Blavatnik Family Foundation: Blavatnik Archive to host international conference exploring the role of Jewish soldiers and fighters in the Allied armies during World War II

Blavatnik Family Foundation: Blavatnik Archive to host international conference exploring the role of Jewish soldiers and fighters in the Allied armies during World War II. “The Blavatnik Archive, with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Genesis Philanthropy Group, and David Berg Foundation, will host an international virtual conference this month that honors the nearly 1.5 million Jewish men and women who fought in World War II against Adolf Hitler and the Axis powers. The ‘Jewish Soldiers & Fighters in WWII’ conference is organized in connection to the Archive’s traveling exhibit, ‘Road to Victory: Jewish Soldiers in WWII.’ Nearly 40 historians and leading experts from universities, archives, libraries, and museums in nine countries are participating in the international gathering Nov. 14-15.” The event is free.

Miss America at 100: Panel discussion to focus on organization’s history, Rowan’s digital archive project (Rowan University)

Rowan University: Miss America at 100: Panel discussion to focus on organization’s history, Rowan’s digital archive project. “A century of the Miss America Organization—and Rowan University’s work to digitize the organization’s vast archives—will be the topics during a panel discussion on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Room 104 of Business Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro. The event, ‘The Road to 100 More,’ will be held in person and also offered virtually. It is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.”

Times Online (New Zealand): Innovative art show goes online

Times Online (New Zealand): Innovative art show goes online. “Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Flat Bush is staging its 2021 Art Salon Exhibition. The show was first held in 2017 and aims to foster harmony through art in New Zealand. It’s held at the Guang Yuan Art Gallery and curated by Venerable Abbess Manshin. A major effort by the gallery staff and developing teams has seen the show’s website, which features more than 450 artworks by 91 local artists, being displayed to the public.”

Smithsonian: National Museum of American History Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Acquisition of Julia Child’s Kitchen With Virtual Events

Smithsonian: National Museum of American History Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Acquisition of Julia Child’s Kitchen With Virtual Events. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will commemorate the 2001 acquisition of Julia Child’s Kitchen with a series of virtual food history offerings in November. Toni Tipton-Martin, editor-in-chief of Cook’s Country magazine and noted food author, will headline the events beginning Nov. 4 when The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts will present her with their annual award. On Nov. 12, Tipton-Martin will host a virtual salon. Both events will feature trailblazing women discussing the importance of recovering and sharing food histories that have been ignored and overlooked for too long.”

Associated Press: The Facebook Papers

Associated Press: The Facebook Papers. “COMING MONDAY: The Facebook Papers represents a unique collaboration between 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.”

McMaster University: Rare texts on magic and the occult unearthed for Archives Alive event

McMaster University: Rare texts on magic and the occult unearthed for Archives Alive event. “Leather-bound books with ancient alphabets, pentagrams outlined in red paint on a floor, and hooded figures chanting incantations by candlelight; these are among the depictions commonly conjured in popular culture around magic and the occult. But where do these concepts come from? This month’s must-see Archives Alive event will take audiences back in time to explore rare texts at McMaster University rooted in the very real tradition of magic and philosophy in western Europe.”

Wilton House Museum: Black Craftspeople Across the Virginia Landscape

Wilton House Museum: Black Craftspeople Across the Virginia Landscape. “The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about Black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of Black craftspeople and the objects they produced. This fall, the BCDA will launch the Virginia portion of the archive and map. Together, we will dive into the lives of these Virginians, learn their stories, and understand how they shaped the landscape and material culture of the state.” October 21.

Smithsonian: Native Cinema Showcase Returns as a Virtual Program With Messages of Strength and Resilience

Smithsonian: Native Cinema Showcase Returns as a Virtual Program With Messages of Strength and Resilience. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian brings its annual Native Cinema Showcase to online audiences Nov. 12–18. This year’s showcase focuses on Native people boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community and a continued relationship with the land. Activism lies at the heart of all these stories. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.”

PR Newswire: NASA Invites Media to Briefing on New Water Data Platform (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: NASA Invites Media to Briefing on New Water Data Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 21, to share a powerful, new, web-based platform to help those who rely on water resources across the drought-stricken western U.S. Building on more than two decades of research, OpenET puts NASA data into the hands of farmers, water managers, conservation groups, and others to accelerate improvements and innovations in water management.”

NASA: NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Lucy Launch

NASA: NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Lucy Launch. “Lucy is scheduled to launch no earlier than 5:34 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 16, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Live launch coverage will begin at 5 a.m. EDT on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. NASA will hold a prelaunch briefing Wednesday, Oct. 13, and science and engineering briefings Oct. 14.”

WJTV: Mississippi Book Festival goes virtual for 2021

WJTV: Mississippi Book Festival goes virtual for 2021. “The Mississippi Book Festival will go virtual after COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the August 2021 event. The virtual experience will go public on the festival’s website on October 12, 2021, with more than 110 official panelists appearing on 31 panels recorded in the last month.”

Austin Chronicle: Texas Book Festival Lineup and Schedule Goes Online and IRL

Austin Chronicle: Texas Book Festival Lineup and Schedule Goes Online and IRL. “Between the pandemic reducing in-person events, and the ongoing Texas legislative session taking over the Capitol grounds, this year’s Texas Book Festival (Oct. 23-31) has had to make some changes. However, today’s reveal of the full schedule shows the celebration of literature isn’t letting readers down. This year’s stripped-down lineup begins online, with eight days of virtual programming starting on Oct. 23, including conversations with Maria Hinojosa (host of NPR’s Latino USA) about her autobiography, Once I Was You, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright about his new history of the Covid-19 response, The Plague Year.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s New “FUTURES” Will Blast Through the Space-Time Continuum To Open Saturday, Nov. 20

Smithsonian: Smithsonian’s New “FUTURES” Will Blast Through the Space-Time Continuum To Open Saturday, Nov. 20. “The historic Arts and Industries Building (AIB), America’s first National Museum, will open its groundbreaking new museum experience ‘FUTURES’ Saturday, Nov. 20…. ‘FUTURES’ officially kicks off with ‘FUTURES Remixed,’ a free opening festival spanning the month of November and culminating in a free public concert on opening day, Saturday, Nov. 20. Through multiple portals onsite, around the Washington, D.C., and streamed globally, ‘FUTURES Remixed’ will invite people of all ages to experience a radically imagined future when those of diverse perspectives come together to learn, problem solve and create.”

Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University (British Library)

British Library: Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University. “In Higher Education contexts, discussions around openness are often focused on the pathways to make publications, data or cultural objects openly available online. It is often not known what impact open resources can have for various communities beyond the research community. The speakers at Open and Engaged 2021 will explore the different impacts that open resources can have on people. They will seek to question how openness enhances the ability to engage with communities, how projects can be sustainable and make positive changes in the long-term, as well as some of the downsides to current approaches to open engagement.”