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Washington, May 28 (Canadian-Media): As part of Library of Congress' (LOC) 220th anniversary year, the 20th LOC National Book Festival would be celebrated in a reimagined virtual festival the weekend of Sept. 25-27, LOC reports said.
The 20th LOC National Book Festival would highlight American Ingenuity in 2020, featuring the creativity and inspiration of some of the nation’s most gifted authors.
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The lineup for this festival includes Madeleine Albright, John Grisham, Joy Harjo, Jenna Bush Hager, Colson Whitehead, Melinda Gates, Kate DiCamillo, Jason Reynolds and more.
Books have been the source of of inspiration for people around the world during social distancing measures caused by Coronavirus pandemic.
The online festival would serve a a global audience and demonstrate how authors and their stories help to connect and illuminate the world during the social distancing.
“Although we cannot hold our usual National Book Festival, which attracts more than 200,000 attendees of all ages, I believe this virtual festival has the potential to convey the same spirit of inventiveness and creativity to an even wider book-loving community,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “I invite everyone who loves to read – including students resuming their studies this fall – to join us in September.”
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Florida (U.S.), Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): Situated in St. Petersburg, Florida the Florida Holocaust Museum is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and is the result of Saint Petersburg businessman and philanthropist Walter P. Loebenberg’s remarkable journey and vision.
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After escaping from Nazi Germany in 1939 Loebenberg served in the United States Army during World War II. The concept of a living memorial to those who suffered and perished was conceived together with a group of local business people and community leaders, including internationally renowned Holocaust scholars. Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List, joined the Board of Advisors and Elie Wiesel was named Honorary Chairman of this Holocaust Center.
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Undeterred by constraints of size or location, the Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Educational Center evolved into the preeminent source of Holocaust information in the Southeastern United States and became one of the foremost Holocaust institutions in the country.
As a result of this growth, the Board of Directors approved the purchase of a 27,000 square foot building in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, to be renovated and occupied by 1998.
In January, 1999, the Museum officially changed its name to The Florida Holocaust Museum, to better suit the Museum's mission statement and reflected its statewide and national resource to create greater awareness and impact beyond the Tampa Bay area.
The Museum played a critical role in shaping legislation in 1994 in making Florida one of the first states in the nation to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In collaborative effort between the Museum and the Pinellas County School System, guidelines were developed for K-12 teachers. The guidelines include grade-appropriate instructional goals and bibliography for teaching the Holocaust. These guidelines are used by teachers throughout the nation as well as in Florida.
Preservation of the events of suffering and loss was inevitable to better understand the history and to ensure that it will never happen again. Preservation of these in events in different formats became important to educate the people to challenge and curb the promotion of hatred and intolerance. This resulted in The Florida Holocaust Museum with a vision of reality of peaceful and harmonious future in in our neighborhoods, in our nation and in our world.
Objects from the Toby Knobel Fluek Collection. Credit: Website
The Museum’s core exhibition, History, Heritage and Hope spans the first floor. The history of the Holocaust is presented, by featuring original artifacts, video, and photos, beginning with the history of antisemitism and life before World War II, followed by the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and anti-Jewish legislation. The history of other victim groups, ghettoes and rescue are also shown.
The exhibition culminates with sections about concentration camps and killing centers and a boxcar of the type that was used during the Holocaust.
The final area presented is Lessons for Today where visitors learn about other genocides and acts of hatred occurring today.
The majority of the Museum’s collections has been donated by Holocaust Survivors, liberators and their families. The goal of Museum staff is to preserve this material and make it accessible to families, scholars and the general public.
The Museum is home to the permanent exhibition: History, Heritage and Hope, which uses original artifacts, historical photographs and documents to tell the story of the Holocaust with a special emphasis on the personal stories of local survivors. It also houses the permanent exhibition, Kaddish in Wood: Woodcarvings by Dr. Herbert Savel. These carvings are of French children who were victims of the Holocaust.
The second floor of the the Florida Holocaust Museum houses two temporary exhibition galleries: The Janet Kohn and Larry Wasser galleries. These galleries offer changing exhibitions focused on one particular facet of the Holocaust, or may include contemporary art about the Holocaust or other genocides.
On the third floor of the Museum, small temporary exhibitions are displayed in Kane’s Furniture Hall. Also located on the third floor is the Ray and Nancy Murray Tolerance Education Center which is home to the largest Holocaust and genocide lending libraries in the southeast. Many of the Museum’s public programs, exhibition openings and commemorative events take place in Kane’s Furniture Hall.
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New York, Feb 1 (Canadian-Media): Doc Fortnight 2020: New York based, MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art)’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media will run from February 5 to 19 and include over 28 documentary features and short film pairings, 12 world premieres, 17 North American premieres, and 14 US premieres from 38 countries, media reports said.
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Many of these films have been the recipient of prizes at other major international festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and Locarno.
Among the many artists who will be presenting their new work are Michael Almereyda, Denis Côté, Catherine Gund, Jem Cohen, Sky Hopinka, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ben Rivers, Kazuhiro Soda, and Roger Ross Williams.
A range of subjects are covered in Doc Fortnight 2020 including: a pioneering upstate New York camp for teens with disabilities, a cross-dressing candidate for Japanese parliament; portraits of influential cultural figures (including Delphine Seyrig, Raymond Pettibon, Felix Kubin, Agnes Gund, and John Ashbery), portraits of places such as a supermarket in Saõ Paulo, a radio station in Serbia, a hospitality school for Italy's aspiring waiters, an Icelandic village during the grim holiday season, and the world’s largest retirement community, in Florida.
An urgent theme of violence toward women, whether in war or at home, is portrayed in this year’s selection, shown in films such as Sunless Shadows, about imprisoned Iranian teenage girls for murdering their abusive male relatives; Overseas, about Filipina women learning to cope with enslavement in their domestic jobs abroad; La Mami, about worn-down dressing-room attendant at a famous cabaret in Mexico City; and That which Does Not Kill, about the rape of a young Belgian woman seen through the prism of experiences of ordinary women and men from diverse backgrounds.
Themes of exile, liberation, identity, and the legacy of colonialism of African diaspora portrayed in: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You; Akosua Adoma Owusu’s Welcome to the Jungle trilogy; and Billy Woodberry’s A Story of Africa.
Themes of mental illness are depicted in Kazuhiro Soda’s Zero, the centerpiece of Doc Fortnight 2020, and Olivier Zabat’s Arguments.
Nonfiction+, a series of programs focusing on new trends in expanded and interactive media. is a special addition to this year's festival. Highlights will include a program on interactive documentary art, presented by Caspar Sonnen (IDFA); Red Hero, an international collaborative online project devoted to the arts and culture of Mongolia; a live, cinematic, essay-performance by Tiffany Shlain; a hybrid film by Anamika Haksar, and Roger Ross Williams’ first venture into VR cinema with Traveling While Black.
The opening of Doc Fortnight 2020 will feature the New York premiere of Crip Camp, co-directed and produced by Nicole Newnham and James Lebrecht. The movie portraits Camp Jened—a camp for disabled teenagers near Woodstock, New York, that thrived in the late 1960s and ’70s, which in the establishment of a close-knit community of campers who would become pioneering disability advocates.
Also include in this year’s program will be “An Evening with 13BC” and “An Evening with Basma alSharif and Sky Hopkina.”
The New York– based collective 13BC will present two of their most recent works: the New York premiere of Straight Flush, and its companion piece, Corpse Cleaner. Basma alSharif (Egypt) and Sky Hopkina (Ho-Chunk Nation), will present their work together, in conversation for the first time.
The closing night film will be the New York premiere of Lance Oppenheim’s Some Kind of Heaven, an eye-opening account of the world’s largest retirement community, in central Florida.
Based in New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was opened by three patrons Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Mary Quinn Sullivan and Lillie P. Bliss in the year 1939. They were in the process of collecting paintings, watercolours, and drawings by a number of contemporary American artists in 1925, at that time called Museum of New Art which is now called Museum of Modern Art.
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New York, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): When 178 cold-stunned sea turtles needing rescue and treatment in North Carolina due to recent weather and cold temperatures, had been transported to the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center, veterinary staff at the North Carolina (NC) Museum of Natural Sciences offered to help, media reports said.
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“We’re happy to have this opportunity to assist the aquarium with this conservation action effort,” said head veterinarian Dr. Dan Dombrowski and the museum’s Living Collections staff.
“Sea turtles are such an important species to help rehabilitate. They are able to live so long, if we can help these juvenile turtles today, they may be around for another 100 years and produce thousands of offspring for the future.”
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The recovery process for Cold-stunning, a condition which is similar to hypothermia caused by dropping water temperatures and disabling it to swim properly, begins by gradually warming the turtles back up over the course of a few days.
The turtles will occasionally be seen to visitors while receiving veterinary care at the museum’s “Window on Animal Health.”
Once the turtles are thought to be healthy enough to release, they will be taken offshore and released into warmer waters. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is just one of many institutions across the state assisting in this crucial effort to aid cold-stunned sea turtles. The effort to rescue and rehabilitate sea turtles is led by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, with collaboration with many federal, state and private organizations aided by many volunteers and groups such as Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) aided in the rescue of these turtles.
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Washington, Dec 21 (Canadian-Media): Following an August 2016 display in observance of the centennial of the National Park Service Organic Act (64 Stat. 408), establishing the National Park Service, the Science and Business Reading Room of Library of Congress (LoC) will highlight its winter reading room display, Inspired by the National Parks: Park Vistas, Plants, Animals and Fiber Art Quilts for two days Tues, Jan 7, and Wed, Jan 8, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., LoC reports said.
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Sixty fabric art quilts depicting scenes from our National Parks and some of their plant and animal inhabitants will be hosted by the reading room for these two days only.
In recognition of the celebration of the centennial of their designation by Congress as National Parks, three National Parks: the iconic Grand Canyon, as well as Acadia, and Zion National Parks and all of the national parks, our display would pairs books from the library’s general collections featuring the landscapes, flora, and fauna of the parks with images of fabric art quilts similarly inspired and drawn from the book, Inspired by the National Parks, their Landscapes and Wildlife in Fabric Perspectives (Schiffer Pub. Ltd., 2016).
Scenes from the parks, highlighted by just three fabric art quilts were depicted by the display from these three National Parks and featured material from the general collections, as well as reproductions from the U.S. Post Office 1934 National Parks stamp issue.
The quilts included with this post, from left to right, are “Aspen” by Nancy L. Evans, of Jeffersonton, VA; “Glacier National Park: Lake Josephine” by Nicki Allen, of Springfield, VA; and “Singing Vole” by Joyce L. Carrier of Purcellville, VA; and are used with permission.
An extensive and growing database of the of highly talented fiber artists from both the United States and throughout the world has been maintained by the Author Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto, and periodically invites display for work inspired by the National Parks.
Books from LoC's general collections will be on display from Dec 16th 2019 through Jan 24th, 2020.
LoC, the world’s largest library and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-site and online.
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Washington, Aug 2 (Canadian-Media): the Law Library of Congress presents the report 'Limits on Freedom of Expression', which examines the scope of protection extended to freedom of speech in 13 selected countries, Library of Congress reports said.
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The scope of protection extended to freedom of speech in 13 selected countries, has been examined by this report with main focus on the limits of protection that may apply to the right to interrupt or affect in any other way public speech.
The availability of mechanisms to control foreign broadcasters working on behalf of foreign governments is also addressed by the report.
The terms “freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression” as used in this report are interchangeable.
The report consists of individual surveys for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Germany, France, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. Countries surveyed were selected from various continents based on relevance as well as on available staff’s expertise.
The surveys were prepared by foreign law specialists and analysts at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress.
All of the countries apply limitations on public speech at varied levels, with broad restrictions on speech in China and Ukraine.
Specific Prohibitions on Disruption of Public Speech and Deliberations were found in Brazil, Japan, Sweden, New Zealand and United Kingdom.
Indirect Limitations on Public Speech applies to France, Germany, Israel, Canada and Netherlands.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Below are the most-viewed bills on Congress.gov for the week of June 21, 2019.
1.H.R.1044 [116th]Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2.H.Res.489 [116th]Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.
3.S.386 [116th]Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
4.H.R.2500 [116th]National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
5.H.R.582 [116th]Raise the Wage Act
6.H.R.1327 [116th]Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act
7.H.Res.496 [116th]Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
8.H.R.748 [116th]Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
9.H.R.5 [116th]Equality Act
10.H.R.5428 [115th]Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
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Recorded Sound Research Centre of Library of Congress provides a historical perspective of Apollo’s Mission to the Moon
Washington, July 19 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress' recordings of the celebration of the achievements of the US space program in bringing a human to the moon with the successful mission of Apollo 11 provides a historic perspective of these events, Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
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In 1960s, radio was still the primary source for breaking news and National Broadcasting Company (NBC) had provided special coverage of nearly every development of the space race, beginning with the USSR’s launch of Sputnik through the harrowing journey of Apollo 13.
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NBC began recording portions of its network broadcasts in 1936, using metal discs coated in a thin layer of nitrocellulose, known today as lacquer discs. Each side of a lacquer could capture a 15 minute program. Magnetic tape would not be available in the US until after World War II. The radio record of the space race was captured on lacquer discs, a groove cut into a surface not far removed from the cylinders and shellac discs of the 1890s
The Library of Congress, through the NBC Radio Collection provides coverage of each launch, each milestone and each disappointment, in the march toward the moon and the stars beyond
using technologies to preserve the 20th century achievements were achievement of an earlier era.
NBC continued to record on to lacquer discs even after the advent of magnetic recording, which allowed for easy editing and longer playing times. When NBC donated their collection of these discs to the Library, it totaled over 125,000 discs. One of those discs reported the first words spoken on the moon.
NBC’s coverage of the space race can be heard in the Library of Congress' Recorded Sound Research Center (RSRC) and can be searched for in our SONIC catalog. These and thousands of recordings of radio broadcast are available for listening.
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It is reported that a close cousin of the stylus that engraved Thomas Edison’s voice onto a wax cylinder also traced the first reports of footsteps on an alien world.
(Reported by Asha Bajaj)
Palace Museum in Beijing launches digital products to transform cultural heritages into digital resources
Beijing (China) Jul 17 (Xinhua): Visitors experience panoramic Palace Museum with VR at the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, July 16, 2019. The Palace Museum launched seven digital products to transform cultural heritages into digital resources during a press conference Tuesday. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)
Visitors experience panoramic Palace Museum with VR at the Palace Museum in Beijing, capital of China, July 16, 2019. The Palace Museum launched seven digital products to transform cultural heritages into digital resources during a press conference Tuesday. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)