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The Corning Museum of Glass Launches Connected by Glass Live Discussion Series

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April 30, 2020
First Live Event, Airing on May 7, Explores the Vital Role Fiber Optics Plays in Making Work-from-Home and Video Streaming Possible

While The Corning Museum of Glass is temporarily closed, it is sharing a whole new slate of digital programs. On May 7, the Museum will launch a series of virtual live discussions titled Connected by Glass, which will feature Museum experts and special guests sharing insights into a range of topics. Viewers will discover all the unexpected ways this fascinating material keeps us connected, and why it’s especially relevant in this moment.  

The first episode, airing on May 7 at 1 p.m. EDT via the Microsoft Teams Live platform, will focus on fiber optics, the almost-invisible technology that’s proving particularly vital in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 also happens to mark the 50th anniversary of the development of the right glass for this crucial technology—a development that occurred in Corning, NY, in 1970. The discussion will touch on what optical fiber is, what it enables, and what life might be like right now without it. 

“We could think of no better topic to kick off this virtual series than the glass technology that’s enabling this kind of communication in the first place,” said Eric Goldschmidt, supervisor of the Properties of Glass programs for the Museum and moderator for the first episode. “This network of glass is keeping us connected. It’s making possible everything from our video conferencing to online learning, and telehealth to streaming entertainment.”  

The May 7 episode will feature Dr. Marvin Bolt, Curator of Science and Technology at The Corning Museum of Glass; Dr. Claudio Mazzali, Senior Vice President of Technology, Optical Communications at Corning Incorporated; and Chris Schmidt, Executive Producer of PBS NOVA. The live discussion will be accessible via this link: Connected by Glass: Fiber Optics

Speakers will participate in a Q&A at the end of the talk, and audience members are encouraged to ask questions via the chat feature on the right-hand side of the screen.

Each Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT, the Connected by Glass series will feature new speakers discussing a myriad of topics including glass as it relates to entertainment, fashion, industry, design, travel, science, and innovation. Details about each episode will be available on the Museum’s Events Page, which will include a link to join the chat live. The recorded episodes will be added to the Museum’s popular YouTube channel, which is currently seeing about 50,000 views per day.

Watch with the Artist Series Continues 

Back by popular demand, the Watch with the Artist series that launched at the beginning of April is extending.  The program streams previously recorded glassmaking demonstrations of artists at working in the Museum’s Amphitheater Hot Shop. The artist joins again to comment on the work, enabling viewers to ask questions about the action. Each Wednesday at 1 p.m., a new artist connects with the audience on the Museum’s YouTube channel to answer questions and share their thoughts about what they previously made at the Museum. The schedule of upcoming featured artists can be found on our Events Page.

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum and on the road), bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school—The Studio—and the Rakow Research Library, with the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Children and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.