Literati roundup: R.I.P. Ulrich Beck…. “Smithsonian galleries release massive Asian art collection online for non-commercial use…

Ulrich Beck – an appreciation


openSecurity editor Robin Wilson reflects on the work of German intellectual – and frequent openDemocracy contributor – Ulrich Beck, who sadly passed away on 1 January.

Ulrich Beck (1944-2015). Wikimedia commons. Public domain.

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Smithsonian galleries release massive Asian art collection online for non-commercial use

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s national museums of Asian art in the US, have released their entire collections online. All art works are now available to anyone and everyone for both viewing and download for the foreseeable future. Under the rubric of the Open F|S program, not only will the public get to view some 40,000 artworks — most of which have never before been seen — but more than 90 percent of the images posted online will be high-resolution and without copyright restrictions for non-commercial use. While the Freer and Sackler Galleries are the Smithsonian’s signature museums of…

Thomas Piketty Refuses France’s Legion d’Honneur

Economist and bestselling author Thomas Piketty refuses his country’s honor. He will not accept France’s Legion d’Honneur.


Orhan Pamuk in rare book signing event

Turkey’s Nobel prize-winning writer, Orhan Pamuk attended a book-signing event, his first in 15 years, in Istanbul on Dec. 13 for his latest novel, “Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık” (A Strangeness in my Mind).

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