Joe Salvatore - Development of the American Musical Form
Professor Joe Salavatore gives an historical overview of the American Musical Form as it developed over the 20th Century. The lecture is part of the course "Introduction to Theatre as Art Form" which introduces students to theatre as a live and performing art through a variety of experiences including attendance at live performances, readings of play scripts and theoretical texts, and the creation of original plays. Download:MP3 | OGG
Jonathan Zimmerman - Slavery and Abolition - The Culture Wars
According to James Marone, '[t]he struggle to curb dangerous others shapes American political thought and culture in every area. Enforcing the lines between us and them turns American policies into their distinctive forms: a first-world laggard in traditional social welfare programs, an international leader in government efforts to control (or improve or uplift) its people.' This lecture explores how the "us-and-them" division that developed in the first half of the nineteenth century. Does the history of this division gives us any clues about whether—and how—we might transcend it? Part of Jonthan Zimmerman's course The Culture Wars in America: Past, Present, and Future. (Full Syllabus) Download:MP3 | OGG
Robert Rowe - Music and the Brain
How do we process music and how does our brain understand rhythm, meter, and harmony? Why do certain kinds of music produce certain emotions? Professor Robert Rowe and his students examine these and many other questions in this class from the course The Psychology of Music (View Syllabus). Download:MP3 | OGG | AAC
Marita Sturken - The "Creative Revolution" of the 1960s Advertising
Advertising is is a key economic force in contemporary American society with social implications that cut to the heart of consumerism. Professor Marita Sturken's course Advertising in Society (View Syllabus) surveys the history of Advertising in the United States from the 19th - 21st centuries. This lecture focuses on how the counter-culture of the 1960's changed the strategies of advertisers and their role in our cultural ideology. Download:MP3 | OGG | AAC
Pedro Noguera - The State of Education in America
Dr. Pedro Noguera discusses the issues facing students in the United States and how inequality in our society undermines our ability educate children. Children come to schools with very different needs, and public education does not have the resources to meet all of those needs. Dr. Noguera questions whether a standardized test can be used as evidence of learning and how children of all backgrounds can have access to a better life. Download:MP3 | OGG | AAC
A Retrospective on NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein
Chancellor Joel Klein has led the NYC Department of Education since 2002 and will step down at the beginning of 2011. Harvard Education Press has assembled a group of scholars to contribute chapters to a new book that looks retrospectively at Joel Klein's tenure. Five of those scholars are on faculty at NYU Steinhardt. This conversation features our Steinhardt researchers talking about their analysis of Klein's time at the helm of the nation's largest school district. Leanna Stiefel and Amy Schwartz discuss school finance under Klein; Sean Corcoran discusses school choice; Leslie Santee Siskin talks about the DOE's approach for reform at the high school level; and Jim Kemple describes his research that attempts to tease out the effects of the reforms under Klein with respect to student achievement. Their work will be published in a new book, Education Reform in New York City: Ambitious Change in the Nation's Most Complex School System, in spring 2011. Download: MP3 | OGG
Lise Eliot: Brain sex: Truth, fiction and the need for a developmental perspective
Lise Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Eliot lectures widely on children’s brain and mental development. She is the Author of the Scientific American article "The Truth about Boys and Girls" and the book "Pink Brain, Blue Brain" Download: MP3 | OGG
Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice
As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But excessive choice can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis. And in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression. Author Barry Schwartz discusses his book and answers questions from NYU Steinhardt students. Download: MP3 | OGG
Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers
Author Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Mr. Gladwell also answers questions from students in NYU Steinhardt's Department of Applied Psychology. (Download the MP3).
Charles Murray: The Psychology of Intelligence
In this podcast, Steinhardt associate professor of applied psychology Joshua Aronson introduces his class on "The psychology of intelligence" to guest speaker Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve and most recently Real Education. Murray, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, makes the compelling - and controversial - argument that too many high school graduates are being pushed to enter 4 year residential colleges in pursuit of a Bachelor's degree. He argues that the BA degree is useless for a large portion of students, given than 1/3 drop out before finishing the degree. For Murray, rigorous certification tests based on content knowledge specific to certain professions might be preferable - and more cost effective - than the traditional 4-year bachelor's degree. Murray's lecture was delivered on April 2, 2009 at NYU's Kimmel Center for Student Life.
C. Cybele Raver: Human Development and Social Change
In this episode, Professor C. Cybele Raver discusses her decade long research into social and emotional development in children in the context of early educational settings. In addition to her work as a teacher and scholar, Professor Raver is also the Director of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change at NYU Steinhardt.
Intelligence and How to Get it by Richard Nisbett
In November 2008, the NYU Steinhardt Department of Applied Psychology awarded Professor C. Cybele Raver the Zigler Award in an event honoring the lifetime achievement of Dr. Edward Zigler. Dr. Zigler is a renowned researcher in the field of childhood behavior and developmental studies. This episode features distinguished psychologist and author Richard Nisbett speaking at NYU Steinhardt's Department of Applied Psychology. Professor Nisbett has made significant contributions to the study of social cognition, class, aging and intelligence. The lecture shares a title with Professor Nisbett's forthcoming book Intelligence and How to Get It which will be released in February of 2009 by W.W. Norton and Co.
Howard Gardner: Town Hall Interview
In this podcast, Howard Gardner discusses the evolution of his own thinking over the last few decades. As a developmental and cognitive Psychologist with expertise in neuropsychology, Professor Gardner developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in the early 1980s. The interest shown by educators in this work stimulated him to become involved in educational reform in the United States and Abroad. In more recent work, Howard has addressed issues of policy—effecting a transition in his scholarship from “how things are” to “How Things Ought to Be.” Professor Gardner is interviewed by fellow Steinhardt professor Marcelo Suarez-Orozco.
The Neglected 95%: Why American Psychology Needs to Become Less American by Jeffrey Arnett
The State of Education in America by Pedro Noguera
In this podcast, Steinhardt Professor Pedro Noguera discusses the The State of Education in America. Professor Noguera is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. His research and academic work has focused on the equality of education for children from different backgrounds in public education.(MTFC-P).
Roger Rees at the NYU Steinhardt Shakespeare Forum
Award winning actor Roger Rees speaks at the NYU Steinhardt Shakespeare Forum to discuss the implications of producing and teaching Shakespeare in the 21st century.
The Seduction of Common Sense
A reading by Dr. Kevin Kumashiro from his book The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right Has Framed the Debate on America's Schools. He is joined by NYU Steinhardt professor Dr. Gary Anderson to discuss the book and how to reframe the debate around educational policy to a more positive effect.
The Science of Practice: Can Data Trump Lived Experience?
This episode features the keynote speech from the 5th Annual Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship, hosted by the NYU Steinhardt's Department of Occupational Therapy. The subject of this year's Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship is The Science of Practice: Can Data Trump Lived Experience and the keynote speaker is Dr. Helen Polatajko, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto and internationally renowned researcher, educator, and clinician.
Dr. Polatajko's controversial lecture focuses on the effectiveness of sensory integration, a form of occupational therapy in which special exercises are used to strengthen a patient's sense of touch, balance, and where the body is in space. Dr. Polatajko challenges more conventional thinking about the technique and asks whether new standards should be embraced by the Occupational Therapy community.
Education in Conflict and Emergency Settings: Afghanistan
Visiting Professor Dana Burde discusses the challenges of building educational systems in post-conflict environments. Her current work is focused on examining the impact of community schools on children's protection in and life chances in Afghanistan.
The Playwrights of The Exonerated
This episode features Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, authors of the Award winning and critically acclaimed drama “The Exonerated.” The playwrights speak with students in NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program about the origins of their work, their creative process, and the political power of theatre.
NYU Steinhardt Professor James Fraser, author of The School in the United States: A Documentary History, will discuss the historical issue of Classroom Management which has always been of critical importance to educators as they go into the field.
Kwame Appiah on Global Citizenship
In this podcast you will hear Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah speak on global citizenship. Dr. Appiah is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University's University Center for Human Values.
Motivating and Engaging Students
In this podcast you will hear a presentation given by David Kirkland, Assistant Professor of English Education at NYU Steinhardt. The presentation was given in October of 2007 at one of the NYU Steinhardt's Partnership School Forums. Professor Kirkland shared his work and ideas on using student culture to engage and motivate individuals in the classroom.
2011-2012 Series: Teacher Quality/Effectiveness: Defining, Developing, and Assessing Policies and Practices
Episode 3: Setting Policies around Teacher Quality/Effectiveness - and the Consequences
The first two installments of our three-part series explored how to define and develop teacher quality and effectiveness.
We will conclude this year's series with a discussion about setting policies around teacher quality and effectiveness, and the consequences of those policies for teachers, students, and other stakeholders.
Guest speakers are: Sean Corcoran, Associate Professor of Educational Economics, NYU Steinhardt David Steiner, Larry and Klara Silverstein Dean, School of Education, Hunter College
Moderator: Sarah Beck, Associate Professor of English Education, NYU Steinhardt
Episode 2: Defining, Developing, and Assessing Policies and Practices
The second in our three-part series on teacher quality and effectiveness will explore how to develop it in today's teachers. At our first breakfast in the Fall, we were joined by New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Wolcott and researcher Hamp Lankford, Ph.D. for a spirited discussion about the definition of teacher quality/effectiveness.
To further that conversation, we will convene two noted scholars to hear about their work and ideas. What are the current methods for developing teacher quality/effectiveness? Do incentives to encourage and promote effective teaching work? What is current research telling us about the process of preparing teachers to innovate and excel? Are schools of education, as well as alternative routes to the traditional teacher training, producing the kind of valid and reliable evidence that will ultimately enable new teachers to improve their students' performance? Seating is limited.
Episode 1: Defining and Identifying Teacher Quality
The speakers at the first talk of our three-part series on teacher quality and effectiveness will begin with the challenge of defining what it means to be an effective teacher and how we identify quality teaching. Future breakfasts will look at how to develop and cultivate effective, quality teachers and how to set policies and practices around teacher quality/effectiveness. But first we will explore what it means to be a quality teacher. In our current climate of assessment and evaluation, how are we measuring teacher performance? Does our current definition of teacher quality/effectiveness adequately describe the work that teachers should be doing? What are the consequences of current measurement and assessment practices?
We are pleased to launch this year's series with special guest speaker Dennis Walcott, the new chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Chancellor Walcott recently delivered a policy address at NYU and we are honored to welcome him back for this special discussion and to hear from him about teacher quality and effectiveness. Chancellor Walcott will be joined by Dr. Hamp Lankford from University at Albany, SUNY, who will speak about his research on teacher preparation and assessment.
2010-2011 Series: Challenges and Promises of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
This year's three-part series focuses on the connections between education and the broader economy, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. We consider the role of K-12 and post secondary educational institutions, as well as not-for-profit science, cultural, and government institutions.
Episode 3: The Pipeline for STEM Education
In this third and final talk of the series, our presenters take a look at pathways to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, especially for women. What factors might explain the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, most notably in higher education? How can we improve opportunities for women and others who are underrepresented in these fields? What are the implications for public policy?
Guest Speakers are: Cordelia Reimers, and Andresse St. Rose
Episode 2: The Urban Advantage of Learning Science in New York City - The Role of Science-Rich Cultural Institutions
In this second talk of our series on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, our presenters take a look at the role of science institutions in supporting science learning.
As education policy increases its focus on science education, science-rich cultural institutions offer a unique opportunity to support and complement science instruction, learning, and professional development. What can we learn about innovative approaches to science education from programs at two New York City science museums?
Guest speakers are Lisa Gugenheim and Preeti Gupta
Episode 1: Exploring the Links between Education and Economic Growth: Limits of the Emerging Consensus
In this first talk of our series on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, our presenters take a critical look at the common belief that education is a vital component of economic growth.
Reports by international groups such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development routinely link levels of educational attainment or countries' performance on international mathematics, science, and reading assessments to GDP and productivity growth.
What are the consequences of the failure of the international assessments to measure non-cognitive aspects of schooling such as persistence, effort, and interpersonal relations? Is increased spending on education in industrialized nations the right prescription for improving international competitiveness and escaping the current economic downturn?
2009-2010 Series: Educational Transitions from Childhood to Adulthood
This year's three-part series on educational transitions stimulates a conversation among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners about the state of knowledge regarding the complex and important educational transitions experienced by young children, early adolescents, and emerging adults as they progress through school and into the world of work.
Episode 3: Transitions to Post-Secondary Education and Employment
Question and Answer:
Federal, state and local education policy seem to be aligning behind the goal of "college for all." This session will examine a range of questions about the nature, efficacy, and feasibility of this goal. What types of post-secondary credentials are most useful for productive participation in today’s economic, civic, and cultural institutions? How can we ensure that high school students have access to and then attain these credentials? Does the school-to-work transition need to lead through college? Is there a role for career and technical education in the preparation for transitions to post-secondary education and work? To what extent and how should high schools be held accountable for student outcomes after graduation?
Featuring the following speakers:
Melissa Roderick Hermon Dunlap Smith Professor School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago Co-Director, Consortium on Chicago School Research
James R. Stone III Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education Professor, College of Education and Human Development University of Louisville
James Kemple, Moderator
Episode 2: Navigating the Middle Years: Lessons from Educational Research and Practice to Facilitate School Transitions Among Youth
Early adolescence is a time of increasing risk for school failure and unsafe behavior. Research shows that access to particular school contexts and programs increases the likelihood that youth will navigate their early adolescence successfully. How can schools help diverse students navigate these potentially precarious years? How can research inform policy and practice to make a difference in the lives of more youth in our increasingly diverse schools?
Featuring the following speakers:
Eric M. Anderman Professor of Educational Psychology Interim Director, School of Educational Policy and Leadership Ohio State University
Daniel F. Oscar President and CEO Princeton Center for Leadership Training
Elise Cappella, Discussant Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology NYU Steinhardt
Episode 1: Strengthening Children's Chances of School Success before Kindergarten: Integrating New Evidence from Research and Practice
Recent studies are revealing new ways to support young children’s academic, social, and emotional development as they transition into school. How might classroom interactions support positive development? How can we place these findings within different social and cultural contexts? This first session examines research on and policies that address the challenges young children face as they move from the family into the early years of school.
Featuring the following speakers:
Bridget Hamre Associate Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning University of Virginia's Curry School of Education.
Fabienne Doucet Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education NYU Steinhardt
C. Cybele Raver Director, Institute for Human Development and Social Change
2008-2009 Series: Closing the Achievement Gap: Facing Challenges From Outside the Classroom
The 2008-2009 education policy breakfast series stimulates a conversation between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners about recent advances in our understanding of out-of-classroom influences in shaping the academic achievement gap.
Episode 3: Promising Practices
Students bring with them myriad challenges as they enter the classroom. In this session, three master practitioners serving vulnerable student populations discuss their innovative and promising models of practice.
Our nation faces an enduring achievement gap. Too many black, Latino, immigrant origin, poor, and male students among others are vulnerable to threats to their academic well being. The speakers today will address the complex challenges facing these students and will make recommendations to better meet their educational needs.
Students bring with them myriad challenges as they enter the classroom. What does research tell us about these challenges? How do these realities frame children’s learning experiences and opportunities? What specific efforts and policy should be implemented to address these contributions to the achievement gap?
Featuring Michael Rebell, Professor of Law and Educational Practice and Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, and Clancy Blair, Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt, with moderator Carola Suarez-Orozco, Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt.
2007-2008 Series: Gender and Education: Implications for Policy and Practice
Episode 3: Gender, Schooling, and New York City
What has been the experience of those who are experimenting with schools for specific populations? How have practitioners applied the research on the needs of boys and girls in school and with what results? This session presents some of the strategies that New York City schools have implemented in response to the research on gender, particularly as it intersects with other aspects of students' lives, like race, ethnicity, class, parental status, and sexual orientation.
Featuring Kevin Jennings, founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; John King, managing director of the Excellence and Preparatory Networks of Uncommon Schools; Lisa M. Stulberg, assistant professor of educational sociology at NYU Steinhardt; Ann Rubenstein Tisch, the founder and creator of the Young Women's Leadership Schools
Episode 2: The Potential and Future of Public Single Sex Schools?
The role of single sex schools is controversial. Do single sex schools provide academic advantages or no advantages to students? This talk will review the existing empirical evidence on single sex schooling, and provide theoretical rationales for the value of single sex schools, especially in the public sector among at risk youth.
Featuring Cornelius Riordan, Professor of Sociology, Providence College and Emily J.Martin, Deputy Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Women's Rights Project
Episode 1: Do Gender Differences in Academic Achievement Really Exist?
The role of gender in academic achievement is hotly contested. Are psychological gender differences large and widespread or small and diminishing? This talk will discuss evidence for the gender similarities hypothesis and consider the implications of contemporary findings.
Featuring Marcia C. Linn Professor of Development and Cognition Graduate School of Education University of California, Berkeley and Joshua Aronson Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt