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Saturday, April 17 through  Sunday, April 25
Earth Week Celebrations
Collaboration and Organization by Teachers College Go Green Committee, Student Senate. For more information, please visit or e-mail Natalie Hadad at
Friday & Saturday, April 16-17
2010 Mind and Body in Autism Conference • Cowin Center • Friday, April 16: 8:00am-5:30pm and optional viewing of HBO BioPic: Temple Grandin from 5:30pm-8:00pm  •  Saturday, April 17: 8:00am-4:30pm
This two-day conference is designed to foster dialogue between diverse disciplines and to promote the development of integrated models for tailoring educational, psychological and medical interventions to better serve children with autism and related disorders and their families. The Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities, in collaboration with the Leonard and Frances Blackman Lecture Series at Teachers College, Columbia University will bring together an interdiscipinary panel of experts (featuring educators, psychologists, and physicians) to initiate collaborative and comprehensive consideration of strategies for addressing the challenges facing persons with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Distinguished speakers include Rhea Paul, Professor and Director, Communication Disorders Section at Yale Child Study Center; Tim Page, Professor of Journalism and Music at University of Southern California, and author of Parallel Play; Peter Mundy, Director of Education Research, M.I.N.D. Institute at University of California at Davis, and Lisa Capps Chair in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education School of Education and Department of Psychiatry; Hakon Hakonarson, Director, Center for Applied Genomics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; John J. Foxe, Professor & Director of Research at Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Matthew K. Belmonte, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Cornell University. For more information, contact TC Program Director and Professor of Education Linda Hickson.
Friday & Saturday, April 16-17
Peace and Justice Education Conference •
April 16: 9:30am-8:00pm (workshops end at 5:30pm) followed by a special Performance 8:00pm-9:30pm • April 17: 9:30am-5:45pm
In a time marked by a widespread culture of violence, manifested in social inequalities, exclusion, armed conflict and increased militarization, it is imperative that educators create spaces for students to explore and generate new approaches to local, national, and global problems. Now, educators must revitalize the tools of their trade to foster the difficult conversations that seek to confront and transform direct, cultural and structural violence. This conference offers an opportunity to interact with students, academics and educators grappling with this challenge in their day-to-day practice. The goals for this conference are to engage educators in a process of critical reflection regarding the role of education in perpetuating or transforming structural, cultural and direct violence in society. Sponsored by the Peace Education Network (PEN) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and additionally supported by The Teachers College Vice President’s Diversity and Community Initiatives Grant Fund; The Teachers College President’s and Provost’s Student Event Fund; the TC Student Senate; The Department of International and Transcultural Studies; and Queer TC. Contact for more information.
Saturday, April 17
Earth Week Panel: Environmental Justice Education • 2:30pm-4:00pm • Location TBA
Co-sponsored by the TC Student Senate’s Go Green Committee and PEN, in conjunction with the first annual Peace Education Network Conference. Speakers include individuals from UNESCO’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), Grow NYC’s Environmental Education Program, Teachers College, and World Savvy. Contact Jason Mellen at for more information.

Harlem Live: Frank Silvera • 3:00pm-7:00pm • 424 Horace Mann
Concert by Barnard-Columbia Chorus: Bach’s St. John Passion • 8:00pm-9:00pm • Union Theological Seminary (Broadway/120th) The St. John Passion, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces which the Barnard-Columbia Chorus performs with choir, soloists and orchestra, was written by Bach at Leipzig. Tickets $5 adult / $3 student. Information: 212.854.5096.
Sunday, April 18
Earth Week: No Shopping
Instead of buying anything new, purchase pre-loved and recycled items. Watch the video, The Story of Stuff, that will be sent via e-mail from Go Green.
Monday, April 19
Registration for Summer Term of continuing students via web and touch-tone begins.
Earth Week: The Truth about Trash
Focus on sorting trash and learning what and how to recycle.
Tuesday, April 20
Earth Week: Transportation
Walk, bike or use mass transit instead of driving your car.
Earth Week Leadership for Sustainable Organizations: An Organizational Leadership Forum • 7:00pm-9:00pm • Cowin Center
Sponsored by the Organization Leadership Association and the Organization Development Network of New York (ODNNY). Panelists: Steven Cohen, Executive Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Karen Karp, Director of Sustainable Food Laboratory; Victoria Zelin, Co-founder of Sustainable Leadership Forum; TC alumna Isabel Rimanoczy, Partner of Leadership in International Management LLC; and Facilitator Victoria Axelrod, VP of ODNNY and co-author of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook. In partnership with The Earth Institute; Green Business Club, CBS; Carbon Finance and Environmental Markets Association, SIPA; Green Caucus, SSW; Green Umbrella, Columbia; and TC’s Go Green Committee.
Music Education Night: Jazz •
7:00pm-8:30pm • Milbank Chapel
Wednesday, April 21
Earth Week: Water Conservation
Providing tips on how to conserve water in our everyday lives.
Earth Week: Water Event with C.R.E.W. • 4:00pm-7:30pm • Zankel Hallway, First floor
East River C.R.E.W. (Community Recreation & Education on the Water), a non-profit advocate for appreciation and stewardship of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary, will be sharing ideas about fun things to do on the water in New York City, including free East River rowing from East 96th Street.
Earth Week: Water Mobility • 4:00pm-7:30pm • On 120th Street (Broadway/Amsterdam)
The filmmakers of Tapped invite you to visit their truck–a mobile, translucent recycling container–as they collect pledges from people to reduce their bottled water use and trade empty plastic water bottles for reusable stainless steel Klean Kanteens: the first 100 people trading get a free Klean Kanteen, others will receive a coupon for 40% off a Klean Kanteen!
Earth Week: Film Screening and Discussion- Tapped • 5:00pm-8:00pm • Cowin Center
The Program in Social Studies and the TC Go Green Committee will be screening the award-winning documentary, Tapped, an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. Tapped’s Producer Sarah Olson and Director Stephanie Soechtig will be on hand for a town hall Q&A following the film.
Thursday, April 22
Earth Week: Worm Composting with Amelia Epp • 10:30am-11:15am & 1:15pm-2:00pm • Second Floor Salon, Russell Library
The Gottesman Libraries is hosting a demonstration of worm composting on Earth Day for the children of Hollingworth Preschool and all interested members of the TC community. Amelia Epp, art and art education student, will show how a worm bin can be an environmental asset and an inspirational tool in education. She will incorporate a book reading and classroom activity to join the innovative link between science and art, helping participants become ambassadors for social change towards a greener planet.
Earth Week: Food Tour • 10:45am • Whittier Lobby
Join fellow TC students to find out about your local food sources. We’ll be getting a behind the scenes tour of the Greenmarket on Broadway and 116th St with Grow NYC’s education coordinator. A fun and informative event where you can do your grocery shopping at the same time! Information contact: Shira Weiner at
Lessons from Finland • 4:00pm-5:30pm • Milbank Chapel
Pasi Sahlberg, the Director General of Finland’s Center for International Mobility and Professor of Education at the University of Helsinki, will speak on the evolution of the Finnish school system and its lessons for other nations. Information on Sahlberg, author of Best in Class: Lessons from Finland’s school system (forthcoming), can be found at Information contact: Sam Abrams at
Envisioning Your Future as a Leader in Education: A Socratic Conversation • 5:00pm-8:00pm • Second Floor, Russell Library
Leadership: Defining the Next Decade will be the topic of the College’s annual Academic Festival (Saturday, April 24th). Join us beforehand to re-energize your own career planning. What are your dreams for your future in the field? How are you charting your course towards your major goals? How can you relate your unique talents and values, to the emerging trends, ideas, and challenges? How can we best cope with new economic pressures? What strategies, values, and resources are you using that others might find serviceable?
Environmental Science Senior Seminar Poster Session • 4:30pm-5:30pm • 4th Floor Barnard Hall, James Room, Barnard College
Student researchers in environmental science, environmental policy, and environmental biology co-present their findings with Columbia’s Earth and Environmental Science, and Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology departments. Information contact: Catherine Cook at
Friday, April 23
Earth Week: Energy
Be conscious of the amount of energy you use. Turn off all lights when not in the room, and unplug appliances while away. Also, change your light bulbs to more energy efficient ones.
GiSCA Palooza 2010: An Evening of the Arts and Social Change • 7:00pm-9:00pm • Milbank Chapel
Join us for a participatory, multidisciplinary production of space and sound, disruption and magic, featuring works ranging from John Cage’s “In the Name of the Holocaust” to Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” original film and spoken word, and an installation of the Democracy Wall from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn by Triada Samaras. Come to provoke and be provoked. Dialogue will be facilitated throughout by Art & Art Education Professor John Baldacchino and Curriculum & Teaching Professor Molly Quinn. Free refreshments and after-party to follow. Co-Sponsored by the Teachers College Vice President’s Diversity and Community Initiatives Fund. Information contact: Eric Shieh at
47th Annual Isabel Maitland Stewart Conference on Research in Nursing                  
• Milbank Chapel • 7:30am-5:15pm
CAE NY African Film Festival                             
• 11:30am-2:00pm • Private Dining Room
Saturday, April 24
Academic Festival • 9:00am-5:00pm
TC welcomes all of its alumni back for our annual homecoming event: Academic Festival 2010—a commemoration of the rich intellectual traditions that make TC the nation’s leading school of education, including a star-studded line-up of TC faculty and alumni speakers, the Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon, breakout sessions featuring the latest in education research and practice, and family-friendly sessions for children of all ages. (See page 2 or visit

Harlem Live: Frank Silvera • 3:00pm-7:00pm • 424 Horace Mann
Sunday, April 25
Second Annual Rockin’ Earth Day Fest! • 11:00am-6:00pm • Russell Courtyard         (Rain Location: First Floor Horace Mann)
Join us at the Fest for free musical entertainment, give-aways, and wellness courses. Learn about environmental sustainability at our educational tables, and purchase local and organic foods and retail. Sponsored by TC’s Go Green Committee, TC’s Student Senate, TC’s Office of Student Activities, TC’s Office of Development and External Affairs, CU’s Presidents and Provost Office, Seventh Generation, Vita Coco, and West Side Market. For more information, please visit or e-mail Natalie A. Hadad at
Monday, April 26
Doctoral Student Dinner Discussion • 4:00pm-6:00pm
For more information, call 212-678-3690.
OSCP CU Wind Ensemble Concert • 5:00pm-8:00pm • Cowin Center
Wednesday, April 28
Gail Breslow Book Talk: Computer Clubhouse • 4:00pm-5:30pm • 305 Russell Hall
In discussing, Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities (TC Press, 2009), Breslow will be joined by local youth and “alumni” from the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement to discuss participation, engagement, youth impact at the Clubhouse Network. Co-sponsored by TC Press and the Gottesman Libraries. 

Published Monday, May. 10, 2010


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