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first_imgThe Duo / Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Marco Benevento is definitely known for his mastery of anything involving the keys, but apparently he has been polishing his skills as a DJ as well. This weekend, Benevento will perform a special dance party at Catskill Mountain Pizza Company in Woodstock, NY, spinning vinyl on the turntables….you know, the old-school way.The set will take place this Saturday night, January 7th from 11pm – 1am, to a limited audience of only 75 people. So, if you are looking for a dance party up in that area, get on tickets quickly. They can be purchased here.[via Jambase]last_img

first_imgSeason 8 of Bluegrass Underground on PBS is currently underway at its new “forever home,” Pelham, TN’s The Caverns, an ancient cave recently outfitted as a fully-functioning underground performance venue. The concert tapings for the new season of Bluegrass Underground—the first filmed in the Caverns—took place earlier this year, and now, the “musical adventure” series, featuring Billy Strings, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Sam Bush Band, Sweet Lizzy Project, and Tim O’Brien Bluegrass Band, and more, airs every Wednesday through November.Bluegrass Underground’s most recent musical guest was funk maestros, Lettuce. While delivering their signature psychedelic/hip-hop sensibilities, the sextet catered to their audience with 2015’s “Get Greasy”, a cover of Tears for Fears’ classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” and funk anthem “JB’s Squadlive”. Watch Lettuce’s full performance on Bluegrass Underground below:Check out the full airing schedule for Bluegrass Underground’s eighth season here.Bluegrass Underground Season 8 Broadcast ScheduleOctober 17 – Kathy MatteaOctober 24 – Rev Osagyefo SekouOctober 31 – Turnpike TroubadoursNovember 7 – Mary GauthierNovember 14 – Flatt LonesomeNovember 21 – Brandi CarlileNovember 28 – Michael Cleveland & FlamekeeperView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Radcliffe Gymnasium renamed

March 1, 2021 | uhjupwev | No Comments

first_imgAt a celebratory event on Wednesday, the Radcliffe Gymnasium was renamed the Knafel Center in honor of Sidney R. Knafel ’52, M.B.A. ’54, and in recognition of the center’s increasing role in promoting intellectual exchange across Harvard’s Schools and with the public.Radcliffe supports innovative work in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences through its highly competitive Fellowship Program, its renowned Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, and its Academic Ventures program that supports collaborative, faculty-led research projects, as well as public events across all academic disciplines and the creative arts. The Radcliffe Institute is committed not only to the creation of bold ideas, but also to sharing them with a broad, global audience.Members of the Radcliffe community — including fellows, Harvard students who are research partners with fellows, faculty advisers, librarians, and other staff, as well as members of the Dean’s Advisory Council — gathered in Radcliffe Yard for a surprise announcement by Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen, the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies at Harvard.When Cohen and Knafel stepped onto the steps of the Radcliffe Gymnasium, Cohen announced that the building was being renamed the Knafel Center, “in honor of Sid’s longstanding and outstanding support for the Radcliffe Institute.” His most recent gift establishes the $10.5 million Knafel Fund, which will support programs at the institute that bring together Harvard faculty from across the University and scholars from around the world to work in private seminars and to create public programs.“It is wonderful, and wonderfully fitting, that the Radcliffe Gymnasium is now the Knafel Center, serving as the center of so much bold and creative work at the Radcliffe Institute and at Harvard,” said Cohen. “We recognize that Sid thinks big and appreciate that with his most recent gift, he is inspiring us all to unite big thinkers across disciplines and boundaries to connect in new ways with one another and the public.”“Sid was one of the early — and great — supporters of the Radcliffe Institute and is among the University’s most deeply engaged citizens,” said Harvard President Drew Faust, who grew close to Knafel when she was the dean of Radcliffe. “He is passionate about advancing Harvard, about supporting teaching and research, and about investing his resources wisely and well. I am pleased that one of our campus’ beloved spaces will bear his name as a lasting acknowledgement of his thoughtfulness and generosity.”“It’s a pretty simple proposition for me,” Knafel said of his generosity to and involvement with the institute. “A stronger Radcliffe contributes to a stronger Harvard. A great university needs a place where thinkers from across its campus and around the world come together to take risks, explore new ideas, and connect theory and practice. At Harvard, the Radcliffe Institute is that place.”The building formerly known as the Radcliffe Gymnasium is the center of that activity. Built in 1898 for Radcliffe College, and most recently renovated in 2005 for the Radcliffe Institute (which was founded in 1999), the Knafel Center will undergo external renovations this summer.  The first-floor conference rooms host intensive seminars led by Harvard faculty and former Radcliffe fellows that convene a diverse array of faculty, scholars, artists, and experts to launch research initiatives, publications, and public policies. Recent seminars include “Securing the Place of Organized Civil Society in Emerging Arab Democracies,” “A New Multidisciplinary Approach to Data Understanding: Integrating Human and Computational Approaches,” and “Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: From Theory to Practice.”The  second-floor auditorium is home to thought-provoking events that are free, open to the public, and often webcast live, such as recent lectures by NPR journalist Melissa Block ’83, prominent historian Anthony Grafton, and theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss, and the upcoming “Crossing Borders: Immigration and Gender in the Americas” concert and conference.The Knafel Fund will support the Radcliffe Institute and the University’s long-term mission as planning continues for an upcoming capital campaign at Harvard, which is expected to launch in late 2013. Knafel runs SRK Management Co., a venture capital firm in New York, and supports a number of initiatives and schools across the University. He is the co-chair of the Radcliffe Campaign and honorary co-chair of the University-wide campaign.last_img read more

first_imgHarvard College’s Advising Programs Office awarded 12 advisers from across the University with the prestigious Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising. The Star Prizes were established by James A. Star ’83 to recognize and reward individuals who contribute to the College through their exemplary intellectual and personal guidance of undergraduate students.Prizes are awarded each year to 12 advisers, three each in the categories of first-year, sophomore, concentration, and faculty advisers.A record number of nominations for the award were submitted from the undergraduate student body earlier this year. Selection committees composed of College staff, previous Star Prize recipients, and peer advising fellows (PAFs), chose this year’s recipients.First-year AdvisingAbhishek Raman: First-year proctor, Mower Hall; project manager, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics; head teaching fellow, Harvard College Program in General EducationKatherine Veach: Assistant director, Harvard College Program in General EducationLu Wang: Preceptor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologySophomore AdvisingNina Bryce: M.Div. ’19, Harvard Divinity School; director of wellness and self-discovery initiatives, First Year Experience Program, dean of Students Office, Harvard College; wellness consultant, Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, HUHS; teaching fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education; resident tutor, Mather House, Harvard CollegeSenan Ebrahim: Ph.D., tutor at Quincy House, M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical SchoolKatherine Pukinskis : Preceptor, Music DepartmentConcentration AdvisingAmie Holmes: Assistant director of undergraduate studies and lecturer on stem cell and regenerative biologyJames Williamson Mickens: Gordon McKay Professor of Computer ScienceLinsey C. Moyer: Assistant director of undergraduate studies in biomedical engineeringFaculty AdvisingIeva Jusionyte: Assistant professor of anthropology and social studiesBrian Liau: Assistant professor of chemistry and chemical niologyDurba Mitra: Assistant professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute“Now more than ever, we are grateful to all of our advisers for their dedication to our students,” said Sindhumathi Revuluri, associate dean of undergraduate education. “These awardees exemplify the many facets of our advising network and the multiple sources of support and mentorship available to our students.”Please visit the 2020 nominees and recipients of the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising for more information.last_img read more

first_imgSince senior Soeren Palumbo founded “Spread the Word to End the Word,” an international campaign to end the use of the word “retard,” in 2009, he said the campaign has collected more than 170,000 Internet pledges and 10 million verbal and handwritten pledges. Notre Dame students contributed over 2,600 pledges last year alone, Palumbo said. Wednesday marked the third annual “End the R-Word Day,” which more than 250 universities and 1,000 high schools recognized around the world. Volunteers collected pledges to end the R-word on both the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses throughout the day. Palumbo began the campaign with Yale senior Tim Shriver and it is co-sponsored by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. “We’re not asking for money. We’re not asking for someone to commit volunteering time,” Palumbo said. “All we’re doing is asking someone to make that slight modification in their language.” In addition to limiting the use of the R-word, the campaign seeks to raise awareness about the treatment of those with intellectual disabilities, Palumbo said. “We live in a community that excludes people with intellectual disabilities,” Palumbo said. “Hopefully … just starting to think about these issues will lead to someone being more accepting of people with intellectual disabilities, starting to value the contributions that people with intellectual disabilities give to society.” Palumbo said he started “Spread the Word to End the Word” because his sister has an intellectual disability. “I grew up with a very first-hand experience with the stigma and discrimination that goes along with having an intellectual disability in the United States and the role that the R-word plays in that,” Palumbo said. Palumbo said he and Shriver developed the idea for “Spread the Word to End the Word” while working for Special Olympics in 2009. They announced the event at a youth rally in February 2009 and established March 31, 2009, as the first “End the R-Word Day,” Palumbo said. In the six weeks between its announcement and its inception, “Spread the Word to End the Word” expanded from five participating universities to 40 solely by word of mouth, Palumbo said. In its third year, “Spread the Word to End the Word” is celebrated at schools “in every continent except for Antarctica,” Palumbo said. Palumbo said “End the R-Word Day” is one part of a larger campus campaign to raise awareness of disability issues. “We really want to represent this event as one of many throughout the semester engaging in issues of disability,” Palumbo said. “We want to present the opportunity for this to be the gateway into more involvement.” Palumbo said he hopes “Spread the Word to End the Word” would also help end bullying and discrimination. “This isn’t just a word,” Palumbo said. “It’s not just one linguistic vessel, one combination of letters. It’s more attitudes. It’s more consistent abuse and harassment of young people with intellectual disabilities. We’re trying to focus it towards that and allow the campaign, not to forget the one word, but to transcend the one word and grow beyond that.”last_img read more

first_img James Franco Star Files View Comments Leighton Meester Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Jim Norton Chris O’Dowd Related Shows Of Mice and Men View All (4) Broadway is betting the farm on screen stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd! The Hollywood pair will make their Broadway debuts in John Steinbeck’s beloved drama Of Mice and Men this spring, and Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the two new buddies together for the first time in the production’s new poster. Franco (George) and O’Dowd (Lennie) will be joined by Gossip Girl favorite Leighton Meester as Curley’s Wife and Tony winner Jim Norton as Candy in the new revival, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. If you missed eighth grade English class, Of Mice and Men tells the story of sharp-tongued migrant worker George and his simple-minded friend Lennie, who dream of one day buying their own farm. Get a glimpse of these two new stage stars before they hit the Great White Way, beginning March 19 at the Longacre Theatre. But act fast—the production is slated to play a limited engagement through July 27.last_img read more

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Daveed Diggs: Part OneHamilton’s Daveed Diggs will join forces with the previously reported Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, Allegiance’s Telly Leung, the Wicked-bound Judy Kaye and more for Broadway Belts for PFFF on February 29 at the Edison Ballroom. Emceed by Julie Halston, the sixth annual concert, featuring Great White Way stars in an evening of music and comedy, will honor the late AP theater critic Michael Kuchwara and others with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Sounds like we should all be in this particular room where it happens! Oh, and more Diggs to follow below…Bernadette Peters’ Scottish BowBernadette Peters is set to play her first ever Scottish date at Edinburgh Playhouse on June 7. The Tony winner and doganizer’s date will follow her previously reported summer concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall on June 3 and Manchester’s Opera House on June 5. One staff member is still looking into his air miles.New Kenneth Lonergan Movie in Bidding WarGood weekend for Kenneth Lonergan at the Sundance Film Festival—after intense competition, the domestic rights to Manchester By The Sea, which he both penned and helmed, are likely to be picked up by Amazon for $10 million, Deadline reports. And this is not going to be one of those straight-to-streaming scenarios—a traditional theatrical release and awards season campaign is planned for the movie, which stars Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler and Broadway alum Michelle Williams. Meanwhile, Lonergan’s Hold on to Me Darling will soon see its world premiere off-Broadway, and Williams returns to the Main Stem in Blackbird on February 5.One to Watch in London: The TruthAnother production to keep an eye on from London’s buzzy Menier Chocolate Factory (Broadway’s The Color Purple revival started out there). Florian Zeller’s The Truth will make its U.K. premiere at the venue in a new version by Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. The very same Hampton who adapted Zeller’s The Father, which will begin previews on the Main Stem on March 22 and is returning to the West End this spring. Directed by Lindsay Posner, The Truth is scheduled to play March 10 through May 7 at the Chocolate Factory, officially opening on March 16. According to press notes, the show follows: “Two couples. Friendship, suspicion, deceit….and the truth.”Daveed Diggs: Part DeuxMore Diggs of Hamilton news! Broadway’s Thomas Jefferson (and Marquis de Lafayette) will appear on Law & Order: SVU on February 3 alongside Anthony Ramos, who of course plays John Laurens / Phillip Hamilton in the hit tuner. In 41 Witnesses, Ramos takes on the role of a man accused of rape; Diggs appears once again as Louis Henderson (below), who is the lawyer for one of Henderson’s alleged partners-in-crime. Mr. Diggs, you can defend us any time!(Photo by Will Hart/NBC) Daveed Diggs View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

first_img View Comments David Cromer(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) David Cromer will step in for Hal Prince and helm the world premiere of The Band’s Visit. The legendary director has withdrawn owing to scheduling conflicts. Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin, with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by David Yazbek, the production will now bow in the fall of 2016 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. The musical adaptation of the 2007 film had previously been set to run this spring.An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.Cromer returns to Atlantic where he staged the world premiere of Ethan Coen’s play Women Or Nothing. Broadway credits include the revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and The House of Blue Leaves. His additional off-Broadway work includes Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical, Others, Our Town, Really Really and Tribes.last_img read more

Building a diverse workforce from the STEM up

December 17, 2020 | uhjupwev | No Comments

first_imgUber’s recent mishaps have shined an uncomfortable but very necessary light on the male-dominated “bro-grammer” culture at many Silicon Valley tech firms.Now in full-on damage control mode, the ride hailing service has opted for transparency, releasing diversity reports that reveal a workforce composition basically on par with its Silicon Valley brethren.As usual, however, the real takeaways reside a few layers below the headlines—and they point to issues that extend well beyond Uber or Silicon Valley.Uber’s 36% ratio of female employees company-wide compares favorably to Google’s 31%. Isolating tech jobs, however, the share of women drops to 15%—lower than the high-teen percentages found at other Silicon Valley bellwethers.Even those troubling figures are likely generous. There’s no set definition of a “tech job,” and I suspect these firms stretch the criteria as wide as they can. (It’s worth noting the stats exclude drivers, which Uber emphatically categorizes as independent contractors.) 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Happy Holidays, Compliance Friends! Nothing puts me more in the holiday mood than a good movie. One of my favorites holiday movies is the Sound of Music! I hope that each of you is taking some time to enjoy this time of year with the ones you hold most dear. Yes, I wanted that to rhyme.Back to our regularly scheduled programming, this post highlights a fairly recent change to the SCRA, which will hopefully make it easier to provide protections to members of the armed forces and stay compliant.SCRA ChangesAs a bit of background, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides members of the armed forces with certain financial protections for debts incurred prior to military service. These protections include interest rate reductions, the ability to terminate leases and protections against foreclosure and repossession. The protection begins when the member enters “military service”, i.e., active duty status. One common issue for SCRA compliance is servicemembers properly notifying credit unions of their active duty status to cap their interest rate at six percent. continue reading »last_img read more