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The Truth About Poverty in America

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Nope, we are not going to talk about Robert T. Kiyosaki's book. We are going to talk about the rich dads. And the poor dads. And moms. And singles. And seniors. And kids… We are going to talk about the rich and poor Americans and what stays in between.

According to the newest data by US Census Bureau, the poverty rate in America in 2019 was 10.5% The good news, they say, is that this is the lowest estimate since 1959. The bad news though is that 34 million people in America still live in poverty! The number of people without health insurance rose from 25.6 million in 2018 to 27.5 million in 2019 (among them 4.3 million are children!). Another worrisome trend, for another consequent year, is that in 2019 the poverty rate for Black people was almost 3 times higher than the poverty rate for White, non-Hispanic people - e.g. 21% vs. 8%. As for the inequality, the richest top 20% of the households have received more than half of all income. Last, but not least women continued to earn 82 cents on the dollar earned by men.

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An Extended Deadline for ISCSS Conference “When Science Meets Art” 2020!

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The international multidisciplinary conference of social sciences "When Science Meets Art", that will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 9th to 12th of December 2020, has extended the deadline for abstract submission and early-bird registration until 31st of October.

The event is one a kind platform for presenting ideas, studies, and innovations that show the inner connections, the mutual influence, and the interaction between social sciences, cultural studies, and arts. It is a great opportunity to be up to date with the latest trends, meet your colleagues and future collaborators, and last, but not least – visit one of the most beautiful European cities just a few days before Christmas!

You will find more information about the main topics of the conference and the different ways to participate in it here: sgemvienna.org


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More Options to Take Part in the International Conference on Arts & Humanities “The Magic of the Renaissance” 2020

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The 7th international scientific conference on arts & humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance", that will take place in Florence, Italy, from 26th to 28th of October 2020, is giving you more options to become part of this unique event.

Those of you who want to participate but have not prepared the needed papers and publications, can register as delegates. Thus, you will be able to become part of the discussions and meet your colleagues and future collaborators in person. For those, who cannot attempt the conference, the organizers from the SWS International Society of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art are offering the option to share your work to the auditory as virtual speakers. More about the event can be found here: sgemflorence.org

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On this day, 449 years ago…

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29 September 1571. Or How Did Modern Painting Actually Begin!

On this day, 449 years ago, the great Italian painter, Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio, was born (d. 1610). His work had an enormous influence on art, changing it forever! And actually marking the beginning of modern painting almost 300 years before its "official start" in 1863 with the exhibition of Edouard Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) in 1863 in Paris!!

Caravaggio loved playing with the excessive contrast between dark and light (later called tenebrism), thus adding compelling, almost obsessive drama to his paintings. But more important - Caravaggio loved playing with the bare, often shocking realms of realism, offering a completely new point of view towards art and its function.

He sought for art techniques stripping off life, not covering it. And that was an actual art revolution. Caravaggio's influence of Baroque style was immense and can be found (directly or indirectly) into the work of artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Rembrandt... Actually, André Berne-Joffroy, the renown 20th century art historian, says: "What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting". 

Ask questions, find answers, and share your thoughts on the history of art by taking part in the one of a kind international scientific conference on arts and humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance" that will take place in Florence, Italy, on 26-28 October, 2020. For more information: www.sgemflorence.org


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On this day, 963 years ago...

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1 October 1507. Or Who Introduced Baroque into Architecture

On this day, 963 years ago,  the great Italian architect Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola was born. His most famous projects are Villa Farnese at Caprarola and the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome. The later, actually named Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu all'Argentina, is the first building with a true Baroque facade.  Vignola is one of the three architects that spread the Italian Renaissance through Western Europe (the other two are Serlio and Palladio). 

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