Pappas Post: Unique Collection of Recorded Greek Folk Music Digitized

Pappas Post: Unique Collection of Recorded Greek Folk Music Digitized. “A unique collection of recorded Greek folk music has been digitized and made available to the public by Harvard University’s Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature. The collection, named after Trinity College Classics Professor James A. Notopoulos, is particularly notable for its wealth of songs that use centuries-old musical and poetic techniques to narrate recent occurrences such as the Italian invasion, Nazi occupation and other events from World War II.”

Letter from President Reif: A new future for edX (MIT News)

MIT News: Letter from President Reif: A new future for edX. “After a thorough and thoughtful process, and with the support of the senior leadership of MIT and Harvard, the edX board has agreed to sell the assets of edX to 2U, Inc., a publicly traded company that provides a platform for lifelong learning. Through this acquisition, edX will become a 2U subsidiary as a ‘public benefit company,’ which will allow edX’s long-standing commitment to the public good to be embedded in its new charter.”

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: From Portable Studio to Digital Archive—A Look at Otto Piene’s Sketchbooks (Harvard Art Museums)

Harvard Art Museums: Art Study Center Seminar at Home: From Portable Studio to Digital Archive—A Look at Otto Piene’s Sketchbooks. “Otto Piene (1928–2014) was a pioneer in multimedia and technology-based art, creating a large, kaleidoscopic body of work based on the intersections of art, science, and nature. In this session, curatorial fellow Lauren Hanson and museum data specialist Jeff Steward share their research into the 2019 gift of Piene’s sketchbooks—a visual archive of over seven decades of artistic practice—and how the bound pages of these ‘portable studios’ act as a generative site for visual thinking. They will also discuss the current development of a digital project that will allow audiences around the globe to experience the intimacy and dynamism found in the nearly 9,000 pages of Piene’s sketchbooks.” April 16th, and free.

Harvard Crimson: School of Public Health Co-Creates Interactive Planning Tool To Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Harvard Crimson: School of Public Health Co-Creates Interactive Planning Tool To Aid COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. “Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital developed a new vaccine allocation tool that will help local and state leaders across the nation strategize the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, according to a press release last week. The technology enables states to prioritize vulnerable populations using localized data as they plan vaccine distribution. It follows allocation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.”

WBUR: Online Exhibit At Harvard’s Peabody Museum Elevates Wampanoag Voices

WBUR: Online Exhibit At Harvard’s Peabody Museum Elevates Wampanoag Voices. “‘Listening to Wampanoag Voices: Beyond 1620’ features artists, storytellers and researchers, discussing some of their cultural items and photographs that are housed in the museum’s collection. “Early on, we decided to blur the focus on the 17th century,” says Meredith Vasta, collections steward at the Peabody. ‘We wanted to look at more contemporary lives and perspectives of Wampanoag people.’”

Harvard Magazine: Bringing Black History to Light

Harvard Magazine: Bringing Black History to Light. “Amid the pandemic, Houghton’s regular digitization projects have been put mostly on hold, and when protests arose after George Floyd’s killing, it sparked a nationwide hunger to understand black history and experiences. Libraries and institutions seemed suddenly keen to support African-American communities. ‘It felt like a great opportunity to increase black representation in our digital collections,’ says [Dorothy] Berry, whose professional background is in African-American-focused archival work. She put together project titled, ‘Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation, and Freedom: Primary Sources from Houghton Library.’ Leading a team of colleagues, she will spend the 2020-21 academic year building out the library’s digital collection of records related to African-American history: thousands of items from the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth.”

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard, MIT Sue Immigration Authorities Over Rule Barring International Students from Online-Only Universities

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard, MIT Sue Immigration Authorities Over Rule Barring International Students from Online-Only Universities. “Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit in District Court in Boston Wednesday morning against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to University President Lawrence S. Bacow. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to bar DHS and ICE from enforcing federal guidelines barring international students attending colleges and universities offering only online courses from staying in the United States.”

Harvard: Decision for 2020-21 Academic Year

Harvard: Decision for 2020-21 Academic Year. “After careful deliberation and informed by extensive input from our community, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced plans to bring up to 40% of our undergraduates to campus, including all first-year students, for the fall semester. Assuming that we maintain 40% density in the spring semester, we would again bring back one class, and our priority at this time is to bring seniors to campus. Under this plan, first years would return home and learn remotely in the spring. We also will invite back to campus those students who may not be able to learn successfully in their current home learning environment.”

Neowin: Microsoft and Harvard launch an open source platform for differential privacy

Neowin: Microsoft and Harvard launch an open source platform for differential privacy. “Last year, Microsoft began the development of a differential privacy platform in collaboration with Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Utilizing the OpenDP Initiative, the tech giant’s goal was to create an open solution that keeps individual data private, while simultaneously providing researchers with insights based on huge amounts of data. Today, Microsoft has announced that the platform has been launched, with its resources made available on GitHub for all interested parties to test, build, and support.”

The Harvard Crimson: Graduate School of Education Begins Black Teacher Archives Project

The Harvard Crimson: Graduate School of Education Begins Black Teacher Archives Project. “The Black Teacher Archives, a research project archiving content about the history of African American education, was recently launched at the Graduate School of Education. Funded by a $610,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the Black Teacher Archives seeks to ‘lay the groundwork for a dynamic digital archive to rejuvenate academic scholarship in the field of African American educational history,’ according to its grant proposal.”

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Digitizes Colonial North America Archives

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Digitizes Colonial North America Archives. “A decade-long project to digitize every 17th- and 18th- century manuscript and archive in Harvard’s collections relating to North America will be finished this semester, according to University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff. The project, called Colonial North America at Harvard Library, will make more than 600,000 photographs of the documents publicly available online for the first time.”