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News Cafe Book Collections - Reading lists curated by EdLab Librarians for the Everett Cafe at Teachers College

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About the Collection



The Everett News Cafe Book Collections (15-25 books changed every 4-6 weeks) curated by the library staff. Each collection is tethered to a large news event (or the occasional library event) and seeks to help cafe visitors gain context and deeper understanding of the subject.


Tips for curators: when a news event is particularly dramatic, exciting or noteworthy and seems like it will be in the news for at least 2 months, think about what might help news-readers understand the issue better. Then, research relevant titles through publication reviews and curated online lists, curricula or aggregators) and in-person experts (professors, friends, bibliophiles, news-junkies).


Bin Laden's Bookshelf


The Books



In May 2015, four years after Osama Bin Laden’s compound was raided by Navy SEAL members, the Obama Administration declassified nearly 80 documents and materials found there. Amidst various documents and writings pertaining to the affairs of Al Qaeda was “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf”, as it was called by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The over three dozen books range from classic international politics titles to classic conspiracy theory titles and cover everything from democracy to Islam to international law. Here are 32 of those English-language books.  

Dates of Collection: July-August 2015

  • A brief illustrated guide to understanding Islam / I.A. Ibrahim
  • America's strategic blunders : intelligence analysis and national security policy, 1936-1991 / Willard C. Matthias
  • America's war on terrorism / Michel Chossudovsky
  • Black box voting : ballot tampering in the 21st century / by Bev Harris ; with David Allen ; edited by Lex Alexander
  • Bloodlines of the illuminati / by Fritz Springmeier
  • Bounding the global war on terrorism / by Jeffrey Record
  • Christianity and Islam in Spain, A.D. 756-1031 / C. R. Haines
  • Civil democratic Islam : partners, resources, and strategies / Cheryl Benard
  • Confessions of an economic hit man / John Perkins
  • Crossing the Rubicon : the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil / Michael C. Ruppert ; forew. by Catherine Austin Fitts
  • Fortifying Pakistan : the role of U.S. internal security assistance / C. Christine Fair and Peter Chalk
  • Handbook of international law / by Anthony Aust
  • Hegemony or survival : America's quest for global dominance / Noam Chomsky
  • Imperial hubris : why the West is losing the war on terror / Michael Scheuer
  • International relations theory and the Asia-Pacific / G. John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno, editors
  • Killing hope : U.S. military and CIA interventions since World War II / William Blum
  • Military intelligence blunders and cover-ups / John Hughes-Wilson
  • Necessary illusions : thought control in democratic societies / Noam Chomsky
  • New political religions, or, An analysis of modern terrorism / Barry Cooper
  • Obama's wars / Bob Woodward
  • Project MKULTRA, the CIA's program of research in behavioral modification : joint hearing before the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session, August 3, 1977
  • Rogue state : a guide to the world's only superpower / William Blum
  • The 2030 spike : countdown to global catastrophe / Colin Mason
  • The best democracy money can buy : an investigative reporter exposes the truth about globalization, corporate cons, and high-finance fraudsters / Greg Palast
  • The best enemy money can buy / Antony C. Sutton ; foreword by Gary North
  • The conspirators' hierarchy : the Committee of 300 / by John Coleman
  • The new Pearl Harbor : disturbing questions about the Bush administration and 9/11 / by David Ray Griffin ; foreword by Richard Falk
  • The Oxford history of modern war / edited by Charles Townshend
  • The rise and fall of the great powers : economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000 / Paul Kennedy
  • The secret teachings of all ages / by Manly P. Hall
  • The secrets of the Federal Reserve : The London connection / by Eustace Mullins
  • The United States and Vietnam, 1787-1941 / Robert Hopkins Miller
  • Linked : the new science of networks

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Serious Comics


The Books



Can comic books be a tool for new forms of teaching, learning and research? This collection explores that question. It includes seminal works in the medium, guides for theory and practice using comics at teaching tools, and selected popular contemporary works.


This collection was curated by: Benjamin Villarreal, current TC doctoral student and Adjunct Instructor of College English and English Education and Clare Nolan, Gottesman Libraries’ Services Associate.


Dates of Collection: September 18, 2015 - November 7, 2015


Seminal Works

  • The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

  • Watchmen by Alan Moore

  • Maus 1 and 2 by Art Spiegelman

  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud

  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Allison Bechdel

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

  • A Contract with God by Will Eisner


Theory and Education

  • Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

  • Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner

  • The Graphic Novel Classroom by Maureen Bakis

  • Shane, The Lone Ethnographer by Sally Campbell Galman


Popular Contemporary Works (some used in teaching)

  • Batman: Noel by Lee Bermejo
  • The Museum Vaults: Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert by Marc-Antoine Mathieu
  • Red Sonja: Volume 1 by Gail Simone
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
  • Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai
  • Truth: Red, White, and Black by Robert Morales
  • Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Yo, Miss by Lisa Wilde
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
  • Daytripper by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples




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Landing on Mars


The Books



On September 28, 2015, NASA confirmed evidence collected by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. In October, they released a 36 page report detailing NASA’s progress and strategy for the next two decades, to explore the possibilities of living in deep space for extended periods of time. NASA believes that Mars’ geological evolution and climate cycles are comparable to Earth’s, and for the first time, sustaining life on Mars is an achievable goal. This collection explores classic, new and lesser-known titles in the genres of science and science fiction dealing with the possibilities of humans on Mars and beyond.


Dates of Collection: November-December 2015


  • Cosmos - Carl Sagan
  • Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan
  • Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy - Kip Thorne
  • The Science of Interstellar - Kip Thorne
  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimension, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory - Brian Greene
  • The Illustrated Theory of Everything - Stephen Hawking
  • Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension - Michio Kaku 
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries - Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station - Chris Hadfield
  • Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet - Buzz Aldrin
  • Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space - Lynn Sherr
  •  The Martian - Andy Weir
  •  The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe
  •  The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why Me Must - Robert Zubrin
  •  Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void - Mary Roach The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury 
  • Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration - Michael Soluri
  • Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond - Gene Kranz
  • Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space - Betty Ann Holtzmann Kevles
  • Postcards from Pluto: A Tour of the Solar System - Loreen Leedy
  • Comets, Stars, The Moon and Mars - Doug Flori
  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream - Tanya Lee Stone
  • You Are the First Kid on Mars - Patrick O'Brien
  • A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Sensational Gods


The Books



Books to help us reflect on the forces behind the biggest news stories of the year. How have transformations in media contributed to transformations in our perspectives on what we see as “other”? What does identity have to do with conflict? Does our definition of justice change when we move around the world?


Dates of Collection: December 15, 2015 - January 31, 2016


  • Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion - Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Roberta Green-Ahmanson
  • Small Screen, Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion - Diane Winston
  • The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism - Karen Armstrong
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam - Reza Aslan
  • Public Religion and Urban Transformation: Faith in the City - Lowell W. Livezey
  • God: A Biography - Jack Miles
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin
  • Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything - Barbara Ehrenreich
  • The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus - Lee Strobel
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Lawrence Wright
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On - Jonah Berger
  • The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web is Changing What We Read and How We Think - Eli Pariser
  • Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism - Thomas Patterson
  • A History of News - Mitchell Stephens
  • The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country - Gabriel Sherman
  • Terror and Consent - The Wars for the Twenty-first Century - Philip Bobbitt
  • The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East - Sandy Tolan
  • Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of LIfe in Iraq - Farnaz Fassihi
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem - Thomas L. Friedman
  • Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words - Karen Leggett Abouraya
  • I Have the Right to Be a Child - Alain Serres
  • My World, Your World - Melanie Walsh
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

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How to Win an Election


The Books



But since men are principally induced to shew goodwill and zeal at the hustings by three considerations—kindness received, hope of more, personal affection and good feeling—we must take notice how best to take advantage of each of these. By very small favours men are induced to think that they have sufficient reason for giving support at the poll, and surely those you have saved (and their number is very large) cannot fail to understand that, if at this supreme crisis they fail to do what you wish, they will never have anyone's confidence. And though this is so, nevertheless they must be appealed to, and must even be led to think it possible that they, who have hitherto been under an obligation to us, may now put us under an obligation to them. - Quintus Tullius Cicero, How to Win an Election


In 64 B.C., when Marcus Cicero ran for consul, the highest office of the Roman Republic, his brother Quintus (supposedly) provided him with a short letter of advice on running a successful campaign. Regardless of its origin, it’s timely as ever, as are other titles in this collection curated  to contextualize the approaching primaries of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They explore the historical culture of power, the modern culture of politics, and how the American media covers it all.


Dates of Collection: February 1 - March 15, 2016


  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism by Thomas E. Mann
  • Improving Public Opinion Surveys: Interdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies edited by John H. Aldrich & Kathleen M McGraw
  • God Talk: Experimenting With the Religious Causes of Public Opinion by Paul Djupe & Brian Calfano
  • New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America by Marisa A. Abrajano & R. Michael Alvarez
  • How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians by Quintus Tullius Cicero
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America; Or, Why A Progressive Presidency Is Impossible by John R. Macarthur
  • Washington, D.C.: A Novel by Gore Vidal
  • The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse
  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72 by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer
  • McCain’s Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual Reporters, Thinking About Hope by David Foster Wallace
  • The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Message Shaped the 2008 Election by Kate Kenski, Bruce W. Hardy and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
  • No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants are Reshaping American Democracy by Dennis W. Johnson
  • What Has Government Done to Our Money? and The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar  by Murray N. Rothbard
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Election!: A Kid’s Guide to Picking Our President by Dan Gutman
  • Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
  • See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman




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The Supremes


The Books



After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, 2016, the longest sitting justice of the current nine, many questions about the nation’s judicial branch remain open. This collection is about the basics. How does the Supreme Court work? Who are the sitting justices and what should we know about their legacies? What can we learn from landmark cases that have shaped American history? In addition to exploring these questions, it includes several titles recommended by professionals and academics as reading for a Supreme Court Justice (as published in The Atlantic). These titles explore the nature of punishment in America, the nuanced experiences of legal professionals, and the intersection of law and literature.


Dates of Collection: March 15 - April 30, 2016

  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  • Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted by Ian Millhiser
  • Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
  • Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
  • The Supreme Court by William H. Rehnquist
  • Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing by Bell Gale Chevigny
  • Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment by Robert A. Ferguson
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
  • The Just and the Unjust by James Gould Cozzens
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America by Will Haygood
  • Secret Lives of the Supreme Court: What Your Teachers Never Told You about America's Legendary Judges by Robert Schnakenberg
  • Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made by Jim Newton
  • FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, the Supreme Court, and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal by James F. Simon

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Lessons from the Gilded Age


The Books



The late nineteenth century was a period of both expansive economic growth and great poverty in the United States. What are the parallels we can draw to the present?


  • The Gilded Age; a Tale of To-day. / by Mark Twain
  • Growing up in Boston's Gilded Age: the Journal of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1872-1874 / edited by Marlene Deahl Merrill
  • Cities and Schools in the Gilded Age : the Evolution of an Urban Institution / by William A. Bullough
  • The Art of America in the Gilded Age / by Shirley Glubok. Designed by Gerard Nook
  • Teaching the Age of the City: the Gilded Age and After, (1865-1914); a Guide for Seventh Grade Social Studies Albany, 1968 / University of the State of New York. Bureau of Secondary Curriculum Development
  • New York 1880 : Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age / by Robert A.M. Stern, Thomas Mellins, and David Fishman
  • The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s / by H.W. Brands
  • How the Other Half Lives; Studies Among the Tenements of New York / With 100 photos from the Jacob A. Riis Collection, the Museum of the City of New York, and a new pref. by Charles A. Madison
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future / by Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • The New Gilded Age : the Critical Inequality Debates of Our Time / edited by David B. Grusky and Tamar Kricheli-Katz
  • The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It / by Timothy Noah
  • The Globalization of Inequality / by François Bourguignon
  • Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System / by Douglas S. Massey
  • Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education / by Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane
  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools / by Jonathan Kozol
  • Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, 2nd Edition with an Update a Decade Later / by Annette Lareau


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Dreaming with Smart Machines


The Books



Dreaming with Smart Machines
September 2016


With artificial intelligence becoming more ubiquitous every year, how will humans adapt to a new era of “smart machines” -- intelligent devices that use machine-to-machine technology? Robots, self-driven cars, and other cognitive computers can make more and more decisions, and solve our problems without human intervention – leading us to ponder, more than ever, our place in a rapidly developing tech world -- and especially our role as parents, teachers, and citizens. Dreaming with Smart Machines calls us to examine the nature of machines, technological innovation, and life itself. Featured writers include Allison Druin and James Hendler, Angelo Cangelosi and Matthew Schlesinger, Sara Varon, Alan Winfield, Joshua Davis, Neal Bascomb, Robin Hanson, Daniel H. Wilson, Murray Shanahan, Ray Kurzweil, John Markoff, and Matthew Weinstein, who open our eyes and help us imagine the possibilities.


The Books

  • Robot World: Education, Popular Culture, and Science, by Mathew Weinstein (1998)
  • Robots for kids : exploring new technologies for learning / edited by Allison Druin and James Hendler
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) by Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Technological Singularity, By Murray Shanahan
  • The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth, by Robin Hanson
  • The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts, by Neal Bascomb
  • Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, by Joshua Davis
  • Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, by John Markoff
  • Developmental Robotics: From Babies to Robots (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series) Hardcover – January 9, 2015 by Angelo Cangelosi (Author), Matthew Schlesinger (Author), Linda B. Smith (Foreword)
  • Artificial Cognitive Systems: A Primer (MIT Press), by David Vernon
  • Robot dreams / Sara Varon
  • The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence, by Ray Kurzweil (1998)
  • Robotics: A Very Short Introduction, by Alan Winfield (2012)
  • Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Design by Anthony Dunne
  • Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents series), by Patrick Lin (Editor), Keith Abney (Editor), George A. Bekey (Editor)
  • Robot Futures, by Illah Reza Nourbakhsh


The Books

  • Diverse Early Childhood Education Policies and Practices: Voices and Images from Five Countries in Asia by Amita Gupta
  • The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America / edited by Regina Cortina
  • Access, Equity, and Performance : education in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago / Mun C. Tsang, Michelle Fryer, and Gregorio Arevalo
  • How NGOs React : globalization and education reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia / edited by Iveta Silova and Gita Steiner-Khamsi
  • Shifting Sands : Bedouin women at the crossroads / Ruth Westheimer & Gil Sedan
  • Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism : beyond heritage languages in a global city / edited by Ofelia Garcia, Zeena Zakharia and Bahar Otcu
  • Comparative and International education : issues for teachers / edited by Karen Mundy ... [et al.] Teachers College Press
  • Tips for Teaching Culture: Practical Approaches to Intercultural Communication by Ann C. Wintergerst
  • Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom by Ann C. Wintergerst & Andrea DeCapua
  • Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith and Progress by Fida Adely
  • Teaching in Two Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators by Tatyana Kleyn
  • The Beautiful Tree by James Tooley

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World as Classroom


The Books



World as Classroom

December 2016

Curated by Chiara Davis Fuller

Did you know that Teachers College is a pioneer in the field of International Education, beginning with the establishment of the International Institute of Education in 1923 by Professor Paul Monroe? Among the 5,090 students enrolled today at Teachers College, 20.4 percent represent international students from eighty different countries? Excluding international students, ethnicity is 43% of the total enrollment, as reported by the Office of Institutional Studies? Come join us as we celebrate the diversity of our global community and the extensive international research and work that our students and faculty continue to do in the field of International Education! Supportive of International Education Week, "an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide", is a book display highlighting work by Teachers College faculty and alumni, as well as other well-known authors in the field. It features important issues and challenges in the field, including conflict, intercultural communication, bilingualism, gender, social justice, and globalization, that prompt us to consider our place and future in teaching, learning, and research.
World as Classroom is curated by Chiara Davis Fuller, Master's student in International Education Development at Teachers College, and Administrative Fellow in the Office of International Services. Chiara served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize, Assistant Language Teacher and Supervisor in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET), and WorldTeach Volunteer educator and Language Department Coordinator in Ecuador. 

The Books

  • Diverse Early Childhood Education Policies and Practices: Voices and Images from Five Countries in Asia by Amita Gupta
  • The Education of Indigenous Citizens in Latin America / edited by Regina Cortina
  • Access, Equity, and Performance : education in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago / Mun C. Tsang, Michelle Fryer, and Gregorio Arevalo
  • How NGOs React : globalization and education reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia / edited by Iveta Silova and Gita Steiner-Khamsi
  • Shifting Sands : Bedouin women at the crossroads / Ruth Westheimer & Gil Sedan
  • Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism : beyond heritage languages in a global city / edited by Ofelia Garcia, Zeena Zakharia and Bahar Otcu
  • Comparative and International education : issues for teachers / edited by Karen Mundy ... [et al.] Teachers College Press
  • Tips for Teaching Culture: Practical Approaches to Intercultural Communication by Ann C. Wintergerst
  • Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom by Ann C. Wintergerst & Andrea DeCapua
  • Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith and Progress by Fida Adely
  • Teaching in Two Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators by Tatyana Kleyn
  • The Beautiful Tree by James Tooley

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Black: Children's Artists, Children's Books


The Books



Black: Children's Artists, Children's Books

February 2017

Curated by Ilya Benjamin-Washington


"I believe, even the best teachers cannot teach what they do not know. As the demand for culturally responsive teaching materials and practice increases, we expect socially engaged and informed content to match this growth. My intent simply is to increase awareness of culturally responsive and critical creative teaching pedagogy in Art; promote titles and resources that forefront the experiences of people of color in Art; and expose the general education community of Arts integration resources that emphasize creativity and Social Action."
-- Curator's Statement

Ilya Benjamin-Washington is currently an Ed.M student in Art and Art Education, within the Department of Art and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he will be graduating in May 2017. Ilya is the Founding Creative Director of Black, an arts-based think tank promoting critical exchanges of the radical imagination, as it applies to visual culture across diasporas. Ilya is also the creative director for #Wearewelcomehere, which applies arts-based and visual methodologies to investigate how creative peacemaking, modified with Critical Race Theory, can enrich campus community climate, and increase inter-school and discipline collaboration at Columbia University. #WeAreWelcomehere has an official student chapter at Teachers College.

Black: Children's Artists, Children's Books features classic works of children's literature that highlight beloved authors, illustrators, themes, and concerns. It is on display through February, Black History Month.


The Books

  • The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth / Anderson, David A
  • Life Doesn't Frighten Me / Angelou, Maya
  • Freight Train / Crews, Donald
  • Ten Black Dots / Crews, Donald
  • Harlem Stomp! / Hill, Laban Carrick
  • Dave the Potter / Hill, Laban Carrick
  • Black Misery / Hughes, Langston
  • The Sweet and Sour Animal Book / Hughes, Langston
  • Gassire's Lute / Jablow, Alta
  • A Wave in Her Pocket / Joseph, Lynn
  • Yagua Days / Martel, Cruz
  • The Black Snowman / Mendez, Phil
  • Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty / Neri, Greg
  • Marcia / Steptoe, John
  • Children of Promise / Sullivan, Charles
  • Faith Ringgold / Turner, Robyn Montana



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Celebrating Voices: International Poetry


The Books



Celebrating Voices: International Poetry

April - May 2017


What inspires us to make or create an aesthetic piece of writing with pattern, rhythm, often rhyme? And, what can we learn from its maker, living near or far, as we ponder the place of poetry in education and grapple with global issues?

This Spring we bring together international works of poetry that represent both individual and collective voices, from ancient and classical times, through to the present day. Speaking to our common humanity, Celebrating Voices coincides with National Poetry Month and supports the recent Teachers College International Week, Celebrating World Cultures; Celebrating the Beauty of You.

The display is curated by the staff of the Gottesman Libraries, with input from the Teachers College community.


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Unbound: Remixing the Classics


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Unbound: Remixing the Classics

July - August 2017

Curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi


Supporting the work of Teacher College's Literacy Unbound Summer Institute, where teachers and high school students re-interpret Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in an original Smith Learning Theater production is a complementary Everett Cafe book display featuring select works of "re-mixed" literature. 

Unbound: Remixing the Classics features three main categories of great books. Modern retellings update a familiar story; spin-offs adopt a character, sometimes minor, and build a fresh story, adjacent to the original; and homages acknowledge the original work and/or author, with praise. Examples respectively include: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, with Cinderella reimagined as a cyborg; Insect Dreams by Marc Estrie, which builds on Kafka's Metamorphosis, but assumes that Gregor Samsa lives and follows the path of a talking cockroach; and James Joyce's Ulysses, based on Homer's Odyssey, from the structure of the story, to the epic tale of one man. 

This exhibit draws upon universal human themes presented in Conrad's eponymous work, such as man's inhumanity to man; transformation of self/journey; religion, race, power, and oppression; man versus nature; man versus society -- and enlightens many more -- innocence, coming of age, beauty, and others -- from a modern context.

It is curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi, Innovation Fellow at the Gottesman Libraries, with input from the staff.


The Books

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  • Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Boy, Bird, Snow by Helen Oyeyemi
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  • Railsea by China Mieville
  • Grendel by John Gardner
  • Revival by Stephen King
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Innocents by Francesca Segal
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • Insect Dreams by Marc Estrin
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author), Chris Riddell (Illustrator)
  • Darkness by Yedda Morrison
  • Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness by James Reich
  • Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor
  • Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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A Cure for What Ails You: Dr. Feelgood's Quick Fix Elixir


The Books



A Cure for What Ails You: Dr. Feelgood's Quick Fix Elixir

September - October  2017

Curated by Ola Radeckaand Kaitlin Kehnemuyi

Designed by Renata Gaui and Angela Perrone


In this new Cafe Collection we aim to explore American healthcare. With the current push to change America’s healthcare system, the factions/fractions of issues contained in this topic are being exposed. Is healthcare a right or a privilege? Understanding the complexities, contradictions, and iniquities is vital. Throw in some classism, racism, sexism, stigma, and a morally questionable history, it makes for a great family dinner conversation!


The Books

  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • White coat tales : medicine's heroes, heritage and misadventures by Robert B. Taylor
  • Epileptic by David B.
  • Unterzakhn by Leela Corman
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney
  • Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, Frank Stack (Illustrator)
  • Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies
  • Cancer Vixen: A True Story by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
  • The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the digital revolution will create better health care by Eric Topol
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform by Richard (Buz) Cooper, MD
  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
  • Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System by Ezekiel J. Emanuel
  • Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill by Robert Whitaker
  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donovan
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A.  Washington
  • The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T.R. Reid
  • America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healtcare System by Steven Brill
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
  • No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers

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Death & Taxes


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Death & Taxes

Mid October - Mid November 2017

Curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi

Designed by Renata Gaui


Nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin, creator of Poor Richard's Almanac, which references the heaviness of taxes, actual and metaphoric, paid by colonists. In the 21st century, tax reform should be added to the top of that list! Congress is tackling tax reform this fall with an eye towards simplifying the tax code. It's no small task. This cafe collection presents different views of tax reform and government funding, so that we can better understand how taxation affects the way our country is run and impacts out daily lives. 


The Books

  • A Fine Mess – T.R. Reid
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century – Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (Translator)
  • A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget – Mattea Kramer et al
  • Bucking the Deficit: Economic Policymaking In America – G Calvin Mackenzie, & Saranna Thornton
  • Taxing The Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe – Kenneth Scheve & David Stasavage
  • The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens – Gabriel Zucman, Teresa Lavender Fagan (translator)
  • The Freedom Agenda: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment is Necessary to Restore Constitutional Government – Mike Lee
  • Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget – David Wessel
  • The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process – Allen Schick
  • The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World – Zachary Karabell
  • Death and Taxes – David Dodge
  • Death and Taxes: Hydriotaphia and Other Plays – Tony Kushner
  • Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know(r) – Leonard E. Burman, Joel Slemrod
  • Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--and Cheat Everybody Else – David Cay Johnston
  • Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible – William Goetzmann 
  • The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need it and What it Will Take – Bruce Barlett
  • Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists, and the Unlikley Triumph of Tax Reform – Alan Murray
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years – David Graeber
  • End the IRS Before it Ends Us: How to Restore Low Tax, High Growth, Wealthy America – Grover Norquist

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Smoking Guns, Smoking Mirrors: Where Do You Stand


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Smoking Guns, Smoking Mirrors

December 2017 - January 2018


The U.S. continues to remain divided on the issue of gun control, even after Sutherland Springs, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Orlando, and Las Vegas. This café collection presents the complexity of gun control, from the history and interpretation of the second amendment, to the tragedies of killings in our schools and communities. It urges us to consider what it means to bear arms, and to take a stand on our rights and responsibilities as educators, parents and citizens.


  • Citizen Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline, Jennifer Carlson
  • The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know, Philip Cook and Kristin A. Gross
  • Private Guns, Public Health, David Hemenway
  • More Guns, Less Crime. Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, John R. Lott 
  • Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities, Jacqueline Schildkraut and H. Jaymi Elsass
  • The Politics of Gun Control, Robert J. Spitzer 
  • The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman
  • Newtown: An American Tragedy, Mathew Lysiak
  • Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings, Louis Klarevas
  • Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affairs with Lethal Self-Defense, Caroline Light
  • Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns, Glenn Beck
  • Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, Adam Winkler
  • Living With: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment, Craig Whitney
  • A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, Sue Klebold and Andrew Solomon
  • Monday, Monday, Elizabeth Crook
  • The Truth about Gun Control, David Kopel
  • Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights, Robert J. Spitzer
  • No Right to Remain Silent: What We've Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech, Lucinda Roy
  • The Harder They Come, T.C. Boyle


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Grassroots Algorithm:


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Grassroots Algorithm: A New Book Display on Social Media

February - Mid March 2018

Curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi

Designed by Renata Gaui


Social media was credited for sustaining the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. Fast forward to present day we are trying to understand if Russian bots influenced voters in our last election. Social media allows us to build communities that reflect our lives, which makes it appear to be a grassroot movement. Is it still grassroots when there are algorithms saying ‘you two should be friends because you both believe the world is flat’? Can social media exist in this dichotomy of grassroots and algorithms? Can it still bring revolution, or just pictures of cute doggos? 


The Books

  • Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest – Zeynip Tufekci
  • #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media – Cass Sunstein
  • What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing – Ed Finn
  • We Are Data: Algorithms and The Making of Our Digital Selves – John Cheney-Lippold
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy – Cathy O’Neill
  • Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right – Angela Nagle
  • Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media – Mizuko Ito
  • Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics – Henry Jenkins,‎ Mizuko Ito and‎ danah boyd
  • It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – danah boyd
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other – Sherry Turkle
  • Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance – Heidi Boghosian
  • Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World – Bruce Schneier
  • Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy – Jonathan Taplin
  • The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age – Astra Taylor
  • Networked: The New Social Operating System – Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman
  • Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked – Adam Alter
  • Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt – David Faris
  • Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom – Rebecca MacKinnon
  • The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom – Evgeny Morozov
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations – Clay Shirky
  • Tweeting to power. The social media revolution in American politics. – Jason Gainous and Kevin M Wagner
  • Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society – Vincent Mosco

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Woman Interrupted


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Woman Interrupted: Women, the Workplace & Inequality in Many Forms

Mid March - End of April 2018

Curated By Kaitlin Kehnemuyi

Designed by Veronica Black


Do you get 'emotional' after being asked to take the notes during the meeting because you’re the only woman? Are you 'sensitive' about being paid less than your male coworkers? Are you tired of having to fight battles for equality and respect? 

The #metoo and the #timesup movements have raised the issues of sexual assault, harassment, and inequality, while exposing what women often deal with in the workplace. Part of solving this inequality is having the conversations about childcare, health, and pay parity — things that will improve the workplace for everyone, not just for women.


The Books

  • Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
  • Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett
  • Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Alice H. Eagly & Linda L. Carli
  • Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace by Dina Bakst, Phoebe Taubman, & Elizabeth Gedmark
  • Continuing to Disrupt the Status Quo?: New and Young Women Professors of Educational Leadership (New Directions in Educational
    Leadership: Innovations in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service) by Whitney Sherman Newcomb
  • Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany Browne
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Women, Work, and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities by Bahira Sherif Trask
  • Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Against Meritocracy: Culture, power and myths of mobility by Jo Littler
  • That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together by Joanne Lipman
  • The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family by Madeleine Kunin
  • Double Outsiders: How Women of Color Can Succeed in Corporate America by Jessica Faye Carter

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Woman Interrupted: Women, the Workplace & Inequality In Many Forms


Do you get “emotional” after being asked to take the notes during the meeting because you’re the only woman? Are you “sensitive” about being paid less than your male coworkers? Are you tired of having to fight battles for equality and respect?


The #metoo and the #timesup movements have raised the issues of sexual assault, harassment, and inequality, while exposing what women often deal with in the workplace. Part of solving this inequality is having the conversations about childcare, health, and pay parity things that will improve the workplace for everyone, not just for women.


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Fake News


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What's Real in the Media?

Dates of Collection: Spring 2018

Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Zoe Logan

Do you cringe at the thought of another tweet about “fake news”? Given unprecedented numbers of executive accusations about the Russian dossier, media in general, CNN in particular, and/or reports on government, health care, employment, is “fake news” a retaliatory slap, slippery slogan, or actual state of affairs in today’s political arena?

While bad information has existed for centuries, most pressing is the need for media literacy so that we can make informed choices and good decisions. This display presents insightful thinking behind “fake news” to raise awareness and steer us accordingly.


The Books

  • The True Story of Fake News: How Mainstream Media Manipulates Millions, by Mark Dice
  • Fake News: Strange Historical Facts Reimagined in the World of Donald Trump, by David Hutter 
  • Fake News in Real Context, by Paul Levinson
  • The Fake News Phenomenon, by Duchess Harris
  • Post-Truth (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series), by Lee McIntyr
  • Sharing Posts: The Spread of Fake News, by Stephen Currie
  • Fighting Fake News!: Teaching Critical Thinking and Media Literacy in a Digital Age, by Brian Housand
  • Post-Truth, Fake News: Viral Modernity & Higher Education, Michael A. Peters (ed.)
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
  • News Literacy: Helping Students and Teachers Decode Fake News, by Robert W. Janke & Bruce S. Cooper
  • A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, by Daniel J. Levitin
  • A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics: A Neuroscientist on How to Make Sense of A Complex World, by Daniel J. Levitin
  • The Truth-Seeker's Handbook: A Science-Based Guide, by Gleb Tsipursky (auth); Lexie Holliday (illus)
  • News Grazers: Media, Politics, and Truth in an Information Age, by Richard Forgette
  • Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era, by Daniel J. Levitin



The Display



What's Real in the Media?

Spring 2018

Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Zoe Logan


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Oceans of Plastic


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Oceans of Plastic
July - August, 2018


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Angela Perrone


Did you know that gigantic trash colonies are trapped in massive gyres swirling around the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic oceans — to such a degree that by 2050 we may have more plastic than fish in our waters? Roughly 8-15 million tons of plastic pour in each year — much of it single use — straws, bags, bottles, common household items simply made to be thrown-away. Toxins and plastics ingested by fish or sea creatures pass through the food chain, as the garbage keeps piling— even beneath the water’s surface!

"Oceans of Plastic" features research, narrative, kids’ books, and practical ways to address the pressing problem of plastic.


The Books

  • Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution, by Marcus Eriksen
  • Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore
  • Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them, by Donovan Hohn
  • Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, by Julie Decker
  • Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, by Susan Freinkel
  • How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time, by Will McCallum
  • Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!, by Michael SanClements
  • Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Nonfiction - Grades 4-8), by Patricia Newman
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, by Laura Perdew
  • Ocean Champions: A Journey into Seas of Plastic, by Michelle Mech
  • I'm Not a Plastic Bag, by Rachel Hope Allison
  • Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, by Loree Griffin Burns
  • Trash Vortex: How Plastic Pollution Is Choking the World's Oceans, by Danielle Smith-Lera

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July - August, 2018


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Bear And Eagle: Something More Than Intelligence


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Bear And Eagle: Something More Than Intelligence
September - Mid-October, 2018


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Angela Perrone


We struggle with truths about the 2016 elections, while the United States-Russia summit leaves a large (question) mark in the history of our relations and liberal world order. Smack in the middle of Donald Trump’s presidency, mid-term elections concern us more than ever as we continue to face challenges to democracy at home.

Why and to what extent are America and Russia tied? How can we be smarter or more intelligent about the whole political process? In fifty years what will we make the Trump-Putin Anniversary? Eagle and Bear: Something More Than Intelligence features works that reflect the complex relationship between our two countries, with impetus to make informed decisions.


The Books

  • The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies, by Michael V. Hayden
  • Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win, by Luke Harding
  • The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West, by Malcolm Nance
  • Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump, by Jerome R. Corsi
  • Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
  • Trump / Russia: A Definitive History, by Seth Hettena
  • Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia, by Anne Garrels
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, by Masha Gessen
  • The Kremlin's Candidate: A Novel, by Jason Matthews
  • The Red Web: The Kremlin's Wars on the Internet, by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan
  • The Invention of Russia: The Rise of Putin and the Age of Fake News, by Arkady Ostrovsky
  • All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin, by Mikhail Zygar
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder
  • From Russia with Love, by Ian Fleming
  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Display



Bear And Eagle: Something More Than Intelligence
September - Mid-October, 2018


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Dear Mr. Gerry: Meandering Into Elections


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Dear Mr. Gerry: Meandering Into Elections
September - Mid-October, 2018


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Carlie Zhang & Angela Perrone


As we gear up for mid terms, we take stock of the electoral process, particularly the (re)drawing of U.S. boundary districts. It’s been happening since 1812, when the Governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, signed a bill that redistricted his state to benefit the Democratic-Republican Party to which he belonged. No contemporary strangers to the practice are New York, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, and Maryland.


What lies ahead in our turbulent political times? With primaries just under our belt, Dear Mr. Gerry: Meandering Into Elections draws attention to this critical issue from both an historical and contemporary lens.


The Books

  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer
  • The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, by Michiko Kakutani
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean
  • Drawing the Lines: Constraints on Partisan Gerrymandering in U.S. Politics, by Nicholas R. Seabrook
  • Elbridge Gerry's Salamander: The Electoral Consequences of the Reapportionment Revolution, by Gary W. Cox and Jonathan N. Katz
  • Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, by Anthony J. McGann and Charles Anthony Smith
  • Gerrymandering and Voting Districts, by Rita Santos (editor)
  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
  • Lines in the Sand: Congressional Redistricting in Texas and the Downfall of Tom DeLay, by Steve Bickerstaff
  • The People's House, by David Pepper
  • Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, by David Daley
  • The Realities of Redistricting: Following the Rules and Limiting Gerrymandering in State Legislative Redistricting, by Jonathan Winburn
  • Redistricting: The Most Political Activity in America, by Charles S. Bullock III


The Display



Dear Mr. Gerry: Meandering Into Elections
September - Mid-October, 2018


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Carlie Zhang & Angela Perrone


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The Patriarchy


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The Patriarchy: Past and Present
January - Mid-February, 2019

Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Trisha Barton & Angela Perrone


The Patriarchy refers to a family, group, community, society, social organization, or government where men predominate in positions of power. The term derives from the ancient Greek meaning "rule of the father“ and was embodied in the Old Testament with leading figures Methuselah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Over centuries it connected to the women's movement and feminism.

 

With many believing that cultural norms still favor men today, this exhibit draws attention to the history and controversy over patriarchal systems and their ensuing social, political, and economic consequences. Its intent is to help us examine an old theme whose continuing relevance plays out.


The Books

  • The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy, by Cynthia Enloe
  • The Creation of Patriarchy (Women and History; V. 1), by Gerda Lerner
  • Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy's Resurgence and Feminist Resistance, by Carol Gilligan & David A. J. Richards
  • The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men, by Robert Jensen
  • The Gendering of American Politics: Founding Mothers, Founding Fathers, and Political Patriarchy, by Mark Kann
  • Patriarchy (Key Ideas), by Pavla Miller
  • Post-Apocalyptic Patriarchy: American Television and Gendered Visions of Survival, by Carlen Lavigne
  • The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam, by Ula Yvette Taylor
  • The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy, by Cristina Biaggi
  • Unplugging the Patriarchy - A Mystical Journey into the Heart of a New Age, by Lucia René
  • Why Does Patriarchy Persist?, by Carol Gilligan & Naomi Snider
  • The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity and Love, by Bell Hooks

E-Books

  • History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism, by Judith M. Bennett

The Display



The Patriarchy

January - February 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Trisha Barton & Angela Perrone


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And the Award Goes To: Mis/Representation


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The Award Goes To Mis/Representation
End of February - March, 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Ruta Kruliauskaite & Angela Perrone


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The Oscars have not been without controversy, from this year’s lack of host, to surprising nominations of the best films. Like cinematic productions, awards may involve false or misleading contexts to sway opinion, even if misrepresentation is rightfully exercised through freedom of speech and artistic license.

This display features books about awards in film and media, with examples drawn from the Hollywood industry. It asks us to confront controversial issues with a critical lens so we can better understand the filmmaker’s intent and develop more informed opinions about pressing societal matters.


The Books

  • All About Oscar?, by Emanuel Levy
  • Oscar Dearest, by Peter H. Brown, Jim Pinkston
  • Reel Inequality, By Nancy Wang Yen
  • Gender, Media, and Organization, by Carole Eliott, Valerie Stead, et al
  • Place, Power, Situation and Spectacle, by Stuart C. Aiken, Leo Zonn
  • Jane Austen in Hollywood, by Linda Troost, Sayre Greenfeld
  • Latin Looks, By Clara Rodriguez
  • Gay Director, Gay Films, by Emanuel Levy
  • Diversity in U.S. Mass Media, by Catherine A Luthar, Carolyn Ringer Lepre, et al
  • Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms, by Frank B. Wilderson
  • Screaming Monkeys, by M Evalina Galang, Eileen Tabios, et al


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The Display



The Award Goes To Mis/Representation

End of February - March 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Ruta Kruliauskaite & Angela Perrone


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Teaching about Species


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Teaching About Species

Mid April - May, 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Carlie Zhang
Fabricated & Installed by Trisha Barton, Zoe Logan, Ruta Kruliauskaite, & Carlie Zhang


Is it true that we care mostly about giant, often tropical or subtropical animals when thinking about endangered species and conservation? There's the Amur Leopard, Black Rhino, Hawksbill Turtle, Sumatran Elephant .... but what about the smaller fauna and flora -- the honeybee, American burying beetle, Louisiana quillwort, Georgia aster ... that are also disappearing from our landscape?

In support of this year’s Earth Day, whose theme is "Protect Our Species", we nurture deeper educational awareness and human sensitivities to the whole world around us. Featured are works that probe the meaning and debate over species, extinction, and the Anthropocene through research, narrative, and lessons from Nature.


The Books

  • Are Species Real?, by Matthew H Slater
  • Bad Environmentalism, by Nicole Seymour
  • Capitalism in the Web of Life, by Jason W Moore
  • Endangered, by Tim Flach, Sam Wells
  • The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben
  • Imagining Extinction, by Ursula K Heise
  • Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth, by Nicola Davies
  • A Message from Martha, by Mark Avery
  • The Mushroom at the End of the World, by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
  • Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: Young Reader's Edition, adapted by Rebecca Steffof
  • The Once and Future World, by J.B. MacKinnon
  • The Secret Wisdom of Nature, by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind, by Richard Leakey, Roger Lewin
  • Wild Pedagogies, by Bob Jickling, Sean Blenkinsop, Nora Timmerman
  • Wildlife in the Anthropocene, by Jamie Lorimer


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The Display



Teaching About Species
Mid April - May, 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Carlie Zhang
Fabricated & Installed by Trisha Barton, Zoe Logan, Ruta Kruliauskaite, & Carlie Zhang




Learning From Parks


The Books



Learning From Parks

September - Mid October, 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Carlie Zhang


Learning From Parks explores the urban park as a metaphor for the acquisition of knowledge and importance of social infrastructure. The display draws attention to the history, design, and politics of New York City parks, especially the iconic Central Park, our nation’s first major landscaped public park, inspired by reformers who sought to improve public health and strengthen civil society.

We offer an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between city parks and urban schools, with inspiration drawn from Eric Klinenberg’s Palaces for the People; Michael Graner’s The Urban Park As An Educational Asset, and John Fischer’s The School Park. We hope to encourage socially conscious modes of teaching, as well as play and creativity in the learning process.



The Books

  • Central Park, An American Masterpiece: A Comprehensive History of the Nation's First Urban Park, by Sara Cedar Miller
  • City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts, by Catie Marron
  • Future Park: Imagining Tomorrow’s Urban Parks, by Amalie Wright
  • A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park, by Ashley Benham Yazdani
  • Great City Parks, by Alan Tate
  • Making a Difference in Academic Life: A Handbook for Park, Recreation, and Tourism Educators And Graduate Students , by Dan Dustin and Tom Goodale
  • Metropolitan Landscape Architecture - Urban Parks And Landscapes, by W.Reh and C.Steenbergen
  • Palaces for the People, by Eric Klinenberg
  • Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park, by Liz Lee Heinecke
  • The Park and the People: A History of Central Park, by Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar
  • Programming for Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services: A Servant Leadership Approach - 3rd ed, by Donald Degraaf, Deb Jordan, and Kathy DeGraaf
  • The Politics of Park Design: A History of Urban Parks in America, by Galen Cranz
  • Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World, by Ken Leinbach
  • Urban Landcsapes in High-density Cities: Parks, Streetscapes, Ecosystems, by Bianca Maria Rinaldi and Puay Yok Tan
  • A Pedagogy of Place: Outdoor Education for a Changing World, by Brian Wattchow and Michael Harold Brown


E-Books


The Display



Learning From Parks

September - Mid October, 2019

Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Carlie Zhang




Getting In or Getting Out: College Admissions


The Books



Getting In or Getting Out: College Admissions

June - Mid July, 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Carlie Zhang & Trisha Barton


Operation Varsity Blues is the latest scandal in college admissions, arising from greed and the pressure experienced by many, especially the wealthiest, to get into the "best" schools, at whatever the cost. But what does this frenzy say about the big business of higher education? Test prep, cheating, lying, and buying your way in are symptomatic of a larger societal problem in the way we look at college and all that we hope it brings.

Let’s target the need for common sense and ethics in the college admissions process, so we can get out of this mess and embrace good and meaningful steps toward the ultimate goal of higher education.


The Books

  • Admissions Confidential: An Insider's Account of the Elite College Selection Process, by Rachel Toor
  • The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy, by Nicholas Lemann
  • The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, byJerome Karabel
  • Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College, by Andrew Ferguson
  • Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy, by Lacy Crawford
  • Elijah & the SAT: Reflections On a Hairy, Old, Desert Prophet and the Benchmarking of Our Children's Lives , by Heather Choate Davis
  • Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, by William Deresiewicz
  • The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, by Jacques Steinberg
  • Getting In: Gaining Admission To Your College of Choice, by Rick Singe
  • The Half-Opened Door: Discrimination and Admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, 1900-1970, by Marcia Graham Synnott
  • The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges--and Who Gets Left Outside , by Daniel Golden
  • SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions , by Joseph A Soares
  • We Regret To Inform You, by Ariel Kaplan
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, by Frank Bruni


E-Books


The Display



Getting In or Getting Out: College Admissions

June - Mid July, 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan
Designed by Carlie Zhang & Trisha Barton




Nationalism


The Books



Nationalism

Mid Oct - November, 2019


Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Trisha Barton & Zoe Logan

Creative Tech Developed by Carlie Zhang


From the Know Nothings to the Trump era, our country has grappled with the push and pull of Nationalism, a movement that raises complex issues by its interwoven fabric of civic, cultural, ethnic, religious, and ideologic lines, typically self-defined and free from outside influence or interference.


With the resurgence of the term in recent years, we examine Nationalism from both an historical perspective and one impacted by Globalism. What does real loyalty and devotion to one's country mean; how we can best define our national consciousness; and can liberty still manifest in openness to other nations, minus the driving forces of power, prestige, and dislike of other countries?


The Books

  • Brass-Knuckle Crusade: The Great Know-Nothing Conspiracy, 1820-1860, by Carleton Beals
  • Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism, by Pippa Norris
  • End of History and the Last Man, by Francis Fukuyama
  • National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy , by Roger Eatwell
  • The Nationalist Reviival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization, by John B. Judis
  • Nationalism: Theory, Ideology, History , by Antony Smith
  • The New Nationalism: How the Populist Right is Defeating Globalism and Awakening a New Political Order, by Steve Turley
  • The Social Setting of Intolerance: The Know-Nothings, the Red Scare, and McCarthyism, by Seymour J. Mandelbaum
  • The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction, by Mark Lilla
  • This America: The Case for the Nation, by Jill Lepore
  • Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, by Ian Bremmer
  • The Virtue of Nationalism, by Yoram Hazony
  • Why Nationalism?, by Yael Tamir


The Display



Nationalism

Mid Oct - November, 2019

Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Trisha Barton & Zoe Logan

Creative Tech Developed by Carlie Zhang










Just Peachy!


The Books



Just Peachy!

December 2019 - Mid February, 2020


Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Trisha Barton, Zoe Logan & Carlie Zhang


In the history of our nation only two presidents have ever been impeached: Andrew Johnson, for violating the Tenure of Office Act, and Bill Clinton, for perjury and obstruction of justice. Both were later acquitted by the United States Senate. Although other presidents have been threatened with impeachment, only two have faced formal impeachment inquiries in the House of Representatives: Richard Nixon, who resigned before he could be impeached as a consequence of the Watergate scandal, and Donald Trump, primarily under investigation for his dealings with the Ukraine and its influence on elections.


Just Peachy! explores the history of impeachment and its implications and controversies within the broad political spectrum. Included are educational resources that inform the process and call us to take a stand, as we weigh the gravity of this matter which is all over the news.

The Books

  • The Case Against Impeaching Trump, by Alan Dershowitz
  • The Case For Impeaching Trump, by Elizabeth Holtzman
  • A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment, by Barbara A Radnofsky
  • The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis , by Michael J. Gerhardt
  • High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump, Frank O. Bowman III
  • Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump , by Neal Katyal
  • Killing the Deep State: The Fight to Save President Trump, by Jerome R Corsi
  • The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation, by Brenda Wineapple
  • Impeaching the President: Past, Present, and Future , by Alan Hirsch
  • Impeachment - A Political Sword: How The Johnson, Nixon and Clinton Impeachments Reshaped Presidential Politics, by Scott S. Barker
  • Impeachment: An American History, by Jon Meacham, et al
  • The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President, by James Reston Jr.
  • To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, by Laurence Tribe, Joshua Matz
  • Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, by David Frum

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Just Peachy!

December 2019 - Mid February, 2020


Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Trisha Barton, Zoe Logan & Carlie Zhang













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