The Sumner Library | Serving Immigrants

One of the forty-one libraries in the Hennepin Library System, the Sumner Library is a Carnegie Library that dates back to 1915. Built in a Tudor Revival Style of architecture, the famed brick L-shaped library features coved ceilings and a central tower.  The Library is named for Charles Sumner, who was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and a passionate abolitionist. This Minneapolis library has had a long history of serving immigrants. In the early Twentieth Century, the library was a hub for Jewish immigrants.


History Does Matter

 The  garbage room in my condo holds more than trash bins. Next to the bin designated for paper a six-foot-tall bookcase sits flush to the wall. People put the books they no longer want on the bookshelf. Most books cycle through and find a home.  Few books stay here forever with the possible exception of Bill Clinton’s memoir My Life. So last week I was astonished to find an old hardcover book stuffed inside a trash bin. It was unthinkable that anyone would throw away a book. 


Who’s Afraid of Global Governance?

Who’s Afraid of Global Governance? If it’s done right, it’s neither utopian nor an authoritarian menace.  And it’s needed urgently.  It could be a matter of life and death for us all. 


Risk, Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Recently, probably because of local elections and the national political climate, I’ve spent more time reading and thinking about how to “backstop democracy,” – I strongly recommend reading The Brookings Institution’s new white paper, The Democracy Playbook: Preventing and Reversing Democratic Backsliding.


Sugar and Spice & All Things Nice

Cape Fusion Tours specializes in the quirky; from candy floss pink cocktails to delectable afters.  Their extensive knowledge of eats and treats, combined with their infectious love of the Cape insures a memorable day out. Pamela tells us more.

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Food Innovation Network offers a new take on a time-honored tradition

We are just two years shy of the fourth centennial of one of America’s most cherished American traditions – Thanksgiving. That original harvest feast was celebrated in 1621 by three-score Pilgrims and a Native American contingent twice that size. The Wampanoag had welcomed the desperate English immigrants to their shores, shared food with them, and taught them American agricultural methods.


The State of Play in Artificial Intelligence: A Brief Summary

Here are the highlights from some recent public presentations by several artificial intelligence developers and experts. 


“None Dare Call It Treason” – Yet!

“Treason” is an act of criminal disloyalty to the state, according to the dictionary.  It is especially egregious when you have been formally elected by the citizens to be the head of state and have sworn a public oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” it.