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Washington Feb 9 (Canadian-Media):An exhibition on the life and works of Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, an American activist in the civil rights movement, was held earlier this week by the Library of Congress (LoC) during the observance of Black History Month (BHM) 2020, LoC reports said.
Rosa Parks. Image credit: Library of Congress
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) had been called by the United States Congress as the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement.
LoC's exhibition is the first major exhibition to showcase the Rosa Parks Collection includes Parks' personal correspondence, letters from presidents, her writings from the time of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and her Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal.
About 2,500 photographs are also showcased in this exhibition
Established in 1800, LoC is the world’s largest library and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress as well as home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offering access to the creative record of the United States and from around the world both on site and online.
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BHM was created in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who is also known as the Father of Black History Month.
Observed on February of each year since 1970, BHM recognizes individuals and events in the history of African-American culture.
BHM’s 2020 theme is “African Americans and the Vote” marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment and the culmination of the women's suffrage movement as well as sesquicentennial of the 15th Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote in 1870, following the Civil War.
Early Childhood Experiences. Image credit: Library of Congress
This autobiographical sketch of by Rosa Parks highlights her growing up in Pine Level, Alabama, on the farm of her maternal grandparents, Sylvester and Rose Edwards, with her mother and brother, Leona and Sylvester McCauley. She describes how she and her grandfather protected their home from Klansmen, and her doing chores, and learning to cook and sew.
Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. Image credit: Library of Congress
Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pine Level, Alabama, where Rosa Parks developed a strong faith activism that assured triumph over adversity, which prepared her for the trials ahead.
Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks recalls childhood encounter with a white boy who threatened to hit her, ca. 1956–1958. Autograph manuscript. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (010.00.00)
Rosa Park's childhood encounter with a white boy named Franklin is described in this autobiographical sketch. When the white boy threatened to hit her, she picked up a brick revealing the fearlessness which made Franklin to retreat.
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a public bus in segregated Montgomery, Alabama led to her arrest on December 1956 resulting in Montgomery bus boycott and helped in the modern civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks fingerprinted by a deputy sheriff in Montgomery, Alabama on February 22, 1956, when she was arrested again, along with Martin Luther King Jr. and others, for boycotting public transportation. Image credit: Associated Press photo. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection (Prints & Photographs Division).
Rosa Parks with a friend. Photograph, between 1920 and 1930. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (012.00.00)
Rosa earned her high school diploma in 1933 with the support of his husband Raymond. At the time, few blacks in Montgomery had a high school education, but Rosa still struggled to find a suitable job as an insurance agent, office clerk, domestic, and nurse’s aide. She also took in sewing work at home on the side to supplement Raymond’s income.
Seamstress. Image credit: Thomas, photographer. Rosa Parks (1913–2005), ca. 1950. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (015.00.00)
On February 21, 1956 Rosa Park along with Martin Luther King, Jr., E. D. Nixon, and eighty-six other bus boycott participants were indicted by a Montgomery grand jury for violating the Alabama Anti-Boycott Act of 1921.
E. D. Nixon escorting Rosa Parks to the courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama, to attend the trial of Martin Luther King, Jr., March 1956. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (026.00.00)
Rosa Parks was invited by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to participate in the 1963 March on Washington. Upon arriving there, when Rosa learnt that she and other female leaders would march in a separate procession and that they would not be allowed to give a speech, they protested the exclusion. At the last minute, A. Philip Randolph added a “Tribute to Women.” Daisy Bates briefly spoke during the official program, and Rosa was recognized.
Bob Adelman, photographer. Rosa Parks seated as an honored guest at the March on Washington, 1963. Photograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (043.00.00)
Rosa Parks was awarded by President Clinton on September 15, 1996, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. executive branch and received her medal in an Oval Office ceremony. She was later escorted by Clinton to the annual dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Rosa Parks’s certificate for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1996. Document. Rosa Parks Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (070.00.00)
Rosa Parks at the White House with President Bill Clinton after receiving the 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1996. Photograph. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (072.00.00)
In January 1999 Rosa Parks traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, to meet with Pope John Paul II at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. He began the New Year by calling for racial healing. After a prayer service Rosa spoke on civil rights and racial healing with the Pope and gave him a copy of her book, Quiet Strength (1994).
Rosa Parks meeting Pope John Paul II, during his visit to St. Louis, Missouri, January 27, 1999. Visual Materials from the Rosa Parks Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (074.00.00)
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Washington, Mar 25 (Canadian-Media): In continuation of Homegrown concerts in the Homegrown Plus series (HPS) of Library of Congress (LOC), Dancing Monks of Assam (DMA) Traditional Dance from Assam (India) of Sattriya Dance Company was performed in LOC, reports from LOC said.
LOC, the world’s largest library, is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offering access to the creative record of the
United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on site and online.
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Homegrown concerts presented in the HPS are accompanied by oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post.
The dance form Sattriya is more than 500 years old and performed in the monastery, Uttar Kamalabari Satra on the island of Majuli in the Brahmaputra River, Assam and in 2016 it became on the Brahmaputra River -- first island to be made a district in India -- which became regionally famous as a center for these religious arts.
With the diminishing and in danger of extinction of this tradition by the middle of the 20th century, so monks from the monastery on Majuli began performing and teaching the dance in the local communities and also women in order to preserve it as a living tradition and spread its teachings.
Originally, the traditional dance of DMA was performed inside the monastery and so the monks played the roles of both men and women, as women were not allowed in the monasteries for centuries.
The Dancing Monks of Assam perform at the Library of Congress. The dance was originally performed inside the monastery and so the monks played the roles of both men and women, as is done here/ Courtesy of Stephen Winick, 2018.
Guru Raseswar Saikia Barbayan, who passed away in 2000 was responsible for bringing Sattriya to stages outside the monastery and was the first to train women.
This was a revolutionary change and extremely controversial, but the experiment was successful as the dance became revitalized in the communities.
As it was inappropriate for monks to dance with the women whom they taught, women did the dances together.
In 2009 The Sattriya Dance Company was launched in Philadelphia with a mission to tell the story of Sattriya and raise awareness about Majuli and its monastery through performances, lecture demonstrations, and classes.
It is the first Sattriya dance company in the United States.
The spread of Sattriya outside the monastery in communities of Assam, has helped in its revival; nevertheless religious aspects of the dance remain an important part of the presentation.
With the popularity of Sattriya dance and being recognized as one of the classical dances of India, there is a greater chance of its spreading, not only through India but to other parts of the world.
It has gone through understandable changes as it has adapted to new performers and venues, but hoped that reportedly it will continue to retain and preserve much of the traditional and sacred character taught by the monks.
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Washington, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” opened today at the Library of Congress (LOC), media reports said.
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Works include in this exhibition are: original drawings by educational cartoonist, Herblock with historical and contemporary artwork, responding to major issues from the 17th century to the present day.
Library of Congress' Art in Action exhibition/Brett Zongker
As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post -- a major American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C., with a particular emphasis on national politics and the federal government -- and other newspapers, Herbert L. Block – who won three Pulitzer Prizes and became known as “Herblock” devoted his career in creating social commentary through his drawings.
Most of Herblock’s lifework are housed in LOC. Key topics that drew Herblock’s attention were civil rights, gender and women’s rights, health, environment, the impact of war, refugees, education and the role of media.
In “Art in Action,” Herblock’s cartoons provide a call and response with other socially-engaged artists to express their viewpoints and engage with many of the same issues.
The exhibition includes depictions of Pablo Picasso and works in the grand, global tradition of political art by such artists as Jacques Callot, Leopoldo Méndez and Francisco de Goya and many more.
Visual artists long had a special ability, said Katherine Blood, curator of fine prints, to reflect society and culture with powerful immediacy.
Herblock’s drawings were able to pair with a number of the contemporary artworks to reference historical images and became one in a series of exhibitions, noted Exhibition Director Kim Curry, featuring Herblock’s work alongside examples by other visual artists.
Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art applauded Herblock’s sharp insight into his subjects and masterful technique to create visual metaphors topics, that he thought were urgent recurring issues.
Selected works for this exhibition draw from the Library’s extensive holdings of artists’ prints, drawings and posters.
The free exhibition, open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will run from Jan. 31 through Aug. 17, in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, would feature 39 items, including 12 drawings by Herblock and works by 25 other artists.
Artists and works featured include:
The exhibited items, unique in their scope and richness, are particularly strong in the history of the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people and were selected from the picture collections in the Prints and Photographs Division, which number more than 16 million images.
The exhibition is part of a yearlong initiative in 2019 inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers with a series of exhibitions, events and programs.
“Art in Action” is made possible through the generous support of The Herb Block Foundation.
An online exhibition will be available at loc.gov.
LOC, the world’s largest library, is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offering access to the creative record of the United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on site and online.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Wasington, D.C., Aug 19 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC) will present this fall a series of four gallery talks in the exhibit “Exploring the Early Americas," focusing on the everyday lives of the indigenous people of the ancient Americas and the newly developing connection between archaeology and neuroscience, media reports said.
Starting in September, lectures will be held monthly through December on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery of the exhibition on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. The talks are free and open to the public. The series will be presented by John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of Archaeology of the Early Americas.
Considering the limited information that has survived in the archaeological record, Hessler will look at the challenges of understanding the daily lives of the pre-Columbian peoples of the Taino, Inca, Nahua and the Maya.
Using artifacts from the collections of the Library of Congress, Hessler will discuss what utilitarian objects say about these cultures as they went about their daily routines, and highlight how these ancient people engaged both physically and mentally with the natural and social worlds they inhabited.
Hessler, who also is a university lecturer, teaching cognitive archaeology and neuroscience, will also discuss how our historical immersion in a world of objects has shaped our perceptions of living.
Additionally, he will expand on what the new research in neuroscience is telling us about how our day-to-day engagement with things deeply informs how we think and perceive the world around us.
Gallery Talks Schedule
Located in the Exploring the Americas Gallery on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 1 p.m.
Of Stones and Feathers: Everyday Lives of the Inca
The Incas were originally a small tribe in the southern highlands of Peru. In less than a century, during the 1400s, they built one of the largest, most tightly controlled empires the world has ever known. Hessler will discuss select artifacts, from both the Inca and Wari cultures, focusing on the textiles in the collection and how they illuminate the daily lives of the people of South America before European contact.
First Contact: Everyday Lives of the Taíno
The Taíno were the most numerous indigenous people of the Caribbean at the time of first European contact. In the late 15th century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica, Hispaniola (which today is made up of Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and Puerto Rico. Hessler will discuss the Taíno’s complex religious, political and social systems, and how their arts inform what we know about their everyday lives.
The Feel of Jade: Everyday Lives of the Maya
The richest source of pre-Columbian historical information comes from the ancient Maya, who developed the most sophisticated writing system in the Americas. Hessler will discuss select artifacts on the Maya relationship with plants and how their complex system of ethnobotany illuminates their daily interaction with the jungle environment in which they lived.
Deciphering Nature: Everyday Lives of the Nahua
The Nahua, also known as the Aztecs, had a complex metaphysical system of thought that informed everyday activities like weaving, farming and food preparation. Hessler will discuss select artifacts in the collection that illuminate the philosophy of the Nahua and show how it entered into the symbolism found in domestic work and crafts.
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Washington, May 25 (Canadian-Media): A new proposed fee schedule for Copyright Office was announced yesterday to cover a variety of public services, such as filing applications for registration, recording documents, and researching and copying records, media reports said,
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The costs of services for the Office are reportedly reviewed every three to five years to assess new fees.
60 percent of the cost of running the Office comes through fees and the rest from congressional appropriations.
Public are charged much less fees, for a specific service, than the cost to the Copyright Office.
The difference in cost is made up by the U.S. government to support the copyright system.
The Office hired consultant Booz Allen Hamilton to help develop its new fee schedule by thoroughly assessing the actual cost of Office services, including looking at current and future costs.
Elasticity -- the percentage of participation the Office will lose depending on how much fees are increased -- is also analysed by the consultant.
It was found that 85 percent of the Office’s fees are elastic, meaning that changes to fees will impact the demand for many Office services.
After consideration of this analysis as well as critical policy, the Office is recommending certain fee increases to account for the increased costs of providing services.
Efforts are also made by the Office to modernize its processes and systems which would result in a more cost-efficient Office.
After striking a balance between expensive modernization costs and accessibility of useful resources, the Office proposed raising fees for its standard application from $55 to $75.
Written comments by the public must be received by the Office no later than July 23, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.
This new fee schedule will allow the Office to achieve these goals and better promote creativity and innovation by protecting the rights of creators.
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Washington/Ottawa, May 4 (Canadian-Media): Winners of its national awards for federal librarianship was announced May 1 by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress (LOC) at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition, in Washington, D.C.
The 2017 FEDLINK award winners are recognized in the following three categories:
2017 Federal Libraries/Information Centers of the Year which acknowledges both a small library/information center with a staff of 10 or fewer employees and a larger library/information center with a staff of 11 or more employees.
Large Library/Information Center: The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Library (ERDC) at Vicksburg, Mississippi, is recognized for modernizing its knowledge-management services by collecting, digitizing and making rare and one-of-a-kind knowledge products of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) visible to common search engines.
Small Library/Information Center: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recognized for its outstanding service as one of the lead library within EPA’s National Library Network. The library’s staff of five served a campus of 2,000 and maintained an overall customer-service rating of 98.8 percent.
The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.
Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards.
The names of the following winners will remain on permanent display in the FEDLINK offices at LOC
2017 Federal Librarian of the Year: Edward J. Poletti, chief of Learning Resources at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, is recognized for his dedication to work on behalf of federal medical librarians and contribute to patient quality of care as well as his current-awareness alert about articles written by Veteran Affairs authors and/or about veterans that appeared in PubMed MEDLINE articles..
2017 Federal Library Technician of the Year: Ozella Lee Gates, library technician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Command in Fort Gordon, Georgia, is recognized for the library’s only reference services provider, her critical role in support for clinical training programs in allied heath, nursing and professional health care, for managing library, its holdings and internet site.
FEDLINK is an organization of federal agencies working together to achieve the optimum use of the resources and facilities of federal libraries and information centers by promoting common services, coordinating and sharing available resources, and providing continuing professional education for federal library and information staff.
FEDLINK serves as a forum for the discussion of the policies, programs, procedures and technologies that affect federal libraries and the information services they provide to their agencies, Congress, the federal courts and the American people.
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LOC offers extensive materials from around the world, both on-site and online and is home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
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Toronto, May 4 (Canadian-Media): The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) today announced a record- breaking 1.44 million visitors for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018— the highest attendance numbers achieved in the Museum’s 104-year history and the highest museum attendance in Canada.
Led by an expansive slate of ROM-original exhibitions and programs, this marks the third consecutive year that the institution has exceeded more than 1 million visitors, placing the ROM among the top 10 museums in North America.
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Founded in 1914, ROM showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages.
Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million art objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world.
Combining its original heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.
“We are delighted that the Museum continues to attract more and more people both from here and around the world,” said Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “The record attendance numbers speak to the relevance of our original exhibitions, collections and research in people’s lives, and the importance of the Museum not only as a steward of one of the most comprehensive collections in the world, but one that has become a crucial hub of engagement.”
In addition to overall attendance growth, demand for memberships was close to 120,000 members, representing an 11 percent increase from the previous year.
Several factors for attendance growth and demand for memberships included: numerous exceptional exhibitions, ROM’s own Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.
Newfoundland recovery story and subsequent exhibition became an international sensation, bringing in more than 285,400 visitors during its run
Christian Dior, featured display of rarely seen classic haute couture pieces drawn from the ROM’s own exclusive collection, was held over by popular demand and attracted nearly 128,000 visitors.
Other ROM-original exhibitions that generated visitor attention and acclaim were: Anishinaabeg: Art & Power, The Family Camera, and Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art.
VIKINGS: The Exhibition, organized by The Swedish History Museum and Museums Partner, also attracted close to 208,000 visitors and offered them unique perspective on Viking culture and history to the visitors.
Throughout the year, the ROM presented a robust lineup of exclusive and often sold-out programs Featured speakers, throughout the year included: Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson of the Michelin-starred restaurant Fäviken; and best-selling author and historian Timothy Snyder, whose lecture On Tyranny drew standing-room-only crowds.
Due to the record-breaking year of success, the ROM has scheduled another strong lineup of exhibitions and programs for the 2018/2019 season.
Some upcoming highlights include Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, Philip Beesley: Transforming Space, Spiders: Fear & Fascination, and later in the year Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur, another ROM-original exhibition based on a newly discovered species of armoured dinosaur.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa/Washinton, May 3 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC), the world’s largest library celebrates 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, and for the first time has made available online musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in library, media reports said.
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LOC, 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 extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is
Snapshot of Bernstein’s extensive collection at the Library would be revealed in its web presentation.
The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence, scripts, musical sketches, scrapbooks and audio recordings.
These digital offerings have nearly tripled the existing content in the LOC.
Music Division at LOC also contains an unparalleled collection of manuscripts, scores, books, libretti, music-related periodicals and microforms, copyright deposits and music instruments.
Manuscripts of note include those of European masters such as Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms and those of such American masters as George and Ira Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Charles Mingus.
“Bernstein arguably was the most prominent musical figure in America in the second half of the 20th century,” said Mark Horowitz, curator of the Leonard Bernstein Collection. “A polymath—a Renaissance man—he was a composer, conductor, pianist, educator and social activist. He composed musicals, ballets, operas.
Materials from Bernstein’s involvement in the civil rights movement, his time as a student at Harvard and scripts for the “Ford Presents” and “Omnibus” programs are all included in the new online content.
Other highlights include: “West Side Story” outlines, synopses and notes, including an early synopsis titled “Romeo and Juliet” in which the gangs pit Jews against Catholics as opposed to Anglos versus Hispanics; •
“West Side Story” audition notes, including Bernstein’s comments about Warren Beatty’s audition for the role of Riff (“Good voice – can’t open jaw – charming as hell – cleancut”);
All of Bernstein’s musical sketches for “Candide,” including “Glitter and Be Gay” (titled “Cunegonde’s Jewel Song”); “I Am Easily Assimilated” (originally titled “Old Lady’s Jewish Tango”) and “Overture”;
Materials relating to the Black Panther Party fundraiser that resulted in the famous Tom Wolfe article in New York Magazine, “Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s”; also included are letters from Coretta Scott King, Gloria Steinem and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; A sound recording of Bernstein’s sermon, “Hope in the Nuclear Age,” presented at the All Souls Unitarian Church, Jan. 27, 1985.
Library’s Music Division consists of one of the largest and most varied of an estimated 400,000 items of Bernstein Collection
In addition to music and literary manuscripts, personal correspondence, audio and video recordings, fan mail, business papers, photographs and datebooks, there are unexpected items that range from passports and license plates to batons and the suit in which Bernstein conducted his New York Philharmonic debut in 1943.
The conductor’s collection is also one of the most heavily used in the Music Division. Among its researchers is Bernstein’s own daughter, who is working on a memoir. “It’s beyond gratifying to see that not only musicians and scholars can access these materials, but also students of all ages, and in fact virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection,” said Jamie Bernstein. “The word I so often find myself using to describe my father is not a word he knew in his lifetime: broadband. The Bernstein collection has this same broadband quality.”
In addition to the expanded website, the Library will reportedly celebrate the Bernstein centennial with a spring mini-fest of activities May 12-19 drawn from the richness of the collection.
Excerpts from three of Bernstein’s major stage works—the musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” and the operas “Trouble in Tahiti” and “A Quiet Place” and other rarities from the Library’s collection would be presented on Friday, May 18.
Rarely seen materials will be on display on Saturday, May 19, which would reportedly provide an illuminating portrait of Bernstein.
Included in the display would also be informal behind-the-scenes presentations and performances which will uncover fascinating details about “West Side Story,” “Candide” and “On the Town.”
Also included in the celebration would be film screenings, which include “On the Waterfront,” a National Film Registry classic scored by Bernstein.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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TORONTO, Mar 31 (Canadian-Media): Dr. Fahmida Suleman had been appointed this week, Curator of Islamic Art & Culture at Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), according to an announcement by Josh Basseches, Director & CEO and Dr. Mark Engstrom, Deputy Direnctor of Collections & Research of the ROM, media reports said.
As ROM, reportedly Canada’s largest museum with collections that span art, culture and nature from across time and around the Globe and among North America’s most renowned museums is home to more than 12 million objects and specimens, 40 galleries and exhibitions spaces and a range of fascinating exhibitions, lectures, tours and events.
ROM is reportedly charting a new course for the future, developing and delivering relevant and high-impact programs and exhibitions in art, culture and nature, Suleman's appointment would have a positive impact to audiences at home and around the world as she begins her role at the Museum in January 2019.
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ROM’s world-class collection of Islamic art and material culture, which represents the largest collection of its kind in Canada would reportedly be interpreted by Suleman in accordance with the development, implementation, its building and its management.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Fahmida Suleman to the ROM,” Basseches was reported to state. “Fahmida joins the Museum at a critical time, as we engage our visitors and our communities more deeply in our collections. Her scholarly, curatorial, and programming expertise will offering fresh perspectives on the impact and influence of Islamic art and culture on our contemporary world.”
Apart from leading strategic acquisitions, developing public programs and exhibitions Suleman’s role will include to further engaging the Islamic community in Toronto and across Canada.
Before joining ROM, Suleman had worked in British Museum as Phyllis Bishop Curator for the Modern Middle East.
In that position, Suleman for responsible for Museum's collection of ethnographic objects and textiles from the Middle East and Central Asia.
Earlier during the development phase of the Aga Khan Museum, Suleman had been a consultant with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Raised in Toronto, Suleman reportedly holds a degree in Islamic and Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Islamic Art and Archaeology from Oxford University.
She completed the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, UK.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Mar 26 (Canadian-Media): Almost three-quarters of Canadians surveyed say recent data mining issues with Facebook will cause them to modify how they use the platform with some saying they will delete their account, media reports said.
In an online survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute, one in 10 people said they would stop using Facebook by either taking a break or deleting their account.
The Angus Reid Institute conducted two online surveys, the first between Feb. 28 and March 2, among a representative randomized sample of 1,501 Canadian adults, and the second from March 21 to 22, among a representative randomized sample of 1,509 Canadian adults.
The second survey, which fell after Cambridge Analytica was reported to have delved into Facebook data of 50 million Americans to target them with political advertising, asked about attitudes toward Facebook and whether Canadians would change their habits.
The greatest proportion of Facebook users surveyed, 41 percent, said they would continue to use the platform, but would modify their usage and/or change their privacy settings and another 23 percent said they'd use it less.
Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed said the recent data-mining revelations wouldn't change how they use Facebook at all
However, the survey found that the Facebook users who planned to delete or suspend their accounts were already less active.
Twenty-six percent of people who used Facebook once a week or less said they'd delete or suspend their account, but only five percent of users who logged onto Facebook daily would do the same.
In the same survey, roughly 38 percent of Canadians said their opinion of Facebook has worsened in the last month.
This change in opinion was across all users, the survey found, with even 33 per cent of frequent users said their opinion of Facebook had worsened in the last month.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)