Top Websites

  • TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
    Organization: TED Conferences, LLC

    TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 100 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.” (TED CONFERENCES, LLC)

  • Click! Photography Changes Everything
    Organization: Smithsonian Institution (SI)

    “Organized by the Smithsonian Photography Initiative (SPI) as a series of integrated programs, ‘click! photography changes everything’ invites the public to consider ways in which photography enables us to see, experience, and interact with the world. ‘click!’ invites experts from a spectrum of professional worlds–innovators, image makers, writers, and public figures–to survey the ways photography has influenced the history, progress, and practice of each of their fields of interest. These commentaries and their related images reveal how photographs are encoded with information and values, and how the meaning of images depends on the needs and perspectives we bring to them.” (SI)

  • The Big Read
    Organization: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

    “The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.” (NEA) Each featured book has a reader’s guide that includes an introduction, the historical context, information about the author and other works and adaptations, and discussion questions.


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