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.
Episode 1: The Big Business of Testing in America (Friday, November 22, 2013)
The first installment focused on the history of testing in America. Testing has become a large industry in the U.S., but how much does it really cost? Is that investment helping today’s students? How has testing evolved from the beginnings of student and teacher assessment through the technological advancements of today? What elements of the current approach are working, and what needs to change? Our guest speakers were William J. Reese, author of Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History, and Matthew Chingos, who recently published a Brookings Institution report, "Standardized Testing and the Common Core Standards: You Get What You Pay For?"
Guest speakers: Matthew Chingos, Fellow, Brookings Institution, Brown Center on Education Policy William Reese, Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderator: Sean Corcoran, Associate Professor of Educational Economics, NYU Steinhardt
Episode 2: The Benefits of Testing… and its Consequences (Friday, February 21, 2014)
George Noell, Professor of Psychology, Louisiana State University
Howard Wainer, Distinguished Research Scientist, National Board of Medical Examiners; former Principal Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service
Sharon Weinberg, Professor of Applied Statistics and Psychology, NYU Steinhardt
Episode 3: Testing and Policy: What is best for our city and our nation? (Friday, April 18, 2014)
Ann Cook, Executive Director, New York Performance Standards Consortium