ExpressJet Airlines Welcomes Josh McLaurin as Acting General Counsel

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McLaurin will be based at ExpressJet’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — ExpressJet Airlines welcomes Josh McLaurin as Acting General Counsel. McLaurin will be based at ExpressJet’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta.

McLaurin joins ExpressJet from Atlanta boutique law firm Krevolin & Horst, where he handled multi-million-dollar business disputes as a trial lawyer in state and federal courts. He is a Yale Law graduate and former federal law clerk who also serves as State Representative for Georgia House District 51.

McLaurin’s arrival is part of ExpressJet’s ramp up of scheduled service operations in the coming weeks. “We are pleased to add Josh to our fast growing team,” said ExpressJet CEO Subodh Karnik. “Josh’s experience representing small businesses in litigation will be valuable as we work to initiate ExpressJet’s reboot.”

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Bob Forrester on Disaster Funding and Newman's Own

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Bob Forrester pictured with his wife Linda at National Search Rescue Dog Foundation

AVON, CT, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — When Paul Newman, the famous actor and founder of Newman's Own, asked his friend, Bob Forrester, to help him start and run the Newman's Own Foundation in the early 2000s, Bob was still the CEO of the successful consulting firm he founded in 1980. As friends, Paul Newman and Bob Forrester collaborated on numerous philanthropic projects. Paul had come to rely on Bob's vast experience in the global nonprofit sector and trust in Bob's judgment. Paul's widely admired instincts as a generous philanthropic entrepreneur and Bob's grounded in experience and commitment as a nonprofit leader were a perfect match, on top of the fact that they immensely enjoyed one another.

Standing out as an example of Paul Newman's philanthropic entrepreneurship and generosity was his unique commitment to contribute to charitable purposes 100% of any profits he earned from his food company, Newman's Own. This was not a complicated commitment in the early years as the profits were relatively modest. Still, lately, the company's annual profits were growing at a significant rate. It became a challenge for Paul Newman to contribute all the profits he earned in a single year with a reasonable level of confidence that his donations were making a meaningful impact. To help him solve this challenge, he turned to his friend. He asked him to design a theory of grant-making action that remained unprocreative while at the same time assuring the grants themselves were making a meaningful difference.

Not too long after Newman's Own Foundation, Bob Forrester's expertise was put to the test when Hurricane Katrina hit. "Paul Newman called me moments after the extent of the devastation of Katrina began to become known. He asked, 'How much money do we have to give to help with the Katrina mess? What should we do?' He wanted to do something and do it fast," recalled Bob Forrester. "It would be the first big test of how he and I were going to work together in this new relationship. My answer, we can round up about $1.2 million in cash, but let's not do anything yet. Let's wait, let the rush to help, the big media coverage and public outpouring recede, and then see what the needs are being missed. We can make the dollar commitment but hold our fire as to how it will be used. This was greeted with silence for a long pause, then Paul came back with a simple, 'You're right, let's be there to help when all the attention has passed.'"

The Newman's Own Foundation did just that. As we all know, in the long aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the real human needs, the suffering, and the dislocations emerged for which there was so little in the way of resources, and the Foundation took action.

"When the enormity of the devastation of Katrina began to become clear, and just how much human needs would be unmet, I recommended to Paul that we identify organizations which were integral parts of their community and provide a significant grant to them,” Bob Forrester explained. “Of the $2 million, we donated $200,000 to special children's charities and distributed the remaining balance of $1 million among five community foundations with the instructions that they use the funds to relieve the suffering and needs associated with Katrina using their own judgment and made a point of saying that could include faith-based organizations as long as they do not require any adherence or instruction in a particular belief associated with their use of these funds. We additionally permitted them to promote our grants if that would be helpful to them. Since Katrina, we continued to pay special attention to needs associated with Katrina."

From the Katrina experience, Bob Forrester went on to develop a special disaster response theory of action policy for Newman's Own Foundation, which included:

Disaster Response
– Not making large grants in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but setting aside funds to respond to unmet needs once heightened publicity wanes and unmet needs emerge.
– Look to fund nonprofits that are integral parts of their communities. They were there before and during the disaster and will be there well into the future.
– Be generally nonprescriptive as to how the funds are to be used outside of a broad policy to assure they are 100% expended to meet unmet needs associated with the disaster and follow-up reports are delivered to the Foundation.
– Be prepared to use a full array of Newman's Own assets if needed and appropriate.

Disaster Preparedness

– Identify, fund, and assist in capacity building those organizations crucial to disaster response, e.g., national search Rescue Dog Foundation.

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Verve Group Continues Growth, Announces Quartet of Industry Experts to Pilot Company’s Global Expansion

Ad platform brings on Stephanie Vanderberg-Smith, Corey Kulis, and Derek Hashemi; names Matthew Deets GM of Smaato; leadership to power privacy prioritization

CARLSBAD, CA, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — erve Group, a privacy-first omnichannel ad platform, today announced it has hired Stephanie Vanderberg-Smith as SVP of Revenue, Corey Kulis as VP of Marketing, Derek Hashemi as VP of CTV Platform. It also appointed Matthew Deets to serve as GM of Verve Group’s Smaato sector as the company continues to broaden its global influence.

The newest members bring notable expertise to the Verve Group team. Stephanie has been at the forefront of media and marketing for more than two decades and will play an integral part in advancing Verve Group’s sales strategy, revenue growth and agency and brand partnerships through her customer-first approach. Corey’s proven marketing leadership and initiative will drive the marketing team to provide clients innovative and privacy-compliant solutions to the industry’s biggest challenges. Derek’s experience and expertise in the CTV space will be key in championing Verve Group’s CTV strategy both internally and to its wide array of clients. Matthew’s years of business prowess in the adtech space will ensure an effective collaboration process as Smaato and Verve Group synergize their leading objectives.

“Our marketing and sales teams have done amazing work steering our company to new heights over the last year,” said Sameer Sondhi, CRO at Verve Group. “We are thrilled to have Stephanie, Corey, Matthew, and Derek add their superior skills as we further strengthen the company and navigate ongoing industry changes.”

Stephanie will spearhead Verve Group’s sales and partnership strategy while building and leading a best-in-class sales team with clients’ needs as its forefront focus. She is passionate about helping brands and agencies future-proof their efforts while building customer trust. Before joining Verve Group, Stephanie was SVP of Sales for OpenSlate, a brand safety and contextual data company for walled gardens including YouTube, Facebook and TikTok, where her team delivered the company’s largest revenue quarter and highest margins in company history. Stephanie also spent 10 years at omnichannel digital marketing platform NinthDecimal (acquired by InMarket) where she spearheaded and introduced the first-to-market omnichannel measurement and data solutions.

Corey will further develop and oversee the Verve Group marketing with a focus on branding, positioning and account-based marketing. He brings a successful track record of creating integrated marketing plans by orchestrating paid, owned and earned media and is eager to help the team understand its customers’ needs better than anyone else in the market. Corey most recently worked as Marketing Director at Amobee, where his team drove effective ROI on demand generation activity and a consistent brand lift year over year. Corey also served as Global Marketing Manager at mobile video advertising company AdColony, where he developed and executed the Opera Mediaworks and AdColony rebranding and managed the launch of their playable ad format Aurora™ HD Video. Prior to AdColony, Corey created strategic advertising plans across mobile, video and desktop at Conversant.

As VP of CTV Platform, Derek Hashemi will expand and solidify Verve Group’s presence in the CTV space with a focus on streamlining the customer experience. He is passionate about elevating those around him and will play a key role in ensuring the Verve Group team is well positioned to provide clients with premier solutions to the evolving CTV industry. Prior to Verve Group, Derek worked as Director of Publisher Sales for Magnite. He also worked at Rubicon Project prior to its rebranding to Magnite, where he led sales initiatives for CTV supply, provided buy-side assistance for a growing CTV demand, and spearheaded their Canadian market expansion. Derek also spent time at global adtech company Exponential Interactive as an Account Manager.

Matthew will oversee the day-to-day operations of Verve Group’s Smaato division while creating and implementing a long-term plan to ensure the sector maximizes its contributions to the Verve Group vision. He has served in leadership roles throughout his career, serving as VP of Platform for Verve Group’s VGI CTV since January 2021 where he will continue to provide essential contributions. Prior to joining Verve Group, Matthew served as VP of Platform at Nexstar Digital, as Senior Director of Platform Demand at OpenX Technologies, as VP of Partnership Development at the Rubicon Project, as Director of RTB Operations at PulsePoint, and as Director of Business Operations at CONTEXTWEB.

These four executives will help Verve Group excel at addressing customer needs amid an aggressive growth period. This leadership announcement comes on the heels of a number of strategic acquisitions made by Media and Games Invest to form Verve Group in the last 18 months—including Beemray and Smaato most recently. Verve Group has formed MGI’s media segment since early 2020. Verve Group now has offices in cities including New York, Carlsbad, Berlin, Beijing, and Sao Paulo and counts more than 200 employees (excluding Smaato).

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The Top 2021 Content Marketing Awards Winners Revealed

Content Marketing Institute announces top five winners during special digital event

It’s such an honor to get to award and celebrate some of the most innovative and successful content marketers in the world every year during the Content Marketing Awards.”

— Stephanie Stahl, general manager, Content Marketing Institute

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) just awarded the top five winners in the prestigious 2021 Content Marketing Awards program. The awards were presented in a special digital format thanks to the CMAward’s sponsor TwentyThree, an integrated webinar platform provider. The Content Marketing Awards is the largest and longest-running international content marketing awards program in the world.

Here are the 2021 CMAward top prize winners:

• Content Marketing Agency of the Year (less than 100 employees): Foundry 360 – New York City, New York

• Content Marketing Agency of the Year (more than 100 employees): Pace – Greensboro, North Carolina

• B2C Content Marketer of the Year: Claire McIntosh – Editor in Chief, Sisters From AARP; Senior Editor, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin, AARP

• B2B Content Marketer of the Year: Jessica Bergmann – Vice President, Content and Customer Marketing, Salesforce

• Content Marketing Project of the Year: Leading Through Change – Produced by Salesforce

Also honored at the ceremony was the B2C Branded Content Campaign of the Year winner, The King of the 2020 VMAs produced by Burger King and Velocity, ViacomCBS as well as the B2B Branded Content Campaign of the Year, The Rain Group Campaign Helps Sellers During the Pandemic, produced by The Rain Group.

“It’s such an honor to get to award and celebrate some of the most innovative and successful content marketers in the world every year during the Content Marketing Awards,” shares Stephanie Stahl, general manager, Content Marketing Institute. “It’s clear that while the pandemic disrupted and changed our work, innovative and creative content marketing did not stop.”

While these are the winners of the top Content Marketing Award prizes, there were also 87 individual category winners that were announced in August. To see a full list of all the winners visit:

The Content Marketing Awards program will open for entries in March 2022. Brand marketers and agencies can visit the website to be notified when next year’s program opens:

About Content Marketing Institute

Content Marketing Institute is the leading global content marketing education and training organization, teaching enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling, multichannel storytelling. CMI’s Content Marketing World event, the largest content marketing-focused event, is held every fall in Cleveland, Ohio, and ContentTECH Summit event is held every spring. CMI publishes Chief Content Officer for executives and provides strategic consulting and content marketing research for some of the best-known brands in the world. Content Marketing Institute is organized by Informa Connect. Learn more at

About Informa Connect

Informa Connect is a specialist in content-driven events and digital communities that allow professionals to meet, connect, learn and share knowledge. We operate major branded events in Marketing, Global Finance, Life Sciences and Pharma, Construction & Real Estate, and in a number of other specialist markets and connect communities online year-round.

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2021 Content Marketing Awards Ceremony [VIDEO]

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#GoBackGota! கோத்தாவுக்கு எதிரான அணிதிரளத் தயாராகும் அமெரிக்கத் தமிழர்கள்: நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம்

Go Back Gotha


ஐ.நா பொதுச்சபையில் உரையாற்றுவதற்காக அமெரிக்காவுக்கு வருகை தந்துள்ள சிறிலங்கா அதிபரும் தமிழினப் படுகொலையாளியுமாகிய கோத்தபாய இராஜபக்சவுக்கு எதிராக அமெரிக்கா வாழ் தமிழர்கள் தயாராகி வருகின்றனர்.

#GoBackGota என்ற முழக்கத்துடன் நாடுகடந்த தமிழீழ அரசாங்கம் ஏற்பாடு செய்துள்ள இந்த எதிர்ப்பு ஆர்பாட்டமான எதிர்வரும் புதன்கிழமை (செப் 22) காலை 11 மணி முதல் மாலை 3 மணிவரை நியூ யோர்க்கில் உள்ள ஐ.நா பொதுமன்றின் முன் இடம்பெற இருகின்றது.

தமிழர் தேசத்தின் மீதான இனஅழிப்பு ஆக்கிரமிப்பு போரின் போது சிறிலங்காவின் பாதுகாப்புத்துறை செயலராக கோத்தபாய இராஜபக்ச இருந்துள்ளதோடு, வலிந்து காணமலாக்கப்பட்டவர்கள் தொடர்பில் பொறுப்புக்கூற வேண்டிய இடத்திலும் இவர் இருக்கின்றார்.

WATCH – Sri Lanka's Killing Field by UK's Channel 4 :

# Go back Gotha” – Rally Against War Criminal Sri Lankan President Gothabaya's Address to UN in New York: TGTE

* Rally will Highlight Sri Lankan President Gothabaya's Leadership Role in Committing Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity against Tamil people. Gothabaya was the Defense Secretary when According to UN Tens of Thousands of Tamils were Killed and Tamil Women were Raped by the Sri Lankan Security forces

With “# Go Back Gota “ Slogan there will be a rally outside the UN in New York, when Sri Lankan President Gothabaya Rajapaksa was addressing the UN General Assembly on September 22nd. The Rally will highlight Sri Lankan Presidents Leadership Role in Committing Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity against the Tamil people.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is also sending information to the UN member States about Gotabaya’s Leadership Role in Committing Atrocity Crimes against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

* WHEN: September 22.

* TIME: 11 AM to 3PM.

* WHERE: Outside UN Headquarters in New York City.

FOR INFORMATION: Dr. Thavendra Rajah, Phone: +1 -614 – 202-3377. Email:


* According to the UN Internal Review Report, over Seventy thousand (70,000) Tamils were killed in the first five months of 2009.

* These Tamils were killed due to deliberate and intense shelling and bombing of areas designated by the government as "no-fire zones", where Tamil civilians had assembled for safety.

* Government also restricted food and medicine for Tamils, resulting in large numbers of people dying from starvation and many of the injured dying of their wounds.

* According to the UN Panel Report, the killings and other abuses that took place amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Independent international experts believe that there are elements of these abuses that constitute an act of genocide.

* International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) in February 2017 handed over details to UN of Sri Lankan Military run "Rape Camps", where Tamil Women are being held as "Sex Slaves."

* According to May 2012 report by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Human Rights and Democracy; there are up to Ninety thousand (90,000) Tamil War Widows in the North- East of Sri Lanka.

* Thousands of Tamils Disappeared, including Babies and Children. UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances stated in 2020 that the Second Highest Number of Enforced Disappearance cases in the World is From Sri Lanka.

* According to independent organizations, Tamil Areas have the Highest Concentration of Security Forces in the World (Ratio: One soldier for every five Civilians). and

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Dr. Van Johnson Recounts "The Legal Lynching of a Black Psychiatrist"

The Legal Lynching of a Black Psychiatrist

The Legal Lynching of a Black Psychiatrist

Narrative portrays racist conspiracy to turn an unsuspecting doctor into a fall guy

MISSOURI, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — In "The Legal Lynching of a Black Psychiatrist" Dr. Van Johnson recounts real life events, portraying a well-planned conspiracy to turn a young black psychiatrist into a fall guy. This is his story of being wrongfully accused and falling victim to a discriminatory system, and how he sought justice to right the wrong he experienced.

Over the years, Johnson has often been asked: “How did a young doctor living in an exclusive area, minding his business at home on a late Sunday night, end up in prison?”

This story is his answer, his way to let the public know what he experienced. He outlines a sophisticated plot straight out of a Hitchcock movie to lure a black psychiatrist to open a practice in a small town in order to turn him into a fall guy for another psychiatrist there under FBI investigation. By sharing his story, Johnson shows readers how easy it is to remove black people from society by taking advantage of systemic racism and misusing the criminal justice system.

"The case proves that color in America trumps class and education in every aspect of life. What happened to me is a daily occurrence for thousands of black men and women adjudicated in the nationwide racist court system." Johnson says.

As Dr. Conrad Worrill stated in the Chicago Defender on August 1, 1990: “In my judgment, this appears to be a classic case of a Black man accidentally shooting a white man in a predominately white town. Then, all the white power forces in the town come together to ensure that revenge takes place regardless of the law or justice.”

While society has changed and progressed much since the 1990s, many of the issues remain and much work has to be done to address them. In an era of renewed discourse on civil rights, equality and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Johnson tells his story to inform his readers of the reality of these inequalities and injustices and the real consequences of discrimination.

About the Author
Dr. Van Johnson is a Harvard fellow who graduated from Rush medical college. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in Chicago, Illinois. His Pentecostal conservative upbringing, coupled with a background in music, was the motivating factors in his choice to become a psychiatrist, as he loved medicine but wanted a lifestyle as well.

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Matthew Greenberg, Scholarship Winner

Matthew Greenberg is the winner of the 2021 Maureen Filetti Memorial Scholarship

We proud that Matthew is the 4th recipient of this annual scholarship that honors Maureen Filetti.”

— Kevin Keating, President of HANGAR12

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — Congratulations go out to Matthew Greenberg, who recently graduated from Buffalo Grove High School (Township High School District 214) in Illinois and was named this year’s Maureen Filetti Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Matthew was a member of the National Honor Society and DECA, the student business-focused organization. Greenburg has been a member of DECA since his freshman year, and this year was a qualifier in State in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. He plans to study Marketing and Business Education at Illinois State after taking a number of technical education courses ranging from engineering to business to explore his interests.

Greenburg also held several leadership roles in his youth group that sharpened his interest in business. As Treasurer, he was responsible for managing funds and organizing fundraisers. As Programming VP, he was tasked to create and market events for members and recruit new members. He joined the Regional Leadership Team to engage new members throughout the Chicagoland area and support their international scholarship fund.

Greenburg recalls volunteering as a C.H.I.L.L. tutor at Cooper Middle School through Hands On Suburban Chicago. He enjoyed it so much that he revised his senior schedule to incorporate education pathway classes, taking College Introduction to Education and Teacher Internship.

The Scholarship honors Maureen Filetti, who attended Buffalo Grove High School and worked many years at HANGAR12 marketing agency in Chicago and brought positivity and light into the lives of everyone she knew. Maureen passed away 4 years ago on September 19th. It is funded by donations from both HANGAR12 and Saputo Cheese USA Inc. Congratulations to Matthew on his well-deserved honor! And as Maureen always said, #staypositive

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Gradient LIVE Budget Calculator: The transparent tool that budgets livestream production costs instantaneously

Livestream, Livestream Production, Livestream Broadcast, Live Events

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — These days, every coms manager and event producer is tasked with planning fully virtual events or secure contingency livestream options. Relying on professionals to prevent brand-busting (and career-cutting) live fails is a wise-investment. Yet a livestreamed show is a whole different ball game than an in-person event and many are struggling to get clear and quick budgets from vendors across the USA. Enter Gradient LIVE with its newly launched livestream production Budget Calculator.

The instantaneous quote takes you step by step through the options that can affect a livestream budget, allowing users to understand how their decisions will affect their project bottom line. From the location of the show, to the number of speakers, to the need for customized backgrounds, every simple question directs users to their optimal budget.

Recently ranked at the 4th position by Eventex for “The Top 150 Event Organizer And Agencies In The USA For 2021”, Gradient can be contacted for any request about experiential, livestream events related, by email at or directly via Calendly for a direct call with a sales representative.

Founded in 2010, Gradient Experiential is a creative agency with experiential marketing at its core, founded on the belief that strong emotions generated during an experience create longer-lasting connections between humans and brands.
From livestream to IRL (in real life) experiences and all the content that supports them, Gradient empowers clients to thrive in a world that constantly evolves.

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New exhibits opening including From Fallujah: a group exhibit of Iraqi contemporary photographers

altered newspaper mixesd media series

TORN (installation by Margaret Sartor) on stage wall at PS118 Gallery and Event Space

Three unique and extremely prescient exhibits running through Nov. 6 or longer

25 years of sparking joy and conversation through books and gallery exhibits continues with a set of prescient exhibits and new books”

— Dave Wofford

DURHAM, NC, UNITED STATES, September 20, 2021 / — As H&B celebrates our 25th anniversary we present two unique and prescient exhibits at our PS118 Gallery & Event Space in downtown Durham. All run through Nov. 6 or longer, and we are looking for media coverage to publicize these exhibits (singularly or collectively) to help the work engage a larger and more diverse audience.

FROM FALLUJAH: Work by four contemporary Fallujah photographers opens our main exhibition wall October 1. Curated by retired U.S. Army veteran John Bechtold who served in Iraq twice, this exhibit proceeds from the idea that the best way to learn about a place is through the people who live there.

Fallujah is remembered as an Iraq War battlefield in American public memory, if it's remembered at all.But Fallujah is a city where people work, attend school, and frequent public spaces wanting what we all want: a chance to peaceably choose our lives. This exhibit can be thought of as a first step to reimagine places damaged or destroyed during the Iraq War.

It's difficult to know if many people care about the effect of American state-sponsored violence, but we should. The same fighter jets that streak over stadiums in the United States to patriotic cheers once streaked over Fallujah to drop 500-pound bombs. One of these realities is visible; the other is not. The disparity between the two is informed by the ways war is represented in different cultural contexts. We see the weapons of war, the happy homecomings, and sometimes we even glimpse, briefly, the damage to soldiers' bodies. What we don't witness are the citizens of countries affected by war.

This exhibit seeks to literally install an Iraqi perspective in an American space. With this in mind, audiences can expect framed photographs displayed traditionally on the main wall. Additionally, more images will be shared in a recreated Iraqi living space installation inside the gallery's storefront windows, and this installation will remain lighted 24/7 to engage sidewalk passers by at all times.

As the U.S. is in a unique moment of revisiting the effectiveness and goals of our foreign policies and nation building, we feel this is an important time to consider the specific perspectives, lives, and interests of citizens usually viewed as secondary to global and strategic military concerns.

After a twenty-one-year career in the United States Army, John Bechtold is living his second act of life as an artist and academic. He was in Iraq twice, once as a platoon leader and once again as an advisor to the Iraqi Army. That experience continues to shape how he sees the world. John holds a Master's degree from Duke University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the American Studies program at the UNC-Chapel Hill. His dissertation explores the representation of war in American public memory.

RECEPTION Saturday, October 9; 4–6pm; guest scholar Noor Ghazi will give a free public talk.
CURATOR TALK Thursday, October 21; 7:00pm
John will talk about war in public memory and some of the curatorial choices which informed this project.

On the stage in the back of the gallery (which hosts a range of artist talks and literary readings)we share an installation by Margaret Sartor.

TORN: A Year that Changed Everything presents a grid of 14 sequenced framed fine art prints from her ongoing altered newspaper mixed media series. This work looks back at an incredibly wild year of politics and our pandemic. It presents one individual's artistic responseto the onslaught of bad and difficult news through putting down on paper the words and emotions that come from within.

This two venue exhibit will greatly appeal to lovers of literature and the craft of creative writing, as well as cultural anthropologists and news junkies who recognize the uniqueness of the pandemic and divisive political climate we are living through.


PS118 is open Fridays and Saturdays, Noon–8pm, and by appointment.
Our Broad Street gallery, located at 1116 Broad Street is open M–F, 8:30-4/5ish and by appt.
More information about these exhibits and the artists/curators can be found on the following websites.

We are happy to give private tours to individuals or groups, and appreciate any help publicizing any of these strong exhibits

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The Research Institute for Technology and Innovation (IPTI) To Host Annual Fundraiser on October 4th, 2021 in New York

IPTI Celebrates 18 Years

IPTI Fundraiser Invitation – October 4th, 2021

In celebration of its 18th anniversary, IPTI is hosting their sixth annual fundraiser and auction on October 4th, 2021, 6:30pm at The Loeb Boathouse in NYC.

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 20, 2021 / — The Research Institute for Technology and Innovation (IPTI) celebrates its 18th anniversary and social achievements in Brazil at their sixth annual fundraiser in Central Park, Manhattan.

In celebration of its 18th anniversary, IPTI is hosting their sixth annual fundraiser and auction on October 4th, 2021, 6:30pm at The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, Manhattan. Everyone is invited to celebrate the social impact IPTI has generated in Brazil at this sixth edition of the annual event in New York. It will be a time to recognize IPTI’s partners, supporters, donors and each person who joined the organization in its efforts to overcome poverty in Brazil’s rural communities. Tickets are available for purchase here.

IPTI is a leader in social innovation for education in Brazil, with the goal of promoting sustainable socio-economic development through the application of cutting-edge technology and a design thinking process to identify and resolve educational gaps blocking social transformation within the most vulnerable communities.

IPTI began its work of supporting the development of communities in October 2003 in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2009, the organization decided to relocate its headquarters to Santa Luzia do Itanhy, in the state of Sergipe, a municipality with one of the lowest Human Development Indices (HDI) in Brazil, where 65% of its residents live in rural villages and 58% of the population receive government financial assistance. The organization works with local communities to generate solutions that are effective in highly vulnerable environments and have potential to scale. In essence, they look to reapply the effective strategies implemented in Santa Luzia do Itanhy to all communities in need of breaking the cycle of poverty.

IPTI has positively impacted over 133,000 people through its concerted efforts, including 32,985 students at 198 schools, in 8 states and 40 municipalities. These accomplishments have been recognized through receiving awards for their innovation and importance to society, including the 2016 Von Martius Sustainability Award and Banco do Brazil Social Technology Foundation award in 2019.

IPTI’s notable global partners include Microsoft, Bayer, Unesco, BrazilFoundation, SAP, Drummond Advisors, Stella Artois, Banco Safra, BID, Cerity Partners, amongst others.

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Source: EIN Presswire