Friday, November 08, 2013

New York City Events for ELA and Black/Global Studies educators


NY Premiere


Sat, Dec. 7 @ 8PM -  

Cowin Center, Teachers College 
 Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is the compelling story of an extraordinary woman's journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in the cotton fields of Eatonton, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th Century. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel, to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker's own story.


Born in 1944, eighth child of sharecroppers, her early life unfolded in the midst of violent racism and poverty during some of the most turbulent years of profound social and political changes in North American history. Beauty In Truth looks at the art and life of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. Praised and pilloried, Walker is a fearless pioneer whose voice has driven people to express joy as well as anger and ruthless vilification. Alice Walker's inspiring journey is also a story of a country and a people at the fault line of historical changes.


Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a complex exploration of Walker as a writer, public intellectual and human rights activist. Walker was a key architect of the US civil rights movement as much as a participant. In 2010, Walker was awarded the LennonOno Peace Award for her ongoing humanitarian work by Yoko Ono.


Beauty In Truth offers audiences a penetrating look at a life lived with passionate commitment to truth and justice.

Directed by Pratibha Parmar, USA, 2013, 84 min., USA, documentary in English. 

Q&A after the screening followed by a catered reception.

Ticket: $25

And  also


ADIFF 2013 Launch Event this Friday at Teachers College

Friday, Nov. 8 at 6pm   




WHAT:  ADIFF 2013 Launch Event - FREE 

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 8 from 6pm to 9pm

WHERE: Teachers College, Columbia University - The Chapel
525 West 120th St.  (between Broadway & Amsterdam). 



*Come discover ADIFF 2013's festival line up with the festival directors and local filmmakers 

*Discover the festival trailer

*Come get a package of festival schedules to give out to your friends, family and neighborhood

*Attend a sneak preview screening 

*Enjoy refreshments and network with other ADIF F supporters

The New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will showcase 73 films from 35 countries during its 21st edition, including 35 World, US and NY Premieres between November 29 and December 15, 2013. 

Several familiar faces are featured in the line-up including Danny Glover, Michael Beach, Alice Walker, Steven Spielberg, Graham Greene, Isaach De Bankolé and Isaiah Washington. 

Richness and Diversity are the staples of ADIFF.  This year again, discover amazing films from all over the world.  Here are some of the themes and highlights to explore in ADIFF 2013:


* Comedies  



- Quad Cinema   (34 West 13th Street)  

- Thalia Cinema, Symphony Space (95th Street and Broadway) 

- Teachers College's Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs (525 West 120th St, room 128 Zankel) 

- Black Spectrum (177 st & Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, Queens) 

- IFC Cinema (323 Avenue of the Americas at West 4th Street) 


Upcoming Programs and Events at The Jewish Museum

Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation with Alan Cheuse
Presented by Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm

Celebrated writer Joyce Carol Oates—author of the novels The AccursedThe Gravedigger’s Daughter, and many more—joins NPR book critic, author, and Moment Magazine fiction editor Alan Cheuse for a discussion on the promise and purpose of fiction. The winners of the annual Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction contest also read from their winning stories.

General $15; Students/Seniors (65+) $12; Members $10
Buy tickets >

Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Common Care Resource for NJ educators!

New Resource on Common Core to be Introduced from the NJ Department of Education.

The NJDOE, in partnership with the Common Core Learning Engine, has released the New Jersey Educator Resource Exchange, a website that provides instructional materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS).

Currently over 2,000 resources are "tagged" to particular standards and the NJ model curriculum student learning objectives (SLOs). This is a free resource to New Jersey educators, which will allow them both to download instructional resources to use in the classroom, and to upload resources for other educators to use in their own classrooms.

The Educator Resource Exchange website will allow educators, parents and community members to navigate the standards, search for and download instructional resources, create a library of resources for later use, and establish a "resource feed" that will notify them when new resources are added to the site.

Among others, these resources include lesson plans, videos, and assessment items. Access to the website is free for all users and requires only a quick registration.  Educator Resource Exchange

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Paul Robeson program at NJCU 10/16/13


Lecture & Mini Recital

“Significance of Paul Robeson in 2013”

Presented by the

Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center
Wednesday October 16th

7:00 pm-9:00 pm,

Ingalls Hall, Rossey 101

New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ n07302-1597


Susan Robeson is a producer, documentary filmmaker, writer and consultant.  Robeson is a granddaughter of Paul Robeson.  She will show excerpts of her documentary on her grandfather’s life.

 Kevin Maynor will present a mini-recital “From the Repertoire of Paul Robeson” Mr. Maynor was recently named Cultural Envoy to the Pacific Islands and Eastern Asia. Mr. Maynor performed excerpts from Jerome Kern's “SHOWBOAT" and Scott Joplin's "TREEMONISHA" in Taiwan with the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra.   Mr. Maynor has sung everywhere from Carnegie Hall to The Beijing Concert Hall in China including  the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Opera Pacific, and the Saratov Opera in Russia.

Call (201) 200-3524 for more information

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jane Addams Book Awards Ceremony 10/18/13-NYC

October 18, 2013 •  2:30pm • 777 United Nations Plaza FL 2 (44th & 1st) NYC
Join us for a memorable afternoon of award presentation and responses by authors and illustrators.  Come meet and talk with the honored guests, including Award winners and honorees. Enjoy a reception and an opportunity for book signing after formal presentation of the awards. All the award books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to all. Reservations are not needed.  Please come and enjoy!

The winners are:

Each Kindness, (Juv.W898e)
written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin, is the winner in the Books for Younger Children Category.
 (Small actions, or the lack of them, can be haunting as is the case for Maya and for Chloe in their rural elementary school. This open-ended, profound tale created in free verse and sober watercolors glimpses interactions between Chloe and Maya, the new girl arriving midyear in broken sandals, before the teacher invites students to ponder their kindnesses.)

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, ( Juv.323.11 .L665w)
 written by Cynthia Levinson and published by Peachtree Publishers, is the winner in the Books for Older Children category.
(In 1963, four thousand young African American students, from elementary through high school, voluntarily went to jail in one of the most racially violent cities in America. Focusing on four of these students, this photo essay recounts the riveting events throughout the Children’s March.)

 Two books were named Honor Books in the Books for Younger Children category.

Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers, written by Sarah Warren and illustrated by Robert Casilla, published by Marshall Cavendish Children, has been named an Honor Book for Younger Children.
(In California in the 1950s, teacher Dolores Huerta was concerned for her students. Learning the conditions of the migrant families, Dolores became a determined activist who fought for labor rights through her words and actions.)

 We March,
written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a Neal Porter imprint of Macmillan, has been named an Honor Book for Younger Children.
(Simple and powerful illustrations capture the excitement and hope for even the youngest reader of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The colorful crowd of 250,000 demonstrates their strength and unity in marching to Martin Luther King’s historical speech for racial equality.)

Two books were named Honor Books in the Books for Older Children category.

Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Hours,
written by Ann Bausum and published by National Geographic, is named an Honor Book for Older Children.
(A long sanitation worker strike began in 1968 following the deaths of two sanitation workers on the job sanitation workers in Tennessee. The strike became part of the larger civil rights movement and brought Martin Luther King, Jr. to Nashville to support the workers in their fight for for integration, safety, better pay and union protection.)

 Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World (Juv.925.59 .G753m )
by Sy Montgomery, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, is named an Honor Book for Older Children. 
(This biography with much first person input from Ms. Grandin herself explains how her autistic mind works, how her peers and family perceive her, and her relentless efforts as an activist.)


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2013 ALA Banned Books List

2012 Most Frequently Challenged Books

Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. ( Juv.P638)
             Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. (Juv.A3847a)
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.( Juv.A8254t)
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. (Juv.R523a)
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.(PS3608 .O832 K58 2005)
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Looking for Alaska, by John Green. ( JuvG7955L)
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz ( Juv.398.4 .S399S)
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

Beloved, by Toni Morrison (PS3563.O8749 B4 1988C )
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

For more information see


For information on how to handle challenges

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Brooklyn Book Festival- 9/22/13


Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza

209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Workshops, readings and more !
Children's young adult, adult authors and  graphic novelists:

A.M. Homes
A.X. Ahmad
Adam Mansbach
Adam Rubin
Adelle Waldman
Adrian Tomine
Alan Light
Alaya Dawn Johnson
Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
Alex Dimitrov
Alex Gilvarry
Alex Wagner
Alexander Maksik
Alexander Nehamas
Alissa Quart
Amanda Bullock
Amy Brill
Amy Grace Loyd
Anabel Hernández
Anders Nilsen
André Aciman
Angela Ledgerwood
Anne Ishii
Anthea Butler
Anya Von Bremzen
Art Spiegelman
Ashley August
Astra Taylor
Audrey Niffenegger
Ayana Mathis
Barbara Tversky
Ben Dolnick
Ben Katchor
Betsy Bird
Betsy Lewin
Bhakti Shringarpure
Boris Kachka
Brigid Hughes
C. Alexander London
Caleb Crain
Callie Wright
Calvin Reid
Chang-Rae Lee
Charles Simic
Chase Madar
Chinelo Okparanta
Chris Jackson
Christopher Beha
Chuck Klosterman
Claire Messud
Clifford Thompson
Clive Thompson
Colin Channer
Colum McCann
Courtney Brkic
Cristina García
D.W. Gibson
Dan Simon
Dana Spiotta
Daniel Salmieri
Dash Shaw
David Ezra Stein
David Graeber
David L. Ulin
David Levithan
David Prudhomme
David Unger
Dean Starkman
Deborah Copaken Kogan
Diana McCaulay
Dinaw Mengestu
Donald Crews
Doreen Cronin
Ed Piskor
Eddie Huang
Eduardo Halfon
Edwidge Danticat
Elissa Schappell
Elizabeth Kiem
Elliott Holt
Emily Raboteau
Eric Banks
Eric Lundgren
Erika Goldman
Evgeny Morozov
Faith Erin Hicks
Felix Gilman
Fiona Maazel
Francesca Lia Block
Francine Prose
Françoise Mouly
Frank Bidart
Frank Santoro
Gene Yang
Geoff Rodkey
George Packer
Greg Cowles
Halimah Marcus
Herman Parish
Hilton Als
Iris Smyles
Ivy Pochoda
J. Courtney Sullivan
Jake Appleman
Jamaica Kincaid
James McBride
Jane Friedman
Jane Yolen
Janet Groth
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Jasper Fforde
Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès
Jeff Smith
Jeffrey Lependorf
Jennifer Baumgardner
Jennifer Gilmore
Jeremy Scahill
Jess Row
Jessica Hagedorn
Jessica Valenti
Joanna Hershon
John M. Cusick
Jon Fine
Jonathan Ames
Jonathan Dee
Jonathan W. Gray
Joseph O. Legaspi
Joyce Wan
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Jules Feiffer
Julie Bosman
Justin Torres
Karen Russell
Karolina Waclawiak
Katherine Applegate
Keith Ridgway
Kekla Magoon
Ken Chen
Ken Foster
Ken Wishnia
Kent Worcester
Kirmen Uribe
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs
Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Lauren Myracle
Leanne Shapton
Leigh Newman
Leila Sales
Leonard Lopate
Leslie Shipman
Lev Grossman
Linda Rodriguez
Lisa Hanawalt
Lisa Zeidner
Lore Segal
Lucy Knisley
Lulu Delacre
Lynn Melnick
Lynn Nottage
Manuel Gonzales
Marie Howe
Mary Williams
Meg Cabot
Meg Wolitzer
Michael Buckley
Michael Miller
Michael Moss
Michele Forbes
Miriam Katin
Montague Kobbé
Motoko Rich
Moustafa Bayoumi
N.K. Jemisin
Nan Marino
Naomi Novik
Natalie Diaz
Nelly Reifler
Nicholson Baker
Nick Flynn
Nick Saul
Nick Sousanis
Nina Crews
Okey Ndibe
Oonya Kempadoo
Pamela Erens
Parul Sehgal
Parul Sehgal
Patricia McCormick
Patricio Pron
Patrick Ness
Paul Harding
Paul Pope
Paul W. Morris
Penina Roth
Pete Hamill
Peter Brown
Philipp Meyer
Phillip Lopate
Quincy Troupe
R. Kikuo Johnson
Rachel Fershleiser
Rachel Kushner
Raina Telgemeier
Ray Robertson
Rebecca Miller
Ricardo Liniers
Rich Benjamin
Rick Telander
Rob Sheffield
Robert Antoni
Robyn Chapman
Rosie Schaap
Ru Freeman
Rutu Modan
Sam Lipsyte
Sarah Manguso
Scott Korb
Sean Qualls
Shani Boianjiu
Sharon Draper
Sharon Olds
Sheila Turnage
Sherri Duskey Rinker
Simon Critchley
Sinan Antoon
Sonia Manzano
Sonia Sanchez
Susan Choi
Susan Herman
Svetlana Alpers
Tao Lin
Tara Sullivan
Taylor Mali
Teddy Wayne
Tim Z. Hernandez
Tina Chang
Tom Kaczynski
Tom Lichtenheld
Tom Wolfe
Tonya Bolden
Tyehimba Jess
Ulli Lust
Ursula DeYoung
Vijay Seshadri
W. Bruce Cameron
William C. Rhoden
Yasmine el Rashidi
Zeina Abirached
Zoë Wicomb

Adam Gidwitz
Adrian Tomine
Alan Cheuse
Alex Shakar
Alexander Chee
Alvaro Enrique
Ameila Gray
Amitava Kumar
Amy Ignatow
Amy Sohn
Anakana Schofeild
Andersen Tepper
Andrea Cremer
Andrew Blum
Andrew Cotto
Andrew Delbanco
Andrew Hacker
Andrew Zolli
Anna Badkhen
Anton Nimblett
Ayad Akhtar
Baratunde Thurston
Barry Lyga
Becky Cloonan
Ben Greenman
Ben Lerner
Benjamin Anastas
Bernice McFadden
Bhakti Shringarpure
Bianca Stone
Bill Kartalopoulos
Bill Peters
Billy Collins
Bob Fingerman
Bob Spitz
Bradford Morrow
Brian Castner
Brigid Hughes
Bronwen Hruska
Carin Clevidence
Carla Speed McNeil
Carlos Andre Gomez
Carol Higgins Clark
Carolyn Mackler
Catherine Chung
Cathy Park Hong
Cecily von Ziegesar
Charise Mericle Harper
Charles Rice-Gonzalez
Chase Novak
Christian Lorentzen
Christine Smallwood
Christopher Hayes
Christopher John Farley
Christopher Ryan
Colin Channer
Colleen Doran
Colson Whitehead
Cynthia Carr
Dan Savage
Dan Yaccarino
Dana Spiotta
Daniel Nayeri
Danielle Evans
Danny Simmons
David L. Ulin
David Rees
Dennis Lehane
Derek Kirk Kim
Donna Hill
E.B. Lewis
E.O. Wilson
Earl Lovelace
Edward Hemingway
Edwidge Danticat
Eileen Myles
Elissa Schappell
Eliza Factor
Elizabeth Crane
Ellen Kushner
Ellis Avery
Emma Straub
Emmanuel Dongala
Eric Alterman
Eric Erlandson
Eric Klinenberg
Eric Wight
Esmeralda Santiago
Esther K. Smith
Eyal Press
Felicia Pride
Francine Prose
Francois Roca
Frank Viva
Gabrielle Bell
Gail Collins
Gail Tsukiyama
Gilbert Hernandez
Gish Jen
Greg Cowles
Greg Milner
Hanna Rosin
Hillary Jordan
Hirsh Sawhney
Idra Novey
Isabel Wilkerson
Ishion Hutchinson
Ishmael "Ish" Islam
J.R. Angelella
Jacqueline Bishop
Jacqueline Jones Lamon
Jaime Hernandez
Jaime Manrique
James Lasdun
James Romberger
James Wolcott
Jamie Tanner
Jessica Grose
Jessica Hagedorn
Jessica Shrivington
Jill Santopolo
Jim Holt
Jimmie Walker
Jodi Kantor
John Burnham Schwartz
John Parra
John R. MacArthur
Jon Scieszka
Jonathan Gray
Jose Manuel Prieto
Joseph Bruchac
Joseph O. Legaspi
Joshua Cohen
Joshua Henkin
Joyce Carol Oates
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
Judith Viorst
Julia Glass
Julian Tepper
Karen Thompson Walker
Karl Ove Knausgård
Karolina Waclawiak
Kate Bolick
Kate Bornstein
Kathleen Alcott
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Kendare Blake
Kevin Holohan
Kimberley L. Phillips
Kristin Davis
Kurt Andersen
Kwame Dawes
Laura Flanders
Laurie Weeks
Leela Corman
Leora Tanenbaum
Lev Grossman
Libba Bray
Lisa Graff
Lisa Yee
Logan Hill
Louisa Thomas
Louise Rozett
Lowell Hawthorne
Luis Alberto Urrea
Luke Barr
Maaza Mengiste
Malinda Lo
Marc Brown
Marie-Helene Bertino
Marina Sitrin
Mark Leyner
Mark Siegel
Mary Higgins Clark
Meaghan O'Connell
Melanie Maria Goodreaux
Melissa Walker
Michael Miller
Michael Penncavage
Michelle Goldberg
Molly Crabapple
Mr. Fish
Nadifa Mohamed
Naomi Novik
Naomi Wolf
Natalie Standiford
Nathalie Handal
Nathan Larson
Nicholas Laughlin
Nile Rodgers
Nora Guthrie
Noreen Tomassi
Pamela Dorman
Pankaj Mishra
Patricia Engel
Patrick Rosal
Patrick Ryan
Patrick Somerville
Paul Acampora
Paul Auster
Paul Holdengraber
Paul O. Zelinsky
Paul Vidich
Pete Hamill
Peter Kuper
Peter Thompson
Philip Leventhal
Phillip Levine
Phillip Lopate
Pierre Joris
Rachel Eddey
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Reagan Arthur
Reyna Grande
Reza Aslan
Richard Kim
Rick Bowes
RJ Palacio
Robert Santelli
Robin Shulman
Ron Wimberly
Rosemary Harris
S.J. Rozan
Sarah Porter
Sarah Weinman
Selina Alko
Seth Fishman
Seth Greenland
Shadra Strickland
Sheela Chari
Sheila Heti
Siddhartha Deb
Simon Critchley
Simone Elkeles
Siri Hustvedt
Spike Trotman
Star Black
Stephen Motika
Stephen Savage
Steven Wishnia
Stewart O' Nan
Susane Colasanti
Susanna Reich
Suzanne Corso
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tariq Ali
Terrence Holt
Terry Bisson
Terry McMillan
Thad Ziolkowski
Thomas Frank
Tina Chang
Tiphanie Yanique
Todd Gitlin
Tony Danza
Tyler Boudreau
Victor LaValle
Victor Navasky
Victoria Brown
Walter Mosley
Wendy Mass
Wesley Yang
Will Hermes
Zoraida Córdova