News Display: Joan of Arc in Orleans, Monday, 4/29

Monday, 4/29

To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Teachers College, we will showcase one interesting story per day on the history and development of Teachers College, including its departments, programs and members. Drawn from major national and international newspapers, the display in the Everett Cafe will run for 125 days, Monday, February 4th-Friday, July 26th. In addition we will continue our weekly displays of educational news displays on a wide range of topics, as well as our daily postings of headlines from around the world.
  • Joan of Arc in Orleans, Monday, 4/29
  • Nicknamed "The Maid of OrlĂ©ans", Joan of Arc was a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. At the age of 17, Joan led French forces on April 29, 1429 in battle against the English in the besieged city of Orleans. Inspired by the voices and visions of Christian saints, Joan of Arc led a series of military campaigns in the Hundred Years War. She was captured and sold to the English, tried as a heretic and burned at the stake in Rouen. Our news display features stories about the life of Joan of Arc, her efforts to reform troops, and stunning victories, with application for the social studies curriculum. Also be sure to see Joan of Arc: Enduring Power, an op-ed by Kathryn Harris in the New York Times.
  • April Fools, Monday, 4/1
  • Some speculate that April Fools Day started as far back as April 1, 1584 when France changed over to the Gregorian from Julian calendar -- leading to the "poisson d'avril" or the ritual of placing fish on another's back as a symbol of gullibility. In the 1700s, the Scots hunted the "gowk" or cuckoo bird, playfully sending people on silly or fake errands or tasks, while the English played more practical jokes on each other. America has experienced her hoaxes on April Fools Day, among them the 1996 purchase of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell by Taco Bell. Join us for amusing headlines that portray the history and interpretation of April Fools Day.
  • Child Abuse Prevention, Wednesday, 4/10
  • In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we highlight stories on advocacy and the role of school personnel in protecting children, particularly those with disabilities. Be sure to attend the Socratic conversation on the topic, Generational Patterns of Familial Child Abuse, with Natalie Millman, Thursday, 4/11, 4:45-6pm, and also see the library's featured resources that strengthen study and research in the field and help us promote the well being of children in families and communities.
  • Tax Day, Monday, 4/15
  • Although it is far from a public holiday, Tax Day is usually on or close to April 15th, the deadline for filing income taxes with the Internal Revenue Service. We will display newspaper stories about Tax Day and the introduction of United States taxes in 1861, including major changes in the system.
  • Andropov Writes to U.S. Student, Thursday, 4/25
  • On April 25, 1983 Yuri Andropov, Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, responded to young American Samantha Smith, a fifth grader from Lewiston, Maine -- inviting her to visit his country and assuring her of efforts to establish peace between our counties. Samantha had written to Andropov to ask whether Russia was planning to start a nuclear war. Samantha not only flew to Russia, but became a peace activist, wrote a book and starred in a television series.

Last Updated: 12:02 pm, Wednesday, Mar 13 , 2013