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Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17th, 1787, when thirty nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention finalized one of our nation's most significant founding documents in Philadelphia, then capitol. The Constitution sets forth the supreme law of the land, democratic structure of our government, and greatest vision of human freedom, with cert...
International Literacy Day is observed annually on September 8. Following recommendations made on November 7, 1965, it was first celebrated by Unesco in 1966 to help raise awareness of the importance of reading and writing on a global scale. Recognizing this important day, and the multidimensional concept of literacy, which embraces different areas of competence and knowledge -- digital, financial, cu...
On September 1st, 1985, the R.M.S Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard, a naval intelligence officer and oceanographer, roughly 400 miles east of Newfoundland and some 13,000 feet below the surface of the North Atlantic. An unmanned submersible, known as Argo, was scanning the ocean floor when it passed over a massive boiler belonging to the luxury liner that sank on April 15th, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg. One of ...
Cousin to the cricket, the cicadas sing in late August in waves among the gingkos. Using their tymbals, they defy even the the most beautiful bluejay, heard, but unseen as of yet in an otherwise quiet, tree-lined street these past summer months. Steady chorus rising, then falling, from the underground they have come, to begin new life in their last few weeks of the season, truly an unprecedented one in New York City. Their chorus is the lovely and sure sign of summer, reminding me of childhood on the shores of Lake Michigan, professional life in the East, and emergence into a new Autumn at ...
Did you know that August 13th is International Left-Handers Day? The annual observance began in 1976, when Dean R. Campbell, founder of Lefthanders International, Inc., decided it was time to recognize all those who use their left hand in a predominantly right-handed world -- approximately 7-10% of the entire population -- amounting to a certain difference and uniqueness of persons. Also known as lefties, the famous include former pre...
This guide covers the ABC's of copyright and fair usage, most specifically in educational settings. We will discuss the meaning and importance of copyright protection; look at resources that highlight the basic do's and don'ts; and point to advisory offices at Teachers College and Columbia University that can advise on the law's complexity.With growing scholarly open source and public domain materials in an unprecedented time of remote learning, we also will explore options for using and leveraging such freely available resources in coursework and research.
Although I am very young, I know it's significant for Al Raby, a teacher and civil rights activist, to deliver the
With incidents of racial injustice continuing to top headlines across the globe, we look to the history of Teachers College, Columbia University whose initiatives in the field of race relations draw inspiration. Race relations is the study of how people of different races or ethnicities relate to, live with, or behave towards each other -- sometimes as a way to help us understand the sociological and psychological nature of viole...
The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is a comprehensive civil rights law that was signed into law on July 26th 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. ADA covers a wide range of mental and physical medical conditions, including those that not necessarily severe or permanent in nature. It requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to...
One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.-- Neil ArmstrongOn July 20th, 1969 at 4:17pm the Lunar Module, "Eagle," touched down on the Sea of Tranquility on the east side of the Moon, with but 45 seconds left of fuel in the tank after an overshot landing some four miles. Once on the surface, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon, ...