May Newsletter: Education Program

May Newsletter: Education Program

The 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 May.




Welcome new and returning students! Summer is beginning, and we are pleased to provide tours of the Gottesman Libraries to help you settle into coursework, research, and/or wonderful educational offerings outside the classroom. We invite you to become acquainted with f library resources and services by joining us for a friendly, informative walk through of mixed-use reading and group rooms; collaborative and quiet study spaces; Everett Cafe; Offit Gallery, Stacks; and more.


Thursday, 5/19, 12-12:45pm

Friday, 5/20, 10-10:45am

Monday, 5/23, 4-4:45pm


Open to members and affiliated members of Teachers College, all tours meet at the First Floor Library Services Desk, and last approximately 45 minutes. You may rsvp in advance of a particular tour, indicating details via online support. If you’d like to join us at another time, please let us know and we will gladly arrange.



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


Resources For Alumni, Thursday, 5/12, 3-4pm

This workshop focuses on how to search the many databases available to alumni of Teachers College via the expanded program of offerings by Columbia University Libraries. We will help you get started on your quest for research and provide tips and tricks in constructing a good search. We will also present additional options for using the Gottesman Libraries once you graduate.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Wednesday, May 11th.


Research Basics, Tuesday, 5/24, 3-4pm

Join us for for sixty-minute library workshop on research basics. We will cover the A-Z of using the library, focusing on key tools and strategies for finding books, articles, archives, curriculum, media, and much more. You'll navigate through important resources like catalogs, databases, and federated search engines to find what you need and also explore different options for searching. Come one, come all, but please come with your topic, as well as device (laptop, iPad, or phone) to this hands-on session!

You may rsvp with your interest and details via online support by Monday, May 23rd.


Introduction to Course Resource Lists for Instructors, Wednesday, 5/25, 3-4pm

We are excited to announce the implementation of Course Resource Lists (powered by Ex Libris Leganto) our new, permanent course reserves platform and collaborative tool for instructors and librarians to create and fulfill reading lists for degree-seeking students in courses taught each semester at Teachers College, Columbia University. Course Resource Lists are available to instructors of all active, credit-bearing courses and can be found on the left navigation menu of their courses in Canvas.

Please join us for the next in a series of monthly sessions, held over Zoom, in which we will introduce our new platform and cover the basics of creating a Course Resource List and making a course reserves request, in preparation for Summer 2022 term courses and beyond. Faculty, course assistants, and professional staff are all welcome to attend.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Digital Futures Institute. Interested persons may rsvp in advance and Zoom details will be shared. 


Comparing Tools for Citation Management, Tuesday, 5/31, 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 compares Zotero, "your personal research assistant" -- a citation management tool that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share research, with Mendeley, an alternative tool for managing citations. For example, while both Zotero and Mendeley allow you to extract metadata, including title and authors from PDFs, Mendeley automates the process as it allows you to organize your files directly in a customizable manner. Mendeley also enables highlighting and annotations directly on the article PDF.

You may rsvp via online support no later than Monday, May 30th, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session.



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.


Guest Talk: The Veggera Project: A Feminist Intergenerational Initiative in a Cretan Village, with Irini Ampoumogli, Monday, 5/2, 2-3pm

The project’s name is inspired by the old tradition of late evening gatherings with women in the villages, called veggeras. “Veggeras” provided the opportunity to the women to converse, share their knowledge and expertise.


Veggera Project Team speak about their experiences and pass on from one generation to the next this knowledge, building a sense of belonging. Despite its importance for the womens’ community, the veggera is mostly a thing of the past. The “Veggera Project” engages women living in rural areas in Crete with issues concerning gender equality and stereotypes. It aspires to create a strong supportive community among women in the village, contribute to the tightening of bonds between them and reveal their potential. It empowers women through a participatory and entertaining process via a series of workshops of intergenerational exchange, where the content of the workshop is formulated by the participants based on their ideas and knowledge. At the same time, the Veggera Project treasures the life narratives of these women, thus witnessing the transformation in the rural society and the life of women. In the presentation we will describe our methods, the reception of the project from the village community, and we will show some results and discuss possible actions for the continuation and expansion of the project.


Irini Ampoumogli is an actress with an MA in Stage Directing. Her interest and activism in intersectional feminisms and social inequalities also led her to attend an MA in Sociology (University of Crete). She is member of the Centre for the Study of Gender and collaborator of the Gender Equality Committee of the University of Crete on issues regarding gender violence and sexual harassment. In collaboration with several theatres and institutions (Hellenic Network of Theatre in Education, Centre for the Study of Gender Irini has used her experience and academic background to participate in and create performances and educational programs to raise awareness against racism and gender stereotypes for youths and adults. In 2019 she received a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Foundation to create the Veggera Project and learn more about the lives of women in small traditional communities of Crete, Greece.


Register Here.


Resources Available:

The Veggera Project 

YouTube Channel

Project Booklet


Guest Talk: Towards a More Inclusive Culture: Opening Art and Culture to People with Visual Impairment, with Stela Anastasaki and Christina Vlachou, Monday, 5/9, 2:30-3:30pm

Art and culture have served as an ideal ground for innovative ideas to grow, often acting as a catalyst for social change.


Art suggests alternative ways of perceiving the world around us, providing a wide field of experimentation, while addressing issues of social injustice and defending fundamental democratic rights. But, to what extent art and contemporary culture are actually from all and addressed to all? Is art considered democratic when certain social groups are excluded from its experience? Could the integration of inclusive practices in the cultural sector pave the way for the integration of persons that experience sight loss and visual impairment in other aspects of everyday life?


Today, as we experience a gradual shift towards the integration of participatory practices in various aspects of culture and education, the provision for equal access to culture for all, appears to be more urgent than ever and therefore should be considered a priority for cultural professionals, curators, educators, and artists in designing cultural experiences addressed to all.


With the aspiration to contribute to the dialogue on the methods of including people who experience loss of sight and visual impairment in the experience of art and culture, Stela Anastasaki and Christina Vlachou form Off Stream, showcase examples of projects and practices that enable the equal participation to art and cultural goods. The aim of this presentation is the exchange of knowledge, to raise awareness on matters of accessibility and social inclusion, so these practices are adopted and multiplied by other professionals in the future.


Presenter Bios

Stela Anastasaki is a curator and cultural manager, Co-Founder of “Off Stream” and the creator of project “Mind’s Eye”, an accessibility project for people with visual disabilities in the art experience. Her professional experience derives mainly from her employment in museums, cultural and educational institutions of Thessaloniki (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, PlantCult, LABattoir Project).

She has studied Archeology and holds a master’s degree in Art History (AUTh). Her love for the arts drives her to design cultural and artistic projects that foster inclusion and promote social change. She is developing tools and practices that lift the barriers and enable the inclusion of people with visual impairment in art museums and other cultural institutions. Her aspiration is that the right to experiencing culture, becomes part of our daily life and be as easy and natural for all people.


Christina Vlachou is a cultural manager and co-founder of “Off Stream”. She has studied Economics and holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Management (UNESCO chair MA Cultural Policy and Management, Université Lumière Lyon2, Belgrade University of Arts). For the last twelve years she is active in the field of Arts and Culture, having worked in museums, festivals, and cultural institutions, such as the MOMus-Experimental Center for the Arts, LABattoir project by the Municipal Cultural Department of Thessaloniki, Reworks Festival -Greece’s largest contemporary music festival-, DYNAMO project-space and the former Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.



Opening Reception: Artivism: Art for a Purpose, Tuesday, 5/10, 4-5pm

Please join us for the opening of Art for a Purpose, a multi-venue global exhibition with artwork being displayed at the Offit Gallery, Gottesman Libraries through June 23rd, 2022. This special event includes a hop hop piece by Brendan Lake, a freshman at the Honors College, Adelphi University; spoken word artivists, and a lively musical performance by Dawud Rahman of MOTI (Music on the Inside) and accompanying musicians Jonathon Finkelman and Art Guevarra.


We will be joined by Teachers College alumna Carolina Cambronero-Valera, Co-Producer of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation; fellow Co-Producer Argio Agelarakis, Instructor at Adelphi University and Freelance Painter and Illustrator; and artists whose works are being exhibited in Offit and collaborating galleries.


Participating institutions are: Adelphi University, Performing Arts Center (4/18-5/23); (May-June online); and the Center for the Women of New York, Fort Totten (5/7-5/23).


Where: 305 Russell / Offit Gallery, Third Floor


Please rsvp with your interest and details no later than Friday, May 6th. Refreshments will be served.

Also be sure to visit Artivism: Inventing Vision, Taking Action, an Everett Cafe Online Book Display, which has been extended through May.



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 College, 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, 2020), 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 Green, 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

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


Dawud Rahman Trio, Tuesday, 5/10, 3:30-4:30pm

Dawud Rahman, Saxophone and flute, kept himself alive through his love of music over years of incarceration. He was referred by the Fortune Society to Music on the Inside (MOTI) where he studies with music mentors Don Braden and Barbara Siesel and is now also part of Oscar Feldman’s Ensemble. He was recently featured at the Greek and French Consulates representing MOTI’s participation in the Artivism movement. MOTI is so proud of his accomplishments!


Jonathon Finkelman is a New York-born guitarist. A graduate of the City College jazz program where he studied with the Modern Jazz Quartet’s John Lewis, Jonathan has been performing and teaching in the New York area for many years. He has appeared on television and radio with the jazz group Janela, and has performed music for numerous theatrical productions, including the American Theater of Actors’ production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Five Moon Theatre’s production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well, and Summer Suns/Tales of Night, written and directed by George C. Wolfe. Along with trumpeter Michael Neal, Jonathan co-led a jazz quintet that performed regularly at Riverside Church’s esteemed Chamber Music series. Teaming up with vocalist/songwriter Ellen Weiss, Jonathan comprises half of the duo Moonglow, performing jazz, rock and soul classics as well as original material at Manhattan venues such as the Metropolitan Room and Caffe Vivaldi.


Art Guevarra / bassist, started playing the electric bass as a teen in various garage bands growing up in the city of Manila/Philippines. Later on, he got bitten by the jazz bug and incorporated the double bass, and continued studying at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He played pop, rock, r&b and jazz in and around the NYC area since the mid 80’s. Also, he hasw orked and played with some notables like Lou Rawls, Buddy Miles (drummer of Jimi Hendrix, Phoebe Snow, Deodato, Bette Midler) and backed up the great heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier at a show in the Poconos. He currently enjoys free-lancing and being a part of the Oscar Feldman Jazz Ensemble, same as Dawud.


This performance is part of the Opening Reception for Art for a Purpose.


Wadsworth Strings, Wednesday, 5/25, 4-5:30pm

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.


Please contact us if you are interested in playing! We welcome solos, duets, and trios.


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.


The Children's Crusade, Monday, 5/2

Florence Nightingale Is Born, Thursday, 5/12

Bike to Work Day, Friday, 5/20

The Library of Congress Is Established, Tuesday, 5/24


Book Displays


Everett Cafe: Artivism: Inventing Vision, Taking Action

Just how far can we push political agendas by the means of art to raise social, environmental, and technical awareness of important issues and needs? And what do we experience in the process? Artivism, a compound word for Art and Activism, has the power to illuminate the imagination and spur not only action, but teaching and learning. Community building and collaboration are part, allowing us to deepen our collective experiences and enrich our understanding of the human condition, characteristics and seminal events that make up the essentials of our human existence. An educative tool in itself, artivism goes beyond the use of language or non verbal communication in social contexts by embracing art in multiple mediums, including visual, literary, and digital, so that we can become more engaged with the world around us.


Artivism: Inventing Vision, Taking Action takes a broad look at the history and connection between art, social transformation, and education with inspiration drawn from a diverse lens with perspective on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, abilities, and more. The selections for this display build upon the work of "Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation", a program co-sponsored by the Gottesman Libraries, Adelphi University, and Sing for Hope that aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence.


"Social imagination is the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficit society, in the streets where we live and our schools. Social imagination not only suggests but also requires that one take action to repair or renew." -- Maxine Greene


This display is curated by Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian, and designed byTrisha Barton, Lead Designer, with assistance from Scarlett Cheng, Library Associate, Art and Design.


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


Staff Picks: Self Care for Finals and Beyond

"Here at TC, May brings both the stress of finals week and the excitement and relaxation of the beginning of summer. During this month, it’s imperative that we remember to take care of ourselves so we can not only survive finals, but get a true recharge and reset with the beginning of the summer break. These selections can help you do just that! Self-care is multidimensional and different people require different things in order to properly care for themselves. In order to accommodate various needs in this area, these books are arranged into various categories: mindfulness, meditation, sleep, gratitude and self-talk, specialized advice for educators and other people in helping professions, and books that are just plain fun to read. Check out whatever category is currently calling out to you, and I hope that my picks bring some rest and relaxation into your life!"

-- Patti O'Meara, Library Associate


Where: Second Floor Reading Room


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


Featured DatabasesNational Bike Month

Did you know that May is recognized as National Bike Month, by the League of American Bicyclists, who promote the "chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try"? n support, we highlight resources that cover the literature of bicycle riding from different perspectives: educational, psychological, economical, environmental. Whether you're commuting to work or going for a spin around the park, you can celebrate this ingenuous two-wheeled vehicle whose history, going strong, dates back to the nineteenth century. Read more on the library's news page.


Exhibit: Art for a Purpose

Art for a Purpose unites global visual statements where the processes and ideas are as important, if not more, than the finished artwork. This exhibition’s open call to all multi-disciplinary artivists provides a platform to express social concerns and provoke conversations for action.


The mission of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional global collaboration, is to engage people in transforming society through the power of art. The vision of this initiative is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global concerns. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. 


"The activism in these selections touches on connecting nature to the body and how individuals advocate for themselves or heal through art and nature. Additionally, it addresses the concerns of nature and the body and how they affect each other.


The collection expands minds on how we care for ourselves as individuals, as a collective, and nature's influence in the process of seeking liberation. Romanticism and transcendentalism connect to the theme of nature and the body, but with 21st-century concerns of liberation. These contemporary concerns relate to the self reaching sublime and that the sublime is accessible to all. We can ask the question of what disrupts our personal and collective peace and how nature is involved. Our selection explores how the body is either manipulated by nature, moves in nature, or uses, or rejects, nature through various mediums such as paint, media, and literature."

-- Curator's Statement


The Offit Gallery exhibition, Art for a Purpose, is curated by Trisha Barton, Lead Designer, with assistance from Scarlett Cheng, Library Associate, Art and Design, in collaboration with the Artivism Team.


Where: Offit Gallery

When: May 6 - June 23

Opening: Friday, May 10, 4-5pm



To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, or (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

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