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Cally L. Waite is Associate Professor of History and Education in Teachers College's Department of Arts & Humanities, where she coordinates the History and Education Program. Waite is an authority on the transformation of higher education in the late 19th century and has written extensively about the history of African Americans in U.S. higher education. In her book Permission to Remain Among Us: Education for Blacks in Oberlin, Ohio, 1880-1914, Waite details the history of a community that demonstrated a rare commitment to the education of blacks during the antebellum period, only  to turn toward segregation as Reconstruction drew to a close -- a progression, she argues, that prefigured events nationwide.  

Waite also serves as program director of the SSRC-Mellon Mays Fellowship Program -- part of the Social Science Research Council, an independent, international nonprofit that nurtures new generations of social scientists, fosters innovative research, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues. 

Waite's current book project, The Journey Thus Far: Black Southern Scholars and Northern Institutions, 1896-1954 (with Margaret Smith Crocco, formerly of TC's Social Studies Education Program), considers the experiences and challenges of southern black scholars who earned their doctoral degrees at northern research universities during legalized segregation in the United States.

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Premiered on 10/4/2013

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In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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