Alumni celebrate the arts

first_imgGenerations of Harvard alumni came together on campus last weekend to celebrate the arts. The gathering reflected an expanding vision as the arts at Harvard have emerged as a dynamic part of the University’s curriculum.“Like many of you, some of my favorite Harvard memories are built on making or experiencing the arts. The extracurricular energy in the arts community at Harvard has always been vibrant, adventurous, and creative,” said Susan Morris Novick ’85, president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “But in those days, finding a way to pursue artistic interests and get academic credit was perhaps the greatest adventure of all. At long last, all that has changed.”“Question + Create, A Harvard Alumni Gathering On the Arts,” hosted by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in partnership with a University-wide alumni advisory committee, welcomed more than 300 alumni last weekend to explore the arts’ local influence and their far-reaching impact outside the gates.“Your presence, your interest, your enthusiasm have resonated throughout the University, and your many efforts of support over the years have really shown us a path forward to change the face of the arts on campus,” said Harvard President Drew Faust at Friday’s welcome reception.President Drew Faust and husband Charles Rosenberg applaud as Alison Brown ’84 plays banjo with her band. President Faust is a big banjo fan, and Alison Brown played at her inaugural celebration 10 years ago. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe weekend had special meaning for alumni who could see the fruition of the Task Force on the Arts report, initiated by Faust in 2008. The 10-year-study led to an interdisciplinary program combining historical and theoretical study of the arts with their practice. The Theater, Dance & Media concentration created in 2015 graduated its first concentrators last spring.“The Task Force Report of 2008, and what that report emphasized, is that the arts have an essential place in the cognitive life of the University,” Faust said. “And so for the past decade we have been making that a reality.”The weekend, which featured an interdisciplinary lineup of faculty and alumni speakers, involved exploration of the arts through music and dance performances, interactive panel discussions, tours of campus art spaces, a film screening, and more. Faculty, students, and alumni engaged in the enrichment opportunities spanning topics such as the intersection of the social impact of arts and their role at a University enmeshed in research.Jennifer Luce, M.Des.S. ’94, said she felt the excitement as soon as she arrived on campus.“The arts are the perfect example of successful collaboration with diversity and an enthusiasm that comes from within,” said Jennifer Luce. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“I’m an architect, but my passion lies within the arts. For me, the arts are the perfect example of successful collaboration with diversity and an enthusiasm that comes from within,” she said. “We are all coming from the same place of enjoyment, of beauty, of movement, of the written word. That’s why I noticed there are so many people smiling today. It’s wonderful to imagine that art is so alive here on campus. This event allows intersection to happen.”The intersectionality and the climate of diversity in the arts were explored in HAA’s Shared Interest Group panel discussion, “Adding Color to the Arts: Addressing Inequalities in the Cultural Sphere.” Hosted by the Harvard Black Alumni Society, Harvard Arab Alumni Association, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, and Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, the discussion focused on the complex issues of inequality in the arts and concrete strategies to address it.Karen Jackson-Weaver, Ed.M. ’95, who moderated the discussion, said the topic was not only rich but offered an opportunity for engagement. She asked panel members what is it about the Harvard experience that allows creative people to think deeply about exploring their passions as they relate to diversity and people of color, now and in the future.Alison Brown ’84 performs on banjo with her husband, bassist Garry West. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“What do we need to do to create greater access, encourage, and train the next generation to be poised and groomed to take the helm in the field of the arts, artistic excellence, and innovation?” she asked.Panelists included Amy Chu, M.B.A. ’99, comics writer for DC and Marvel; Henry McGee ’74, M.B.A. ’79, senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School and former president of HBO Home Entertainment; and Andrea Zuniga, Ed.M. ’16, director of visual and performing arts in the Cambridge Public School District.Vaughan Bradley-Willemann, M.Ed. ’16, who attended the Friday reception, said there is a common misconception that a Harvard degree will open doors, especially to a person of color. The onetime New York resident now lives in Washington D.C., working as the program manager for Project Create, a nonprofit offering accessible arts education to children and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.“The most powerful thing is how much of the Harvard diaspora cares about the arts, and is involved in the arts either professionally or as a lifelong passion,” said Meredith Max Hodges ’03, M.B.A. ’10. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“Especially working in D.C. and with people of color, they want to know that you’re trustworthy, that you’re from the community, and you understand everything,” said Bradley-Willemann. “My specific program at Harvard helped me in that it was interdisciplinary. So many arts were represented. If I had just been in one program, I may not have been as confident applying for certain jobs. A cross-curriculum in the arts does make a difference.”Meredith “Max” Hodges ’03, M.B.A. ’10, executive director of the Boston Ballet, said it is impossible for her to imagine the trajectory of her career and life without her Harvard education.“To me, the most powerful thing is how much of the Harvard diaspora cares about the arts, and is involved in the arts either professionally or as a lifelong passion. It really does feel like there is a Harvard community both here at the University and out there that is passionate about the arts,” she said.Faust said she sees the increasing addition of practicing artists to the faculty as a welcome expansion of the academic community.“I hope that, for all of you this weekend, immersion in the arts at Harvard will encourage you to come back more often to be part of this central component of what is a 21st-century Harvard education,” she said.last_img read more


One killed in State Road 46 crash Saturday

first_imgMorris, Ind. — Indiana State Police say one person was killed in a crash on State Road 46 near County Road 650 East Saturday at 6:50 p.m.No other information is available at this time. UPDATE 3:15 p.m.Indiana State Police say a child was injured and was transported to Margaret Mary Health then to an Indianapolis area hospital, Two others were seriously injured and transported to a Cincinnati-area hospital. No names have been released.last_img


Ex-Olympic Eagles skipper, Isaac Promise, collapses, dies

first_imgRelatedPosts Akwa Ibom indigene sends SOS to DG DSS Businessman drags EFCC to court, demands N20m damages for rights violation Electoral malpractice: Three varsity dons indicted, three INEC officials sacked Nigeria’s captain to the 2008 Olympic silver medal, Isaac Promise, died late on Wednesday after collapsing at his apartment gym in Austin, Texas, United States of America, authorities said. He was 31.Police said authorities were called after a report of a deceased person at Isaac’s apartment building but no further details were immediately available. Austin Bold, owner Bobby Epstein, said Isaac collapsed at the apartment gym and no foul play was suspected.Isaac played for Nigeria at the 2005 World Youth Championship and captained the Under-23 national team that lost the 2008 Olympic final 0-1 to Lionel Messi and Argentina. He also appeared in three matches for Nigeria’s senior national team.Isaac played for seven clubs in Turkey, appearing in more than 350 matches. He spent a season in Saudi Arabia before signing with Austin Bold, where he had three goals in 20 matches this season.Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has described as “shocking” reports on Thursday that Promise had died.The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said the Federation and indeed the entire Nigerian Football family were saddened by the report, coming less than 48 hours after two women footballers of Nigeria Women Professional League side, Police Female Machine FC of Uyo, were crushed to death by a hit-and-run Jeep driver after a training session in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.Sanusi said: “This has been a tragic week for Nigerian Football. Isaac Promise was a very disciplined, energetic, committed and patriotic player who gave his all every time he put on the green-and-white.“We do not know yet the cause of death, but we mourn his untimely passing at such a young age. Our prayer is that Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest and also grant those he has left behind the fortitude to bear the big loss.”Tags: Akwa Ibom StateIsaac Promiselast_img read more


Bin Hammam wants open World Cup bidding process

first_imgFifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has stated that he will make the bidding process for future World Cups more open if he is elected to the post.Bin Hammam said Fifa was not corrupt but told the BBC the organisation needed to be more transparent.“We need to explain decision making – people are making decisions that affect millions,” he told BBC sports editor David Bond.Bin Hammam added: “We belong to the people – acting on behalf of them.”Fifa president Sepp Blatter came under fire after Fifa’s vote in December for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively.There were allegations of corruption in the bidding process and two executive committee members were suspended, while four other officials were sanctioned. Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president, said the public would have more confidence in Fifa if the process was opened up to scrutiny.“It’s reasonable and logical to vote openly – it happens in other organisations, why shouldn’t it happen in Fifa?” he said.The election for a new president takes place at the two-day Fifa Congress in Zurich, which starts on 31 May.Blatter, 75, has been in charge of world football’s governing body since June 1998, and has not been challenged since 2002 when he defeated African confederation president Issa Hayatou by 139 votes to 56.Source: BBClast_img read more


Jarvis Landry returns to field, works out with Baker Mayfield, other Browns

first_img Kareem Hunt questioned by police after bar incident, report says Off my hiatus….. 🤗A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on Jul 1, 2019 at 5:24pm PDTWith training camp getting closer, Mayfield expects Beckham to rejoin the Browns as early as this week as the team holds practice in Los Angeles ahead of the quarterback’s wedding.”It is obviously still early in the process, but we are going to kick it into a little overdrive here pretty soon and just keep building that,” Mayfield said during minicamp last month, via cleveland.com. “We do not have to be perfect right now, but we’re building for that. Still a long way away from Game 1, but we have to be ready for that.”The Browns are scheduled to open camp July 25. Landry, who sat out all of OTAs and mandatory minicamp with an undisclosed injury, shared photos Monday of his first day back on the field on Instagram, captioning the first, “That comeback feeling.” Related News View this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram Stay out my closet @bakermayfield 🧐🧐#NikeThisNikeThat #CutoffLegends @disposabrosA post shared by Jarvis Landry (@juice_landry) on Jul 1, 2019 at 4:18pm PDTFellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains away from the team to work out on his own, but shared a video of himself toe-tapping through some rings with the caption “Off my hiatus.” Amari Cooper: Move from Oakland to Dallas ‘definitely necessary’ View this post on Instagram That comeback feeling 😬😬😬😬 📸📸 @disposabrosA post shared by Jarvis Landry (@juice_landry) on Jul 1, 2019 at 4:00pm PDT Baker Mayfield is no longer the lone man on the field.After being noticeably absent from offseason workouts, star wide receiver Jarvis Landry is back to running routes with his quarterback.last_img read more