Discovering the humanities at Harvard

first_imgThe humanities remain a central force driving Harvard’s mission to study and interpret the world in its diverse interconnectedness.In a new video, “Discovering the Humanities at Harvard,” students, faculty, and alumni reaffirmed the strength and vitality of this scholarship, and the lessons of empathy, compassion, and creativity that reach far beyond the classroom.Students Bronte Lim, Adam Pollack, and Gussie Roc shared their perspectives and experiences, which illuminate the transformative power of the arts and humanities in shaping Harvard’s future leaders. Here’s some background on them: Bronte Lim had planned to be a doctor since childhood, never considering her love of writing and theater as scholarly.“I suppose I thought it’d be how it was in high school — very directed and very predetermined,” said the 20-year-old from Vancouver, Canada.But an English course she took in spring of her freshman year, “Political Theater and the Structure of Drama,” proved to be a life-changing experience that made her rethink her educational goals.“It was plays I had never read before and theories I didn’t know existed. My section was four people, and there was great engagement,” the Cabot House junior recalled. “I poured all of my time into my final paper, and it was the first time in College I felt like I had ownership over something I had produced intellectually.”Other courses, such as “Contagion Narratives,” continued her drive toward concentrating in English, with a secondary in chemistry.“When I track my courses, I can see myself doing more and more in the humanities. I’ve been happier and more productive and more engaged as that transition happened,” she said.Adam Pollack said he learns best when he gets a little uncomfortable. Whether it’s studying Russian or the basic steps of a tango, the 20-year-old believes awkward, even difficult moments are necessary for knowledge and growth.“I’ve studied French, Spanish, Russian. Some of the most fascinating conversations I’ve had, I didn’t understand every word or every tense. And even though it was a little uncomfortable, and I didn’t understand all the context, I was just thrilled to talk to someone in his or her own language,” said the Cabot House student, who hails from Long Island, N.Y.As a social anthropology concentrator and member of Harvard’s ROTC/Army Officer Training, Pollack said language courses led to eye-opening classes in Argentine tango and African dance.“Humanities are the most practical education you could ever get. The more I began challenging myself, the more I realized how relevant the study is to human beings. It’s learning how it actually relates in the entire culture. All of my classes have become humanities-based subjects. I value quantitative study, but, very seriously, I think I’ve learned more about real life studying humanities and social theory than in all my other classes.” Gussie Roc grew up writing poetry and plays, went to a high school that didn’t give out grades, and had the support of parents who closely embraced the arts.The Brooklyn native worried that Harvard would be “the antithesis” of her childhood, thinking she would be able to study people and cultures but “only through numbers or sociology.”“Then I took a history and literature seminar my sophomore year called ‘Youth Protest in Europe.’ I loved being able to read things people were creating at the time and understanding the historical context for it,” she said, recalling her connection to her concentration as akin “to finding a home.”Powerful moments have been many for the 21-year-old who lives in Pforzheimer House. In one course, “Urban Inequality After Civil Rights,” Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor of history and African and African American Studies, invited a young man who had been previously incarcerated to speak to the students.“He was talking about the issue in a way that felt very real and critical,” said Roc. “It felt like a mutual exchange, not just that we were Harvard students trying to know the world. Professor Hinton was so invested in having us see the world and interact with it in a better way.”last_img read more

EMC Skating to Where the Puck Will Be

first_imgJoe Tucci outlined the strategy of the EMC Federation at a forum held in New York on March 10, 2015.—This is the first post in a four-part series from EMC Federation leaders.David Goulden on the strategy for EMC Information InfrastructurePat Gelsinger on the strategy for VMwarePaul Maritz on the strategy for Pivotallast_img

The Importance of Mine Warfare for Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo March 21, 2014 Mine warfare is the knowledge and skill necessary to use sea mines and annul their effects when employed as an instrument of aggression. Its operation is divided into undermining (launch of the mines) and mining countermeasures (destruction of launched mines or of those pending launch). A submarine mine is an explosive device with the purpose of breaking the surface of naval assets or submarines, or disrupting maritime traffic in a given area. There are contact mines, which are activated when the ship comes in contact with it, and influence mines, which are activated by a variation of acoustic, magnetic and environmental pressure that surrounds them. These different types of mines can be launched off ships, submarines and aircrafts. The Brazilian Navy launches the majority of its mines from ships and submarines. The first mines were used in the American Civil War, but it was during World War II that they were used on a large scale. The best example was Operation Starvation, undertaken by the Americans against the Japanese, when planes launched 12,000 mines that destroyed three-quarters of Japan’s Merchant Navy. The result, in addition to the immeasurable losses, was a substantial war effort made by the Japanese to clean these mines, for which 349 sweeper vessels were used. The result could not have been more significant: 670 Japanese ships were sunk while the United States lost only 15 aircraft in the operation. During the entire conflict 500,000 mines were launched, sinking 1,500 ships and damaging another 500. Another example is the Korean War, where the landing of 50,000 soldiers, who were onboard 250 ships, was delayed for eight days so that the sweeper ships could clean the area, and due to the postponed landing, U.S. forces lost the surprise effect for the military action. During this operation, the U.S. Naval Force commander said that they had, “lost control of the sea for reed boats,” used by the North Koreans to launch mines. However, in the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein ordered the release of obsolete mines in 10 maritime areas within the Persian Gulf, close to Kuwait, causing the coalition forces to take 40 days to undertake mining countermeasure operations, and the USS Princeton and USS Liberty destroyers were seriously damaged. The effectiveness of mines was proven in numerous conflicts and they continue to be potential agents of destruction against naval assets From an economic perspective, the value of a mine is relatively low, between $1,500 and $100,000. In the case of the USS Samuel Roberts, a mine costing only $1,500 caused a 96 million dollar loss to the United States. The same type of mine created a three million dollar cost in repairs to the USS Tripoli. The mine may be referred to as, “the weapon for the weaker against the stronger.” Any country has the capacity to carry on this kind of war, where any type of vessel can be used, such as fishing vessels or tugs. Also, it is a cleaner war, because it usually gives the enemy the opportunity to decide whether or not to enter the mined areas, assuming the risk of possible losses. For Brazil, the mine is an excellent weapon to defend their territory, given the different social and economic demands still pending, and it was proven to be a priority investment for the country’s government. Considering the strategic significance of the mine war, the sea is essential to Brazil and its use should be ensured by an appropriate and capable military force. About 95% of Brazil’s foreign trade is done by sea, and 85% of the nation’s oil is extracted from the so-called Blue Amazon area. Virtually, the entire Brazilian coast can be undermined and the simple announcement of the existence of mines in the vicinity of a port already creates enough apprehension to disrupt the maritime traffic. The fact that Brazil demonstrates the ability to undermine and to neutralize mines that are thrown in its waters is a factor of great importance for its national defense. In the face of new demands that arise in the coming years, as, for example, the construction of a nuclear submarine and its own naval base, the Brazilian Naval Operations Command deemed necessary to restructure mine warfare within the Brazilian Navy. The Equipment and Articulation Plan of the Brazilian Navy provides for the inclusion of minesweeper ships into the Brazilian Navy’s inventory and, as is now well known within Brazil, this is now an indispensable resource for naval operations’ mining countermeasures. The restructure proposes to divide the ships into strategically positioned squadrons in order to provide clean canals, ensuring the exit and entrance of nuclear submarines into the base and meeting the mine-hunting needs in other points of the Brazilian coast. Besides, it involves the creation of a military organization for the overall coordination of mine warfare affairs to identify and prioritize its needs, thus achieving a greater degree of efficiency and resource conservation. This will be a Mine Warfare Center with specific tasks regarding the development of doctrines and tactics in this area, the maintenance of an interest database, the implementation and operational analysis of the resources and systems of mine warfare, orientation and courses, and the concentration of the existing information. Additionally, a training plan will be created to address the needs for specialists, undergraduate and graduate education for military personnel (officers and soldiers) and civilian students who are performing mine warfare activities, which require well-trained teams to be executed, state-of-the-art equipment and compatible logistical support, because the mines always become treacherous and difficult enemies to neutralize, representing serious threats to those who are transiting mined areas. Excellent comment regarding the War Against Mines in the country. I work at GAAGueM (War Against Mines Assessment and Training Group – MB/2DN), and I live this routine daily. I would like to read other articles related to landmines in Brazil. Nilson Campos de Sousa | 2015-05-10Excellent comment about the landmines in the country. I work for the GAAGueM (Mine Warfare Training and Evaluation Group – MB/2DN), and that is my daily routine.last_img read more

Tony Adams urges Mikel Arteta to strengthen Arsenal squad in two key areas after Man City win

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Jul 2020 9:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link558Shares Aubameyang is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal (Picture: Getty Images)‘Give them what they need and keep them at the club. We want to build a team to win the league. ‘If you want to build the team you give [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang what he needs and you go and get some more top quality players. You don’t plug the holes with kids coming through. ‘Arguably, why did you buy [Nicolas] Pepe when you’ve got [Bukayo] Saka? You need to plug the holes in the appropriate areas. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It looks like we found a goalkeeper that’s been at the club already, so he might come through you might save yourselves a fortune anyway.‘But, I still think they need a couple of real tough defenders and a Gilberto [Silva] or a Patrick Vieira or Emmanuel Petit right in front and I think they’ve got a top four team.’MORE: Kieran Tierney apologises for dressing room celebration after Arsenal beat Man CityMORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright picks out six star performers after sensational Man City winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Adams wants to see Arteta bring in some tough defenders (Pictures: Stadium Astro/Getty Images)Tony Adams says Arsenal need to sign some ‘tough’ defenders and a commanding central midfielder to get back into the top four places.Despite improving under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners are marooned in 10th place in the Premier League table with Champions League football out of reach.However, the north London side will be buoyed after booking their place in the FA Cup final with their 2-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday night.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double sunk Pep Guardiola’s team, as Arteta exacted revenge on his former mentor.ADVERTISEMENTBut, in order to get back into the top tier of European football, Arsenal icon Adams believes as well as tying down their out-of-contract star Aubameyang to a new deal, they must bolster their defence and midfield in the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When you see players like [Aaron] Ramsey leave and [Laurent] Koscielny leave, you kind of go alarm bells for me,’ Adams told Stadium Astro. Advertisement Tony Adams urges Mikel Arteta to strengthen Arsenal squad in two key areas after Man City winlast_img read more

Interior design of multi million-dollar mansion inspired by hotels

first_imgThe pink bedroom room at 277 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The pink bedroom was inspired by the Eloise Suite at the Plaza Hotel, New York. The zebra carpet was imported from the United States.Known as El Nido, the home is on a 3.27ha block, with equestrian amenities, leisure facilities and a guesthouse. 277 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield.The interior has been designed by John Croft Design, a multi-award winning interior design company.The atrium was inspired by the St Regis Hotel, Washington lobby, the main lounge/dining room from Seven Terraces, George Town in Penang, and the leopard design in the family room was inspired by the Leopard Bar at Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva. 277 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield.The interior of this southeast Queensland mansion has been designed and inspired by hotels around the world.The eight-bedroom, five-bathroom property at 277 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield has been listed for sale with a price guide between $3 million to $3.5 million.The owner, who asked for her name to be withheld, has lived at the Brookfield property for eight years.She said the property was initially “very run down but unique”.“There was the potential to develop and create a grand residence modelled on some of the great hotels of the world. I was looking for a project,” she said. 277 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield.With great reluctance, the owner is moving closer to the city and airport.“The house is an extraordinary place to live but I travel a lot and the children have left home,” she said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInterior design trends 201800:51 Related videos 00:51Interior design trends 201801:59Home Tour: Jessi 01:04Steal Or Splurge: Lamps00:23Styling a shelf00:47Dream Architecture: African styling01:46Style Hacks: Dining TableShe hopes the next buyer will appreciate the home as much as she does.“The property is amazing and Brookfield is a wonderful community and perfect for a family with children and horses,” she said.center_img 277 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield.The owner said her favourite part of the home was the atrium, but the kitchen and family room was where she spent most of her time.“It is large enough for everyone to be there but never feel on top of each other,” she said. Inside the massive home at 277 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield.McGrath Estate Agents — Paddington selling agents Alex Jordan and Frazer Watson described the property as unique.Mr Watson said the property would suit a family with kids who were looking to start riding horses or continue.“There’s a lot of privacy here, and a nice big garden in a rural community,” he said.last_img read more

London CIV adds multi-asset, researches equity, fixed income mandates

first_imgNewton is also set to run a global equity fund to be launched in the New Year, while Majedie Asset Management will run the CIV’s first UK equity fund, also to be launched in early 2017.Grover said he was “optimistic” of launching a fourth global equity fund, run by London-based boutique Longview Partners, in the near future.On top of these launches, CIO Julian Pendock and the CIV’s investment team have been assessing more than 200 submissions for other global equity mandates, Grover added.Up to nine managers are in talks about launching equity sub-funds later in 2017 as a result of the assessment process, including companies with emerging market or sustainability tilts, as well as “early stage” managers.In an announcement on its website, the London CIV said: “We anticipate being in a position to offer new dedicated global equity strategies for three products in the first half of 2017, with further strategies being opened in the autumn and winter as demand arises.“The strategies will offer [pensions] greater choice and the opportunity to diversify further should they choose to do so.”The CIV’s investment team fixed income research is planned to dovetail with triennial valuations for LGPS funds and subsequent asset allocation and strategy reviews.The CIV said: “We have held a number of meetings over the last few months encouraging investment managers to take a more holistic approach to income generation as funds become increasingly more mature and pension fund cashflows turn negative.”The London CIV is designed to pool assets across the UK capital’s 33 public pension funds.In almost exactly a year since the launch of the first sub-fund – a global equity mandate run by Allianz Global Investors – a further four equity and multi-asset sub-funds have been launched.Finally, Grover said he and the CIV’s investment advisory committee would be “advocating for change” as the Financial Conduct Authority seeks to implement Mifid II.Under the current wording, local authorities are to be reclassified as “retail investors”, which would significantly restrict the range of investments they could use.Grover said he would lobby for LGPS funds to remain as professional investors “as the proposed criteria don’t work”. The London CIV is to launch a multi-asset sub-fund in December ahead of a range of UK and global equity mandates in the next few months.The local government pension scheme (LGPS) pool has also begun research into fixed income mandates, according to announcements posted on its website yesterday.Newton Investment Management will run the multi-asset sub-fund, which will be a version of its £9.8bn (€11.5bn) Real Return fund.It will launch on 16 December, and initial investments will bring the pool’s assets to £3bn by Christmas, according to chief executive Hugh Grover.last_img read more

Miag-ao’s No. 6 most wanted person falls

first_imgThe suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the municipal police station. ILOILO City –He was listed as the No. 6 most wanted person in the municipal police stationof Miag-ao, Iloilo. The 19-year-old Jonas Mondamo was caughton the strength of an arrest warrant in Barangay Igbugo, Miag-ao around 11:30p.m. on Jan. 15, a police report showed. Officers of the Miag-ao police stationserved the warrant against Mondamo – resident of Barangay Igcabito-on, Miga-ao– in relation to frustrated homicide charge he faces. The court recommended a P72,000 bailbond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

Eagles and Lady Knights Capture Soccer Regional Crowns

first_imgArea Soccer 1st Round Regional ResultsSaturday  (10-19)Girls Soccer RegionalsClass 1A @ Forest ParkOldenburg  2     Providence  1Evansville Day  4     Vincennes Rivet  1Championship-Evansville Day  3     Oldenburg  2Class 2A @ Brebeuf JesuitBrebeuf Jesuit  4     Batesville  0South Dearborn  4     Tri-West Hendricks  1Championship-South Dearborn  2     Brebeuf Jesuit  1SD plays Evansville Mater Dei at The Semi-States on Saturday, October 26th.Class 3A @ New PalestineAvon  2     East Central  0Carmel  7     Lawrence North  0Championship-Carmel  3     Avon  0Boys Soccer RegionalsClass 1A @ ProvidenceJac-Cen-Del  5     North Posey  0Providence  2     South Knox  0Championship-Jac-Cen-Del  3     Providence  0JCD plays Indy Lutheran at The Semi-States on Saturday, October 26th.Class 2A @ GreensburgSpeedway  2     Batesville  0Guerin Catholic  4     Danville  1Championship-Guerin Catholic  6     Speedway  0last_img read more

Eto’o pens Everton deal

first_imgEverton have announced the signing of Samuel Eto’o on a two-year deal on a free transfer. The 33-year-old striker was released by Chelsea at the end of last season and had been linked with Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool before they sealed a surprise deal for Mario Balotelli. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez then stepped in to add the Cameroon international to a forward line that is led by another Stamford Bridge recruit in Romelu Lukaku. Press Associationcenter_img The former Barcelona player scored 12 goals for Chelsea last season, including a hat-trick against Manchester United, but saw his relationship with Jose Mourinho placed in the spotlight when the Portuguese questioned his age in leaked footage from a French television interview. He could now make his Everton debut against Mourinho and his former team-mates, with the sides due to meet at Goodison Park on Saturday. Martinez had been on the lookout for experienced options up front, with Arouna Kone’s long-term lay-off leaving him short of cover. “I met him and we had a very good chat about football in general and I was impressed about the hunger he still has,” Martinez told Everton’s official website. “For someone who has achieved nearly everything, he still has the desire he had at 15 when he went to Spain and showed what he could do. For many reasons he has got a point to prove. “We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him. The fans will make him ready and feel sharp but we have got to be a bit patient with the fitness levels and make sure he is back to his best.” Eto’o – Cameroon’s record goalscorer – claims that Martinez was a key reason behind his decision to sign for Everton. “I am very happy to be here, I am looking forward greatly to putting on the Blue shirt of Everton,” he said. “I have been very impressed by the style of play Everton adopt. I could see straight away that at this club I will have the opportunity to play football. I had the chance to speak with the manager over the last few days and we agreed that this was what we would do. “I was impressed with his enthusiasm but also by the knowledge of football that Roberto Martinez carries, his vision of football and how he reads football. I still think I can learn a great deal from him here.” last_img read more

Keystone’s Peeples shines as undersized guard in honor of late father

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It was nearly the end of the school day when one of the counselors at Girard College, a boarding school in Philadelphia, approached fourth-grader Tyreek Peeples to tell him that his grandmother wouldn’t be picking him up from school to get his haircut.Peeples became uneasy when his mother came to get him instead. They drove to his father’s house and when they arrived, family and friends were waiting inside.He didn’t know what was happening until his mother told him the news. Peeples’ father, Terrance Brown, had died at age 28.“It just hurt me from there,” Peeples said. “It was extremely devastating. Words can’t describe how bad it was.”Eleven years later, Peeples is thriving as a junior guard for Keystone College (9-15, 9-8 Colonial States Athletic Conference). He’s only 5 feet, 3 inches tall, but leads Division III with a 4.1 assist-to-turnover ratio, as of Feb. 13. His father has been an inspiration to him, which has helped Peeples overcome challenges on and off the court. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s the most exceptional kid I’ve ever met,” said Karima Peeples, his mother. “He doesn’t let anything stand in his way. If he wants it, he’s going to get it and he’s going to prove it.”At the age of 4, Peeples started playing basketball on a makeshift net outside his house — a milk crate nailed to a tree.His father taught him the fundamentals: how to dribble, shoot and pass. Not even a year later, Peeples was beating his father and older brother Trevor in games of around the world.“That was his coach, basically,” Karima Peeples said of the father-son relationship. “… With basketball they bonded.”In February 2004, Peeples and his father finished second in a two-on-two, father-son tournament sponsored by his AAU team.“That was like the last greatest memory we had as a father and son,” Peeples said. “We took a picture afterward and he was just proud of me and that was the best time of his life.”But it was the last time Peeples and his father ever played basketball together.The day of his father’s death, Peeples walked in the rain past the spot where his father was killed.“It didn’t stop him, it made him go harder,” Karima Peeples said.Peeples turned to basketball as a coping mechanism, but had more challenges to overcome on the court.Once, a player jumped over his head and opponents still heckle him with names like “Gary Coleman” and “baby.”The nickname he earned from his friends, however, was Mighty Mouse.“It’s not the height that defines a basketball player, it’s the heart that they have inside of them,” Peeples said. “A lot of coaches say that I have the heart of a lion out there. Small as a mouse, but my height hasn’t defined who I am as a player.”With Peeples’ father gone, his high school coach, Nasser Eggleston took over as a primary father figure in his life. Their conversations first centered around basketball, but transitioned to focusing on school advice and life lessons.When Peeples’ recruiting started, the entire process went through Eggleston, who he now refers to as his uncle. Eggleston talked to the coaches, arranged visits and offered any advice Peeples would listen to.“I went from a mentor to a coach to a father figure all at once,” Eggleston said. “It means a lot. As a coach, when you touch somebody’s life, it makes it special.”But when coaches came to watch Peeples play, many told him he was too small to play college basketball. He eventually landed at D-III Immaculata University for two years before transferring to Keystone.Now, each morning, Peeples reflects on words that his father used to tell him every day.“He said, ‘Go live your dreams, son,’” Peeples said. “‘Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise, that you can’t do nothing in life,’ and to always be a better person than he was.“Hopefully I make him real proud, a father from above. His motivation, his words that he told me as a child, are what I use to grow up and to play basketball.” Comments Published on February 18, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more