Getty: Can Art and Science Solve the Most Complex Challenges of the 21st Century?

Getty: Can Art and Science Solve the Most Complex Challenges of the 21st Century?. “Forty-five cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California received over $5 million in exhibition research grants by the Getty Foundation to prepare for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024. The landmark series will return with dozens of exhibitions and programs focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present. Together, they address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century—from climate change and environmental racism to the current pandemic and artificial intelligence—and the creative solutions these problems demand.”

University of Southern Mississippi: “War Stories” Project to Capture the Experiences of National Guard Soldiers’ Service in Global War on Terror

University of Southern Mississippi: “War Stories” Project to Capture the Experiences of National Guard Soldiers’ Service in Global War on Terror. “A new initiative of the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) will capture and preserve the oral and written story of Mississippi’s National Guard and its service in America’s 21st century military exploits, including the Global War on Terror and managing recovery operations following Hurricane Katrina.”

Vanity Fair: The End Of The Social Era Can’t Come Soon Enough

Vanity Fair: The End Of The Social Era Can’t Come Soon Enough. “Many people imagine 19th-century antebellum America as a frontier fantasia: men with handlebar mustaches sitting in dusty saloons, kicking back moonshine whiskey, as a piano player picks out tunes in the background. In reality, though, life was a little more sordid: Americans spent their time after work in fully legal heroin dens; in 1885, opium and cocaine were even given to children to help with teething. ‘Cocaine Toothache Drops,’ which were marketed as presenting an ‘instantaneous cure’ were sold for 15 cents a box. Today, in the midst of our opioid crisis, we hear about this past and wonder unequivocally, what the hell were they thinking?”

The Guardian Asks Readers for Help Digesting the Chilcot Report

Interesting: The Guardian is asking its users to help it read the Chilcot Report. “The revelations, contained in a lengthy report by government adviser John Chilcot, point to a British government that relied on faulty intelligence and was overly hawkish when there were non-military alternatives to war. But there’s a lot more detail in the report, which is 2.6 million words long. For comparison, that’s four times longer than ‘War and Peace,’ Leo Tolstoy’s mammoth novel about the French invasion of Russia.”

St. Helena Star Archives Digitized and Put Online

The archives of the St. Helena Star, a newspaper for the town of St. Helena in Napa County, California, have been digitized and put online. And they are extensive. “St. Helenans are in for a treat. The digitized back issues of the St. Helena Star newspaper, from ‘Volume I, No. 1’ of Sept. 25, 1874 through ‘Vol. CXLI No. 14’ of Dec. 25, 2015, are now available online through the St. Helena Library.” As the article notes, accessing the archives is a touch awkward, but on the upside they’re free.

New Digital Archive of the Freddie Gray Protests

The Maryland Historical Archive has launched a digital archive of the Freddie Gray protests. “On Thursday, the society announced the launch of the website … which offers a searchable database of thousands of videos, photos, oral accounts, and written documents that provide a look at a range of perspectives from the unrest following Mr. Gray’s death in police custody last April.”

Toronto Launches Site for Unsolved Murders

The Canadian city of Toronto has launched a new Web site with information on cold case murders. The site lists cases dating back to 1959. I don’t have a case count but it looks like every year starting in the late 1970s there’s at least one case, and there are more and the cases get more recent. At least a few hundred??

Paris To Create Digital Archive of Post-Attack Messages

The city of Paris, is going to make a digital archive of mementos left after the Paris terrorist attacks. “Every day, new messages are left by passers-by, including lots of children drawings. Hundreds of them are now drying out in the rooms of the Archives of Paris. They will be treated against mold and scanned in order to be available to scientists as well as the public on a future website.”

Digital Archive of Baltimore Protests Under Construction

Universities are teaming up to create a digital archive of the Baltimore protests. “To date more than 1,200 items have been donated to the archive including photographs, videos, and eyewitness oral histories. A website has been set up by Denise Meringolo, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to display the historical archive.”

Akron (Ohio) Gets New Online Photo Archive

Akron, Ohio has a new online photo archive. And unlike many photo archives I cover, this one is recent. “An online treasure trove of photographs of Akron is now available — for free use by anyone — thanks to local photo­grapher Shane Wynn and two nonprofits who work to give the city a boost. Wynn spent more than 40 hours last year taking the shots, capturing more than 1,400 images of the city, including wide-angle photos taken from the tops of parking decks and a ladder.”