My name is Joe Candarelli, I am a senior at Marist College entering into my first semester interning with the Hudson River Valley Institute. I attended John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in nearby Somers, NY before furthering my education at Marist College where I majored in Secondary Education and History. This past spring I completed my student teaching in the State of New York at two local high schools. My first placement was at Pawling High School in Pawling New York where I taught mostly 9th grade global history and 12th grade economics. After this placement I went to BOCES BETA High School in Poughkeepsie, New York where I had the opportunity to teach American History to 11th graders basically from the American Revolution through the Cold War as well as teaching a 12th grade economics course again. This was a diverse experience in just about every sense of the word. My students at the two different placements were completely different, from two very different backgrounds and sets of circumstances. The content was obviously very different at both placements and thus challenging. I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to different types of students in order to make history relevant to them, in their lives. Having the opportunity to teach American history at my second placement however was a treat for me as this is where my true interest lies in history.
I grew up in Cortlandt Manor, New York about an hour south of Marist and right on the banks of the Hudson across from Historic West Point. I believe growing up in an area with such rich history in both the birth, and the shaping of our nation is responsible for my interest in American history. I played football at Kennedy Catholic High School and then went on to play receiver on the football team at Marist College for three years. Unfortunately, after a college career plagued by injury I suffered a concussion at the end of my junior season bringing my playing days to an end. Although very depressing at the time, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as our Head Coach Jim Parady decided to offer me a position on the coaching staff. Coaching is something I have always wanted to do so I accepted and we went on to win the 2013 Pioneer Football League Championship for the first time in school history winning a school record 8 games. I am now in my second year as an offensive assistant.
In the future I definitely plan on pursuing this coaching dream to see where it goes. I will do this from a Graduate Assistant position while getting my Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. The plan for the short term for me is to get my masters in order to be fully able and qualified to step into a classroom and teach history at some point, while coaching in the meantime doing what I love to do. In my student teaching experience this past spring I felt very at home in front of the classroom bringing history alive for my students in any, and every way possible.
“The Importance of Civil Rights in the Practice of Law”, a lecture by Randolph McLaughlin
“Question authority.” It’s not what you expect to hear from an accomplished law professor, but Professor Randolph McLaughlin drove these words home to the audience in his lecture. After a lengthy and impressive introduction detailing his education and myriad accomplishments in civil rights cases, I was left unsure of what to expect. The lecture that followed was every bit as well-informed and thought-provoking as I anticipated, but I hadn’t foreseen the edgy direction he took with it.
McLaughlin, a Pace Law School professor, was here in honor of Constitution Day—a day of special historic significance to the Marist community considering that the Constitution was ratified right here in Poughkeepsie at the Dutchess County Courthouse. Much of the lecture looked at the Constitution through the lens of civil rights, a subject in which McLaughlin has been—and continues to be—heavily involved. And progress in civil rights, of course, can only happen when people question authority.
However, no amount of questioning would matter if it weren’t for the ever-changing nature of the Constitution. McLaughlin drew largely from the work of Thurgood Marshall to demonstrate the ability of people to make a difference and the Constitution’s equally important ability to adapt to societal change. Marshall’s case-by-case deconstruction of the “separate but equal” law put in place in the Plessy vs. Ferguson case eventually led to the Supreme Court overturning this law.
McLaughlin brought the subject into the present by comparing the African American civil rights movement to the current same-sex marriage issue. The Defense of Marriage Act, enacted in 1996, gave states the power to deny legal same-sex marriages. The law was declared unconstitutional in 2013, but not without years of work. McLaughlin, while maintaining a healthy sense of optimism, made sure not to ignore the effort and struggle that goes into changing our laws for the better. While the Constitution is a powerful framework for the improvement of civil rights, society is far from perfect. “If society was perfect, I’d be out of work,” joked McLaughlin. While it was a lighthearted moment, it still had a deeper message behind it that encouraged all of us in the audience to get involved and do our parts to make the law as fair and equal as possible.
The lecture can perhaps best be summed up with McLaughlin’s own words: “I don’t love the law. I love what I can do with the law.”
-Ian Dorset, Marist ‘15
“From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam: Transplanting Culture and Community”
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Please RSVP to HRVI@marist.edu, or by calling 845-575-3052
Russell Shorto is the author of five books that have been translated into over twelve languages, including his most recent, Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City. (2013, Doubleday) His other publication, The Island at the Center of the World, was a national bestseller in the United States and The New York Times named it and Descartes’ Bones among the top 100 books of the year. He has won several literary prizes that include the New York City Book Award, the Washington Irving Prize, and the New York Public Library Award. He is the former director of the John Adams Institute, an independent American culture center in Amsterdam. He has written extensively on Europe, history, politics, and the religious right in the U.S. Shorto is currently a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute in Albany, N.Y., and a contributing writer for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, GQ, and The New York Times Op-Ed page, among others.
“From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam” will focus on how the Netherlands’ battle against water made it unique in Europe and eventually to North America. Shorto will discuss “water, the rise of liberalism, and the conundrum of how a communal sensibility gave rise to individualism.”
The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Handel-Krom Lecture Series in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and LTC Gilbert A. Krom, U.S. Army, Retired, to promote knowledge and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region of America. The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.