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November 3 – 28

Art Exhibit: Richard Jochum, “Intersections and Interstices” at Macy Gallery

9:00 am - 5:00 pm • 444 Macy Hall

New and recent work in a variety of forms and media including video, photography, ionstallation and object art. Reception on November 6, 6-9pm, in Macy Gallery.

November 7

Adaptive Technology - Learning Fundamentals

11:00am - 1:00pm • 234 Horace Mann

A MUST for serious web designers, this 1-day, 2-hour informational workshop is for students, staff and faculty to learn about about speech synthesis and screen readers, and ways to incorporate basic technology making Web sites accessible for people with disabilities. The cost is $15; no prerequisites necessary. For more information, please contact Academic Computing; 212-678-3302;


Benefits Q & A Session 1

3:00pm - 4:00pm • 305 Russell Hall

Come ask questions about benefits plan options during Open Enrollment. For more information, call 212-678-3175.


Resume Writing Workshop

2:00pm - 3:00pm • Room TBD

For more information on this workshop, visit


Monthly Student Forum: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Student Senate Meeting: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

229 Thompson Hall

Monthly Student Forums provide students an opportunity to personally address their issues and concerns to their department representative. In addition to providing a feedback analysis of the Student Senate’s work, all students are invited to voice an idea, complaint or concern and be heard. Student Senate meetings (held bimonthly) directly follow and are open to all members of the Teachers College Community. Please visit for more information.


Myers Lecture: The Play in Art Research by Charles Garoian

7:00pm - 8:00pm • Cowin Center

Garoian, Director of the School of Visual Arts and Professor of Art Education at Penn State University, is the author of Performing Pedagogy: Toward an Art of Politics, coauthor of Spectacle Pedagogy: Art, Politics, and Visual Culture, and he has performed and lectured in colleges and universities, galleries and museums nationally and internationally. For more information, call 212-678-3360 or email


November 7 & 8

Observing & Assessing the Preschool Learner Conference

11/07/08; 9:00am - 4:00pm

11/08/08; 9:00am - 5:00pm

With increased public attention on the importance of the early childhood years and the No Child Left Behind legislation comes the need for screening and diagnosis, assessment for curriculum planning, intervention, and program evaluation. This conference, directed by Ann Boehm and Barbara Sandberg, focuses on developing meaningful intervention by using the outcomes of assessment to inform intervention planning, both at home and in school. Some of the topics to be addressed are: social/emotional factors to handle school preparedness at the pre-school and kindergarten levels; cognitive and early literacy skills expected of young children; recent tests used for screening and intervention planning; and the relationship of the law to the assessment of preschoolers. For more information, visit


November 8

Grant Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

9:30am - 12:00noon

For more information, contact


November 10

Ticket Sale for The Rockettes

Purchase your ticket in 160 Thorndike. Tickets are Cash Only. ONLY one ticket per TC student ID. Student must be present with their TC ID. Tickets are Non-Refundable. For more information, contact


“A Mathematics Education Travelogue in Asia - Dispelling Myths and Opening Dialog”

6:30pm - 7:30pm light supper and discussion

7:30pm - 9:00pm colloquium lecture

Location TBD

Steve Rasmussen, Key Curriculum Press, will discuss his mathematical travelogue drawing from experiences in a dozen Asian countries. The pictures are personal, the experiences are singular, the observations are idiosyncratic. The human face of mathematics education that emerges helps show that colleagues in Asia struggle with issues not unlike our own. For more information, contact or call (212) 678-3381.


November 10 – December 8

Knitting Class Series - Second Class:

Every Monday from 12:00pm–2pm

This is a wonderful opportunity for beginners to learn about the art of knitting and for experienced knitters to perfect their skills. Fee: $15 for knitting materials. The classes are limited to 15 students. Contact Bianca Mona in the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs at or call 212.678.4186 to register.


November 10 & 11

Google Collaboration Playground

Part 1: 11/10/08; 11:00am - 1:00pm; 234 HM

Part 2: 11/11/08; 11:00am - 1:00pm; 234 HM

This 2-day, 2-hour informational workshop is for students, staff and faculty to explore the collaborative fun of Google Documents. Students will share and co-author Google slideshow, word processor, spreadsheet and calendar documents online. Privacy, offline capabilities and Office import/export will also be covered. The cost is $30; no prerequisites necessary. For more information, please contact Academic Computing; 212-678-3302;


November 11


9:00am - 5:00pm • 203 Russell Hall


Benefits Q & A Session 2

11:00am - 12:00pm • 306 Russell Hall

Come ask questions about benefits plan options during Open Enrollment. For more information, call 212-678-3175.


Veterans Day: News Display

9:00am - 11:00pm • The Everett Café


Fall Film Series: Education in America: 20th Century

12:00pm - 1:00pm • 2nd Floor, Gottesman

Education in America is a series of archival films about the history and origins of schooling in our country. The series is narrated by Freeman Butts, the William E. Russell Professor Emeritus in the Foundations of Education, who served as Head of Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations at Teachers College Columbia University from 1948 to 1958. Part 2, the Nineteenth Century, discusses the development of free public school systems from the time of the Northwest ordinance until 1900, including the westward movement, the change to secular education, the rise and decline of the district school, the struggle for tax support and state control, compulsory attendance laws, and the rise of teacher-training institutions. It describes the influence of American textbooks, the effect of the Civil War on education, and the contributions of Daniel Webster, William McGuffey, Gideon Hawley, and Horace Mann. Please contact Jennifer Govan or visit for more details.


Education Pioneers

4:00pm - 5:30pm • Room TBD

For more information on this workshop, visit


Afri-Cafe Lecture Series - Facing the Violent Past and Challenges of Reconciliation in South Africa

7:00pm - 9:00pm

305 Russell Hall

This Afri-Cafe Lecture will feature Karen Murphey, Director of International Programs at Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development NGO. She coordinates projects outside the US, plans and facilitates seminars, and supports in-country colleagues with strategic planning. She works in a range of countries, including England where Facing History has an office and Northern Ireland, Rwanda and South Africa where Facing History has in-depth collaborations. She is currently working on a web-based interactive module that explores transitional justice processes in Germany, Northern Ireland, Rwanda and South Africa. Karen attended Carleton College and has a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Light refreshments will be served.


November 12

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Aaron Pallas

12:30pm - 1:45pm • 271 Grace Dodge Hall

Professor Aaron Pallas will be speaking about “New York City’s School Progress Reports: What Have We Learned?” A very light lunch will be served.


In’s & Out’s of Teacher Certification

4:00pm - 5:00pm • 400 Russell Hall

What do I need to do before I graduate? How do I find out the requirements for my certification area? This workshop is open to all students seeking teacher certification. Call 212.678.4057, email or visit with questions.


Live Performance: Joe Freuen (Jazz)

5:00pm - 6:00pm • The Everett Café

Trombonist and composer Joe Freuen attended Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College, receiving a Masters of Jazz Studies and Masters of Education and has received numerous awards, including Downbeat Magazine’s Student Awards for both 2005 and 2006, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer finalist award in 2005, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s First Music Commission Project honorable mention in 2005, and U of O Jazz Studies Student of the Year in 2004. The Everett Cafe is host to a series of 1-hour musical performances by musicians in the Teachers College community. Come grab a coffee and enjoy the music.


Private, Public, Independent, and Charter Schools Sharing Effective Practices in Improving Education

5:30pm - 7:00pm • Milbank Chapel

Schools employ different efforts in working towards educational equity as it pertains to creating a safe, sensitive, and successful learning community. Experienced leaders from the public, private, independent and charter sectors are invited to give brief descriptions of the measures their schools take towards ensuring educational equity while discussing commonalities and misconceptions of their practice. The conversation will be mediated so that each panelist has the opportunity to speak for ten to fifteen minutes before participating in a question and answer exchange. This dialogue will be immediately followed by a reception where all in attendance are encouraged to engage in dialogue with the speakers and their peers. In addition, TC will also invite representatives from local schools in order to further educate students in attendance about the specifics of how certain practices work in their institutions while discussing potential job opportunities. For further question or concerns please contact Alex Shaurette via email at This event is brought to you by KDP, Department of Organizational Leadership, Student Senate and Career Services.


Typical Errors in Learning Chinese as a Second or Foreign Language

7:30pm • 305 Russell Hall

The Certificate Program in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) cordially invites you to a guest lecture by Professor Xiaobing Zhou, Dean of the School for Overseas Educational Exchange, Sun Yet-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. Light refreshments will be served. The talk will be given in Chinese. RSVP to or visit


Film Screening: I Love Hip Hop in Morocco!

7:00pm - 10:00pm • 2nd Floor, Gottesman

A film screening and discussion of the recent documentary, I Love Hip Hop in Morocco! will be led by Assistant Professor Louis Francis Cristillo, Project Director for the Muslim Youth in New York City Public Schools Study. Cristollo will then be joined by Dr. Hisham Aidi, lecturer in political science at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Joshua Asen, Co-producer/Director of the film, to discuss this story of a group of Moroccan Hip Hop artists who, after meeting strong resistance and appealing to the American Embassy, successfully launch the “I Love Hip Hop!” festival in three Moroccan cities. Co-sponsored by the Center for African Education at Teachers College and the Middle East Institute at SIPA. Please RSVP to


November 13

Buddhist Meditation: Q & A with a monk

7:30pm - 9:00pm • Whittier Cafe, 1st floor

Please bring a comfortable cushion (or two) for meditation. Contact Mike Wong at or call or 917-224-5979.


Literacy Workshop

12:00pm - 1:00pm • 179 Grace Dodge Hall

Fun Ways to Support Your Child with Reading and Writing” are a series of workshops for all support staff and faculty members who wish to learn how to interact with their children around literacy. Using the materials provided participants will learn ways to talk about books with their children and to develop a repertoire of writing activities to do with children. The workshops will be lead by Marjorie Martinelli, a K-2 literacy staff developer; Jane Bean-Folkes, a 3-5 literacy staff developer; and Chris Lehman, a middle school literacy staff developer at the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project. Join us for an hour of fun and learning that can support your child’s literacy learning. Bring a brown bag lunch; desserts and drinks will be provided. For more information, email


Free Baby & Me Yoga

5:00 - 5:30pm: 6 weeks-crawling group

5:30 - 6:00pm: Crawling-pre-walking group

5:30 - 6:30pm: Herbal tea and conversation

517 New Residence TV Lounge

The class will consist of movement, yoga, and techniques for baby massage. First class is offered free of charge; future participation for a fee. Email Amita for more information at


November 16

Live on Broadway: Wintuk


Purchase your ticket in 160 Thorndike. Tickets are Cash Only. ONLY one ticket per TC student ID. Student must be present with their TC ID. Tickets are Non-Refundable. For more information, contact


November 17 & 18

Comprehensive Educational Equity: Overcoming the Socioeconomic Barriers to School Success

9:00am - 5:30pm • Cowin Conference Center

We hope you will attend The Campaign for Educational Equity’s 2008 Equity Symposium. The purpose of this year’s conference is to confront the reality that to overcome achievement gaps and promote academic proficiency for all children, we must tackle the full range of opportunity gaps faced by children from backgrounds of concentrated poverty, including health-, home-, and community-related barriers to learning, as well as inequities in academic opportunities.

Review current research on these issues; Examine the experiences of important demonstration projects; Present estimates of the actual costs of providing a range of the most essential services; and Consider feasible initiatives for implementing a policy of comprehensive services on a broad scale.

Others have studied this approach over the years, and many, varied demonstration projects have been mounted. This conference will explore how we move from pilots to policy with specific proposals for bringing the scale efforts to provide access to necessary resources and comprehensive services.

With a video introduction by Tony Blair and presentations by Chuck Basch, Geoffrey Canada, Arne Duncan, Edmund Gordon, Carl Hayden, Cheryl Hayes, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Milbrey McLaughlin, Michael Rebell, Richard Rothstein, Heather Weiss and others. For more information, contact Jessica Garcia at 212-678-8362 or or visit


November 17

Lecture and Reception: Cameron McCarthy, Re-reading Class, Re-reading Cultural Studies, Re-reading Tradition: Neo-Marxist Nostalgia and the Remorselessly Vanishing Pasts

177 Grace Dodge Hall • 3:00pm - 5:30pm

McCarthy assesses the status of the concepts of tradition and class within contemporary cultural studies literature on the industrial working class—maintaining, in part, that these terms have been deployed within a center-periphery thesis and a field-bound ethnographic framework by cultural studies scholars pursuing a sub-cultural studies approach. “Britishness”—the silent organizing principle defining metropolitan working class traditions and forms of cultural resistance—has placed cultural studies in tension with postcolonial subjectivities often reduced. He insists that recent films and literary works offer a more complex story of class identities in the age of globalization and transnationalism. McCarthy teaches mass communications theory and cultural studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as University Scholar and Communications Scholar in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and has authored or co-authored many books, such as Multicultural Curriculum: New Directions for Social Theory, Practice and Policy and Reading and Teaching the Postcolonial: From Baldwin to Basquiat and Beyond (Teachers College Press, 2001). Jointly sponsored by TC’s Programs in English Education and Social Studies. For more information, contact Lisa Daehlim at 212-678-3469 or


More Zen, Less Phobia: A Film Screening and Discussion Regarding the 2008 Xenophobic Violence in South Africa

4:00pm - 6:00pm • 305 Russell Hall

As part of the Tri-Continental Film Festiva, in August 2008, Filmmakers Against Racism screened seven short movies, under the banner of More Zen, Less Phobia, based upon footage shot in May 2008 when attacks broke out against people who were presumed to be mkwerekweres [“foreigners”] in South Africa. Refugees from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Congo and Somalia were particularly targeted, 62 people were killed, and tens of thousands of people were displaced to temporary camps. A selection of the films will be shown, and a discussion of the causes and consequences of the bloodshed, and the reception these films have received, will be led by TC’s Professor of Arts Administration Steven Dubin; Sean Jacobs, University of Michigan; and Francois Verster, Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor of the History, Language and Literature of the Dutch-Speaking People, Columbia. For more details, email


Elizabeth Minnich on Transforming Knowledge: University Seminar on Innovation in Education

7:00pm - 9:00pm • 305 Russell Hall

Join Dr. Minnich, Senior Scholar at the AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives, for a stimulating evening of new ideas and discussion on changing what and how we think in informal and formal schooling while including and valuing the majority of humankind. The University Seminar on Innovation in Education explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society–throughout the lifespan and via major institutions and is co-chaired by Ronald Gross, who also conducts Gottesman’s Socratic Conversations, and Robert McClintock, TC’s John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education.


November 18

Fall Film Series: This Brave Nation: Part 5

12:00noon - 1:00pm • 2nd Floor, Gottesman

This Brave Nation is a new documentary series from Brave New Foundation and The Nation magazine. In five parts, the film joins some of the most celebrated progressive minds, including Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club; Van Jones, founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For All; Bonnie Raitt, legendary musician, feminist, activist; Dolores Huerta, legendary organizer, feminist, and activist; Anthony Romer, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union; Ava Lowery, home schooled peace activist and filmmaker; Pete Seeger, folksinger and political activist, Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx; Tom Hayden, Activist and Former California State Senator; and Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. The documentary series serves to raise questions and stimulate conversation about social justice and constructive social and political change. Please contact Jennifer Govan ( or visit for more details. This is the final part.


New York City DOE Information Session

4:30pm - 5:30pm • 400 Russell Hall

Find out how to obtain a job in NYC. Facilitated by Fern Cruz, Recruitment Manager for TC. Registration is requested. Call 212.678.3502/3466, email or visit for more information.


Virgina Pourakis Duet (Flute)

6:00pm - 7:00pm • The Everett Café


Live on Broadway: Young Frankenstein


Purchase your ticket in 160 Thorndike. Tickets are Cash Only. ONLY one ticket per TC student ID. Student must be present with their TC ID. Tickets are Non-Refundable. For more information, contact


November 18 & 20

PowerPoint Beyond the Basics - Creating Graphics and Multimedia Presentations

Part 1: 11/18/08; 1:00pm - 3:00pm; 234 HM

Part 2: 11/20/08; 1:00pm - 3:00pm; 234 HM

Instructed by Linda Bloom. This two-day, two-hour informational workshop is for students, staff and faculty to learn to customize presentations using templates, multiple slide masters, and custom animation. Incorporate audio and video, create flowcharts, and create custom slideshows using hyperlinks. The cost is $30; prerequisites are PowerPoint Basics or instructor’s permission. For more information, please contact Academic Computing; 212-678-3302;


November 19

Booktalk: Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation, with Linda Dale Bloomberg and Marie Volpe

4:00pm - 6:00pm • 305 Russell Hall


Diversity Film Series

5:00pm - 7:00pm • 136 Thompson Hall

The Office for Diversity and Community Affairs will sponsor a Diversity Film Series, and we invite you to the screening of the third film in the series, TBA.  Light refreshments served. For more information about events listed please contact our office, Zankel 128, x3391. Come and meet with us! We welcome your thoughts, ideas for additional programming, concerns and opportunities for collaboration. For more information, contact Jolene A. Lane  at


Benefits Q & A Session 3

3:00pm - 4:00pm • 461 Grace Dodge Hall

Come ask questions about benefits plan options during Open Enrollment. For more information, call 212-678-3175.


November 20

Exhibit—Children’s Rights: News Display

9:00am - 11:00pm • The Everett Café

On 11/20/1959 the United Nations issued a Declaration of the Rights of a Child; the document contains 10 guiding principles no matter one’s race, color sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, among them: the special right to grow up and to develop physically and spiritually in a healthy and normal way, free and with dignity; the right to a name and citizenship; the right to housing and medical services, to special care if handicapped, to love and understanding, to free schooling, play and equal opportunity; and the right to be taught peace, understanding, tolerance and friendship.


Blood Drive

1:30pm - 7:00pm

For more information, contact


Family: Haven, Hassle, or ...?! A Socratic Conversation

4:00pm - 5:00pm • 2nd Floor, Gottesman

What does Family mean to you? What are the economic social roles of Family today? How do you respond to Family issues in the political arena? How do Family circumstances affect learning, education—and your own life? Participate in this conversation (moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates’ Way, Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education, is part of a year long series. Examine how issues of fairness have played out through history, is key to effecting lasting change. To assure yourself a spot, complete with diet hemlock and cookies, please RSVP to


Myers Lecture: Intersections and Interstices by Richard Jochum

4:00pm - 5:00pm • Macy Gallery

The Austrian sculptor and media artist Richard Jochum has been a visiting scholar at Teachers College since 2004. This presentation highlights the visual output of a scholar who has used his art practice as a basis for becoming part of the TC community through his lectures, research, and courses. The accompanying exhibition displays new and recent work in a variety of media including video, photography, installation, and object art. Following its title, “Intersections and Interstices,” Richard will discuss how he explores notions such as ‘threshold,’ ‘interstice,’ and ‘space in between,’ that have been an ongoing theme of his work. For more information, please call 212-678-3360 or email


Recruitment: Carney, Sandoe and Assoc.

7:00pm - 8:00pm • Location: TBD

Carney, Sandoe and Associates provides Placement, Head of School and Top Administrator Search, and Consulting Services for independent, charter, and like-kind schools all over the country, and all over the world. More schools use CS&A than any other recruitment firm—having successfully worked with over 1,500 schools in 46 states and 26 countries internationally to provide the most exceptional recruitment and consulting services available. For more information on this workshop, visit


Buddhist Meditation: Topic to be TBA

7:30pm-9:00pm • Whittier Cafe, 1st floor

Contact Mike Wong at or call or 917-224-5979.


November 21

HPSE 2008 Fall Open House

5:30pm - 7:30pm • 281 Grace Dodge Hall

Program Open House. Please contact
Tamsyn Phifer with inquiries at or 212-678-3750.


Student Senate Meeting

6:00pm - 8:30pm

Student Senate meetings provide an opportunity to voice concerns and ideas. They are held bimonthly and are open to all members of the Teachers College Community. Please visit for more information.


November 24

Teacher Certification Exams Overview

4:00pm - 5:00pm • 177 Grace Dodge Hall

Find out what to expect on the 3 required NYS teacher certification exams. The first 5 people get a free test prep book! One lucky person will get 1 test paid for by attending and being in OTE’s raffle! Please contact Julia Yu at or 212-678-3978.


November 25

Live Performance: Wadsworth Strings

5:00pm - 6:00pm • The Everett Café

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, adding in a selection of continental Viennese waltzes and French cabaret. 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. Come grab a coffee and enjoy the music.


November 27

TC Community Thanksgiving Dinner

12:00-3:00pm • Grace Dodge Dining Hall

An Invitation to the Teachers College Community. Have Thanksgiving with your TC Family! “Traditional American” holiday fare: Roast Turkey with all the trimmings–mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, cake, sweet potato pie and beverages. Special activities: music, and raffles.  It is sure to be a Very Special Event!  Dinner will be served from 12-1:30pm followed by desserts. A limited number of tickets are available. Sponsored by the Office s of the President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Residential Services, Student Activities and Programs, and the Student Senate. For ticket sales and questions please call (212) 678-4164 or email


December 1 – 12

Student Fall Exhibition

Macy Gallery, 444 Macy Hall

9:00am - 5:00pm

Student works from the studio classes of Painting, Drawing, Ceramics and Exploratory Investigations. Curated by Rebecca Bourgault, Judith Burton, Tom Lollar, Joy Moser, and Maurizio Pellegrin. Opening reception is on Friday, December 5, 5-8pm, Macy Gallery.


December 1

Film Screening: Revolution ‘67 w/Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno

4:00pm - 7:30pm

306 Russell Hall


Dr. Uwe Gielen, on Counselors and Therapists in a Multicultural World: University Seminar on Innovation in Education

7:00pm - 9:00pm

305 Russell Hall

Join Dr. Uwe Gielen for a stimulating evening of new ideas and discussio. The University Seminar on Innovation in Education explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society–throughout the lifespan and via major institutions and is co-chaired by Ronald Gross, who also conducts Gottesman’s Socratic Conversations, and Robert McClintock, TC’s John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education.


For Calendar Events Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters, alternate format materials, and a campus map of accessible features.


Published Monday, Nov. 10, 2008