The case for global education

Did you know tomorrow is International Literacy Day? Established by UNESCO in 1965, International Literacy Day (observed annually on September 8) focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs, reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. Today, we’d like to kick off the celebration with a free chapter from Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World (edited by Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj): “The Case for Global Education,” by John Sexton, the President of NYU. Read an excerpt from the chapter below, and access the full chapter here.

Today, the world is wired; it has grown small. What happens in distant places is known and, more important, experienced almost everywhere—by almost everybody—immediately and unavoidably. The faith assumption of education for global citizenship is that students will ask, not “How did they get to be that way?” but, with voracious curiosity, “What can I learn from you?” How can I translate your world into mine and mine into yours—without diluting our distinctiveness?

You can celebrate International Literacy Day, too. Here are a few tips from UNESCO on how to

1.  Donate books and reading materials to your local school or community centre
2.  Start a reading club
3.  Volunteer to teach literacy classes in your community
4.  Become a mentor of a non-literate person
5.  Send your literacy stories to joinliteracy(at)

Click here
 to learn more about Literacy Day and ways you can advance literacy in your community.

Book reading tomorrow at Bluestockings!

Mary Romero will be at Bluestockings (bookstore/fair trade cafe/activist center) tomorrow to read from her book, The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream

Where: Bluestockings (172 Allen St., between Stanton and Rivington)

When: February 22, 2012 @ 7pm

Cost: Free!


The book follows the life of “Olivia,” the daughter of a Mexican maid, who lives with her mom in the LA home of her wealthy employers, the “Smiths.” While her mother remains the help, Olivia is welcomed into the family’s fold. Acceptance into their world where Olivia perpetually feels she doesn’t belong, mixed with her hunger to discover her Mexican roots, provokes a sense of confusion of what it means to be both a second-generation immigrant and an American. Romero’s previous work includes Maid in the U.S.A.

“She [Romero] is a listener, allowing the women she talks with to guide the way in which their stories are revealed… It’s a very moving work; thoughtful, sensitive, the best possible use of scholarship to open our eyes.”–Los Angeles Review of Books

“[A]n oral history and sociological study, astonishingly complex and often raw with emotion.“-Washington Independent

2011 Holiday Book Sale!

Book Title Book Title Book Title Book Title
More New York Stories
The Best of the City Section of the New York Times
Constance Rosenblum, ed.
$18.95 | $13.26
Tales for Little Rebels
A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature
Julia L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel, eds.
$26.00 | $18.20
Highway Under the Hudson
A History of the Holland Tunnel
Robert W. Jackson
$29.95 | $20.96
Boulevard of Dreams
Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx
Constance Rosenblum, ed.
$19.95 | $13.96

Book Title Book Title Book Title Book Title
Tugboats of New York
An Illustrated History
George S. Matteson

$26.95 | $18.86

The Maid’s Daughter
Living Inside and Outside the American Dream
Mary Romero
$27.95 | $19.56

A Grand Illusion?
An Essay on Europe
Tony Judt
$19.00 | $13.30

Dance with Me
Ballroom Dancing and the Promise of Instant Intimacy
Julia A. Ericksen
$27.95 | $19.56

Book Title Book Title Book Title Book Title
Best of Times, Worst of Times
Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age
Wendy Martin and Cecilia Tichi, eds.
Paper | $24.00 $16.80
Brooklyn by Name
How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names
Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss
$18.95 | $13.26
Faces of America
How 12 Extraordinary People Discovered Their Pasts
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
$10.00 Special!
Use promo code FACES
Paranormal America
Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture
Christopher D. Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph O. Baker
$20.00 | $14.00
Book Title Book Title Book Title Book Title
The Synagogue in America
A Short History
Marc Lee Raphael
$30.00| $21.00
America’s Swiss Founding Father
Nicholas Dungan
$27.95 | $19.56
Life of the Buddha (Clay Sanskrit Library)
$22.00 | $15.40
We Remember with Reverence and Love
American Jews & the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962
Hasia R. Diner
$23.00 | $16.10

NYC Launch Party for SSRC’s Possible Futures Series

NYU’s Institute of Public Knowledge joins NYU Press and the Social Science Research Council to celebrate the launch of Possible Futures, a challenging new book series. In the first three volumes, series editor Craig Calhoun joins with Georgi Derluguian to bring together some thirty-six of the world’s leading social scientists to analyze the recent global financial crisis in historical context and with broad comparative attention to different parts of the world. The contributors address the connections between financial upheaval and a range of other social issues, and they consider the ways that both past history and current challenges shape possible futures.

Apr 19, 2011 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, IPK Main Conference Room
The panel will include: Fernando Coronil, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Craig Calhoun

RSVP Online!

University Press Ebook Consortium Moves Forward

The team of directors spearheading a university press-branded consortium to sell collections of ebooks to academic libraries—Steve Maikowski, New York University Press; Eric Halpern, University of Pennsylvania Press; Alex Holzman, Temple University Press; and Marlie Wasserman, Rutgers University Press—is pleased to announce a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for $47,000, to be used to advance the venture toward its fall 2011 launch. Fifty-five university presses have expressed a strong interest in participating in this project. Managers at many of these presses understand that the separate efforts of individual presses are an inefficient solution to the challenge of disseminating university press ebooks to academic libraries. By working together to achieve efficiencies of scale, presses that join the consortium will put the needs of the scholarly community as a whole at the top of the agenda.

With the benefit of the new Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, the press directors organizing the venture will draft a prospectus clarifying a viable business model, including user features and pricing, and will begin to enlist the fifty-five presses and others in a formal consortium. In addition, the organizers will tender a request for proposal to a small list of prospective business partners able to host the platform and market the ebook offerings. The press directors also will organize an advisory board of experts from the Association of Research Libraries to assist in determining the final size, number, and coverage of discipline collections. The consortium expects to launch with over 2000 new titles and 23,000 older titles in subject-area collections, as well as a complete collection offer. Continue reading

New NYU Libraries Special Collections Blog

The Back Table is a new blog highlighting special collections at the libraries of New York University. This blog was born out of a collective interest among archives and library staff to forge a stronger connection between the NYU special collections, the departments that act in accordance with them, and the larger library and archives community. Our goal is to maintain a virtual space for exploring our professional interests as archivists and examining how those interests apply to our work at NYU Libraries.

Watch for posts every Tuesday. The month of February will feature introductory posts from each Bobst special collections repository (Fales, University Archives, Tamiment) and affiliated departments (Preservation, Digital Libraries).