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Spring 2009

Volume 33, No. 2

Special International Issue


The flow of aid no longer runs exclusively from north to south
For China's massive migrant worker population, community colleges may be the best hope for obtaining an education.
Connecting alumni far and near with Teachers College and each other
Attorney Lori Fox has extensive experience in higher education and brings -'genuine love of education'
In the President's Letter, Susan Fuhrman says, "Education today is among the most important of global issues and perhaps the global form of currency."
TC praises for professional achievements and public commitment to a more inclusive community
Giving future educators at TC a perspective on how art has evolved over the centuries, "Tribal Art from Africa," features rare wooden masks, weapons, tools and even textile fabrics from Central and West Africa
As the College's new director of the Office of International Student Services, Samantha Lu is helping students from around the globe navigate TC and NYC
Brilliant minds coming together to transform lives
TC's Charles Basch and Randi Wolf are awarded an American Cancer Society grant to study colorectal screening
Grace Dodge Society honors those alumni, friends and faculty who have made TC a part of their estate plans
A world where freedom is the byword
The latest on alumni events, services and other goings-on
Around the globe in TC Today, from world class cover art to what is inside
Once a student of the pioneering TC professor Ann Gentile, TC alumna Lori Quinn Dannheim continues to researcher Huntington's and develop physical therapy strategies to help combat the motor impairments it causes
Faculty Essay by John P. Allegrante
In March, TC Today sat down with Portia Williams, who was hired in 2008 as the College's first Director of International Affairs. Here Williams-'"a TC alumna with extensive international development experience in Africa and Albania-'"elaborates on the College's rationale and vision for becoming more involved in international work.
In seeding their profession in some of the world's poorest countries, speech and language pathologists from TC are also building a multilingual base in the United States
TC alumna Janna Spark's (Ed.M., 1979) new novel, her first book for adult readers, writes on money, morality and the consequences of compromised principles
An emeritus professor's career skills program keeps on trucking, around the world
Current students should seek international experience, learn at least one other language fluently and devote one's time and effort with passion, says TC alumna Alberta Strage
Advisor to TC's Hong Kong alumni chapter, TC alumna Edith Shih is also Head Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at a Fortune 500 company with hundreds of lawyers working under her in 23 countries
TC is home to complementary-'"and groundbreaking-'"initiatives in peace education and conflict resolution
Thinking Globally About Mental Health by Helen Verdeli
Faculty essay by David Hansen
By exploring the politics of identity, TC's venerable anthropologist has been an agent for change in his field
Naif Al-Mutawa thought kids in the Islamic world lacked modern-day superheroes to root for. So he went out and invented some
TC Early Career Award-winner Keiichi Ogawa has followed his heart
TC alumnus Johnston Barkat is Ombudsman and Mediator for the United Nations
With an American curriculum that's taught in English, the Fudan International School marks China's entry into the market for foreign students
In an essay in TC Today magazine, Professor Regina Cortina writes that in a world increasingly marked by immigration and globalization, effective education for Latinos isn't just a moral imperative, it's essential to improving the nation's ability to maintain a leading role in the global economy.
TC's program in TESOL-'"the teaching of English to speakers of other languages-'"has long attracted foreign students. Now it's central in forming partnerships abroad.
From the College's earliest days, TC's approach to education has taken the wider world into consideration
In building a unified school system, Prime Minister Nahas Angula, a TC alumnus, has helped lead his country out of the apartheid era.
TC Professor Mun Tsang is leading the fight to fund schooling for China's rural poor and through his Center for Chinese Education is helping drive faculty research and outreach projects in the Asian nation.