Happy New Year -- the Spring Semetser is Upon Us!Hello to all the educators, activists, students, parents, community members, and scholars,
Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that another Fall semester has sped right past us, which only means that the Spring semester will go ever faster! This past year, as a whole, has been a special year -- 2013 saw the 40th anniversary of IUME and the 125th anniversary of Teachers College. The Fall semester further continued the year-round festivities as both the College and IUME put on landmark events worthy of celebration.
For one, we successfully transitioned from our old office on 125th Street to the main campus at Teachers College -- Zankel Hall 112. It's been a wonderful experience being on main campus, and our new location has immediately improved both our internal accessibility to each other and most importantly, to the larger TC and Columbia community. Having students "drop" by to inquire about IUME has truly been a delight, and it is only appropriate, now, that on IUME's 40th anniversary and TC's 125th, we work to physically re-connect with our two histories so closely intertwined. Of course, it's been a great semester in regards to our usual events: two IUME Colloquiums, the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Lecture, the first Educating Harlem conference, a return visit from educator Sean Arce, two IUME Culture Circles, the AERI conference, and many more worthwhile events that speak to critical research and social justice.
The 2014 Spring Semester is already shaping up to be memorable, as we hope to continue the enormous momentum derived from the Fall. We'll continue our IUME Colloquia series and introduce a new conference entitled the Trayvon Effect that will discuss racial profiling. Of course, there are a number of powerful research projects that will emerge in the coming months, too – and remember, it is the research that drives IUME and is at the heart of what we do and why we do it. We plan to continue advancing the interests of the disenfranchised through community and student-driven yet rigorous research that illustrates the brilliance of youth. Projects such as Youth Historians in Harlem, Literacy Teachers Initiative, the Ethnic Studies Project, the Educating Harlem initiative, and Cyphers for Justice as well as projects around music and science education, and youth literacy, reflect this mission.
Above all, thank you for your continued support of IUME -- and for helping to create a more just and equitable society through critical research in education. It is a collective effort to make change, but, together we truly can create a difference in the lives of our youth.
Without further ado, Happy New Year and welcome back – it is time to get to work!
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