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Islamic Art: Past, Present and Future (November 2-4, 2017) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  Speakers include some of the leading scholars, curators, collectors and artists engaged in Islamic art today, including H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, and the artists Lalla Essaydi, Shahzia Sikander and Hassan Hajjaj.  To register and for all information, visit



The Museum Computer Network was founded in 1967 with the purpose of supporting professionals who seek to transform the way their cultural organizations reach, engage, and educate their audiences using digital technologies. Every year MCN explores topics of relevance to museum practitioners working with, or affected by, digital media and technology. In 2017, MCN is focusing on how museums can use technology to innovate and emphasize transparency, individual action, and institutional bravery. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary in Pittsburgh, we welcome applications for our scholarship program. 
MCN is offering scholarships for 15 qualified applicants to attend the annual conference.
Scholarships include:
    -One complimentary conference registration.
    -Complimentary attendance at one of the workshops on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
    -Complimentary meet-and-greet with other scholarship recipients and MCN board members.
    -A $400 (USD) travel and food allowance.
    -Complimentary three (3) hotel-nights (Tuesday, November 7, Wednesday, November 8, and Thursday, November 9, 2017) at the conference hotel in Pittsburgh.
    -One (1) year complimentary MCN individual membership.
Scholarship recipients will give lightning talk of five minutes or less on a digital project of their own, as well as use their skills to assist MCN and add to the conference experience by capturing important ideas and themes that develop during sessions and events.
The MCN scholarship program is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.
To learn more about the scholarships and to apply, visit the online application. The application deadline is April 30. Please forward to others not on this listserv who you think might be interested.

Please mark your calendars for the Fall 2017 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, October 26-28, 2017 in Buffalo, New York at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo/Hotel and Conference Center. 


MARAC is a professional association of archivists working in the Mid-Atlantic States including the U.S. National Archives. At least 200 archival professionals are expected to attend the meeting. 

The conference is themed around "Reinvention and Renewal: Putting the Shine on the Nickel City." Sessions will focus on archival ethics, web archiving to enhance the democratic principle of transparency and accountability, partnerships between archives and records management programs and documenting current political movements. Other sessions will center on access enhancements to Holocaust records and a session on the National Death Penalty Archives.  Institutional mergers and archives and a dialogue about digital projects and their users will also be presented. A student poster session will be featured as well. 


Students are encouraged to attend and to take advantage of a special rate offered by MARAC. 

Further information can be found on MARAC’s website: or by contacting Sarah Pinard, Local Arrangements Committee:

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