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Big Night at the Museum
Big Night at the Museum
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
There has never been a night like BIG NIGHT (At the Museum). Troubled times often bring out the best in us all, and these times have called for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to remove some of its most treasured instruments from their cases, and place them in the hands of modern masters for an unprecedented night of music. In this on-demand opportunity, you can enjoy the live broadcast from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville where some of country's greatest current stars were able to play on the Museum's historic instruments, for one night only.
Art & Music
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Meet the Author: The Viking Heart with Arthur Herman
Meet the Author: The Viking Heart with Arthur Herman
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National Nordic Museum
In this talk from mid-November, best-selling author Arthur Herman talks about his book, The Viking Heart. In this book, Arthur Herman melds a compelling historical narrative with cutting-edge archaeological discoveries and DNA research to trace the epic story of this remarkable and truly diverse people. He shows how the Scandinavian experience has universal meaning, and how we can still be inspired by their indomitable spirit and the strength of their community bonds, much needed in our deeply polarized society today. The talk was moderated by Dr. Elizabeth DeNoma.
Reading & Writing
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Photographing Flight
Photographing Flight
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Royal Ontario Museum
The movement of birds in flight can be mesmerizing - a flow of movement that has almost no equal anywhere in the world. Explore the mechanics of bird flight with author and photographer Peter Cavanagh, in conversation with ROM's Associate Curator of Ornithology, Santiago Claramunt. Using spectacular photographic examples, our two experts examine aspects of bird flight highlighted via the camera lens and in recent research of ROM's unique ornithology collection.
Film & Photography
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
The Mathematical Elephant
The Mathematical Elephant
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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard
A presentation from 2021–2022 Sally Starling Seaver Fellow Holly Krieger. Holly Krieger is the Corfield Lecture in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics and a fellow of Murray Edwards College at University of Cambridge. She is exploring an emerging aspect of the connection between two fundamental fields of pure mathematics— complex dynamics and arithmetic geometry—and improving and greatly expanding recently developed mathematical tools which allow us to study the arithmetic and geometry of special points for families of dynamical systems, with applications to the structure of torsion points on elliptic curves, an example of substantial interest in number theory and geometry.
Science & Nature
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Matisse and Picasso
Matisse and Picasso
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Barnes Foundation
This course explores one of the most important relationships in the history of art: the friendly rivalry between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Both painters are credited with shaping the future of modern art in the early 20th century—Matisse with his jarring arrangements of color, and Picasso with his devastating fracturing of the visual field. But neither artist developed his ideas in a vacuum. Rather, each was keenly aware of what the other was doing—absorbing, bristling, and reacting on canvas in a kind of game that Matisse once described as a “boxing match.” Focusing on 8 major paintings in the Barnes collection that represent key moments in the artists’ early careers, we will explore this seminal dialogue that changed the very idea of what painting should be. This course takes place on-site, in the Barnes collection, and also allows online enrollment. All students may participate in class discussions.
Art & Music
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
220
Post Live: Coronavirus: Global Vaccine Equity with José Manuel Barroso
Post Live: Coronavirus: Global Vaccine Equity with José Manuel Barroso
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The Washington Post
José Manuel Barroso, board chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is working to ensure global, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. On Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Barroso joins Washington Post Live to discuss navigating the global vaccine divide, rising coronavirus cases in Europe and how global health leaders are preparing for the next pandemic.
Culture & Politics
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Adam Gopnik on Molière
Adam Gopnik on Molière
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92nd Street Y
Back by popular demand! Adam Gopnik delivers a three-session online seminar coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Moliere’s birth and the publication of Richard Wilbur’s translations of his plays by the Library of America. “Richard Wilbur’s Molière lives both as masterpieces of the translator’s art and as witness to a hopeful (and still not quite finished) American moment,” Gopnik writes. “Though Molière made his life in and around courts, his role was to become the first great comic poet of the emerging and ascendant middle classes. Wilbur came to Molière at a moment when that same bourgeoise in America was newly ascendant in another way—when a highly educated post-war culture had taken happy possession of a European cultural heritage then undermined on its own ground.” Discounted copies of Wilbur’s translation of Molière, with introduction by Adam Gopnik, may be purchased with your registration, courtesy of Posman Books. We recommend purchasing the book bundle option by November 1 to ensure timely delivery. If you are purchasing a bundle, please include your current shipping address during checkout, or email it. The Library of America edition of Wilbur’s Molière plays includes The Bungler, Lovers’ Quarrels, Don Juan, The Misanthrope and Tartuffe, among others. Class meets Wednesdays: December 1, 8 and 15.
Reading & Writing
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
100
NeuroArts Blueprint: Advancing the Science of Arts, Health, and Wellbeing
NeuroArts Blueprint: Advancing the Science of Arts, Health, and Wellbeing
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Aspen Institute
The NeuroArts Blueprint is a bold roadmap for bringing together science, the arts, and technology to build a sustainable new field that promotes individual and community health—and offers enormous benefits to all. This report was developed as a partnership between the Johns Hopkins International Arts + Mind Lab Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics and the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine & Society Program. Neuroarts is the cross-disciplinary study of how the arts and aesthetic experiences measurably change the body, brain, and behavior and how this knowledge is translated into specific practices that advance health and wellbeing. The Blueprint is a detailed and richly cited guide to the action steps needed to cultivate this nascent field. You can learn more about our project at: www.neuroartsblueprint.org. On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, from 3:30-4:15 pm ET, please join us for an online preview and celebration of this transformative action plan. The program will include a stellar line-up of speakers including Renée Fleming, soprano and artistic advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health as well as an opening performance by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Registration is open to all, so share this invitation widely and help us build the neuroarts community. We look forward to seeing you there!
Art & Music
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Art with Friends: Art and Dallas
Art with Friends: Art and Dallas
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Nasher Sculpture Center
Want to take a trip? Take a virtual journey around Dallas discovering sights and sounds that inspire our city. We’re traveling light, so just bring a pencil and some paper! The Nasher Sculpture Center will share this interactive workshop for school-age children as part of the Dallas Public Library's ongoing series, Art with Friends. This is a free program, but advance registration required for interaction. This virtual program is a partnership with the Dallas Public Library. To register visit the Dallas Public Library.
Art & Music
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Booksellers + Community Activism
Booksellers + Community Activism
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Georgetown University
Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations: “Booksellers + Community Activism” featuring Ramunda Lark Young and Angela Maria Spring. Ramunda Lark Young is an entrepreneur, speaker, and community advocate. She and her husband are the owners and co-founders of the nationally-recognized Mahogany Books, a bookstore focused on books for, by, and about people of the African Diaspora in Washington, DC. Young has successfully worked with celebrity authors like ballet icon Misty Copeland, R&B legend Charlie Wilson, Civil Rights leader Congressman John Lewis, award-winning actor Omar Epps. Angela Maria Spring is a poet, journalist, and editor. She has worked in bookstores in New Mexico, New York City, and D.C. for almost two decades. In 2017 she decided to create a flexible, financially viable bookstore model that empowered and embraced diversity in bookselling, writing/art, and in our communities. She hence launched Duende District Bookstore, a unique pop-up boutique bookstore run by people of color for people of color.
Culture & Politics
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Online Course: Portraits
Online Course: Portraits
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Guggenheim Museums
In this course, we’ll explore the history of portraiture, in its many forms, through works from the Guggenheim’s collection. Historically, painted portraits were commissioned by wealthy patrons, state officials, and clergy often to convey beauty, wealth, and power. But the invention of photography, with its relative affordability and ubiquity, allowed more people of all backgrounds access to portraiture. It also allowed modern artists, like Pablo Picasso, to focus on portraits of friends and lovers. We’ll look closely at portraits, self-portraits, and family albums; as well as non-traditional portraits of places and abstract or conceptual portraits. Over four sessions, we will discuss how the imagery and meaning of portraiture has changed over time, examining ideas about beauty, the gaze, the politics of representation, and the importance of visibility. Learners from all backgrounds are invited to participate in this collaborative online learning experience through live group sessions and independent creative response. Led by museum educator Maya Jeffereis, each session includes guided discussions of artworks and archival materials. Optional readings and creative activities will be offered. All course sessions will be led virtually through Zoom. A Zoom link and password will be emailed ahead of the course. All times listed in Eastern Time (ET).
Art & Music
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
160
Holiday Wreaths
Holiday Wreaths
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New York Botanical Garden
Learn to fashion different types and sizes of wreathes-from those that hang on the wall to those surrounding a candle to bring a soft glow to your holiday table. Calamia Crafts owner Madeline Yanni will demonstrate how to make an evergreen wreath from scratch, as well as how to create one using preserved greens such as cedar and juniper, dried seasonal botanicals, and mushroom birds.
Science & Nature
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
29
SciCafe: A Shark's Lunch
SciCafe: A Shark's Lunch
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American Museum of Natural History
Sharks have long captivated the human imagination as Earth’s ultimate predator. Being eaten by a shark may be at the top of the collective nightmare list—despite the fact that you’re more likely to win the lottery than become a meal for a shark. But what happens to a shark meal? University of California Dominguez Hills biologist Samantha Leigh’s research investigates anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to answer questions about digestive performance in marine organisms, including sharks—with some surprising insights. In this SciCafe, Leigh explores sharks’ digestive system, taking us on a journey into the bowels of this fascinating ocean inhabitant.
Science & Nature
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Virtual Book Talk: The Shattering: America in the 1960s
Virtual Book Talk: The Shattering: America in the 1960s
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Boston Athenaeum
On July 4, 1961, the rising middle-class families of a Chicago neighborhood gathered before their flag-bedecked houses, a confident vision of the American Dream. That vision was shattered over the following decade, its inequities at home and arrogance abroad challenged by powerful civil rights and antiwar movements. Assassinations, social violence, and the blowback of a “silent majority” shredded the American fabric. Covering the late 1950s through the early 1970s, The Shattering, focuses on the period’s fierce conflicts over race, sex, and war. Kevin Boyle captures the inspiring and brutal events of this passionate time, including the stories of well-known political leaders and everyday people, with a remarkable empathy that restores the humanity of those making this history. Kevin Boyle is the author of Arc of Justice, winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Culture & Politics
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
5
How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America
How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America
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Stanford University
Join the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and co-sponsors, the Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society for a conversation with sociologist, professor, and author Priya Fielding-Singh as she discusses her powerful and timely new book, How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America. In the book, Fielding-Singh spotlights the state of our nation’s food injustices through an incisive examination of class, gender, race and health. She transports readers to the frontlines of America’s nutritional crisis through the eyes of four mothers across the income spectrum working to feed their families. The book showcases the tightrope that mothers walk to nourish children while maintaining their dignity in contexts meant to strip them of it. In the process, we learn how exactly gender, economic and racial inequalities make their way onto our dinner plates. Clayman Institute Executive Director, Alison Dahl Crossley, will moderate the discussion. Priya Fielding-Singh is an American sociologist and ethnographer. She is an Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah and a former Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellow. Her research and writing examine issues of social and economic justice, with a focus on families, food and health. Her book, How the Other Half Eats, draws on years of research she conducted in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Ph.D. student at Stanford University. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Harvard Business Review, and more.
Culture & Politics
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Panel Discussion: Devour the Land
Panel Discussion: Devour the Land
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Harvard Art Museums
In this virtual panel discussion, curator Makeda Best will be in conversation with scholars to dissect the wider impacts of military activity on the American landscape. Their discussion is inspired by our latest special exhibition, Devour the Land: War and American Landscape Photography since 1970, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through January 16, 2022. Devour the Land explores the unknown and often hidden consequences of militarism on habitats and well-being in the United States. Featuring approximately 160 photographs across 6 thematic groupings, the exhibition reveals the nationwide footprint of the U.S. military, the wide network of industries that support and supply its work, and the impacts of—and responses to—this activity. This panel discussion will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.
Art & Music
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Live from Morrison Planetarium - Tour of the Universe!
Live from Morrison Planetarium - Tour of the Universe!
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California Academy of Sciences
Live from our Morrison Planetarium: Go faster than the speed of light to explore the farthest reaches of the known Universe! It's an experience unlike any other thanks to NASA’s OpenSpace software, so tune in to tour the Digital Universe with planetarium audiences—and get your astronomy questions answered in real-time just by leaving them in comments. Livestreamed on Facebook Live.
Science & Nature
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Live from Prairie Lights: Elizabeth Weiss in Conversation with Yaa Gyasi
Live from Prairie Lights: Elizabeth Weiss in Conversation with Yaa Gyasi
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Prairie Lights Books
Please join us for a reading and conversation with Elizabeth Weiss to celebrate the release of her new book The Sisters Sweet. She will be joined in conversation with author Yaa Gyasi. Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less, writes, “The Sisters Sweet will charm you into another world. Weiss has conjured a lost America with wit, sorrow, and beauty—a book like a favorite old movie.” Elizabeth Weiss earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her nonfiction has been published in The New Yorker online. She has taught for the University of Iowa, the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, and is a mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. She lives in Minneapolis with her spouse, daughter, and dog. Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, won her the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” honors for 2016, and the American Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Reading & Writing
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
FREE
Satisfying Vegan Sides for the Holidays
Satisfying Vegan Sides for the Holidays
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18 Reasons
When it comes to your holiday feast, it all boils down to the sides. Not only is this where the bulk of the "flavor action" is happening, but it is particularly important if you favor eating a more plant-centric diet or if you are hosting vegan and vegetarian guests. Join us as we teach you how to make a variety of vegan accompaniments that are easy to prepare, sassy, and satisfying. Although they were developed for holiday entertaining, they can be made and enjoyed for a quick weeknight meal or a weekend brunch. Super bonus: gorging on these plant based recipes won’t leave you in the traditional food coma. Menu for this class includes: Fennel & Radicchio Salad with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Pomegranate Seeds; Squash with Agrodolce and Arugula; and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Coffee Rub.
Food & Drink
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December 1, 2021
2021-12-01
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Live
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$
50
The Way Forward: Theater's Evolution in Moments of Change
The Way Forward: Theater's Evolution in Moments of Change
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Public Theater
A Three-Part Series Presented by 92Y and Town & Country Magazine. Curated by The Public Theater, THE WAY FORWARD is a FREE three-part digital series exploring the Past, Present, and Future of theater during moments of social inflection. The series is moderated by Stellene Volandes, Editor in Chief of Town & Country and Editorial Director of Elle Decor. As we return to gathering and enjoying the magic of live performance, THE WAY FORWARD looks to our history to learn about our future. The first session, Past: We Have Been Here Before, looks back. Session two, Present: Culture and Crisis, looks at the present moment. The final session, Future: Where Do We Go Now? considers the way forward. All three sessions available now on demand.
Culture & Politics
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
The Progress Report: The State of Latino Community
The Progress Report: The State of Latino Community
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The Atlantic
Latinos have fought against labels and misrepresentations, unequal educational and economic opportunities, widening wealth and education gaps, and more for centuries. But the coronavirus pandemic, the social-justice movement, and other factors such as the growing trend toward diversity and inclusivity have had a significant impact on the community’s economics, education, and even identity. So where do we go from here? Building off of The Atlantic’s legacy of explicating and illuminating American ideals, we’re producing a series of conversations that will unpack the state of progress among Latinos in America. We’ll convene economists, scholars, policy makers, and activists to outline how we can harness this community’s power to enact sustainable changes that will yield long-term success.
Culture & Politics
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Art History from Home: Asian American Perspectives
Art History from Home: Asian American Perspectives
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Whitney Museum of American Art
This series of online talks asks the Whitney’s Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows to highlight select works in the Museum’s collection to illuminate critical topics in American art from 1900 to the present. During each thirty-minute session, participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat for a fifteen-minute Q&A following the talk. Sessions are available live only, but topics and speakers do periodically repeat. Xin Wang is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a Ph.D. candidate in modern and contemporary art at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, focusing on Soviet hauntology in postmodernism. She has curated and lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her latest writings have appeared in Art in America, Art Agenda, and Mousse. She is currently planning an exhibition that explores extra-human perspectives on survival and entropy in the anthropocene for summer 2022.
Art & Music
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Rubens and his Global Enterprise
Rubens and his Global Enterprise
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Getty
The 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens worked in Antwerp, a bustling center of global trade where various cultures came into contact. To understand how this impacted his work, curator Stephanie Schrader investigates two of his drawings in the Getty Museum’s collection: Man in Korean Costume and Head Study for Balthazar. Both artworks provide important examples of the various misunderstandings that arose when Rubens depicted people of African and Korean descent. By viewing these works from religious, mercantile, and political perspectives, Schrader provides a nuanced examination of appropriation and cultural translation. A live Q&A follows the presentation.
Art & Music
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution: Power Politics in the Atomic Age
The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution: Power Politics in the Atomic Age
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University of Virginia
Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press discuss their new book, The Myth of the Nuclear Revolution, which tackles the central puzzle of the nuclear age: the persistence of intense geopolitical competition in the shadow of nuclear weapons. They explain why the Cold War superpowers raced so feverishly against each other; why the creation of "mutual assured destruction" does not ensure peace; and why the rapid technological changes of the 21st century will weaken deterrence in hotspots around the world. Ultimately, Lieber and Press discover answers to critical questions: how much capability is required for a reliable nuclear deterrent, how conventional conflicts may become nuclear wars, and how to prevent new technology from ushering in an age of nuclear instability.
Culture & Politics
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun - A Three Part Reading
Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun - A Three Part Reading
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The Newberry Library
This seminar will focus on a three-part reading of Kazuo Ishiguro’s most recent novel, Klara and the Sun. The sequential format of reading and discussion will allow participants to explore and appreciate Ishiguro’s engaging yet challenging style as the novel unfolds its own exploration of technology, love, memory, neglect, and perception. We will also discuss excerpts from other contemporary writers and from other novels by Ishiguro as well as film adaptations of his work. Instructor Steven J. Venturino, PhD, is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. He has led seminars at the Newberry and taught at Loyola University Chicago.
Reading & Writing
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
170
Carmine Cella: New Sounds
Carmine Cella: New Sounds
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UC Berkeley
To complete a lecture series which begins with the most material of creative endeavours, our body tissues, Carmine Cella will share his compositions and musical instrument innovations which produce novel sounds, music, and spatial experiences. While these experiments represent perhaps the most abstract form of creativity, they nevertheless have the potential to resonate with our innermost tissues, and therefore allow us to feel in ways we never felt before. Carmine Cella is an assistant professor for music at the Center for New Music and Acoustic Technologies (CNMAT) at the University of California Berkeley. He has written many music apps and created novel musical instruments including the Augmented Piano.
Art & Music
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food
Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food
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Commonwealth Club
Join us to learn more about America’s modern culinary history told through the lives of seven pathbreaking chefs and food writers. Who’s really behind America’s appetite for foods from around the globe? Award-winning author Mayukh Sen has produced a group biography about seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today. His book Taste Makers stretches from World War II to the present, with absorbing and deeply researched portraits of figures including Mexican-born Elena Zelayeta, a blind chef; Marcella Hazan, the deity of Italian cuisine; and Norma Shirley, a champion of Jamaican dishes. Mayukh Sen―a queer, brown child of immigrants ― reconstructs the lives of these women in vivid and empathetic detail, daring to ask why some were famous in their own time, but not in ours, and why others shine brightly even today. Weaving together histories of food, immigration and gender, Sen challenges the way people look at what’s on their plate―and the women whose labor, overlooked for so long, makes those meals possible. He'll be joined on our virtual stage by Alicia Kennedy, author of the popular newsletter "From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy" and a forthcoming book on eating ethnically.
Food & Drink
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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FREE
Bring the Heat: Eric Goldschmidt Live Stream Demonstration
Bring the Heat: Eric Goldschmidt Live Stream Demonstration
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Corning Museum of Glass
Watch as master flameworker Eric Goldschmidt creates one of his signature lidded goblets with a faux-marble pattern and black borosilicate tubing. Goldschmidt will demonstrate how he creates the faux-marble pattern, applying the pattern as part of an incalmo goblet cup while discussing with the audience his approach to trouble-shooting with black tubing. In our live demo series, Bring the Heat, join us for a live stream of glass artists demonstrating their expertise and skillful execution while “in the zone.” During each demo, an artist will present a personal design they’ve worked to perfect, and they will be live on the mic to narrate as they work—a rarity for live artist demonstrations and a first at the Museum.
Art & Music
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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FREE
Meet the Author: Louise Erdrich
Meet the Author: Louise Erdrich
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The Newberry Library
Tune in for a special meet-the-author event with Louise Erdrich, who will be introduced by poet Mark Turcotte and joined by Native American literature scholar Kelly Wisecup for a conversation about her latest novel, The Sentence. The Sentence asks what we owe to the living, to the dead, to the reader, and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning. The Sentence begins on All Souls’ Day 2019 and ends on All Souls’ Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.
Reading & Writing
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Workshop: Signs & Visions
Workshop: Signs & Visions
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Nasher Sculpture Center
Join artist Dr. Lauren Cross for discussion and artmaking in conversation with the exhibition Betye Saar: Call and Response. Participants will examine Saar’s sketches and their relationship to her final works while learning about Cross’s artistic process. Explore how teasing out critical ideas and perspectives in art creates a path towards putting our experiences on display. Free and open to the public; advance registration required.
Art & Music
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Evolution and Conservation in the Deep Sea
Evolution and Conservation in the Deep Sea
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Harvard University
The deep sea is a dark, cold habitat, once thought to be inhospitable to life and uniform across its vast expanses. Technologies such as remotely operated vehicles have shown scientists that it is, in fact, home to highly diverse organisms uniquely adapted to its harsh conditions. We still have much to learn, however, about how species and populations evolved in the deep sea. This has important conservation implications because the depletion of nearshore and shallow water species has moved fisheries increasingly into deeper waters. Rus Hoelzel will discuss some of the key environmental drivers and adaptations promoting the evolution of diversity in the deep sea, with a focus on those associated with depth itself.
Science & Nature
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Forms & Features Online: Process
Forms & Features Online: Process
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Poetry Foundation
All are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney. In this installation of our series on process, we focus on revision philosophies and practices. The group will explore a wide variety of poems and conclude with a guided creative writing workshop, where participants will reflect on their own revision strategies and experiment with the possibilities of revision. Please note: we are offering several sessions of this program. Registration is required; space is limited. To register, email library@poetryfoundation.org with the date and time of the session you would like to attend. This program is for adult participants, aged 18 and older.
Reading & Writing
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
FREE
Adult Virtual Workshop: Toned Paper Portrait
Adult Virtual Workshop: Toned Paper Portrait
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Cleveland Museum of Art
Using a Rembrandt van Rijn self-portrait etching as a model, participants create a tonal drawing observing lights and darks. Participants tone the paper using graphite and remove areas of graphite with a kneaded eraser to create the lights of the drawing.
Art & Music
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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$
40
Night Skies at Home
Night Skies at Home
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The Franklin Institute
Go LIVE with our Chief Astronomer! Join us on Facebook the first Thursday of the month at 7:45 PM. Look to the sky. Find your direction. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers of all ages to step outside and join him for the first in a series of night sky tours from home. Amateur astronomers, guided by our very own @coolastronomer, will tour the cosmos, stare at the stars, and be amazed by astronomy—no telescopes needed. How do I recognize a planet? How can I spot the International Space Station? How does the sky move? What type of stars can I see? How do I begin looking for constellations? Ask the questions, satisfy your curiosity, and learn from the best! The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project will allow us to see deeper into space, in more detail than ever before. But to explore the depths of space takes some amazing technology here on Earth. Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts talks to engineering physicist Eric Chisholm, TMT’s Science Instrument Group Leader, to learn what these instruments show us, how they work, and what we hope to discover out there.
Science & Nature
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Fonda Lee in Conversation With Sarah Gailey
Fonda Lee in Conversation With Sarah Gailey
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Powell's City of Books
In Fonda Lee’s Jade Legacy (Orbit), the page-turning conclusion to the Green Bone Saga, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an East Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis. Jade, the mysterious and magical substance once exclusive to the Green Bone warriors of Kekon, is now coveted throughout the world. Everyone wants access to the supernatural abilities it provides, from traditional forces such as governments, mercenaries, and criminal kingpins, to modern players, including doctors, athletes, and movie studios. As the struggle over the control of jade grows ever larger and more deadly, the Kaul family, and the ancient ways of the Kekonese Green Bones, will never be the same. Battered by war and tragedy, the Kauls are plagued by resentments and old wounds as their adversaries are on the ascent and their country is riven by dangerous factions and foreign interference. The clan must discern allies from enemies, set aside bloody rivalries, and make terrible sacrifices… but even the unbreakable bonds of blood and loyalty may not be enough to ensure the survival of the Green Bone clans and the nation they are sworn to protect. Lee will be joined in conversation by Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of Magic for Liars and The Echo Wife.
Reading & Writing
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga
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UCSF
Laughter is contagious and has a powerful and immediate effect on our mind, body, and spirit. Our bodies can’t tell the difference between real or simulated laughter. This class involves deep breathing, stretching, clapping, and laughter exercises. The class meets every Thursday. On the last class of the month, silent meditation is included in addition to Laughter Yoga. Laughter exercises warm up the mind-body and silent meditation helps facilitate a gentle deepening of mindful awareness. Our laughter exercises in this class can: Increase blood flow and oxygen to all the major organs; Enhance endorphin levels which make us feel uplifted and reduce pain; Stimulate immune, digestive, and cardiac systems; Reduce stress levels; Relax, strengthen, and lengthen the muscles with stretching; and Help create a laughing community and be fun!
Health & Wellness
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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NightSchool: Living Worlds
NightSchool: Living Worlds
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California Academy of Sciences
Who among us hasn’t gazed up at the stars and wondered what other life might exist in the vast expanse of the universe? The Academy’s new, award-winning planetarium film Living Worlds transports viewers across space and time in the search for life in our Solar System and beyond, and unearths a deeper understanding of life on our one-of-a-kind home planet. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium and Visualization Studio team brought the film concept to life, from animating prehistoric dragonflies and distant exoplanets, to bringing a dynamic soundscape and cutting edge future spacecraft technologies to life. Producer Cheryl Vanderbilt is joined by design, visual effects and production supervisor Jeroen Lapré, plus sound designer Christopher Hedge for an out-of-this-world conversation about the making of Living Worlds.
Science & Nature
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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Online Event: Glow Science
Online Event: Glow Science
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Exploratorium
Why do things give off light? There are many ways to make light, and all of them involve exciting atoms and molecules in some way. Join Exploratorium physicist Ron Hipschman to investigate some of the more colorful ways to make things glow. Using electricity, heat, and light, he’ll conduct a variety of demonstrations to illuminate the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will receive a pair of diffraction grating glasses to take home. Since joining the Exploratorium in 1971, Ron Hipschman has worked as an exhibit developer, author, teacher, and webcast host. He currently works on the Exploratorium’s Environmental Initiative, implementing and maintaining a collection of environmental monitoring sensors and developing visualizations for the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery’s super-resolution media wall. In addition to Full-Spectrum Science, Ron also hosts Tales from the Periodic Table, about the building blocks of the universe: the elements.
Science & Nature
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December 2, 2021
2021-12-02
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Live
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FREE
NightSchool: Extreme Life
NightSchool: Extreme Life
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California Academy of Sciences
You know the saying: “Life finds a way.” Meet the world’s most poisonous bird, tiny thermophiles, and other living organisms that have adapted—and thrive—through extreme measures and in extreme environments.
Science & Nature
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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On-Demand
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FREE
Nordic Talks: Finding Solutions to Food Waste
Nordic Talks: Finding Solutions to Food Waste
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National Nordic Museum
The National Nordic Museum hosts a series of Nordic Talks, sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers, focused on the theme of food security and sustainability. During these talks, leading innovators and advocates for sustainable food practices and conservation discuss solutions to contemporary issues in the areas of fine dining, food processing and packaging, and agriculture. The Museum invited leaders from the Nordic region and the State of Washington to participate in this series of talks which will increase awareness and inspire positive actions for a more secure and sustainable world. Panel Four: Finding Solutions to Food Waste. This panel brings to light the pervasive problem and indelible impact of food waste on the global economy, the environment, and our society. Approximately one-third of food produced is discarded, yet change is possible. Panelists offer creative solutions to combat food waste. Moderated by Suvi Järvelä-Hagström, Cultural Counselor and Head of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Finland to the United States, the panel includes Albert Franch Sunyer, Head Chef and Co-Founder of zero-waste Restaurant Nolla in Helsinki; Åsa Sandberg, Head of Partnerships of a mobile application that connects consumers to unsold food (Too Good To Go); and Seattle-based writer on food and sustainability Jill Lightner. The event is sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers and held in partnership with the Embassy of Finland in the United States. The Nordic Talks is hosted by the National Nordic Museum and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Food & Drink
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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On-Demand
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Meditation and Mindfulness
Meditation and Mindfulness
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Smithsonian Institution
Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. To contribute to a sense of calm in this uncertain time, we are offering free 30-minute online meditations three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. These free sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners and include a variety of mindfulness practices. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender
Health & Wellness
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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Live
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Braising, Baking, and Broiling Vegetables
Braising, Baking, and Broiling Vegetables
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US Botanic Garden
Braising, baking, broiling – three methods that define winter cooking. Whether slow braising, quick roasting, or convection baking, cold weather foods warm the kitchen and fill the house with delicious smells. During this live, online cooking demonstration, the Cook sisters will deploy the “three B’s” to create delicious vegetable dishes for everyday dining as well as special gatherings. Join Danielle and Adrienne as they discuss cooking methods and watch as they prepare two satisfying dishes.
Food & Drink
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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Salt Printing: Demonstration & Conservation
Salt Printing: Demonstration & Conservation
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Eastman Museum
One of the earliest methods for printing photographs was known as salt printing. Introduced by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839, the salted paper method involved printing the image by light rather than developing with chemicals. In this webinar, Historic Process Specialist Nick Brandreth will demonstrate how salt prints are made. Then, Sarah Casto will discuss salted paper prints from a conservator's perspective.
Film & Photography
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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12
The Art of Looking: The Mill in Winter
The Art of Looking: The Mill in Winter
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National Gallery of Art
n the spirit of the winter season, Edward Willis Redfield's The Mill in Winter is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. This session lasts one hour and is completely interactive. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation to create an environment for shared learning. These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking. This program is free and open to the public and is designed for anyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over. Due to the interactive nature of this program, sessions are not recorded.
Art & Music
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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FREE
One Young World: Voices of Peru
One Young World: Voices of Peru
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The British Museum
Led by Jason Pareja, One Young World Engagement Lead for Latin America and Caribbean, the panel features One Young World Ambassadors Alejandra Segura, Gemma Canepa, Gonzalo Adriazola and Barbara Beltran. The talk will cover topics such as diversity and inclusion, purpose-driven business and social entrepreneurship, climate change, socio-economic recovery post COVID-19 and the role of young people in challenging times. This event is presented in partnership with One Young World(Opens in new window), a global forum identifying, promoting and connecting the world's most impactful young leaders to help create a better world.
Culture & Politics
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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Why So Many Ancient Greeks?
Why So Many Ancient Greeks?
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University of Chicago Graham School
Why are there so many ancient Greeks in the curriculum? Come hear the Chair of the program, Kendall Sharp, argue that the Greeks are only as timeless as they are timely. They’re not for everyone. They are really only for students who live, or want to live, in a society of self-governing citizens. We cannot appreciate what is great about the ancient Greek texts in the curriculum, which comprise about half of the whole, unless we disentangle them from the very much later phenomenon of Western civilization. Once disentangled from the West, and restored to their historical context, the Greek texts in the curriculum emerge as the basis for a specifically liberal education, that is, an education fit for a free citizen in a free society.
Reading & Writing
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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Beth Hoffman in conversation with Chuck Offenburger
Beth Hoffman in conversation with Chuck Offenburger
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Prairie Lights Books
Please join us for a reading and conversation with Beth Hoffman to celebrate the release of her new book Bet The Farm: The Dollars and Cents of Growing Food in America. She will be joined in conversation by Chuck Offenburger. John Piotti, President of the American Farmland Trust says of the book, "Honest and authentic, Beth Hoffman accomplishes what few authors who write about farms ever achieve: conveying amid the hard work and simple pleasures, the realities of running a tough business. Readers seldom get to view farming so accurately." Beth Hoffman has been reporting on food and agriculture for over twenty years, airing on NPR, The World, Latino USA, Living on Earth, and others. She blogged for Forbes as the Hungry Hack and studied the food system in depth as a student, fellow and co-lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism. She has completed several documentary projects including a year cooking with immigrant women in their homes and telling their stories. She was an Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of San Francisco for six years. Two years ago, in her late 40s, she and her husband left San Francisco and moved to rural Iowa to take over his family’s farm. Bet the Farm looks at the economics of American agriculture, told through Hoffman’s personal story of becoming a farmer.
Reading & Writing
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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Screening and Conversation:The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Screening and Conversation:The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
FILM at LACMA presents classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs, and conversations with artists and special guests. LACMA members are invited to join FILM at LACMA for a special screening of The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, followed by a post-screening conversation with director Will Sharpe. The film presents the extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain, whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world and, in so doing, better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson. You will receive a link to view the film and the post-screening conversation on the event date. This screening is hosted by Slipstream, a LACMA-approved third-party screening platform. If you have not previously registered with Slipstream, you will be asked to provide a valid email address and set a password to create an account.
Film & Photography
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December 3, 2021
2021-12-03
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NightSchool: LightSchool
NightSchool: LightSchool
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California Academy of Sciences
Ever wondered what makes certain plants and animals glow in the dark? Join a panel of bioluminescence experts for a deep dive into the inner workings of nature’s glow, including what it can teach us about our relationship with beneficial bacteria, the surprising evolutionary clues it unlocks, and how it has inspired artists and scientists alike. Although many marine organisms are bioluminescent, not all produce light the same way: some species make their own light, whereas more than 500 species of fish and squid rely on a special symbiotic relationship with luminous bacteria to fuel their glow. Join the Academy’s very own Dr. Alison Gould as she shares all about bioluminescent symbioses and what they can teach us about our own relationship with beneficial bacteria. Unlock a new lens through which to view nature aglow with artist Iyvone Khoo, an artist specializing in bioluminescence-related projects. Khoo will give an artist’s perspective on the natural phenomenon, and share the process and challenges of observing bioluminescent plankton to create their art installation Infinity Cube. Although bioluminescence seems like a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, bioluminescent systems independently evolved over 90 times! Join UCSB doctoral candidate Emily Lau as she explains the diversity of bioluminescent systems and what they can teach us about convergent evolution, plus details on the biochemical basis of bioluminescence systems and how luminous organisms might acquire molecules to produce light.
Science & Nature
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December 4, 2021
2021-12-04
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On-Demand
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What's Next for Museums?
What's Next for Museums?
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Chicago Humanities Festival
Museums are at the heart of our cultural lives: they are where we go to learn and gather collectively. But the pandemic has restricted access to these spaces, and national conversations around equity are asking museums to reckon with where their collections came from, who they represent, and who has access to them. Join Elizabeth Merritt (American Alliance of Museums), Chevy Humphrey (Museum of Science and Industry), and Lisa Yun Lee (Public Housing Museum) for a conversation about how museums will shift and change as we move into a new stage of the pandemic and come back together in public spaces.
Culture & Politics
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December 5, 2021
2021-12-05
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On-Demand
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Bright Ideas: Spark New Writing
Bright Ideas: Spark New Writing
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San Francisco Writers' Grotto
In this one-day workshop, we will explore innovative ways to spark new writing. We will use a variety of different media as we search for access to unique ways to enter the creative flow. By the end of this class, participants will have played with language, explored new writing techniques, and have new resources and practices to keep them moving forward in their writing life. This lively generative class is excellent for new and experienced writers. Instructor Maw Shein Win’s poetry chapbooks are Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California (2016 – 2018). Her full-length poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House (Omnidawn) was longlisted for the 2021 PEN America Open Book Award and nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers and was a Spring 2021 ARC Poetry Fellow at UC Berkeley.
Reading & Writing
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December 5, 2021
2021-12-05
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Live
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90
A Spanish Holiday: Seafood Zarzuela
A Spanish Holiday: Seafood Zarzuela
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18 Reasons
The star of this holiday show is the zarzuela, which is also known as the "Spanish Bouillabaisse." In Spain, zarzuela can mean one of two things: an opera-like musical piece, or this medley of flavours of the sea. Zarzuela is prepared in some coastal regions of Valencia and Castellón with fresh, seasonal fishermens' catch. We think it can be a great addition to your holiday table. Fish and seafood stewed gently in their own juices, prepared with the typical regional picada technique, which you will learn in this class. To complete the menu, we will make the cava-based cocktail called Agua de Valencia, and a Chestnut Custard for dessert. Bring a touch of Spain to your holiday dinner table with Camila and 18 Reasons! Menu for this class includes: Zarzuela de Mariscos—Spanish seafood stew; Agua de Valencia—Cava-based cocktail with orange juice and gin; and Chestnut Custard.
Food & Drink
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December 5, 2021
2021-12-05
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50
Virtual Penguin Encounter
Virtual Penguin Encounter
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Shedd Aquarium
It’s time to meet the penguins—virtually! Experience a live virtual visit with the penguins that call Shedd home from your home with our brand-new Virtual Penguin Encounter with Shedd Aquarium. You’ve followed the penguins on their adventures. Now for a limited time, you can meet them up close in their habitat! Will you waddle with Wellington? Hang out with rockhopper penguin pair Edward and Annie? Meet Magellanic penguins Izzy and Darwin?
Science & Nature
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December 5, 2021
2021-12-05
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Live
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50
Reel Pieces Remote: Classic Films - Masterpieces of the 1960s
Reel Pieces Remote: Classic Films - Masterpieces of the 1960s
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92nd Street Y
Classic Films with Annette Insdorf will return in December with a 5-week series focused on cinematic masterpieces of the 1960s. Through screenings, lectures and discussions, this thirteenth season of Reel Pieces Remote highlights European and American movies that defined the decade, crafted by directors including Francois Truffaut, Roman Polanski, Gillo Pontecorvo, and John Cassavetes. Members will receive Professor Insdorf’s pre-recorded introduction prior to the live Sunday evening class, which takes place at 8 pm ET. The descriptions are below. Dec 5: Shoot the Piano Player (1960, France), dir. Francois Truffaut. Starring Charles Aznavour as a timid pianist, this classic of the French New Wave mixes a love story with gangsters and comedy. Dec 12: Knife in the Water (1962, Poland), dir. Roman Polanski. A brilliant first feature about the tensions between a bourgeois couple and the young hitchhiker they pick up (including a memorable jazz score by Krzysztof Komeda). Dec 19: The Battle of Algiers (1966, Italy/Algeria), dir. Gillo Pontecorvo. This profoundly influential and politically engaged drama captures the excitement of Algerians fighting for independence from French colonizers. Jan 2: Faces (1968, U.S.), dir. John Cassavetes. A powerfully edgy portrait of a marriage unraveling, stunningly performed by John Marley and first-time actress Lynn Carlin. And while grown men act like kids, a hooker (Gena Rowlands) reveals a heart of gold. Jan 9: Stolen Kisses (1968, France), dir. Francois Truffaut. In this light-hearted sequel to The 400 Blows, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) gets a job as a private detective and falls in love with the older, married woman (Delphine Seyrig) he is following.
Film & Photography
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December 5, 2021
2021-12-05
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150
Virtual Ocean Talk: Captain Cook-Man or Myth?
Virtual Ocean Talk: Captain Cook-Man or Myth?
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Join Professor John Maynard and Peter FitzSimons for a pre-recorded live discussion from Apri, 2020, about the legend of Captian Cook. This is part of the Maritime Museum's virtual ocean talk series.
Culture & Politics
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December 6, 2021
2021-12-06
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On-Demand
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Panel Discussion of Still Alice
Panel Discussion of Still Alice
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Harvard University
Adapted from Lisa Genova’s 2007 bestselling novel, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Oscar-winning film tells the story of renowned linguistics professor Alice Howland who fights to stay connected to her family, friends and herself after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Panel includes: Lisa Genova, Author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O’Briens, and Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting; Rudolph E. Tanzi, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Vice-Chair of Neurology, and Co-Director of the McCance Center for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital; James M. Wilkin, Geriatric psychiatrist, medical director of the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program at McLean Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Moderator: David Shenk Author of The Forgetting, creator of the Living with Alzheimer's Film Project, co-host of The Forgetting Podcast, and contributor to The Atlantic, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and NPR.
Science & Nature
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December 6, 2021
2021-12-06
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Book Talk: There is Nothing for You Here by Fiona Hill
Book Talk: There is Nothing for You Here by Fiona Hill
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Columbia University
Please join the Harriman Institute and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) for a talk with Fiona Hill, author of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century (Mariner Books, 2021), joined by David L. Philips (ISHR) as chair and Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute) as discussant. In There Is Nothing for You Here, a celebrated foreign policy expert and key impeachment witness reveals how declining opportunity has set America on the grim path of modern Russia—and draws on her personal journey out of poverty, as well as her unique perspectives as an historian and policy maker, to show how we can return hope to our forgotten places. Fiona Hill grew up in a world of terminal decay. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were shuttering, and despair was etched in the faces around her. Her father urged her to get out of their blighted corner of northern England: “There is nothing for you here, pet,” he said. The coal-miner’s daughter managed to go further than he ever could have dreamed. She studied in Moscow and at Harvard, became an American citizen, and served three U.S. Presidents. But in the heartlands of both Russia and the United States, she saw troubling reflections of her hometown and similar populist impulses. By the time she offered her brave testimony in the first impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Hill knew that the desperation of forgotten people was driving American politics over the brink—and that we were running out of time to save ourselves from Russia’s fate. In this powerful, deeply personal account, she shares what she has learned, and shows why expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy.
Culture & Politics
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December 6, 2021
2021-12-06
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Pine Medicine
Pine Medicine
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New York Botanical Garden
From cough syrups to pine pollen pancakes and spruce tip salt, discover how common conifers can delight your taste buds and enhance your apothecary. Under herbalist Dawn Petter's guidance and demonstration, you'll learn how to craft a few remedies.
Science & Nature
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December 6, 2021
2021-12-06
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49
Virtual Book Talk: Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World
Virtual Book Talk: Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World
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Boston Athenaeum
In a sweeping narrative that traverses 600 years, one that eloquently weaves precise historical detail with poignant personal reportage, Pulitzer Prize finalist Howard W. French retells the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in America, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe’s dehumanizing engagement with the “darkest” continent. Born in Blackness dramatically retrieves the lives of major African historical figures whose stories have been repeatedly etiolated and erased over centuries, from unimaginably rich medieval African emperors who traded with Asia; to Kongo sovereigns who heroically battled seventeenth-century European powers; to ex-slaves who liberated Haitians from bondage. In doing so, French tells the story of gold, tobacco, sugar, and cotton—and the greatest “commodity” of all, the millions of people brought in chains from Africa to the New World, whose reclaimed histories fundamentally help explain our present world. A two-time Pulitzer nominee, Howard W. French is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and former New York Times bureau chief in the Caribbean and Central America, West and Central Africa, Tokyo, and Shanghai. The author of five books, French lives in New York City. To learn more, visit howardwfrench.com.
Reading & Writing
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December 6, 2021
2021-12-06
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5
Eli Saslow: Voices from the Pandemic
Eli Saslow: Voices from the Pandemic
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Chicago Humanities Festival
First responder, doctor, patient, grocery store owner, restaurateur, teacher, retail worker—these are the voices from the pandemic. When the global Covid-19 outbreak started, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow began interviewing the American people about their experiences of fear, overwhelm, courage, and ultimately resilience during this crisis. Join Saslow at CHF for a cathartic conversation about how we can begin to grapple with the historic events of the last year and half, as detailed in Saslow's powerful new book Voices from the Pandemic.
Culture & Politics
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December 6, 2021
2021-12-06
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Blackness in Contemporary African Art Practice
Blackness in Contemporary African Art Practice
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Tate Britain
This panel considers ways in which contemporary African artists, curators and writers deal with the question of Blackness in their work. It asks how an African experience of Blackness differs from that of the diaspora and from country to country. The presentations consider a continent-specific account of Blackness through relationships with spirituality, ancestry, (settler) colonialism and Black womanhood. Speakers include Nomusa Makhubu, Minna Salami and Suzana Sousa. This event took place on Zoom on 1 June 2021. A recording of the event will be available to watch on this page until 15 July 2021.
Art & Music
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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On-Demand
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NightSchool: Down Under
NightSchool: Down Under
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California Academy of Sciences
Gather with us for a session dedicated to the unique wildlife and ecosystems of Australia. Tune in for stories about platypuses, flying-foxes, koalas, and wombats, and how these populations are faring while facing climate change, wildfires, and urban development. Also: Find out how wombats produce cube-shaped poop. Wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy doesn’t have to travel far from home to find interesting conservation stories—it helps that his home is in southeastern Australia. He’ll talk about two of the fascinating animals that he’s covered close to his hometown of Melbourne—flying-foxes and platypuses. Australia’s iconic koalas aren’t doing well. Dr. Christine Hosking, Conservation Planner at the University of Queensland, talks about the population’s plummeting numbers and the country’s recent bushfires, drought, and increased urban development that threaten them, and what conservation models are needed to avoid the species’ extinction. To mark their territory, wombats build cairns with their cube-shaped poop. But how can their soft intestines make cubes in the first place? Dr. David Hu is an expert in the biomechanics of animal locomotion, and his lab at Georgia Tech recently won an Ig Nobel prize in physics for their work explaining just how it works—and how it might be applicable to the wider world.
Science & Nature
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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On-Demand
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Lunch Break Science |Alba García de la Chica
Lunch Break Science |Alba García de la Chica
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The Leakey Foundation
Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Alba García de la Chica and learn about the mechanisms that allow the maintenance of pair bonds and monogamy in owl monkeys. Alba García de la Chica is a PhD candidate from the University of Barcelona. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2017 cycle for her project entitled “Behavioral, hormonal and life-history correlates of pair bonding in owl monkeys.”
Science & Nature
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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On-Demand
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Online Screening of December 7th
Online Screening of December 7th
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National Archives of the United States
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) and America’s entry into the Second World War, we will screen December 7th, released by the U.S. Navy in 1943. The 20-minute film won the Academy AwardⓇ in 1944 for Best Documentary Short Subject. Other related films from the motion picture holdings of the National Archives will be shown. The screening will be introduced by National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Specialist Audrey Amidon.
Film & Photography
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Live
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Book Talk: The Library: A Fragile History
Book Talk: The Library: A Fragile History
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Boston Athenaeum
Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes, or filled with bean bags and children’s drawings—the history of the library is rich, varied, and stuffed full of incident. In The Library, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen introduce us to the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world’s great collections, trace the rise and fall of literary tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare manuscripts. In doing so, they reveal that while collections themselves are fragile, often falling into ruin within a few decades, the idea of the library has been remarkably resilient as each generation makes—and remakes—the institution anew. Beautifully written and deeply researched, The Library is essential reading for booklovers, collectors, and anyone who has ever gotten blissfully lost in the stacks.
Reading & Writing
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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The Legacy of George P. Shultz
The Legacy of George P. Shultz
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Georgetown University
On February 6, 2021, George P. Shultz, one of this country’s most distinguished public servants, passed away at age 100. Shultz had served in three U.S. administrations as secretary of labor, director of the Office of Management and Budget, secretary of the Treasury, and secretary of state. After the 1986 Reykjavik Summit, he led negotiations with the Soviet Union that led in December 1987 to the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Inspired by those events, Shultz spent much of his retirement working for nuclear disarmament, culminating in 2007 with his appeal with other senior American statesmen for nuclear abolition. With former Secretary of Defense William Perry, he also engaged religious leaders, including hosting colloquia on Catholic approaches to nuclear disarmament in 2014 and 2018. This panel will explore the legacy of Secretary Shultz especially with respect to his efforts to create the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear weapons. It will also discuss Shultz’s approach to diplomacy and statecraft with its commitment to long-term goals and pragmatic short-term engagement with adversaries, analyzing his ideas about a global commons and the need to manage threats to humanity through international mechanisms. Finally, the panelists will identify lessons we can learn from Shultz’s achievements and share their thoughts about the future of nuclear disarmament and the abolition campaign. This event will be hosted by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in partnership with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network; Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research; and the William J. Perry Project. This is one of a series of initiatives of the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament.
Culture & Politics
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Tamed: Three Species That Changed The World
Tamed: Three Species That Changed The World
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The University of Oxford
Professor Alice Roberts explores how Stone Age hunters domesticated dogs and cattle, how Bronze Age nomads domesticated horses, and how teaming up with these other species helped our ancestors to survive and thrive. She looks at how archaeology, history and genetics combine to produce astonishing revelations, allowing us to explore the Neolithic revolution and its legacy.Professor Roberts is a biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster. Having originally studied and practiced medicine, she then became a university lecturer, teaching clinical anatomy and undertaking research in biological anthropology. She is especially interested in the intersection between biology, archaeology and history, and the interaction between humans and the environment through time. Alice has presented over a hundred television programmes, on subjects ranging from biology and archaeology and history, and written ten popular science books, including The Incredible Human Journey, Evolution: The Human Story, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, Tamed: Ten species that changed our world, and her most recent, Ancestors: The Prehistory of Britain in Seven Burials. In 2020, Alice Roberts was awarded the Royal Society’s first David Attenborough Prize for Public Engagement.
Science & Nature
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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The Really Popular Book Club: The Mistletoe Murders
The Really Popular Book Club: The Mistletoe Murders
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The University of Cambridge
Join us this December as we get together to discuss a festive treat! As the acknowledged Queen of Crime, P.D. James was frequently commissioned to write a special short story for Christmas, and The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories draws together four of her finest. James’s elegant prose illuminates each tale, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide tantalising puzzles to keep the reader guessing. From the title story about a strained country house Christmas party, to another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, and two cases for her poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh - currently returning to our television screens in brand new adaptations of James’s novels - each tale revels in the lure of a mystery to be solved. Our special guest for the evening will be Nicola Upson; author of a series of detective novels which feature the brilliant Golden Age writer Josephine Tey as their lead character. Beginning with An Expert in Murder (Faber), which was dramatised for BBC Radio 4, the books paint an atmospheric picture of England between the wars and have been described as 'historical crime fiction at its very best' (Sunday Times). Nicola has also written a standalone novel, Stanley and Elsie, about the life of artist Stanley Spencer, and two works of non-fiction. Her latest book, The Dead of Winter, is a riff on the Golden Age Christmas detective story and was longlisted for the CWA Gold and Historical Daggers. About The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, Nicola says: ‘P.D. James was a good friend for many years, and so The Mistletoe Murder - published posthumously - holds mixed emotions for me: sadness, because her output of brilliant crime writing which did so much to elevate the genre is now complete; and joy, because that voice I know so well springs once again from the page, vivid and timeless, there simultaneously as entertainment and encouragement. These perfectly formed miniatures contain everything I love and admire most about Phyllis’s work: atmospheric storytelling; a strong sense of place, unsurpassed in the genre; and an unflinching understanding of the darkness that lies in us all.’ As well as hearing from Nicola about her thoughts and observations on The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories, we will once again be opening the floor up to you, our club members, to share your own observations and remarks.
Reading & Writing
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Monet and Modernism
Monet and Modernism
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Barnes Foundation
Today, the art of Claude Monet can be found on T-shirts, mugs, and even athletic shoes. His paintings are so well known that it’s easy to forget how radical and anti-establishment they were in his day. Monet was at the forefront of the impressionist movement, a group of artists whose approach to painting amounted to a fundamental—and controversial—break from European tradition. His focus on surface over subject, seriality, and subjectivity bordering on abstraction were the culmination of a lifetime of artistic experimentation. In this course, we will look closely at Monet’s art to understand his contributions to modernism in the 20th century and beyond.
Art & Music
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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220
The State of Redistricting and the 2022 Elections
The State of Redistricting and the 2022 Elections
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Harvard Kennedy School
We are in the midst of one of the most rancorous redistricting sessions in our country’s history. Partisan officials – mostly but not only in conservative legislatures – are using the drawing of new congressional, state and local election districts to amass disproportionate power for themselves. How successfully can this be resisted? Meanwhile, the many independent/nonpartisan commissions established in states in recent years were meant to help avoid this problem. Are they working to do so? If so, which ones are, which ones aren’t, where and why? On December 8 at 4 PM ET, we will learn about the state of redistricting in this moment, litigation that is occurring under a dramatically weakened Voting Rights Act, and how different redistricting commissions are faring.
Culture & Politics
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Virtual Ballet Technique and Enrichment for Active Seniors
Virtual Ballet Technique and Enrichment for Active Seniors
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San Francisco Ballet
This class is specifically designed for seniors who love fitness and ballet. Classes will offer the benefits of a classical ballet technique class with gentle modifications to honor well-lived backs, hips, knees, and ankles. Once a month, a San Francisco Ballet Audience Engagement Program Expert will “zoom in” with a short in-class experience encompassing dance history, repertory analysis, and other opportunities to learn about the World of Dance and SF Ballet.
Health & Wellness
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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12
Beyond Medicine: A Physician’s Remarkable Prescription for Achieving Absolute Health and Finding Inner Peace
Beyond Medicine: A Physician’s Remarkable Prescription for Achieving Absolute Health and Finding Inner Peace
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92nd Street Y
What if there were a simple, effortless, and scientifically-backed way to feel well and to thrive — and you didn’t need to do anything to experience just that? You can just be. We invite you to travel with Dr. Patricia Muehsam to a place beyond Western medicine, beyond mind-body medicine, beyond holistic and integrative medicine, and beyond any medicine at all. Beyond to a place where Absolute Health comes with ease, not effort, through the transformative work of breathing, meditation, energy techniques and more. It is from a place of pausing that you can discover all the strength you’ll ever need. Learn the power of simple tools for mental clarity and whole-body wellness and bring your body into a place of healing and inner peace with simple strategies that work.
Health & Wellness
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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20
Queer Art Chat on Materials and Bodies
Queer Art Chat on Materials and Bodies
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Museum of Modern Art
Queer Art Chats are a chance to build community among people invested in queer and trans perspectives, art, and liberation. No specialized understanding of art, art history, or queer theory is required; our own experiences and perspectives will form the basis for participation. In each session, participants will work with facilitators and each other to collectively generate ideas about queerness and transness. Queer Art Chat on Materials and Bodies will explore artworks that invoke the idea of bodies using assemblages of organic materials without depicting figures. Together, we will investigate how abstracted forms can gesture to lived, embodied experiences.
Art & Music
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Traveling Black: Race and Resistance on the Road, the Rails, and the Skyways
Traveling Black: Race and Resistance on the Road, the Rails, and the Skyways
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Yale University
Join author Mia Bay, the Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, in conversation with Matthew Jacobson, co-director of the Public Humanities Program and the Sterling Professor of American Studies, History & African American Studies at Yale University, about Bay's book Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance. This program is presented as part of the ongoing “Democracy in America” series, a collaboration between the New Haven Free Public Library and Public Humanities at Yale.
Culture & Politics
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Juhea Kim in Conversation With Caroline Kim
Juhea Kim in Conversation With Caroline Kim
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Powell's City of Books
In 1917, deep in the snowy mountains of occupied Korea, an impoverished local hunter on the brink of starvation saves a young Japanese officer from an attacking tiger. In an instant, their fates are connected — and from this encounter unfolds a saga that spans half a century. In the aftermath, a young girl named Jade is sold by her family to Miss Silver’s courtesan school, an act of desperation that will cement her place in the lowest social status. When she befriends an orphan boy named JungHo, who scrapes together a living begging on the streets of Seoul, they form a deep friendship. As they come of age, JungHo is swept up in the revolutionary fight for independence, and Jade becomes a sought-after performer with a new romantic prospect of noble birth. Soon Jade must decide whether she will risk everything for the one who would do the same for her. From the perfumed chambers of a courtesan school in Pyongyang to the glamorous cafes of a modernizing Seoul and the boreal forests of Manchuria, where battles rage, Juhea Kim’s unforgettable characters forge their own destinies as they wager their nation’s. Immersive and elegant, Kim's epic debut, Beasts of a Little Land (Ecco), unveils a world where friends become enemies, enemies become saviors, heroes are persecuted, and beasts take many shapes. Kim will be joined in conversation by Caroline Kim, author of The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories.
Reading & Writing
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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NYPL Live: New York, My Village: Uwem Akpan with Elif Batuman
NYPL Live: New York, My Village: Uwem Akpan with Elif Batuman
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New York Public Library
The award-winning author’s debut novel explores tribalism everywhere, from Nigerian villages to New York publishing houses. Coming to New York on a prestigious fellowship, Nigerian editor Ekong Udousoro is about to begin the opportunity of a lifetime: to learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry from its epicenter. His colleagues meet him with kindness and hospitality, but he is soon exposed to a colder, ruthlessly commercial underbelly and a bedrock of white cultural superiority and racist assumptions about Africa, its peoples, and worst of all, its food. In New York, My Village Uwem Akpan melds humor, tenderness, and pain to create a saga of unanticipated strife that proves there is still hope in sharing our stories. Uwem Akpan researched and wrote New York, My Village during his 2013–2014 Fellowship at the Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He discusses his book with best-selling author Elif Batuman.
Reading & Writing
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Food and Wine Pairing: Finding the Perfect Match and the Science Behind It
Food and Wine Pairing: Finding the Perfect Match and the Science Behind It
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The University of Melbourne
Join experts from the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences as they explore the science behind food, wine and spirits pairing. It might seem instinctive, but have you ever wondered about the alchemy created through the pairing of food and wine? How does pairing certain wines with certain foods contribute to our enjoyment of a meal? Whether you’ve ever wondered about the chemistry of taste, or simply want to know which wine will perfectly complement your next Sunday lunch – we have a great event for you. Two of our leading authorities in food and wine science, Chris Barnes and Sonja Needs, will explore: Why we should seek to pair food and wine. The secrets to a successful pairing. The science behind pairing, and which elements might make the biggest impact. Top tips for exploring your own pairings. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Dr Jennifer Henry [BAgr(Hons), PhD], alum of the School of Agriculture and Food, and will be followed by a live audience Q&A. (Live from Melbourne, Victoria, this program will take place at 5pm USA Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 7).
Food & Drink
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Gallery Visits You: The Art of Food
Gallery Visits You: The Art of Food
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National Gallery of Victoria
Are you interested in a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria with your community group or aged care centre but cannot physically visit? We would love to see you at our Gallery Visits You online program. Join NGV Guides online as they introduce highlight artworks from the NGV Collection, and share the stories behind some of the Gallery’s best known and most loved artworks. No prior art knowledge or experience is required. Booked participants will receive an email prior to the event including a link to connect to the online program. NGV Guides: Maggie Burgess & Rosemary McCormack. (Note, live from the National Gallery in Melbourne on December 8, the program begins at 5:30pm Pacific Time on December 7).
Art & Music
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December 7, 2021
2021-12-07
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Getty Talks: Egyptology Meets Science
Getty Talks: Egyptology Meets Science
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Getty
In this inspiring talk, Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, shows how he breathes new life into old discoveries and modernized the nearly 200-year-old museum dedicated to Egyptian art and culture. Previously recorded at the Getty Villa.
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Getty Talks: Caravaggio: An Overview
Getty Talks: Caravaggio: An Overview
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Getty
Distinguished art historian Michael Fried, professor emeritus of humanities at Johns Hopkins University, takes off from each of the three great paintings that were on loan to the Getty Museum from the Galleria Borghese in Rome to provide an overview of Caravaggio's remarkable, world-transforming achievement.
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Art and Health: Art and the Brain
Art and Health: Art and the Brain
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Nasher Sculpture Center
This series presents the stories of artists who creatively respond to mental and physical health issues through their artwork. By creating dialogue between experts in the discipline of art and those in the field of medicine and health, these programs offer the opportunity to better understand the mind, the body, and the resilience of people facing incredible challenges. What is the role of art in addressing how a person manages illness? This program explores how the brain learns, how we create memories, and how creativity contributes to healing.
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Lunch Break Science: Alexandra Kralick
Lunch Break Science: Alexandra Kralick
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The Leakey Foundation
Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Alexandra Kralick and learn about orangutan secondary sexual characteristic development. Kralick is interested in sex differences in growth and development of the skeleton in great apes and humans. A running theme in her work is busting the idea of a sex binary. She is PhD Candidate at University of Pennsylvania and NSF GRFP Fellow and earned a B.S. in Biological Anthropology from George Washington University, where she studied gorilla dental development and wrist bone shape.
Science & Nature
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Artist Talk with Bit Vejle
Artist Talk with Bit Vejle
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National Nordic Museum
Danish papercutting artist Bit Vejle explores her form of expression: psaligraphy, the art of drawing or painting with scissors in this talk, in conversation with National Nordic Museum CEO, Eric Nelson. Watch the talk and join the virtual papercutting activity on December 15!
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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NYPL Live: The Library: A Fragile History
NYPL Live: The Library: A Fragile History
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New York Public Library
Historians explore the contested and dramatic history of the library, from the famous collections of the ancient world to the public resources we cherish today.Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes or filled with bean bags and children's drawings—the history of the library is rich, varied, and stuffed full of incident. In their new book, the first major history of its kind, historians Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen survey the antiquarians and philanthropists who shaped the world's greatest collections, trace the rise and fall of fashions and tastes, and reveal the high crimes and misdemeanors committed in pursuit of rare and valuable manuscripts. Pettegree and der Weduwen discuss the fragile history of libraries, and the complex legacy of collecting.
Reading & Writing
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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On Lubaina Himid's Practice
On Lubaina Himid's Practice
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Tate Britain
Join us for this series of participatory seminars on the artistic practice of Lubaina Himid. In celebration of Tate Modern’s exhibition of Lubaina Himid’s work this series of six online events takes a closer look at her expansive practice, covering topics and themes such as colour, opera and collaborative practice. Led by a facilitator these 2-hour online seminar sessions offer an opportunity to discuss the work and its themes as a group. Each session is joined by a respondent with specialized knowledge of Himid’s practice contributing to the discussion, helping to steer the conversation. Each event includes smaller group discussions and activities in breakout rooms, allowing for everyone to actively participate. This series is for those interested in Lubaina Himid’s practice and for connecting with other likeminded individuals through discussion. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary.
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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The Last of the Right Whales: Documenting an Endangered Species
The Last of the Right Whales: Documenting an Endangered Species
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Royal Ontario Museum
North Atlantic right whales are dying faster than they can reproduce. In a stunning new documentary, the camera follows their migration and those committed to saving this species still struggling to recover from centuries of hunting. Filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza and Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Sean Brillant join ROM’s Jacqueline Miller to discuss not only the subject of this extraordinary documentary, but the challenges in making a film on critically endangered whales during a pandemic. Explore how the film’s impact team and partners like CWF are committed to playing a role in the survival of this magnificent, critically endangered species.
Science & Nature
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Lecture, Conversations with Indigenous-Language Activists and Artists
Lecture, Conversations with Indigenous-Language Activists and Artists
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Yale University
Royce K. Young Wolf (Hiraacá [Hidatsa], Nu’eta [Mandan], and Sosore [Eastern Shoshone]) is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in Native American Art and Curation between Yale’s Department of the History of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as a Yale University Presidential Visiting Fellow. Her work as an Indigenous-language activist has inspired her artistic practice and doctoral research. Young Wolf crafts this lecture from intergenerational storywork, poetics, and experiences from the frontlines where the sociocultural “prestige” associated with fluency sustains yet taints efforts to revitalize endangered language. She demonstrates how the act of creating art has the power to renegotiate language-revitalization relationships by empowering speakers, learners, and teachers.
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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American Jewish Thought Since 1934
American Jewish Thought Since 1934
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92nd Street Y
This six-session series will focus on the nature and diversity of American Jewish Thought generated in North America since 1934. Based on a new anthology co-edited by Michael Marmur and David Ellenson, the course will focus on seven major topics treated in the book: God, Revelation & Commandment, Spirituality, Hermeneutics & Politics, Holocaust & Israel, Feminism, Gender & Sexuality, and Peoplehood. The course hopes to understand and describe some of the key questions to have occupied the American Jewish community over the last eighty years, to identify and characterize some of the most significant figures in contemporary American Jewish Thought, and to have you articulate some of your own views and commitments in the wider context of an ever-unfolding American Jewish conversation.
Culture & Politics
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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ICP Talks: Jeff Wall
ICP Talks: Jeff Wall
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The International Center of Photography
Jeff Wall has been at the forefront of photographic art for the last few decades. In the late 1970s he began to make singular images presented on the exhibition wall as tableaux at ‘life scale’. In doing so, Wall broke with the printed page as the dominant dimension and context for photography. In this discussion, Wall considers how his interest in scale and the beholder in the gallery space shape his image making as he moves between documentary and more cinematographic pictures. Wall will be in conversation with David Campany, ICP’s managing director of programs. David has written a number of texts on Wall’s work, including the book Picture for Women.
Film & Photography
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Women, Gender & Inclusion in Sports: A Historical Perspective
Women, Gender & Inclusion in Sports: A Historical Perspective
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The University of Washington
oin us on Wednesday, December 8 at 3:00 PM for the latest panel in the Sports History Series, moderated by Dr. Alyssa Hellrung. Our panelists will discuss the history that surrounds issues of gender inequity, sexism, and discrimination in the sports world, as well as the most pressing issues that athletes continue to face today. They will also address major moments in history that have made sports more accessible and inclusive.
Culture & Politics
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Monet Hates Me: Tacita Dean in Conversation with Anne Rana
Monet Hates Me: Tacita Dean in Conversation with Anne Rana
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Getty
Monet Hates Me, a project by visual artist Tacita Dean, explores her chance encounters with objects in the archives of the Getty Research Institute. As the Artist in Residence at the GRI from 2014–2015, Dean proposed that chance be her guide through the collections, and indeed it was: she researched randomly, meandering through boxes, objects, and images from sources as varied as medieval alchemy books to 20th century artist letters. In this conversation, Dean discusses her experiences working in the archives alongside art historian Anne Rana, and how her collaboration with Martyn Ridgewell during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns shaped the artist’s edition and complementary artist’s book.
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Artist Talk: My Barbarian
Artist Talk: My Barbarian
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Whitney Museum of American Art
On the occasion of the survey exhibition My Barbarian, the members of the group—Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade—will share the story of their twenty years of collective practice. From their earliest performances in Los Angeles clubs to their social and political theater productions, the conversation will tell the history of the group’s evolution and highlight their multivalent approach to performance. The program also celebrates the publication of the first monograph about My Barbarian, which includes a richly illustrated visual chronology with texts written by the artists.
Art & Music
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Historically Speaking: Black Reconstruction -- A Conversation Among Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates & Kevin Young
Historically Speaking: Black Reconstruction -- A Conversation Among Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates & Kevin Young
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Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of African American History and Culture Andrew W. Mellon Director Kevin Young moderates a discussion with prominent historians Eric Foner and Henry Louis Gates editors of the Library of America’s reissue of W.E.B. Dubois’ groundbreaking assessment of the impact of Reconstruction on America’s post-civil war black community.
Culture & Politics
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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A History of Wild Places: Shea Ernshaw in Conversation With Amanda Montell
A History of Wild Places: Shea Ernshaw in Conversation With Amanda Montell
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Powell's City of Books
From Shea Ernshaw, author of The Wicked Deep, comes a richly atmospheric adult debut following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders. Travis Wren has an unusual talent for locating missing people. Hired by families as a last resort, he requires only a single object to find the person who has vanished. When he takes on the case of Maggie St. James — a well-known author of dark, macabre children’s books — he’s led to a place many believed to be only a legend. Called Pastoral, this reclusive community was founded in the 1970s by like-minded people searching for a simpler way of life. By all accounts, the commune shouldn’t exist anymore and soon after Travis stumbles upon it… he disappears. Just like Maggie St. James. Years later, Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck beyond the border of the community. No one is allowed in or out, not when there’s a risk of bringing a disease — rot — into Pastoral. Unraveling the mystery of what happened reveals secrets that Theo, his wife, Calla, and her sister, Bee, keep from one another. Secrets that prove their perfect, isolated world isn’t as safe as they believed — and that darkness takes many forms. Hauntingly beautiful, hypnotic, and bewitching, A History of Wild Places (Atria) is a story about fairy tales, our fear of the dark, and losing yourself within the wilderness of your mind. Ernshaw will be joined in conversation by Amanda Montell, author of Cultish and Wordslut.
Reading & Writing
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December 8, 2021
2021-12-08
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Australian Food with Bill Granger
Australian Food with Bill Granger
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Sydney Opera House
Crowned the ‘Egg Master of Sydney’ and ‘creator of avocado toast’, Bill Granger is renowned as the restauranteur who brought laid-back Australian cafe culture to the world, and is beloved by family cooks and culinary sophisticates alike. The empire that is ‘bills’ began with the original Darlinghurst street-corner cafe 26 years ago and is credited as the first place anywhere to put the now-iconic breakfast of avocado toast on the menu. Since then, from Sydney to Tokyo, London to Seoul, people around the world have queued for a taste of his absurdly fluffy ricotta hotcakes and creamy scrambled eggs, and fallen in love with this sunny, relaxed, and very Australian way of eating. Ahead of his new book release, Australian Food, Bill Granger talks with food writer Adam Liaw to celebrate the global phenomenon of Australian cafe culture, the evolution of a national cuisine and the uniqueness of Australian food. Recorded live in July, 2020 from the Sydney Opera House.
Food & Drink
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Collecting Kelp
Collecting Kelp
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Exploratorium
The California coast is a dynamic, active system that supports all sorts of ocean organisms. Dive below the surface at today's online event inspired by the Exploratorium’s once-a-year dry-docking of our data collection buoy and examination of the organisms that have taken residence on its underside over the past year. Featuring: Ocean Record Keepers with Dr. Emily Miller. How can dried seaweed help ocean conservation efforts? Understand the future of the ocean requires an understanding of the past. To date, historical data has been largely limited to instrument records and observations that begin around 1950. Research technician Emily Miller shares how kelp and other marine algae from herbaria repositories, and the female scientists who collected them, are helping extend historical records all the way back to 1878. With this data, Emily offers a new perspective on upwelling cycles and documents these patterns to help understand the shifts in the foundation of the food web of Monterey Bay.
Science & Nature
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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The Elections of 202-
The Elections of 202-
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University of Virginia
Miller Center scholars Barbara Perry and Michael Nelson discuss Nelson's book The Elections of 2020, a collection of essays by an all-star team of political scientists in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 general election. The book chronicles every stage of the presidential race as well as the congressional elections, paying additional attention to the role of the media and campaign finance in the process. Broad in coverage and bolstered by tables and figures presenting exit polls and voting results in the primaries, caucuses, and the general election, these essays discuss the consequences of these elections for the presidency, Congress, and the larger political system.
Culture & Politics
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project
99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project
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Johns Hopkins University
In this Hopkins at Home virtual event, Dr. Homayra Ziad, Director of the Program in Islamic Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Alison Kysia, multimedia artist and grassroots educator, share stories of their collaboration on 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project. This multimedia art and storytelling project centers stories of Muslim women activists healing from experiences of injustice during the 9/11 era. The project originated in a series of 99 pinch pots created by Alison after a sustained and painful experience of anti-Muslim bigotry. These vessels represent the 99 names of God in Islam and symbolize the diversity of all encapsulated in the One, and each of these pots also holds the story of a Muslim woman activist about injustice they have endured and transformed to nourish their work. The stories are accompanied by poetry (curated and translated by Homayra), visual art, and vocal recitation, culminating in a website which serves as an online art exhibition, healing resource, publicly accessible learning tool, and historical archive. Homayra and Alison will discuss the origins and vision of the project and how it fits into the larger goals of the Islamic Studies Program at Hopkins, to foster meaningful connections between the academic study of religion and the lived experience of religious communities, and to establish long-lasting and equitable partnerships outside the academy.
Culture & Politics
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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What Do People Mean When They Say AI, ML, Big Data or Data Science?
What Do People Mean When They Say AI, ML, Big Data or Data Science?
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Washington University in St. Louis
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, big data and data science are just a few of the terms we are increasingly finding in our everyday lives, as well as in reference to business, healthcare, and government. In this talk, we will take these confusing terms and create a simple fluency and straightforward framework to understand what these things really are, how they work together, and, most importantly, how to question what they are doing.
Science & Nature
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Virtual Voices of the Game: Josh Rawitch
Virtual Voices of the Game: Josh Rawitch
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Join the Hall of Fame's new President Josh Rawitch as he takes us through his road to Cooperstown. Rawitch spent more than a quarter century working in baseball before assuming his role as National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President on Sept. 9, 2021. Rawitch will also discuss the 2021 Era Committee announcement taking place on December 5th. Thanks to the support from The Ford Motor Company, this virtual program is free of charge but registration is required.
Reading & Writing
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Artist Talk: Diana Markosian + Ragnar  Kjartansson  on Santa Barbara
Artist Talk: Diana Markosian + Ragnar  Kjartansson  on Santa Barbara
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
In this online event, artists Diana Markosian and Ragnar Kjartansson will discuss their mutual inspiration — the 1980s television show Santa Barbara. The first American soap opera to be broadcast in post-Soviet Russia, Santa Barbara and its legacy figure prominently in current projects by both artists. For her deeply personal exhibition, also titled Santa Barbara, Markosian drew on childhood memories of her life in Moscow, and the long journey she and her mother and brother took to the U.S. city they’d known only from TV. To bring this project to life, Markosian collaborated with a scriptwriter from the original series, hired actors to play the members of her family and, over several years, photographed and filmed them as they reenacted scenes from her childhood. For an extended performance project at the V-A-C Foundation’s GES-2 House of Culture in Moscow, Kjartansson is working with a professional film crew and director to re-stage and re-shoot some 100 episodes of the original soap opera. By shooting episode after episode without stopping, at a venue open to the public, Kjartansson will compose a live performative sculpture that turns into a kind of large-scale historical painting. Markosian and Kjartansson will be in conversation with V-A-C Foundation chief curator Katerina Chuchalina. The talk will be moderated by Baker Street Foundation Curator of Photography, Erin O’Toole.
Art & Music
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Human Rights Day Event
Human Rights Day Event
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Library of Congress
This year’s Human Rights Day event focuses on the intersection of health and human rights, with a panel that will bring together leading health and legal scholars and practitioners, who will discuss the interactions between health and human rights, and how human rights can help to strengthen public health systems across the globe and improve the response to health challenges. The panelists are as follows: Lucy Mize spent 24 years in the field in Indonesia and West Africa before she joined the USAID Asia Bureau as the health team lead. In that role, she leads eight technical experts providing health programming support to over 20 countries across the region. Helena Nygren-Krug is a senior advisor on human rights and the law in the executive office of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Judit Sándor is the Central European University (CEU) professor of law and bioethics. She served as the chief of the Bioethics Section at the UNESCO and is the founding director of the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) at CEU. Alicia Ely Yamin is a lecturer on law and the senior fellow on Global Health and Rights at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; and adjunct senior lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Culture & Politics
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Continue the Conversation: Doron Langberg's "Lover"
Continue the Conversation: Doron Langberg's "Lover"
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The Frick Collection
Join fellow art enthusiasts online in a participatory conversation focused on a single masterpiece. Frick educators lead these thoughtful and sustained dialogues in real time. Space is limited and active participation is strongly encouraged. Live captioning is provided and this program is not recorded; videos of other past programs are available on the Frick's YouTube channel. Instructions for joining through Zoom will be provided in an email to registered participants 1–2 days in advance. A reminder email with a link to a high-resolution image of the work of art will be sent a few hours before the program begins. Participants may also call in over the phone while viewing the work of art separately online. Participants admitted from the waitlist may receive information closer to the program start time, depending on cancellations.
Art & Music
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice
In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice
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Smithsonian Institution
Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues. Why does accurate representation matter? Together with the National Museum of the American Indian, we will explore this key question in relationship to a1885 collotype of Sitting Bull and a1890 photograph of Princess Maria Ludwiga Theresia of Bavaria photographing Wild West performers. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants via Eventbrite 12-24 hours in advance of the program. Each participant must register separately. We will only allow participants into the meeting if their names (and email addresses) are on the registration list.
Art & Music
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Art and Practice with Chitra Ganesh
Art and Practice with Chitra Ganesh
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Museum of Modern Art
Art and Practice is a series of programs that bring together emerging and experienced artists to explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life. Chitra Ganesh invites emerging artists to join her in exploring “shadow narratives,” histories that have been excluded or erased from the dominant culture. Each participant will be encouraged to bring something with them that they are thinking about in their own work. It could be an object—like a textile, piece of bark, or archival photograph—or a song, text, video clip, etc. The group will share and discuss these materials and use writing and drawing exercises to question and imagine their histories. There will be time to connect with each other in an intimate, online environment.
Art & Music
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Spain 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith
Spain 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Explore the vibrant artistic exchanges that connected the Christians, Muslims, and Jews of the medieval Iberian Peninsula. Discover how artists and patrons drew from many sources of inspiration and transcended religious differences to create textiles, ivory carvings, metalwork, illuminated manuscripts, frescoes, and monumental sculptures. These artworks reveal the richness and complexity of interfaith interaction between 1000 and 1200, a pivotal era of Spain’s history.
Art & Music
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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The Big Cheat
The Big Cheat
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Commonwealth Club
The Trump family is one of the most talked about families in the United States. Donald Trump's presidency elevated that and helped put them on an international stage that brought the family to the forefront of the world. Over the last half decade, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston has provided the American people with fascinating insight into the financial world of one of America's most influential families. Johnston talks about the financial life of the Trump Family in his new piece of work, The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family. This new book details the aspects of the Trump family's finances during the four years Donald Trump spent in office, leaving no details out, to give you the complete picture. Join us as David Cay Johnston offers an inside look into the financial world of the Trump family.
Culture & Politics
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Author Conversation: Picture Ecology
Author Conversation: Picture Ecology
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Princeton University
The Art Museum’s latest publication, Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective, presents a diverse array of art historical criticism formulated within an ecological context, bringing together contributors whose scholarship extends chronologically and geographically from 11th-century Chinese painting to contemporary photography of California wildfires.The book’s editor, Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, will be joined in conversation by the photographer and writer Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Art & Ecology and Director, Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, University of New Mexico. Cosponsored by Labyrinth Books, Princeton.
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December 9, 2021
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On Identity: Liz Ikiriko in Conversation with June Clark, Dr. Kenneth Montague, and Bidemi Oloyede
On Identity: Liz Ikiriko in Conversation with June Clark, Dr. Kenneth Montague, and Bidemi Oloyede
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Aperture Foundation
Join Aperture for the final event in an online series celebrating As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic. Drawn from Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Wedge Collection in Toronto—a Black-owned collection dedicated to artists of African descent—As We Rise looks at the multifaceted ideas of Black life through the lenses of community, identity, and power. From intimate self-portraits and stylized fashion imagery to photographs of joyful Black youth, the perception of one’s identity can be revealed in a variety of ways in photography. In this event, moderated by Julie Crooks, June Clark, Dr. Kenneth Montague, and Bidemi Oloyede will discuss how the theme and concept of identity plays a key role in their work.
Film & Photography
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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The Supreme Court and the Peril of Politics
The Supreme Court and the Peril of Politics
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National Archives of the United States
Join Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer as he discusses his recently published book, The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics. Following the conversation with Justice Breyer, a panel of experts will respond and debate the central argument in his new text and other challenges facing the nation and the Court. Presented in partnership with the Concord Museum.
Culture & Politics
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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New York City’s Cultural Resilience, Then and Now
New York City’s Cultural Resilience, Then and Now
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The New York Times
Laurie Anderson, Lynn Nottage and Sarah Schulman talk New York’s resurgence and eternal reinvention with The Times’s Jazmine Hughes.
Culture & Politics
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December 9, 2021
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Smart Reads Virtual Book Club: The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air
Smart Reads Virtual Book Club: The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air
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The University of Chicago
The December 2021 Smart Reads selection is Søren Kierkegaard's short masterpiece, The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air. We invite you to read along with us and engage in two thought-provoking conversations with host Dorian H. Nash. ABOUT THE BOOK: The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air: Three Godly Discourses by Soren Kierkegard. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers to let go of earthly concerns by considering the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Søren Kierkegaard's short masterpiece on this famous gospel passage draws out its vital lessons for readers in a rapidly modernizing and secularizing world. Trenchant, brilliant, and written in stunningly lucid prose, The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air (1849) is one of Kierkegaard's most important books. This profound yet accessible work serves as an ideal entrée to an essential modern thinker. The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air reveals a less familiar but deeply appealing side of the father of existentialism—unshorn of his complexity and subtlety, yet supremely approachable. As Kierkegaard later wrote of the book, "Without fighting with anybody and without speaking about myself, I said much of what needs to be said, but movingly, mildly, upliftingly."
Reading & Writing
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December 9, 2021
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75 Years After Nuremberg
75 Years After Nuremberg
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USC Shoah Foundation
Join Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine for a webinar commemorating the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg, where physicians were placed on trial for their active participation in the labeling, persecution, and eventual mass murder of those deemed “lives unworthy of living.” These crimes against humanity perpetrated by those who took an oath to “First, do no harm,” continue to have repercussions for medicine, ethics, and human rights. Dr. Fernandes will examine how professional hierarchies in medical education can perpetuate a moral ethos that prioritizes societal progress over individual well-being. Dr. Fernandes will explore the rights and responsibilities of healthcare professionals to conscientiously object to institutional policies that violate basic ethical foundations as an essential mechanism to remind physicians of what the power of medicine has done to degrade human dignity, and what it has the potential to do to promote bioethical values. Participants will also be able to watch testimony from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
Culture & Politics
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December 9, 2021
2021-12-09
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Cooking Class: Crumby Cookies with Mark Bittman and Kerri Conan
Cooking Class: Crumby Cookies with Mark Bittman and Kerri Conan
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92nd Street Y
Building upon the genius no-knead technique popularized by Sullivan Street Bakery guru Jim Lahey, culinary star and bestselling cookbook author Mark Bittman and his longtime collaborator Kerri Conan join us to teach you how to make a sensational no-knead whole grain recipe from their new book, Bittman Bread. Bread is at the heart of the book, but it’s the recipes you can make with bread as the foundation that will expand your baking repertoire. Bittman and Conan show you how to make their chewy, cakey, crunchy, vanilla-scented Crumby Cookies. The cookies (and their delicious variations) are amazing. Made more healthful with whole grains, they’re also made easy with leftover bread as their surprising — and brilliant main ingredient. This class will take place on Thursday, December 9 from 7-8 pm ET and will be recorded for later viewing by patrons.
Food & Drink
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December 9, 2021
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Kia Corthron in conversation with Lisa Schlesinger
Kia Corthron in conversation with Lisa Schlesinger
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Prairie Lights Books
Please join us for a reading and conversation with Kia Corthron to celebrate the publication of her new novel Moon and the Mars . She will be joined in conversation with Lisa Schlesinger. The Chicago Review of Books says of Moon and the Mars, "Corthron’s new historical epic spins an absorbing and linguistically nimble tale that proves she’s one of our most dynamic and risk-taking writers." Kia Corthron's debut fiction, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, was the winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. She was the 2017 Bread Loaf Shane Stevens Fellow in the Novel. She is also a nationally and internationally produced playwright. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Horton Foote Prize, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Flora Roberts Award, and others. She was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City. Lisa Schlesinger’s plays include Iphigenia Point Blank, Rock Ends Ahead, and Twenty-One Positions (with Naomi Wallace and Abdelfattah AbuSrour).She is currently writing Ruinous Gods, an opera, with composer Layale Chaker. She has received awards from the BBC, the NEA/TCG among others. Her work is published in American Theatre, the New York Times and elsewhere. Lisa is co-director of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa.
Reading & Writing
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December 9, 2021
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Lunch Break Science | Shanti Pappu
Lunch Break Science | Shanti Pappu
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The Leakey Foundation
Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Shanti Pappu and learn about the prehistory and archaeology at the stratified sites of Sendrayanpalayam and Kunjavam in India. Shanti Pappu is interested in prehistory, palaeoenvironments, ethnoarchaeology, history of archaeology and in public archaeology, especially for children and teachers. She is a former Professor of Prehistory at the Deccan College Postgraduate & Research Institute. She completed her M.A degree and doctorate from the Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute, Pune (1996), under Prof. K.Paddayya, on the prehistoric archaeology of Tamil Nadu, and was subsequently a Homi Bhabha Fellow. She was a Charles Wallace Fellow at the Ancient India and Iran Trust, U.K. She has obtained several awards including the Prof.H.D.Sankalia gold medal from the Deccan College, and Young Scientist award from the Earthwatch Institute, the USA amongst others. She holds a law degree with a dissertation on cultural heritage laws of India and is a registered advocate. She has published two books, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, and Nature as also one book for children on archaeology and several popular articles. She is currently director of the research project on prehistory and palaeoenvironments in Tamil Nadu, including excavations at the site of Attirampakkam. She is affiliated with several academic bodies and societies, and is Member, Global Library Committee, World Archaeology Congress, the Joint-Secretary of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies and former joint editor of the journal Man and Environment. She is on the Board of Management of the Children’s Garden School Society and affiliated schools in Chennai (Ellen Sharma Memorial Matriculation & Higher Secondary School, Sholinganallore) and is involved in educational programs for children and teachers.
Science & Nature
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December 10, 2021
2021-12-10
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Art Study Center Seminar at Home, with Hong Chun Zhang
Art Study Center Seminar at Home, with Hong Chun Zhang
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Harvard Art Museums
In her work, Kansas-based Chinese artist Hong Chun Zhang reimagines the world around her as enveloped in hair. In conversation with The Wave, Harvard’s Asian literary and arts magazine, Zhang will explore how her identity, the environment, and the dual pandemics are woven into her recent work. Led by Hong Chun Zhang, artist; Jerrica Li ’22, founder, The Wave magazine, Harvard University; Sarah Laursen, Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums. This talk will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.
Art & Music
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December 10, 2021
2021-12-10
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Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire ca. 800–1500
Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire ca. 800–1500
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The Morgan Library & Museum
Join Morgan Docents for an interactive visual tour of the exhibition Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800–1500. Participants will view highlights from the exhibition that examines the history of the book throughout the Middle Ages and some of its most treasured artifacts from the rise of Charlemagne to the dawn of the High Renaissance in Europe. Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom.
Reading & Writing
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December 10, 2021
2021-12-10
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Library Book Club Online: Rita Dove
Library Book Club Online: Rita Dove
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Poetry Foundation
All are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In December, we will read and discuss Playlist for the Apocalypse by Rita Dove. Registration is required for this event. To register, email library@poetryfoundation.org. All registered participants residing in the United States will be offered a complimentary copy of the book. If you would like to have a copy of that title mailed to you, please include your mailing address in your registration email.
Reading & Writing
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December 10, 2021
2021-12-10
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Megan Stelljes | Guest Artist Live Stream
Megan Stelljes | Guest Artist Live Stream
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Corning Museum of Glass
For this livestreamed demo, join Megan Stelljes for an exciting, behind-the-scenes look at how she creates her edgy and provocative neon and sculpted glasswork. Stelljes is one of the featured artists in New Glass Now, currently on view at the Renwick Gallery, a branch museum of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Viewers of this live stream can participate in an interactive question and answer session with Stelljes, Mary Savig, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery, and staff from The Corning Museum of Glass. Megan Stelljes uses her art to explore her own values and emotions that are continuously influenced by changing social scenes. She originally fell in love with glass when she had an opportunity to apprentice for a glassblower while still in high school. From this experience, she decided to pursue a career in glass, and now specializes in sculpture and jewelry. “I began working with jewelry and glass together to exaggerate everything I love about glass,” said Stelljes. “The way it captures and reflects light, its saturated colors, and its eye-catching sparkle.” Stelljes attended Emporia State University in Kansas, where she earned her BFA degree in glass forming. Upon graduation, she apprenticed under Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. Living in Arlington, Wash., she now works out of Gray Barn Studios. Artist Jeremy Bert introduced Stelljes to neon and she has since established her own neon shop, creating sculptures with neon and hot sculpted glass. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Neon Art, Sabbia Gallery, Pilchuck Gallery, as well as Vetri. Stelljes was selected as one of the 100 artists to be included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass opening at The Corning Museum of Glass in May 2019.
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December 10, 2021
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Getty Get-Togethers
Getty Get-Togethers
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Getty
Recharge by taking a participatory journey into the Getty Museum collection with a gallery educator and other art enthusiasts from around the world. Discover new ways of connecting with art and each other online through a shared experience of close looking and discussion. Whether you are an avid museum-goer or a first-timer, come as you are for this casual, hour-long session. Theme changes monthly. Free. All adult learners are welcome. Advance registration is required to access the Zoom meeting. Limited space available. December Theme: Bling!
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December 10, 2021
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Atlantic Live: Future Economy Summit
Atlantic Live: Future Economy Summit
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The Atlantic
The global pandemic has forced many to reevaluate the future of our economy and the way we work. Will urban dwellers migrate to more affordable suburban regions? Will we ever return to traditional offices full-time? Will entrepreneurs use this change in routine to discover the next big thing? What jobs will offer a path to opportunity? The biggest recession in almost 100 years has changed the economic landscape, and not everyone has the luxury of exploring these big questions. Many workers have been left without a financial safety net or the skills needed to succeed in a virtual economy. The gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen, and leaders in Washington can’t agree on substantive solutions. The path to the new economy is being charted today. The Atlantic will explore what the future might hold for Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum.
Culture & Politics
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December 11, 2021
2021-12-11
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David Park: 7x7 - Seven Special Guests, Seven Minutes Each
David Park: 7x7 - Seven Special Guests, Seven Minutes Each
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
In this online program, our seven distinguished guests have the (virtual) floor for seven minutes each to reflect on a work by the late David Park (1911–1960), best known as the originator of Bay Area Figurative Art. Speakers include: Helen Park Bigelow, daughter of David Park; author of the memoir “David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back"; Nancy Boas, author of the biography “David Park: A Painter’s Life”; Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, daughter of artist Richard Diebenkorn; Corey Keller, curator of photography, SFMOMA; exhibition catalogue contributor; Francis Mill, artist; gallerist at Hackett Mill, representing the estate of David Park; Belinda Tate, executive director, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts; Wayne Thiebaud, artist; and Janet Bishop (moderator), Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture, SFMOMA; lead curator of “David Park: A Retrospective."
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December 11, 2021
2021-12-11
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Cartooning for Beginners
Cartooning for Beginners
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92nd Street Y
This remote course is designed to instill a working understanding of cartoon design and graphic novel art. Discover basics like anatomy, foreshortening, shading, environment, and composition. Learn how to handle tools and apply ink, first in a series of short value studies, then moving onto applying inks to concept work. Students will tackle several different short story projects and stand-alone pieces and build their vocabulary as a cartoonist.
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December 11, 2021
2021-12-11
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Virtual Artist Talk - M(other) Tongues: Bodhild and Las Hermanas Iglesias
Virtual Artist Talk - M(other) Tongues: Bodhild and Las Hermanas Iglesias
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National Nordic Museum
In conjunction with the exhibition M(other) Tongues: Bodhild and Las Hermanas Iglesias, we are thrilled to present a virtual talk with two of the artists featured in the exhibition, Janelle and Lisa Iglesias, who together collaborate as Las Hermanas Iglesias (“the Iglesias sisters” in Spanish). With their Norwegian-born mother, Bodhild Brendryen Iglesias, Las Hermanas Iglesias have created hand-knit and woven works inspired by familial traditions—Bodhild’s mother’s rag rugs, for example—and the drawings and weavings of Anni Albers, considered by many to be the mother of modern textiles. The works in M(other) Tongues are the product of a dialogic call and response between family members, a back-and-forth visual conversation where abstract motifs are translated from one medium into another. In this talk, Janelle and Lisa Iglesias will explore their sources of inspiration, collaborative process, and the works created for and on display in the exhibition. The talk will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session by curator Leslie Anne Anderson, the Museum’s Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs.
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December 11, 2021
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Winter Tabletop Tree
Winter Tabletop Tree
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New York Botanical Garden
Bring festive and aromatic greenery indoors for the holiday season. From her studio, Diana will demonstrate how to create a tabletop tree using fresh evergreen and boxwoods. She'll show you how to achieve the desired shape, width, and height of the tree. Then, with an assortment of natural botanicals, she'll guide you through decorating process - using herbs, dried flowers, cone, pods, and more to add personal flair to this special centerpiece.
Science & Nature
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December 11, 2021
2021-12-11
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Virtual Sea Otter Encounter
Virtual Sea Otter Encounter
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Shedd Aquarium
Meet the sea otters at Shedd Aquarium—virtually! In our new Virtual Sea Otter Encounter, come face-to-face with the playful, adorable sea otters that call Shedd home. This experience is all about getting up close—join us behind the scenes for a sea otter play session, watch them dive, socialize, vocalize and groom and find out how their sustainable, restaurant-quality food prep happens. Will you play with pups Cooper and Watson? Watch Yaku’s pocket in action? Visit Luna while she snacks on sea urchins? Dive in and explore the world of sea otters firsthand! Each up-close visit will be unique, and we are not able to guarantee any specific sea otters during an experience. This 35–40 minute virtual encounter will take place on Zoom so you can enjoy the experience from your own home anywhere in the world. All questions can be asked live through the chat function and responded to by our program host.
Science & Nature
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December 11, 2021
2021-12-11
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Lunch Break Science: Genes and the Environment with Ainash Childebayeva
Lunch Break Science: Genes and the Environment with Ainash Childebayeva
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The Leakey Foundation
In this week's edition of Lunch Break Science, join Leakey Foundation grantee Ainash Childebayeva to learn about interactions between our genes and the environment. Childebayeva is a PhD candidate in Biological Anthropology and Toxicology at the University of Michigan. Her research is on the epigenomic signatures of adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia in the Peruvian Andes. Her research interests include human evolutionary genetics, human epigenetics, gene x environment interactions, and aDNA.
Science & Nature
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December 12, 2021
2021-12-12
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Meet Stars of Blown Away | Live Stream Demonstration
Meet Stars of Blown Away | Live Stream Demonstration
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Corning Museum of Glass
For this live streamed demo, watch Cat Burns, Andi Kovel, and Nao Yamamoto from the Netflix series Blown Away at work in the Amphitheater as they display their mastery of glassblowing—designing and creating new and original handblown ornaments that will be for sale exclusively in The Shops at The Corning Museum of Glass.
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December 12, 2021
2021-12-12
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Rainbow Power
Rainbow Power
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Getty
In the summer of 2021, the Union of European Football Associations rejected a request to light up Munich's Allianz Arena in the colors of the rainbow during a match between Germany and Hungary. UEFA asserted that the gesture was seen as a deliberate critique of Hungary's anti-LGBTQ legislation. Their decision, they concluded, was based on their belief that "the rainbow is not a political symbol." Focusing on an early seventeenth-century emblem designed for a Stuart king and prince, this presentation will demonstrate how, to the contrary, rainbows have always been political. They were and remain signs of hope, justice, mercy, and political power. This talk is moderated by Getty Research Institute director Mary Miller. Maria H. Loh is professor in art history at Hunter College. She is the author of three books—Titian Remade (2007), Still Lives (2015), and Titian's Touch (Reaktion, 2019)—as well as the recipient of an NEH grant. Her current book project, Liquid Sky, is about representations of the early modern sky. (Note this is an event happening live in person at the Getty, and online). Free with advance registration.
Culture & Politics
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December 12, 2021
2021-12-12
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Writing on the Wall
Writing on the Wall
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Getty
Writing on walls has existed in many forms since ancient times, with examples of graffiti dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Whether as vandalism or high art, a form of communication, devotion, or advertising, humans have always wanted to leave their mark on the infrastructure. Join two of Los Angeles’s most influential street artists, Defer and Prime, and Iraqi artist Osama Sadiq as they demonstrate their practice and talk with rare books curator David Brafman about the interplay of words and images, a tradition that began thousands of years ago. Complements the exhibition Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins. David Brafman has been the rare books curator at the Getty Research Institute since 2002. His interest and admiration for graffiti, sparked during his Brooklyn-based childhood, is evidenced in his work with projects such as LA Liber Amicorum, recently published as the L.A. Graffiti Black Book, and exhibitions such as Scratch (2014) which he curated at the El Segundo Museum of Art. Prior to arriving on the West Coast, Brafman earned his PhD in classics and Arabic from Duke University, was an adjunct professor in the NYU Classics Department, and resident-expert at H.P. Kraus, Rare Books and Manuscripts, one of the world's leading dealers in rare books and manuscripts from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.
Art & Music
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December 13, 2021
2021-12-13
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After Dark Online: Toward a Holographic Panoptics of the Mind
After Dark Online: Toward a Holographic Panoptics of the Mind
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Exploratorium
Welcome to Aperture Lucida, the latest creation of the young Southern California artist and inventor Tristan Duke, product of over two years’ work as artist in residence alongside fellow materials wizards at the Exploratorium. The piece veritably brims with surprising implications, which Lawrence Weschler, the author of Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, will assist Mr. Duke in teasing out. Tristan Duke was in conversation with writer Lawrence Weschler around Duke’s new work, Aperture Lucida, in June, 2021.
Science & Nature
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December 13, 2021
2021-12-13
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The Big Story: Threats to Democracy
The Big Story: Threats to Democracy
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The Atlantic
It’s been one year since insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to undermine the Constitution and an election. Following that violent day at the Capitol, some have worked to minimize the events publicly, while others caution that the insurrection foreshadows greater threats to democracy. So how will the insurrection impact the future of America? The Atlantic will convene our journalists to examine the domestic and global implications of the insurrection, the continued fallout, and growing threats to the American idea.
Culture & Politics
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December 13, 2021
2021-12-13
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Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture
Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture
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V&A Museum
Join leading expert, former V&A curator Tessa Murdoch in celebrating the publication of Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture. Tessa will be in discussion with Dominic Grieve, President of the Franco-British Society and Richard, Duke of Buccleuch, whose ancestors, the Dukes of Montagu, welcomed and patronized successive generations of Huguenot artists, craftsmen and designers. Where did Huguenot creatives settle? Where can evidence of their creativity be seen today? Why is their diaspora so relevant for our times? The presentation will start in 16th century France and lead to 18th century America introducing leading practitioners and their legacy.
Art & Music
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December 13, 2021
2021-12-13
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Virtual Workshop: Papercutting for the Holidays
Virtual Workshop: Papercutting for the Holidays
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National Nordic Museum
Join us for a holiday-themed papercutting workshop with Anna Brones. In this season of Advent we are focusing on slowing down and creating moments of warmth and joy, and the same goes for this class. We will work on designing our own holiday-themed designs to turn into a final papercut. Perfect to gift someone special! The materials you will need for this class is detailed on the registration page.
Art & Music
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December 13, 2021
2021-12-13
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30
Lunch Break Science: Andrew Bernard
Lunch Break Science: Andrew Bernard
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The Leakey Foundation
Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Andrew Bernard and learn about the effects of climate change on primates, including orangutans. Andrew Bernard is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our Fall 2018 cycle for his project entitled “Effects of climate change on primates, their habitat, and food.”
Science & Nature
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December 14, 2021
2021-12-14
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Virtual Writing Hour
Virtual Writing Hour
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Smithsonian Institution
Join Smithsonian and other writers for a virtual, creative writing hour at the National Portrait Gallery! Our goal is to create a virtual space where writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery's online exhibitions on Google Arts and Culture. We will provide writing prompts, and you are also welcome to bring your own writing project-in-progress. We will write for about 30 minutes and end each session with a brief discussion or reading.
Reading & Writing
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December 14, 2021
2021-12-14
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National Security and Press Freedom
National Security and Press Freedom
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Chicago Humanities Festival
A central question of democracy is how to balance a government’s need to conduct national security operations in secret with the public’s right to know what their government is doing. The answer—debated to this day—is both a complex policy judgment and an equally complex judgment about the meaning of the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and the press. Legal scholar Geoffrey Stone (coauthor of National Security, Leaks, and Freedom of the Press) convenes a panel with former director of the CIA John Brennan and Washington Post national security reporter Ellen Nakashima (two of the book’s contributors) to discuss secrecy, disclosure, security, and the First Amendment. This program is the first panel in our new series Deep Dive: Speech, curated by Geoffrey Stone. This 3-part series curated and hosted by legal scholar Geoffrey Stone (Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago) will consider a variety of perspectives on free speech in the 21st century. We'll explore some of the forces driving wide-ranging debates around First Amendment rights in our moment, including freedom of the press and national security, the role of social media platforms and internet companies, and hate speech.
Culture & Politics
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December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
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NightSchool: Surviving the Deadly Bucket
NightSchool: Surviving the Deadly Bucket
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California Academy of Sciences
Five vans, one plane, two states, one thousand miles, four organizations, two hundred people and one... banana box. On average in a season this is what it takes to save one little life. Learn from the experts and volunteers saving—and flying—hundreds of baby sea turtles from the "Deadly Bucket" in Cape Cod back to safety on the Gulf Coast each year.
Science & Nature
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December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
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ICP Lessons: Collecting Basics with Alice Sachs Zimet
ICP Lessons: Collecting Basics with Alice Sachs Zimet
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The International Center of Photography
Join us for the next session of ICP Lessons, a 3-day education-based lecture series offering insight into ICP’s continuing education faculty and courses hosted by David Campany. ICP faculty member and chair of the Acquisitions Committee, Alice Sachs Zimet, joins Campany to discuss Collecting Basics in three one hour conversations taking place December 15-17, 2021. Serving today as Chair of both ICP’s and Harvard Art Museums’ Acquisitions Committees, Zimet’s professional journey started 40 years ago at the ICP, as a young intern. How did that journey begin and what was the impetus to buy her first piece? What goes into the collector’s decision-making process today? Zimet provides first-hand guidance about the market for both new and seasoned collectors based on her 35+ year journey building a 300+ piece collection. As we go inside the collector’s mind, photographers will also receive useful tips for advancing their personal practice from how to access the market, get work seen, and get collected.
Film & Photography
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December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
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Nordenskjöld’s Saga of Survival
Nordenskjöld’s Saga of Survival
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The Fromm Institute
Professor Joan Boothe will tell the story of an Antarctic expedition that was a worldwide sensation in its day — Swedish geologist Otto Nordenskjöld’s 1901-03 expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula region. Although less well-known today, the dramatic and ultimately near miraculous events of Nordenskjöld’s story are still riveting. In late 1901, Nordenskjöld sailed south for exploration and scientific work. A six-man team was landed on an island off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula to spend winter 1902. The expedition ship then sailed back north for winter. When spring came, she headed back south to pick up the wintering party, but from here on, things definitely did not go as planned. The story of what did happen to these Viking descendants — men who found themselves separated into three marooned parties fighting for survival during the winter of 1903 — is truly a modern saga.
Culture & Politics
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December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
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Snow Crystal Papercuts with Bit Vejle
Snow Crystal Papercuts with Bit Vejle
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National Nordic Museum
Join this virtual program to learn how Paper Dialogue artist Bit Vejle makes paper snow crystals! The paper snow crystal template is included.
Art & Music
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December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
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Show and Tell: The Secrets of Women
Show and Tell: The Secrets of Women
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McGill University
Join local artist Caroline Boileau and McGill-trained historian Margaret Carlyle as they interact with a few of the Osler Library's new acquisitions (and some older ones!) in an attempt to demystify medical history. Through this feminist dialogue of discovery, you'll gain a unique perspective on traditional historical resources: one that demystifies the female body while dissecting a series of medical historical works.
Art & Music
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December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
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Drawing Together: Salman Toor's "Museum Boys"
Drawing Together: Salman Toor's "Museum Boys"
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The Frick Collection
Join us for an online drawing program that centers mindfulness and community. Each session begins with short drawing warm-ups, followed by a close look at a work of art for inspiration and open-ended art-making prompts. Drawing Together provides a space to make and share in the company of others, welcoming everyone with an interest in cultivating their creativity. No art background is required. Live captioning will be provided. Instructions for joining through Zoom, as well as the prompts and works of art, will be provided in an email to registered participants 1–2 days in advance.
Art & Music
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December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
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Artist Talk: Gabriel Rico
Artist Talk: Gabriel Rico
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Nasher Sculpture Center
Artist Gabriel Rico joined the Chief Curator Jed Morse in April, 2021, for a talk exploring the power of dreams, the meaning of objects, and the language of mathematics. Rico's elegant compositions propose new ways of understanding civilization and its relationship with the natural world through the juxtaposition of disparate objects, each of which comes with its own constellation of meanings and associations.
Art & Music
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December 16, 2021
2021-12-16
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Live Drawn to Figures
Live Drawn to Figures
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Smithsonian Institution
Discover your inner artist in this live virtual drawing workshop. Facilitated by artist Jill Galloway, each program will highlight a Portrait Gallery exhibition or portrait from the collection. Open to all skill levels, ages 18 and up. Please see below for materials required for individual sessions. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 12-24 hours in advance of the program. The email will come from Eventbrite. Please only register for yourself. We will only be allowing participants into the meeting if their name (and email address) is on the registration list. This session: How to Draw the Nose. In this lesson we’ll learn some tips and tricks on drawing a nose. We’ll look at the foundation of setting up a nose and explore the differences in shapes and values. The supplies you’ll need for this lesson are something to draw with, charcoals or pencils, eraser, and paper.
Art & Music
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December 16, 2021
2021-12-16
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Design = Change: Terence Lester of Love Beyond Walls
Design = Change: Terence Lester of Love Beyond Walls
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Museum of Design Atlanta
Join MODA on Thursday, December 16th, for a conversation with Terence Lester about his initiative Love Beyond Walls. Terence formalized the concept of Love Beyond Walls by incorporating it as a nonprofit and living as a homeless person in the heart of the City of Atlanta. Love Beyond Walls has focused on raising awareness of the realities and needs of those experiencing lack and vulnerability and using that vehicle as a way of mobilizing people to take part in those stories. About Design = Change: Atlanta’s most creative people (and some from beyond the 404) will invite you (virtually) into their home, studio, or makerspace. They’ll tell you about their work, their career trajectory, and what they’re thinking about now as our world takes a new form. Terence Lester is a minister, speaker, community activist, author, and founder of Love Beyond Walls, a not-for-profit organization focused on poverty awareness and community mobilization. His campaigns on behalf of the poor, including #LoveSinksIn, have been featured in USA Today, Black Enterprise Essence, and Reader's Digest. They have been viewed by millions of people globally on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS News, NBC, Upworthy, and "The Bright Side" with Katie Couric. His books include When We Stand, I See You, Getting Past Stuck, Simple Prayers for Hurting People, and Identity Theft.
Culture & Politics
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December 16, 2021
2021-12-16
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Art History Study Group—The Changing Image of Assyrian Art
Art History Study Group—The Changing Image of Assyrian Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Expand your knowledge of art history through introductions to core themes and close examination of The Met collection. In this session, discover the art of the ancient kingdom of Assyria, a state centered in northern Iraq and an imperial power across much of the Middle East in the early first millennium B.C. Learn how modern interpretation and presentation of the visual culture of Assyria has changed over time and continues to evolve today. This session includes an interactive group Q and A session.
Art & Music
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December 16, 2021
2021-12-16
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Virtual Conversation: André Kertész—Postcards from Paris
Virtual Conversation: André Kertész—Postcards from Paris
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Art Institute of Chicago
The scale, subjects, and circulation of photographer André Kertész’s carte postale prints serve as the starting point for a conversation led by Grace Deveney, David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Associate Curator of Photography and Media. Deveney talks with contemporary artists Derrick Woods-Morrow and Felipe Baeza about how intimacy operates in their own work and how proximity, distance, and kinship are navigated through materials and studio process. Liz Siegel, curator of Photography and Media and curator of the exhibition André Kertész: Postcards from Paris, opens the conversation.
Art & Music
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December 16, 2021
2021-12-16
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Astronomy Online: James Webb Space Telescope
Astronomy Online: James Webb Space Telescope
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American Museum of Natural History
What is the most complex space telescope ever built all about? Join Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for this special look at the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Expected to launch on December 18th, NASA’s JWST will become the most powerful tool for observing the universe available to scientists. Find out about the telescope’s orbit and its placement over one million miles away from Earth, using OpenSpace, and tour the exciting sites it will focus on during its first year of operation.
Science & Nature
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December 16, 2021
2021-12-16
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Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV
Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV
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National Gallery of Victoria
Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) looks at the persistence of images, signs or text painted or drawn on a range of surfaces in Indigenous Australia, from ancient times until now. The impulse to draw and make images and symbols is deeply embedded in Indigenous cultures throughout the world and is fundamental to the human experience. One of the first and most prolific forms of mark making, both figurative and non-figurative, has appeared across Australia on rock surfaces since the pre-historic era. Other forms of visual culture are ephemeral and comprise meaningful markings and designs made on the ground, the body and objects, for use in ceremonial contexts. The removal of such ritual markings from the body and the ground after ceremony, along with the loss of other more durable designs and images through natural processes, such as erosion, is compounded by other forms of loss through the socially fragmenting effects of colonisation. In response, Indigenous artists have found new ways of prolonging this visual language of images and signs, by reimagining it in new and more durable art forms, such as acrylic paintings, neons, sculptures and limited-edition prints. This exhibition reveals many nuances of mark making as an artistic practice in the Indigenous Australian context, with multiple aesthetic consequences and modes of practice. Join the museum director for a 5 part video tour through this important exhibition.
Art & Music
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December 17, 2021
2021-12-17
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The Art of Looking: Georgia O'Keeffe
The Art of Looking: Georgia O'Keeffe
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National Gallery of Art
In the spirit of the winter season, Georgia O'Keeffe's Winter Road I is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. This session lasts one hour and is completely interactive. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation to create an environment for shared learning. These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking. This program is free and open to the public and is designed for anyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over. Due to the interactive nature of this program, sessions are not recorded.
Art & Music
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December 17, 2021
2021-12-17
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COVID Vaccines: The Latest on Adult Boosters, Immunity, and Kids’ Vaccines
COVID Vaccines: The Latest on Adult Boosters, Immunity, and Kids’ Vaccines
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Aspen Institute
This virtual event will convene leading scientific and medical experts to discuss the most pressing questions around COVID-19 vaccines concerning adult boosters, natural immunity vs. vaccine-induced or hybrid immunity, and kids’ vaccines. A public Q&A will follow the expert discussion. Join experts including Dr. Celine Gounder, Dr. Eric Topol, and Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu. This event is the fourth of a four-part series co-hosted by Leaps.org, the Aspen Institute Science & Society Program, and the Sabin–Aspen Vaccine Science & Policy Group, with generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Health & Wellness
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December 17, 2021
2021-12-17
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David Hartt: UCLA Department of Art Lecture
David Hartt: UCLA Department of Art Lecture
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The Hammer Museum at UCLA
David Hartt discusses his wide-ranging practice in this online artist talk. He is joined by Aram Moshayedi, Robert Soros Curator, who organized the artist’s current Hammer Projects installation. Hartt lives and works in Philadelphia, where he is associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Hartt's recent solo exhibitions include My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt, Art Institute of Chicago (2018); in the forest, Graham Foundation, Chicago (2017); and Interval, LAXART, Los Angeles (2015). His work has been included in such group exhibitions as Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, Museum of Modern Art, New York; America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); and Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Hartt is the recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. In 2012 he was named a United States Artists Cruz Fellow, and in 2011 he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.
Art & Music
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December 18, 2021
2021-12-18
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The Scientist Is In: Ancient Sharks!
The Scientist Is In: Ancient Sharks!
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American Museum of Natural History
Join comparative biologist Allison Bronson, a graduate of the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, for a family-friendly close encounter with ancient sharks, including megalodon. You'll learn about present-day sharks’ ancestors, their senses and behavior, and how scientists use fossils to study some of these giant ancient predators and the places the use to inhabit.
Science & Nature
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December 18, 2021
2021-12-18
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Virtual Saturday Sampler Tour | Highlights of the Egyptian Collections
Virtual Saturday Sampler Tour | Highlights of the Egyptian Collections
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The University of Michigan
The University of Michigan Kelsey Museum's Virtual Saturday Sampler tours are a great way to explore the ancient world from the comfort of your home. The theme of this week's tour is "Highlights of the Egyptian Collections." The Kelsey Museum has many important artifacts from Predynastic, Dynastic, and Graeco-Roman Egypt. This tour explores some of the most striking Egyptian objects in our collection, ranging from the 2,600-year-old coffin of the priest Djehutymose to the conical glass lamps that the residents of Roman-period Karanis used to light their mudbrick homes.
Art & Music
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December 18, 2021
2021-12-18
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Lunch Break Science: Christopher Schmitt
Lunch Break Science: Christopher Schmitt
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The Leakey Foundation
Gather with Leakey Foundation grantee Christopher Schmitt and learn about the development and life histories of primates, especially vervet monkeys.
Science & Nature
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December 19, 2021
2021-12-19
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NightSchool: Geology & Society
NightSchool: Geology & Society
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California Academy of Sciences
Explore the vast field of geology and just a few of the ways the ground beneath our feet affects our lives—and vice versa. Hear from researchers studying how human activities impact the Earth’s structure and consider how geologic features are linked to the culture of local communities.
Science & Nature
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December 20, 2021
2021-12-20
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Conversations About Landscape Online: Hidden Nature SF
Conversations About Landscape Online: Hidden Nature SF
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Exploratorium
Where San Francisco’s iconic skyscrapers, streets, and parks stand today, there once was a wild landscape full of surprises—from vast hills of drifting sand to lush valleys and wetlands of many kinds. This land, home to the Ramaytush Ohlone, has been radically transformed. Nevertheless, its history remains an integral element of the city’s landscape. After two years of research, historical ecologists have unearthed countless unexpected stories of what this region looked like in the past and synthesized them into a single map representing the city’s historical landscape. Join the Exploratorium and the San Francisco Estuary Institute in exploring our ecological past and how our historical landscape can inform a vision for a healthier, more resilient city.
Science & Nature
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December 20, 2021
2021-12-20
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Marine Mammal Identification Masterclass
Marine Mammal Identification Masterclass
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California Academy of Sciences
From mighty whales to acrobatic dolphins to frolicking sea otters, marine mammals are a diverse, charismatic group of animals—and vital components of healthy ocean ecosystems. In this free, three-part virtual masterclass led by Academy scientists, learn how to identify the marine mammals you might see cruising the California coast or stranded on shore. While not required, it's a good idea to attend all three sessions in order since each class builds upon the previous one.
Science & Nature
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December 20, 2021
2021-12-20
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Walking the Talk: Reimagining Primary Health Care After COVID-19
Walking the Talk: Reimagining Primary Health Care After COVID-19
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The World Bank
Strong primary health care saves lives and money and makes health systems more resilient and work better for all people. The current COVID-19 crisis exacerbated pre-existing weaknesses and inflicted devastating health and economic costs. However, it also created a once-in-a-generation chance for transformational health-system change. Our new report charts an agenda toward reimagined, fit-for-purpose primary health care. It reflects a renewed understanding of global and local vulnerabilities and opportunities in the post-COVID world. It shows how governments can remake their primary health care systems and how partners like the World Bank can support this vital work. During this event, key messages of the flagship report Walking the Talk: Reimagining Primary Health Care After COVID-19 will be presented: the “WHY”, the “WHAT” and the “HOW” of the primary health care reform. There will also be discussions on how to take these key messages forward, supporting countries to build back better and stronger. Perspectives from primary health care providers on the ground, World Bank regional and country teams, as well as key global partners will be shared.
Health & Wellness
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December 21, 2021
2021-12-21
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Community and Justice: Urban Conservation and Human Wildlife Coexistence
Community and Justice: Urban Conservation and Human Wildlife Coexistence
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Pacific Science Center
Wildlife is finding remarkable ways to persist in cities, redefining what we consider to be nature. They also teach us how the infrastructure we build for ourselves forge an environment for innovation. Urban Ecologist Dr. Chris Schell discusses the patterns and processes by which wildlife are adapting to cities. Learn how carnivores like coyotes and raccoons have become sentinels of urban environments, helping reframe how we consider our cities as viable greenspaces, and come together as a community around their amazing stories. Their narratives provide another lens on how we can be effective environmental stewards through activism and social justice that dismantles structural racism and classism.
Science & Nature
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December 21, 2021
2021-12-21
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Virtual Curator Tour: Goya
Virtual Curator Tour: Goya
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National Gallery of Victoria
Join our Virtual Curator Tour of Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum. NGV Senior Curator Cathy Leahy and Assistant Curator Jessica Cole guide you through a 30-minute tour of over 160 works on paper by Francisco Goya, one of the first truly modern artists.
Art & Music
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December 21, 2021
2021-12-21
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After Dark Online: Racism in Science
After Dark Online: Racism in Science
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Exploratorium
Science isn’t neutral. Science is carried out by people, and can be shaped by their beliefs, social values, blind spots, and biases—and while it can reveal the impacts of racism, science is also historically and currently embedded with racist and inequitable practices. As concerns such as racialized bioethics and data privacy continue to emerge in tandem with scientific progress, we examine where racism has been built into the sciences and how the scientific process can perpetuate racist points of view.
Science & Nature
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December 22, 2021
2021-12-22
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How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption
How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption
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The New Yorker
Have you marveled at how New Yorker cartoon captions are so clever and so...just perfect? Have you ever tried your hand at the weekly cartoon caption contest? Take a quick tutorial from two actors that will spark some creative energy to try again! Ellie Kemper and Daniel Radcliffe, stars of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend,” team up for The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest.
Reading & Writing
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December 23, 2021
2021-12-23
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What's Next: Cities
What's Next: Cities
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Chicago Humanities Festival
The pandemic’s impact on cities has been enormous: people have fled crowded urban living for more space in the suburbs and rural areas. Key elements of city life - including public transportation and gatherings - remain fraught. With climate change destroying buildings in Florida and threatening the very foundation of Chicago, it’s clear that cities will need to evolve in order to survive in the future. Tune in as a panel of designers, scholars, and urban planners discuss creating urban spaces that are more equitable, pandemic-resistant, and able to cope with environmental changes.
Culture & Politics
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December 23, 2021
2021-12-23
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NightSchool: Hi-Res Reefs
NightSchool: Hi-Res Reefs
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California Academy of Sciences
From high-res satellite images to 360-degree panoramas to remote-controlled underwater microscopes, coral reef research is at the cutting-edge of technology. Learn about several of these exciting projects and meet scientists and engineers finding new ways to look at these critical and complex ecosystems.
Science & Nature
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December 24, 2021
2021-12-24
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Mars Surface Exploration: Past, Present, Future
Mars Surface Exploration: Past, Present, Future
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Pacific Science Center
On July 4, 1976, NASA landed its first spacecraft on the surface of Mars. Called Viking, this expedition included only a lander with a long arm. Due to the vast expense and relatively little yield for the effort, the mission wasn’t repeated. Fast forward to the 1990’s, and NASA undertook a less expensive but very aggressive mission – Pathfinder. Pathfinder changed the game for the exploration of Mars and launched the programs we know today. While human curiosity for Mars has remained constant, the questions we seek answers to have changed and evolved, requiring different tools. What’s changed? What’s remained the same? And what’s next? Chris Voorhees, former NASA Lead Engineer, shares his experiences as a lead engineer working on Mars Rovers over the decades – from the early days of Pathfinder to the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity missions, and finally the work he and his team at First Mode have undertaken for the latest launch: Mars 2020, Perseverance. Chris also discusses insights and lessons learned over two decades of Mars exploration, examining the past, the present, and the future.
Science & Nature
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December 24, 2021
2021-12-24
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FREE
Artist Talk: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Artist Talk: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Watch an encore talk with artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, whose work is on view as part of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence (beginning October 2, Floor 7). Working between architecture, technology, and performance, Lozano-Hemmer creates large-scale, participatory installations that he calls “anti-monuments.” Focusing on the political dimensions of his work in public space, Lozano-Hemmer will discuss works such as Voz Alta (Loud Voice), a memorial commissioned for the fortieth anniversary of the student massacre in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City on October 2, 1968, and the large-scale immersive installation, Border Tuner / Sintonizador Fronterizo, designed to interconnect the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. This talk is part of New Territory: Beyond the US/Mexico Border, a series of public programs exploring the relationship between art, design, and the US-Mexico border as a region unto itself, with its own communities and connections. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was born in Mexico City in 1967. In 1989 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Chemistry from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. As a media artist working at the intersection of architecture and performance art, he creates platforms for public participation using technologies such as robotic lights, digital fountains, computerized surveillance, media walls, and telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival, and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “anti-monuments for alien agency.”
Art & Music
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December 24, 2021
2021-12-24
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Birds of the World: Amazing Migrations
Birds of the World: Amazing Migrations
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Cornell University
Join Cornell's famed Bird Lab and discover which birds have the longest, highest, fastest, and farthest flights, among other fascinating migration facts during this webinar. We’ll take a tour of the Earth’s most remarkable migratory birds and demonstrate how to use Birds of the World, an online database including over 10,700 species accounts. See stunning photos and learn something new! This event is part of our virtual Migration Celebration. Visit the Migration Celebration webpage for the full schedule of events, migration resources, and family-friendly activities.
Science & Nature
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December 24, 2021
2021-12-24
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
The Gendered Brain
The Gendered Brain
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Sydney Opera House
For centuries, science has been trying to prove that men's and women's brains are different. In her myth-smashing book, The Gendered Brain, Professor Gina Rippon dismantles this idea. Unpacking the dubious historical science, like 18th century experiments that saw empty skulls measured with bird seed, Rippon shows how early research fueled the persistent myth that female biology is inferior. She presents cutting edge neuroscience to detail how our brains are highly plastic, individualised, adaptable and full of potential. What if our behaviour is linked not to gender, but to life itself, to all we do and experience? Hosted by award-winning science journalist Natasha Mitchell. Recorded live from the Sydney Opera House in 2020.
Science & Nature
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December 25, 2021
2021-12-25
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Lunch Break Science | Melissa Emery Thompson
Lunch Break Science | Melissa Emery Thompson
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The Leakey Foundation
Meet Leakey Foundation scientist Melissa Emery Thompson and learn about the life histories of the chimpanzees of Kanyawara region of Kibale National Park, Uganda. Thompson is Director, Center for Comparative Human Primate Physiology at University of New Mexico.
Science & Nature
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December 25, 2021
2021-12-25
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
What Are You Smoking? Demystifying Cannabis Regulation and Testing
What Are You Smoking? Demystifying Cannabis Regulation and Testing
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Pacific Science Center
One industry deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic are cannabis retailers. Research shows that over 15% of adults in Washington state consume cannabis and cannabis consumers now outnumber nicotine consumers. However, keeping up with this dynamic industry can be daunting as regulations and requirements continue to change. Hear from Nick Mosely, Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Tania Sasaki, Chief Science Officer of Confidence Analytics, an accredited cannabis testing laboratory in Washington State, as they discuss the historical and current regulatory landscape of cannabis legalization. Laboratory testing will also be explained, including state requirements, how testing is performed, how to interpret test results, and what customers should consider when purchasing cannabis products.
Science & Nature
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December 25, 2021
2021-12-25
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Lunch Break Science: Nicole Thompson
Lunch Break Science: Nicole Thompson
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The Leakey Foundation
Gather with Leakey Foundation grantee Nicole Thompson and learn about the benefits of social connections during development in blue monkeys in Kakamega, Kenya.
Science & Nature
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December 26, 2021
2021-12-26
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Lunch Break Science: Deming Yang
Lunch Break Science: Deming Yang
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The Leakey Foundation
Gather with Leakey Foundation grantee Deming Yang and learn about paleoenvironments and hominin evolution.
Science & Nature
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December 26, 2021
2021-12-26
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
NightSchool: Sharks Jaws & Maws
NightSchool: Sharks Jaws & Maws
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California Academy of Sciences
Get a better understanding of shark physiology and peer into some jaws and maws. During this evening highlighting the diversity of sharks, we’re embarking into the wonderful world of filter-feeders, finding out what fossilized shark teeth can tell us about ancient oceans, and getting an up-close look at specimens from the Academy’s scientific collections
Science & Nature
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December 26, 2021
2021-12-26
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
NightSchool: Nature is Nurture
NightSchool: Nature is Nurture
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California Academy of Sciences
How does nature nurture human health? Join scientists as they share the surprising ways poison birds and biodiversity can impact medicine and public health.
Science & Nature
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December 26, 2021
2021-12-26
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Science in the City: Forensic Report: Case 1886, Death of Dr. Henry Jekyll
Science in the City: Forensic Report: Case 1886, Death of Dr. Henry Jekyll
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Pacific Science Center
It’s the crime of the century! Leading academic Dr. Henry Jekyll’s alter ego is unmasked in this live Science in the City event as the violent criminal Mr. Edward Hyde. In the wake of Jekyll’s death – and with him the demise of the cunning criminal Hyde – a bombshell forensic report reconstructs how Jekyll became Hyde, Hyde’s actions and motives, and how they could have been stopped. Join Kaitlyn Casimo, PhD in her annual celebration of spooky science with PacSci to learn more about the science of Jekyll’s mysterious serum, the motives behind Hyde’s violent behavior, and some of the safety and ethical standards safeguarding modern science. Advance registration required, and a link to the livestream talk will be sent to registrants in advance. We rely on the generous support of the community to produce content such as these virtual events. A suggested donation of $25 will help us ensure that Curiosity Never Closes.
Science & Nature
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December 26, 2021
2021-12-26
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Virtual Views: Gordon Parks
Virtual Views: Gordon Parks
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Museum of Modern Art
In July 2020, MoMA hosted a live Q&A with Sarah Meister, curator in MoMA’s Department of Photography; Nicole Fleetwood, professor at Rutgers University and curator of the MoMA PS1 exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration; and Khalil Muhammad, professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, as they discuss Gordon Parks’s work, as part of our Virtual Views initiative.
Film & Photography
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December 27, 2021
2021-12-27
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
NightSchool: Resilient Forests
NightSchool: Resilient Forests
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California Academy of Sciences
Fire is essential to forest life—hear from experts tending fires and ensuring a more resilient California.
Science & Nature
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December 27, 2021
2021-12-27
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Off the Pedestal: Women Artists in Art Museums
Off the Pedestal: Women Artists in Art Museums
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Nasher Sculpture Center
This panel discussion, from 2017, brings together distinguished and knowledgeable curators, activists, artists and scholars in a discussion exploring the historical lack of representation of women artists in museum collections, especially in the field of sculpture. In a conversation intended to bring broader public awareness to this issue, panelists discuss the variety of factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of women’s works and how museums and collectors might develop more equitable and diverse collections.
Art & Music
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December 27, 2021
2021-12-27
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Atlantic Live: In Pursuit of Happiness
Atlantic Live: In Pursuit of Happiness
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The Atlantic
What does it take to be happy? America’s founding document states that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. But this question has preoccupied philosophers, fascinated scientists, inspired artists, launched an enormous self-help industry—and continues to elude many of us. The Atlantic will host a live event that explores the human hold on happiness—and aims to find ways to build a more meaningful life. The event will consider happiness and relationships; the role of spirituality; how social media and other technology are affecting our happiness; and the ways in which a year of social isolation has reframed our understanding of a lasting sense of joy.
Culture & Politics
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December 28, 2021
2021-12-28
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation
Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation
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Chicago Humanities Festival
In her latest short story collection The (Other) You Joyce Carol Oates ponders who her characters might have become if they’d chosen different paths. Through the imaginations of her contemplative protagonists, Oates—author of contemporary classic novels like We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde—deftly detangles the complex circumstances that dictate who we turn out to be. Join Oates and Rebecca Makkai, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Great Believers, for a discussion of destiny, alternative realities, and our other selves from March, 2021.
Reading & Writing
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December 28, 2021
2021-12-28
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Walter Isaacson on Jennifer Doudna
Walter Isaacson on Jennifer Doudna
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Chicago Humanities Festival
Walter Isaacson—the acclaimed biographer of Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin—turns his pen to another transformative figure: Jennifer Doudna, the Nobel Prize-winning creator of the gene editing technology CRISPR. Code Breaker explores the medical miracles Doudna’s scientific discoveries have made possible and the moral questions they pose. Isaacson is joined at CHF by WBEZ’s Chief Content Officer Steve Edwards to discuss Doudna’s inspiring career, gene editing, and how new inventions affect the future of humanity.
Science & Nature
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December 28, 2021
2021-12-28
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
The Past and Future of Comics
The Past and Future of Comics
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Chicago Humanities Festival
The future of comic books belongs to Black women. In many cases drawing on Afrofuturism to tell their own stories, Black women comic book artists and writers are redefining the genre and innovating new ways to think about identity, race, and gender. Join Black future feminist and pop culture scholar Dr. Grace D. Gipson and Chicago cartoonist Bianca Xunise (Say Her Name) for a conversation about the history and future of comic books in Chicago and the real superheroes of the genre: Black women authors and illustrators, and their protagonists.
Reading & Writing
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December 28, 2021
2021-12-28
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
Film: Autopsy on a Dream - The Untold Story of Building the Sydney Opera House
Film: Autopsy on a Dream - The Untold Story of Building the Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House
Rediscovered in recent years, this BBC documentary is as extraordinary as its provocative subject matter — the dramatic story of the building of the Sydney Opera House, culminating in Utzon’s departure from the project. Containing a new prologue called ‘The Dream of Perfection’, it tells the fascinating story of the lost film and brings the story up-to- date, featuring interviews with Sir David Attenborough, architect Richard le Plaistrier, plus many others. Courtesy of the Sydney Opera House--from our house to yours--stream this film anytime from the comfort of your home.
Film & Photography
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December 29, 2021
2021-12-29
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On-Demand
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$
FREE
How to View Art I
How to View Art I
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University of Chicago Graham School
In this course, you will learn the most basic tools of art viewing. At the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a basic toolkit list. Each tool will be discussed first in a classroom setting and then applied to art objects within the same session. This basic set of tools, once learned, will enable you to view new art on your own. There are two sequels to this course which yet improve on the fundamental skills acquired here. No background or knowledge of art is presupposed.
Art & Music
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January 3, 2022
2022-01-03
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Live
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$
485
Life and Works of J.S. Bach
Life and Works of J.S. Bach
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University of Chicago Graham School
One of the towering figures in Western culture, J.S. Bach is the foundation of Classical music, whose influence has permeated the work of virtually all his successors. Whether sacred or secular, vocal or instrumental, his encyclopedic survey of virtually all musical genres set an unsurpassable standard of excellence. Videos and recordings of his work are presented, along with analysis and biographical data, bringing the sublime creator and the very human figure to life.
Art & Music
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January 4, 2022
2022-01-04
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Live
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$
445
Ten Great 20th Century American Plays with Chris Jones
Ten Great 20th Century American Plays with Chris Jones
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University of Chicago Graham School
Join the Chicago Tribune's renowned theater critic and cultural columnist Chris Jones on a weekly online journey across American drama, offering exciting and compelling explorations of our greatest examples of dramatic literature.
Reading & Writing
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January 4, 2022
2022-01-04
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Live
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$
550
Jewish Literature Book Club
Jewish Literature Book Club
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92nd Street Y
Calling all readers! Through this virtual book club spanning from January to June, we will read books that each connect to Jewish identity in some way. The plot lines and genres are winde-ranging, extending from a modern, feminist recreation of the Purim story to a dystopian novel about Jewish survival in a remote town of Alaska. During our discussions, we will explore what these texts teach us about Judaism but also what they teach us about ourselves. Please join us for an enriching and entertaining six months of reading! Find the book list below: Jan: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon; Feb: The Color of Water, James McBride; Mar: The Book of V, Anna Solomon; Apr: The Rabbi Who Prayed With Fire, Rachel Sharona Lewis; May: The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker; Jun: Apeirogon, Colum McCann. Read each book on your own, and then join this virtual book club discussion with Lindsey Benjamin each month.
Reading & Writing
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January 5, 2022
2022-01-05
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Live
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$
60
Focus on Fiction
Focus on Fiction
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University of Chicago Graham School
This course will advance your understanding of fiction writing through lecture, discussion, eclectic readings, in-class and at-home writing exercises, as well as discussions of your own and your fellow students' written work. With a strong emphasis on drafting and strengthening the creative process, this class builds on the techniques and tools discussed in Basic Creative Writing. If you have not taken Basic Creative Writing, it's important to have some writing background and/or perhaps taken a foundational course at some point in your writing life.
Reading & Writing
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January 6, 2022
2022-01-06
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Live
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$
595
Moby-Dick Marathon (Virtual) 2022
Moby-Dick Marathon (Virtual) 2022
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New Bedford Whaling Museum
THE ANNUAL MOBY-DICK MARATHON! One of the world’s best known live readings of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel Moby-Dick takes place every January at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The Moby-Dick Marathon draws readers and enthusiasts from around the globe to the Museum’s campus and to the reading online. This year’s marathon will be entirely virtual, but that won’t stop literary aficionados, school children, and everyone in between from traveling back in time to accompany narrator Ishmael on the epic hunt for the elusive white whale. The Whaling Museum has marked the anniversary of Melville’s 1841 departure from the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven aboard the whaleship, Acushnet, with this mid-winter tradition since 1997. Melville would later pen Moby-Dick, publishing the famous novel in 1851. Moby-Dick Marathon weekend features the main 25-hour read-a-thon on Saturday and Sunday, with fun Melville-inspired activities, opportunities to chat with scholars from the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP), a Melville-inspired trivia game, and more. The Moby-Dick Marathon will be streamed online and shown non-stop in the Whaling Museum’s theater. Admission to the Museum is free of charge on Saturday and Sunday until the end of the marathon.
Reading & Writing
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January 7, 2022
2022-01-07
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Live
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$
15
Art History From the Ground Up: One Week Intensive
Art History From the Ground Up: One Week Intensive
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School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Where can we start with Art? From cave paintings to the work being created right now, this speed-date with a complex discipline will whet your appetite for the art that is all around us. We'll discuss artists traditional and radical roles around the world, connecting style, structure, and meaning in new ways. Day 1: Thinking globally, looking locally; Day 2: Why is it called The Canon?; Day 3: How we discuss race, class, and gender - and how we don't; Day 4: Modernism; Day 5: Contemporary Art.
Art & Music
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January 10, 2022
2022-01-10
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Live
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$
250
Introduction to French
Introduction to French
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French Institute: Alliance Francaise
Your first date with French! Through a mix of French and English, this short primer course gives you the essential tools to excel as you begin your French journey. This course is specifically designed for students with no prior French exposure. You will study how French and English grammar and verbs work, how they can be so similar and so different at the same time. Through comparative grammar, conjugation and vocabulary, you will discover all the tips and tricks of the French language. Take the class live on Zoom with FIAF’s experienced teachers and start speaking French from Day 1.
Culture & Politics
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January 10, 2022
2022-01-10
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Live
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$
299
Everyday Spontaneity: Improvising Our Lives
Everyday Spontaneity: Improvising Our Lives
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Stanford Continuing Studies
You will need to improvise today. We all will. Most of us, however, doubt our ability to navigate change with confidence. The study of improvisation can help us learn to trust our own ideas. This course will give you the tools to experience new ways of responding and adapting to change, and it can help you become more comfortable thinking and speaking spontaneously. Improvisation is not about comedy or being clever; it is about recovering and using our native common sense to solve problems. Improv basics include paying close attention to reality, learning how to work with a spirit of cooperation, and coping positively with mistakes. We can learn how to be kinder, more attentive, and more willing to take a chance. If you are eager to become a better listener, a more generous partner, and a more appreciative player, these ideas are worth considering. And if your purpose is the bottom line, it's possible that improv can help to shake up your business model or inspire your team to innovate. Our focus will be on the application of improv maxims in everyday life. Students are required to attend the first class session.
Health & Wellness
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January 10, 2022
2022-01-10
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Live
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$
440
Turning Life Stories into Fiction
Turning Life Stories into Fiction
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Stanford Continuing Studies
Have you ever dreamed of exploring an inspiring life story through the lens of fiction? Have you ever wondered how fiction might help you to express your passions, experiences, or cultural identity? Authors frequently use lived experiences as a launchpad for inspiration, and this course is aimed at helping students find that dynamic intersection between true stories and imagined ones. We will consider a wide variety of authors who have come before us, leaping from the playful to the profound and back again as we read excerpts from Sherman Alexie, Ocean Vuong, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hilary Mantel, Chris Cleave, and others. During our first two weeks of class, we will be using in-class writing exercises, readings, and prompts to help us recognize and discover our best material, and group discussions to identify the many ways we can use fiction to access our most meaningful truths. We will follow with six weeks of intensive student workshops, opening with a brief lecture on craft before diving into our own stories or novel chapters in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Along the way, we will work together to discover how stories inspired by fact can offer us the best of both worlds—the freedom of fiction combined with the irreplaceable power of lived experiences.
Reading & Writing
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January 10, 2022
2022-01-10
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Live
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$
595
Tutankhamun: Celebrating the Centennial of the Discovery of his Tomb
Tutankhamun: Celebrating the Centennial of the Discovery of his Tomb
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The University of Chicago
This series of lectures celebrates the centennial of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, looking at the tomb, its discovery, the political ramifications of that event, and the Tutankhamun objects in the collection of the Oriental Institute. The careers of Howard Carter and Harry Burton will be surveyed for how their specialized training made the tomb one of the best documented in history. We will also look at Tutankhamun and the most recent research on his life and times, and then take an in-depth look at some of the objects from the tomb for what they tell us about taste, trade networks, and technology of the late 18th Dynasty. Finally, we will look at the King Tut phenomenon in the museum world and how exhibits of the treasures have shaped the way museums operate, and also explore (and question) why Tutankhamun has such lasting public appeal. Although no readings are required for the course, a full list of recommended, but optional, readings will be posted. Lectures: 1. The Discovery of the Tomb and the Oriental Institute; 2. Howard Carter and Harry Burton: How Two Artists Made Tut the most Famous Tomb of all Times; 3. Who was Tutankhamun? His Family and Monuments; How might Tut’s Tomb Compare to other Contemporary Royal Tombs?; 4. The Objects and What They Tell us about Ancient Egypt; 5. Objects: Technology in the Time of Tutankhamun; 6. How Tutankhamun Changed the Museum World and Why is Tut so Popular? Tutankhamun: Celebrating the Centennial of the Discovery of his Tomb. Lectures will be online via Zoom, Tuesdays, January 11–February 15, 5:00-7:00, CST and recorded for participants to watch later.
Culture & Politics
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January 11, 2022
2022-01-11
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Live
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$
295
Creative Non Fiction I
Creative Non Fiction I
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UCLA Extension
This course explores the unlimited possibilities of creative nonfiction, which embraces forms of creative writing such as personal essay, memoir, profiles, and more. Working with the same techniques as fiction, including artful language choices, dialogue, character development, structure, and plot, you are guided to transform factual events and experiences into a complete, imaginative narrative. This course includes several readings from a variety of nonfiction authors. The course goal is to produce one complete and revised narrative essay, as well as additional material to develop further.
Reading & Writing
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January 11, 2022
2022-01-11
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Live
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$
695
Virtual Lecture: Inca Textiles under Colonial Rule
Virtual Lecture: Inca Textiles under Colonial Rule
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Art Institute of Chicago
nca textiles—especially tapestry-woven tunics—are some of the finest cloth ever created in the ancient Andes of South America. However, the violent conquest of the Inca Empire by Spanish forces dramatically changed Inca society, their artistic traditions, and the clothes that they wore. Two enigmatic fragments of an Inca tunic in the Art Institute’s collection illustrate this history. Join Andrew Hamilton, associate curator of Arts of the Americas, in an exploration of these unique works, on view in Gallery 136 through spring 2022.
Art & Music
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January 13, 2022
2022-01-13
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Live
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$
FREE
Italian Renaissance Art
Italian Renaissance Art
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Stanford Continuing Studies
In this course, we will explore the world-famous achievements of Italian artists and architects during the so-called Renaissance (1420-1520). Among our investigations will be the origin of perspective in Florence and the revolutionary modeling of Donatello and Masaccio; the graceful Madonnas of Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, and Sandro Botticelli; the construction of imposing palazzi and spectacular domes; Giovanni Bellini's reinvention of the altarpiece in Venice; and the development of refined court cultures in Urbino, Milan, and Naples. We also will examine the careers of such heavyweights as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, whose death in 1520 is often taken to mark the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of a style known as Mannerism. While studying these well-known figures and many of their artworks, we will look at aspects that often remain in the margins of art history, such as the careers of female artists, the rise of theatrical sculpture, and the impact of printing on panel painting.
Art & Music
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January 13, 2022
2022-01-13
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Live
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$
485
Beginners Acting Lab
Beginners Acting Lab
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Atlantic Theater Company
This six week lab is an excellent start or refresher for the beginner adult actor. Explore acting exercises and techniques to develop your basic understanding of how to deliver a compelling and truthful performance. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of the Atlantic Technique through the exploration of scenes or monologues. Improve your communication, public speaking, and presentation skills. No prior experience is necessary.
Art & Music
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January 23, 2022
2022-01-23
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Live
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$
295
Understanding Classical Music
Understanding Classical Music
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The Juilliard School
What is the difference between a melody and a motive? What is sonata form? What are the characteristics of different musical periods and who were the major composers? In this course, which ranges from chant to Chopin to Copland, both novices and experienced concertgoers can expand their horizons. Students get an overview of classical music history and common musical concepts, which are explained in class lectures and demonstrated by great recordings. By learning who, how, and what to listen for, students will enhance their understanding and enjoyment of classical music. No prior knowledge of the subject matter necessary.
Art & Music
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January 24, 2022
2022-01-24
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Live
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$
610
The Elements of Art
The Elements of Art
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Barnes Foundation
One of the oldest forms of expression and communication, art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Through an object-based approach, learn more about the aesthetic principles that underlie art and discover its communicative power.
Art & Music
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January 25, 2022
2022-01-25
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Live
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$
550
TNR Salon Series: Dana Stevens
TNR Salon Series: Dana Stevens
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The New Republic
Join The New Republic for a livestream of our Salon book series featuring author Dana Stevens, and Laura Marsh, TNR’s literary editor, as they talk about Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century. In this genre-defying work of cultural history, the chief film critic of Slate places comedy legend and acclaimed filmmaker Buster Keaton’s unique creative genius in the context of his time. Born the same year as the film industry in 1895, Buster Keaton began his career as the child star of a family slapstick act reputed to be the most violent in vaudeville. Beginning in his early twenties, he enjoyed a decade-long stretch as the director, star, stuntman, editor, and all-around mastermind of some of the greatest silent comedies ever made, including Sherlock Jr., The General, and The Cameraman. Even through his dark middle years as a severely depressed alcoholic finding work on the margins of show business, Keaton’s life had a way of reflecting the changes going on in the world around him. He found success in three different mediums at their creative peak: first vaudeville, then silent film, and finally the experimental early years of television. Over the course of his action-packed seventy years on earth, his life trajectory intersected with those of such influential figures as the escape artist Harry Houdini, the pioneering Black stage comedian Bert Williams, the television legend Lucille Ball, and literary innovators like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Samuel Beckett. In Camera Man, film critic Dana Stevens pulls the lens out from Keaton’s life and work to look at concurrent developments in entertainment, journalism, law, technology, the political and social status of women, and the popular understanding of addiction. With erudition and sparkling humor, Stevens hopscotches among disciplines to bring us up to the present day, when Keaton’s breathtaking (and sometimes life-threatening) stunts remain more popular than ever as they circulate on the internet in the form of viral gifs. Far more than a biography or a work of film history, Camera Man is a wide-ranging meditation on modernity that paints a complex portrait of a one-of-a-kind artist.
Film & Photography
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January 25, 2022
2022-01-25
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Live
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$
FREE
Essentials of Creative Writing
Essentials of Creative Writing
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Emory Continuing Education
Get your pen (or laptop keys) moving in this fast-paced introduction to creative writing. Through weekly lectures, readings, and opportunities to share your work in a supportive environment, you will begin to hone your craft, learning tips for how to create compelling characters, snappy dialogue, and satisfying story structures. Whether your dream is to write the Great American Novel or to capture true stories from your own life, this course will help you write the kinds of narratives that will keep your reader fascinated from the first word to the last.
Reading & Writing
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January 27, 2022
2022-01-27
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Live
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$
425
Politics and Leadership in a Changing Middle East
Politics and Leadership in a Changing Middle East
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NYU School of Professional Studies
This course will look at the historical and ideological legacies that influence politics and leadership in the Middle East. It will cover the broader Middle East, including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey. The politics and state society relations in selected countries will be presented primarily through the words and actions of individual leaders. Relations among the countries in the region will also be covered. Questions to be discussed include: What pre-colonial and colonial legacies influence politics? What role does Islam play in politics and state –society relations? What are national and transnational identities, which serve as major factors in the politics of the Middle East? In selected sessions, the role of prominent women will be added to the mix of leading figures.
Culture & Politics
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February 1, 2022
2022-02-01
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Live
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$
375
Learning to See
Learning to See
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Barnes Foundation
In our modern, image-soaked world, why are we still drawn to paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art? What is it about the work of art itself that we find so captivating? In this four-session course, we will explore these questions and train our eyes to see as the artist does. By learning to see, we can better understand how artists use artistic media to communicate something about their unique experience of the world. Held in the Barnes galleries, this class introduces both experienced art enthusiasts and newcomers to a new way of engaging with art and the world around us. This course takes place at the Barnes in the collection galleries, but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions.
Art & Music
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February 1, 2022
2022-02-01
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$
220
Plundered Art: The History and Ethics of Art Collection
Plundered Art: The History and Ethics of Art Collection
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Stanford Continuing Studies
In recent years, many leading museums have become embroiled in controversies centering on whether they have developed their antiquities collections unethically, if not illegally. Lawsuits and media reports have accused them essentially of plundering art, forcing the return of important objects in some cases. This course will focus on the ethics of art collecting and will offer historic examples of plundering from Nebuchadnezzar to the Nazis. The theft of art is hardly a modern phenomenon. Verres, a greedy Roman governor of Sicily, illegally amassed astonishing stolen civic treasures. The Roman Emperor Nero robbed Pergamon of its most famous sculpture of the Hellenistic world, the Laocoön Group, and installed it in his notorious Golden House. The Venetian sack of Constantinople in 1204, the Conquistadores’ sack of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century, and French and British expeditions in Egypt and Mesopotamia all provide examples of a trend that lives on today. Perhaps the most notable recent example can be seen in the pillaging of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad and other sacred Iraqi sites. Our cultural odyssey will be global in nature and will cover millennia of purloined treasures. We will also probe into a question vexing art collectors today: when can the dislocation of art be justified (for example, when the host country cannot preserve a priceless object) and when does it cross the line?
Art & Music
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February 1, 2022
2022-02-01
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$
320
Sondheim at 90: Part II
Sondheim at 90: Part II
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The Juilliard School
This class is an exploration of the masterly theatrical work of Stephen Sondheim, continuing the conversation begun in Sondheim at 90 in the fall. More of Sondheim’s most fascinating and adventurous shows will be explored in-depth, including Passion’s haunting meditation on obsessive love, the reverse-chronology tour-de-force of Merrily We Roll Along, and the sweeping analysis of American history and culture that is Assassins. The class will also take a careful look at Sondheim’s distinguished work as a young lyricist in West Side Story and especially in the magnificent Gypsy. Part I is not a prerequisite for this course.
Art & Music
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February 2, 2022
2022-02-02
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$
375
Virtual Trapp Lecture: Senju’s Waterfalls for Chicago
Virtual Trapp Lecture: Senju’s Waterfalls for Chicago
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Art Institute of Chicago
Join Senju—a contemporary proponent of Nihonga, traditional Japanese painting—as he discusses his signature Waterfall works. Senju created the enchanting painted screens on view at the Art Institute specifically for the museum’s Gallery 109, the space designed by architect Andō Tadao. Thinking of the exhibition as a collaboration between himself and the architect across time, Senju tailored the scale and lighting to best suit this distinctive space. The lighting in the gallery will change periodically between incandescent and black light to show the artwork’s two dramatically different “faces,” as the artist describes it. Under regular incandescent lighting, the works evocatively express the force and motion of falling water. Under black light, the painted water glows a bright, ethereal blue, as if the water is elusive, painted with light.
Art & Music
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February 10, 2022
2022-02-10
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$
FREE
The Novel Today
The Novel Today
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NYU School of Professional Studies
Discuss major new work by today’s top writers, including emerging novelists, award-winners, and established favorites, all of whom are central to today's cultural conversation We will investigate a variety of inventive narrative strategies, explore the psychology of numerous fascinating characters, and examine important topics within a context of changing times, changing lives, and a changing world. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.
Reading & Writing
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February 23, 2022
2022-02-23
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$
599
The Italians: Shapers of Western Civillization
The Italians: Shapers of Western Civillization
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NYU School of Professional Studies
In exploring an immense Italian cultural heritage, the voyage encompasses Roman architecture and law; Brunelleschi’s dome and Palladio’s villas; Machiavelli’s The Prince, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and the realism of Boccaccio’s The Decameron; da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David; and Galileo’s and Fermi’s contributions to modern science and Marconi’s invention of the radio. As the first to develop universities, monasticism, the field of political science, and the modern orchestra, Italians can be said to have civilized the rest of Europe—and they continue to influence culture today in such areas as food, fashion, and design.
Culture & Politics
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February 24, 2022
2022-02-24
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$
549
American Literature: 1865 to 1920
American Literature: 1865 to 1920
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NYU School of Professional Studies
The years between the end of the Civil War and the end of the First World War saw the emergence of American fiction to world status. Focusing on five major authors of the period. Henry James (Portrait Of A Lady , two sessions), Mark Twain (Tom Sawyer and Pudd’nhead Wilson ), Charles Chesnutt (The House Behind the Cedars and The Marrow of Tradition ), Edith Wharton (The House of Mirth and Summer ), and Willa Cather (O Pioneers and My Antonia ), We will see how the gender, racial, and regional diversity of American rakers accommodated a different modes of symbolism, local color, realism, and naturalism to paint a vivid picture of an emerging American modernity. Students should read Portrait of a Lady for the first session. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.
Reading & Writing
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March 1, 2022
2022-03-01
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$
599
Poetry Writing Workshop
Poetry Writing Workshop
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Emory Continuing Education
If you can write a clear sentence, you might surprise yourself. In addition to reading and discussing poems by some of the best poets writing today, we’ll focus on the elements of craft that distinguish poetry from prose—form, imagery, meter, metaphor, and musicality. Assignments will include readings from the textbook and writing exercises to share with the class. No previous background in literature required. Limited to 10.
Reading & Writing
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March 16, 2022
2022-03-16
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$
425
Changing City: From Greenwich Village to Grand Central
Changing City: From Greenwich Village to Grand Central
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NYU School of Professional Studies
Healthy, vibrant cities have a way of changing. The residential neighborhood that ringed Madison Square in the mid-nineteenth century was becoming a commercial office center by the turn of the twentieth century, and by the turn of the twenty-first century, it was returning to residential again, sometimes by repurposing former office buildings. Today’s stretch of commercial office buildings on Park Avenue north of Grand Central Terminal was lined instead by high-class apartment houses in its earlier incarnation beginning in the 1910s, and before that, when the New York Central Railroad still operated its trains at street level, it was a strip of light manufacturing. Steinway built pianos on the site of today’s Seagram Building, and Schaeffer brewed its beer on the site of today’s St. Bartholomew’s Church. Join us for four classes celebrating changing neighborhoods, and the changing city. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.
Culture & Politics
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April 6, 2022
2022-04-06
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$
349