Great adventures

first_img 1Professors Louis Menand (from left), Stephen Greenblatt, Katharina Piechocki, Emma Dench, and Ned Hall meet each Monday over lunch to discuss the upcoming weekly lecture for their class, “The Humanities Colloquium: Essential Works 2.” 5At the museum, students saw works by Rembrandt and Sargent. 11On Mondays, the team meets over lunch. Professor Ned Hall (right) animatedly talks about his lecture topic, David Hume’s “Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.” Teaching fellow Helen Cushman is on the left. 7Lauren Kopajtic (second from right), a doctoral candidate and head teaching fellow for Humanities 10b, brought the group to and from the museum by subway. 6The first stop was the iconic courtyard. 3A fragment of one leaf of the first known copy of Homer’s Iliad, from circa 1050-225 B.C. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Students get a close-up look at “Birth of John the Baptist” 1475-1500, and “Madonna and Child Holding Dove,” late 16th century, by unidentified artists. This semester, students in “The Humanities Colloquium: Essential Works 2” (Humanities 10b) started with Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” (1953) and ended with Homer’s “The Iliad” (circa 760–710 century B.C.). In between, they read Wolff, Dostoyevsky, Shelley, Hume, Shakespeare, Augustine, Herodotus, and others.The students also did the equivalent of playing outside. On class outings, they watched plays, pondered great art, considered medievalism, and peered at and paged through rare books at Houghton Library.Digital natives may read “King Lear” on a Kindle, but to see it in print, in a fragile quarto from 1608, sends an archaic thrill through the brain. Seeing a 2,000-year-old papyrus fragment of “The Iliad” does the same. So does a lingering look at a tiny painted icon from 15th-century Russia, “Birth of John the Baptist,” propped up on a table at the Harvard Art Museums.Digital natives may also scroll through yards of computer text on slavery and the Civil War. But watching the intimate tragedies of the era acted out on stage, as in “Father Comes Home From the Wars” at the Loeb Drama Center, is to feel and see as well as to read. Sudden insight leaps from the materiality of art: real voices, old books, and fraught paintings ― all meant to be experienced up close. 4In addition to sections and lectures, students sign up to attend plays and operas. This group recently visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In the courtyard, museum tour guide Katherine Fein (left) talks to students including India Patel ’18 and Sohyun Yoon ’18. 12As presenter of the upcoming lecture, Ned Hall sits at the head of the table. 8Aaron Suduiko ’17, Claire Benoit ’17, and Nora Sagal ’18 discuss Dostoyevsky inside Greenblatt’s museum classroom. 9Matt Ricotta ’15 (left) and Nora Sagal ’18 listen as Stephen Greenblatt talks about art. 2Stephen Greenblatt and Louis Menand lead students to the seminar room of Houghton Library to see some of the treasures from the collections. Charlie Gibson ’18 (from left), Jane Chung ’15, Menand, India Patel ’18, Mitchell Edwards ’18, and Archie Stonehill ’17 examine a typescript of an unpublished play by Samuel Beckett from the 1950s. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Mother discusses transgender son, Catholicism

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community gathered Monday night to listen to alumna Emily Garvey speak about her experience with her transgender son, entitled “A Theological Journey with My Transgender Son.” “She does what we want to prepare all our Saint Mary’s students to do: to take risks that matter,” Megan Zwart, professor of philosophy, said. “In this case, sharing a deeply personal experience. To see the value of reflection and critical engagement, not just in the classroom, not just in the world of work, but in the whole of her life.”Garvey said she feels Catholic Social Teaching and the Church place an emphasis on connecting with others, even those different from you. “It’s this relational aspect of the Catholic faith that I have always found nourishing,” Garvey said. “Particularly in the last few years I have been drawn to the accounts of how Jesus related to other people in ways that were thought to be unconventional, or irregular or unusual.” She found this to be helpful in her journey with her transgender son’s identity. When her first-born child was 18, Garvey said that she asked to begin seeing a counselor. Shortly thereafter, she asked to read a letter to Garvey during an appointment.“In that appointment, she said, ‘Mom, I am transgender. I am not a girl, I am a boy. I am now your second son, and I would like to be called James.’ And suddenly the path of life that I talked about felt really lonely, and scary and long,” Garvey said. This caused Garvey to begin a journey with coming to terms with both her transgender son and her faith, she said. “Both of these realities, I have a transgender son, I am Catholic, can be held together,” Garvey said. “Moreover, I believe that because I am Catholic I am able to accompany my son as he flourishes. And because I am Catholic, the past two years have led me to experience God’s mercy in new ways, and thereby have a more conscious connection with my brothers and sisters on the path of life.”Garvey said that through this journey, she saw three important factors emerge: bewilderment, gender and mercy. This began with the moment she told her transgender son she would support him in the journey. “I said, ‘Honey, thank you for telling me. That took a lot of courage. I don’t know what this means, and I am totally confused, but I know we can get through it together. Let’s walk this together,’” Garvey said. “So my first-born grabbed my hand, and she started crying, and the counselor teared up, and then I felt like I was trying to swallow an encyclopedia stuck in my throat … and I can say that in that moment, I realized that it was a moment filled with mercy.”Not only did this start a journey with God’s mercy, Garvey said, but her confusion with the concepts of gender and sexuality began a period of bewilderment as well. “I now see that prolonged period of bewilderment as a grace, because it was ultimately a portal for humility and subsequent growth,” Garvey said.This confusion about what gender meant stemmed from her previous understanding of gender as a binary, Garvey said. “If I’m being honest here, and it’s humbling to admit this, it made me uncomfortable,” Garvey said. “Just all of it made me uncomfortable. And because I was trying to fit it all within a Catholic understanding at the time of gender. How can it be that you formed within me and you were a girl, and now you’re a boy? How?”To work towards a better understanding, Garvey said she turned to her faith. “I started with the messages of mercy, love, radical inclusivity that we see in the gospels,” she said. “And, I believe my child’s desire to be whole was and continues to be holy.”Garvey said she feels that ultimately gender does not have an impact on the way one acts in the likeness of God. “Born in the image and likeness of God does not mean gender, for God is not gendered,” Garvey said. “But where we may image God is in our capacity to love, feel compassion, forgiveness and mercy.”[Editor’s Note: The Observer retained Garvey’s use of pronouns when referring to her son for clarity.]Tags: Catholic, gender identity, Transgenderlast_img read more

Levittown Man Charged With Attempted Murder of Landlord

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Levittown man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing a rifle at his landlord after an argument escalated into a physical fight on Tuesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Rohan Kahn, 58, first punched and kicked the 51-year-old victim, who fled the suspect’s Carter Place apartment while Kahn allegedly fired five shots, hitting two nearby cars at 2:15 p.m., police said.The victim and a 54-year-old woman in one of the vehicles were injured by glass that broke in the shooting, police said.Kahn had barricaded himself in his home when police arrived, prompting the Island Trees School District to be placed in lockdown. Hostage negotiators talked Kahn  out of the home two hours later.Kahn was also charged with criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment.  He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Glen Cove Teen Killed in Conn. Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Glen Cove teenager was fatally struck by a car while helping a fellow Long Islander whose vehicle had broken down on Interstate 95 in Connecticut over the weekend.Derian Garaicoa-Ortega, 18, was assisting a 21-year-old Wyandanch woman whose Honda Civic had become disabled near exit 6 in Stamford when her car was rear-ended by a Hyundai Tiburon early Saturday morning, the Stamford Advocate reported.The impact of the crash pushed the Civic into the victim, who was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the newspaper reported.The driver, 25-year-old Joe Lopez-Rodriguez of Mamaroneck, was reportedly taken to the same hospital along with two other people involved in the crash who were treated for minor injuries.Connecticut State Police did not charge the driver and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

The most luxurious hotel on the Adriatic, Grand Park Hotel, opened

first_imgOur most luxurious hotel, Grand Park Hotel, opened in Rovinj today. This is the largest individual investment of the Adris group in the tourist part of the business, worth almost 700 million kuna, and with the opening of the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, the Adris group has completed the renovation of the luxury tourist zone Monte Mulini. Adris has so far invested 5,5 billion kuna in the tourism part of its business. The investment cycle continues, so an additional HRK 2,3 billion will be invested in the next investment period. “We believed in this project, in the strength of our company, in the knowledge and courage of our employees, but also in the potentials and comparative advantages of our country. We were not discouraged by unfavorable socio-economic circumstances, anti-entrepreneurial mentality, or bureaucratic-administrative whining. We do not agree to mediocrity in our affairs. We follow the principles of business excellence and we will persevere” stated the President of the Management Board of Adris Group, M.Sc. Ante Vlahović. With the opening of the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, the Adris group is completing the arrangement of the Monte Mulini zone, one of the most luxurious tourist zones on the Adriatic. The zone, near the old town of Rovinj, includes hotels Monte Mulini (2009), a boutique hotel adapted to the highest standards of luxury leisure guests and Lone, the first Croatian design hotel, opened in 2011 and the recently renovated hotel Eden. In the immediate vicinity there is a promenade and the beach Mulini Beach, renovated in 2014. In the arrangement of the zone which transformed Rovinj into a luxury tourist destination, Adris has invested a total of 1,5 billion kuna. The best domestic and world architects and designers have been engaged in this project, and this is another collaboration between Adris and the domestic architectural studio 3LHD, which sign the architecture of the Lone, Adriatic and Mulini Beach beaches. In addition to architects and designers, all contractors are from Croatia. Photo: Adris The new hotel has created nearly three hundred new jobs. Given the highly personalized offer at the highest level, all employees have undergone several months of intensive education and training in collaboration with, for example, the Ècole hôtelière de Lausanne, one of the best schools for hotel management in the world. More information about Grand Park Hotel Rovinj can be found on the official website Master. center_img The 5-star Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is part of the Maistra Collection brand, which unites hotels of the highest category. The unique location and specific configuration of the terrain inspired the cascading type of construction and the realization of tens of thousands of square meters of green roof, so the hotel is visually very attractive and almost fused with the surrounding greenery. In addition to investments in Istria, Zagreb and Dubrovnik, Adris is also preparing investments in other prestigious destinations in our country, for example in Split. There are 193 rooms and 16 suites on six floors, with a total capacity of 500 guests. With a view of the sea and the city, all rooms will have spacious terraces with green gardens, and 53 of them will have smaller whirlpools so-called. plunge pool. The rooms are 40 and the apartments up to 175 square meters. Interestingly, the swimming pools, entrance lobby and reception, restaurants and congress halls are on the top floor, and the rooms are on the lower levels. It is also the largest and most luxurious spa & wellness center in Istria. Adris has so far invested 5,5 billion kuna in the tourism part of its business Although Grand Park Hotel Rovinj will receive its first guests these days, the grand opening of the luxury zone Monte Mulini and the new hotel will be at the end of May when, under the auspices of the Adris Group, the Adris 44 Cup will be held. last_img read more

Arsenal transfer target Pau Torres learning English after talks with Santi Cazorla

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Apr 2020 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.8kShares Comment Arteta is keen to bolster his defensive options this summer (Picture: Getty)Though Cazorla feels Torres may be wise to remain at Villarreal for the time being, the young defender has hinted at a possible switch by revealing that he’s been learning English during his time off.‘In the morning I do the training regime and then I eat in line with the guidelines established by the club,’ Torres told El Periodico Mediterraneo when explaining his normal daily routine.‘In the afternoon, after lunch, I study a few languages ​​because I was learning English and now is a good time to resume it.’The 6 ft 3 in centre-half, who has a £43million release clause in his contract at Villarreal, has one cap for the Spain national side. Spain head coach Robert Moreno called Torres up for the first time at the start of October and the defender scored within a minute of his debut against Malta after replacing Sergio Ramos in the second half.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 ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal legend Charlie Nicolas compares Celtic star Odsonne Edouard to Alexandre LacazetteMORE: Kevin Campbell explains how Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can emulate Pep Guardiola’s success Pau Torres has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent months (Picture: Getty)Pau Torres has revealed that he’s has been busy studying English in his spare time amid speculation that he could be on his way to Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old has shone for Villarreal after returning from an impressive loan spell with Malaga and is regarded as one of the most promising young centre-backs in La Liga. Arsenal explored a move for Torres in the January transfer window before wrapping up a temporary deal with Flamengo for Pablo Mari and the north London giants remain interested in the highly rated Spain international. Arsenal have asked Cazorla for information on Torres (Picture: Getty)In February, Santi Cazorla fuelled these rumours as he claimed that Arsenal had sought his advice about Torres, as well as 20-year-old winger Samuel Chukwueze.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Cazorla revealed that Arsenal weren’t alone in enquiring about his young Villarreal team-mates.‘Yes, friends from Arsenal especially. They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premier League tomorrow,’ the former Arsenal midfielder told Marca.‘It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.‘They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground. ‘In Pau’s case he hears constant talk of Manchester City or Barcelona, but he is aware that he has to keep growing as a player and that in the future we will see where he can go.’center_img Advertisement Arsenal transfer target Pau Torres learning English after talks with Santi Cazorla Advertisementlast_img read more

Creative solution to ease rental squeeze welcomed by REIQ

first_imgInside one of the tiny rental cabins. Photo: Supplied Ingenia Communities chief operating officer Nikki Fisher said the iModular cabins offeredMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoresidents a thoughtfully designed and flexible space all while supporting low-maintenance and low- cost living.“It’s important to us that our residents feel safe and comfortable whether they are looking for a temporary or permanent accommodation and these latest additions are fully fitted out to create a sense of homeliness,” Ms Fisher said.“With energy costs continuing to rise, being able to offer homes specially designed to maximise energy efficiency is essential in making sure the homes are not just comfortable, but also don’t hit residents in the hip pocket too hard.“From singles to couples, shift workers or tradespeople, these new cabins will satisfy a range of needs.” Ingenia Rental have just installed new high-quality, sustainability-focused cabins at two of their flagship locations, Eight Mile Plains and Chambers Flat. Photo: Supplied REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said more than two-thirds of the population lived in capital cities, which meant density was increasingly an issue that town planners need to manage.“The pressure is on for us all to find ways to house the population in ways that don’t add strain to the environment or to the economy,” Ms Mercorella said.“Finding creative solutions to people’s living issues – whether people want to live in a more eco-friendly way, putting less strain on the environment, or in a more financially efficient way, taking up less space and having less stuff – is the new frontline of housing issues.“The REIQ welcomes these initiatives. These are going to be particularly beneficial in areas where rental markets are tight and population growth is continuing steadily. Any addition to the rental supply will ease the tight conditions currently happening in parts of Queensland.”Founder and CEO of iModular, Brad Ashley, said cabins were made using advanced robotics and sustainable materials for rapid site assembly.Single-bedroom cabins at the Eight Mile Plains location are $285 per week and single-bedroom cabins at the Chambers Flat location are $260 per week. Brisbane’s rental market just got a whole lot better with tiny new self-contained cabins (29sq m) making affordable living easier. Pictured is Mahlia Grey (resident) and Nicole Jentz from Ingenia Communities at Chambers Flat. Picture AAPImage/ David ClarkPint-size rental cabins smaller than the average garage are helping to alleviate Brisbane’s rental squeeze. Ingenia Rental has introduced iModular manufactured cabins with just 29sq m of internal space to the range of rental options at their Eight Mile Plains and Chambers Flat communities.In a tight rental market, the new modern self-contained homes provide Ingenia Rental’s residents with features such as open-plan living, energy efficient fixtures and finishes like dual air-conditioning, double glazed windows and LED lighting, a modern kitchen, locked storage shed, and covered carport.last_img read more

Russia moves to same-sex adoption ban

first_imgPerth Now 21 June 2013Russian lawmakers have backed a bill that would place tough restrictions on adoption to countries where same-sex marriages are legal, following France’s vote last month allowing such unions. The bill could ban people in over a dozen countries from adopting Russian orphans even if they are single, according to an amendment that passed in the key second reading in the Duma lower house of parliament on Tuesday with an overwhelming vote of 443 to none. It is likely to be swiftly passed in the third reading and the upper house Federation Council. President Vladimir Putin has already vowed to sign it into law.The restriction would follow the approval last year of an adoption ban for citizens of the United States despite massive protests and petitions by thousands of people against the legislation. The new amendments say those to be banned from adoption include “persons in a marriage union between people of the same sex registered in a state where such a union is allowed, as well as citizens of such states that are not married”. “Adoption of this bill de-facto eliminates the chance for foreign persons of so-called non-traditional sexual orientation to adopt Russian children,” one of the bill’s authors Yelena Mizulina said ahead of the vote. The wording implies that couples in a heterosexual marriage would still be allowed to adopt Russian children. But single people would be banned, regardless of their sexual orientation.“A child should have a mother and a father, a child in a family has an idea of what the world is about,” said Duma deputy speaker Sergei Zheleznyakhttp://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/russia-moves-to-same-sex-adoption-ban/story-fnhrvfwz-1226667206972last_img read more

Families Helping Families receive grant

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Families Helping Families received a $750 donation from the Shopko Foundation to help local families in need.This Christmas, the Families Helping Families organization will aid 100 local families by providing gifts for 285 children.Families Helping Families began at Saint Louis Church in Batesville, and has grown into a collaboration of several local churches and community civic organizations.This effort helps to ensure that every child in need, under age 18, will have a gift to open on Christmas.If you would like to make a donation to Families Helping Families, or sponsor a child this Christmas, contact the Saint Louis Church office at (812)934-3204.last_img

‘Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk’ planned in October

first_imgOsgood, In. — The Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk to be held on October 7, 2018.The Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk joins communities across the United States to help end hunger one step at a time, both around the corner and around the globe. CROP Hunger Walks support the international relief and development work of Church World Service. Additionally, the Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk will support the efforts of local food pantries to eradicate hunger in our community.Thousands of communities are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme “Ending hunger one step at a time.” Participants walk in solidarity with the millions of neighbors around the world who have to walk to live, as well as with the millions served by local food pantries, food banks and meal sites. CROP Hunger Walks make a big difference worldwide, including ensuring that more children reach their 5th birthday, teaching sustainable ways to grow food and providing additional sources of food and income to families facing extreme challenges. We hope that you will join us in helping to end hunger!The 2018 CROP Hunger Walk will take place at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (Finks) Osgood, Indiana. Registration starts at 1 pm, and step-off is at 1:30.For more information about the Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk, call 812-933-5667.Click here to donate online.last_img read more