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Did you know that a few years back Teachers College hosted a curated tour of alumna Alma Woodsey Thomas’ exhibition at Studio Museum in Harlem? Alma Thomas (September 22, 1891 – February 24, 1978) was an African-American Expressionist painter and art educator known for her colorful abstr...
She looks up from the dinner table, starring me straight in the eyes, passionately to remark, "My generation is going to pay for the mistakes made by yours!" Sadly I know that my sixteen-year old daughter not only feels the gravity of the situation, but she is right. With champions like
"Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop . . . [s]omehow it was hotter then . . . bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall...
Fittingly dressed as one's biography, it is another day to present to the grammar school classroom. Though this time, it is Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, and Jackie Robinson who file somewhat in a rush through the doors, while Charles Darwin saunters in like a Galapagos tortoise -- worthy, wise, and measured. The...
It is February and as Black History Month commences, we draw attention to the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to Constitution of the United States. The third and last of the Reconstruction Amendments, the Fifteenth Amendment prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote "on acc...
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—  While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—      Only this and nothing more.”-- Edgar Allan Poe, "
Leading graphic artist and art teacher, James Lesesne Wells was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Wells was born on November 2nd, 1902 in Atlanta, Georgia, and died on January 20th, 1993 in Washington, D.C. Like Zora Neale Hurston, Wells' father was a Baptist ministe...
Did you know that on January 15th, 1997 Aristotle's own school, The Lyceum, was discovered underneath a dirt parking lot in Athens, just 600 meters from Constitution Square? The site was accidentally unearthed by construction workers as they were preparing a new museum of modern art funded by the Goulandris family and designed by I.M. Pei. It came just days after the discovery of the poet Euripides' (480-406 BC) cave on Salamis, a...
"A still life in which most important is the harmony of the colors."-- Teacher Anghalutza Octavian's comment on Static Nature (Trompe D'Oeil), oil painting (circa 1950) created by a 16 year old Romanian student at the Institute of Plastic Arts, BucharestStill life paintings can magically sho...
“Ships at a distance have everyman’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked away by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all these things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingl...