African and African American Studies at 50

first_img Painting unveiled of College’s first African-American graduate Recognizing prominent architect Julian Abele and his role in designing Harvard’s Widener Library In 1968, a black student group placed an advertisement in the Harvard Crimson calling for the College to give black students, faculty, and scholarship more support and greater representation on campus. Following months of negotiations, amid a general atmosphere of student unrest and demands for change, the campaign eventually led to the creation of the Afro-American Studies Department in 1969.In the ensuing decades, the interdisciplinary department has changed its name to African and African American Studies (AAAS), established a strong identity on campus, and expanded in size and influence, nationally and internationally, across fields more numerous than its name might suggest.To mark its 50th anniversary, AAAS will launch a two-day symposium beginning Friday, commemorating its history and celebrating the continuing work of its students and scholars. The events, which include panel discussions, musical performances, gallery displays, and keynote addresses, are free and open to the public.“In many ways, I wanted to emphasize the things that have changed” in the past decades, said Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy. Shelby serves as department chair of AAAS and organized the event with input from its faculty, students, and staff. “This department was initially established as one that was focused on North America, and now it is very much part of our mission that, in addition to African American studies, we also try to cover much of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa as well. We want to highlight the breadth of what we’re covering and the fact that the department is now so much bigger than it was.”,“No one could have imagined that 30 years ago we’d be where we are now,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, who joined the department in 1991 and served as its chair for 15 years. “African and African American Studies is inextricably intertwined with the intellectual life and culture of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.”Events will include a roundtable discussion with founders, performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, panels on scholar-activism in the field and the future of graduate studies, and keynote addresses by Columbia University Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin ’85 and Wale Adebanwi, a professor at Oxford University.Today, the department has the largest African languages program in the world, 41 full-time faculty members, more than 40 undergraduate concentrators, and 35 doctoral candidates.Its origin story began with student-led demands for change at all levels of the University. In 1968, an ad hoc committee of black students negotiated with University leadership on a path forward. After further protests and changes to their requests, the faculty approved the students’ demand to establish the department. The first class of 14 Afro-American Studies concentrators graduated in 1972; the graduate program was developed in 2001, and African Studies and African American Studies merged in 2003.,In his 1985 report for the Ford Foundation on the first decades of the department and the struggle for black studies across U.S. campuses, historian and former Afro-American Studies department chair Nathan I. Huggins wrote: “The demand of black students was for a discussion of what they saw to be the inherent racism in … normative assumptions for a shift in perspective that would destigmatize blacks and reexamine the ‘normalcy’ of the white middle class.”This reexamination came in the form of new courses and areas of study that examined the African American experience across history, literature, sociology, and other humanities and social sciences fields. In its first year, the department offered 25 courses. This year students can choose from more than 200, including 18 African language classes.The department was at the forefront of major Harvard milestones in the 1970s and the 1980s, including the hiring of musicologist Eileen Southern, who served as department chair for four years in the 1970s and was the first black woman granted tenure at the University. But it also faced challenges such as declining concentrator numbers and a lack of tenured faculty members, due to the complications of hiring established scholars in an emerging discipline.By the mid-1990s, the department looked very different than it had a decade earlier. There were more than five tenured faculty members, including Gates, historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, sociologist William Julius Wilson, and philosophers Kwame Anthony Appiah and Cornel West.,“I say that the ‘church’ of Harvard’s African and African American Studies Department was designed by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and [Lawrence] Bobo, but our pews were filled by Cornel West,” said Gates.Henry Rosovsky, Geyser University Professor, Emeritus, in the Department of Economics, who served as chair of the faculty committee on African and Afro-American Studies in the late 1960s, credited Gates and former Harvard President Derek Bok with being instrumental to the growth and success of the department.Neil Rudenstine, who was president of Harvard from 1991 to 2001, also highlighted the importance of Gates’s recruiting top talent throughout the 1990s. He said the visibility of AAAS illustrates its important role as an intellectual and cultural cornerstone of the Harvard experience.“It was really [Gates’s] vision and the people he brought with him who made the whole thing work, because they had the sense that they were like everybody else in terms of what they wanted for Harvard, and what they wanted for the department,” said Rudenstine. “They did not want to be an enclave that was to be separated out [from the rest of the School]. They wanted their own identity that was special, but they wanted to be integral to the place. The impact was profound, and there was a sense that something had been created, which was not just unusual but really extraordinary, and it was deeply felt throughout the institution.”,Gates also pointed to the work and support of others, including former President Drew Faust, former Edgerly Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith, and Harvard students who lobbied for change throughout the department’s existence, for playing key roles in the growth and development of AAAS.“Having the president behind you gave all the right signals throughout the University that this was not a token effort. This had nothing to do with making noises about ‘diversity.’ This was a very genuine intellectual commitment,” said Gates.Today, the department’s influence can also be seen across Harvard in spaces including the Hutchins Center for African American Research and the Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art. Multiple faculty members hold chair appointments and deanships across the humanities and social sciences, including Edgerly Family Dean of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay, who is a professor in AAAS and government, and Lawrence D. Bobo, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and divisional dean of social sciences, a former AAAS Department chair.“It is obvious that African and African American Studies is now recognized as a successful department” both at Harvard and in wider scholarly communities, said Rosovsky.Rudenstine echoed the sentiment, saying, “I think there cannot be any question that what happened at Harvard made a difference to African American studies nationally.”In addition to its standing in the field, the department has also been integral to student life on campus. For Sangu Delle ’10, the department was a crucial social and intellectual space while he was an undergraduate living far from his home in Ghana. “Having the president behind you gave all the right signals throughout the University that this was not a token effort. This had nothing to do with making noises about ‘diversity.’ This was a very genuine intellectual commitment.” — Henry Louis Gates Jr. Shining a light on a genius “The AAAS Department played multiple roles for me. It was my academic home, but more than that, it was a place where I really felt at home as a student of color,” said Delle, an entrepreneur and clean-water activist who received a bachelor’s degree in African studies. “Beyond having the world-class faculty and access to resources, what differentiated the department were the additional benefits of having so many faculty of color who could be great advisers. Many students have an emotional, sentimental attachment to the department that you would probably not find in many other places.”Delle, who also received a law degree and M.B.A. from Harvard, was one of the first students to participate in the department’s Social Engagement Initiative, launched in 2006 under the direction of Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies. The program served as a way to bridge intellectual pursuits and civic responsibility for students in the department through coursework and theses.“The scholarship that came out of the Social Engagement Initiative is rooted in transforming communities, being embedded in them, and implementing intellectual questions” learned in academic environments, said Higginbotham, pointing to successful thesis projects in places as diverse as Zimbabwe and Detroit, by students with strong connections to the communities in which they worked. Founding director Bunch recounts the creation of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture center_img Portrait of a trailblazer: Richard Theodore Greener, Class of 1870 The story of a museum and of America Related “The department was founded out of a demand for scholarship on the conditions of black people in the United States and around the world, and more scholarship that could be useful in our communities,” said Higginbotham. The Social Engagement Initiative and other community-based scholarship in the department are examples of ways for students “to be successful and do good. We can be generous in helping others with our expertise, and social engagement gives a way to bring knowledge to people on their terms.”As the department celebrates its history, students and faculty are also looking to the future of the discipline and its place at Harvard, as the political and academic landscape shifts again.“We’ve moved beyond the debate over legitimacy for the field in academia, and I want to turn our attention to questions of training, curriculum development, and methodology,” said Shelby. “I’m hoping this event can be an opportunity to talk about some of those things with people in the field, from Harvard and outside. It’s the beginning of a dialogue.”last_img read more

West Virginia Mine Lays Off Most of Its Workers

first_imgWest Virginia Mine Lays Off Most of Its Workers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg):A mine in Marion County has idled almost all its workers.Enough workers are on hand at the Federal No. 2 mine to prevent the mine from flooding and to keep it ready to reopen, but “it’s a minimal, skeletal crew,” said Phil Smith, communications director for the United Mine Workers of America.The mine is owned by ERP Compliant Fuels, which did not reply to a request for comment.Smith said he understood that the mine was idled because of adverse geological conditions and market issues.About 260 people lost their jobs when the mine was idled, Smith said. Another 59 were laid off a few months ago, he said.Federal No. 2 is the only mine owned by ERP, so workers do not have another mine to transfer to, Smith said.More: Federal No. 2 mine in Marion County idles most workerslast_img read more

Exclusive: Bank Moves to Foreclose Dina Lohan’s Merrick House

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dona Lohan’s September 2013 mug shot.You can’t spell Lohan without loan!Dina Lohan’s mortgage lender advanced foreclosure proceedings last month on her $1.3-million Merrick home two weeks before the mother of actress Lindsay Lohan was arrested recently for alleged drunken driving, records show.JP Morgan Chase Bank filed the foreclosure lawsuit Aug. 28 with the Nassau County clerk’s office as the lender takes the next step in its case to recoup the defaulted loan on the family’s McMansion at New York State Supreme Court in Mineola.Dina “has failed to comply with the conditions of the mortgage…by failing to pay portions of principal, interest or taxes, assessments, water rates, insurance premiums, escrow and/or other charges,” court documents obtained by the Press state.The foreclosure update comes as Dina is due to face driving while intoxicated and speeding charges Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead. Lindsay, 27, who’s mounting her comeback in independent movie The Canyons, is living in Manhattan after completing her latest court-ordered rehab stint for substance abuse.Lindsay’s mom has been fighting to keep the family’s home out of foreclosure since 2005 and refinanced the mortgage in 2011, records show. Lindsay reportedly loaned her mom $40,000 last fall to keep the house from going into foreclosure again, but process servers showed up at Dina’s door in February, the New York Post reported at the time.Lindsay Lohan’s March 2013 mug shot.If the two sides are unable to reach a settlement this time, the case could go to trial, which might end with the house landing on the auction block—although the legal process generally takes years to reach that conclusion.Two days after her Sept. 12 arrest, Dina reportedly celebrated her 51st birthday in Manhattan with Lindsay and her three other children, Cody, Ali and Michael Jr.An attorney for the bank declined to comment. No attorney was on file for Dina Lohan in court records. A Lohan representative could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

Cops Identify Pair in Commack Motor Inn Murder-Suicide

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a murder-suicide at Commack Motor Inn. (Photo: two people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at the Commack Motor Inn last week have been identified as 31-year-old Omar Torres and 29-year-old Yesenia Abreu, both from Glendale, Queens.Suffolk County police believe Torres killed Abreu before turning a gun on himself last Wednesday afternoon.Their lifeless bodies were discovered by a motel employee who went to inspect the room after the pair failed to checkout.Nearly a week into the investigation, police are only clear about how Torres died—a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Abreu’s cause of death remains undetermined, police said, adding that detectives are still awaiting autopsy results from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.A police spokeswoman said Tuesday that Torres and Abreu had gone through occasions in which they were romantically involved.Investigators are still trying to determine where Torres got the gun and how much time elapsed from when Abreu was killed and Torres committed suicide.Torres did not leave a suicide note, the spokeswoman said.Neither Torres nor Abreu were reported missing prior to their deaths, police said.last_img read more

Next year, connect Toronto and Zagreb again with a direct line

first_imgAir Transat made its first flight on the Toronto – Zagreb route in June 2016, continuously increasing the number of weekly flights on this route from season to season, and extending the duration of operations (currently from May to the end of October). From June 17, Air Transat intends to operate on this route three times a week, until the beginning of September, and then the number of weekly flights will decrease as the summer season approaches. Departures from Toronto are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the evening, and as it is a night flight, departure from Zagreb to Toronto is the next day (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Apart from Toronto as a final destination, travelers from Zagreb have access to other Canadian cities, such as Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal. This airline on the route to Zagreb mainly transported many Canadian tourists (to a lesser extent the diaspora, but it mainly used the Air Canada Rouge), and it was logical to temporarily cancel the route for this summer season, given the reduced demand and passenger restrictions on state borders. Air Transat is the first airline from a distant market to confirm its return to Zagreb in the next summer season. After the complete withdrawal of Emirates, and at this moment indecisive carriers such as Korean Air and Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat has confirmed its plan to return to Zagreb Airport.center_img Canadian leisure airline, Air Transat, confirmed for Croatian Aviation how in the summer flight schedule in 2021 it plans to reconnect Toronto and Zagreb by direct air. The first flight on the Toronto – Zagreb route has been announced for Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The line will operate once a week until the end of May, with departures on Sundays from 30 May and flights on Thursdays from 17 June. Photo: max_spotter on Instagram / Air Transatlast_img read more

Norway mosque shooter jailed for 21 years for murder, anti-terrorism offense

first_imgManshaus wore a helmet camera, filming the mosque shooting, but failed in his attempt to broadcast the attack online.In his first court hearing last August, Manshaus appeared with black eyes and bruises on his face and neck from the ensuing fight at the mosque.The court rejected the defense’s plea to declare Manshaus insane, relying instead on a psychiatric evaluation which found him fit to stand trial.The 21-year prison term, the steepest available for the first-degree murder and breach of anti-terrorism law, also contained a provision that his release can be put off indefinitely should he still be considered a threat to society.  Topics : A far-right Norwegian man was jailed for 21 years on Thursday for the racially motivated murder of his Chinese-born stepsister and attempting to kill worshippers in a mosque shooting spree.Philip Manshaus expressed strong anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views before last year’s attack and was unrepentant at trial.Manshaus, now 22 years old, shot and killed Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen in their family home, later explaining he believed the adopted daughter of his father’s spouse posed a risk to the family because of her Asian origin.center_img He then drove to the nearby al-Noor Islamic Centre and entered the building, firing several shots but hitting no one before being overpowered by a 65-year-old member of the congregation who wrestled away his guns.”He went in with the purpose of killing as many Muslims as possible,” judge Annika Lindstroem said.Manshaus expressed admiration for the massacre of more than 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last year by a white supremacist who filmed and broadcast the killings live.The attack also drew comparisons with the massacre of 77 people by far-right mass killer Anders Behring Breivik in 2011 in Norway’s worst peacetime atrocity.last_img read more

GoFundMe started for injured TCMS employee

first_imgAUBURN, Mich. – On Friday, June 22, a member of the Tri-City Motor Speedway safety crew was injured during a rain delay in the regular Friday night race show.After a brief, unexpected rain shower, race officials announced a rain delay until the track conditions could be brought back to a safe racing condition. It was during this process where a worker, Pete Badgero, was injured after falling off the tractor he was driving. The safety crew saw this happen and immediately tended to Badgero with emergency medical attention.With the tractor still in gear, it continued across the track, which is where a video circulating the Internet picks up the event. This process of prepping the track is not very exciting so many people in the stands never saw Badgero fall. Their attention only turned when the suddenly unmanned tractor careened across the track into the retaining wall. Laughter can be heard on the video as track staff attempted to chase down the rouge tractor. The crowd was not aware of the injury that had just occurred. However, while one staff member was getting the tractor under control, a team of employees were tending to Badgero and helping him into the ambulance. It was after the tractor was subdued that the crowd was informed of the accident.“The TCMS staff did an excellent job helping a fellow co-worker and working to keep the crowd calm during such a serious incident,” said Steve Puvalowski, TCMS owner. “Our prayers go out to Pete as he begins his road of recovery. He has a strong passion for racing and TCMS and we look forward to having him back with our team.”Badgero is one of the most hard-working, helpful people to work at TCMS. He can fix anything, build anything, weld anything and has become one of the key employees who help make the races happen every Friday. A GoFundMe has been set up to help him with his coming recovery journey. Please consider donating: the recent years since the renovated TCMS has opened, the track has held an excellent safety record. We will continue to evaluate the events that led up to this accident and work with our safety team to ensure all possible safety precautions are taken.Racing will continue as scheduled each Friday night. Pits open at 5 p.m., grandstands at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:55 p.m.last_img read more

Fulham Leading Arsenal in the Race to Sign Cahill on Loan

first_img Wolves bid to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea for £18mFulham leads the race for Chelsea outcast Gary Cahill as Claudio Ranieri has identified the 33-year-old as the man to fix his leaky defence.The Cottagers have conceded 47 goals in the Premier League this season – more than any other team.The Chelsea captain has only made one appearance in the league this campaign after falling out of favour under Maurizio Sarri. Arsenal is also reported to be interested in the centre-back but Fulham is believed to be ahead in the race for his signature according to UK’s The Sun.Ranieri’s side was thrashed 4-1 by the Gunners on Tuesday and sits 19th – one point off Southampton in safety who have a game in hand.Fulham splashed £100million in the summer on transfers which included six defensive acquisitions.Unai Emery’s interest comes from the fact that the north London club is struggling with defensive injuries.Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are all currently on the sidelines.Similarly, Wolves have made an offer to Chelsea to sign striker Tammy Abraham on an initial loan with an option to purchase for £18million.Sportsmail revealed the Molineux club was in pole position to sign the 21-year-old who took his tally to 16 goals for the season yesterday while on loan at Aston Villa.It had been thought Wolves wanted him on a similar loan but they have now made their intentions clear and Abraham wants to play in the Premier League.The London-born striker has previously spent time on loan at Bristol City, where he scored 26 goals in 48 games in all competitions during the 2016-2017 season.His success at Ashton Gate led to a temporary spell at Swansea during 2017-2018, but Abraham only found the net eight times in 39 games as the Swans were relegated from the Premier League.Despite being only 21, Abraham’s rise has been rapid and he earned two England caps against Germany and Brazil in November 2017.Wolves could make room for the youngster in their squad by offloading out-of-favour Leo Bonatini, who only joined permanently in January 2018 after a successful loan spell.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Garry Cahilllast_img read more

Gallery: No. 11 Syracuse bulldozes Binghamton, 21-4

first_img Published on February 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm Syracuse (1-0) thrashed Binghamton (0-1), 21-4, on Saturday in the Carrier Dome in SU’s 2018 debut. Twelve different players scored for the Orange, which opened the game on a 13-0 run. After three dominant quarters, SU cleared the bench, and still outscored the Bearcats 4-0 in the final quarter. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Allardyce to take first training session as Palace boss

first_imgThe former England boss will lead the team in his first match in charge against Watford on Monday.Palace assistant manager Keith Millen says his record of never being relegated from the Premier League will be vital in their bid for top flight survival.last_img