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A Tribute to Joyce Cowin

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Joyce Cowin

Joyce Berger Cowin is a Teachers College alumna, former Alumni Council member and long time member of the Board of Trustees. Through her generosity, the College was able to create its Cowin Conference Center, which over the past three years has been the scene of many major events, including the Fall 2008 debate between the education advisors of Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain; an address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Children’s Aid Society; the nation’s first major symposium (convened by TC’s Campaign for Educational Equity) on how states are using federal education stimulus money; and the annual national education summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Cowin also helped launch the Heritage School, an arts-themed high school in East Harlem that was created a decade ago by TC faculty member Judith Burton. And she is involved with many other civic and cultural organizations in New York City, including the American Folk Art Museum, of which she is a trustee.

In the following video, friends, family members and colleagues pay tribute to a remarkable woman and great friend of Teachers College.

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