Discover The Grammar of Ornament, One of the Great Color Books & Design Masterpieces of the 19th Century

In the mid-17th century, young Englishmen of means began to mark their coming of age with a “Grand Tour” across the Continent and even beyond. This allowed them to take in the elements of their civilizational heritage first-hand, especially the artifacts of classical antiquity and the Renaissance. After completing his architectural studies, a Londoner named Owen Jones embarked upon his own Grand Tour in 1832, rather late in the history of the tradition, but ideal timing for the research ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, England, Design, London, College, Spain, Turkey, Britain, Victoria, Seoul, Ornament, Jones, Granada, Owen Jones

The Making of a Violin from Start to Finish: Watch a French Luthier Practice a Time-Honored Craft

Two families have been credited with making the greatest violins of the classical period: the Stradivari and the Guarneri. The first luthiers with those names were trained in the workshops of the Amati family, whose patriarch, Andrea, founded a legacy in Cremona in the mid 1500s when he gave the violin the form we know today, inventing f-holes and perfecting the general shape and size of the instrument and others in its family. But there’s far more to the story of the violin than its fam...
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Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600: A Free Online Course from Yale University

From Yale University comes an unfortunately timely course, Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600. Recorded before the outbreak of COVID-19, the 25 lecture course, presented by historian Frank Snowden, covers the following ground: This course consists of an international analysis of the impact of epidemic diseases on western society and culture from the bubonic plague to HIV/AIDS and the recent experience of SARS and swine flu. Leading themes include: infectious disease and its impact on societ...
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The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Oldest-Known Work of Literature in World History

You’re probably familiar with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the story of an overbearing Sumerian king and demi-god who meets his match in wild man Enkidu. Gilgamesh is humbled, the two become best friends, kill the forest guardian Humbaba, and face down spurned goddess Ishtar’s Bull of Heaven. When Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh goes looking for the only man to live forever, a survivor of a legendary pre-Biblical flood. The great king then tries, and fails, to gain eternal life himself. The story is pa...
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Class, a Zoom-only virtual classroom, nears unicorn status after SoftBank check

Class, a virtual classroom that integrates exclusively with Zoom, announced today that it has raised $105 million in a financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund II. The 10-month old startup has now raised a total of $146 million in known venture funding to date, which eclipses the amount of capital raised by founder Michael Chasen’s now-public previous company, Blackboard. Despite its infancy, Class is rapidly nearing unicorn status, confirming that it currently sports a post-money valuation of $804...
Tags: TC, Europe, Video, Japan, UK, Class, Education, Softbank, Tech, United States, Ireland, Middle East, Edtech, Zoom, Europe Canada, APAC

Discover the Stettheimer Dollhouse: The 12-Room Dollhouse Featuring Miniature, Original Modernist Art, Including Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase

The Stettheimer Dollhouse has been wowing young New Yorkers since it entered the Museum of the City of New York’s collection in 1944. The luxuriously appointed, two-story, twelve-room house features tiny crystal chandeliers, trompe l’oeil panels, an itty bitty mah-jongg set, and a delicious-looking dessert assortment that would have driven Beatrix Potter’s Two Bad Mice wild. Its most astonishing feature, however, tends to go over its youngest fans’ heads — an art gallery filled with orig...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Design, Sweden, College, Museums, Venus, Bermuda, Beatrix Potter, Carrie, Duchamp, Paul Rosenberg, Marcel Duchamp, Johanna Fateman, Florine, Ayun Halliday

BoldVoice wants to help nonnative English speakers find (and flaunt) their voices

When Anada Lakra and Ilya Usorov first moved to the United States, they struggled to find their voices. They both knew and understood English, but when it came time to speak up, their accents became a hurdle. Usorov, for example, watched his Russian-born parents struggle to advocate for themselves, which limited work opportunities. While Lakra, who just started college at Yale University, was constantly asked to repeat herself. “Will I be able to express myself clearly enough? Will I be understo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, New York, Hollywood, Education, India, Tech, United States, Language, English, Edtech, Duolingo, Babbel, Early Stage, Yc

How The Pink Panther Painted The Mona Lisa’s Smile: Watch the 1975 Animation, “Pink Da Vinci”

Just a little fun to send you into the summer weekend. Above, we present the 1975 animated short, “Pink Da Vinci,” which IMDB frames as follows: Another battle of the paintbrush between the Pink Panther and a diminutive painter, who this time is Leonardo Da Vinci, painting his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. The little Da Vinci paints a pouting mouth on the Mona Lisa, but the Pink Panther decides to covertly replace the pout with a smile. When the smile wins the appreciation of an art patron...
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Edtech’s venture-backed globalization pauses at China

U.S.-based edtech investors are increasingly going global, but recent regulatory crackdowns in China, which instructed local K-12 tutoring startups to go non-profit, have led to a chill among check-writers looking at the country. When I first started reporting on edtech over a year ago, U.S.-based investors often cited China as validation of the opportunity for direct-to-consumer businesses in the K-12 world. The success of Chinese edtech was used to predict the surge of U.S.-based consumer edte...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Education, China, India, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, Tencent, Edtech, Tutoring, Nyse, Reuters, Deborah Quazzo, Owl Ventures

10 College Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

Don't leave these items off your packing list!
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Duolingo’s IPO pricing is great news for edtech startups

While the Chinese technology market digests a new regulatory landscape impacting the country’s edtech market in a sharply negative manner, U.S. education technology companies have something to cheer about: Duolingo’s IPO priced very well. The language-learning unicorn initially targeted an $85 to $95 per-share IPO price range. That interval was later raised to $95 to $100 per share. And then, last night, Duolingo priced at $102 per share, just over its raised range. That’s the sort of IPO pricin...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Education, China, Ipo, Tech, United States, Edtech, Duolingo, Initial Public Offering, Valuation, Startup Company, Unicorn, EC Edtech, EC United States

School system produces dropouts who are used to drive unrest

Our government needs to interrogate our education system because worse is still to come through the hands of the youngsters who they have failed The post School system produces dropouts who are used to drive unrest appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: School, Education, South Africa, Learners, Openaccess, Matric, ZumaUnrest, Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey, National Income Dynamics

It’s Book Launch Day for My Essential Oil Companion!

When I discovered essential oils in the spring of 2015 I was full of questions: How many drops should I use? What’s the best carrier oil? Do I use this oil internally, externally, in the diffuser, or all of the above? I’m sure I made people crazy in my education groups because I didn’t trust myself to try anything without specific instructions. You see, I’m among the minority of people who actually reads instruction manuals. I don’t just open a box or a bottle and try to figure things out on my ...
Tags: Homeschooling, Essential Oils, Dawn Camp, My Essential Oil Companion, Essential Oil Companion

The Cutest Swim Cover Ups Under $50 to Upgrade Your Beach Looks This Summer

They're so cute, you won't even want to take these cover-ups off.
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Why climate change education needs more empathy

As citizens of this planet, we remain at an impasse when it comes to drastically changing the course of our environmental futures. At the heart of this impasse is climate change and the future of human and more-than-human survival. And yet, a significant key to potentially resolving climate change revolves around how we communicate with and relate to others. Dismantling knowledge deficit models of education Advocacy for climate change justice must pivot away from an assumption that people simply...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Education, Climate Change, Empathy, Unesco, Education Reform, Social Sciences, Irish Times, Dolan, Science & Medicine, Online products, Earth & Life Sciences, Subtopics, Maggs

Walmart workers can now get 100% of their college tuition and book costs covered at 10 different universities and online schools

Walmart will now pay all tuition and book costs for employees attending participating educational institutions. Chris Hondros/Getty Images Walmart will cover all costs for employees attending these 10 colleges and educational programs. All Walmart and Sam's Club employees are eligible starting on their first day of work. Reduced-cost educational programs at Walmart have enrolled 52,000 employees since 2018. See more stories on Insider's business page. Walmart will cover all tuitio...
Tags: Home Depot, Education, Trends, Walmart, Higher Education, Retail, Starbucks, Student Loan Debt, University Of Arizona, Tuition, Arizona State University, Sam s Club, Voxy, Purdue University Global, Heather Schlitz, Univerisites

COVID variant continues relentless spread in LA County, even among vaccinated residents

A relentless surge of COVID-19 cases continued in Los Angeles County on Thursday, July 22, as another 2,700 cases were reported, with the percentage of infections occurring among fully vaccinated residents steadily rising. In fact, during the month of June, 20% of all newly reported COVID infections in the county occurred among people who had been fully vaccinated. That was up from 11% in May and 5% in April. But Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the increase is normal given the continu...
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China’s expected edtech clampdown may chill a key startup sector

News that China’s government may force domestic tutoring-focused companies to go non-profit is taking a huge bite out of the value of several technology companies. Bloomberg notes that the value of companies like New Oriental Education & Technology Group and TAL Education are tumbling in light of the news, which would constitute merely the latest salvo against tech companies in the autocratic country. New Oriental’s Hong Kong-listed shares fell 44.22% in after-hours trading after the non-profit ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Education, China, Tech, Bloomberg, Zomato, Edtech, Zuoyebang, Nyse, Yahoo Finance, The Exchange, Yuanfudao

It’s Launch Week for My Essential Oil Companion!

When I discovered essential oils in the spring of 2015 I was full of questions: How many drops should I use? What’s the best carrier oil? Do I use this oil internally, externally, in the diffuser, or all of the above? I’m sure I made people crazy in my education groups because I didn’t trust myself to try anything without specific instructions. You see, I’m among the minority of people who actually reads instruction manuals. I don’t just open a box or a bottle and try to figure things out on my ...
Tags: Homeschooling, Essential Oils, Dawn Camp, Becky Keife, My Essential Oil Companion, Essential Oil Companion

Cheesecake Factory invited a law-firm worker to interview for a server role 2 years after he applied, as restaurants struggle for staff in the labor shortage

Reuters Cheesecake Factory invited a legal worker for a job interview years after he applied to be a server. Joseph Guerrero told the WSJ he was initially confused. "I knew I didn't leave my wallet behind." Some fast food chains have struggled to find enough workers as customers return to restaurants. See more stories on Insider's business page. Cheesecake Factory reportedly invited a law-firm worker for a server job interview two years after ghosting his application - the lates...
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Children’s education in sub-Saharan Africa cannot wait

Children are being deprived not only of education, but also nutrition. Governments and the international community must secure these inalienable rights The post Children’s education in sub-Saharan Africa cannot wait appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Human Rights, Learning, Education, Children, Africa, Schools, Food Security, International Community, Unicef, Food Shortages, Malnutrition, Guinea-bissau, Openaccess, Saharan Africa, World Food Program, Food Aid

A Guide to NDIS and How to Find the Right Therapist for Your Child

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is aimed at helping Australians with disabilities. (Big hello to all our Australian followers – this one is for you, mate!) Over the course of the next several years, it’s estimated that the NDIS will help more than half a million people who have permanent and significant disabilities via funding and services. Through this program, it allows people to access the help they need including NDIS psychologists and physiotherapists. Many who...
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What Makes Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks a Great Painting?: A Video Essay

“Even though you may live in one of the most crowded and busy cities on Earth, it is still possible to feel entirely alone.” Though hardly a novel sentiment, this nevertheless makes for a highly suitable entrée into a video essay on Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Its creator is gallerist and Youtuber James Payne, whose channel Great Art Explained has already taken on the likes of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s David, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych, and Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of ...
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Hautelinks: Female Artists to Know, Hottest E-Girl Hairstyles, Hacks for Glossy Hair, & More

Here's what we're reading on the internet right now.
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How ABBA Won Eurovision and Became International Pop Stars (1974)

Eurovision, the flashy original song contest that captivates Europeans, tends to get roundly mocked in the U.S., where we choose our stars by having them sing other people’s songs on TV in ridiculous costumes. Nonetheless, Americans have fallen in love with many a contest winner, and that’s no more true than in the case of ABBA, the Swedish pop-disco juggernaut who broke through to international stardom when they won in 1974 with “Waterloo,” chosen twice as the greatest song in the compe...
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When David Bowie Played Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel’s Film, Basquiat

Many actors have played Andy Warhol over the years, but not as many as you might think. Crispin Glover played him in The Doors, Jared Harris played him in I Shot Andy Warhol, Guy Pearce played him in Factory Girl, and Bill Hader played him in Men in Black III, but with a twist: he is actually an agent who is so bad as his cover role as an artist, he’s “painting soup cans and bananas, for Christ sakes!” On television John Cameron Mitchell has acted the Warhol role in Vinyl, and Evan Peter...
Tags: Facebook, Film, College, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Warhol, John Cameron Mitchell, Jared Harris, Bill Hader, Jeffrey Wright, Charlie Rose, Evan Peters, Bowie, Eno, New York London, Julian Schnabel

August’s Desktop Calendar is Here!

Thank you to everyone who emailed to say you’d missed decorating your desktop with these desktop calendars. It means a lot! August’s calendar comes from the Red Oak Lavender Farm here in north Georgia, When experts said lavender couldn’t be grown in Georgia, these folks were determined to do it. In spite of the limitations caused by our climate, Georgians can stroll through fragrant lavender fields and on this Dahlonega farm. They grow a variety of flowers and sell potted plants, fresh flowers,...
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Are We All Getting More Depressed?: A New Study Analyzing 14 Million Books, Written Over 160 Years, Finds the Language of Depression Steadily Rising

The relations between thought, language, and mood have become subjects of study for several scientific fields of late. Some of the conclusions seem to echo religious notions from millennia ago. “As a man thinketh, so he is,” for example, proclaims a famous verse in Proverbs (one that helped spawn a self-help movement in 1903). Positive psychology might agree. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought,” says one translation of the Buddhist Dhammapada, a sentiment that cognitive beha...
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Color Trends of Summer 2021 (& How to Style Them)

Five of our favorite summer shades.
Tags: College, Colors, Summer Outfits, Color Trends, Fashion Tips, Outfit Ideas, Summer 2021

Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings Collects the Painter’s Entire Body of Work in a 600-Page, Large-Format Book

Most of us who know Frida Kahlo’s work know her self-portraits. But, in her brief 47 years, she created a more various body of work: portraits of others, still lifes, and difficult-to-categorize visions that still, 67 years after her death, feel drawn straight from the wild currents of her imagination. (Not to mention her elaborately illustrated diary, previously featured here on Open Culture.) Somehow, Kahlo’s work has never all been gathered in one place. That, along with her enduring appeal ...
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