The Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge, NJ will be hosting a series of three reading and discussions sessions focused on the NEH-funded Muslim Journeys book series. The discussion meetings will take place from March 19 to May 14 and will focus on the works House of Stone, Broken Verses, and Dreams of Trespass, from the Bernardsville News.
The 2014 Film Forward festival – a joint project of the Sundance Institute and the NEH, NEA, PCAH and IMLS – made a visit to San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico in early March. Films shown as part of the event included Circles, a drama set against the backdrop of hard choices made in the Balkan War, and Dancing in Jaffa, the story of ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine and his efforts to unite Israeli and Palestinian children through the transcultural power of dance, from KPBS, San Diego.
The Bloomington Public Library has been selected to host NEH-supported Prime Time Family Reading Time programming, with the first program taking place from March 12 through April 16. Other libraries in Illinois selected to participate include two libraries in Chicago and one in Peoria. The theme for this season’s programming is “It’s a Small World After All,” with the focal stories centered on themes of global citizenship, from Vidette Online.
An analysis of the films nominated for 2014 Academy Awards reveals major differences in screen time for actors versus actresses, with Academy-award nominated leading actors getting an average of 85 minutes of screen-time compared to only 57 minutes for nominated leading actresses. These statistics were revealed by utilizing the Cinemetrics database at the University of Chicago, which breaks down films into component information pieces and which received an NEH grant in 2010, from the New York Times.
New facts, figures and idiosyncrasies in the trend of “selfies” – a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website – have been revealed through a study by CUNY Professor Lev Manovich. Manovich conducted the research using tools and techniques developed as part of the Software Studies Initiative, a project partly funded by the NEH. He intends to continue selfie research in the vein of viewing the online photography trend as part of “self-sociology," from National Geographic.