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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by Christopher Howard — Aug 27, 2014

Each week CAA News publishes summaries of eight articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

From the Archives: The First Week of the Academic Term

The ProfHacker archives are full of useful ideas, tools, and advice relevant to the first week of a new academic semester or quarter. In addition to the posts highlighted below, you may want to check out some previous From the archives posts on New Semester, New Year, Creating Syllabi, and Grading. (Read more from ProfHacker.)

Sabbatical Planning

A sabbatical was finally mine, but now what? I read as much as I could find, and contacted colleagues who had recently ended their sabbaticals for advice. Their accumulated advice roughly fell into the familiar set of questions, albeit in a different order: the Why, What, Who, Where, How and When of sabbatical. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)

Ethics for Dealers: Deaccessioning

If someone helps another person commit a crime, he’s an accessory to the illegal act and probably guilty of an infraction. What about an ethical violation? The question is becoming increasingly relevant in the art world as the Delaware Art Museum deaccessions works of art to pay off its debt and, as first conceived, built up its endowment. (Read more from Art Antiques Design.)

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Released as Linked Open Data

The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names is a resource of over 2 million names of current and historical places, including cities, archaeological sites, nations, and physical features. It focuses mainly on places relevant to art, architecture, archaeology, art conservation, and related fields. (Read more from Getty Iris.)

The Free and Antifree

For a young writer who hopes to produce literature, the greatest difference between now and twenty years ago may be that now she expects to get paid. Twenty years ago, art and commerce appeared to be opposing forces. The more you were paid for your work, the more likely you were to be a hack. (Read more from N+1.)

More Hospitals Use the Healing Powers of Art

Researchers are learning more about the precise ways paintings and other works of art help patients and families in the healing process. With studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, hospitals are considering and choosing artworks based on the evidence and giving it a higher priority than merely decoration for sterile rooms and corridors. (Read more from the Wall Street Journal.)

I Used to Be a Good Teacher

I spent five years on the tenure track. Now I’m an adjunct, and the move has affected my teaching in ways I didn’t anticipate. I’m not the teacher I once was, largely thanks to the lack of support I receive as an adjunct. Sadly, my students suffer the loss. (Read more from Vitae.)

The Invention of the “Snapshot” Changed the Way We Viewed the World

The age of everyday camera drones has arrived—bringing strange new forms of photography—and they’re causing new privacy panics. How will society change when anyone can spy from above? We can find some clues by looking at the last great shift in photography: the rise of the personal camera and the birth of the “snapshot.” It was a moment that changed the way we recorded the world. (Read more from Smithsonian Magazine.)

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