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Edge: Third Culture

This stimulating online journal is the main publication of Edge Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mandate is "to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society." To that end, the journal brings together speculative articles on contemporary issues by leading...

Developed to disseminate medical and cultural information on immigrant and refugee groups for health care professionals, the EthnoMed website was developed as a joint project initiated by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The ethnic groups covered on the site include Cambodians, Chinese, Eritrean, Hispanic, Oromo, Somali, and...
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd edition, 2002

A recent addition to the reference site, the New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is intended to raise its readers' level of erudition. As editor J.D. Hirsch states in the introduction, cultural literacy is helpful, but does not in itself produce a truly educated person. Hirsch writes, "Cultural literacy is shallow; true education is deep. But our analysis of reading and learning...
Postmodern Culture

Somehow it is not surprising that a journal titled Postmodern Culture would find a home on the Internet, which itself is a bricoleur of many different forms and styles, akin to the very notion of postmodernism. Located online since 1990, Postmodern Culture "has become the leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures." The journal itself is published by The Johns...
Council of American Overseas Research Centers

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) has centers in a number of countries (including Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, and Yemen) and is dedicated to providing a base for American scholars undertaking significant research in these various host countries. On the Council site, interested parties can learn about its various services and the different fellowship opportunities it...
Cultural Shock

The Demos organization in London is a think-tank that produces compelling reports on everything from public space to government spending. This report from October 2010 is by Samuel Jones, and he explores the relationship between the British government and culture and sport. His basic question is: "Why should the state get involved in culture, and if it should, how?" The 154-page report is divided...
Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport works to support "delivery of high quality tourism and cultural experiences to Ontarians and visitors to Ontario." First-time visitors to the site will find the Spotlight area quite useful, as it brings together press releases about a range of activities, including the Festival of Lights, opportunities for at-risk youth, and the revitalization of...
The Economist: World in 2013

What is the world like in 2013? It's a great question, and The Economist has a few answers. Each year, this publication publishes a guide to the trends and quandaries that will consume the attention of policy-makers, politicians, concerned citizens, and others across the globe. The materials here include political analyses, technology reports, and commentaries on culture. The pieces here are...
Institute of Arts and Ideas

The Institute of Arts and Ideas (IAI) was founded in 2008 "with the aim of rescuing philosophy from technical debates about the meaning of words and returning it to big ideas and putting them at the centre of culture." Today, the IAI sponsors a series of short videos, often featuring panel discussions (which can be browsed via IAI Player); an online magazine featuring a range of essays (IAI News);...
Visualizing Cultural Collections

The growth of digital culture has presented researchers with what may be seen as both a challenge and an opportunity: how to visualize these cultural resources in an effective and engaging way. From 2014-2017, the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in Germany conducted the cross-disciplinary research project Visualizing Cultural Collections (VIKUS, or Visualisierung kultureller Sammlungen) to...