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L. Frank Baum

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United Negro College Fund Established

Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising. What is it?



Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome is a collection of allergy-like symptoms that strikes people while they are working in a particular building but tends to subside when they leave. The cause can be tough to identify. It is most often associated with poor indoor air quality, which can have many sources, such as mold, chemicals seeping out of carpets, inadequate ventilation, and ozone produced by printers and other machines. How might modern construction techniques inadvertently contribute to this syndrome?

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Karel Appel

Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor, and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. Why was Appel's fresco in Amsterdam City Hall covered up?

Last updated on Wednesday, 25th April 2012

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