What Does Your Five Year Plan Look Like?

Send us your announcements of important dates and events in the comment section below, and we will post it to this world community calendar 🌍

Space is hard, but oh so inspiring

Upload your “SCREAM LEGACY” video to YouTube using the Hashtag: #ScreamLegacyChallenge to be included in our SCREAM Compilation and generational time capsule in remembrance of being on earth as we look toward multi-planetary travel. Be as creative as your genius allows, BUT your masterpiece must be respectful.
THIS CHALLENGE IS ON-GOING with no end-date yet established, so get to work!

“A man’s mind, stretched by new ideas, may never return to its original dimensions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


– In 2017, suicide claimed the lives of more than 47,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Here are 5 steps you can take to #BeThe1To help someone in emotional pain:

  • ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  • KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  • BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  • HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  • STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
  • For more information on suicide prevention go HERE

Need a car? Buy a $1 Raffle Ticket and try your chances at a Smart Car, or other prizes that will help to achieve your goals.

Win a SMART Car
Win a Chevy Spark

January Winners: Sarah Kayman, Joshua Embeko, Johnathan Morris, Maria Robbins

Next drawing at the February PopUp.


Secretary-General calls for global participation in UN75 dialogues for better future for all

UNFPAYouth from the Senegalese group Afriyan take a stand for teenage empowerment, following their meeting with UNFPA Regional Director, Mabingué Ngom Mabingué Ngom.

Your 2020 Plan

Start learning from $9.99

Heal The World 🌍

Secretary-General upholds value of UN Charter for a world in turmoil

UN Photo/Amanda VoisardSenior UN officials hold copies of the UN Charter at UNHQ in New York.    9 January 2020 Peace and Security

Amid an era of rising geopolitical tensions and declining trust between nations, the United Nations Secretary-General has encouraged countries to “come home” to a defining document of the international community: the UN Charter

Backround: The 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

All Hands On Deck

Crayola Experience - Easton, PA
Chandler, AZ
Easton, PA
Mall of America, MN
Orlando, FL
Plano, TX
© 2018 Crayola Experience

Color Your Wings Design Competition

January 13 – February 28

Crayola Experience and the Philadelphia Wings National Lacrosse League have teamed up to create the Color Your Wings design competition.
Calling all children ages 3-12 years old, you’re invited to create a dasher board design inspired by themes of color, creativity, and teamwork.

Pick up your entry form at Colossal Caddy on the 2nd Floor.
All design must be submitted HERE.

The winner of the design contest will receive:
1. (4) Gold Fusion Annual Passes to Crayola Experience for the winner and their family.
2. Tickets for all the students in their school to go to a Philly Wings game.
3. Tickets for all the students in their school to come to Crayola Experience Easton.
4. Limited edition Color Your Wings 4 – pack crayon box for all the students in their school.

The top four designs will be displayed at the Wells Fargo Center during Philly Wings’ March 7th Crayola Experience Kids Day Game.
Enjoy other FUN Color Your Wings crafts & coloring at Be a Star, Colossal Cady and Model Magic, all located on the second floor of Crayola Experience Easton!

VOCABULARY: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech (1963)

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech


In case you missed it, I wanted to share George’s op-ed about Facebook published in the New York Times on Friday. Among other things, he said the company inappropriately puts profit before the public interest. After seeing Facebook’s response George told me, “Mark Zuckerberg may not have started Facebook to make money, but he has changed since then. He and Sandberg should be judged by what the company does, not by what it says. One way or another, they should not be in control of running it.”

Harry and Meghan’s Declaration of Independence🇬🇧🇺🇸🇨🇦

In a statement, Queen Elizabeth said she recognized the challenges the couple “have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

New York Times
Harry and Meghan’s Declaration of Independence

The UN Human Rights Committee

has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats. 

The historic ruling marks the first decision by a UN human rights treaty body based on a complaint filed by an individual seeking protection from the effects of climate change. 

Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

ICJ-CIJ/Wendy van Bree Judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague consider the case against Myanmar.

Human Rights

Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on Thursday. 

The International  Court of Justice  (ICJalso ordered authorities to prevent the destruction of evidence related to genocide allegations. 

Read more

Coping with Traumatic Events


A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Experiences like natural disasters (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods), acts of violence (such as assault, abuse, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings), as well as car crashes and other accidents can all be traumatic.

Ways to Cope

Healthy ways of coping in this time period include:

  • Avoiding alcohol and other drugs;
  • Spending time with loved ones and trusted friends who are supportive; and
  • Trying to maintain normal routines for meals, exercise, and sleep.

In general, staying active is a good way to cope with stressful feelings.

Youth leaders share positive visions of the future, as Guterres launches UN75 in New York

UN Photo/Mark GartenSecretary-General António Guterres (centre left) takes part in a UN75 Dialogue with youth on the theme ‘Youth in the Driving Seat’.

UN Affairs

Six youth leaders from around the world were at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to share their ambitious visions for a future where international cooperation is prioritized and everyone’s voice is heard.

Please Take Our Survey


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS-LAW African American History Month

Law Library Stacks

Research & Reports Guide to Law Online | Legal Research Guides | Legal Topics | Guides to Our Collections

Back to Commemorative Observances


National African American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation’s history.

National African American History Month had its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (“ASALH”). Through this organization Dr. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two key figures in the history of African Americans.

In 1975, President Ford issued a Message on the Observance of Black History Week … Read More

#BlackHistoryMatters – Don John – Southampton


Joel Augustus Rogers was a Jamaican-American author, journalist, and historian who contributed to the history of Africa and the African diaspora. After settling in the United States in 1906, he lived in Chicago and then New York City. He became interested in the history of African Americans in this country. Born: September 6, 1880, Negril, Jamaica Died: March 26, 1966, New York, NY School: Harlem Renaissance Place of burial: United States Profession: Author, Journalist, Historian…

In the 1920s, Rogers worked as a journalist on the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Enterprise. He was a sub-editor of Marcus Garvey‘s short-lived Daily Negro Times. As a newspaper correspondent, Rogers covered such events as the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia for the New York Amsterdam News. He wrote for a variety of other black newspapers and journals: CrisisAmerican MercuryThe Messenger Magazine, the Negro World and Survey Graphic. One of his interviews was with Marcus Garvey in prison (New York Amsterdam News, November 17, 1926).

Rogers served as one of few black US war correspondents during World War II.

Rogers’ work was concerned with “the Great Black Man” theory of history. This theory presented history, specifically black history, as a mural of achievements by prominent black people. He devoted a significant amount of his professional life to unearthing facts about people of African ancestry, intending these findings to be a refutation of contemporary racist beliefs about the inferiority of blacks. Books such as 100 Amazing Facts about the NegroSex and Race, and World’s Great Men of Color described remarkable black people throughout the ages and cited significant achievements of black people. He asserted that several historical figures previously classified or assumed to be “white” (European), including AesopCleopatra, and Hannibal, were “black”. This was decades before research by later Afrocentric historians (overwhelmingly rejected by specialist consensus) tried to support some of his work.

Rogers commented on the partial black ancestry of some prominent Europeans, including Alexander Pushkin and Alexandre Dumas, père. Similarly, Rogers was among those who asserted that a direct ancestor of the British royal family, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, had a remote ancestor who was of African origin.

Rogers’ theories about race, sex and color can be found in his books Nature Knows No Color-LineWorld’s Great Men of Color. His pamphlet Five Negro Presidents provided what he said was evidence that some 19th- and 20th-century presidents of the United States had partially black ancestry. His research in this book inspired Auset Bakhufu’s book Six Black Presidents: Black Blood: White Masks USA (1993). CONTINUE READING from Wikipedia

13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Primary Documents in American History. Jan 31, 1865

14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Primary Documents in American History. July 9, 1868

2/1 –

BIOGRAPHY: Langston Hughes


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

James Mercer Langston Hughes, (born February 1, 1902?, Joplin, Missouri, U.S.—died May 22, 1967, New York, New York), American writer who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance and made the African American experience the subject of his writings, which ranged from poetry and plays to novels and newspaper columns. While it was long believed that Hughes was born in 1902, new research released in 2018 indicated that he might have been born the previous year. His parents separated soon after his birth, and he was raised by his mother and grandmother. After his grandmother’s … CONTINUE READING

Getty Graduate Symposium 2020

Symposium | February 1, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

The second annual Getty Graduate Symposium, hosted by the GRI, showcases the work of emerging scholars from art history graduate programs in California, including Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and schools from across the University of California system. The symposium includes nine presentations from students, panel discussions moderated by faculty mentors, and question-and-answer sessions with the audience.

Reserve a free ticket.

Master Seed Starting 

Where you can really “dig in” to the fascinating, rewarding and often challenging world of growing plants from seed.

2/2 –

Ban on African National Congress lifted

On this day in 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted the 30-year ban on the African National Congress, resulting in the release from prison of Nelson Mandela and marking the beginning of the end of apartheid.



Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Shakira, in full Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, (born February 2, 1977, Barranquilla, Colombia), Colombian musician who achieved success in both Spanish- and English-speaking markets and by the early 2000s was one of the most successful Latin American recording artists. Shakira, who had a Lebanese father and a native Colombian mother, started belly dancing at an early age and by age 10 had begun writing songs and taking part in talent competitions. A local theatre producer helped her land an audition with a Sony Corp. executive in 1990, and Shakira was subsequently signed to a record deal.

Her first two albums, Magia (1991) and Peligro (1993), were only moderately successful, however. After taking a break from recording to act in the Latin soap opera El oasis, Shakira resumed her music career in impressive fashion with Pies descalzos (1995). The album produced several hits, including “Estoy aquí,” “Pienso en ti,” and “Un poco de amor.”


From Play to Libretto: Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice

Sunday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Join actors and opera singers for a staged reading of Eurydice (2003) by Tony-nominee and MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl, followed by a conversation between Ruhl and the score’s composer, Matthew Aucoin, about the process of translating her play to opera. LA Opera performs selections from the libretto.

Learn more about this free performance and get tickets »

2/3 –

15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Primary Documents in American History, Feb. 3, 1870

✔Webinar Posture and Compliance (AMER/EMEAR)

Registration is required for joining this event,

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Host: Rigo Villa

Description: Posture is a service in Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE) that allows you to check the state, also known as posture, of all the endpoints that are connecting to a network for compliance with corporate security policies. This allows you to control clients to access protected areas of a network. Please join us for this insightful webinar and learn more about the ISE feature, Posture.
Register If you are registered, have your registration ID ready when joining the event.

New York Time Zone 
Learn More

© 2020

Using Open Educational Resources to Further Student Success

Monday, February 3, 2020 12 noon – 12:45 p.m., Online

This short webinar will introduce Open Educational Resources (OER), high-quality free and openly licensed course materials that you can adapt to your classroom. The session will focus on how instructors can find and evaluate OER.

Read More and Register


February 3-7, 2020  |  Austin Convention Center  |  Austin, Texas

Discover resources and tools that engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity. TCEA’s annual convention showcases more than 1,000 informative learning opportunities, access to the latest ed tech resources from hundreds of exhibitors, and countless opportunities for networking. You will discover innovative strategies and best practices for integrating technology into classrooms, campuses, and libraries for district-wide success.


Join us for hands-on workshops and sessions, small-group networking opportunities, and the exploration of cutting-edge resources. MAKE YOUR PLANS TODAY!

Impeachment in the United States

2020 impeachment trial of President Donald TrumpChief Justice John Roberts presiding

Impeachment in the United States is the process by which a legislature (usually in the form of the lower house) brings charges against a civil officer of government for crimes alleged to have been committed, analogous to the bringing of an indictment by a grand jury. Impeachment may occur at the federal level or the state level. The federal House of Representatives can impeach federal officials, including the president, and each state‘s legislature can impeach state officials, including the governor, in accordance with their respective federal or state constitution.

Global initiative launched to keep top sports events safe from terrorism

Unsplash/Mitch RosenA crowd watching a football game inside Wembley Stadium in England. 

Peace and Security

Representatives from international sporting federations and the private sector joined with ambassadors at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to launch a global programme aimed at safeguarding major sporting events from terrorism-related threats. 

The multi-year initiative looks to harness the positive values that sports promote to help crackdown on the spread of violent extremism, particularly among young people.

Coronavirus emergency: here’s what we know so far

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionA digital illustration of the coronavirus shows the crown-like appearance of the virus.


A new strain of coronavirus (officially named 2019-nCoV), which has caused respiratory diseases in China, and spread to at least 23 other countries, has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are the basic facts you need to know about the virus (figures correct as of February 3 2020).

At least 361 people have died from the novel coronavirus, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. More than 17,200 cases have been confirmed in China, and experts say they expect the numbers to rise in the coming weeks.

HDRI 2020

Learn More

2/4 –


Inc. has spent the past couple months speaking with industry experts and crunching the latest data to create our report on the Best Industries of 2020: a detailed breakdown of the eight industries most primed for great new entrants and a breakout year. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Cameron Albert-Deitch
Reporter, Inc.

Views / Opinion

A Case Against the STEM Rush

Lior Shamir, a computer scientist who’s actively participated in efforts to increase participation in STEM fields, now wonders if she’s been on the wrong side.

By Lior Shamir

NIMHD appoints
Dr. Monica Webb Hooper as
Deputy Director
Dr. Webb HooperThe National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has selected Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., as the deputy director of the institute. Dr. Webb Hooper is a leader in minority health and cancer health disparities research with work spanning across multiple disparity populations, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, persons of less socioeconomic privilege and people living with HIV/AIDS. She was professor of oncology, family medicine and community health, and psychological sciences at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Webb Hooper to the NIMHD family! She will support the leadership in implementing the science visioning recommendations to improve minority health, reduce health disparities and promote health equity,” said NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable.Dr. Webb Hooper will begin her appointment on March 15, 2020. Join the NIMHD and NIH community in welcoming her in the new role!

-Interview, part 1

The Karen Hunter Show

-Interview, part 2

The Karen Hunter Show

Frances Luella Welsing (née Cress; March 18, 1935 – January 2, 2016) was an American Afrocentrist psychiatrist. Her 1970 essay, The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy), offered her interpretation on the origins of what she described as white supremacy culture. She was the author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991). Welsing caused controversy after she said that homosexuality among African-Americans was a ploy by white males to decrease the black population. Wikipedia


Learn to pronounce

noun: neurogenesis
the growth and development of nervous tissue.

Physiology (/ˌfɪziˈɒlədʒi/;

from Ancient Greek φύσις (physis), meaning ‘nature, origin’, and -λογία (-logia), meaning ‘study of’) is the scientific study of the functions and mechanisms which work within a living system.

As a sub-discipline of biology, the focus of physiology is on how organismsorgan systemsorganscells, and biomolecules carry out the chemical and physical functions that exist in a living system.

Central to an understanding of physiological functioning is the investigation of the fundamental biophysical and biochemical phenomena, the coordinated homeostatic control mechanisms, and the continuous communication between cells.

The physiologic state is the condition occurring from normal body function, while the pathological state is centered on the abnormalities that occur in animal diseases, including humans.

According to the type of investigated organisms, the field can be divided into animal physiology (including that of humans), plant physiologycellular physiology, and microbial physiology.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to those who make significant achievements in this discipline.

Video Presentation

Santa Fe Community College

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Two videos will be presented: The first on the 400 Year Anniversary of Slavery in North America, and The Journey of Man. Introduction by Steve Martinez. For more information contact John Ketchens, or call (505) 428-1155
Jemez Room 1 ,6401Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508
Santa Fe Community College Phone: (505) 428-1000 Email: info@sfcc.edu Website: https://www.sfcc.edu/

COUNTDOWN ⬇to Valentine’s Day!!!
What are you planning for your Sweetheart ?💕💘

Louis Vuitton celebrates unique ties with Japan with opening of new flagship in Osaka


© Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton 

inaugurated its new Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji flagship store on February 1st. Designed in close collaboration with architects Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, the store welcomes Café V, the first ever Louis Vuitton café, as well as its first restaurant, Sugalabo V, offering cuisine with Franco-Japanese influences. This stunning new flagship reaffirms Louis Vuitton’s long and close relationship with Japan.

Sickle Cell Disease Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP)

STAMP Program InfocardThe Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP) is a collaboration between OMH, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care. STAMP is a free telehealth series taught by hematologists for primary care providers. The program trains primary care providers on the basics of sickle cell disease care such as pain management, hydroxyurea, and preventive services. Trainings this month include:Tuesday, February 4, 2020 ǀ 2 PM ET: Imaging Uncomplicated Headache in SCDTuesday, February 18, 2020 ǀ 5 PM ET: Screening Assessments in SCDVisit our sickle cell disease site to register and learn more about upcoming trainings.

UN NEWS: Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

WMO/Ulla NordlinderNorrmjöle Beach out of Umeå in northern Sweden.

Climate Change

The second global Ocean Conferencetaking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got underway.

Life under water is essential to life on land”, said Tijjani Muhammad-Bande. The ocean produces “half of the oxygen we breathe” and provides food for millions of around the world, playing a “fundamental role in mitigating climate change as a major heat and carbon sink”. 

2/5 –

Current Discussions On Our Cisco CCENT/CCNA R&S Global Learning Community

EXAM February 24, 2020

#Admissions Insider

Early Decision Is Down

And early action is flat, according to numbers from Naviance. Black and Latino applicants are less likely to apply early than are Asians and whites. Common App figures point to fears about this year’s totals.

By Scott Jaschik

African American Food and Art History

Santa Fe Community College

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
African American Food History, Andy Lovato Blues guitar demo, and Black artists short videos. For more information contact John Ketchens, or call (505) 428-1155 Santa Fe Community College Phone:(505) 428-1000 Email: info@sfcc.edu Website: https://www.sfcc.edu/



Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Hank Aaron, byname of Henry Louis Aaron, (born February 5, 1934, MobileAlabama, U.S.), American professional baseball player who, during 23 seasons in the major leagues (1954–76), surpassed batting records set by some of the greatest hitters in the game, including Babe RuthTy Cobb, and Stan Musial.
a right-hander, began his professional career in 1952, playing shortstop for a few months with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League. His contract was bought by the Boston Braves of the National League, who assigned him to minor league teams. In 1954 he moved up to the majors, playing mostly as an outfielder for the Braves (who had moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953).

In 1956 he won the league batting championship with an average of .328, and in 1957, having led his team to victory in the World Series, he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. By the time the Braves moved to AtlantaGeorgia, at the end of 1965, Aaron had hit 398 home runs. In Atlanta on April 8, 1974, he hit his 715th, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, which had stood since 1935. After the 1974 season, Aaron was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, who were at that time in the American League. Aaron retired after the 1976 season and rejoined the Braves as an executive. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 13, 1982. In 2010 the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum opened on the grounds of Hank Aaron Stadium, the home of Mobile, Alabama’s minor league baseball team.

Peace Corps Prep Info Session

UH Global would like to cordially invite you to the Peace Corps Prep Info Session on Wed, Feb 5 from 3pm-4:30pm in the Honors Commons.  Peace Corps Recruiter, Holly Van Groll, will be there to speak about the Peace Corps and we will also provide a brief overview of the UH Peace Corps Prep program. Afterwards, we will have a small group breakout discussion with returned Peace Corps volunteers. This is a great opportunity to ask questions from those who have served in the Peace Corps. Please email us at uhglobal@uh.edu to RSVP for this event. We hope to see you there

COUNTDOWN ⬇to Valentine’s Day!!!
What are you planning for your Sweetheart? 💕💘

Career Advice / Carpe Careers

Navigating the Surprising Stress of a Job Offer

It can prompt as much panic as delight, writes Derek Attig, who offers advice on how best to deal with it all.

By Derek Attig

2020: the year for action, to ‘rise up’ and safeguard ocean life 

© UNDP/Vlad SokhinBeveridge Reef, located within the waters of Niue in the central Pacific Ocean.

Climate Change

With the ocean in deep crisis, members of civil society and philanthropic organisations are urging governments and corporations to take bold action to safeguard the ocean.  After a two-day preparatory meeting in New York ahead of June’s UN Ocean Conference in Portugal, activists handed over what they termed “A Blue Call to Action” to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, on Wednesday.  

Multiple stressors are eroding the ocean’s ability to function as the planet’s life support system, and so defending its capacity to produce oxygen, sequester carbon and provide food and livelihoods for billions of people is vital, delegates heard.  

Female Genital Mutilation costs $1.4 billion annually: UN health agency

UNFPA Khadija Mohammed is an FGM survivor from the Afar region of Ethiopia.


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) poses serious risks to the health and well-being of women and girls, but it also exacts a crippling economic toll, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

New modelling by the UN agency to coincide with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked on Thursday, reveals that the cost of treating the total health impacts of FGM would amount to $1.4 billion globally per year. 

The figure sees individual countries devoting nearly 10 per cent of their yearly expenditure to treat FGM; for some countries, it could be as high as 30 per cent.  

“FGM is not only a catastrophic abuse of human rights that significantly harms the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women; it is also a drain on a country’s vital economic resources”, said Dr Ian Askew, Director of WHO’s Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research.  

“More investment is urgently needed to stop FGM and end the suffering it inflicts.” 

More than 200 million affected 

2/6 –

UN News: FROM THE FIELD: ‘A piece of me’ was taken

Sara Elgamal for UNFPAAbida Dawud, a survivor of female genital mutilation, walks in the Afar desert of northern Ethiopia.


“My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital mutilation, or FGM, from Ethiopia, who have been speaking to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) about their experiences.

Zahra Mohammed Ahmed, pictured with her son and daughter in the Afar region of Ethiopia, is leading community efforts to end FGM. UNFPA

“My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital mutilation, or FGM, from Ethiopia, who have been speaking to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) about their experiences. 

The three women, all from the Afar Region of the Horn of Africa country, tell their stories in the hope that they can empower others in their communities to help bring an end to FGM.  

The practice which involves injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons is internationally recognized as a violation of women’s human rights.  

Globally, it’s estimated that some 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. 

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, marked annually on February 6, watch the three women explain why FGM should be eliminated once and for all. 

✔Cisco Threat Hunting Workshop

Registration is required for joining this event

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Host: Karlo Bobiles

Description: Join Cisco’s Advanced Threat Solutions Team for this hands-on Threat Hunting Workshop to develop your skills and test your abilities to:

– Identify advanced threats that lurk in your environment
– Uncover emerging threats and immediately respond
– Regain resources and minutes by reducing time to remediate

The goal of the Workshop is to teach the concepts and techniques of threat hunting using a unified, cloud-hosted set of data that is integrated across Endpoints, DNS, Threat Research, and our Cloud Security Tools. The labs provided will be a step-by-step guide to follow with ease and understand today’s sophisticated threat landscape and successfully secure your network before, during and after an attack. Moreover, this will entail threat hunting capability for your mobile and BYOD endpoints, branch, headquarter, and your multi-cloud environments. Access to all the required products and tools will be provided. Register: If you are registered, have your registration ID ready when joining the event.

Join: New York Time (EST)
Learn More

© 2020

Aamna Nayyar book signing and panel discussion

Santa Fe Community College

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Three Paths, One God: Traditional Scriptures and New Prayers”

Aamna Nayyar’s book, co-authored by Min Kantrowitz and Victoria Reder. They will have a panel discussion about their book, “Three Paths, One God: Traditional Scriptures and New Prayers”, as well as book sales and signing.
SFCC Library Reading Room 6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87507 United States. For more information contact John Ketchens, or call (505) 428-1155 Santa Fe Community College Phone: (505) 428-1000 Email: info@sfcc.edu Website: https://www.sfcc.edu/

Biography: Bob Marley


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Robert Nesta Marley, (born February 6, 1945, Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica—died May 11, 1981, MiamiFlorida, U.S.), Jamaican singer-songwriter whose thoughtful ongoing distillation of early ska, rock steady, and reggae musical forms blossomed in the 1970s into an electrifying rock-influenced hybrid that made him an international superstar.

Marley, whose parents were Norval Sinclair Marley, a white rural overseer, and the former Cedella Malcolm, the black daughter of a local custos (respected backwoods squire)—would forever remain the unique product of parallel worlds. His poetic worldview was shaped by the countryside, his music by the tough West Kingston ghetto streets. Marley’s maternal grandfather was not just a prosperous farmer but also a bush doctor adept at the mysticism-steeped herbal healing that guaranteed respect in Jamaica’s remote hill country. As a child Marley was known for

his shy aloofness, his startling stare, and his penchant for palm reading. Virtually kidnapped by his absentee father (who had been disinherited by his own prominent family for marrying a black woman), the preadolescent Marley was taken to live with an elderly woman in Kingston until a family friend rediscovered the boy by chance and returned him to Nine Miles. CONTINUE READING…

COUNTDOWN ⬇ to Valentine’s Day
What are you planning for your Sweetheart?💕💘


Yale Lets Anyone Take Its Most Popular Class Ever for Free. 7 Things You’ll Learn If You Do.

Many common beliefs about happiness are just dead wrong. Trust the science.


When psychology professor Laurie Santos opened enrollment for her happiness course at Yale, a quarter of the student body jumped at the opportunity. It became Yale’s most popular course ever. CONTINUE READING…


Syria: ‘Massive waves of civilian displacement and loss of life must stop now’: UN Special Envoy

UNOCHA Children pose outside a tent in a camp for displaced people in Idlib, northern Syria. 

Peace and Security

Air and ground strikes in the region of Idlib, northwest Syria, are causing “massive waves of civilian displacement and major loss of civilian life”, causing unacceptable human suffering which must stop now, Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Thursday.

Mark Lowcock, UN Humanitarian Affairs chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator also briefed the Council on what he described as the “humanitarian catastrophe” unfolding in Syria as a result of the military escalation.

UN releases $30 million in emergency aid

The top OCHA official announced the release of $30 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to immediately scale-up shelter and other critical assistance to the thousands of civilians bearing the brunt of the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s northwest.

“We have seen chaotic pictures in town after town as vehicles line up in every direction trying to flee. People who have just moved cannot find adequate shelter. Tens of thousands are crammed into schools, mosques and unfinished buildings. Many are in tents in the mud, exposed to wind, rain and freezing weather”, said Mr. Lowcock.

The CERF funds will help provide shelter and other essential relief items in the harsh winter.

With international cooperation, a solution can be found

2/7 –

Oceans are speeding up

According to researchers, the world’s ocean currents are getting significantly faster, impacting marine life and weather patterns.

Space record quiz
Christina Koch returned to Earth after 328 days at the International Space Station, breaking the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Test your knowledge on other feats in space with this quiz.

a family of six people dressed in whiteStep Inside Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s Boundary-Defying Home

With an assist from Axel Vervoordt and other international design luminaries, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West transform a suburban California estate into an otherworldly oasis of purity and light.

American Heart Month

According to NHLBI, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. To help spread awareness of heart health disparities that affect African Americans and other racial and ethnic minority groups, OMH joins NLHBI and The Heart Truth in their Our Hearts initiative.You can help spread awareness of heart disease this month by wearing red on National Wear Red Day on February 7. Don’t forget to take a look at NHLBI’s toolkit for various materials about heart health to share among your family and friends.  This year, NHLBI will be spreading heart health messages with a weekly theme:
Week 1: Be physically active together
Week 2: Eat healthier together
Week 3: Track your heart health stats together
Week 4: Manage stress, sleep better, and quit smoking together Learn More

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

NBHAAD 2020Each year, the Strategic Leadership Council coordinates National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7 to increase HIV and AIDS education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among African American communities. This year’s theme is “We’re In This, Together,” and hopes to promote togetherness in the African American community and highlight that everyone has a role in ending the HIV epidemic. Take some time on this day to learn how you can stop HIV stigma and empower your community to get tested and seek treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1 in 7 African Americans with HIV do not know they have it. African American males have 8.6 times the AIDS rate as white males. African American females have 18.6 times the AIDS rate as white females. Learn More



Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Christopher Julius Rock III

Chris Rock , (born February 7, 1966, GeorgetownSouth Carolina, U.S.), American comedian whose popular stand-up routine—which often addressed racial matters—led to a successful film career. Rock grew up in the impoverished Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. After dropping out of high school at 17 (he later received a high-school-equivalency diploma), Rock played small clubs in the New York area, where he was discovered by comedian-actor Eddie Murphy. After landing parts in Murphy’s film Beverly Hills Cop II(1987) and director Keenen Ivory Wayans’s I’m Gonna Git You Sucka(1988), Rock got his big break by earning a spot in 1990 as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He left the show in 1993 to join the Fox network’s In Living Color, which was taken off the air shortly thereafter. After starring in and writing the script for the film CB4 (1993), he covered the 1996 presidential campaignfor ABC’s Politically Incorrect.

Rock then appeared in the first of his HBO comedy specials, Big Ass Jokes (1994), which won a CableACE Award. Soon after, however, Rock found his popularity as an actor and comedian beginning to fade. In an effort to reignite his career, Rock went on the road in 1996, playing small clubs. There he honed his comedic repertoire, touching on subjects that were often considered taboo, such as race relations, drug addiction, and black

poverty, all the while revealing the humorous aspects of some of the more serious, painful truths of the black experience. Bolstered by the positive reaction he received while touring, Rock once again appeared in an HBO special, Bring the Pain (1997), which won two Emmy Awards and brought Rock widespread fame and critical acclaim. CONTINUE READING

The Weekend Crossword

By Elizabeth C. Gorski

The Reason Why Indoor Cycling Classes Make People Happy
Always feel better after you work out? It’s not just in your head. When you get on the Peloton Bike, science tells us that you’re activating your endorphins, building emotional connections and fulfilling your need for community all while getting a great workout. So if you need a pick-me-up that lasts, it’s time to start sweating.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ON WORLD CHANNEL February is a time to renew our collective commitment to lifting up the stories of the Black movement makers and culture creators who shape our world like Firelight Media co-founder, and award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool). Throughout the month, WORLD Channel will present a selection of Firelight films and a showcase of over 45 programs including:
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, and weekly episodes of America ReFramedLocal, USA and Stories from the Stage. SEE WHAT’S ON-AIR TODAYSEE WHAT’S STREAMING NOW SPOTLIGHT ON FIRELIGHT
For the past twenty years, Firelight Media has brought untold stories to the forefront, introduced us to essential aspects of ourselves, and captured history in a compelling way for future generations. Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities – A deep dive into a rich history that began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years.  By Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams. 

 WATCH The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. WATCH MORE FILMS STREAMING NOW America ReFramed: Struggle & Hope – After the Civil War, All-Black towns were founded in Oklahoma in an effort to convince the United States to create an All-Black state. Most of these towns have since been swallowed up by nearby counties and cities. Connect with the last remaining residents. WATCHLocal, USA: ‘63 Boycott – In October 1963, more than 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. This was one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations and it directly connects to contemporary issues around race, education and youth activism. WATCH STORIES FROM THE STAGE is celebrating Black History Month with the art of storytelling. We’ve created a playlist of stories from Black storytellers who share unforgettable moments that changed their lives. POWERFUL BLACK STORIES MUST BE TOLD WORLD Channel’s mission is to inform and inspire with real stories and independent voices from around the world.  

Climate crisis: Antarctic continent posts record temperature reading of 18.3°C

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Aerial view of melting glaciers on King George Island, Antarctica. 

Climate Change

Fresh fears of accelerating damage to the planet’s ice sheets and sea level rise have been fuelled by confirmation from the UN’s weather agency that the Antarctic likely saw a new temperature record of more than 18°C on Thursday. 

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, spokesperson Clare Nullis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said that the record reading taken in the north of the continent, would be considered unusual, even during the current warmer summer months. 

2/8 –

This year, as part of The Met’s 150th anniversary, the Museum has launched a major film archive initiative. Every Friday throughout 2020, we are releasing one new film that can be found in our website series From the Vaults and on Instagram using the hashtags #FromTheVaults and #FilmFriday. The archive comprises over 1,500 films from the 1920s onward that were both made and collected by the Museum. Included are rarely seen artist profiles, documentaries, and animations, as well as process films about specific art-making techniques and behind-the-scenes footage of the Museum. We hope they will delight, surprise, and transport you.

Watch now → Inside The Met From the Vaults: Welcome to The Met Film Archive In this blog post introducing the yearlong archival film series From the Vaults, learn more about the history of making, collecting, and preserving film at The Met. 
Read now →  Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara Watch a video preview of the exhibition Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through May 10, 2020. 
Watch now →  Steadfast and Pure: How the “Dresden Green” Diamond Became a Symbol of Saxon Rule At 41 carats, the gemstone is the largest known natural green diamond, now on view in the exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe
Read now →  Damascus RoomThe Damascus Room is a residential reception chamber (qaʿa) typical of the late Ottoman period in Damascus, Syria. 
Read now →  The Beginning of The Met’s Library, Part IIContinuing the series on the early history of the library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
Read now → Exhibition HighlightsSahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara JUST OPENEDThrough May 10, 2020
The Met Fifth Avenue From Géricault to Rockburne: Selections from the Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Gift JUST OPENED Through March 29, 2020
The Met BreuerPen, Lens & Soul: The Story of The Beautiful ProjectCLOSING SOONThrough February 24, 2020
The Met Fifth AvenueThe Facade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free UsThrough June 8, 2020
The Met Fifth Avenue

BIOGRAPHY: Alonzo Mourning


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Alonzo Mourning, in full Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr., byname Zo, (born February 8, 1970, ChesapeakeVirginia, U.S.), American professional basketballplayer who was notable for recovering from a kidney transplant to win a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. Mourning, a centre 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 metres) tall—played collegiate basketball at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. He was the second overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and he spent three seasons with the team before being traded to the Heat.

A seven-time NBA All-Star, he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and earned first team All-NBA honours in 1999. He won gold medals with the U.S. team at the 1994 world championships and at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Shortly after the Olympics, he was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, a disease that affects the filtering process of the kidneys. Mourning played in only 13 games the following season but recovered to make the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2002. His condition worsened, however, and he sat out the 2002–03 season. As a free agent, he signed a four-year contract with the New Jersey Nets in 2003 but was forced to retire in November because of his kidney problems.

He received a kidney from his cousin in December and began working toward an NBA comeback soon thereafter. Mourning returned to the Nets for the 2004–05 season and was subsequently traded to the Toronto Raptors, but he refused to report to the team. After a buyout that again allowed him to become a free agent, he re-signed with the Heat in March 2005. He played limited minutes in his second stint with the Heat but was a valuable reserve as Miami advanced to the 2006 NBA finals. Mourning had his best game of the play-offs in the Heat’s decisive game-six victory over the Dallas Mavericks, which gave Miami its first championship in franchise history.


Obesity-related diseases among top 3 killers worldwide

Obesity is one of the most known risk factors to non-communicable diseases and a disease in itself. A new World Bank report sheds light on the growing obesity epidemic and its negative impacts. Infographic

Inside This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Movie Sets

Image may contain Human Person Furniture Chair Interior Design Indoors Restaurant and Sitting
Martin Scorsese directing Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in a scene from The Irishman. Photo : Niko Tavernise 2019 Netlfix US, LLC


AD goes behind the scenes of the films up for the prize for achievement in production design at the 2020 Academy Awards

By Cathy Whitlock


The Best Front Row Sightings at New York Fashion Week—Yes, Even in Los Angeles

When you can be upset, and even fight, but then be friends and family for a lifetime.

The Top 20 Places to Travel in 2020

By Laura Itzkowitz


an ornate underground lair
Tomb KV9 in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.  Photo: Getty Images

When the Grand Egyptian Museum opens next year in Giza, it will be the second-largest museum on the planet and the largest dedicated to a single civilization. To call the $1.1 billion, 5.2-million-square-foot museum highly anticipated would be a massive understatement.  CONTINUE READING

2/9 –

INFORMS on Security | February 9 – 11, 2020 | Monterey, CA

BIOGRAPHY: Alice Walker


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Alice Walker, in full Alice Malsenior Walker, (born February 9, 1944, Eatonton, Georgia, U.S.), American writer whose novels, short stories, and poems are noted for their insightful treatment of African American culture. Her novels, most notably The Color Purple (1982), focus particularly on women.

Walker was the eighth child of African American sharecroppers. While growing up she was accidentally blinded in one eye, and her mother gave her a typewriter, allowing her to write instead of doing chores. She received a scholarship to attend Spelman College, where she studied for two years before transferring to Sarah Lawrence College. After graduating in 1965, Walker moved to Mississippi and became involved in the civil rights movement.

She also began teaching and publishing short stories and essays. She married in 1967, but the couple divorced in 1976. NOTABLE WORKS
“The Color Purple”
“The Chicken Chronicles”
“The Third Life of Grange Copeland”
“Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems”


NOMINATIONS From January 13, 2020

Image may contain Interior Design Indoors Room Lobby and Furniture

The 2020 Greenroom is meant to feel like an exploration station at the North Pole. Photo: Bart Michiels

Oscars 2020: Inside the Greenroom Where A-Listers Will Lounge

Rolex outfitted the backstage space where stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Saoirse Ronan, and more will congregate in a “polar exploration” theme

By Mayer Rus

Image may contain Furniture Room Living Room Indoors Table Couch Coffee Table Flooring Interior Design and Lobby

A lounge area in the Rolex Greenroom at the 92nd Academy Awards.  Photo: Bart Michiels

Vanity Fair

WATCH LIVE: Oscars 2020 Live Blog And Updates: Dispatches From Inside the Ceremony


2/10 –

The 3/5ths Compromise, 1787

BIOGRAPHY: Leontyne Price


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Mary Violet Leontyne Price, (born Feb. 10, 1927, Laurel, Miss., U.S.), American lyric soprano, the first African Americansinger to achieve an international reputation in opera. Both of Price’s grandfathers had been Methodist ministers in black churches in Mississippi, and she sang in her church choir as a girl.

Only when she graduated from the College of Education and Industrial Arts (now Central State College) in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 1948 did she decide to seek a career as a singer. She studied for four years at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where she worked under the former concert singer Florence Page Kimball, who remained her coach in later years. Her debut took place in April 1952 in a Broadway revival of Four Saints in Three Acts by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein. Her performance in that production, which subsequently traveled to Paris,

prompted Ira Gershwin to choose her to sing the role of Bess in his revival of Porgy and Bess, which played in New York City from 1952 to 1954 and then toured the United States and Europe. The year 1955 saw her triumphant performance of the title role in the National Broadcasting Company’stelevision production of Tosca, and she sang leading roles in other operas on television in the next few years. CONTINUE READING…

Booz | Allen | Hamilton
IT’S ALMOST HERE: SECURING THE FUTURE BATTLEFIELD WEBINARTomorrow, join us to discover how to process information into secure, actionable intelligence to speed decisions on the future battlefield. Get practical details and ask our experts your top questions.
Securing Data on the Future Battlefield
Feb. 11 at 11:00 am ET
Event Password: Future1
Among adults 25 and older employed in STEM jobs, only 9 percent are black and 7 percent Hispanic, according to Pew Research Center. The percentages in engineering are 5 percent black and 8 percent Hispanic.
In 2019, Booz Allen strengthened its commitment to changing those figures and cultivating the next generation of STEM professionals”.

Empowering people to change the world 

Plans      See What’s Covered      Find a Doctor      Costs      Life Events     Forms & Claims
Listen to New TRICARE Beneficiary Bulletin Podcast #540 Feb. 10, 2020 Listen to this latest podcast to hear about:Military Health System Nurse Advice Line Extended Care Health Option US Family Health Plan. Visit the Multimedia Center for this podcast and previous podcasts.
Don’t forget to keep your family’s information up to date in DEERS.

The Arts

refers to the theory and physical expression of creativity found in human cultures and societies. Major constituents of the arts include visual arts (including architectureceramicsdrawingfilmmakingpaintingphotography, and sculpting), literature (including fictiondramapoetry, and prose), and performing arts (including dancemusic, and theatre).

Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. cinematography), or artwork with the written word (e.g. comics). From prehistoric cave paintings to modern-day films, art serves as a vessel for storytelling and conveying humankind’s relationship with the environment.

20 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

Designed by world-renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava, these bridges are travel destinations in their own right

By Nick Mafi

READ MORE ABOUT ICONIC ARCHITECTURE and DESIGN 11 Beautiful Examples of When Historic and Modern Architecture Come Together By Nick Mafi

TONIGHT @ 8/7c
AMINA is the story of a 29-year-old Senegalese woman who works as a dress model in a textile company in Istanbul, Turkey. Amina immigrated to Turkey to earn money for her family, but she had to leave her daughter behind. Turkish filmmaker Kivilcim Akay captures the many challenges that Amina faces each day as an African woman in Turkey.

TONIGHT @ 9/8c
DADDY AND THE WARLORD documents Clarice Gargard’s mission to unravel her father’s involvement with the infamous Liberian war criminal Charles Taylor. She has always seen her father as a hero, an idealist. But was he really trying to build up his country or did he have ulterior motives, like money, fame, and power? As the story unfolds, Clarice gets entangled in her own search for the truth, leaving her to wonder if some things are better left uncovered.  Directed by Shamira Raphaela.

AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is produced by
Black Public Media and co-presented by distributor
American Public Television


Why Eminem Performed “Lose Yourself” at the 2020 Oscars

The rapper surprised everyone at the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.


With science ‘held back by a gender gap’, Guterres calls for more empowerment for women and girls

© UNDP India Women in India are being trained in plastic engineering.


Fewer than 30 per cent of the world’s scientific researchers are women: that’s just one of the statistics showing how many challenges remain for women and girls in the scientific field, as the world marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, on Tuesday.

2/11 –

Go into 2020 understanding what the cyber threats are to you and your business. Experts from Trend Micro will share their perspectives on the cyber threat landscape, and will provide tips for small and medium-sized organizations to protect themselves from these threats. Event moderated by National Cyber Security Alliance’s Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives, Daniel Eliot.
Special Guests:
Mitchel Chang, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility & Education, Trend Micro
Myla Pilao, Director, Technical Marketing, Trend Micro

Admissions in a Post-Harvard World

Colleges face a new landscape in how they consider race and ethnicity in selecting their students. Although a judge ruled last fall in favor of Harvard University’s use of race-conscious admissions policies, the landscape for affirmative action is far from settled.

In this daylong event from Inside Higher Ed, a thoughtful group of experts on law, admissions and diversity will discuss this transformed environment and how campus leaders can and should respond. Sessions will explore the impact of race-conscious policies on different demographic groups, the viability of legacy admissions, and the larger undermining of public trust in the college admissions process.
Register Now →

Sessions Include:

  • How Admissions Can Regain the Trust it Needs
  • Are Legacy Admissions Vulnerable?
  • Lessons From Washington State

View Full Agenda


  • WHEN
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Eastern Time
  • Gallup ​World Headquarters
    901 F Street, NW (Enter on 9th Street)
    Washington, DC 20004

General: $350
College/University Employee: $275

K-12 attendees should register using the College/University registration type.  Register Now →


Sue Cunningham
President and CEO, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
 Yolanda Copeland-Morgan
Vice Provost, Enrollment Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
 David A. Hawkins
Executive Director for Educational Content and Policy, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
 Richard Anthony Baker
Executive Director for Institutional Equity, EEO/AA and Title IX Coordinator, Rice University
View Full Speaker List      


Inside Higher Ed regularly convenes an intimate gathering of leaders and influencers to discuss big issues facing higher education. Hosted at the Gallup World Headquarters in Washington, DC, these daylong events are an extension of thoughtful, substantive and unflinching voice into a live convening of higher education leaders who share these values. Conversations are led by editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman. Please contact events@insidehighered.com with any additional questions.



Learn from our experts how to provide assurance, safety, and tools enabling fast decisions to win a multidomain fight.

11:00 AM ET


Artists on the Move: Journeys and Drawings

February 11–May 3, 2020 | The Getty Center

How did artists use the medium of drawing to record their journeys? And how did mobility impact their draftsmanship? This exhibition, featuring works by Canaletto, Gauguin, Rubens, and Van Gogh, explores such questions through a selection of European drawings from the museum’s permanent collection.

Learn more »



Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Otis Clay, American soul singer (born Feb. 11, 1942, Waxhaw, Miss.—died Jan. 8, 2016, Chicago, Ill.), was an enduring exponent of traditional rhythm and blues, deep soul, and gospel music who was perhaps best known for his 1972 hit “Trying to Live My Life Without You.” Clay grew up singing in the church. After he moved (1957) to Chicago, he became a member of the gospel group the Golden Jubilaires and later sang with several other gospel choruses. About 1963 he

began performing  secular music  and signed with a local label. His first single, “Flame in Your Heart,” was released in 1965, and his first hit, “That’s How It Is (When You’re in Love),” came out in 1967. Other popular songs followed, including “A Lasting Love” and “She’s About a Mover.” Clay continued singing and recording gospel music, notably on the albums The Gospel Truth (1993), with its single

“When the Gates Swing Open,” and Walk a Mile in My Shoes (2007), which was nominated for the Grammy Award for best traditional R&B vocal performance. Clay was inducted (2013) into the Blues Hall of Fame.

NIH-National Institute of Mental Health

On February 11 the National Center for Mobility Management and the Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation will host a free webinar on transportation and mobility options for youth with autism transitioning out of high school. The webinar is sponsored by the National Autism Coordinator and the Office of Autism Research Coordination, National Institute of Mental Health.

People with autism often face a lack of supports and services when they transition into adulthood. Leaving high school to go to college or work and live independently in the community can cause additional challenges for youth with autism if they don’t have access to a car. This webinar is intended to help youth with autism, their caregivers, and human service providers learn strategies to leverage mobility resources and develop connections with transportation providers and services.


Danielle Nelson, MPH
Senior Program Analyst
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration

Judy L. Shanley, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition
Easterseals Director, National Center for Mobility Management

Genelle C. Thomas, M.A.
Director of National Initiatives
Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Austin Carr
Self-advocate, Boston, MA

Webinar details
Registration is not necessary.

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

 Join Webex meeting

Meeting number (access code): 627 670 838
Meeting password: SupportASD

Join from a video system or application
Dial: 627670838@nih.webex.com
You can also dial and enter the meeting number. 

Join by phone
Call-in toll number (US and Canada): 1-650-479-3208

Learn more

Thank you for attending. To follow up, please interact with the following links to best serve your needs⬇
Your feedback on the webinar is valuable to us, so please access this link to complete a brief evaluation survey:
Access the presentation slides at the following location on the website of the Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC):
Transportation Advocacy Mentoring Initiative (TAMI) Guidebook – A step-by-step implementation guide for groups interested in developing their own mentoring initiative (TAMI Implementation Guide);
If you would like to receive future updates from the National Autism Coordinator or the Office of Autism Research Coordination, please sign up for our mailing list via https://iacc.hhs.gov/about-oarc/contact/.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF) was presented to Congress. More information on the FY 2021 budget request is available beginning today from the White House Office of Management and Budget. NSF Director France Córdova issued the following statement: A focus on Industries of the Future is critical to the Nation’s long-term economic and national security. NSF’s Big Ideas will play significant roles in not only advancing artificial intelligence, quantum information science, and other potential industries of the future, but in identifying the yet unknown transformative technologies that will emanate from today’s investments in basic research. The President’s FY 2021 budget request reflects our commitment to support the Administration’s research and development priorities.




UN News


Teenage girls’ education, ‘an indispensable foundation’ for achieving development goals: Guterres


Promoting education for adolescent girls is an “indispensable foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”,  Secretary-General António Guterres declared at the launch event of the Drive for 5 education initiative at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, hosted by the Irish Mission to the United Nations.

Drive for 5  is a global call to action for all Governments to commit to five transformative actions: 12 years of free quality education; supportive school environments; teacher training; safe journeys to and from school; and keeping girls healthy in the classroom.

“Education is necessary for success and well-being in society”, the UN chief pointed out, “And it is essential for gender equality. A good education can boost a woman’s quality of life and open doors to decent work opportunities. “

Mr. Guterres added that education also give women and girls the life skills they need to adjust to an uncertain future, to stand up to discrimination and violence, and to make decisions about health care, including sexual and reproductive health.

2/12 –

Webinar: Introduction to Census Data

Are you new to Census data, or maybe need a refresher on the basics? Join us for this webinar where participants will leave with a basic understanding of demographic data collected by the Census Bureau, including differences between the Decennial Census and the American Community Survey (ACS), geography levels, methodology, datasets, topics, and more.

Presenter: Ana Maria Garcia (Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau)

Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
Dial In: 1-888-790-1895
Passcode: 3905636
Link: Log In Details

Learn More

NELSON MANDELA Long Walk to Freedom

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from a South African prison. Learn about Mandela’s life and his role in dismantling apartheid and transitioning South Africa to majority rule.

South Africa’s Most Notorious Prison State-Sanctioned Segregation Life After Apartheid

BIOGRAPHY: Abraham Lincoln

President of the United States

Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Abraham Lincoln, byname Honest Abe, the Rail-Splitter, or the Great Emancipator, (born February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.—died April 15, 1865, Washington, D.C.), 16th president of the United States (1861–65), who preserved the Union during the American Civil War and brought about the emancipation of the slaves. (For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America.) Among American heroes, Lincoln continues to have a unique appeal for his fellow countrymen and also for people of other lands. This charm derives from his remarkable life story—the rise from humble origins… CONTINUE READING

BIOGRAPHY: Bill Russell


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia

Bill Russell, by name of William Felton Russell, (born February 12, 1934, Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.), American basketball player who was the first outstanding defensive centre in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and one of the sport’s greatest icons. He won 11 NBA titles in the 13 seasons that he played with the Boston Celtics, and he became the first African American coach of a modern major professional sports team in the United States when he was named the player-coach of the Celtics in 1966. CONTINUE READING


UN Photo/Manuel Elias Libya: Security Council demands commitment to ‘a lasting ceasefire’ After what has reportedly been weeks of diplomatic negotiation, the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Wednesday aimed at stemming rising violence across Libya, demanding the warring parties commit to “a lasting ceasefire” according to terms agreed by military representatives from both sides at recent talks in Geneva. Peace and Security
UNAMA/Fardin Waezi ‘We must all do more’ to protect children in armed conflict: UN chief On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the need to integrate child protection into peace processes during a high-level Security Council briefing on Wednesday. Peace and Security
UNICEF/Tremeau DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday. Health
UN News/Jing Zhang UN health agency developing COVID-19 virus treatment master planThe World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a master plan for coordinating clinical trials that could lead to potential therapies for patients infected with the COVID-19 virus, the agency’s chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced on Wednesday. Health
UNOCT Foreign fighters: ‘One of the most serious dimensions’ in global counter-terrorism struggle Over the past few years, ISIL and Al-Qaida terrorist fighters have posed an “unprecedented threat to international peace and security”, the UN counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday in Vienna, at the close of a joint UN- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) regional conference on addressing challenges posed by terrorists who have gone to fight overseas. Peace and Security
UNMAS/Maximilian Dyck Libya’s cities left ‘re-contaminated’ by months of fighting, warn landmine clearance experts Ongoing hostilities in Libya have left numerous cities severely “re-contaminated” with unexploded ordnance, threatening schools, universities and hospitals, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said on Wednesday. Peace and Security
UN-Habitat/Babu Lal Ai Wei Wei sculpture celebrates pedal power, as Urban Forum continues in Abu Dhabi “You can walk down to the sculpture,” said the guide, “or,” and he paused to pique interest, “you can use one of these new public bicycles and follow the bike lane.” He gestured enticingly at a row of brand new, green, semi-electric bicycles. Culture and Education

2/13 –

2nd Annual Artifical Intelligence Summit, Potomac Officers Club | February 13, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

BIOGRAPHY: Eddie Robinson


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Eddie Robinson, by name of Edward Gay Robinson, (born Feb. 13, 1919, Jackson, La., U.S.—died April 3, 2007, Ruston, La.), American collegiate gridiron football coach, who set a record (later surpassed) for most career wins (408). He spent his entire head-coach career at Grambling State University in Louisiana. On Oct. 7, 1995, having guided Grambling to a 42–6 win over Mississippi Valley State, he became the first coach to claim 400 victories.

Robinson attended Leland College in Baker, La., where he played quarterback and led the team to a combined 18–1 record over the 1939 and 1940 seasons. During his final two years at Leland, he also served as an assistant coach. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1941 and received a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1954. In 1941 Grambling (then known as Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute) hired Robinson to coach football and basketball and teach physical education. CONTINUE READING…

The Census Bureau is hiring up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country.

The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks.

Apply Now

Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers, and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply. Start Your Application…

Shape Your Future Start Here Video

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released a new report on projected life expectancy from 1960 to 2060. The Living Longer: Historical and Projected Life Expectancy in the United States: 1960 to 2060 report uses mortality by nativity data from the 2017 National Population Projections series to provide nativity-specific life expectancy projections.

In addition, input files (fertility rates, mortality rates, life expectancy, and survivorship ratios) from the 2017 National Population Projections series were released for the first time. Minor updates to text, tables and graphics were made to the Demographic Turning Points for the United States: Population Projections for 2020 to 2060 report, released last year. The changes reflect corrections made in August 2018.

A Changing Nation: Population Projections under Alternative Migration Scenarios report was also released today, along with complementary tables and datasets. This is the 14th iteration of population projections using alternative migration scenarios since 1948.

Learn More

Join the Elephant Party

 Tembe Elephants

Watch: Africam network


GUCCI Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Show


Transitional justice processes critical to lasting peace, Security Council hears

MINUSMA/Gema Cortes Community members listen as Peacekeepers from the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, conduct a justice and reconciliation meeting in the central Mopti region.

Peace and Security

For countries to move forward after conflict or mass atrocities, suffering must be acknowledged and justice served, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights told the Security Council on Thursday. 

2/14 – 💘💘

The Weekend Crossword:

Measure of women’s representation in film: eleven letters.

By Natan Last

BIOGRAPHY: Frederick Douglass


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Frederick Douglass, original nameFrederick Augustus Washington Bailey, (born February? 1818, Tuckahoe, Maryland, U.S.—died February 20, 1895, Washington, D.C.), African American who was one of the most eminent human rights leaders of the 19th century. His oratorical and literary brilliance thrust him into the forefront of the U.S. abolition movement, and he became the first black citizen to hold high rank in the U.S. government.

To counter skeptics who doubted that such an articulate spokesman could ever have been a slave, Douglass felt impelled to write his autobiography in 1845, revised and completed in 1882 as Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Douglass’s account became a classic in American literature as well as a primary source about slavery from the bondman’s viewpoint. To avoid recapture by his former owner, whose name and location he had given in the narrative, Douglass left on a two-year speaking tour of Great Britain and Ireland. Abroad, Douglass helped to win many new friends for the abolition movement and to cement the bonds of humanitarian reform between the continents. CONTINUE READING

BIOGRAPHY: Gregory Hines


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Gregory Hines, in full Gregory Oliver Hines, (born February 14, 1946, New York, New York, U.S.—died August 9, 2003, Los Angeles, California), American tap dancer, actor, and choreographer who was a major figure in the revitalization of tap dancing in the late 20th century.

By the age of four, Hines and his older brother Maurice were taking tap lessons with renowned dancer and choreographer Henry Le Tang. The brothers soon formed the Hines Kids, a song-and-dance act that appeared in clubs across the United States. When Gregory was six years old the duo performed at the Apollo Theater in New York…CONTINUE READING

Learn TAP from Gregory Hines

Happy Valentine’s Day💕

The Most Romantic Restaurants in the World

UN News⬇

Migrants and Refugees
UN/Martine Perret Newly licensed vaccine, ‘milestone in the fight’ against Ebola in Africa, UN health agency Four countries in Africa have licensed an Ebola vaccine to “cement hard-fought progress” in keeping their people safe from the deadly disease, the UN health agency said on Friday.Health
UNRWA/Marwan Baghdadi Database of businesses linked to Israeli settlements ‘important initial step’ towards accountability: rights expert  A database of 112 businesses connected to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has been hailed by an independent human rights expert as “an important initial step towards accountability and the end to impunity”. 
Human Rights
UN News/Jing Zhang World Health Organization: Coronavirus must generate ‘solidarity not stigma’ Investing in preparedness is the smartest way to ensure that the coronavirus and other disease outbreaks are “identified and stopped quickly”, the UN health agency said on Friday.
UNIOGBIS Guinea-Bissau: Swearing-in of new President unlikely to bring stability, says UN representative Political discord in Guinea-Bissau could hamper the first-ever peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected leader, the top UN official in the West African country told the Security Council on Friday. 
Peace and Security
WFP/Beyaz Vital Idlib aid deliveries resume after ‘heavy bombing’ – WFP  Urgently-needed aid deliveries to embattled civilians in north-west Syria have started again after a day-long break in distributions caused by escalating hostilities, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. 
Humanitarian Aid

2/15 –

Icon: Laptop computer

IEEE eLearning courses are available in a wide range of topics to choose from:

› View all course programs available

Try the following five courses, free for a limited time:

Course programs across new and emerging technologies are also available.

› View the course programs.

Printmaking Workshop: Honoring Black History Month

Kay Douglas is an artist and educator who uses historical narratives to bring individuals together for constructive conversations rooted in race, history, and privilege. In this workshop, visitors will create portraits of Black leaders in US history through a relief printmaking technique. Carve your image into a Styrofoam block and make or select stamps for your batik-inspired background. Then, ink your block and apply the portraits and patterns to paper for your finished work of art. Click Here For More Information About This Activity


Hudson River Museum


511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers , NY, 10701 United States


914-963-4550 x. 240 Jen McCaffery

Email address: jmccaffery@hrm.org

Click For More Information

Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Price: Free with general admission.


Teenagers / All Ages

BIOGRAPHY: Bill T. Jones


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Bill T. Jones, byname of William Tass Jones, (born February 15, 1952, Bunnell, Florida, U.S.), American choreographer and dancer who, with Arnie Zane, created the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.//Jones was the 10th of 12 children of migrant farmworkers. His parents moved from rural Florida when he was three years old, and he grew up in Wayland, New York, just south of Rochester. He attended the State University of New York at Binghamton,

where he became interested in movement and dance. There he met Arnie Zane, who became his partner in business and in life. With Lois Welk and Jill Becker, the two men formed the American Dance Asylum in 1973 and started choreographing works that tested the boundaries of modern dance. They scandalized some audiences by partnering male dancers, and they addressed subjects such as racism and AIDS. Much of their work incorporated multimedia elements such as spoken narrative and videotape, and they examined through movement autobiographical elements of their lives. CONTINUE READING…

Sounds of LA: Ruby Ibarra and the Balikbayans

Saturday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 16, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Filipina American rapper and spoken-word artist Ruby Ibarra offers stories—in Tagalog, Waray, and English—reflecting the lives of immigrants and communities of color. Contemporary and traditional musicians join her for an evening illuminating the social power of music.

Learn more about this free event and get tickets »

2/16 –



Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

The Weeknd, byname of Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, (born February 16, 1990, TorontoOntario, Canada), Canadian rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter who was perhaps best known for his explicit songs about sex and drugs, many of which were autobiographical, and for his soaring falsetto and its singular tremolo.

Tesfaye’s mother and grandmother immigrated in the 1980s to Canada from Ethiopia, and his first language was Amharic. When he was in grade 11, he quit school and left home, devoting himself to unbridled partying. Tesfaye eventually landed a job at American Apparel and at the same time began writing songs about drug use, casual sex, and alienation. He crossed paths with musician and producer Jeremy Rose, and they started working together. Their collaboration yielded three atmospheric songs—“The Morning,” “Loft Music,” and “What You Need”—with lyrics that were partly sung and partly rapped.

The songs, credited to The Weeknd, were uploaded as audio files to the video-sharing Web site YouTube in late 2010; their popularity grew exponentially after they were posted to the blog of Canadian rapper Drake. With Drake as an admirer and backer, Tesfaye had greater access to recording opportunities, and by March 2011 he had put together a nine-song mixtape, House of Balloons, which he

released as a free download. The album gained critical notice and was short-listed for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize. Tesfaye made his first public appearance as The Weeknd in a Toronto nightclub in July that year. He released two more free mixtapes in 2011, Thursday and Echoes of Silence. In addition, he contributed to the 2011 Drake release Take CareCONTINUE READING…

2/17 –


BIOGRAPHY: Michael Jordan


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Michael Jordan, in full Michael Jeffrey Jordan, by name Air Jordan, (born February 17, 1963, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American collegiate and professional basketball player, widely considered to be the greatest all-around player in the history of the game.

He led the National Basketball Association (NBA) Chicago Bulls to six championships (1991–93, 1996–98). Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981. As a freshman, he made the winning basket against Georgetown in the 1982 national championship game. Jordan was named College Player of the Year in both his sophomore and … CONTINUE READING



Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Huey P. Newton, in full Huey Percy Newton, (born February 17, 1942, MonroeLouisiana, U.S.—died August 22, 1989, Oakland, California), American political activist, cofounder (with Bobby Seale) of the Black Panther Party (originally called Black Panther Party for Self-Defense). An illiterate high-school graduate, Newton taught himself how to read before attending Merritt College in Oakland and the San Francisco School of Law. While at Merritt he met Seale. In Oakland in 1966 they formed the Black Panther group in response to incidents of alleged police brutality and racism and as an illustration of the need for black self-reliance. At the height of its popularity during the late 1960s, the party had 2,000 members in chapters in several cities. In 1967 Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of a police officer. His imprisonment sparked protests—and the popular rallying cry “Free Huey.” His conviction was overturned in 1970, and he was released from prison.

In 1971 he announced that the party would adopt a nonviolent manifesto and dedicate itself to providing social services to the black community, which included free meals for children and health clinics. In 1974 Newton was accused of another murder and fled to Cuba for three years before returning to face charges; two trials resulted in hung juries. Newton received a Ph.D. in social philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1980); his dissertation, “War Against the Panthers,” was subtitled “A Study of Repression in America.” Succumbing to factionalism and pressure from government agencies, the Black Panther Party disbanded in 1982. In March 1989 Newton was sentenced to a six-month jail term for misappropriating public funds intended for a Panther-founded Oakland school. In August of that year he was found shot dead during a drug dispute in Oakland. CONTINUE READING



Jim Brown, by name of James Nathaniel Brown, (born February 17, 1936, St. Simons, Georgia, U.S.), outstanding American professional gridiron football player who led the National Football League (NFL) in rushing for eight of his nine seasons. He was the dominant player of his era and was considered one of the best running backs of all time. He later found success as an actor.

In high school and at Syracuse University in New York, Brown displayed exceptional all-around athletic ability, excelling in basketball, baseball, track, and lacrosse as well as football. In his final year at Syracuse, Brown earned All-America honours…  CONTINUE READING…


Huntsville, AL –

Today, Blue Origin opened its rocket engine production facility in Huntsville, AL. The world-class engine manufacturing facility in The Rocket City will conduct high rate production of the BE-4 and BE-3U engines. These engines will undergo testing at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center on the historic Test Stand 4670. BE-7, our lunar landing engine, is also currently in test at NASA Marshall.

“At the core of every successful launch vehicle program are the engines that power those vehicles to space. Early on in Blue Origin’s history, we made a crucial decision to invest in developing the next generation of reusable rocket engines. And now, it’s an exciting time for Blue, our partners and this country –we are on the path to deliver on our promise to end the reliance on Russian made engines – and it’s all happening right here, right now, in the great state of Alabama. We couldn’t be prouder to call this our home for engine production,” said Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin.

Blue will add more than 300 jobs to the local economy with an investment of over $200 million in the facility.

Speaking of RE-USABILITY…


Each fashionable eco-friendly set includes one small, one medium, and one large machine washable tough and sturdy bag. 100% made in the U.S.A.


UN News

World must ‘step up’, match Pakistan’s compassion for refugees, says UN chief Pakistan’s solidarity and compassion for hosting Afghan refugees is a remarkable blueprint that the rest of the world should follow.  
Migrants and Refugees
Iraq: Education access still a challenge in former ISIL-controlled areas More than two years after the defeat of ISIL in Iraq, some children in areas formerly controlled by the terrorist group still cannot access school or get the necessary documentation required for enrollment, a UN report published on Monday finds. 
Culture and Education
Protecting migratory species in a rapidly changing world Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India, on Monday. 
Climate Change
As north-west Syria violence reaches ‘horrifying’ new level, UN relief chief says ceasefire is only option The crisis in north-west Syria has reached a “horrifying new level”, the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief warned on Monday.
Peace and Security
Amid global ‘learning crisis’, Parliaments can ensure adequate resources for education, says UN Assembly President Education is the “great equalizer” and Parliaments have a major role to play in scaling up action to ensure that adequate financial resources are allocated to education, girls’ education and technical and vocational training throughout in national budgetary processes, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Monday.
Culture and Education

2/18 –

Power of the Pulpit: Faith Leaders Gather to Support the 2020 Census

Reaching Americans where they live, work, and pray is a key strategy of the U.S. Census Bureau as it begins the once-a-decade count of everyone who lives in the United States.               

Preachers, priests, rabbis, and imams are trusted voices in their communities, and many are joining the Census Bureau to spread the word that responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important for their communities.

Read More

On February 18 in Washington, D.C., leaders representing a range of faiths will come together for a moderated panel discussion and news conference at the Washington National Cathedral.

These leaders will highlight the importance of ensuring the 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States, no matter their faith or religion. Continue Reading…

Exporting Mechanics Webinars Series II 

The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, has partnered with The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NCBFAA), to present an exporting mechanics webinar series focused on more leading and progressive topics.  The series will provide U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with more advanced information that they need to help them increase exports abroad, while increasing employment and jobs in the United States.  
 Drop Shipments & Routed Transactions 

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Cost:  $25 per participant

Learn how drop shipments and routed transactions are handled as a supply chain management method and how this can be an advantage in exporting. 
For more information, go to NCBFAA


Dr. Dre delivers an epic tribute to Kobe Bryant, 02/16/20


Born on this day biographies by the editors of Encyclopedia Britannica

Dr. Dre, by name of André Romelle Young, (born February 18, 1965, Los Angeles, California, U.S.), American rapper, hip-hop producer, and entrepreneur who helped popularize the gangsta rap subgenre.

Born to teenaged parents who aspired to singing careers, André Young took the stage name Dr. Dre in the early 1980s. He performed as a hip-hop deejay and as part of the group World Class Wreckin’ Cru at clubs and parties in Los Angeles’ south-central district. In 1986 he founded N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) with fellow rappers Eazy-E and Ice Cube. The group’s second album, Straight Outta Compton(1988),

was a breakthrough for the nascent gangsta rap movement, featuring explicit descriptions (and often glorifications) of street violence and drug dealing. While Dre appeared prominently as a rapper in N.W.A, his most-lauded role was as a producer, crafting ambitiously noisy, multilayered sonic collages to back the group’s inflammatory lyrics.

Dre left N.W.A in 1992 and cofounded Death Row Records with Marion (“Suge”) Knight. That year his solo debut, The Chronic, introduced the “G-funk” production style,

characterized by plodding tempos, synthesizer washes, and copious musical sampling of 1970s funk records, especially those by Parliament-Funkadelic. The album also produced Dr. Dre’s first Grammy Award, for “Let Me Ride,” which was released as a single after the album’s release and took home best rap solo performance at the 1994 ceremony. The Chronic’s multiplatinum success helped make this sound dominant in mainstream hip-hop in the mid-1990s. In 1996 Dre left Death Row to form Aftermath Records.

Three years later he released a second hit solo album, 2001 (1999), which produced the Grammy-winning single “Forgot About Dre,” among other hits. CONTINUE READING…

The Life of an Iconic African-American Composer

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

B. N. Duke Auditorium 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC, 27707
Lenora performs an evening about the great pianist/composer Florence Price.

Joined by cellist Timothy Holley and pianist Allen Pocock.

In 1933, Florence Price was the first African-American classical composer to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra. Born in Arkansas in 1887, she earned a degree in piano and organ from Boston’s New England Conservatory, and soon after became head of the music department at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. The fascinating story of her life as a composer and educator and

how she gained respect and prominence in classical music will be covered in a concert by acclaimed vocalist and composer Lenora Helm Hammonds. Using music interwoven with narration about the life and times of Florence Price, singer and instrumentalists present many of the most loved and some heretofore unfamiliar works of this great American artist.

Personnel: Lenora Z. Helm Hammonds, voice; Timothy Holley, cello; Aleen Pocock, piano; Jay Attys, narration.

Free and open to the public.

Sickle Cell Disease Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP)

STAMP Program InfocardThe Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP) is a collaboration between OMH, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care. STAMP is a free telehealth series taught by hematologists for primary care providers. The program trains primary care providers on the basics of sickle cell disease care such as pain management, hydroxyurea, and preventive services. Trainings this month include:
Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 ǀ 2 PM ET: Imaging Uncomplicated Headache in SCD
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 ǀ 5 PM ET: Screening Assessments in SCD
Visit our sickle cell disease site to register and learn more about upcoming trainings.

Biography: Toni Morrison


Born on this day Biographies by The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica

Toni Morrison, original name Chloe Anthony Wofford, (born February 18, 1931, Lorain, Ohio, U.S.—died August 5, 2019, Bronx, New York), American writer noted for her examination of black experience (particularly black female experience) within the black community. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Morrison grew up in the American Midwest in a family that possessed an intense love of and appreciation for black culture. Storytelling, songs, and folktales were a deeply formative part of her childhood. She attended Howard University (B.A., 1953) and Cornell University (M.A., 1955). After teaching at Texas Southern University for two years, she taught at Howard from 1957 to 1964. In 1965 Morrison became a fiction editor at Random House, where she worked for a number of years. In 1984 she began teaching writing at the State University of New York at Albany, which she left in 1989 to join the faculty of Princeton University; she retired in 2006.

newsletter icon

Morrison’s first book, The Bluest Eye (1970), is a novel of initiation concerning a victimized adolescent black girl who is obsessed by white standards of beauty and longs to have blue eyes. In 1973 a second novel, Sula, was published; it examines (among other issues) the dynamics of friendship and the expectations for conformity within the community. Song of Solomon (1977) is told by a male narrator in search of his identity; its publication brought Morrison to national attention. Tar Baby (1981), set on a Caribbean island, explores conflicts of race, class, and sex. The critically acclaimed Beloved (1987), which won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is based on the true story of a runaway slave who, at the point of rerecapture, kills her infant daughter in order to spare her a life of slavery.

A film adaptation of the novel was released in 1998 and starred Oprah Winfrey. CONTINUE READING…

DEC Seeks Volunteers to Join Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Programs
Recreational Fishery Information Helps Guide Striper ManagementThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is looking for participants to join DEC’s Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Programs to help biologists understand and maintain a healthy striped bass population. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) requires New York State to provide catch information from its recreational fishery to manage this species. Volunteer anglers play a crucial role in helping DEC satisfy this requirement, and all anglers who fish for striped bass are invited to participate.

Polio eradication a UN priority, says Guterres in Pakistan visit

UNICEF/Asad ZaidiA 13-day-old baby receives the polio vaccine in Gadab town, Karachi Sindh Province, Pakistan.

UN News
UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria’s war-battered north-westAlarmed by the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in north-west Syria and the tragic suffering of civilians, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing fight that has displaced more than 900.000 civilians since early December.   
Human Rights

Polio eradication a UN priority, says Guterres in Pakistan visitIn one of the last bastions of polio on the planet, millions of children are being given a fighting chance against the paralyzing and potentially fatal disease. 

New Pakistan-India crossing is a ‘Corridor of Hope’, UN chief says, wraps up visit with call for interfaith dialogue UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said he had been moved by the show of religious unity he had witnessed in Pakistan after paying visits to a mosque, a Sikh temple and Kartarpur Corridor, the visa-free crossing which alls Sikhs to travel between nearby holy sites on each side of the India-Pakistan border.
Culture and Education

Hope for ‘long-elusive progress’ in negotiating peace in eastern UkraineMarking the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Minsk II agreement, the UN political chief told the Security Council on Tuesday, that along with the Minsk Protocol and the Minsk memorandum, it remains “the only agreed framework” for a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Peace and Security

Guterres ‘deeply concerned’ over deadly assault in northwest CameroonThe United Nations Secretary-General has extended his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in an attack on a village in northwest Cameroon.
Peace and Security

UN rights experts ‘gravely’ concerned at spike in civilian casualties in north-west Myanmar following internet shutdown Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday voiced grave concern over the killing and displacement of civilians in north-west Myanmar during the intensifying conflict between the military and an armed group, the Arakan Army, amid an information blackout in some parts of Rakhine and Chin states. 
Human Rights

As Libya talks resume in Geneva, UN negotiator seeks to overcome sticking points Talks to end fighting in Libya have resumed in Geneva, where UN negotiator Ghassan Salamé said that ongoing clashes must end for there to be a chance for progress. 
Peace and Security

‘Working night and day’, UN health agency seeks to prevent global coronavirus crisis As COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, continues to spread, the head of the United Nations health agency said that there is still a chance to prevent a broader global crisis. 

Yemen: Recent uptick in fighting contradicts desire for peace A recent escalation in fighting between warring parties in Yemen contradicts their stated desire to peacefully end nearly five years of conflict, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said in a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday. 
Peace and Security

2/19 –

DEC and State Parks is Hosting a Free Ice Fishing Clinic at Canadarago Lake
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are co-sponsoring a free ice fishing clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the public boat launch at Canadarago Lake just south of Richfield Springs on NYS Route 28, DEC Region 4 Director Keith Goertz announced today.The event was originally scheduled at Glimmerglass State Park, but was moved due to the lack of sufficient ice on Otsego Lake.”Finding activities that are fun for the entire family can be difficult during these cold winter months, but ice fishing continues to increase in popularity here in New York State as more people are discovering this unique sport,” Regional Director Goertz said. “We encourage anglers of all abilities to take advantage of this free ice fishing clinic and safely enjoy the natural resources that are still abundant in New York even when it’s cold outside.”Anglers can expect to catch yellow perch and chain pickerel. Sunfish, black crappie, rock bass, black bass, and walleye are also present in Canadarago Lake.Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Participants can pre-register by calling State Parks at 607-547-8662.



In London, the Next Generation of Designers Are Building a More Meaningful Future

Sustainable Fashion


WEBINAR: How to Use Big Data Systems to Democratize Access to LED and Other Census Data

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Vivian Zheng as she presents, “How to Use Big Data Systems to Democratize Access to LED Data.”

The data science team at the Urban Institute has developed a big data system that allows researchers to easily access and analyze LED data. In addition, the team has used this system to create national summary files of the LED data at the tract and place level. In this presentation, Zheng will discuss how Urban built the system to read and process the data, why it is valuable to researchers, the use cases seen so far from our researchers and partners, and how researchers can access the summarized data.

Join Us

Time: 1:30 p.m. ET

Dial In: 888-469-1246

Passcode: 6495971

Link: Log In Details

Event Password: 2020LED (If required, this password is only for users who join from a WebEx application or mobile app.)

BIOGRAPHY: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles


Born on this day Biographies written by the editors of Encyclopedia Britannica

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, American vocal group that helped define the Motown sound of the 1960s and was led by one of the most gifted and influential singer-songwriters in 20th-century popular music. Smokey Robinson (byname of William Robinson; b. February 19, 1940, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.). Whether writing for fellow artists Mary Wells, the Temptations, or Marvin Gaye or performing with the Miracles, singer-lyricist-arranger-producer Robinson created songs that were supremely balanced between the joy and pain of love. At once playful and passionate, Robinson’s graceful lyrics led Bob Dylan to call him “America’s greatest living poet.”

Coming of age in the doo-wop era and deeply influenced by jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan, Robinson formed the Five Chimes with school friends in the mid-1950s. After some personnel changes, the group, as the Matadors, auditioned unsuccessfully for Jackie Wilson’s manager. However, they greatly impressed Wilson’s songwriter Berry Gordy, who soon became their manager and producer. Most importantly, Gordy became Robinson’s mentor, harnessing his prodigious but unformed composing talents, and Robinson, assisted by the Miracles, became Gordy’s inspiration for the creation of Motown Records. CONTINUE READING…

Nearly 2.5 million children in Uganda live with some form of disability Uganda is promoting special needs and inclusive education to give every child an equal chance to an education.
It’s time to start solving Latin America’s migration crisis with creative housing solutions Integrating migrants within the existing urban fabric could have broader benefits. Innovative ideas have emerged in other regions forced to find quick housing solutions. Here are three.

Northern Lights Season

It’s a great time of year to glimpse the phenomenon of aurora borealis on our Northern Lights Cam, and there are some great articles coming out about our beautiful view from Churchill, Manitoba. 

Yahoo News shared the prime months to check it out, The Weather Network gives a scientific rundown of this incredible marvel of nature, and Mashable told us about the remarkable town of Churchill and why it’s a prime location for aurora borealis viewing. We hope everyone enjoys one of our favorite seasons of the year!

The Explore Team.


Millions of children and families in Niger struggle as humanitarian needs mount – UNICEF

©UNICEF/Vincent TremeauNearly three million people in Niger, of whom more than half are children, need humanitarian assistance.

Amid ‘devastating scale’ of suffering in Syria’s north-west, UN Security Council urged to find political way forward With progress stalled on both the peace and political fronts in Syria, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen urged ambassadors in the Security Council on Wednesday to “put their weight” into finding a solution to end nearly nine years of conflict. 
Peace and Security
Millions of children and families in Niger struggle as humanitarian needs mount – UNICEF Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF said on Wednesday, calling for increased attention to their plight.
Humanitarian Aid
‘Not a single country’ does enough to help children flourish, say health experts The world’s survival depends on children being able to flourish, but no country is doing enough to give them a sustainable future, dozens of highly respected international health experts said on Wednesday. 
At Stockholm road safety summit, UN officials join global call to end ‘scourge’ of preventable deaths Road traffic accidents take some 1.35 million lives every year and cost most countries three per cent of their gross domestic product, the top UN health official said on Wednesday as the Third Global Ministerial Conference On Road Safety kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden.

2/20 –

Global Citizens Credential Info Session (GCC)

To earn the GCC certificate, students have to earn at least 10 points through things like a global major or minor, learning abroad, global courses, foreign language courses or proficiency, participating/attending intercultural workshops, seminars or events. Many students are not aware that they have already accumulated a majority of the required points through their academic work and activities.



Born on this day Biographies from the editors of Encyclopedia Britannica

Rihanna, byname of Robyn Rihanna Fenty, (born February 20, 1988, St. Michael parish, Barbados ), Barbadian pop and rhythm-and-blues (R&B) singer who became a worldwide star in the early 21st century, known for her distinctive and versatile voice and for her fashionable appearance. She was also known for her beauty and fashion lines. Fenty grew up in Barbados with a Barbadian father and a Guyanese mother. As a child, she listened to Caribbean music, such as reggae, as well as American hip-hop and R&B. She especially enjoyed singing and won a high-school talent show with a rendition of a Mariah… CONTINUE READING

✔AMP Policy Review and Best Practices (AMER/EMEAR)

Registration is required for joining this event

11:00 am

Host: Rigo Villa

Description: Policy creation and management is the heart of AMP for Endpoints. Policies control all configurable aspects of connector function. As such it is important to ensure that all newly created policies are created with the current and future organizational structure in mind. This webinar will provide an overview of AMP4E policies and the best practices surrounding them. Register: If you are registered, have your registration ID ready when joining the event.


New York Time 
Learn More

© 2020


Ag Innovation Forum

Now in its fourth year, this Forum will showcase innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.  The program will include nationally recognized keynote presentations and panel discussions.

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Union Station – Chamber Boardroom30 West Pershing RoadKansas City, MO, 64108 United States



The Weeknd Announces After Hours Tour Ahead Of Forthcoming Album.

The artist’s highly anticipated fourth studio album of the same title is due out March 20.


Lizzo On Tour

Storytelling and West African Cinema
6:30–7:30 pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Join Mahen Bonetti, Founder, African Film Festival, and a panel of established and rising filmmakers as they discuss the power of films to capture the essence of the Sahel and its narrative tradition. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara.

Free; Museum admission is not required.

Learn more →
CLINT SMITH on Raising A Black Son

On World Social Justice Day, the UN labour agency  says ‘put people and planet first’

World Bank/Eric MillerWorker doing maintenance in Mozambique.

Human Rights

Reduce inequality around the world, the United Nations labour agency urged on Thursday, World Social Justice Day.

Deliberate starvation’ tactics used in South Sudan could be a war crime The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday. 
Human Rights
On World Social Justice Day, the UN labour agency  says ‘put people and planet first’ Reduce inequality around the world, the United Nations labour agency urged on Thursday, World Social Justice Day.
Human Rights
Haitian leaders urged to end political impasse Leaders in Haiti must step up and end the political impasse between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition movement that has paralyzed the island nation since July 2018, the top UN official there said on Thursday in a briefing to the UN Security Council in New York.
Peace and Security
Central African Republic: Security Council reflects on peace deal anniversary One year after the signing of a peace deal in the Central African Republic (CAR), State authority is being extended throughout the country, violence against civilians has decreased, and an inclusive Government remains in place, the UN Security Council heard on Thursday. 
Peace and Security
End hostilities, ‘preserve lives’: UN refugee chief makes appeal for people trapped in Syria’s Idlib As the already dire situation in north-west Syria dramatically continues to worsen in Idlib province, the head of the United Nations refugee agency called on Thursday for an end to the hostilities and appealed for urgent action to allow the people trapped there to move to places of safety.
Migrants and Refugees
Simple urine test could improve early detection of bladder cancer – WHO study A new study conducted by researchers from the United Nations health agency revealed that bladder cancer mutations can be detected in urine up to 10 years before clinically diagnosing the disease.
More than $1 billion pledged for post-earthquake recovery in Albania The international community has pledged $1.25 billion to help Albania recover from a devastating earthquake during a European Union-led donors’ conference in Brussels.  
Economic Development

2/21 –

College Logo
Request Info(773) College

Home > Departments

Health Sciences and Career Programs

Roy Walker, M.S.Dean, Health Science & Career ProgramsAs the designated healthcare hub for City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X College is at the forefront of meeting the growing needs for healthcare professionals. Malcolm X College offers an array of Health Science Programs.


The mission of Malcolm X College Health Sciences department is to educate the next generation of professionals in the healthcare and wellness industries while promoting leadership, lifelong learning, and a commitment to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve.       

Program Description

When illness threatens the well-being of yourself or a loved one, nothing can be more comforting than the knowledge and expertise of a qualified healthcare professional. People in the health sciences work to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses and injuries. Some work with specific tissues or fluids, like phlebotomists, while others, like morticians, work with human remains. If you value helping others, and you enjoy science classes, consider a career in Healthcare.     

Basic Certificates:
Child Development (Basic Certificate)
CommunityHealth Worker (Basic Certificate)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)- Basic (Basic Certificate)
Personal Fitness Trainer (Basic Certificate)
Medical Billing (Basic Certificate)
Patient Care Technician (Basic Certificate)
Phlebotomy Technician (Basic Certificate)
Sterile Processing Clinical (Basic Certificate)      

Advanced Certificates (AC):
Child Development (Advanced Certificate)
Massage Therapy (Advanced Certificate)
Medical Assisting Program (Advanced Certificate)
Medical Coding (Advanced Certificate)
Paramedic(EMT II) (Advanced Certificate)
Pharmacy Technology (Advanced Certificate)                              

Associate Degree (AAS):
Child Development (Associate Degree)​
Dental Hygiene (Associate Degree)
Fire Science Management (Associate Degree)
Fire Service Operations (Associate Degree)
Health Information Technology (Associate Degree)​
Mortuary Science (Associate Degree)
Paramedic (Associate Degree)​
Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate Degree)​
Radiography (Associate Degree
Respiratory Care (Associate Degree)
Surgical Technology (Associate Degree)​ ​ ​​ ​

Faculty & Staff

Roy Walker III, M.S.
Dean, Health Science & Career Programs​
(312) 850-35​32rwalker59@ccc.edu
Jared Deane, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Health Science and Career Programs
(312) 850-7499jdeane@ccc.edu
Elizabeth Gmitter, Ph.D., PT, MS
Associate Dean, Health Science and Career Programs
(312) 850-7856egmitter@ccc.edu
Dr. Cynthia Doby 
Department Co-Chair, Health Science & Career Programs
(312) 850-7375​cdoby​@ccc.edu
Megan Craig, DMD
Department Co-Chair, Health Science and Career Programs
(312) 850-7193mcraig20@ccc.edu
Stephanie Tarr, M.Ed, RT(R)
Department Co-Chair, Health Science and Career Programs
(312) 850-7374starr@ccc.edu
Jacqueline Bell-Smith
Admin.Assistant, Health Science & Car​eer Programs
312) 850-7181
(312) 850-7372 (f)
Princess Phillips
Admin.Assistant,Health Science & Career Programs
(312) 850-7145
(312) 850-7372 (f)
Rhonda Hardemon
Director of Workforce Partnership
(312) 850-7894rhardemon@ccc.edu
Toya Johnson
Director of Career Planning and Placement
(312) 850-7267tjohnoson616@ccc.edu

​​​Contact Information

Phone: (312) 850-7000 Department Directory 1900 W. Jackson Blvd. Room 2103 Chicago , IL 60612 Get Directions


Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Related Services

Learn More

 MALCOLM X 1900 W. Jackson Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 850-7000 Dial 711 for the Telecommunications Relay Service SATELLITE CAMPUSES

Non-discrimination policy. For more information, please visit the EEO Office CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO



The Weekend Crossword

By Erik Agard



MetFridays—Artists on Artworks: Virgil Ortiz
6:30–7:30 pm
Gallery 746

Renowned Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz reflects on the significance of works in the exhibition Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection and their relation to his artistic practice, which blends history with contemporary techniques and incorporates art, fashion, and film.

Free with Museum admission

Learn more →

UN must continue to be a forum for dialogue on decolonization: Guterres

UN Photo/Sergey Bermeniev Celebrations to mark Timor-Leste’s independence in 2002 were held in the capital Dili.

UN Affairs

With 17 non-self-governing territories remaining worldwide, the United Nations must continue to be the place where their concerns can be heard, the Secretary-General said in New York on Friday. 

António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the latest session of the UN Special Committee dealing with decolonization, which he called one of the “defining mandates” of the global Organization. 

“Decolonization is a process that has to be guided by the aspirations and needs of the communities living in the territories. The concerns of the peoples of the Territories are varied, and it is our collective responsibility to amplify their voices,” he said

UN chief appeals for end to Syria’s ‘man-made humanitarian nightmare’ In a tersely delivered statement on Friday, the UN Secretary-General appealed for an end to the “man-made humanitarian nightmare” currently unfolding in Syria, where ongoing military operations in the north-west have displaced hundreds of thousands amid bitter winter temperatures. 
Peace and Security
Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in just the last three weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region.
Migrants and Refugees
UN Office of Counter-Terrorism UN launches new project to address link between terrorism, arms and crime Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the “weapon of choice” for many terrorist groups, the UN counter-terrorism chief told an event on Friday aimed to raise awareness of the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and illicit small arms trafficking.
Peace and Security
Cameroon: UN officials raise alarm over escalating violence, call for civilian protection Four senior UN officials issued a joint statement on Friday deploring the continued human rights abuses committed against civilians, including women and children, in the south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon.
Peace and Security
Situation in central Mali ‘deteriorating’ as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns The growing violence has contributed to a deteriorating security situation in central Mali, with impunity being one of the aggravating factors, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Friday.
Human Rights
UN must continue to be a forum for dialogue on decolonization: Guterres With 17 non-self-governing territories remaining worldwide, the United Nations must continue to be the place where their concerns can be heard, the Secretary-General said in New York on Friday. 
UN Affairs

2/22 –

BIOGRAPHY: George Washington

President of the United States

Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

George Washington, also called Father of His Country, (born February 22 [February 11, Old Style], 1732, Westmoreland county, Virginia [U.S.]—died December 14, 1799, Mount Vernon, Virginia, U.S.), American general and commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775–83) and subsequently first president of the United States (1789–97). (For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America.)
Little is known of George Washington’s childhood,
George Washington spent largely on the Ferry Farm on the Rappahannock River, opposite Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mason L. Weems’s stories of the hatchet and cherry tree and of young Washington’s repugnance to fighting are apocryphal efforts to fill a manifest gap. He attended school irregularly from his 7th to his 15th year, first with the local church sexton and later with a schoolmaster named Williams.

Some of his schoolboy papers survive. He was fairly well trained in practical mathematics—gauging, several types of mensuration, and such trigonometry as was useful in surveying. He studied geography, possibly had a little Latin, and certainly read some of The Spectator and other English classics. The copybook in which he transcribed at 14 a set of moral precepts, or Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation, was carefully preserved. His best training, however, was given him by practical men and outdoor occupations, not by books. He mastered tobacco growing and stock raising, and early in his teens he was sufficiently familiar with surveying to plot the fields about him. CONTINUE READING…

DHS to Implement Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule Nationwide

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) on Feb. 24, 2020 nationwide, including in Illinois, following another judicial victory lifting the injunction in that state.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Feb. 21, 2020 decision to stay the statewide injunction preventing implementation of the Final Rule issued by U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, USCIS will now apply the Final Rule to all applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after Feb. 24, 2020. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (e.g., UPS/FedEx/DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt.   

The Final Rule, published on Aug. 14, 2019 and originally scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 15, 2019, prescribes how the Department of Homeland Security will determine whether an alien is inadmissible, and ineligible to adjust status to that of a lawful permanent resident in the United States because the alien is likely at any time in the future to become a public charge pursuant to section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The Final Rule also addresses USCIS’ authority to issue public charge bonds in the context of applications for adjustment of status. Finally, the Final Rule includes a requirement that aliens seeking an extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status demonstrate that they have not received public benefits over the designated threshold since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or change.

More information is available on the USCIS website, including an update to the USCIS Policy Manual.


Black Youth Can Now Take Free Trips To Africa

Janice Gassam, Senior Contributor


The 94th Annual Black History Luncheon

The 94th Annual Black History Luncheon

  • Featured Author: 10am-12pm Book Signing
  • Keynote: Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian.

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian. He assumed his position June 16, 2019. As Secretary, he oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers. Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and is the first historian to be Secretary of the Institution.

  • Luncheon Emcee: Maureen Bunyan Television News Anchor

Start: 12:00 pm

Washington Renaissance Hotel 999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Tickets and information

Studio Workshop: Costume Accessory Fabrication with Virgil Ortiz
1–5 pm
Carroll Classroom, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Join Cochiti Pueblo visual artist and fashion designer Virgil Ortiz to create one-of-a-kind fashion accessories in this two-day workshop. Witness the works you create come to life in Nona Hendryx and Disciples of Sun Ra in the Temple, a performance inspired by composer and bandleader Sun Ra. Discounted performance tickets are available to workshop participants.

Fee: $200 for the two-day workshop; $265 for the workshop and performance. Limited student discounts available.

Reigster now →

BIOGRAPHY: Julius Erving

American Basketball Player

Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Julius Winfield Erving II, byname Doctor J, (born February 22, 1950, Roosevelt, New York, U.S.), American collegiate and professional basketball player who was one of the most colourful and exciting figures in the game during the 1970s and ’80s. At 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 metres), Erving played forward and was noted for his fast breaks, balletic leaps toward the basket, and climactic slam dunks. While playing in high school, Erving won an athletic scholarship to the University of Massachusetts. In two seasons there he became one of only five players ever to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game in a collegiate career. He was still generally unknown, however, when he left Massachusetts after his junior year and joined the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1971. He was traded to the New York Nets two years

later. In his five seasons in the ABA, Erving led the league in scoring three times, was the league’s Most Valuable Player in its last three years, and led the Nets to championships in 1974 and 1976. When the ABA merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Nets sold Erving’s contract to the Philadelphia 76ers. Erving led the 76ers to the NBA finals four times in seven years, including their 1983 championship win. He was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 1981. He retired in 1987 after having become the third professional player to have scored a career total of 30,000 points. After his playing career ended, Erving spent time as a television basketball analyst (1993–97) and served in the front office of the Orlando Magic (1997–2003). In 1996 Erving was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, and he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.



15 Playfully Bold Examples of Postmodern Architecture

These fantastical buildings demonstrate that there’s nothing boring about maximalism

By Katherine McGrath

Postmodern architecture arrived on the scene in the 1960s not with a whimper but with a bang. As a sharp, complex response to the Moderniststyle that supported the idea that simplicity was beautiful, Postmodernism instead ushered in a rush of bold, whimsical designs that were anything but minimalist. With striking colors, references to classical and Gothic styles, a variety of materials and shapes, and an air of playfulness, Postmodern structures are easily identifiable not only by their signature characteristics but also by the stringent forms they reject. The style is perhaps best summed up most famously by architect Robert Venturi, who responded to Mies van der Rohe positing that “Less is more” with “Less is a bore.

2/23 –

NASA’s Mars InSight Lander to Push on Top of the ‘Mole’
Engineers have a plan for pushing down on the heat probe, which has been stuck at the Martian surface for a year.
Read the full story

NASA Wants Your Help Designing a Venus Rover Concept
To survive the planet’s intense heat and crushing surface pressure, the rover would need an obstacle-avoidance system unlike any other.
Read the full story



Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

W.E.B. Du Bois, in full William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, (born February 23, 1868, Great BarringtonMassachusetts, U.S.—died August 27, 1963, Accra, Ghana), American sociologist, historian, author, editor, and activist who was the most important black protest leader in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. He shared in the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909 and edited The Crisis, its magazine, from 1910 to 1934. His collection of essays The Souls of Black Folk (1903) is a landmark of African American literature
Du Bois graduated from Fisk University, a historically black institution in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1888. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1895. His doctoral dissertation, The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638–1870, was published in 1896. Although Du Bois took an advanced degree in history, he was broadly trained in the social sciences; and, at a time when sociologists were theorizing about race relations, he was conducting empirical inquiries into the condition of blacks.

For more than a decade he devoted himself to sociological investigations of blacks in America, producing 16 research monographs published between 1897 and 1914 at Atlanta University in Georgia, where he was a professor, as well as The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899), the first case study of a black community in the United States. Du Bois had originally believed that social science could provide the knowledge to solve the race problem, he gradually came to the conclusion that in a climate of virulent racism, expressed in such evils as lynchingpeonage, disfranchisement, Jim Crow segregation laws, and race riots, social change could be accomplished only through agitation and protest.

In this view, he clashed with the most influential black leader of the period, Booker T. Washington, who, preaching a philosophy of accommodation, urged blacks to accept discrimination for the time being and elevate themselves through hard work and economic gain, thus winning the respect of whites. In 1903, in his famous book The Souls of Black Folk, Du Bois charged that Washington’s strategy, rather than freeing the black man from oppression, would serve only to perpetuate it. This attack crystallized the opposition to Booker T. Washington among many black intellectuals, polarizing the leaders of the black community into two wings—the “conservative” supporters of Washington and his “radical” critics…


Paola D’Agostino


Paola D’Agostino

THE IMPORTANCE OF FLORENCE. Paola D’Agostino is Director of the Musei del Bargello, in Florence, Italy, a new museum group comprising the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the Medici Chapel, the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati and Casa Martelli. This five museum consortium was put together after the reform of Italian museums in 2014 by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage.

Paola D’Agostino, what was the 2014 museum reform in Italy?

The reform was intended to make 20 Italian museums more independent in terms of budget management, cultural product and strategic planning. A governing board was introduced, and the major novelty of an advisory council. With the reform the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the most important museum of Italian sculpture in the world, became the headquarters of a group of four other museums.

What does the remainder of that group comprise?

The Medici Chapel, a major tourist attraction where Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the New Sacristy is, as well as less prominent, but equally important museums such as the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele – which houses early 15th century sculptures with masterpieces by Donatello, Ghiberti, Verroccio, and Giambologna – and two lesser known smaller museums which used to be private residences. Palazzo Davanzati is one of the few surviving medieval homes in Florence, and Casa Martelli was the family residence of a very important family who were close to the Medici.

What is your main challenge?  CONTINUE READING…

How Perkins and Will’s Gabrielle Bullock Built a Career Empowering People of Color

Architect and advocate Gabrielle Bullock tells AD PRO about her latest project on L.A.’s Crenshaw Boulevard, addressing the pipeline problem, and carving a new path forward

By Carly Olson

2/24 –

✔New CCNA exam LIVE

The exam covers networking and security fundamentals, as well as automation and programmability. And yes, you only have to take one exam, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (200-301 CCNA), to earn the new CCNA!

USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) on Feb. 24, 2020, except for in the State of Illinois where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of Jan. 30, 2020. Under the Final Rule, USCIS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien’s age, health, income, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge.

The Final Rule, issued in August and originally scheduled to be effective in October, prescribes how DHS would determine whether an alien is inadmissible to the United States based on the alien’s likelihood of becoming a public charge at any time in the future, as set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Final Rule also addresses USCIS’ authority to issue public charge bonds in the context of applications for adjustment of status. Finally, the Final Rule includes a requirement that aliens seeking and extension of stay of change of status demonstrate that they have not received public benefits over the designated threshold since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or change.

“Self-sufficiency is a core American value and has been part of immigration law for centuries. President Trump has called for long-standing immigration law to be enforced and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is delivering on this promise to the American people,” said Ken Cuccinelli, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary for DHS. “By requiring those seeking to come or stay in the United States to rely on their own resources, families and communities, we will encourage self-sufficiency, promote immigrant success and protect American taxpayers.”

Except for in the State of Illinois, USCIS will only apply the Final Rule to applications and petitions postmarked (or submitted electronically) on or after Feb. 24, 2020. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier (e.g., UPS/FedEx/DHL), the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt.  The Final Rule prohibits DHS from considering an alien’s application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain non-cash public benefits before Oct. 15, 2019, when deciding whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. In light of the duration of the recently-lifted nationwide injunctions and to promote clarity and fairness to the public, DHS will now treat this prohibition as applying to such public benefits received before Feb. 24, 2020. Similarly, the Final Rule prohibits DHS from considering the receipt of public benefits by applicants for extension of stay and change of status before Oct. 15, 2019 when determining whether the public benefits condition applies, and DHS will now treat this prohibition as applying to public benefits received on or after Feb. 24, 2020.

USCIS will post updated forms, submission instructions, and Policy Manual guidance on the USCIS website during the week of Feb. 3, 2020, to give applicants, petitioners, and others ample time to review updated procedures and adjust filing methods. After Feb. 24, 2020, everywhere except in the State of Illinois, USCIS will reject prior editions of forms if the form is postmarked on or after Feb. 24, 2020. If USCIS receives an application or petition for benefits using incorrect editions of the forms, USCIS will inform the applicant or petitioner of the need to submit a new application or petition using the correct forms.

USCIS will continue to release information through its website in the weeks leading to the rule’s implementation date, including in the event that the injunction Illinois is lifted. This will include an update to the USCIS Policy Manual.

In the coming weeks, the agency is planning to hold a public engagement for immigration attorneys, industry representatives, and other relevant groups to discuss the final rule.

DHS remains enjoined from implementing the Final Rule in the State of Illinois. Should the injunction in Illinois be lifted, USCIS will provide additional public guidance.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

2/25 –

✔AsyncOS 12.0 Release (AMER/EMEAR)

Registration is required for joining this event

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Host: Karlo Bobiles

Description: In this webinar we will talk about Cisco Web Security Appliance version 12.0 which entered limited deployment in January 2020 and will support High Performance for S695, S690 and S680 platform. We will also discuss Integrating the Web Security Appliance with Cisco Threat Response (CTR) Portal which will also support TLS 1.3 version.

Register: If you are registered, have your registration ID ready when joining the event.


New York Time (EST)
Learn More

© 2020


Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

February 25–June 7 2020
The Getty Center

Michelangelo (1475–1564) was one of the most creative and influential artists in the history of Western art. This exhibition explores the full range of his work as a painter, sculptor, and architect through more than two dozen of his extraordinary drawings, including designs for celebrated projects such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Medici Chapel tombs, and The Last Judgment.

Learn more »

2/27 –

Symposium—Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe
10:30 am–5 pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Met Fifth Avenue

Join a renowned group of international scholars from Germany, Austria, and the United States as they consider the rich variety of treasures assembled for courtly collections in early modern Europe.

Free with Museum admission. Space is limited; advance registration is recommended.

Register now →

Short Course—Exploring Ludwig van Beethoven’s Soundscape
Thursdays, February 27, March 5, March 12, 2–4 pm
Art Study Room, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

In this three-session course led by curators from the Department of Musical Instruments, learn about the musical, technological, artistic, and social environment in which Beethoven’s first performers and audiences experienced his music. The course includes live performances of Beethoven’s chamber music on period instruments and demonstrations on instruments from The Met collection.

$225 for three-session course (includes Museum admission); advance registration is required.

Register now →

Symposium—Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe
Thursday, February 27, 10:30 am–5 pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Scholars consider the rich variety of treasures assembled for courtly collections in early modern Europe. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe.

Free with Museum admission; advance registration is recommended.

Register now 

2/28 –

2/29 –

PopUp Startup Expo

“…all that is possible is possible for me”.

Russell Ledet, a second-year medical student (top row, third from left) organized an outing for 14 of his fellow African American classmates to a former plantation that had slave quarters. Ledet says he would caption this photo “Our Moment of Resiliency.”Brian Washington Jr.
/ Emily Vaughn

“I don’t think as a kid I ever saw a minority physician,” says Russell J. Ledet.

Ledet is a second-year medical student in the M.D./MBA program at the Tulane University School of Medicine, and he’s African American. Last weekend he organized a trip to Whitney Plantation, now a museum in Edgard, La., for fellow members of the Tulane chapter of the Student National Medical Association, a student-run organization that supports black medical students.

“Critical feedback is much appreciated.” ⬇⬇⬇

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: