There are more than a few places one can go to listen/view/read lectures on various aspects of the arts. Here are a few good ones: National Endowment for the Arts has dozens of wide-ranging selections available from jazz masters to leading art experts; the National Gallery of Art hosts Notable Lectures by artists, authors, curators, and historians; the History of Art is presented by Oxford University; Frick has Lectures and Talks; artist interviews and exhibition videos are at LACMA(Los Angeles County Museum of Art); hundreds of videos are available from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (we especially like the Medieval Art and The Cloisters channel); the Museum of Modern Art hosts its videos at its YouTube channel; over 1600 videos including talks. lectures, workshops, performances, and exhibition films can be found at the Tate Channel; Podcats featuring exhibitions, art tours, and lectures are at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art offers videos on its channel; and the Guggenheim Museum has its own video collection. Some non-museum sites include: Arts (Annenberg Learner), Art History (Khan Academy), Art History (Saylor), and Arts (YouTube).
As we approach the 350th anniversary of this state’s beginnings in 1664, we need to examine some of those source materials that trace the evolution from colony onwards. This multivolume resource - Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey – is a good place to start. Publication first began in 1880 and ran through the early 20th century. The title has varied over the years as the scope of the undertaking grew to encompass revolutionary and post-revolutionary times. Each volume presents primary source materials, and several volumes have the added value of containing newspaper extracts of the time that relate to New Jersey. The documents were culled from various libraries, archives, and offices both here and abroad. The types of material include letters, instructions, grants, charters, minutes of meetings, and agreements. Each volume has an index. Here is an enumeration – volume 1: 1631-1687; volume 2: 1687-1703; volume 3: Administrations of Lords Cornbury and Lovelace, and of Lieutenant Governor Ingoldesby, 1703-1709; volume 4: Administrations of Governor Robert Hunter and President Lewis Morris, 1709-1720; volume 5: Administrations of Gov. Burnet, Gov. Montgomerie, President Lewis Morris, Gov. Cosby, President Anderson andPresident Hamilton, 1730-1737; volume 6: Administration of Governor Lewis Morris, President John Hamilton and President John Reading, 1738-1747; volume 7: Part of Administration of Gov. Jonathan Belcher, 1746-1751; volume 8: Completing the Administration of Governor Jonathan Belcher, 1751-1757; volume 9: Administrations of President John Reading, Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Pownall, Governor Francis Bernard, Governor Thomas Boone, Governor Josiah Hardy, and Part of the Administration of Governor William Franklin, 1757-1767; Volume 10: Administration of Governor William Franklin, 1767-1776; General Index, volumes 1-10; volume 11: Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey, 1704-1739; volume 12: Extracts from American Newspapers, 1740-1750; volume 13: Volume 14: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1715-1738; volume 15: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1738-1748; volume 16: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1748-1755; volume 17: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1756-1768; volume 18: Journal of the Governor and Council, 1769-1775; volume 19: Extracts from American Newspapers, 1751-1755; volume 20: Extracts from American Newspapers, 1756-1761
According to a recent CDC report, 28% of the interviewed adults report inadeqaute rest or sleep within the past thirty days. Major areas of sleep deprivation are centered around Jersey City and Camden. Fact sheets for all the other states are available as well. You can review the questions used in this survey, peruse relevant papers and listen to podcats. Insufficient sleep has been linked to: depression, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity; if you need any other incentive to get forty winks, then please go the Drowsy Driving CDC site.
Late last year, the Library of Congress hosted the first International Summit of the Book. Distinguished scholars, national librarians, and publishers hosted panels on such topics as books and copyright, and the past present and future of the book. All these panels are now available for viewing.
The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal agency, has issued Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving. Among its many recommendations is the one “…reducing the per se blood alcohol concentration limit for all drivers…”(3) Many charts and tables, along with a supporting bibliography, present ample data in an effort to control alcohol-impaired driving which still accounts for 30-32% of all highway fatalities. Reactions to this report have been mixed; a good round-up of viewpoints is found in USA Today. To see what is being done on the international level, please look at the WHO site – Interventions to reduce road traffic injuries: Reducing drink driving. Did you know that 89 countries already have lowered the blood alcohol level to .05?