Touchstone - Spring Fall 2017

Volume 9.1


Jason Buchanan

This year’s theme for Touchstone is “New Approaches to New Environments,” which is appropriate for a time in our country that, to put it mildly, represents a quickly changing environment. It feels like every day there is a seismic shift in the bedrock of politics, cultures, and communities that constitute our country. The world seems to fit the pattern proclaimed by Stephen Blackpool, from Dicken’s Hard Times, when he said “Who can look on’t sir, and fairly tell a man ‘tis not a muddle?” At times, I can feel distanced from these changes due to my position in academia, but that’s not really true. Look a little closer and it becomes very apparent that the students, staff, and faculty of Hostos are all trying to find a patch of firm ground to help stabilize them during these shaky times.

Cover Image: Forest Wander, "Autumn Trees Country Road Fence," 2011.

Fall 2017 Touchstone 9.1


2017 Touchstone


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    Published annually by the Professor Magda Vasillov Center for Teaching and Learning, the Division of Academic Affairs, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York.
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    New York City
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    Copyright © 2017 by the authors. All rights reserved.
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    Trying to Teach Eugenio Maria de Hostos to Students at Hostos Community College – South Bronx, NY

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    An Exploration of the Concept of Kinesthetics and the Development of Rubrics for Their Application in Game-Centric Learning

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    Media and Information Literacy: Strategies to Combat the Decline of Trust, Authority, and Truth

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    Menstruation: A Pure and Rich Sacrifice

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    Rubric Development for English 101, 102, 110, 111, and Elective Courses

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    How do we Teach the Pathway Topic of “Human Rights” through Case Studies and Student Activities?