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Falling Upwards 

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Our History Show, Now in Vinyl 

Here's a sneak peak of our upcoming TC History Show, as well as a quick visual tutorial on hanging vinyl text.


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Brian Hughes.

Thanks to the Services team for their help researching and curating the history of TC, education, health, and psychology this past spring term. The first set of materials is up on the third floor! More will be coming soon, including the title of the show, and instructions for anyone who wants to help tell the …

Posted 53 months ago by

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Opening Up Museums 

I really enjoy Nina Simon's blog, and her recent talk is especially exciting: Museum 2.0: Opening Up Museums: My TEDxSantaCruz Talk. With an upcoming year-long exhibition highlighting the 125-year history of Teachers College, EdLab designers are focused on eliciting "audience" participation in our exhibition environment – three floors of Russell Hall (nearly 30,000 sq. ft.!). …

Posted 58 months ago by

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Drawing and an Argument for its Autonomy 

Should the ability to draw be seen as a literacy? Is it sensible to characterize the act of drawing as the reduction of  multi- dimensional events to readable two-dimensional imagery? Last Thursday I was lucky to attend a lecture and conversation by Professors Stephen Farthing and Simon Betts on "The Bigger Picture of Drawing: A New Curriculum …

Posted 73 months ago by

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Richard Eldridge Day 

The first chapter to Richard Eldridge's An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art provided a good basis for discussion in class last week. He really shows off his interest in Romanticism, and his leanings towards a Pragmatic philosophy of art. We talked about the problem of "not having a perfect philosophy," located some philosophizing …

Posted 75 months ago by

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Philosophy as History 

This afternoon I had the honor of working with Art Education students in Teachers College's Instep program – thinking about John Dewey's legacy and impact on art education. As preparation for the lecture and group activity (collaboratively writing philosophies of art education), we read: Ursula Niklas’ “On the Philosophy of Teaching Philosophy of Art” to …

Posted 76 months ago by

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Can (and should) generalists lead experts? 

When does one decide to become a generalist? When did I? Seth Godin insists that "art" should play a central role in the workplace. In Linchpin, he argues that seeing work as art is not only good, but imperative. I believe, however, that Godin would be better off calling his linchpin a generalist rather than …

Posted 91 months ago by

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A virtual exhibition that makes you want more 

I haven't been to the MOMA in a while, but I just found the James Ensor Exhibition website which more or less offers a 'virtual' version of the show (and serves as a rich online ad). I felt it gave me a ton of information, and also made me want to go to the real …

Posted 101 months ago by

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Gauguin’s artistic quest to achieve moral excellence 

The following excerpt is from an unpublished essay on Gauguin (the artist) and Genius (the concept). First explored in a chapter in my doctoral dissertation, my argument is that Gauguin was a highly moral person – in spite of his sometimes reckless and irresponsible actions. I think this is an important counterintuitive case, for it …

Posted 122 months ago by

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Cheating is the pedagogy of the internet 

I ran across this fun and informative lecture by Jon Ippolito discussing various tensions between cultural production (in general) and the current culture of intellectual property law – where he introduces his idea that "cheating is the pedagogy of the internet." It's the written version of a lecture he gave at Columbia University a few …

Posted 139 months ago by

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