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A few months ago we had the pleasure of re-hanging Dr. Edmund W. Gordon's official portrait in a more worthy position: from the western woodwork in Russell 104b, to directly above its central fireplace. Unique among the older framed oils of leading, influential figures of Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Gordon in photographic representation joins James Earl Russell, Paul Monroe, Patty Smith Hill, Mary Swar...
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States, was so interested in electricity that he chanced flying a kite during a thunderstorm? His objective was to collect electrical charges in a Leyde...
In support of sustainable development and human health, the United Nations in 2018 declared June 3rd as World Bicycle Day. An excellent mode of transport, the bicycle contributes to cleaner air; less traffic caused by gasoline-powered vehicles; and better access to education, health and social services in often densely populated or vulnerable areas. I...
Designed by the late German born John A. Roebling, an innovator of steel suspension bridges, the Brooklyn Bridge opened on May 24th, 1883. After fourteen years of construction and spanning almost 1,600 feet in length across the East River, it was the largest suspension bridge ever built and served to connect the then cities of New York and Brooklyn. Twenty-first United States President Cheste...
When a young African American girl by the name of Linda Brown was denied admission in 1951 to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, her case would go to the Supreme Court as prime example of racial discrimination. Board versus Board of Education of Topeka was decided on May 17th, 1954, proving federal intolerance to racial segregation in an unanimous decision, with Thurgood Marshall leading the prosecu...
The skepticism that appeared, even among the most enlightened of medical men when my sentiments on the important subject of cow-pox were first promulgated, was highly laudable. To have admitted the truth of the doctrine, at once so novel and so unlike any thing that ever appeared in the annals of medicine, without the test of the most rigid scrutiny, would have bord...
Student comment: I like my school, its classroom and my classmates. So I made this picture.Teacher comment: I have no technique teaching. Yet encouraged him to finish his aim. He spent more than ten hours to do [so].The Gottesman Libraries Education Program of Spring 2021 conti...
The Hebridean palettes are rather gray, green, and purple, sprinkled through the soft mist of a Highland morning; our schooner cuts slowly through the Inner Sound, like sharp scissors to cloth, reaching the patchwork mixture of stones, grass, and heather at the tail end of a Scottish summer. We listen to the quiet, suddenly interrupted by the captain calling for one of us to jump out and moor. But lost in a t...
It was always a name that my classmates bandied about when referring to anything we did that called for bravery, but little did I appreciate the full extent of her story. Joan of Arc, a young peasant girl from medieval times, was referenced in many places -- the classroom, when we spoke French; Prime Day, when academic distinctions were awarded; courtyard, when we played dodge ball; and li...
On a Sunday afternoon stroll, I happened to cast my eyes to the East River, noting with curiosity the graceful arch of a dark creature and what looked like a fin. A large fish... maybe.... but when it surfaced again, and again, and again, in measured spots, heading north through cold, choppy water towards Long Island Sound, I was quite sure: a dolphin, and my first-ever sigh...