Windows on the world

first_imgIn the past 20 years, the Weissman International Internship Program has enabled 576 Harvard College students to work and experience life in 87 countries. This year, 49 students participated in the program, the largest number ever.On Thursday, representatives of that group joined program alumni, Harvard faculty, staff, and three generations of the Weissman family to honor Paul Weissman ’52 and Harriet Weissman, the program’s namesakes, at a reception at University Hall.Michelle Wu ’07 was a Weissman intern in 2006. She took a break from her campaign for Boston city councilor-at-large to give thanks to the program. “I interned at a Shanghai law firm,” she said. “Without that experience, I wouldn’t have gone to law school, and I wouldn’t be running for office.”Harvard President Drew Faust addressed the reception, heralding the Weissmans’ generosity — not just for the program, but also for Paul Weissman’s fundraising for his College class, which he has spearheaded every year since graduation, and his work at the Harvard Foundation. She also acknowledged the couple’s longtime personal “friendship and support” during her years at Radcliffe, and thanked them for escorting her to her first Harvard-Yale game.Paul Weissman thanked Faust, saying the program “has given us tremendous pleasure and satisfaction.”He also thanked Jay Harris, dean of undergraduate education, for his help securing the hall’s faculty room for the reception. “Not everyone gets this room,” he explained, to laughter.Weissman acknowledged the work of Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Tamara Rogers, Sidney Knafel ’52, M.B.A. ’54, and University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph Nye for their help in launching the program in the early ’90s. “It’s been going gangbusters ever since,” he declared, to more laughter.Harriet Weissman spoke next, in a soft, rolling voice. She playfully chided her husband of 52 years for saying everything she had wanted to say. The program’s participants, she said, “make us feel optimistic about the future.”“It’s rare for something in academia to be fresh for 20 years,” Harris said, but the Weissman program has remained so despite starting “before today’s undergrads were even born.”“Before Harvard fully embraced international study,” Harris said, “the Weissmans were.”Weissman Program participant Li Murphy ’15 spent this past summer “working with bees, beekeepers, and on world development” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the first participant to intern there. Murphy said the experience reinforced to her how important bees are to understanding the health of ecosystems around the world. She also brought back plenty of honey.“Thanks to the Weissmans,” she said, “from the bottom of my heart and the bottom of my stomach.”Mateus Falci ’14 edited and mixed documentary footage for a film company in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The experience, he said, was “less L.A. and more nice people.” The program enabled him to live as Brazilians do, and to work on actual films — something he suspects an American internship wouldn’t have included.Naimonu James ’14 spent her summer in Malaysia, working at a fine arts gallery. “I came back with a sense of what I want to spend the rest of my life doing, which is to spend it in galleries.”The three students presented the Weissmans with a silver cup filled with the flags of the 87 countries the students had visited.The reception, sponsored by the Office of Career Services, was originally slated for last spring, but was rescheduled following the Boston Marathon bombings.last_img read more

Pope brings ‘Francis effect’ to U.S.

first_img“I’m most curious about how the speech to Congress goes, just because it’s such an improbable place for a pope to appear,” Clooney said. “I’m surprised he would put himself in such a political situation. After all … who gets invited to speak before Congress? Previously we might have expected a pope to keep a certain distance from politicians and not step into so political a space.”Pope Francis’ statements on various controversial issues, from gay marriage to the environment to abortion and divorce, have contributed in part to his growing popularity and the so-called “Francis effect.” Demand to attend one of his public events is so high that many parishes and other organizations have had to hold drawings to determine who would get a ticket.Despite those statements, and the attention, Pope Francis isn’t making any changes to doctrine.“He hasn’t actually changed anything about gay marriage or women priests; he hasn’t done anything like that, but his consistent point is that the doctrine is supposed to be used for some purpose. A church that, as it were, shuts the doors and closes the windows and worries all the time about protecting itself from outside influences is a church that makes itself into a museum,” said Clooney. “As he has told the bishops over and over, instead of focusing exclusively on birth control, the nature of the marriage bond, and issues like that, it is crucial to talk to people where they are, about their real-life crises, such as poverty, violence, and ecological degradation.“He’s not saying that marriage is unimportant or birth control is OK, but he is insisting that we have to do the primary work of the church, which is to be with the poor, to serve the people, to be in the real world, bringing Christ’s love to all,” Clooney continued. “And that, to be sure, was also the message of Vatican II 50 years ago. It is the ‘old new wisdom’ of today’s Church.” A blessing to slow climate change During his six-day visit to the United States this Tuesday through Sunday, Pope Francis will speak at the White House, deliver speeches to Congress and at the United Nations, and celebrate a Mass at Madison Square Garden.But Harvard professors say that other items on the pope’s schedule during his first visit to America are just as significant, at least symbolically, as the high-profile events. In Washington, D.C., he’ll spend time with a charity that works with the homeless and others in need. While in New York City, Pope Francis plans to visit a Catholic school in East Harlem that serves primarily low-income and immigrant children. Later in his trip he’ll visit the largest jail in the Philadelphia Prison System.Harvard will be represented during Pope Francis’ visit. Emily Click, an assistant dean at Harvard Divinity School, will hear the pope speak at the White House on Wednesday. HDS Professor Francis X. Clooney will attend the multifaith service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Friday. Photos (left) by Jonathan Beasley/HDS Communications and Justin Knight“What he’s saying symbolically in going to a place like a prison while on a trip where he’s going to be listening to these powerful people is to say, you are going to influence me, Congress is going to influence me, but these prisoners are on a par with you; what they have to say is just as important in informing me and my future speeches as what you have to say,” said Emily Click, assistant dean for ministry studies and field education at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), who is teaching a course on administration and leadership.Click will be one of the people in attendance when the pope speaks at the White House on Wednesday. Another HDS faculty member, Parkman Professor of Divinity Francis X. Clooney, S.J., the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, will attend, by invitation, the multifaith service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Friday.One of the more significant events during Francis’ visit will be his address during a joint meeting of Congress, the first by a pope. Papal encyclical will focus governmental, scientific, moral attention on issue, Harvard analysts say Relatedlast_img read more

SMC students fundraise for cystic fibrosis research

first_imgFor five senior marketing majors at Saint Mary’s, picking a charity for a marketing management class project was one of the easier tasks they have taken on this semester. As part of the class, students must create a fundraising event for a charity of their choice. One group, composed of seniors Antonia Infante, Ashley Ward, Debbie Neal, Liz Leeuw and Jessica Vravis, chose the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, because the members have multiple connections with the disease. “My 18-year-old sister has cystic fibrosis (CF),” Leeuw said. “This is one of the reasons why we chose to raise money for CF and all of the families it affects.” Ward said the group chose to sell tickets to the South Bend Silver Hawks game scheduled for April 20 to target the South Bend community, especially children. “I remember when I was younger and our school would have a night where all the kids and families would come to ‘The Cove,’ or Coveleski Stadium, where the Silver Hawks play,” she said. “It was always a really fun time for everyone involved.” Ward said she babysits for a local two-year-old child with cystic fibrosis, and the boy’s grandfather purchased 50 tickets for his business. The group has sold more than 100 tickets in total, Infante said, and if they sell 100 more, a guest of their choosing may throw the first pitch at the game. Vravis said the Silver Hawks made organizing the fundraiser fairly simple. “When we were deciding on what type of event we wanted to hold, we realized that having a fundraiser for a current event would be the best route to take,” she said. “The Silver Hawks already participate in charity events, so this outlet was perfect for our cause.” Neal said the group created a Facebook page for their fundraiser and hung posters and flyers around campus. They also sold tickets in the Student Center, she said. “We have also advertised for our event at Urban Swirl in Granger, [Ind.], and we were selling tickets at Sam’s Club all weekend,” Leeuw said. “In addition to these advertisements, we have been handing out little bells for people to personalize that have a message about CF on them.” Ward said raising awareness of cystic fibrosis is important to the group, because it is not a well-known disease or a cause to which people often donate. “Research has come so far over the years, and it is all due to donations and people wanting to help,” she said. Ninety cents of every dollar raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation support research, Leeuw said. “We really want CF to get the awareness is deserves,” Leeuw said. “Let’s make CF stand for ‘Cure Found.’” Tickets are available to students, faculty and the greater community and cost $6 each. Donations are also accepted. Ticket orders can be sent to Leeuw at [email protected] by Wednesday at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Snite Museum of Art reopens sculpture park

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Gina Costa A new sculpture is featured in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, which reopens Friday and is located on the south side of Notre Dame’s campus. The park features work from artists around the globe.Director of the Snite Museum and curator of the sculpture park Charles Loving said the sculptures were selected to reflect the park’s theme by favoring both the natural environment and human spiritual nature.“Because the site was historically a landfill, I asked landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to image what it might have looked like before Notre Dame was founded,” Loving said.The park includes sculptures created by artists across the globe and by Notre Dame alumni, faculty and individuals in the South Bend community. Snite Museum’s director of marketing and communications Gina Costa said the park is an effort to “return to our nature.”“We’re rescuing [the area] from being a landfill to a beautiful, indigenous place with water elements, prairie grasses, sloping hills, and we put in 12 sculptures [created] by some of the top national and international sculptors,” Costa said.Additions to the park include new walkways, water elements and artwork such as a site-specific sculpture by Philip Rickey titled “Life of Christ/Cycle of Life,” which Loving said will create “a new sacred spot on campus.”With the sculpture park’s proximity to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the future Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, Loving said the park is the next step toward creating a “fine arts district.” Future plans include an art museum within the park and a Department of Art, Art History and Design in the area, he said.“The arts district also creates a literal bridge to the local community through its adjacency to Eddy Street Commons and by virtue of community outreach programs offered by the Snite Museum of Art and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center,” Loving said.According to the Snite Museum’s website, the eight-acre site will soon feature an amphitheater to be used for concerts, poetry readings and tour groups. The outdoor exhibit will remain open permanently and can be freely explored at any time or day.“The function of the park is for the University campus and local community to come picnic and chill out,” Costa said. “It’s just a beautiful, reflective, contemplative environment.”To celebrate the project’s completion, an opening reception will be held at the park Friday afternoon. The reception will feature speeches by community members, the opportunity to plant in the park’s soil and free food and souvenirs for the first handful of attendees.“This is a great opportunity to leave something of yourself at Notre Dame,” Costa said. “There’s going to be all sorts of things to eat, plantings, some vendors [and] just sort of a nice, chill atmosphere.”Tags: Art, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, fine arts district, sculpture, Snite Museum of Art After five years of construction, the Snite Museum of Art will be reopening a public sculpture park on the south side of campus Friday.Themed “Reclaiming our Nature,” the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park features a myriad of acclaimed sculptures situated in an outdoor exhibition stretching across Edison Road.last_img read more

American Psycho’s Drew Moerlein on His Early Royal Role, Side Business and Fave ’80s Jam

first_img Age: 29Hometown: Bow, NHCurrent Role: Paul Owen, Patrick Bateman’s slick co-worker whose superior business card drives Bateman to earn his title as American Psycho.Stage & Screen Cred: Moerlein is making his Broadway debut in American Psycho. His previous stage credits include Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as well as Christian Grey in Spank: The Fifty Shades Parody. He has appeared onscreen in South of Hell and in the films V/H/S, Blind and Fair Market Value. Related Shows View Comments Drew Moerlein photographed at the Paramount Hotel(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)center_img American Psycho Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016last_img

BREAKING: Mount Mitchell State Park To More Than Double in Size

first_imgOfficials with a national conservation organization called the Conservation Fund have ensured the acquisition of 2,744 acres of land adjacent to Mount Mitchell State Park, allowing the 100 year old park to more than double in size.The park, which currently protects just under 2,000 acres, will now extend into the western slope of the Black Mountains, which contain some of the highest peaks in the East.“It’s not going to affect the character of the park initially,” park spokesperson Charlie Peek told the Charlotte Observer. “In the next 100 years, there will be a lot of people who will be very glad we had the foresight to do this.”The Conservation Fund acquired the acreage, which includes two separate tracts, at a price of $8.6 million and sold it back to the state for the significantly lower price of $3.2 million.One of the more notable peaks contained within the new purchase is Cattail Peak, which until now had been known as the tallest privately owned peak in the Appalachian chain.The expansion will also bring the Cane River, a well known trout stream, into the auspices of the park and allow visitors more access during snowy winter months.The expansion comes on the heels of another land acquisition on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which occurred in the Plott Balsam Mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina on Wednesday, August 17.Click here to learn more to learn more about this significant win for public lands in North Carolina.Related:last_img read more

U.S., Dutch seize 688 kilograms of cocaine, arrest 3 suspects

first_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – U.S. and Dutch authorities teamed to arrest three suspected Dominican Republican narco-traffickers in connection with the seizure of 688 kilograms of cocaine and a speed boat in the Caribbean Sea last month. The interdiction, which was not announced until the cocaine was brought to land in late June, involved a host of law enforcement agencies, including the Royal Netherlands Navy, which is playing an increased role in the fight against narco-trafficking in the Caribbean. The seizure and arrests were the result of personnel from three missions – Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force – working together. “This recent interdiction shows again that cooperation at sea is extremely important for counter-drug operations,” Cmdr. Chris van den Berg, the commanding officer of the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Holland vessel, said in a prepared a statement. “Not only did we have interagency cooperation between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Netherlands Navy, but we also had multinational cooperation between the United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.” Operation Unified Resolve has brought together U.S. and regional law enforcement authorities, as well as European countries with a stake in the Caribbean. In little more than a year, the operation has carried out 18 interdictions, seizing 14,282.8 kilograms of cocaine and 3,866.6 kilograms of marijuana. The drug shipments were worth more than US$387 million, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The United States’ Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF) is involved in the operations, and while partner nations may take the lead role on some missions based on politics or jurisdiction, the U.S. always provides its full support. “These arrests and multi-kilogram seizures are a clear indication of the success of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force Initiative,” Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said in a prepared statement. “We will continue maximizing all of our combined resources to investigate and prosecute those who in flagrant disregard of our laws and way of life try to smuggle illegal contraband into our area of jurisdiction.” The June 11 interdiction, where the narcotics seized had a street value of about US$24 million, occurred after a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft detected three men in a go-fast boat waiting in the open sea about 105 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Rico. As surveillance planes kept watch, a Coast Guard cutter and the Dutch naval vessel were sent to intercept the boat. The Dutch Navy sent its own high-speed pursuit boats, which chased the alleged drug smugglers, who threw narcotics overboard. U.S. Coast Guard personnel detained the three men, who have been identified as René Peña-Almonte, José Antonio Toribio-Sánchez and Raúl Rodríguez-Pascua. Authorities discovered seven bales of drugs floating in the water that had been thrown overboard. A surveillance plane later located additional bales, bringing the total to 20 bales that at-sea tests revealed to be cocaine. The suspects were sent to Puerto Rico, where they will be prosecuted. Authorities highlighted the interdiction as another example of how the U.S. territories in the Caribbean are being protected. “Our local, federal and international partnerships are making a difference to stem the flow of drugs into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as far as possible and bring those responsible to justice,” said Coast Guard Capt. Drew Pearson, the Sector San Juan commander. “Our commitment and resolve to protect our coasts and the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from the threats that come from the sea is unwavering.” The seizure comes amid an apparent shift in drug-trafficking patterns. Authorities believe criminal organizations have started to move more operations from the established Central America-Mexico route back to the Caribbean, which was a principal trafficking route in the 1980s. By Dialogo July 10, 2013last_img read more

Man in Russia kills five people for ‘talking loudly’: investigators

first_imgTopics : A man in central Russia shot and killed five people for talking noisily at night under his windows, investigators said Sunday.The shootings took place in the Ryazan region during stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.A 32-year-old man from the small town of Yelatma opened fire on a group of four young men and a woman who “were talking loudly in the street under his windows” at around 10 pm on Saturday, investigators said. Yelatma is located near the city of Ryazan, which is situated some 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of the capital Moscow.The man went to his balcony to complain to the group and a dispute erupted before he reached for his single-barrel hunting rifle, the Investigative Committee said.”They all died of their injuries on the spot,” it said in a statement.The suspect whose name was not released has been arrested. His apartment has been searched and the weapon seized.Deputy Ryazan region governor Igor Grekov travelled to the scene of the shootings on Sunday.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta issues warning to Nicolas Pepe over his Arsenal place

first_imgAdvertisement Nicolas Pepe was left on the bench for Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City (Getty Images)‘He has to be producing every three days at the level that he can be. He has to be a player that can make the difference, that is a threat, that generates fear in the opponent and gives us a big threat in the final third. His work rate has to be related as well with that kind of performance.‘He knows that. He’s such a nice kid. He’s trying really hard. You have to accept as well, the timing and the way he has adapted for the first year.‘A lot has happened for him and we have to understand that. He’s willing and I’m sure we’re going to get the best out of that. I’m convinced of that. Mikel Arteta issues warning to Nicolas Pepe over his Arsenal place Mikel Arteta has urged Nicolas Pepe to be more consistent (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s taking the flash moments into a consistent mode. That, for a creative wide player to do it, is a big task.‘Every detail has to be taken into account because it makes a huge difference. His mentality as well, his mindset has to all the time be like that; to win the game for the team. ‘He’s one of the players in the squad that can do it and must take the responsibility.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img Mikel Arteta is demanding more consistency from Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal (Arsenal/Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has warned Nicolas Pepe that his place in Arsenal’s team will remain under threat if he is unable to find consistency with his performances.The Gunners’ £72 million record signing was left on the bench on Wednesday evening as Arteta’s side were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.Pepe has shown flashes of his talent this season with six goals and eight assists in 32 appearances.And while Arteta is adamant that Pepe will show his best at Arsenal, the Spaniard admits the 25-year-old is currently struggling to meet his demands.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s clear that his consistency has not been at the level he can produce,’ said Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s the first to accept that. That’s what I’m going to demand of a player of his level and calibre. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jun 2020 3:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Mandate roundup: AP1, MSCI, IPE Quest

first_imgSweden’s first national pensions buffer fund AP1 has selected MSCI to provide risk-analysis services after a public tender process.MSCI said the SEK296bn (€31.8bn) pension fund had chosen it to provide the full range of risk analytics, including stress testing, statistical analysis, data visualisation and risk reporting.Kaj Martensen, COO at AP1, said: “We are delighted to be working with MSCI and believe their powerful, multi-asset-class risk platform supports AP1 by providing an integrated view of risk throughout decision layers.”MSCI said it first worked for AP1 in 2011 when the company was chosen to provide ESG ratings for equities and fixed income for the fund. In other news, a Scandinavian pension fund is using IPE Quest to search for managers to take on two high-yield bond mandates – one for US bonds and the other for European bonds.In search QN-2167, the unnamed pension fund is looking for one manager of US high yield, for a mandate expected to be around $300m (€273m). According to the search, the successful manager should be capable of achieving performance higher than the BofA Merrill Lynch US High Yield Master II Constrained Index, independent of the market and investment style.The pension fund said the selected manager or managers must be willing to set up a segregated account.The mandate is to include US high-yield products that are actively managed.All types of investment approach and style will be accepted.The pension fund said the expected excess return target was 1-2% a year, with a “suitable” tracking error.It said it preferred products with a track record of at least three years.Via a second search, QN-2168, the pension fund is searching for a manager to run a mandate of approximately €150m in European high yield.The selected manager should be able to outperform the BofA Merrill Lynch European Currency High Yield Constrained Index, independent of the market and investment style.Similarly to the US mandate, the selected manager or managers must be willing to set up a segregated account, which should include actively managed pan-European high-yield products but no leveraged loan products.The deadline for responses to both searches is 23 March.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected]last_img read more