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New book examines rise of religious intolerance in medieval Spain

New book examines rise of religious intolerance in medieval Spain

December 14, 2015

Staged events—similar to this “Game of Stickes” played in Valladolid in honor of Philip the Fair—helped harden Christian attitudes toward Muslims in medieval Spain, argues historian Thomas Devaney in his new book Enemies in the Plaza: Urban Spectacle and the End of Spanish Frontier Culture, 1460–1492.

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Research points to pitfalls in new teacher certification assessment

Research points to pitfalls in new teacher certification assessment

December 14, 2015

The first teacher candidates required to pass edTPA (a new teaching performance assessment) for certification in New York and Washington States encountered multiple ambiguities, uncertainties, and other obstacles while trying to complete its requirements, two Warner School researchers report.

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Archaeologist to discuss West Africa’s slave castles

Archaeologist to discuss West Africa’s slave castles

November 25, 2015

Syracuse University professor and author Christopher R. DeCorse will discuss how archaeology has shown that African cultures were both transformed and maintained throughout the Atlantic World.

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Why is science fiction so obsessed with Mars?

Why is science fiction so obsessed with Mars?

November 13, 2015

Even as science bring Mars into ever sharper focus, the planet remains a compelling source for creative artists to explore ideas about what it means to be human, says Jeffrey Tucker, associate professor of English. (Photo: James Vaughan/Flickr)

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Data mining Instagram feeds can point to teenage drinking patterns

Data mining Instagram feeds can point to teenage drinking patterns

October 29, 2015

By extracting information from Instagram images and hashtags, computer science researchers have shown they can expose patterns of underage drinking more cheaply and faster than conventional surveys.

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Warner School receives $2 million grant for STEM education

Warner School receives $2 million grant for STEM education

October 26, 2015

A National Science Foundation grant has been awarded to the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform to enhance and expand current efforts to prepare K–12 master teachers in math and science in urban settings.

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New book novelizes rise and fall of Rochester’s infamous mediums

New book novelizes rise and fall of Rochester’s infamous mediums

October 19, 2015

Rochester Knockings: A Novel of the Fox Sisters, a new book published by the University’s Open Letter Press, details the rise and fall of the infamous 12 and 15-year-old mediums who convinced the world they could communicate with dead.

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Author Jacinda Townsend to receive 2015 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction

Author Jacinda Townsend to receive 2015 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction

October 16, 2015

The award is being given for Townsend’s debut novel Saint Monkey, which was named by The Root as one of the 15 best works published by black authors in 2014.

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Researchers show how leadership ‘churn’ undermines school reform

Researchers show how leadership ‘churn’ undermines school reform

October 16, 2015

Imagine the turmoil that would ensue if half the actors walked out of a play midway through the performance. Something very similar happened in an urban school district during the four-year period it was studied by Kara Finnigan, associate professor of educational policy at the Warner School.

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American Studies lecture explores religious doubt and modernity

American Studies lecture explores religious doubt and modernity

October 9, 2015

Christopher White, associate professor of religion at Vassar College, will give the talk, “Doorways to Invisible Dimensions: Claude Bragdon’s Other-Worldly Art, the ‘Fourth Dimension’ and Modern Forms of Enchantment.”

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