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At a lady's writing desk in the corner of our Spring green living room, there's the luxury of time and treetops dotted with robins, cardinals, and the occasional yellow finch; the leafy canopy outside our south-facing window is gloriously full, a sure and pleasing sign of the season. We trace the delicate honey locust and gorgeous gingko to the banks of the Mississippi, and as far away as China, eagerly waiting out weeks of New York City apartment quarantine, with ample room to reflect and much hope ahead. I pass many an hour on the laptop, connecting almost daily to colleagues via Zoom or ...
May 21st, 1881 marks the founding of the American Red Cross by visionary leader Clara Barton, a home-educated teacher and civil servant in the United States Patent Office. Barton started teaching at the age of fifteen; went on to open a free public school in Bordentown, N.J; nursed an invalid brother; organized the distribution of donated medical supplies; formed a volunteer relief service for soldie...
Not sure where to begin your research? Want to learn more about the library's information tools and services? The Summer 2020 Library Orientation guide can help. Learning at the Gottesman Libraries 2019The Library Orientation guide provides tips for searching the library's catalog and d...
For years an impressive painting of Florence Nightingale sits among an historic collection of Teachers College portraiture, waiting to be displayed in the Offit Gallery, Third Floor of the Gottesman Libraries. Frederick Rocher's work is exhibited in 2016 as part of the Restored Oil Paintings of Teachers...
On May 4th, 1970, four students were killed and nine others wounded on the campus of Kent State University when the National Guard opened fire during student protest against the United States bombing of Cambodia at the time of the Vietnam War or the Second Indochina War. The demonstrations began three days earlier when several hundred activists gathered to rally on the grassy knoll known as the Commons. Unrest ext...
Charles Henry Alston (11/28/1907-4/27/1977) was an influential African American artist and teacher who led art programs and community centers in New York. most especially Harlem. He directed the painters of the Harlem Hospital murals, under the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration in 1935-1936, and himself painted two of them: "Magic in Medicine" and "Modern Medicine". Emblematic of the Harlem Renaissan...
Our marbles are placed inside a large circle drawn with green string, and as I roll mine out from ten feet across the floor I somehow get the closest, surpassing the younger members of the household who are surprised at the feat of the first shot. For it is my luckiest shooter, a smallish dark blue one with delicate swirls of white, interspersed with patches of yellow and green -- a beauty to behold...
As we plan Teachers College's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a new name comes to the table, with thanks to my colleague Angela Gooden, Research Associate at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education. She whispers it with bated breadth, letting us in on a remarkable connection. Little did I know that May E...
It's not surprising that Drawing in Two Colors or Interpretations of Harlem Jazz pops up when I begin searching for inspirational art or music connected to literature. Winold Reiss' striking lithograph (circa 1920) celebrates African American culture in Harlem, by featuring a man and woman dancing boldly -- most likely in a night club -- African masks and sculptures, bottle, and piano in the background. With his daring combination o...
Saturdays are lacking without a trip to the local ASPCA, until it ceases, through much pleading and cajoling by two small children when we acquire a new household companion. One afternoon in the dead of Winter (and absence of household head), Sky slips out of a big brown cardboard box onto our living room carpet, like tumbleweed propelled by a gust of wind across the Mojave. For weeks we fret ove...