What did the President say?

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Presidents Bush, Obama, GW Bush, Clinton, and Carter

With today’s Presidential Inauguration, I have been giving some thought to the speech every president gives on the historic day. Today, with the ability to live broadcast on TV and now also the internet, one is able to hear firsthand what a president says in real time. That is true. But what if you cannot catch the speech live? I strongly encourage you to go to the primary source and read a full transcript of the speech, rather than relying only on commentary online and in the news. Continue reading

Student Post: I am a New Yorker

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NYC skyline (CC0 image via Pexels)

This post was contributed by: Mao Mitsuya, student of the Touro Graduate School of Business.

My biggest dream was to live in New York City. I kept dreaming it every single day and telling everyone for 7 years. I finally made it come true last September, and I’m living my dream now. Continue reading

Remembering Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, Jr. Montgomery arrest, 1958 (CC0 image via Wikimedia)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Montgomery arrest, 1958 (CC0 image via Wikimedia)

As we approach this long weekend, take some time to look back on the life and achievements of its honoree, Martin Luther King Jr. Librarian Annette Carr contributed this history of MLK Day and resources from our collection available to learn more. 

Martin Luther King Day occurs each year on the 3rd Monday of January. This federal holiday was established in order to commemorate Martin Luther King’s birthday (which was January 15, 1929) for his vision of an America where equality and freedom is extended to all citizens.
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Student Post: Visiting the Amish in Lancanster, PA

This post was contributed by: Karlene M. Williams, MHRM candidate 2017, Touro Graduate School of Business, originally from Grenada.

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Karlene Williams (photo credit Shawn Davis)

For the past three years, I have enjoyed visiting the Amish in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, which occurs on the second Saturday in November. I first participated in this trip in November 2006 with some family and friends, and it has become my favorite pre-Thanksgiving activity since I moved to the United States in 2013. You may ask yourself, why a trip to the Amish? For me it’s about getting away from the hustle and bustle of New York City for an entire day and appreciating the way of life of a religious group that has preserved its identity in the midst of technology and a fast-paced world. Continue reading

The Gift of Animal Helpers

Elvis (photo by Annette Carr)
Meet Elvis (photo by Annette Carr)

I don’t need an alarm clock. I have Elvis for that. No, not the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Elvis is a black cat who I adopted several years ago at an animal shelter where I volunteer. Elvis has taken over my home, my heart, and my pillow. He acts like a supervisor and treats me like his staff. In the early hours of the morning, I am slapped from my dreams by a soft paw demanding attention, food, or just because he finds it amusing. Continue reading

Project Gutenberg: Read the Classics (and more) for Free

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visit www.gutenberg.org for copyright-free reads

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer organized digital library of literature and other cultural works. According to their mission statement “The mission of Project Gutenberg is simple: To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. This mission is, as much as possible, to encourage all those who are interested in making eBooks and helping to give them away. In fact, Project Gutenberg approves about 99% of all requests from those who would like to make our eBooks and give them away, within their various local copyright limitations. Project Gutenberg is powered by ideas, ideals, and by idealism. Project Gutenberg is not powered by financial or political power. Therefore Project Gutenberg is powered totally by volunteers” (Project Gutenberg Mission Statement). Continue reading

Pig Bones and Pottery: Exciting Archaeological Discoveries in Israel

2016-11-09-10_55_03-blmj-quieafa-youtubeWalking around museum exhibits reading the fine print on signs identifying archaeological artifacts isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time.  But what if the artifacts you’re looking at were found at your favorite hiking spot near your home?  What if one of the artifacts is the oldest Hebrew writing ever to be discovered?  And what if the museum exhibit proved the existence of the biblical King David, and revealed the site to be one of King David’s palaces and an important administrative center? Continue reading

Unexpected Beauty: Looking Out for Public Art

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MOMA Installation “Rockaway!” at Fort Tilden

Sometimes, people think that they don’t care much for art because they don’t have the mental stamina to spend hours in a museum.  I used to be one of those people, until I realized there are other, less conventional ways to explore art.

Public art installations are the kind of thing that are easy to overlook.  In a fast-paced city, they can just melt into the background.  But by paying attention to your surroundings, you might find that the process enjoying art doesn’t have to be limited to doing so in a typical museum. Continue reading

Veteran’s Program for Touro Students

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(CC0 image via Pixabay)

 

Tomorrow, Friday November 11th is Veteran’s Day. This date marked the end of the First World War in 1918, and was first commemorated as Armistice Day in 1919. On the occasion, President Wilson prescribed that the day, “will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

As part of the effort to honor and support our veterans, Touro College has developed a Veteran’s Program dedicated to helping servicemen and women “best utilize your hard earned skills and military experience toward achieving your educational and career goals.” Staff members can help you navigate VA, DoD, and other tuition assistance benefits. Touro also offers several support programs to help students attain college prerequisites or set a path towards graduate and professional degrees. A resource list compiled by the Veteran’s department makes it easy to get in touch with outside support systems, such as peer support organizations and social services.

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To get started, visit the Touro Veteran’s Program website, or view a list of contacts to ask questions or seek additional information. Thank you to all of our vets for your service.