Aug 092017
 

The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the
imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we
bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act
as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or
technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal
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Jul 242016
 

At the end of 1938, Barney Josephson, a former shoe salesman, opened what would become one of the most legendary nightspots in jazz history. New York City’s first integrated nightclub, Cafe Society quickly became a gathering place for artists, intellectuals, left-wing political figures, jazz lovers, and, perhaps inevitably, the very Manhattan sophisticates it meant to mock with its satirical murals and ill-dressed doormen… indianapublicmedia.orgCafe Society

Nov 092015
 

The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the World Science Day for Peace and Developmentnational, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies… un.org
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Oct 312015
 

The European Parliament voted Thursday (10/30/2015) in support of a resolution that calls on member states to protect Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden from extradition.The vote, which has no legal force, was 285-281. The resolution urges nations to drop criminal charges and “consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.”…cnn.com

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Oct 212015
 

Women’s roles in the United States workforce changed drastically during World War II. Rosie the Riveter became a cultural symbol representing the American women who worked in factories. Not all Rosiestop-secret-rosies-1, however, were blue collar workers. Women mathematicians, recruited by the U.S. Army, also helped in the war effort. Their work was classified and has remained obscure for more than sixty years… siam.org Continue reading »

Sep 232015
 
Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration will be held September 27-October 3 …bannedbooksweek.org