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Mini Moments With Big Thinkers

Mini Moments With Big Thinkers

Col. Bernard Banks

The son of a career Army aviation officer, Col. Bernard Banks (Ph.D. '11) is Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He directs the Eisenhower Leaders Development Program, which was jointly designed by West Point and faculty in Teachers College's Social-Organizational Psychology Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership. Founded in 2005, ELDP provides officers -- mostly captains and majors who have been commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan -- with a 45-credit curriculum that includes courses given both at TC and at West Point. Graduates emerge with a master's degree in social-organizational psychology and stay on at West Point for another two or three years to serve as company tactical officers, helping West Point undergraduates meet and balance the physical, military, academic and ethical requirements of a West Point education.

Banks graduated from West Point in 1987 and received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. In 1991, he transferred from Field Artillery to the Aviation branch. He is qualified as a Senior Army Aviator, Master Parachutist, and Ranger. Read more...

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Premiered on 7/28/2013


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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Nahas Angula

Ed.M., 1979; M.A., 1978

Leonard Blackman

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George Bonanno

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Warner Burke

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George Bond

Professor of Anthropology and Education

Margaret Crocco

former TC Professor of Social Studies and Education

Morton Deutsch

E.L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

Christopher Emdin

Assistant Professor of Science Education

Alumnus William Epps

Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Los Angeles

Celia Genishi

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Antoinette Gentile

Professor Emeritus, Movement Sciences

A. Lin Goodwin

Vice Dean and Professor of Education

Edmund Gordon

Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

Maxine Greene

William F. Russell Professor Emeritus in Foundations of Education

R. Douglas Greer

Professor of Psychology and Education

Jeffrey Henig

Professor of Political Science & Education, Department Chair, EPSA

Sharon Lynn Kagan

Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy

John B. King, Jr.

Ed.D. '08, New York State Commissioner of Education

Henry Levin

Professor of Economics & Education

Eric Nadelstern

Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership

Sandra Okita

Assistant Professor of Technology and Education

Michael Rebell

Professor of Law and Education

William Dodge Rueckert

Co-Chair, Teachers College Board of Trustees

Donna Shalala

President of the University of Miami, former TC faculty member

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

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Derald Wing Sue

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Ruth Vinz

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Cally L. Waite

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Barbara Wallace

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Vivian Ota Wang

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Howell Wechsler

Ed.D. '95 and 2012-2013 Tisch Lecturer

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