Hutchins Center announces 2015-16 Du Bois Fellows

first_imgHenry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, has welcomed twenty-one fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. “We are delighted to welcome one of our most distinguished  classes of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows,” says Gates. “The geography of early modern Atlantic militancy, hiphop in the American South, debt among the urban poor, living politics among South Africa’s urban poor, the circulation of the black body in the global art economy, art as excuse, a literary map of rap music, black-white collaborations in the move from rhythm and blues to soul and rock, and racial equity in education policy and practice are among the exciting projects which the 2015-2016 Class of Fellows will be pursuing at the W. E. B Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center.”At the heart of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the institute’s fellowship program accepts established and emerging scholars from both the humanities and social sciences and occasionally from fields such as engineering and the medical sciences. Fellows are participants in a range of activities including colloquia, public conferences, lectures, readings, and workshops. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Department renames Isis Gallery as AAHD Gallery

first_imgSince the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group, commonly known as “ISIS,” many businesses and organizations with the same acronym have modified their names to avoid any negative connotations. Notre Dame’s department of art, art history and design department recently followed suit, renaming the Isis Gallery in O’Shaughnessy Hall as the AAHD Gallery.Originally created by students, intended for exhibitions of student work and named after the mythological goddess, the existence of the Isis Gallery dates back to the 1970s, Richard Gray, chair of the department, said, when the art department was housed in the old fieldhouse.“I came to the department in the 1980s, and it was already a gallery, an operating space. And it was started by students, probably in the old fieldhouse,” he said. “The department occupied the old fieldhouse for about 10 years, prior to moving to Riley Hall. They never had a permanent home, and the old fieldhouse was kind of this ad hoc space they took over, and it has since become the [Clarke Memorial Fountain].”After the demolition of the fieldhouse, the gallery moved to O’Shaughnessy Hall, where students and graduate students continue to install and take down work, which is a range of art media across all disciplines, including design work. “We don’t have a particular staff person that [is] doing that,” he said.The AAHD gallery currently shows undergraduate and graduate student and professional work, Gray said. “The gallery is there for us to showcase professional work from the outside for the benefit of the student community. It’s there to feature our own student work, to students and faculty, to the Notre Dame community and to showcase what we do as artists and designers,” he said.The AAHD gallery exhibits professional work for two-thirds of the academic year and shows student work the rest of the time, Gray said. The work of a second-year graduate student is currently being installed, and senior undergraduate work will be displayed at the end of the semester. “Most of the shows during the semester are from artists beyond the department. We have a small lecture series here, where we invite people to come and speak, and one of the options is for them to have an exhibition in the gallery to go along with their talk.”The location of the gallery in O’Shaughnessy Hall is partially practical, Gray said, because of a lack of space in Riley Hall. “The more beneficial way to look at is that the gallery is a way for us to have outreach on the campus, to make what we do available to people beyond our building,” he said. “Having art in a public place creates a great conversation with just the public at large — in this case, with a lot of students — rather than locating galleries in art spaces, locating galleries in non-art spaces is beneficial, as a conversation starter, as outreach, in sharing our intellectual curiosity and intellectual production with other people.”By displaying student work, the gallery “completes the circle” for an artist or designer, not unlike publication completes the circle for a writer, he said. “This a way of you completing that circle, from producer to consumer, and having that conversation at large with people beyond your own interest and constituencies,” he said. “Our students have the experience of exhibiting work, of putting themselves out there in the public for commentary and feedback.”Tags: AAHD. O’Shaughnessy Hall, Art Gallerylast_img read more

Experience Transylvania County

first_imgThere’s no better base camp for your outdoor adventure than the “Land of Waterfalls.” Almost fifty percent of the land in Transylvania County is publicly owned and protected, ensuring that you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of the Southeast’s most extraordinary landscapes in places like Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Recreational Forest and Gorges State Park.Transylvania County: the original “Splashville.”The county’s unique geography allows for 250 magnificent cascades within a few miles of each other. In fact, few things in the natural world are as awe-inspiring as the sight of water pouring off the side of a high stone ledge and clamoring into a rocky pool beneath. Though your first inclination may be stand and marvel, you might not want to spend too much time at any one waterfall. Not when are 249 others you’ll want to visit.Choose a higher path.Whether ascending the side of a mountain, winding through forest glades, or stepping down over mossy stones beside majestic falls, most of our grandest byways are engineered perfectly for two (or four) legged traffic. Transylvania County’s 1000+ miles of trails give hikers of all ages and skill levels the chance to take a turn on the road less traveled.0166Shifting gears: a deeply ingrained biking culturePick up a cycling magazine or eavesdrop on any conversation between serious bikers and you’ll hear Transylvania mentioned in the same breath as Whistler and Moab for its diversity of cycling opportunities. Pisgah and DuPont boast over 300 miles of epic singletrack, and hundreds more miles of fire roads while Transylvania County offers an endless variety of road cycling options. Getting Hooked: fly fishing in Transylvania CountyOur peaceful waterways, bubbling under the leafy canopies in Transylvania County’s forests, make for an excellent location to practice the art of fly fishing. Several local outfitters offer private streams and solitude for those seeking a trophy fish, while multiple locations provide beginners and experts alike the raw materials for their next whopper of a fish tale.fly3268We’re all wet.Transylvania County’s rivers, streams, lakes and waterways can cast you off onto a whole other avenue of paddling adventure. The swift waters of the French Broad allow you to follow the river as far as the current will take you. For those looking for a rockier ride, Transylvania’s tributary rivers offer exciting whitewater during high water.0333Looking Glass Rock: Are you up for it?Simply put, Transylvania County offers some of the best climbing in the Southeast. Looking Glass Rock, one of the largest monoliths in North America, is famous among climbing enthusiasts and receives regular coverage in national magazines. It’s massive granite face offers two- to eight-stage climbs of up to 600 feet. Another great spot that’s less heavily trafficked is Cedar Rock, which offers one- to three-pitch climbs of up to 400 feet. Difficulty ratings on both faces range from 5.4 to 5.13.Get to the heart of it.As if all of this outdoor adventure weren’t enough, an additional reward awaits your discovery at the end of the day. Downtown Brevard offers a fine, relaxed accompaniment to wilderness exploration and a whole new sort of adventure for any and all inclined to follow their senses through one of “America’s Coolest Small Towns.”Discover an exciting new artist in one of Brevard’s cutting edge galleries. Sample a new IPA, pilsner or stout at one of our three celebrated local breweries: Oskar Blues, Brevard Brewing and Ecusta Brewing. And when the day is done, relax under the stars at Brevard Music Center or while dining al fresco at one of our celebrated farm-to-table restaurants.whitesquirrel2502A standing invitation.The treasures of Transylvania County are enough to inspire a lifetime of discovery. All you need is a sense of adventure – and our free Travel Planner and Waterfall map available here. [divider]More for[/divider]last_img read more

Calling All Referees!

first_imgWe are calling for referees to attend and officiate at the annual KidsXpress Touch of Colour charity corporate Touch Football event, held in conjunction with the National Rugby League (NRL) and the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. KidsXpress for life Foundation looks at helping young children who have been traumatised, abused and neglected. KidsXpress utilises “expression therapy” to help kids share their thoughts, ideas and imagination through song, dance, art and drama….and sport. This event raises significant funds and awareness in support of this great cause and initiative and is a great day out for all stakeholders. Come and take part in this opportunity which will feature former NRL stars playing in various corporate teams; providing an amazing opportunity to engage with former stars, new friends and officiate on Allianz Stadium; all the while and contributing to raising valuable funds for the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. Where: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park When: Friday, 18 November 2016 Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm Format: 20 teams, four pools of five teams, Round Robin games. Four fields, 10 minute games, 30 second half time (change direction), one and a half minutes break between games. Top two from each pool progress to Quarter Finals. Former NRL stars in attendance: Roy Asotasi Danny Buderus Shane Elford Jamie Feeney Joe Galuvao Dene Halatau Nathan Hindmarsh Peter Jorgensen Jason King Anthony Minichiello Adam Peek Josh Perry Frank Puletua Tony Puletua Anthony QuinnLuke RicketsonAndrew Ryan Willie Talau Nigel Vagana Trent Waterhouse Rhys Wesser Paul Whatuira To confirm your availability or for further information please contact Zoe Zinetti [email protected] or 02 6212 2809 by Monday, 14 November 2016.Related LinksCalling all referees!last_img read more

India Iran to step up cooperation on Afghanistan

first_imgNEW DELHI – India and Iran said Saturday that they would step up co-operation in combatting extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-wracked country.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries would also make efforts to improve energy security and regional connectivity to reach landlocked Afghanistan and Central Asia by developing Iran’s Chabahar Port and road and rail routes.“We both will work for restoring peace, stability, prosperity and a pluralistic system in Afghanistan,” Modi said after holding talks with Rouhani in New Delhi on the final day of Rouhani’s three-day visit.Rouhani said Iran and India “are prepared for joint ventures in gas and petroleum sectors.” He sought India’s investment in these areas, as well as in the industrial and mining sectors.He said Afghanistan must be “a vivacious and secure country,” adding that Iran and India would also co-operate in dealing with the situations in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran is a key stakeholder in the future of those nations.Rouhani’s visit to India came at a time when President Donald Trump has threatened to scuttle an international deal reached with Iran in 2015 over its nuclear program that ended economic sanctions imposed on the country.The uncertainty puts India in a difficult position with its growing ties with the United States.Rouhani referred to Trump’s threat on the nuclear deal, and said that “politics without adhering to one’s commitment and promises cannot resolve the conflicts and problems of the current world.”He also accused the United States of intervening in the internal affairs of countries in the Middle East.“Why did they (U.S.) invade Iraq? Why are they in Syria now? Why have they occupied a part of Syria now?” Rouhani asked while giving a speech at the Observer Research Foundation, an Indian think-tank.“We know that selling arms is a very profitable business,” he said. “We are aware that the factories that produce arms need customers.”India and Iran signed agreements Saturday for avoidance of double taxation and implementing an extradition treaty signed in 2008. Another agreement envisaged the pooling of technical, scientific and human resources between the two countries.India will also help Iran in running a multipurpose container terminal at the Chabahar Port for 18 months as part of a lease agreement. India is helping Iran develop Chabahar Port on the Gulf of Oman for trade with Afghanistan and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistan, which has refused to provide New Delhi access through a land route.India committed up to $500 million for the development of Chabahar along with associated roads and rail lines.last_img read more

The Latest Tahoe storm warning Reno advisory Saturday

first_imgRENO, Nev. — The Latest on the winter storms at Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada (all times local):5 p.m.Up to another 14 inches (35 centimetres) of snow is possible overnight in the mountains around Lake Tahoe where a winter storm warning runs from 11 p.m. Friday through 3 p.m. Saturday.Nearly 2 feet (61 cm) of snow has fallen over the past 48 hours at Tahoe-area ski resorts.The latest in a series of storms could bring snow accumulations to the valley floors around Reno and Carson City, where a winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. to noon Saturday. Up to 2 inches (5 cm) is possible in town and 4 inches (10 cm) in the foothills.The National Weather Service says travel on mountain passes around Lake Tahoe could be very difficult Saturday with gusty winds producing poor visibility especially in higher elevations___10 a.m.Another winter storm is making its way toward Lake Tahoe where nearly 2 feet (61 centimetres) of snow already has fallen at several ski resorts and more than 4 feet (1.2 metres) is reported further south in the highest elevations of the central Sierra along the California-Nevada line.The National Weather Service says the most recent snowfall Thursday and early Friday totalled about 20 inches (45 cm) at Northstar, Squaw Valley and Mt. Rose on the highway connecting Reno to Lake Tahoe.As much as 53 inches (134 centimetres) of snow was reported at Mammoth Mountain ski area three hours south of Tahoe.Precipitation has been mostly in the form of rain in the valleys, including Reno where a record .61 inch of rain fell at the airport Thursday, breaking the old record of .32 set in 2000.The Associated Presslast_img read more

At Saharanpur rally Adityanath terms Oppn candidate Azhar Masoods soninlaw

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said “opposition parties offered biryani to terrorists” while the Modi government fed them bullets, and termed a rival candidate from the Saharanpur constituency “son-in-law of Azhar Masood”.Addressing a rally in Saharanpur, he said the “son-in-law of (Jaish-e-Mohammed chief) Azhar Masood” has entered the constituency and he speaks the language of the terror mastermind. Imran Masood is the Congress candidate from the constituency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”You have to decide who wins from Saharanpur — a person who speaks the language of Azhar Masood or a soldier of Modiji,” he said, seeking votes for the BJP candidate from Saharanpur, Raghav Lakhanpal. Adityanath said Azhar would meet the same fate as Osama bin Laden. “You must have heard about Osama bin Laden. He was killed brutally. Azhar Masood will be killed in the same manner,” he said. The UP chief minister said the BJP is committed to nation building and will not allow “any traitor to dent India’s integrity”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Some parties offered biryani to terrorists, while the Modi government has only one medicine for terrorists – bullets and bombs,” he said. Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP alliance in the state, Adityanath said, “People who are contesting 37-38 seats are thinking of becoming prime minister.” Attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi, he said, “You must have noticed that the Union finance minister had referred to an individual as ‘man without brains’. “Rahul Gandhi does not know Indian culture, so when he went to offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple, he sat in a position as if he was offering namaaz.” Hitting out at Gandhi’s close aide Sam Pitroda, Adityanath said, “There is a ‘mahaguru’ in the Congress. He raises questions on the valour of our armed forces. When this is the condition of the ‘mahaguru’, you can imagine the condition of ‘mahachelas’.” Taking potshots at SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Adityanath said, “When someone asked Akhilesh if Mulayam will be his leader, ‘my leader is Mayawati. I have already de-throned netaji’. Attacking rival parties, he said, “The presiding deity of the corrupt, the jewel of clan of goons and the torchbearer of ‘naamdaars’ want to plunder the resources of the country.”last_img read more

South Korean violinist North Korean singer perform together in China

first_imgShanghai: A South Korean violinist and a North Korean singer on Sunday held a rare joint performance they hope would help bring the divided Koreas closer together via music especially at a time of emerging tensions amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. Violinist Won Hyung Joon and his North Korean soprano partner, Kim Song Mi, performed together at Shanghai Oriental Art Center with a Chinese orchestra. Their concert came three days after South Korea said North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea in the second such weapons test in five days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkFor both, it was their first concert with a musician from the other side of the Korean border, the world’s most heavily fortified. They met several times last year in Beijing and agreed on a joint performance to help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula. As a duet, Kim sang Antonin Dvorak’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me” while Won played the violin. Kim later sang “Arirang,” a Korean traditional folk tune beloved in both countries, while the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra played the music. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”When I met her (Kim) for the first time, I felt like I was reuniting with an old friend who’s been on the same wavelength with me,” Won said before Sunday’s concert. “This performance shouldn’t be the end … and what’s important now is what other dreams we can have together.” In a pre-concert written interview, Kim also said she “heartily wishes” that her songs would help bring back reconciliation mood. “I’m nervous and anxious about what inspiration the audience would have and what reaction North and South Korean compatriots would show to our joint performance,” she said. North and South Korean musicians performing together are extremely rare as their governments don’t even allow their citizens to exchange phone calls, letter and emails without special approvals. Last year saw an unusual wave of cross-border exchanges after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly entered talks on the fate of his advancing nuclear arsenal. A group of North Korean dancers and singers performed in South Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, before South Korean K-pop stars flew to Pyongyang and sang in the presence of Kim and his young wife Ri Sol Ju.last_img read more

Football Offense in bloom after spring practice

OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scans the field after a snap during the 2017 spring game at Ohio Stadium on April 15. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe last time the Ohio State football team touched the field at Ohio Stadium, they were joined by thousands of fans who jumped from their seats in celebration of former H-back Curtis Samuel’s walk-off touchdown in double overtime against the Michigan Wolverines. Little did players or fans alike know that — thanks to a 31-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Clemson Tigers on Dec. 31 —  it would be the last Buckeye touchdown they would see in more than four months. However, at the 2017 spring game, it took just under four minutes for redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett to find redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander in the back of the endzone — the first sign of many in the afternoon that offseason changes might be paying dividends for the Scarlet and Gray offense. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who joined the team in the offseason, said the improvements seen in Saturday’s game were a direct result of spring practice.“We kind of did a lot of things we’ve been practicing,” he said. “We didn’t necessarily try to hide things. We didn’t try to throw everything out there. I thought we’d had a solid spring, lot of areas need improving, I just wanted — because we’re playing enough young guys — that when we came into the arena, they didn’t make all the good things I’ve seen in practice bigger than it looks.”Wilson, formerly the head coach at Indiana, was described by Barrett as a “competitor” who is “always in attack mode” and has helped the Buckeye offense find its past rhythm.“I think the thing about the Ohio State offense is we’re always on the attack and at times, I think we got away from that,” Barrett said. “But now, (Wilson’s) main focus is to make sure that we’re always on attack and that we’re beating the guy across from us.”While in the spring game the “guy across” was a familiar face, both Team Scarlet and Team Gray had success beating their defensive counterparts. Scarlet posted 460 offensive yards while Gray totaled 385. The majority of yardage for both teams came from the passing game, which was a sore spot at times for the 2016 team. Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, who was a highlight for Team Scarlet with 108 yards and two touchdowns, described the passing game as “wonderful” and noted that the receiving group is full of playmakers. “(The offense) feels a lot better,” Dixon said. “We’re doing different things, and we’re attacking situations different. Everything we’re doing is working.”Barrett said this is the best spring he’s had for accuracy, but was quick to add there is still work to be done to become “competitively excellent.” Those areas, he said, include pass protection, downfield passing and finishing plays.“We’ve got to come out pushing and striving to make sure that when it comes to game time, everybody is on the same page and we get those three things accomplished,” Barrett said. “I think we’re on the right path for that, but to say we’re competitively excellent on the game plan? Not yet, but we have time to that we’re not playing the ball.” read more

KPB Administration And Local City Government Talk Revenue Challenges

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and Administration held a work session in order to facilitate discussions with KPB Administration and local city government officials about revenue challenges. Assemblymember Kelly Cooper and Mayor Pierce have also both introduced versions of another plan to increase sales tax to a change in property tax. Cooper has proposed a half a percent raise in sales tax and puts in place a mill rate increase if that were to fail at the ballot. Mayor Pierce’s cuts the mill rate, but asks for a five percent sales tax. The ordinance to increase the sales tax by half a percent will have another public hearing at the borough assembly meeting on May 15. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce and his administration have been drafting up proposals in order to garner new revenue to balance the budget. The work session took place on Monday, May 7, in Soldotna, and gave city officials the opportunity to ask the KPB administration how the latest plans will impact the local municipalities.last_img read more