Arts and Humanities Students: “Most Likely to Succeed at Changing the World” ☆

“When I really want to kvell about Teachers College, I talk about our students,” says Susan Fuhrman in President’s Letter of the Spring 2011 issue of TC Today.  Her comments kick off a special issue dedicated to student profiles, which once read, easily prove Fuhrman’s assertion that TC students are special both for their desire to do good and the fact that they’re engaged in doing these good things while still students themselves.

Seven of the “Most Likely to Succeed at Changing the World” students profiled are from programs within Arts & Humanities:

Shannon Bishop, ’11, Master’s degree in TESOL

Bishop’s work on introducing computers as a means to promote English skills in South Africa have led this Fulbright scholar to create an after-school academic center in Cape Town where students learn basic literacy and computer skills and local teachers can receive training.

Phil Choong TESOL Doctoral candidate

Last fall, Choong was a co-organizer of the first-ever TC roundtable on Second Language Studies on the Second Language Acquisition of Chinese. With a focus on task-based teaching and learning, this former law student has learned that with teaching, he’s finally doing something he enjoys all of the time.

Jun Gao, Doctoral student in Art and Art Education

Photographer Gao manipulates exposure time—sometimes as long as hours, weeks, or months—to create unseen qualities of stillness, light and quiet in his pictures.  He aspires to bridge the art worlds of China and America, for “The more people from different places understand each other, the richer and broader the art world we can perceive”.

Tim Ignaffo, Philosophy and Education Ph.D. student

Developer of the Philosophy Outreach Program, Ignaffo is introducing teens to concepts of Philosophy that he hopes will help shape and frame their education while providing a classroom laboratory for graduate Fellows who assist with his mission.

Victor Lin, Doctoral student in Music and Music Education

Building off his early experiences as a struggling music student himself, Lin’s focus on helping students improve has made him both a better educator, and, perhaps unexpectedly, a better musician.

Ellen Livingston, Master’s degree in Social Studies and Education

A contributor to key discussion guides and curriculum, Livingston finds the tool of documentary film critical to Social Studies education and advocates for its use to tackle difficult topics (like police brutality) in the classroom.

Gail Russell, English Education Doctoral candidate

Creator of an educational consulting company, Russell draws on her experience as a teacher and uses ethnography skills to devise content-based literacy practices.  Inspired by Maxine Greene, Rusell is involved in an effort to commission a statue of Greene to be installed on TC’s campus.

…and be sure to watch Basem Hassan (MA, ’11, Art and Art Education), as profiled on TC’s website, share his views on the place of art to precipitate change in mainstream society.  Click here to see Hassan’s interview.