Hide and seek

first_imgWhere in the University does a 100-year-old tortilla, an early American plow, a carved Angolan spoon, or a student toga belong? And why does it belong there?An offbeat new exhibit, drawing on material collected at Harvard over the centuries, aims to answer those questions, challenging viewers to explore the notion of how Western thought categorizes a wide array of objects, and what can be gleaned from those classifications.“Tangible Things,” curated by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor, and Ivan Gaskell, Margaret S. Winthrop Curator and senior lecturer on history, highlights and questions the modern Western intellectual categories that distinguish art from artifact, specimen from tool, and the historical from the anthropological. The exhibition features nearly 200 objects culled from across the University.“We have all of these interesting objects, and we wanted to get people thinking about what kinds of questions they would ask when they were brought together. Why is something art versus an artifact? And how are those distinctions defined?” said Sarah Carter, a Harvard lecturer on history and literature, who coordinated the show.In a clever twist, “Tangible Things” is one part museum exhibit and one part treasure hunt. The core of the exhibition is in the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments’ Special Exhibitions Gallery. There, visitors are introduced to material categorized as art, history, archaeology and anthropology, science and medicine, books and manuscripts, and natural history, as well as items that don’t fit into an easily defined category. Those items, say the show’s organizers, challenge viewers to classify a seemingly random assortment of objects according to Western scholarly conventions.Visitors are then invited to take part in a University-wide scavenger hunt to discover the many objects that were carefully inserted into exhibitions in seven of Harvard’s public museums. As visitors fan out to discover these wandering items, the show’s organizers hope the observers will begin to understand that the meanings of things and the categories of knowledge and knowing based on those things are not as static or as natural as they may appear.The material mysteries can be found through May 29 at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Houghton Library, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Schlesinger Library, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Semitic Museum.The exhibit also serves as the foundation for the innovative General Education course “Tangible Things: Harvard Collections in World History,” taught this spring by Ulrich and Gaskell.“Although many of us routinely use museum collections in teaching, I believe this is the first attempt to build a course around the history of Harvard’s collections,” said Ulrich. “They are amazing, and we are very excited about opening up this world to undergraduates.”The exhibition is sponsored by the Harvard Arts Initiative, Harvard College Program in General Education, the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost at Harvard University, and the Harvard Art Museums’ Gurel Student Exhibition Fund.last_img read more


Gov’t Increases Benefits Under PATH

first_img The Government has increased benefit levels for the elderly under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) by some 67 per cent.The boost in benefits, which took effect on August 15, will also see an increase of 15 per cent for all other categories of beneficiaries.Speaking at a special Back-to-School press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, August 28, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon.Derrick Kellier said the recent increases are a further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to protecting the poor and vulnerable in society.Under the new rates, the elderly in PATH families will now receive a monthly allowance of $1, 500 up from $900, while the adult poor, the disabled, and pregnant and lactating mothers will get $1,035, also up from $900.Additionally, the monthly benefits for students from grades one to six have been increased from $825 for boys to $950 and $750 for girls to $865; while students from grades seven to nine will receive $1, 240 for boys up from $1,075, and $1,125 for girls up from $975.Benefits for male students from grades 10 to 13 will be increased from $1, 265 to $1,455, and for females from $1,150 to $1,325.Mr. Kellier noted that the increases are significant in view of the fact that the total PATH registered beneficiaries have moved from 385, 546 persons in April 2013 to 388, 187 in June, representing an increase of some 2,641 persons.PATH, which was introduced island-wide in 2002, is a conditional cash transfer programme funded by the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, and is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the most needy and vulnerable in the society. Story Highlights Increase of 15 per cent for all other categories of beneficiaries PATH benefit for the elderly to increase by some 67 per cent Monthly benefits for students from grades one to six have been increasedlast_img read more


Clarksons Ship Numbers to Remain Same as Capacity Grows

first_imgzoom After it passed the 5,000 vessel barrier in 2011, the containership fleet has been stuck at around that number for some time now, according to Clarksons Research.The containership fleet almost doubled from just 2,617 units seen at the start of the millennium to 5,192 units which it counts today. In 2017, only 8 vessels in net terms were added to the fleet.Compared to the boxship fleet at the start of 2012, the fleet today is only 109 vessels larger, even though an overall total of 5.6 million TEU capacity has been added to the fleet over the same period. During that time, vessel numbers have grown by 2% whilst capacity has grown by 37%.Even if the numbers have not grown much, the 5,000 ships still need to be fed with plenty of cargo. A global trade volume that totalled 67 million TEU back in 2000 hit 192 million TEU in 2017 and has grown quickly enough to allow the fleet to get that large.The 5,083 ships at start 2012 moved 155 million TEU that year but then, in 2017, a figure of 5,159 ships moved a global volume 24% larger.Capacity, if not the actual number of ships, has grown rapidly, and the constancy of ‘The 5,000’ is of course in part illusory. Within the fleet there have been major dynamics with bigger new ships (as large as 21,000 TEU) joining the fleet and older, smaller ships exiting.There are 383 units (2.7 million TEU) on order and in the last two years 335 were recycled, so ship numbers might not change too much, even as capacity grows further, according to Clarksons.last_img read more