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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...
'Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?'-- Clarence Odbody to George Bailey, It's A Wonderful LifeIn the holiday spirit, w...
The House Judiciary Committee is meeting again this morning consider articles of President Donald Trump's impeachment. After fourteen hours of debate yesterday, Chair Jerry Nadler ended the hearing. If approved, the articles will be sent to the House of Representatives next week -- potentially making history... but will Trump be the third president to be impeached?In our nation’ s history only two presidents have ever b...
Teachers College alumna and jazz-rhythm-blues trumpeter and vocalist Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II was born December 9th, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. The son of a musically-inclined Methodist minister, Donald Byrd would become a highly accomplished musician, professor, and cultural researcher -- known throughout the world as an authority on Afro-American music. He attended Cass Technical High School, ...
In 1992 the United Nations declared December 3rd as International Day of Disabled Persons -- an annual day of observation "to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons wit...
Teachers College, Columbia University is a pioneer in the history of nursing education, being the first academic setting to educate nurses. In 1898 Mary Adelaide Nutting approached Dean James Earl Russell about the possibility of extending education to graduate nurses, and one year later he admitted six graduate nurses. The one-year curriculum extended to two, and in 1907 Nutting became the first ever nurse to assume professorship. Many greats in the ...
When my newly wed husband stands up to deliver a few remarks at the reception, more than a chuckle ensues from the small party of luncheon guests, already happy with a little champagne. He likens the best man's speech to the Gettysburg Address, for indeed it is brief, but impactful in marrying Scottish wit to boyhood tales of his younger brother's life in Glasgow. Thankfully it is not four score and seven (i.e. 87) years a...