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“Art Graduates Find Jobs, Satisfaction” on USATODAY.COM:

Arts graduates are finding ways to put together careers and be employed — and many of them are satisfied with their work,” said Steven J. Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, assistant professor in the department of sociology at Vanderbilt University¬†and senior scholar of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)…

Click here to read the rest… + get pumped up by awww SNAAP!

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“Hang in There” participants Joan of Arc to play at Chicago’s MCA on April 26!

Tuesday, April 26 · 6:00pm Р7:00pm

Part of the Face the Strange: New Music from Chicago and Beyond performance series. Co-curated by the MCA’s Michael Green and White/Light (Matt Clark & Jeremy Lemos).
Free! No admission charge on Tuesdays at the MCA.

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Our Cheerleader Presidents

At its inception, cheerleading was a male-dominated sport. Some of our favorite American presidents were cheerleaders (re: motivators) in prep school and at university. These include but are not limited to: Ronald Reagan (first photo), George W. Bush (second photo), Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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mTurk–weird stuff/great fodder

General Questions

What is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. The Mechanical Turk service gives businesses access to a diverse, on-demand, scalable workforce and gives Workers a selection of thousands of tasks to complete whenever it’s convenient.
Amazon Mechanical Turk is based on the idea that there are still many things that human beings can do much more effectively than computers, such as identifying objects in a photo or video, performing data de-duplication, transcribing audio recordings, or researching data details. Traditionally, tasks like this have been accomplished by hiring a large temporary workforce (which is time consuming, expensive, and difficult to scale) or have gone undone.

What is a HIT?

A Human Intelligence Task, or HIT, is a question that needs an answer. A HIT represents a single, self-contained task that a Worker can work on, submit an answer, and collect a reward for completing.

How do I get started as a Requester?

Visit the Requester web site at and explore the User Guide. Within a few minutes, you will be able to use Mechanical Turk.

How do I get started as a Worker?

Visit the Worker web site at

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motivation on TED!

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