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Entrepreneurship Essentials (E2): Legal Issues for Startups

"Join Heather Harper for a workshop that covers legal issues for startups.

Join the Polsky Center and startup lawyer Heather Harper for an overview of the key legal issues founders should pay attention to, including founding documents, employment, incorporation, and more.

Part of this workshop will include an overview of some key legal issues for founders, and there will also be time to address questions. Please send any questions that you have in advance to kate.turvy@chicagobooth.edu. [...]"

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

October 25, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Copyright Law and Machine Learning for AI: Where Are We And Where Are We Going?

"The U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are hosting an October 26, 2021, conference that will explore machine learning in practice, how existing copyright laws apply to the training of artificial intelligence, and what the future may hold in this fast-moving policy space. The event will comprise three one-hour sessions, with a lunch break, and is expected to run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. eastern time."

Library of Congress

October 26, 2021 | 9:00am - 1:30pm

A Discussion with Chicago's Cultural Changemakers

"Chicago Collections Consortium is proud to partner with the Design Museum of Chicago with the program, A Discussion with Chicago's Cultural Changemakers.

Panelists Paola Aguirre, Founder of Borderless, George Aye, Co-Founder and Director of Innovation of Greater Good Studio, and Christopher Rudd, Founder and CEO of ChiByDesign, will join moderator Tanner Woodford, Founder and Executive Director of the Design Museum of Chicago in conversation and will explore the current work of Chicago artists and designers who focus on social change through the engagement and participation of communities they represent and serve. Panelists will share how Chicago’s history continues to play a role in the approach to their work and how their efforts are being documented, archived, and shared.

This program is being held in partnership with the Design Museum of Chicago.

This program will be held via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Registration is Required."

Design Museum of Chicago,Chicago Collections Consortium

October 26, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Copyright Office Presents: Sharing our Stories Through Food and Copyright

"Copyright encourages us to create and share stories that bring people together and inspire new works. This program will showcase copyrighted works and authors who inspire and bring people together around food. Speakers will focus on how they use the culinary aspects of a culture to tell diverse stories in various mediums including, film, blogs, photography, short stories, and more."

Library of Congress

October 27, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Feral Landscapes: Ecosystems in a Concrete Jungle

"For years, interdisciplinary artist Ellie Irons has explored the indomitability of plants. In a concrete-laden corner of Brooklyn, she has been making watercolor paint from the weedy plants that thrive in the city, and has also used photography to document what she terms the “feral landscapes” they inhabit, tracing the ongoing cycles of growth, maintenance, decay, and development that characterize these urban green spaces.

In a conversation with co-founder and executive director of Capital Nature, Stella Tarnay, moderated by co-curator of the Unsettled Nature exhibition, Scott Wing, Irons will provide an overview of her Feral Landscape Typologies project, exploring how urban ecology and so-called “vacant” space intertwine to create vibrant, dynamic habitats in dense city settings.

This program is part of a series of conversations with artists featured in Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans. [...]"

National Museum of Natural History | Smithsonian

October 27, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

From "Our Divided Nation" to "Our Shared Future"

"From 'Our Divided Nation' to 'Our Shared Future': Museums and the Advancement of Equity and Understanding is hosted by Kevin Gover, Smithsonian Under Secretary for Museums and Culture.

Responding to protests and unrest in over 150 American cities, in 1968, President Lydon B. Johnson convened the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission, to consider the root causes of the disturbances and recommend national action. In its landmark report, the Commission concluded 'white racism' as the leading cause of 'our divided nation,' and called on the country to 'make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens—urban and rural, white and black, Spanish surname, American Indian and every minority group.' To do so, the Commission noted, would require 'from every American . . . new attitudes, new understanding, and above all, a new will.' The protests across America over the past 18 months have demonstrated that the collective 'new will' envisioned by the Commission remains unrealized.

The launch of the Smithsonian’s 'Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past' initiative and the creation of two new museums by Congress, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum and the National Museum of the American Latino, present unique moments to explore how museums can help foster that 'new will' and promote the Commission’s goal of 'common opportunities for all.'

Join Smithsonian Under Secretary for Museums and Culture, and former director of the National Museum of the American Indian, Kevin Gover; Anthea M. Hartig, Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History; Kevin Young, Andrew W. Mellon Director; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Eduardo Diaz; Interim Director, National Museum of the American Latino; Theo Gonzalves, Interim Director, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; Deborah Lynn Mack, Director, Smithsonian 'Our Shared Future' Initiative; and Tey Marianna Nunn, Director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, for a conversation on how museums and cultural institutions can serve as an engine for social justice and the changes needed to end racial and economic inequality."


October 27, 2021 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Garden Allies: An Introduction to Life in the Landscape

"Frédérique Lavoipierre introduces program participants to the many phenomenal organisms that create a thriving, balanced community in a garden. Her PowerPoint presentation is brought to life with macro photography of insects, habitat in gardens, and illustrations from her book - Garden Allies: An Introduction to Life in the Landscape. Following a brief introduction to conservation biological control and its benefits, the audience is introduced to life in the soil, pollinators and other flower visitors, predators and parasites, other common garden insects, spiders and other non-insect arthropods, and vertebrates."

Smithsonian Gardens

October 28, 2021 | 11:00am

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women Innovators in Aviation and Spaceflight

"Join us to learn how to increase the representation of women in STEM on Wikipedia!

Wikipedia is an openly editable resource, meaning that you can improve the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia entries. As one of the web’s most visited reference sites, Wikipedia serves as a starting point for many individuals looking to learn about art, history, and science. However, only around 19% of published biographies on Wikipedia are about women, which means there are large parts of history still missing on Wikipedia. During this event, attendees will learn the basics of how to edit Wikipedia and help combat the gender gap on Wikipedia by updating and creating articles related to the history of women in aviation and spaceflight!

No Wikipedia experience necessary! We will help you earn your Wiki Wings by teaching you a range of Wikipedia editing techniques. Wikimedia DC will also be on hand to help answer any questions you might have. Additionally, we will have a set of images to upload to Wikimedia Commons for those who wish to learn the process of uploading and inserting images into Wikipedia pages.

This event is planned in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, a multiyear undertaking to document, research, collect, display, and share the history of women in the United States. #BecauseOfHerStory

The National Air and Space Museum welcomes visitors of all abilities. Request for accessibility services can be made by phone at 202-633-2921 or by email at access@si.edu. [...]

Any other questions? Email Kelly Doyle - DoyleK2@si.edu"

National Air and Space Museum | Smithsonian

October 28, 2021 | 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Knowing Our Past, Creating Our Future Series: The Past & Future of Environmental Justice: 30 Years Since the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit

"To mark the 30th anniversary of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, join us for an intergenerational dialogue with longtime and emerging environmental justice activists as we reflect on the historic summit and its continuing relevance for today’s struggles. Moderated by organizers Katie Petitt (Current Movements) and Matt Birkhold (Visionary Organizing Lab), the conversation will feature Vernice Miller-Travis (environmental justice pioneer) and Dennis Chestnut (longtime civic ecologist). More speakers to be announced."

Anacostia Community Museum

October 28, 2021 | 4:00pm

Francisco de Goya, Brujas à volar (Witches Preparing to Fly): The Art of Looking

"In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and in the spirit of Halloween, Francisco de Goya's Brujas à volar (Witches Preparing to Fly) is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. This session lasts one hour and is completely interactive. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation to create an environment for shared learning. These conversations will encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.

This program is free and open to the public and is designed for anyone interested in talking about art. No art or art history background is required. Ages 18 and over.

Due to the interactive nature of this program, sessions are not recorded.

Live captions (CART) are available in some breakout rooms for this program. Please contact looking@nga.gov to request access or for more information."

National Gallery of Art

October 29, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This Week in Lifelong Learning

A curated selection of learning opportunities happening this week.

All times are listed in (CST).

Only virtual events are listed.

Week of 10/24/21 - 10/30/21