Depths of slavery, heard, seen, and felt

first_imgAt the age of 8, Africa-born Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The property of a wealthy Boston family, she could read and speak English 16 months later. By 14, she had mastered Latin, likely knew Greek, and was familiar with astronomy and math. In 1773, at the age of 20, she published her first book of poetry, “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.”“She was the mother of the African-American literary tradition,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center, during a recent discussion at the Harvard Art Museums. But she was also “doomed to fail because of the structures of racism embedded even in the discourse of the Enlightenment,” he added.While Voltaire and Washington praised Wheatley’s poetry, Thomas Jefferson, said Gates, called her work “beneath the dignity of criticism.” Her authorship of the volume was challenged by those who denied that a slave could have crafted such moving verse.Today her work is part of a searing film, “No More, America,” that depicts an 18th-century Harvard debate about whether slavery was compatible with natural law. The 14-minute work, on view in the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery, was developed by Professor Peter Galison in conjunction with “The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820,” an exhibit highlighting the diverse teaching methods and fine art for which the Harvard Hall room was known.The Harvard University Archives contains a copy of the 1773 Philosophy Chamber debate between Harvard seniors Theodore Parsons and Eliphalet Pearson on whether slavery was compatible with “natural law.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe teaching cabinet was also a place for debate, often filled with the “voices and ideas that animated Harvard’s 18th-century history,” said Ethan Lasser, Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Curator of American Art.Some of that history is shadowed by slavery.While conducting research for the exhibit, Lasser and his colleagues uncovered the only surviving transcript of the various student discussions the room hosted: the 1773 slavery debate between seniors Theodore Parsons and Eliphalet Pearson.Galison’s portrayal of the exchange, said Lasser, offers up “new ways of thinking about the exhibition,” and about Harvard’s ties to slavery, which have been explored on campus in recent years.Last year, President Drew Faust was joined by U.S. Rep John Lewis in affixing a commemorative plaque on Wadsworth House in honor of four slaves who worked there during the 18th-century presidencies of Benjamin Wadsworth and Edward Holyoke. In March, Faust spoke at a Radcliffe symposium on slavery and universities that featured the work of a number of Harvard faculty and students. Last month, Faust was joined by Annette Gordon Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History and a professor of history, at the unveiling of a Harvard Law School memorial to enslaved people whose efforts helped found the School.Galison, who directs the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, from which “The Philosophy Chamber” borrows, was asked by Lasser for a film idea inspired by an object from the collection. Instead, he turned his attention to the slavery debate, enlisting Gates, author of “The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America’s First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers,” as his co-director.Simply re-creating the 1773 Commencement debate would have been “morally impossible,” Galison said. Including Wheatley’s work helped deepen the engagement with slavery, he said, with the writer’s voice representing “the real presence, the moral presence of slavery in Harvard Yard.”Gates’ interest in the poet largely stems from “this discourse between what I call race and reason: that somehow black people had to show that they were equal, somehow they had to demonstrate that they were fit by God or by nature, depending on where you stood, to be more than slaves because they possessed reason.”Galison said that the film was inspired by a need to understand “how these words felt at the time.” Things that are said or that can be heard, he added, “have a different kind of power, and I think exploring them [through film] adds a dimension to our grasp of the world around us.”The final product was a true collaboration. Harvard undergrads in the three roles received advice from members of the American Repertory Theater, and the score — by 18th-century composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the son of a prosperous planter from Guadeloupe and his African slave — was performed by graduate students in Harvard’s Music Department.During the hourlong discussion last week at Harvard Art Museums, Gates encouraged listeners to explore Harvard’s vast annals for other stories.The number of ideas “sitting in mute form in the archives” is endless, he said.Wheatley secured her freedom after her book was published, but in the years that followed she struggled in poverty and interest in her work waned. She was unable to find a publisher for her second volume of poems and died at the age of 30.But today, on the fifth floor of Harvard Art Museums, her voice rings clear.“No More, America” is on view at the Lightbox Gallery through the end of the year.last_img read more

University names valedictorian, salutatorian

first_imgThe University named valedictorian Caleb “C.J.” Pine and salutatorian José Alberto Suárez in a press release Wednesday.Pine — an Arabic and peace studies major with a minor in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) — is a member of the Glynn Family Honors program, the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar at Notre Dame. He was also named a Truman Scholar and Gilman Scholar, currently holds a 3.92 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and is a four-year member of the Dean’s List.While at Notre Dame, Pine helped found both the student advocacy group Solidarity with Syria and the nonprofit organization Road to Mafraq, which “seeks to increase access to education for children impacted by conflict in the Middle East, specifically supporting Syrian and Iraqi refugees living in Jordan,” according to the press release.Suárez, another Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and four-year member of the Dean’s List, is a computer science and engineering major with a 4.00 cumulative GPA. He was also a member of University honor societies Tau Beta Pi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Eta Kappa Nu. Suárez served as a resident assistant in Keenan Hall and as president of the Student International Business Council during his time at Notre Dame.Pine will deliver the valedictory address during the Commencement ceremony on May 21 at Notre Dame Stadium.Tags: Commencement 2017, salutatorian, valedictorianlast_img read more

GoFundMe for CHOW surpasses goal in 1 day

first_img“It just floored me, it has been a great overwhelming experience that we can help out those in the area who are struggling because of the virus,” said Oliva. “In her discussion she [Rachel Murat] mentioned how shes delivering food for CHOW.” said Oliva, she continued “She talked about how some families are facing challenges in the area, how some children were going without food and that tugged on my heart.” JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Karen Oliva, A computer programmer in Broome-Tioga BOCES’ regional information center (RIC), launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for CHOW. Oliva created a GoFundMe campaign and set the goal at $500, after she shared it to her teams group, the campaign exceeded its goal by the afternoon. One anonymous donor gave $500. Filling a need for a local food distributor, CHOW went from serving 5,000 people a day to serving 27,000 people per day. That’s when Oliva sprang into action. The campaign is now clocking in at $2,230 raised. CHOW says they can feed five people for every one dollar donated, a donation like this is huge. If you would like to support the cause you can either mail a check to CHOW or go here to contribute to the GoFundMe campaign. During one of these calls was a special guest New York Teacher of the Year Rachel Murat. While Oliva has been working remote, her department has been having Microsoft Teams meetings.last_img read more

Indonesia to use COVID-19 rapid tests to expedite detection of virus

first_imgThe government is mulling the possibility of conducting rapid tests for COVID-19 in laboratories across the country to speed up efforts to detect the spread of the coronavirus.“During a meeting with the Health Ministry this morning, we agreed to study the possibility of performing rapid tests across the country as they could provide faster results,” Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said on Wednesday.Authorities are looking at the plan after other countries also changed their testing methods from regular COVID-19 tests to rapid tests, he said. However, it is still unclear when the rapid testing kits will be available in the country.He explained that rapid tests only required blood serum as a sample, meaning the tests could be performed at all health laboratories across the country. Everyone, whether they have shown COVID-19 symptoms or not, could undergo the test. Yurianto also said on Wednesday that the government had authorized three private clinical laboratory chains that could be used for COVID-19 tests: Siloam, Kalbe Farma and Bunda Group.“This is a good news for us, so we can promptly detect any confirmed cases of the disease in the country,” he said.Previously, the Jakarta-based Health Research and Development Agency was the only laboratory authorized by the government to conduct COVID-19 tests.As of Tuesday, 12 laboratories were permitted to conduct the tests, as stipulated in Health Ministerial Decree No. 01/2020. (glh)Topics : The testing method is easier to implement, as the regular tests had to be performed in level two biosafety laboratories, as nasal fluids or larynx substances were used as as the main specimens.However, a major drawback to the rapid tests is that they can only be performed if immunoglobulin samples from COVID-19 patients are available. The substances, he said, were needed as a comparison.“We also need immunoglobulin samples from people who have been infected with the virus for at least a week,” Yurianto said. “Without them, the rapid tests would be useless.”Indonesia confirmed 55 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 227. The government also announced there had been 19 fatalities from the disease, higher than the number of recovered patients to date at 11.last_img read more

Woods tries his hand at defensive side

first_imgAfter back-to-back losses, USC is looking to make some changes and get back on track this weekend against California. One of these changes involves the possibility of freshman wide receiver Robert Woods getting a chance to play on both sides of the ball.Multi-talented · Freshman receiver Robert Woods, who had 12 catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns against Stanford and scored on a kickoff return against Minnesota, has been getting reps at defensive back in practice this week. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan The Trojans seem to need some playmakers on defense, and that’s exactly where Woods fits the profile.  He plays on three different units and has scored a receiving and kickoff return touchdowns. He played both offense and defense in high school, and it looks as though the coaching staff is testing the possibility of that continuing throughout college — something Woods said he was glad to hear.“I was pretty happy, smiling. It was one of my goals coming out of high school to play both ways,” Woods said.Woods has been practicing with the defense since Tuesday, running one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens. USC coach Lane Kiffin has made it clear that he is taking this new idea with Woods very seriously, and plans to utilize his skills throughout his college career, not just this season.“Here’s somebody who was a very great player on defense in high school as well and who we’re always going to look to for as many things as we can,” Kiffin said. “Especially with him being a freshman it’s going to continue down the road. We discussed before, with the probations and sanctions, the possibility of guys playing both ways, and he’s kind of the first guy that we’re looking at.”As for Woods, he’s feeling good about his opportunity. Not only would he get the chance to make some key plays and grab some interceptions, but he said playing defensive back would help him in terms of his offensive ability as well.Woods has gotten a lot thrown at him in a week by the coaching staff, but everyone seems excited about the possible change.“They only gave me one task this week: to play my man and get the ball,” Woods said.Now that USC has tested Woods as a player who can work on both sides of the ball, the only question that remains is whether or not he will be used defensively against Cal.—After the loss to Stanford, when the Trojans were defeated on the last play for the second week in a row, both critics and fans have questioned if the team could stay motivated.The last time USC has been in this situation was back in 2001. Kiffin, however, said he was happy with the attitude at Wednesday’s practice.“It’s been great,” he said. “I don’t think you can tell from them whether we won or lost the game. It’s not any different to me, and it’s not any different in practice. It’s just the same as the week before. I’m not worried about that — we just need to show up to play on Saturday.”However, USC is concerned about injuries. Many players did not practice or were limited at Wednesday’s practice, but Kiffin is trying to look past that and just play who he can.“We’ll take anybody that can play. We’re not going to rest somebody right now,” Kiffin said. “We can’t afford [to].”last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: TOMMY LOGUE COMES OUT ON TOP AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_img1st Tommy Logue (12) 28pts2nd Charlie McVeigh (13) 23pts 16-281st Tony  Finn (16) 25pts2nd P.Devlin (17) 23ptsCSS: N/Q The Old Links0-151st Liam McLaughlin (9) 35pts2nd Robert McCool (15) 34pts16-281st John McGeoghegan (20) 36pts 2nd Nicky McCusker (18) 36ptsCSS: N/QSaturday Open 2nd January 20161st P.Deeney (25) 41pts 2nd Ryan Doherty (5) 41pts3rd Denis McLaughlin (13) 41pts4th Paul McLaughlin (7) 41ptsGross: Brendan Devlin (1) 35ptsCSS: N/QOpen Competition 1st January 20161st Ryan Doherty (5) 37pts2nd Marc Desmond (10) 35pts3rd Eamonn O’Donnell (20) 35ptsCSS: N/QTuesday Open 29th December 20151st Ryan Doherty (5) 39pts2nd Jimmy Clancy (12) 36pts3rd Des Kemmy (5) 33ptsCSS: N/QMonday Open 28th December 20151st Kevin Connelly (6) 37pts2nd David McLaughlin (13) 33pts3rd Jayson McIntyre (4) 32ptsCSS: N/QSunday Confined 27th December 20151st John Grant (12) 45pts2nd Cecil Doherty (6) 40pts3rd Kevin Downey (9) 39pts4th Ryan Doherty (5) 37ptsGross: Brendan Devlin (1) 34ptsCSS: N/QSaturday 26th December 2015 Open competition1st Cormac McKeone (4) 38pts2nd Marc Desmond (10) 37pts3rd Noel Quigley (7) 37pts4th Liam Doherty(W) (8) 37ptsGross: Cormac McGeady (4) 31ptsCSS: N/QLadies:27th December 2015 Confined 9 Holes0-181st Yvonne McGonigle 16pts2nd Mary McGeoghegan 15pts OBOT19-281st Anna Doherty 19pts2nd Sadie Grant(N) 18pts29-361st Marian McConologue 16pts2nd Maire Mathews 15ptsForthcoming Events & FixturesFriday 8th January 2016 Open Competition on The Old LinksSaturday 9th January 2016 Open Competition on Glashedy LinksSunday 10th January 2016 Members Confined on The Old LinksGOLF NEWS: TOMMY LOGUE COMES OUT ON TOP AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: January 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfSportlast_img read more

Why this inspirational adventurer is roughing it in Donegal

first_imgA Dublin man who turned his life around through hiking is currently touring some of the most beautiful locations of Donegal.Derek Cullen is 1,800km into his walk around Ireland and a million miles from a life that was once dominated by loss, alcohol and depression.Derek has walked almost the entire coast of Ireland on his soul-searching mission. He cooks on a small stove and often relies on the kindness of farmers for a place to pitch his tent.  His north-west adventures have taken him to Bundoran, Rossnowlagh, Glenties, the Bluestack Mountains and Glenveagh before visiting family in Creeslough/Ards. Derek has close ties to Donegal as his grandmother Sarah Gallagher is from Creeslough and she was the sister of the famous singer, Bridie Gallagher.The reason for the trip is not for charity, protest or cause, but because he simply loves walking outdoors.In 2014 the Dubliner was tired of his self-destructive life and struggling after the death of his parents. But at his lowest moment of physical and mental exhaustion, he realized that something had to give. He said: “It was my own fault and this was hard to admit. But I had no success with being self destructive, my drinking habit was literally exhausting and I knew it was time to try something different. Looking back, that was the moment I decided to live for my parents instead of trying to live without them, and to chase down the life I wanted rather than eking my way through a life that was falling apart.”Derek cycled thousands of miles across Africa, hiked the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland, and hiked another 4,500km from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.In July 2019 he decided to walk around Ireland, all the while editing daily videos of the trip and sharing his discoveries and life lessons with followers on Facebook. Three Irish companies (BDifferent Marketing, Elk Recruitment and the Hiiker App) have jumped on board to help cover some of the day-to-day expenses.But Derek no longer takes these adventures with any grand achievement or purpose in mind. He believes that spending so much time outdoors has enabled him to manage his problems and anxieties so effectively. He also gave up alcohol three years ago and attributes his newfound “success” as an adventurer to a conscious effort to embrace his life with positivity and perseverance. “I’m not out here trying to fix my problems anymore. I just like to explore on foot, to watch the land and seasons change, while enjoying the health benefits that come with getting outdoors. Spending so much time outdoors seems to have re-wired my brain and taken me down a much more exciting road in the process.”You can follow the walk around Ireland Facebook (Derek Cullen Outdoors) or any other social media platform. Why this inspirational adventurer is roughing it in Donegal was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Takeaways: Talk of a Sharks’ goalie controversy ends with blowout loss in Vegas

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.LAS VEGAS — A 53-second stretch in the second period told the entire story.Trailing the Vegas Golden Knights 5-0 late in the period, Evander Kane received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute penalty for abuse of officials and a game misconduct after he argued with the referees over a tripping call. Less than a minute later, head coach Pete DeBoer got tossed from the game, as well.In the third, Barclay Goodrow …last_img read more

The First Cab Cam of 2016 – Pence Farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the first to get the 2016 planting season started in Ohio was Pence Farms in Clark County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along for a round or two of corn planting and visited with Brent about how things are going early on in this New Carlisle field.last_img

Green Builder Coalition Honors Innovators in Four Categories

first_imgWe’ve mentioned in previous posts the Canada-based Now House Project, which specializes in retrofitting older homes into net-zero energy dwellings and recently was among 12 winning entries in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, which is designed to generate interest in eco-friendly design among builders, developers, and the public.Now House is back in the news for winning another award, this one from the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition, a group of homebuilders and developers in Canada that was founded in 2004 to promote energy-efficient construction and retrofits.At a ceremony held June 8 in Montreal, the NZEH Coalition presented its inaugural Net-Zero Energy Home Awards in four categories, including the “closest to net-zero energy” custom retrofitter of the year award, which went to Now House.In the second category, honoring the “custom homebuilder of the year,” the award went to Edmonton-based Habitat Studio and Workshop, which says it avoids stock blueprints in favor of unique designs and markets its construction standards as being well into green, particularly for wall, basement, and attic insulation.EcoCité Developments took the coalition’s “production homebuilder of the year award” for an in-fill project called Abondance le Soleil, a triplex in downtown Montreal that also won praise from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for its “wide range of energy-efficient techniques and technologies,” including an 84-panel PV system.The award in the fourth category, the NZEH “champion of the year,” went to Derek Satnick, co-founder of Mindscape Innovations Group, a green-building consultancy and home-technology specialist based in Kitchener, Ontario.last_img read more