Coursera is free for students – again! 

Students of the world, rejoice, as Coursera has kindly decided to make all of its MOOCs free again. The key details you have to keep in mind are those: you need to use your university email to get free access, and you will have until July 31 to register for the courses you would like to take – and then until September 30 to complete them. I, for one, know what it feels like to lose an opportunity to get a summer internship at a lab, or apply to a summer school for that two-week long intensive boost you need for a particular skill – and now we can take all of those chances back, learning from the greatest while we’re at it. 

Inspired by one of the recent publications here on ITMO.NEWS, I am looking to take Statistics with R offered by Duke University as this seems to be a skill highly relevant to anyone today. On a similar note, Coursera themselves mention their Guided Projects on data analysis with Python and Plotly, as well as many others – you will definitely find one that fits you best among them to turn this summer into one of your greatest learning experiences! 

We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Now a piece of good news for the film junkies out there: some of the world’s greatest film festivals have collaborated to create a major online historic film screening event with programs curated by each individual participating organization. The festival actually started last weekend, but all of the films and talks already screened will remain available until the festival ends on June 7. You can find the full schedule here, and the program for this weekend will feature suggestions from Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival and many more. 

One thing to be noted is that all content is available for free but donations are encouraged that will go to the WHO, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and other charities making the world a better place always but especially during the pandemic. 

Long Division Festival 

Like many public events and festivals this year, Long Division had to reschedule everything planned. Luckily for music connoisseurs around the world, they’ve decided to start LD:TV – a series of livestreams that feature not only musical sessions from regular participants, but also discussions on the issues topical for the whole music industry. For instance, on June 6 the program will start at 4pm MSK with a talk on where the industry is going after COVID-19 with many organizations involved. Then, after a Q&A session and a celebration of the festival’s anniversary, the third episode of LD:TV will start at 8pm MSK featuring live sessions, recordings and interviews with such artists like Green Gardens, The Wedding Present, The Lovely Eggs and many more. 

Donations are also welcome here to support organizations like Help Musicians and the artists performing.