November 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 November.



Workshops


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


Mastering Educat+, Tuesday, 11/9, 4-5pm

This workshop covers helpful strategies for searching Educat+, the definitive record of library holdings at Teachers College, Columbia University, plus resources beyond. Whether you conduct a simple or advanced search, use scopes or facets, need permalinks or citations, or wish to export or e-mail records, Mastering Educat+ will assist your discovery of research resources and successful journey through scholarly literature.

Persons interested in attending may rsvp with details by Monday, November, 1st. If you are unable to attend in person a Zoom link will be provided.

Resource: A Guide to Educat+, by Lorraine LaPrade

Where: 306 Russell


Introducing Endnote, Wednesday, 11/10, 4-5pm

Produced by Clarivate Analystics, Endnote is a citation management software used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays, term papers, theses, dissertations, or other scholarly pieces. You can store, share, and organize your citations, and also use Endnote seamlessly with Educat+, the catalog of holdings at the Gottesman Libraries.

Please rsvp byTuesday, November 9th with your interest and details.If you'd like to join remotely, let us know and we'll provide a Zoom link.

Where: 306 Russell


Using Grants Databases, Tuesday, 11/16, 4-5pm

Please join us for this helpful workshop on using key resources to identify potential funding sources for your studies, research project, travel grant, or other need. We will cover such tools as The Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, produced by the Foundation Center, and Pivot, provided by Exlibris, Proquest. We will also offer tips in the grant seeking process, as well as pointers to successful grant writing,

Please rsvp by Monday, November 15th. If you'd like to join via Zoom, just let us know and we'll send a Zoom link.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Research@TC.

Where: 306 Russell / via Zoom


Systematic Reviews, Thursday, 11/18, 4-5pm

For a systematic review of the literature, you will be called upon to identify, evaluate, and summarize the findings of all relevant individual studies over a health-related issue, thus making evidence available to decision makers. This workshop covers the necessary steps: formulating the research question; developing the research protocol; conducting the search; selecting and appraising studies; extracting data; and analyzing / interpreting the results.

Please rsvp with your interest and details for this session by Wednesday, November 17th. We will provide a Zoom link if you wish to attend remotely. If you are unable to attend this hybrid session, please feel free to request an individual research consultation and/or suggest

another time that may work better.

Where: 306 Russell


Archival Research, Monday, 11/22, 3-4pm

Looking for leads on people, places, events, or other parts of the history of Teachers College? Maybe you are curious about courses taught by pioneers in the field of education; historical children's art or institutional photographs; or foreign students that attended. In this workshop we will explore tools and methods for uncovering archival and historical information, including Pocketknowledge, our digital archive; Educat+, our catalog; Teachers College Record, official journal; World Cat (Archive Grid); and much more. 

If you have a particular topic in mind, please let us know when you rsvp with your details! If you wish to attend remotely, let us know and we'll provide a Zoom Link.

Where: 104b


Exploring Children's Literature, Tuesday, 11/30, 12:30-1:30pm

This workshop introduces you to library resources that strengthen study, teaching, and research in the field of K-12 children's literature, including biography, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, fables and fairy tales. From locating children's books in Educat+ and using classroom-centered databases, through to reading up on secondary source material, you'll discover a wide range of possibilities that inform the field.

Please rsvp via online support no later than Monday, November 29th, with your interest and details. If you are unable to attend in person we will provide a Zoom link so you can join us remotely.

Where: 104b Russell


Talks


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.


Online Book Talk: Correctional: A Memoir, with Ravi Shankar, Thursday, 11/4, 4-5pm

"The first time Ravi Shankar was arrested, he spoke out against racist policing on National Public Radio and successfully sued the city of New York. The second time, he was incarcerated when his promotion to full professor was finalized. During his ninety-day pretrial confinement at the Hartford Correctional Center—a level 4, high-security urban jail in Connecticut—he met men who shared harrowing and heart-felt stories. The experience taught him about the persistence of structural racism, the limitations of mass media, and the pervasive traumas of twenty-first-century daily life.

Shankar’s bold and complex self-portrait—and portrait of America—challenges us to rethink our complicity in the criminal justice system and mental health policies that perpetuate inequity and harm. Correctional dives into the inner workings of his mind and heart, framing his unexpected encounters with law and order through the lenses of race, class, privilege, and his bicultural upbringing as the first and only son of South Indian immigrants. Vignettes from his early life set the scene for his spectacular fall and subsequent struggle to come to terms with his own demons. Many of them, it turns out, are also our own."

-- publisher's description

 

Ravi Shankar is an award-winning author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry. He is the founder of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts, and has been featured in the New York Times and on BBC, NPR, and PBS NewsHour. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his partner and their dogs, Annie and Rishi.


Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Wednesday, November 3rd with their interest and details, and a Zoom link will be provided.


Hybrid Book Talk: Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression, with Boni Wozolek, Tuesday, 11/9, 4-5:30pm

Please join us for a discussion of Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression (Routledge, 2021), with author Boni Wozolek. Recently named the 2021 Winner of the AESA Critics’ Choice Book Award, Dr. Wozolek's book explores social justice and education from numerous angles, with attention to the psychological aspects of victims of violent crimes.


"Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression brings together fields including new materialisms, anthropology, curriculum theory, and educational foundations to examine how violence is intertwined with everyday events and ideas. Artfully weaving participant narratives in two contexts that exist a literal world apart—queer middle school youth of color in an urban context and Indian women who have survived domestic violence—Assemblages of Violence conceptualizes how social justice functions in opposition to normalized aggressions. Often overlooked, these deeply significant connections document how multiplicities of aggression operate as business-as-usual in a variety of spaces and places, including those that are often thought of as helpful. To these ends, this book introduces pathologies to theoretically and methodologically trace affects in order to more clearly perceive both where and how violence is embedded in and between sociopolitical and cultural ways of being, knowing, and doing. In so doing, Assemblages of Violence argues that pathologizing trajectories of violence can provide theoretical and methodological tools for those seeking to engage in a pedagogy of equity, access, and care to help people and communities in ways they wish to be helped."

-- publisher's description


Dr. Boni Wozolek is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University, Abington College. Her work considers questions of social justice, qualitative research methods, and teaching practices that focus on the examination of race, gender and sexual orientation in schools. Dr. Wozolek's most recent accolades include receiving the 2021 recipient of the "Early Career Award" from the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies special interest group of the American Educational Research Association and receiving the 2020 Taylor & Francis Educational Studies "Best Paper of the Year" award for her article "Hidden Curriculum of Violence: Affect, Power, and Policing the Body. Dr. Wozolek is the author of numerous papers and book chapters that can be found in journals like: The Urban Review, GLQ, Cultural Studies <> Critical Methodologies, Theory into Practice, and The Journal of Gender Studies, among others. Dr. Wozolek's most recent books include Assemblages of Violence in Education: Everyday Trajectories of Oppression (Routledge, 2021), and the edited collection Black Lives Matter in U.S. Schools: Race, Education, and Resistance (SUNY, in press). 


Dr. Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum, Teachers College, Columbia University, will introduce Dr. Wozolek and moderate discussion among participants.


This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and Gottesman Libraries.

Persons interested in joining this book talk may rsvp with their details by Monday, November 8th. A Zoom link will be confirmed for persons wishing to attend remotely.

Where: 306 Russell / Zoom


Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation


Online Guest Talk: Freeing Up the Windup Dolls, with Aphrodite Désirée Navab, Monday, 11/1, 4:30-5:30pm

Artist Aphrodite Désirée Navab will present on her ink drawing series: WINDUP DOLLS (2020).

Navab explores how the same tool which winds the doll will become the key that frees her. Like her invented heroine, Super East-West Woman, whose chador turns into a cape of agency—transformation, metamorphosis and reinvention are significant strategies for survival explored in Navab’s art. This series is inspired by one of Iran’s first feminist voices, Forough Farrokhzad (1934-67) and her poem “The Wind-up Doll” (1959): “More than this, ah yes, one can remain silent more than this…Exactly like a wind-up doll, one can see one’s own world with two glass eyes. One can sleep for years in a felt-lined box, on lace and tinsel. And in response to every obscene squeeze of a hand, one can exclaim without reason: ‘Oh, I’m so happy!”


Aphrodite Désirée Navab

Born in Iran and based in New York, the artist Aphrodite Désirée Navab mines her Iranian, Greek and American heritage, calling forth its competing histories, myths, and politics and tracing its impact on her personal identity. Navab’s art has been featured in over one hundred and fifty exhibitions and is included in a number of permanent collections including: The Addison Gallery of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Lowe Art Museum, the Harn Museum of Fine Arts, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Arkansas State University. At present, Navab had a solo museum show, Landmines of Memory, at the Addison Gallery of American Art (Jan-April 2021). She had a solo exhibition, The Homeling, at Johannes Vogt gallery in New York (Jan.-Feb. 2018). Her work was exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the traveling group museum show: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, (Feb 9-April 22, 2019). In 2009, her art was featured in the museum exhibition and catalogue, Through the Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection, at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami. The exhibition featured only 100 significant photographs from more than 1,000 photographic holdings from: Julia Margaret Cameron and Walker Evans to Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson.


Resources

Aphrodite Désirée Navab’s Website

Instagram at @aphroditedesiree

Register here.


Online Guest Talk: Constructoras Sonoras: A Feminist Project to Decolonize Sounds Cultures, with Susan Campos-Fonseca and Rodrigo A. Carazo, Monday, 11/8, 5:30-6:30pm

The Musical Historical Archive of the School of Musical Arts of the University of Costa Rica develops the social action project entitled Constructoras Sonoras within the framework of the Bicentennial of the independence of Costa Rica (1821- 2021).


Presentation Summary

This project aims to question the white, western and patriarchal paradigm that prevails in the design of the sound identity of the nation. For this purpose, an investigation was carried out that would allow the identification of women from different ethnic and sexual communities, makers of diverse sound cultures, whose legacy documents a polyphony silenced by the hegemonic groups of Costa Rica. This project demonstrates how art is used to construct national mythologies, but also how it can confront and refute them. The narratives about independence must be thought not only at the level of the political project of the ruling classes, they must be thought from personal political actions. This project vindicates the individual struggles of women to build their own independence through artistic practices, building diverse sound stories, like themselves and their communities.


Susan Campos-Fonseca

Susan Campos-Fonseca is a musicologist, composer, and writer. Campos-Fonseca holds a Ph.D. in music from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain. Master in Spanish and Latin American Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and graduated in Conducting from the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). She is a composer and musicologist whose research focuses on philosophy of culture and technology, feminism, decolonial studies, electronic art and sound studies. Campos-Fonseca has received the 2002 University Council Award from Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), the 2004 WASBE conductor scholarship (UK), the 2005 Carolina Foundation Scholarship (Spain), the 2007 “100 Latinos” Award (Spain), the Corda Foundation Award 2009 (New York), the 2012 Casa de las Americas Musicology Award (Cuba), and 2013, 2014 UCR Distinguished Scholar “Universitaria destacada” (Costa Rica). She serves on the advisory boards of Boletín de Música (Cuba), and has been a guest editor for Trans: Revista Transcultural de Música (Spain) and Ideas Sónicas (México). Her books include Herencias Cervantinas en la Música Vocal Iberoamericana, Poiésis de un Imaginario Cultural (for which she received the 2012 Casa de las Americas Musicology Award), and the co-edited volume Estudos de Género, Corpo e Música: Abordagens Metodológica, ANPPOM-Serie Pesquisa em Música no Brasil, Vol. 3. She currently coordinates a project on arts, sciences, and technologies at UCR, where she is a professor of Music History and Transdisciplinary Research.


Rodrigo A. Carazo

Ambassador Rodrigo A. Carazo is the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations in New York (2018-2022). He serves as a university professor in Costa Rica and in the United States and the University of Peace and is a Member of the Board of the public Distance University in Costa Rica. Ambassador Carazo holds a Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica and a similar degree in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Costa Rica, a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Geneva- Switzerland and has completed further studies in History and International Law.


Ambassador Carazo has been a liberal professional since 1971 in the fields of Economy, Law and International Relations. He has also served as a consultant for International Organizations (Governmental, Intergovernmental, Non-Governmental) as well as for private entities. He has 48 years of experience as a businessman in commercial, industrial, tourist, agricultural and service sectors. Ambassador Carazo was the first Ombudsman of Costa Rica (1993-1997) and served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (2002-2006).


Resources

Calendario De Pared Constructoras Sonoras

200 años Costa Rica

Register here.


Online Guest Talk: The Classroom at the Intersection of Art, History, and Social Justice, with Art Jones, Monday, 11/15, 4-5pm

Art Jones, award-winning filmmaker, will discuss the making of his documentary featuring Professor Cristina Zaccarini’s “History, Mindfulness and Prison Reform” class, as both artistic work and amplifier of social justice action.


Professor Cristina Zaccarini will discuss how this film reflected the role her students played in creating a historical database capturing the experiences of those reentering society from incarceration. Nahshon Jackson, Outreach Coordinator, will explain the significance of the film and the classroom experience on those who are formerly incarcerated.


Art Jones

Director Art Jones heads Great Jones Productions in New York, making films that make change. His feature films and social justice documentaries fuse filmmaking with outreach and community building to spur social action.


Dr. Christina Zaccarini 

Prof. Zaccarini has been a full-time history professor at Adelphi for twenty years, with publications in American history specializing in women and culture. Prof. Zaccarini works with Network Support Services, and especially with Mr. Nahshon Jackson, Outreach Coordinator, to create a database capturing the experiences of those reentering society while seeking to assist them in their efforts.


Nahshon Jackson

Mr. Nahshon Jackson, Network Support Services Outreach Coordinator, brainstormed with Prof. Zaccarini to come up with the idea for the Mindfulness Resolution Project and he provided tremendous insight and inspiration for students. Mr. Jackson works tirelessly to connect Prof. Zaccarini to Network clients, and his knowledge of mindfulness and the criminal justice system is exceptional. Without Mr. Jackson, there would be no Mindfulness Resolution Project and no documentary!


Resources

Short Documentary, “History, Mindfulness and Prison Reform

Art Jones' Website

Mindfulness Resolution Project 


Network Support Services

Network Support Services

Mindfulness Resolution Project

Internalization in Action: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion in Globalized Classrooms

Register here.


Online Guest Talk: ArtsAction Group: Artful Coalitions Through Socially Engaged Art, with Cindy McGuire and Ann Holt, Monday, 11/22, 2:30-3:30pm

Acknowledging arts as increasingly recognized in global development and social change work, ArtsAction Group facilitates arts and education initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments. Through respect, open dialogue, and long-term cooperation, we work with local partners to create, produce and share these experiences with a broader global audience.


Cindy Maguire

Cindy Maguire is founder and co-Director of ArtsAction Group, an international community-based collective committed to facilitating arts initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments. She is also an Associate Professor of Art & Design Education at Adelphi University.


Before joining Adelphi, Cindy was a Senior Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, as well as an adjunct faculty member in Pratt Institute and New York University’s Art Education Programs. Maguire also taught visual arts education in the Los Angeles City Schools for over eight years. Her research interests include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and the role of socially engaged art in personal and social transformation.


Maguire received her PhD in Art Education from New York University, MA in Art from California State University Long Beach, and her BA in Art Education from the University of Kansas. Working with a range of media, Maguire’s primary media focus in her own art is collage, printmaking and digital media. In addition to creating work as a solo artist, she also designs and produces socially engaged art with children and youth. Her collaborative work has been exhibited in Los Angeles and the New York City Metro area as well as internationally.


Ann Holt 

Ann Holt, Ph.D. is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute and Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University. She serves on Arts Action Group’s Advisory Council. Her research, teaching, and writing encompasses social justice issues around arts and human development, and art education archives and histories.


Acknowledging arts as increasingly recognized in global development and social change work, ArtsAction Group facilitates arts and education initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments. 


Resources

ArtsAction Group Website

ArtsAction Exhibition Books and Websites

Kosovo:

Transformimi: Dikur, Tani Dhe Nesër/Transformation: Past, Present, Future 2019

Outside In/Inside Out 2018 (with Adelphi students)

Utopia/Dystopia 2017

Sri Lanka:

ArtsAction Group Collective: Sri Lanka

Some Partner Info

Fellbach Haus Centre for Creative Education (a partner)

Motif Art Studio (a partner)

short film by Motif’s founder/director, Mohamed Sleiman Labat

Register here.


Online Guest Talk: The Talisman Project: Artifacts of Growth Mindset, with Nina Bellisio, Monday, 11/29, 5-6pm

The understanding of Growth Mindset, or the concept that our capacity to learn is not fixed, is a significant equalizer for underserved or underrepresented students.


The Talisman Project was developed as a way to engage students with new technology and to provide a platform for them to access their awareness of learning. Using 3D modeling and printing, students create artifacts to represent a growth experience. This talisman acts as a physical representation of the acquisition of knowledge, hopefully enabling future growth and success. In this workshop we will talk more about these ideas and you will create your own talisman for a future exhibit at Gottesman Library.


Nina Bellisio is Associate Professor of Visual Communications at St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York. She joined the faculty there in 2011 after teaching art and design for 10 years at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco. In her multiple roles at St. Thomas Aquinas College: faculty member, Innovation Coordinator, and Assistant Dean of Curriculum, she works to integrate technology into learning and to incorporate design thinking practices into interdisciplinary curriculum. Nina holds a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a doctoral student of Creative Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University where her area of research is gender bias in the designed environment.

Register here.


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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, 11/3, 4-5:15pm

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.


Jose Lomeli, Wednesday, 11/17, 4-5pm

Jose Lomeli is beginning his first year of doctoral studies at Teachers College in the Music Education program. He began exploring the guitar as a child by searching for guitar books with which to learn to play from his local library. And continued his passion for guitar through the Beatles, Bossa-Nova and most recently, classical guitar. He enjoys participating in community music ensembles and teaching guitar to people of all ages.


Stephanie Mayer, Thursday, 11/18, 5-6pm

Stephanie Mayer has been playing jazz with known artist such as Christian McBride, Billie Heart and Dave Stryker. Her inspiration and style is highlighted from jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Herbie Hancock. The best way to describe her music is a taste of classic jazz and R&B mixed with Latin Jazz flavors.



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.


One World Trade Center Officially Opens, Wednesday, 11/3

Armistice Day, Thursday, 11/11

Georgia O'Keeffe Is Born, Monday, 11/15

Life Magazine Is First Published, Tuesday, 11/23


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: Restorative and Transformative Justice

Hereth, Kaba, Meiners, and Wallace write "Restorative justice is an approach that attempts to empower communities to respond holistically to violence and harm...RJ takes into account the needs of victims, offenders, and others affected by an incident of harm working to rebuild what was lost rather than viewing punishment as a final resolution," in Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline, included in this collection (p. 246). These books contain a range of resources related to restorative and transformative justice. Particular titles provide support for educators implementing restorative justice programs in their schools. Other resources give background on criminalization and the prison system, arguing for solutions to harm that address their root causes. Schools are often complicit in criminalization, thus educators who wish to dismantle the carceral system must actively work against the school-to-prison pipeline and administrative tendencies to pathologize marginalized students. These books can serve as supportive resources for all individuals interested in adequately addressing harm and working toward a world without prisons. If you prefer electronic resources, relevant e-books are included. Having worked on various prison abolitionist projects, I have seen that there are interventions to be made in all settings to transform the way we react to conflict and harm. I hope this collection inspires others to combat criminalization in their communities and support those affected by the carceral system, to try what Mariame Kaba proposes "a million experiments."

-- Grace Handy, Library Associate


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


Everett Cafe: The Entangled World of Fungi

"To find a mushroom, start with wonder. You are one of millions of creatures dwelling in the forest or your city park and, although we evolved in divergent ways, there is continuity and kinship among all of us. Despite looking different, fungi are genetically closer to us than they are to plants. To look for mushrooms is to wonder about other forms of intelligence that we do not understand but on which our world depends.

 To find mushrooms, look down and be courteous not to step on them. Find places of silent but bustling activity: a pile of old leaves or a trunk resting on the forest floor. There is nothing dead about a fallen tree. Fungi together with moss, liquen, insects, and bacteria are thriving there; transforming decaying matter into fresh soil, building new beginnings, and nourishing seedlings for rebirth. But we often miss all the action when we walk through the parks and forests absorbed by our busy minds. Mushroom foraging is to leave thoughts behind, arouse our senses and become entangled through smell, touch, taste, and sight with the living earth around us. 

If you find a mushroom, look closer. You stand upon a vibrant but nearly invisible network of fungal threads called mycelium. Mushrooms are the fruiting body and the only visible part of this expansive but hidden organism. Fungi are truly the largest living creatures on our planet and among the oldest. Scientists describe mycelium as nature’s organic internet which carries messages and resources between trees and plants while recycling air, soil, and water for everyone's benefit. Finding a mushroom is letting yourself become intertwined with a wider community of beings. 

The Entangled World of Fungi invites us to unravel the kingdom of fungi in the search of meaning, connectedness, possibility, and life amid environmental decay. We explore mycology as a place for radical rethinking of humans’ place on earth offering insights into new forms of nourishing and healing our communities, doing science, restoring ecosystems, building artifacts, and educating our children and ourselves as we learn to become better creatures of this world."

-- Isabel Correa, Recipient of the 2021 Commissioned Art Award


At the Everett News Cafe, you'll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to the world of fungi through the lens of science, art, education, philosophy, among others. This selection of books also inspired and informed our upcoming exhibition Human-Nature Entanglements: Learning Designs for Creativity Beyond Human, by designer Isabel Correa at the Offit Gallery. 


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: A-Z of Research


In November we draw attention to our expanded alphabetical listing of research databases; these titles comprise resources to which the Gottesman Libraries subscribe, accessible on and offsite to all current and affiliated members of Teachers College, Columbia University, and supportive of academic programs and research in education, psychology, and the applied health sciences.

The titles on Gottesman Libraries' A-Z listing are also discoverable via Educat+, the definitive record of library holdings at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Additional resources are available through Columbia University Libraries, with whom we participate in resource sharing. CLIO, Columbia's catalog of over 7 million items for books; journals and newspaper titles; audio and video recordings; scores; archival collections; databases; government documents; and maps and atlases.

Please read more on the Library's news feed.


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