with collaborator Todd B. Richmond to provide a creative space for contemporary performance and visual arts. Her choreography integrates art forms, from dance and performance to visual art, film, and design, creating images through movement. Her works have been presented by LaMaMa, Wassaic Projects, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, among others; nationally, at Operation Unite in Hudson NY, San Diego Trolley Dance, American Dance Festival Screen Dance, Philadelphia Fringe Festival; and internationally at Le Commun in Geneva, Switzerland, and residencies in Japan, Korea, and her birthplace, the Philippines. Awards include Artist Relief, National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, NYFA, and The Suitcase Fund’s Mekong Project in Cambodia and Vietnam. Residencies include Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, NY, Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. As a dancer, she has performed for Molissa Fenley, Nicky Paraiso, Dean Moss, Carl Hancock Rux, Marlies Yearby, among others. She has taught Dance full-time at SUNY/Nassau Community College, Adjunct at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and as guest artist at CUNY/Queens College, Sacramento State University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and Vargas Museum at Univ. of the Philippines. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and BA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Paz is a member of New York State DanceForce and serves on the Steering Committee of The Bessies NY Dance and Performance Awards.

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The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is a collaboration between Adelphi University; Gottesman Libraries, Teachers Colege, Columbia University; and Sing for Hope.

Artivism: The Power of Art Social Transformation, grew out of Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Teachers College alumni Courtney Weida and Carolina Cambronero-Varela, and Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, of Adelphi University. "The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description

Live Music

Wadsworth Strings, Wednesday, 10/13, 4-5:30pm (Postponed)

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.

QinQuan Zhang, Tuesday, 10/26, 5:15-6:15pm

Qinquan Zhang started to play the piano at the age of 6. He went to the affiliated middle school of Sichuan Conservatory of Music when he was 12 studying with the legendary pianist and educator, Daxin Zheng. Qinquan received several awards since middle school including the top prize of the St. Petersburg international piano competition, the Nice international piano competition, the Zhongsin international music competition, and the international young pianist competition. He had also participated and performed in several music festivals including the Beijing international music festival and academy and Shanghai international piano festival and institute. Qinquan was accepted by the early admission of Cleveland Institue of Music in 2014 studying with the head of the piano department, Ms. Kathryn Brown for four years during his undergraduate study. Qinquan currently lives in New York City, enrolling in the three years duo master program offered by Manhattan School of Music and Teacher's College at Columbia University.

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles!

Want to play in Everett Cafe? If you'd like to showcase and/or volunteer 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 Cafe News postings on the library blog.

Sputnik Launches, Monday, 10/4

A.A. Milne Publishes Winnie the Pooh, Thursday, 10/14

John Dewey Is Born, Wednesday, 10/20

U.S. Invades Grenada, Monday, 10/25

Book Displays

We are pleased to host the following curated book displays that draw upon special and current topics of significance to teaching, learning, and research.

Staff Picks: Witchcraft

"While the origin of witchcraft isn't known, witches have existed in some capacity from ancient times to modern day. The common depiction of witches with black hats, bubbling cauldrons and flying broomsticks was popularized by 18th century European tradition; however, witchcraft practices vary widely from culture to culture. Witchcraft has seen a massive resurgence in

recent years with pagan and folk magic practitioners using social media to read tarot, swap spell tips, show off altar set-ups and sell workshops and other witchy tools. Aspects of modern witchcraft have also begun to creep more and more in mainstream Western "wellness" movements (crystals, anyone?). This collection includes anthropological accounts from all over the world, the how-to's of modern pagan practices, as well as a variety of witchy fiction. While I’ve tried my best to include a range of materials here, TC has far more resources on this topic available in our online catalog. Whether you're more into bubbling, bubbling, toiling and troubling, or pulling tarot on TikTok, we hope you will treat (or trick!) yourself to a book from this collection this month."

-- curator's statement

Lucy Skrebutenas is a Library Associate for the Gottesman Libraries. While this is her first library position, she is now the fifth person working for a library in her family. She graduated from Fordham University with a BA in History, Spanish and Linguistics. Outside of work, Lucy likes to knit, cook, and occasionally works in costume departments for live theatre.

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

Where: Second Floor

Rocketship Launch: New and Now

Looking for a new read? Integrating exciting titles into your lesson plans? Building a curriculum for today's young learners? Blast off with the latest and greatest! Books on our "Rocketship" shelves are all award-winning and honoree titles for children's, middle grade, and young adult readers to bring into your orbit.

Rocketship displays are curated by Rachel Altvater, Library Associate.

Where: Second Floor

Everett Cafe: Digging the Earth, Tending the Soil

Fall is a time of harvest, the process of gathering crops for food that feeds a world population now nearing eight billion human beings, a number that may be considered the peak of sustainability. Prompted by insects that destroy crops, conventional farming sought to create adequate, if not abundant food supply through the use of chemical pesticides, such as DDT and boric acid, and chemical fertilizers, such as urea and sodium nitrate. As agribusiness grew, it embraced genetically modified organisms to attract consumers to larger, more colorful produce -- attaching a greater price tag to the planet: greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion, and water pollution, among other environmental issues threatening human health.

Recently, conversations about organic farming have centered on greenhouse gas emissions. While extra land is needed to grow natural crops that rely on rotation (mixing crops to improve soil quality); natural fertilizers (like manure, bone meal, compost); and natural repellants (like clove oil, neem water), there is less land for carbon sequestration, a method aimed at reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Added is fraud: what some organic farmers and producers call "organic" does not always meet recommended standards, leaving consumers further victim to agribusiness by paying more for marginally natural produce.

Amidst accelerating climate change, Digging the Earth, Tending the Soil offers a global educational perspective, despite continuing controversy over agricultural policies and practices. We explore the history and benefits of organic farming, known to leave a smaller carbon footprint; conserve and build soil; and replenish natural ecosystems for cleaner water and air. As we reflect on the debate of conventional versus organic farming, we draw attention to the words of Mahatma Gandhi and consider implications for our life on Earth, "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." (The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi, Navajivan, Pub. House, [1967], p. 379.

This display is curated by Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian, and designed by Sabarish Raghupathy, User Experience/Interface Engineer at Gottesman Libraries.

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

Where: Online

Online Exhibit: Warping the Future

Warping the Future: How Craft Led To the Digital World As We Know It, is an interactive exhibition that explores the history of crafting and the history of computing. It is presented in three stations: "Humans as Machines" exploring the history of weaving by interacting with a variety of looms, including the backstrap loom, warp-weighted loom, tapestry loom, floor loom, and Jacquard loom; visitors will learn about the origin of weaving, how ancient societies used them and which materials they weaved with. "Humans Automating Machines" delves into the "punch card way" as the core intersection between programmed computers and looms; visitors are exposed to the origins of programming by learning the logic behind the punch cards. In "Machines as Humans", viewers can search for curated collection of projects that illustrate more contemporary connections between ancient and new technologies.

Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya is a Peruvian creative producer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Francesca is a Lead Teacher in NYC First where she develops curriculum, manage a Maker Space and teach STEAM related subjects to low income communities. Her workshops include Creativity Lab at Brooklyn Museum and Tangible Data in Ahmedabad, India. Francesca earned an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, a BA in Communication from the University of Lima, and a Diploma in Audiovisual Education from the University of Salamanca.

Renata de Carvalho Gaui is a Brazilian designer, artist, and creative technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. A "jill of all trades within art, design, and technology," Renata has engaged in numerous projects with positive educational impact, including Beyond Punch Cards, Weaving to Code, Coding to Weave; and The Art of Living, the 2018 Myers Fund Art Commission. She holds an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a BFA in Design and Digital Media from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Highlighted Databases: School's In Session: Educat+

We draw continuing attention to Educat+, the definitive record of library holdings at Teachers College, Columbia University, powered by Primo VE, a patron-facing discovery layer that lets you search seamlessly for everything in our collection and more: books, journals, articles, curriculum, children’ literature, and institutional materials. Our resources reflect the depth and breadth of academic programs as they support teaching, learning, and research in education, health, and the applied health sciences. They include many specialized collections that date from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, as well as additional resources that we can acquire, whether through purchase or interlibrary loan. Read more on the library's news feed.


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Last Updated: 2:19 pm, Monday, Oct 25 , 2021