Monthly Archives: May 2016

Wikipedia Year of Science 2016

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Science Outreach Working to Inspire the Next Generation (SOWING)

According to the Wikipedia entry about Wikipedia, “Wikipedia is extremely popular…one third of US Internet users consult[s] Wikipedia.” Globally, more than 450 million people use Wikipedia.

And yet, many of the Wikipedia entries on scientific topics are incomplete or hard for non-specialists to understand. Additionally, educators are rarely trained in how to best use and contribute to Wikipedia with their students. To address these problems, the Simons Foundation has helped launch the Wikipedia “Year of Science,” encouraging scientific practitioners at all levels to contribute to Wikipedia’s science content.

Join us at SOWING to find out how you can use Wikipedia to engage students in scientific discovery. Practice your own editing skills, and learn best practices of Wiki in the Classroom. Plus, ask and receive advice from fellow practitioners of science outreach – over wine and cheese!

Brochures for editing Wikipedia A

The SOWING Team,
Emily Ford, Jeanne Garbarino, Sarah Weisberg and Latasha Wright

Attention is new currency…

Lane Rasberrtly Wikipedia Wikipedian-in-Residence at Consumer Reports A

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Patrick Iber & Karen Paget on the Cultural Cold War

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Authors Patrick Iber and Karen Paget discuss the Cultural Cold War, the CIA’s attempt to champion left-wing cultural movements and student unions during the Cold War.

During the Cold War, left-wing Latin American artists, writers, and scholars worked as diplomats, advised rulers, opposed dictators, and even led nations. Their competing visions of social democracy and their pursuit of justice, peace, and freedom led them to organizations sponsored by the Soviet-backed World Peace Council, the U.S.-supported Congress for Cultural Freedom, and, after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the homegrown Casa de las Américas.

Neither Peace nor Freedom (Harvard University Press) delves into the entwined histories of these organizations and the aspirations and dilemmas of intellectuals who participated in them, from Diego Rivera and Pablo Neruda to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jorge Luis Borges. Patrick Ibercorrects the view that such individuals were merely pawns of the competing superpowers.

Iber will be joined by Skype by Karen Paget, author of Patriotic Betrayal (Yale University Press). In this revelatory book, Paget shows how the CIA turned the National Student Association into an intelligence asset during the Cold War, with students used—often wittingly and sometimes unwittingly—as undercover agents inside America and abroad. In 1967, Ramparts magazine exposed the story, prompting the Agency into engineering a successful cover-up.

A cautionary tale, Patriotic Betrayal, says Karl E. Meyer, a former editorial board member of the New York Times and The Washington Post, evokes “the aura of a John le Carré novel with its self-serving rationalizations, its layers of duplicity, and its bureaucratic doubletalk.”

Joel Whitney, author of the forthcoming Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers (OR Books), hosts the discussion.

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