Arts Medalist named

first_imgKicking off the Arts First festivities, visual artist, writer, and curator Catherine Lord ’70 will receive the 2010 Harvard Arts Medal. President Drew Faust will present the medal as part of an event hosted by the Learning From Performers Program at 5 p.m. April 29 in the New College Theatre.Lord is the 17th distinguished Harvard or Radcliffe alum or faculty member to receive this accolade for excellence in the arts and contributions to education and the public good through arts. Past medalists have included poet John Ashbery ’49, composer John Adams ’69, M.A. ’72, cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, filmmaker Mira Nair ’79, and saxophonist Joshua Redman ’91.As a visual artist, writer, and curator, Lord addresses issues of feminism, cultural politics, and colonialism. Her artwork has been exhibited at the New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, La Mama in New York City, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, the DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Post Gallery in Los Angeles, among other venues. Her books include “Art and Queer Culture, 1885-2005” (forthcoming), “The Summer of Her Baldness: A Cancer Improvisation” (2004), and “Pervert” (1995).  She has organized presentations at venues including the University of California, Irvine Art Gallery, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, and the Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles. Lord received her M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983. She is currently a professor of studio art and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women’s Studies and Department of Visual Culture at the University of California, Irvine.For more information on the medalist or Arts First 2010 (April 29-May 2), visit the Office for the Arts at Harvard Web site.last_img read more

A monstrous passion

first_img“I was 14 and he didn’t have a baseball card so naturally I didn’t recognize him,” he said. “When I introduced myself, I asked him who he was reading currently and he said Seamus Heaney. I started to get into a discussion with him about ‘Beowulf’ — the poetry of it — and it instilled me with drive. As soon as Derek Jeter stopped being the model for my existence, it gave me an idea of what I wanted to do.”As a Harvard student, that’s meant immersing himself in courses like English Department Chair James Simpson’s “Arrivals: British Literature 700-1700,” taken last year. Part of the fun was writing an essay on his beloved “Beowulf.”“I made the argument that though it was written from a Christian perspective, and its author clearly loathed paganism, ‘Beowulf’ had nostalgia for pagans or, more accurately, warrior pagan culture. I tried to be interdisciplinary, using linguistics, English, and history,” he said, before breaking into another passage from the poem.Sometimes at pagan shrines they vowed / offerings to idols, swore oaths / that the killer of souls might come to their aid / and save the people. That was their way, / their heathenish hope; deep in their hearts / they remembered hell.Student Charles Hyman reads from Seamus Heaney’s translation of “Beowulf.” Simpson, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, said he immediately recognized Hyman as “serious and very well informed” when, three classes into the course, he questioned his teacher’s understanding of “The Odyssey.”“By the time he presented his essay on ‘Beowulf,’ mid-term, I understood that he was the kind of student who would profit enormously from learning to read Anglo-Saxon,” Simpson wrote in an email.Hyman, a Newton native, is just as much a student of the past when he’s off campus. An avid gardener, he grows chives from the same seeds his grandmother used. His detailed study of his family’s genealogy has connected him to ancestors who survived the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, died during the Holocaust, fought alongside Lajos Kossuth in Hungary, and served as court Jews during the Holy Roman Empire.“These are disparate threads, but they do connect who I am,” he said. “It’s not just about family or history or literature. It’s about creating a worldview that combines these elements into what I hope is an empathetic and dynamic understanding of the world and my place in it.”Save This article is part of a series on the impact of humanities studies in and out of the classroom.Through dead languages, Charles Hyman ’18 has found intellectual life.In his deep study of Latin, ancient Greek, and now Old English, the 20-year-old history and English concentrator has discovered words that, far from being obsolete, are gateways to gripping narratives and powerful learning.“They capture the imagination,” said Hyman, who recalled his earliest romance with ancient history, discovered while visiting reliefs of Assyrian hunters in the British Museum in London when he was 6. “It might seem unreachable. Yet if you learn these languages, you feel so connected with the past in an immersive way.”A detail image of Hyman’s copy of Seamus Heaney’s translation of “Beowulf,” opened to the messenger’s eulogy of the title character. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAt the heart of his affection for these extinct languages is an undying love of “Beowulf,” the eighth-century Old English epic he began listening to at age 10, as a book on tape, with his dad, Steven, a professor of stem cell and regenerative biology.“At the beginning, I loved the blood and gore,” he said. “When you’re 10, it’s quite appealing and, admittedly, at 20 it still is.”Sipping coffee at Lamont Café, Hyman recalled the monster Grendel’s arrival at the mead hall, one of many passages he’s memorized from Seamus Heaney’s translation of “Beowulf.”Nor did the creature keep him waiting / but struck suddenly and started in; he grabbed and mauled a man on his bench, / bit into his bone-lappings, bolted down his blood / and gorged on him in lumps, leaving the body / utterly lifeless, eaten up / hand and foot.Student Charles Hyman reads from Seamus Heaney’s translation of “Beowulf.” It’s a moment — one of many — that makes the epic hard to put down. As an eighth-grader at Roxbury Latin, in West Roxbury, a teacher told Hyman to stop bringing it to class.“So I brought “The Iliad,’” he said. “My teacher still wasn’t happy. He wanted literature from the 20th century.”The Winthrop House resident noted that his parents have always convened “academically rigorous” dinner table conversation. The same is true for evening walks with his dad and the family collie, Flag.“We get into passionate arguments and discussions that have molded me,” he said.There have been many other formative exchanges. Hyman, an avid sports fan, remembered meeting Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in literature, at a Christmas party.last_img read more

11 Stunning Perspectives of Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse

first_imgFor the past few days, since a portion of the country was graced with total solar eclipse, social media has been ablaze with outstanding imagery capturing the once in a lifetime phenomenon.Fortunately for us, the eclipse’s “path of totality” cut a wide path straight through the heart of the Blue Ridge  and Smoky Mountains, allowing many of our readers to photograph and share their eclipse experiences.But before it reached our humble hills, the eclipse made its stunning presence known in the Cascades of the Pacific Northwest before reaching the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and then the Tetons of northwestern Wyoming.Below are 10 of our favorite perspectives of the eclipse in the Blue Ridge and far beyond.last_img read more

Dix Hills Man Pleads Guilty to $5M Ponzi Scheme

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Dix Hills man has admitted to conning friends and neighbors out of $5 million by getting them to invest in his Ponzi scheme over an eight-year span until his arrest last year.Robert Rocco pleaded guilty Tuesday at Central Islip federal court to wire fraud.“Rather than make sound investment decisions as he had promised, Robert Rocco fleeced friends, neighbors, and colleagues and used their money to fund his own lavish lifestyle,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 49-year-old scammer promised up to 18-percent returns to investors in a series of businesses that he formed between 2006 and 2013.Those businesses included Limestone Capital Services, Advent Merchant Services and Advent Equity Partners, which purportedly provided loans to finance wholesale cigarette purchases and a credit card processing venture.But, instead of investing the money, he misappropriated the money and solicited money from new investors, which he used to pay purported profits to earlier investors, authorities said.He went as far as to send account statements to investors that falsely showed that investors’ accounts had earned high rates of return.He also stole $66,915 in checks from the Dix Hills Soccer Club, of which he was the president, leaving the soccer club with no funds to operate. He later sought and received donations to allow the club to continue operations.He faces up to 20 years in prison, more than $250,000 in fines and $3,498,940.13 in restitution.last_img read more

Hating the rich may be costing you money

first_imgPop quiz: Which of the following statements is true?Rich people are greedy.Money corrupts people.People get rich by taking advantage of others.Good people should not care about money.All of the above.If you agree with any of those beliefs, you might be hurting your chances of becoming wealthy yourself. In fact, hating the rich might be making you poor.Brad Klontz, an associate professor of financial psychology at Creighton University, has found through years of research and surveying hundreds of people about their money beliefs that those who think negatively about wealth and wealthy people are more likely to have lower incomes. The stronger your hatred of the rich, the lower your income will be.“As long as you hold those beliefs, you’re never going to be able to get ahead,” Klontz said. “They’re going to keep pulling you back.” Here’s why. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

8 tips on dealing with unfair criticism

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sooner or later…sooner if you’re in a leadership position…you will get thrown under the bus by receiving unfair criticism from a boss or colleague.Unfair criticism comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it shows up in your annual performance review when the boss rates you as failing to meet expectations in an area of performance where you had no idea you were falling short. Other times it shows up when a colleague criticizes you in an effort to deflect attention from his/her own shortcomings. Regardless of the cause or circumstance, unfair criticism hurts. It erodes trust between people, causes rifts in relationships, and stymies effective teamwork. You can’t control when you get thrown under the bus, but you can choose how to respond. Here are 8 tips on how to respond to unfair criticism:1. Remember that your response shapes your reputation – Above all else, remember this point: the way you choose to respond to criticism will greatly shape your reputation. Take the high road and respond with integrity, empathy, and professionalism. Don’t let someone else’s unprofessional behavior goad you into responding in kind. Trusted leaders know that at the end of the day all they have is their integrity. continue reading »last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Gun Violence Executive Order: What They’re Saying

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 16, 2019 Gov. Wolf Gun Violence Executive Order: What They’re Sayingcenter_img Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA — Pennsylvanians heard directly today from leaders on gun safety and those from communities directly affected by gun violence about Governor Wolf’s executive action to prevent gun violence in all types of communities across Pennsylvania. Members of the General Assembly also joined Gov. Wolf in calling for legislative action to further prevent Pennsylvanians from dying of gunshot wounds.Watch the highlights on Twitter and Facebook. See the whole press conference on YouTube.Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chair Charles Ramsey, Former Philadelphia Chief of Police“The reality is, mass shootings take place every day on the streets of our cities, across the entire country. One person, two people here, three over there. All life has value. You don’t have to lose it in large quantities before we start to pay attention to something that is as pressing an issue as gun violence in our communities,” said Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chair Charles Ramsey, who has been named a special advisor on gun violence to the governor. “Something has to be done to reduce gun violence, whether it’s by criminals, whether it’s accidental, whether it’s suicide, whatever it is, we need to do everything we can to protect our people here. And, governor, I just want to thank you for taking the step to do it at the state level because if we wait around for the federal government to do it, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. By doing it here, in Pennsylvania, we can be the model for the rest of the country, and we will be the model for the rest of the country.”Sen. Anthony Williams“This governor has done something that no other elected official in this country has done. No president, no governor, no mayor has ever taken the politics out of whether you have the right to have a gun or not and recognized the dignity of human beings is first and more important,’ said Sen. Anthony Williams. “Today, rather than waiting and reacting, we are acting for the first time on behalf of a nation, and most important on behalf of a very, very scared public.“Philadelphia, Erie, Harrisburg, York, Butler County, Clearfield County have all suffered this epidemic of gun violence either through suicides, domestic violence or community carnage like we’ve seen in Philadelphia. This is a stain on humanity. The fault line is that what we are required to do constitutionally, is to protect citizens, American citizens, foreign and domestically, we have failed. We have allowed our perspective on an inanimate object to be the focus of our attention – a gun – as opposed to the human beings being sacrificed to the altar of politics. Understand that this message is not about taking your gun. It’s about preserving a life.”Sen. Jay Costa“Let’s be clear: There has never been and probably won’t be for a long time a more meaningful, more significant executive order penned by any governor of this country than what we’re seeing today,” said Sen. Jay Costa. “On the legislative side, while we’ve not taken the steps we should have, we’re going to continue to fight on the Senate floor as we do every time we get there and we talk about what steps we can take as a legislative body to supplement or to complement the work the governor in this executive order will do.“I call upon my colleagues as so many others have done over the course of the past several weeks to stand up, step forward, allow us to have a conversation and definition about some of these issues and how to move forward. If you don’t want to do it, let those of us who want to work – along with the folks who are here today whom I am so very proud to stand with – let us take the lead, let us address these issues. Let’s get to work and get things done.”Rep. Jordan Harris“I don’t care what political party you are a part of. I don’t care what religious faith you are a part of. There has to be something in the moral fiber for all of us that says the blood that is being shattered and the blood that is being shed all over this commonwealth is enough, and that we have to do something, something to address the pain and the carnage that far too many citizens are feeling,” said Rep. Jordan Harris. “So, governor, I appreciate and thank you not just for today but for all the stuff that we’ve done, and I apologize because this ain’t a political speech, because, I have to go home – I have to go home to a place where my life is not safe, and there’s far too many Pennsylvanians doing that on a daily basis. Whatever it takes. Whatever we have to do. Wherever we have to go, I will take any and everyone that wants to go because this must stop. It must end. There are far too many victims. There are far too many people who have lost their life to gun violence in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Time is out for the talk. We have to do action and we have to do it now.”Rep. Dan Frankel“I will tell you when I go to speak to my constituents, when I go to speak around the state, between what took place in Pittsburgh, what takes place daily on our streets, the mass shootings in Allentown and Philadelphia, what took place yesterday in Philadelphia with our police officers – the one thing I hear consistently is what are you going to do about it? What are you, our elected officials, going to do about it?” said Rep. Dan Frankel. “The people of Pennsylvania are begging us to do something to protect them from gun violence. And, today, Gov. Wolf answered that call.”“I believe that these measures that the governor is proposing today, while falling short of what I think we should be doing as a legislature, will save lives. But they do not take the place of the reforms that the General Assembly has refused to take up. We currently have about two dozen reasonable, commonsense reform bills languishing in the House without so much as a committee hearing. There is so much more the Pennsylvania legislature can do to prevent tragedies.”last_img read more

Uniper, Titan join forces on advancing use of LNG as fuel

first_imgGerman utility Uniper and the Dutch Titan LNG signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the growth of LNG as a fuel in the downstream markets for industry, road fuel and shipping fuel in Germany.The parties are planning to develop a technical interface and commercial products for small-scale LNG players from the Wilhelmshaven floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).The terminal in Wilhelmshaven will enable the loading of small LNG seagoing vessels and barges. In addition, several truck loading bays are planned to enable the onward transport of LNG by road, Uniper said in a statement.The distribution of LNG by truck from Wilhelmshaven is seen as an important impulse for the establishment of LNG as truck fuel. Numerous LNG filling stations are currently under construction in Germany. In addition, the German Federal Government supports logistics companies with subsidies and the toll-free use of German roads for LNG-powered trucks.With its proximity to the Jade Weser Port, Bremerhaven and the German Bight, Wilhelmshaven is a very suitable location to supply LNG for all downstream markets and in particular for marine fuels, the statement reads.The market for so-called small-scale LNG is gaining in importance, Uniper said, adding that as a fuel, LNG already meets the more stringent environmental requirements for ocean shipping.Uniper is currently developing an FSRU terminal at its Wilhelmshaven site. The FSRU will have a natural gas send-out capacity of 10 billion cubic meters per year and an LNG storage capacity of more than 263,000 cubic meters.The terminal is scheduled to go into operation in the second half of 2022.In Wilhelmshaven, Uniper can use existing infrastructure. It is the only German site with a deep-water port and can be reached without tidal constraints.In December 2018, Uniper signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Line (MOL), that will own, finance and operate the FSRU.Uniper is currently coordinating the permits for the operation of the facility with the relevant authorities.last_img read more

Massive Increase in Workplace Marijuana Rates in “Legal” States – Study

first_imgMedia Release: SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) 11 April 2019Family First Comment: “Lawmakers in states considering legalisation must look at these numbers, consider the risk of future tragic circumstances in the workforce, and ask themselves if the juice is worth the squeeze. Do we really think our country will benefit from our workforce becoming increasingly more impaired? It is time to end this failed experiment of pot legalisation.”Today, an analysis of 10 million drug samples by Quest Diagnostics found that states that have “legalized” the use of marijuana have seen massive increases in workforce positivity since legalization. Oregon has seen a 63% increase, Nevada has seen a 55% increase, and Colorado has seen a 47% increase. All states that have implemented legal sales far outstrip the national average of 2.3%. Overall workplace positivity rates rose 10% last year while positivity rates in safety-sensitive workers, such as airline pilots and nuclear power plant employees, increased 5%.“While rates of drug positivity have mostly fallen over the last few decades, marijuana use has risen as legalization efforts have perpetuated the idea that pot use is safe, and state sanctioned,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “These numbers are even more disturbing when one takes into consideration the fact that many employers are beginning to forego drug testing of their employees as drug use becomes more widespread.”Furthermore, Quest Diagnostics noted that 4.4% of the samples contained traces of both legal and illegal substances such as marijuana, prescription opioids and other drugs. This is the highest rate of drug positivity since 2004 and continues a six-year upward trajectory in marijuana positivity in the U.S. workforce.“Our in-depth analysis shows that marijuana is not only present in our workforce, but use continues to increase,” said Barry Sample, PhD, senior director, science and technology for Quest Diagnostics in a press release. “As marijuana policy changes, and employers consider strategies to protect their employees, customers and general public, employers should weigh the risks that drug use, including marijuana, poses to their business.”“Lawmakers in states considering legalization must look at these numbers, consider the risk of future tragic circumstances in the workforce, and ask themselves if the juice is worth the squeeze,” continued Dr. Sabet. “Do we really think our country will benefit from our workforce becoming increasingly more impaired? It is time to end this failed experiment of pot legalization.”https://learnaboutsam.org/breaking-new-study-highlights-massive-increase-in-workplace-marijuana-positivity-rates-in-legal-states/last_img read more

More than 100 NYPD staff members infected by the coronavirus

first_imgAccording to a senior law enforcement officer, more than 100 NYPD employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.The official told reporters at NBC News that of it’s 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilians, 2,400 of them are out sick. Of those out sick, 100 sworn officers have been infected and 29 civilians have been infected.The NYPD has distributed over 75,000 face masks to it’s employees since the weekend, however, they still expect the number of infections to rise.It was also added that despite the high number of employee absences, it has had little effect on public safety efforts.last_img read more