Winkworth opens in UK’s happiest place to live

first_imgWinkworth Franchising Ltd has opened a new office in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.Previously trading for nine years as Think Property, the business has an outstanding local reputation with buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords. The team remains, headed by Director Mark Newman who set up the business in 2010, with the office now focusing on ensuring it can offer the best service to help clients keep pace with increasing regulation.Mark said, “Having spent a lot of time getting to know the team at Winkworth Franchising, we felt that this was the best next step to secure the success and longevity of our business. We want to ensure that, for our clients’ sakes, we’re at the top of our game when it comes to regulation, legislation and always being prepared for any changes in the market. We firmly believe that many independents could struggle to do this but, with Winkworth’s backing teamed with the reputation we have built in the area over the years, we are confident that we can now take our business to the next level.”Dominic Agace, Winkworth’s CEO, added, “We’re delighted that Mark and his team have chosen to join our network, I have no doubt that their business and expertise will slot perfectly into our network. It’s widely known that franchising is one of the most resilient business models, and this announcement proves that point.”The average value of a property in Leigh-on-Sea currently stands at £378,634. Twice voted the happiest place to live in the UK, the town has excellent local amenities, great community spirit and fast transport links into London and further afield. London Southend airport is just 10 minutes away.Director Mark Newman Dominic Agace UK happiest place to live Winkworth Essex winkworth franchising Winkworth’s CEO May 20, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Winkworth opens in UK’s happiest place to live previous nextAgencies & PeopleWinkworth opens in UK’s happiest place to liveWinkworth Franchising Ltd has opened a new office in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.The Negotiator20th May 20190414 Viewslast_img read more

First Tide-class tanker reaches UK

first_img View post tag: Tide-class Back to overview,Home naval-today First Tide-class tanker reaches UK waters Share this article View post tag: RFA Tidespring Authorities First Tide-class tanker reaches UK waters RFA Tidespring, the lead ship of the new Tide-class tankers built for Great Britain by the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, arrived in the UK on April 2.Tidespring started her journey from South Korea in February after being officially accepted by the UK Ministry of Defence on January 12, 2017.Tidespring was laid down in December 2014 and launched in April 2015. The tanker was expected to reach UK waters in 2016 for further outfitting but was delayed by electrical design changes and wiring issues.RFA Tiderace, the second tanker in line, was unveiled in South Korea in December 2016. Despite the delays on the first vessel, the UK still expects to have all four tankers delivered by 2018.BMT Defence Services-designed RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge and RFA Tideforce are 201 meters long, with a beam of nearly 29 meters and a displacement of more than 37,000 tonnes.The tankers will maintain the Royal Navy’s ability to refuel at sea and will provide fuel to warships and task groups. They will support deployed amphibious, land and air forces close to the shore and will have the ability to operate helicopters.“It’s fantastic to see that RFA TIDESPRING has arrived in the UK. As her designer, this is an extremely proud moment for everyone that has been involved in this project,” said Muir Macdonald, managing director of BMT Defence Services View post tag: Royal Navy April 3, 2017last_img read more

Over $1.1M To Fuel Vanderburgh County Road Projects

first_imgVanderburgh County and the city of Evansville recently received over $1.1 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area legislators.This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million recently awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, according to State Reps. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch). Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation and funded through the state budget.“Our long-term investment and commitment to roads and bridges resulted in Indiana being named the top state in the nation for infrastructure,” Sullivan said. “These funds will help our communities improve our local roads and bridges, ensuring we have a strong foundation for the future.”As part of the program, Vanderburgh County received $401,754 and Evansville received $752,008 for local road projects.“This program demonstrates how our state and local communities can work together on behalf of all Hoosiers,” McNamara said. “Roads and bridges connect us, and this investment will go a long way toward keeping our infrastructure in good condition.”McNamara said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.“Programs like Community Crossings are a win-win for our community and state,” Hostettler said. “With Indiana’s constantly changing weather, we have to work hard to keep up the maintenance on our roads and bridges.”Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.More information about the program and recipients can be found at LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Night in Venice Announces Olympic Theme for 2020 Boat Parade

first_imgPlans for the 66th annual edition of Ocean City’s premier summer event, Night in Venice, are in the works, and registration for participating boats and waterfront homes is now open. The parade this year starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.This year’s theme – “The Olympics: Go for the Gold” – will be a nod to the Olympic Games. The theme is entirely optional but offers a chance to pay tribute to more than 120 years of competition among athletes from more than 200 nations. The 2020 Summer Games will run July 24 through Aug. 9 in Tokyo.The boat parade and decorated home contest are a highlight of the season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bay, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. A fireworks display caps off the bayfront festivities at dusk after the parade.Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at or by calling 609-399-6111.NIV Boat Registration NIV Condo RegistrationFree shuttle transportation will be available for spectators and free grandstands will be set up at street ends along the route. For more information on participating in the event or attending, visit or call 609-399-6111. “Brady Bunch” star Barry Williams, now 65, will serve as grand marshal for this year’s Doo Dah Parade and also hosts the Mr. Mature America Pageant. (Photo courtesy of on sale for meet-and-greet with Barry Williams: Barry Williams, who starred as Greg Brady in the classic sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” will be grand marshal of the 2020 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on April 18 and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.Tickets are on sale now for the pageant and starting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, tickets will be available for a chance to meet Williams. An afternoon “Meet and Greet” with Williams at the Ocean City Music Pier will start at 2:30 p.m. April 18 after the Doo Dah Parade.Tickets ($30) will include a fan selfie and one autographed photo provided to fans or one autographed personal item brought by the fan. A separate VIP Post-Show Package ($40) includes a VIP show ticket and a meet-and-greet after the show, including a fan selfie and one autographed photo (provided) or autographed personal item.The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The pageant includes competition among men age 55 and over in talent, judge’s interview, poise and appearance, and on-stage question.Tickets are available at, by calling 609-399-6111 or at Ocean City’s welcome centers at City Hall and on the Route 52 causeway.Registration is now open for any contestant 55 or older who would like to participate. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage. If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at or call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 15. Jack Merritt, 69, of West Grove, Pa., is crowned Mr. Mature America 2019.Free tickets available for March 15 Air Force Band Concert:The brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform 2 p.m. March 15 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The show will feature orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions and distinctive arrangements.The concert is free, but anybody who wishes to attend must reserve a ticket in advance. Call 609-399-6111 or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.Also coming up: MARKET MADNESS (March 7): Boardwalk and downtown merchants in Ocean City will offer discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions at a new event planned for Saturday, March 7. “Market Madness” will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Flanders Hotel. Parking will be free, and food will be available for purchase a la carte. NIV House Registrationcenter_img “The Greatest Show” boat was a crowd pleaser at the 65th annual Night In Venice boat parade in 2019.last_img read more

News story: Precious Cells International: information for donors, creditors and employees

first_img BOC UK and Ireland Cryobank previously held samples on behalf of Precious Cells International but closed its UK Cryobank facility on 15 December 2019, moving all samples to Future Health Technologies BOC will continue to act as the point of contact for Precious Cells International Limited’s clients going forward. Contact via [email protected] On Friday 23 November 2018, a winding up order was made against Precious Cells International (company number 07210233), a private tissue bank concerned with storing cord blood samples.The court appointed the Official Receiver as the liquidator.Information for donorsStorage facilities continue to safely store cord blood samples since Precious Cells International entered into administration on 28 March 2018 and the Official Receiver is engaging with them to ensure they continue to do so in the liquidation period.The Official Receiver is still working to recover the company’s records and is working with donors to help access their samples.Accessing your sampleEach cord blood sample has a unique code, beginning with ‘PCI’ and you will need to know your code to help the storage facility locate your sample.If your code falls between PCI000004 and PCI004880, you will need to contact: Future Health Technologies Limited, 10 Faraday Building, Nottingham Science & Technology Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2QP Information for Pharmacells donorsPharmacells is a separate company registered and based in Scotland and not under the Official Receiver’s jurisdiction. If you have contracted Pharmacells Limited to store your cord blood samples, the company was dissolved on 5 July 2019 after going into Administration on 13 April 2018.We do hold the records of the company’s donors, for those who wish to collect them.Information for Precious Cells International employeesFormer staff working for Precious Cells International were made redundant during the administration.If you have specific enquiries about your redundancy payments, contact CCW Recovery Solutions on 01892 700200 or via [email protected] worried about their pension situation can ring The Pension Advisory Service (TPAS) on 0800 011 3797 for free and impartial guidance and JobCentre Plus is ready to support any employee find new employment.Information for creditorsTo register as a creditor you will need to complete a Proof of Debt form and email this to the Official Receiver via [email protected] you have registered and the Official Receiver receives your proof of debt form they will add you to the list of creditors and include you on future correspondence about the case.This page is being regularly updatedAs the liquidation proceeds we will continue to update this page. Please check back regularly for updates. PCI reference date the sample was taken Name of the donor Insolvency Service helpline 0300 678 0015 For information about the insolvency process contact the Insolvency Service helpline. The helpline is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 3pm on Friday. We can give you information about processes administered or regulated by the Insolvency Service. This includes bankruptcy, debt relief orders and company liquidations.We cannot give you: legal or financial advice, information on specific insolvency cases, information or advice about other government departments or information about redundancy payments. If you are contacting about an existing bankruptcy or compulsory company liquidation case, use our ‘contact an official receiver’ guidance. If your donor sample number is issued after PCI004881, you will need to contact Biovault Technical Ltd: Plymouth International Medical & Technology Park, 24 Brest Road, Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 5XP; Tel: 01752 753723If you cannot locate your samples please email the Official Receiver via [email protected] with the following details: Contact form http://www.insolvencyd… Insolvency Service helplinelast_img read more

Vulfpeck Welcomes Adam Deitch, Treats Denver To “Dubstep” Double Encore [Videos]

first_imgIt is safe to say that the funk outfit Vulfpeck is taking the scene by storm. After debuting at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, last year as the support for The Motet, the Michigan-born group returned to Denver for a sold-out debut at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Tuesday. Their spirited performance came ahead of Vulfpeck’s return to Red Rocks supporting Trey Anastasio Band the following night. At last night’s performance at the Ogden, with help of frequent collaborators Joey Dosik, Cory Wong, and Antwaun Stanley and special guest Adam Deitch of Lettuce, Vulfpeck tore up the 1,600-head venue, reiterating why the ensemble and its extended group of friends-cum-collaborators are continuing to earn fans for their diverse and ever-growing fanbase.LivePhish Will Webcast Trey Anastasio Band’s Upcoming Red Rocks Show With VulfpeckThe night started off with opener Joey Dosik (who would return frequently across Vulfpeck’s performance on sax), whose soulful set served as an appropriate warm-up for the already-packed house. Stationed at the keys while laying down crisp vocals, Dosik’s unmistakable musicianship set the tone for the evening. As is only appropriate for a Vulfpeck show, particularly when recognizing that an emphasis on underlying friendship rules Vulfpeck and its extended family of close collaborators, a number of the members of Vulfpeck joined Dosik throughout his performance, adding instrumental depth to the multi-instrumentalist’s expressive songs. Less funk-oriented than the headliners who followed him, Dosik’s performance was a charming way to start the night, priming the audience to pay attention to the expert songwriting across both acts.Vulfpeck took the stage in a dramatic manner to start their set following the short break after the end of Dosik’s performance—with an “Outro” opener, an announcer introduced each member of the group and the additional musicians who would join them during their set. The group wasted no time getting into, with their “Outro” intro moving deftly into “Cory Wong” (predictably featuring Cory Wong on guitar), a song off their latest album The Beautiful Game. The tone of the night was jubilant, to say the least, and during the number, Wong, Jack Stratton, and Joe Dart moved into a coordinate two-step, pumping up the crowd and clearly enjoying themselves.After moving through spirited renditions of “Rango” and “My First Car,” Vulfpeck introduced their first surprise of the night. After noting that the complex drum part of the next song required finesse, the group introduced the drum extraordinaire behind Lettuce and Break Science, none other than Adam Deitch, to join them for “Daddy, He Got A Tesla.” Dosik was featured heavily on sax in the beginning of the number, eventually moving aside and allowing Deitch to take center stage with an authoritative drum breakdown as the other members watched on grinning. Bassist Joe Dart then joined in (and a little bit later Stratton on keys), showing off this powerhouse rhythm section. You can check out a video of this tremendous collaboration below.“Daddy, He Got A Tesla” with Adam DeitchDeitch then departed from the stage, and it was clear that the group was truly dialed in and the crowd was loving it. After a high-energy rendition of the number “Animal Spirits” carried by Woody Goss‘s cascading keys, the group introduced the powerhouse vocalist Antwaun Stanley, who joined the crew for the massively catchy “1612.” From this point, the extended Vulfpeck lineup was out in full force, with the huge crew then moving through “Aunt Leslie,” “Funky Duck,” and Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful”—the crowd was eating up the music, and looking across the theater, many of the dedicated fans could be seen beaming while singing along to the various numbers. For their final song of this segment, the group laid into “Wait For The Moment,” a favorite for many because of Stanley’s immaculate voice, the fugue-like keys, and the group’s propensity for climactic builds and pauses.Jack Stratton was left solo on the stage after this string of crowd-pleasers, with the bandleader strutting across the stage and giving each of his bandmates a more intimate introduction. The interlude felt almost like a bit from a comedy club, eliciting laughter while simultaneously functioning to build up each member (perhaps the best line was the announcement that Joe Dart is “really good at bass,” with the simplicity and apparent veracity of the statement verging into anti-comedy and earning whoops from the crowd [Editor’s note: Clearly, the best jokes should always be explained.]) The rest of the musicians came back for a “Vulfapella” intro into “Back Pocket,” with Theo Katzman’s impressive and soaring falsetto coasting over the other members tight a capella base before dropping into the full instrumental version of the song.“Back Pocket” (Vulfapella)From there, it was a full-out sprint to the end of the show, with Joe Dart tearing up the bass and more or less engaging in musical witchcraft during his mesmerizing and frenetic feature during “Beastly.” Dart’s solo served as the catalyst to close out the song, accelerating as additional members joined in, with an initially discordant segment toward the song’s close that culminated in a dramatic finish as collectively the group returned to the main theme of “Beastly.” The group closed things out with the song “Christmas in L.A.,” with the enchanting narrative contributed by Katzman providing a perfect set-up for Vulfpeck’s final song of the night. After a quick break, the group returned for an encore of “Dean Town,” which ended with a huge drum solo by Stratton and Katzman sharing the kit.While perhaps Vulfpeck thought they were done for the night after “Dean Town,” they weren’t. Following the first encore, the crowd lingered wanting more, and the group obliged, emerging for a rare second encore. For their true final song, the core group put on a hilarious delivery of the song “It Gets Funkier,” which featured a “dubstep” interlude and absurd antics from Stratton to end the night on a high. You can check out a video of this final song below. The group continues on to Red Rocks tonight in support of Trey Anastasio Band, before continuing this leg of their tour, which runs through the beginning of June.“It Gets Funkier”[Photo: Joseph Fruehwald]Setlist: Vulfpeck | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 5/30/2017Set: Outro, Cory Wong, Rango, My First Car, Daddy He Got A Tesla*, Animal Spirits, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Funky Dunk, Simply Beautiful (Al Green cover), Wait For The Moment, Ritter, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In L.A.Encore One: Dean TownEncore Two: It Gets Funkier* with Adam Deitchlast_img read more

Around the Schools

first_imgAs part of a student-initiated community development project to promote civic engagement and rural development in the Mississippi Delta, nine Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) students, led by master in public policy candidates Babak Mostaghimi and Ololade Olakanmi, will spend 10 days in January in Greenwood, Miss., working on service projects for the community. Last spring, a group of HKS students helped the residents of Baptist Town — a largely black, historically important neighborhood of Greenwood — establish a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and helped facilitate a community-driven planning exercise to guide the nonprofit’s activities. This January, the HKS volunteers will conduct focus groups to gauge community perceptions of the nonprofit, provide leadership training, work to set up a community technology center, and build relationships with local political and business leaders to foster cross-sectoral initiatives in support of the community’s development vision. Travel grants for the students were provided by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at HKS.— Molly Lanzarottalast_img read more

Office, ours

first_imgProfessors’ quarters, their offices, are sanctuary spaces, places of intellectual inspiration, rooms for academic exchange. Lined with books, decorated with objects and awards, speckled with family photos and mementos from foreign travel, the offices are always home to a computer — the connection to everything not housed within the four walls.The offices at Harvard are as varied as the professors who inhabit them. Visit offices in Wadsworth House, the second-oldest building on campus, which served as headquarters for General George Washington in 1775, or those on the top floor of the modernist Carpenter Center, the architect Le Corbusier’s sole building in North America.Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, holds court in Wadsworth House. His office is lined with books, many of them from the 18th century, and contains such personal mementos as a Fenway Park baseball and bits from the Berlin Wall, which he watched fall in 1989. “I am just happy in a room that evokes the past,” he said.Donner Professor of Science Cumrun Vafa described his corner office in Jefferson Hall as “home within the University for me.” Blackboards line the walls of most offices within the Physics Department. “Blackboards represent collaboration, research, and freedom of thinking, discussion, and openness. That’s the aspect of scientific work that I think is crucial for research,” said Vafa.The spaces are utilized in various ways throughout each day. They serve as contemplative places for reading, writing, and deliberating, and at times, as places to socialize with students and fellow academics. Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology Richard W. Wrangham said of his fifth-floor office atop the Peabody Museum, “It’s nice to be secluded as well as part of the outer world.”In a way, each office evokes its owner. Looking around his space filled with books, papers, and objects from a lifetime of fieldwork, Wrangham joked, “I would like to feel that it represents me. It probably does. So be kind as you photograph it.” 13Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, keeps an office in the heart of Widener Library. “I’d describe it as both a workspace and a sanctuary. I adore that it is in the library … I’m sitting in the middle of one of the greatest libraries in the world. It’s about as good as it gets.” 2Books, many of them from the 18th century, line the walls of Professor Robert Darnton’s office — even though the computer at his desk hooks him up to the whole library system. “Everything I deal with these days is about the digital future. So in a strange way, this time capsule is one that is hurtling me into the future. When I look around I see comforting signs from the past, but they are reminders of the importance of the future.” 4In Warren House, John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures Maria Tatar resides in a cheerful, yellow office decorated with colorful posters, including a print of the tuxedoed self-portrait by Max Beckmann from the Sackler Museum collection. 19Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology Richard Wrangham’s office is located on the fifth floor of the Peabody Museum. A framed replica of the hand of the famous Australopithecus afarensis Lucy hangs on the wall; it was given to him by Donald Johanson, who discovered her 3.2 million-year-old bones in Ethiopia. Alongside is a spear from Uganda. 20Describing his office, Professor Richard Wrangham says, “I see a collection of materials from fieldwork going back 40 years. There is a little bit of family stuff. I see things from half a dozen different countries representing all sorts of different interests, from bee honey that is eaten by chimpanzees to fake Oldowan tools to photographs of apes from around the world. … It’s such a comfortable place. I’m very happy to come weekends and after hours. It’s such an easy place to have access to and an aesthetically pleasing place as well.” 18A poem by Hafiz, the Iranian poet whose work is famous for its double meanings, decorates Cumrun Vafa’s wall with a verse that describes the perseverance to reach desired goals — the professor’s research philosophy. The verse reads, “Even after I die, if you open my grave, even after death you will see this fire, which is my driving force, still burning from within my heart.” 9The office of Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology, is on the ninth floor of William James Hall. Pinker describes his visual taste as “contemporary — not oak and Oriental rugs.” His wall, built from glass blocks, resembles scans of the human brain. 15Recalling his earliest days in his office, Professor Stephen Greenblatt says, “What I thought was that, ‘I will finally have space for all my books,’ and the truth is I don’t. I must keep culling them.” 11The tower of Memorial Hall is reflected in the trophies, honorary paraphernalia, and photographs that hang on a wall in Professor Steven Pinker’s office. Among the images, Pinker is shown with Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, E.O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould, James Watson, and Ernst Mayr — a who’s who in biology and the social sciences. 14Professor Stephen Greenblatt says of his library nook, “A place that is devoted, dedicated to the thing that is a serious part of my life, it seems absolutely essential to me.” Does the space represent him well? “I suppose in some sense, certainly in its disorderliness, I suppose it does, I’m sorry to say.” 6Warren House was used briefly as a station on the Underground Railroad. “I feel humbled by the beauty of the space and the history of the building,” says Professor Maria Tatar. 8Professor Giuliana Bruno’s space is sparsely decorated with modernist furniture and shelving that matches the materials used to build the Carpenter Center. 10Books encircle Professor Steven Pinker’s space. He shares, “Even though I have a Kindle and an iPad, my rate of book acquisition has not slowed down — bleached wood pulp is still an excellent technology for many purposes.” 7The office of Giuliana Bruno, professor of visual and environmental studies, sits on the top floor of the Carpenter Center, the only building modernist architect Le Corbusier designed in North America. 17Donner Professor of Science Cumrun Vafa occupies a sunlight corner office in Jefferson Hall. The space contains many personal touches, including this photograph of his wife. The image was taken when they were both graduate students at Princeton, he studying physics and she engineering. They met in a Persian poetry class. 3“I was in Berlin when [the Berlin Wall] fell, and I wrote a book about it,” Professor Robert Darnton says about pieces of concrete and a photo in his office. “And my daughter was there. It shows a little photograph, and she’s in the photograph with a mass of people on November 10, 1989.” 1Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, has his office in Wadsworth House, the second-oldest building on campus and the headquarters of General George Washington in 1775. A print of the Battle of the Nile hangs on the wall and a lion, fashioned after the New York Public Library’s Patience and Fortitude, serves as a windowsill bookend. 12Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology Susan Mango’s office is kept in the Biological Laboratories. Her desk, scattered with papers, looks out on the volleyball court nestled in the building’s courtyard. 5Picture books, mystery stories, and classic novels are piled together on Professor Maria Tatar’s desk — not an unexpected sight in the office of a scholar of modern German culture, folklore, and children’s literature. 16Mementos from Professor Stephen Greenblatt’s travels to Laos, Bali, Italy, Turkey, China, and France are scattered around his office. A pair of hands from Oaxaca, Mexico, is among the collected objects.last_img read more

Politics of the unseen

first_img Read Full Story Terry Tempest Williams, Harvard Divinity School’s (HDS) writer-in-residence, and film producer Geralyn White Dreyfous have curated a special film series that is open to the Harvard community and to the general public. The series includes the chance for audience members to engage in discussion with directors, producers, and subjects of the films.The film series, “The Politics of the Unseen: Exploring the Moral Imagination,” includes screenings of “The Great Hack,” “The Two Popes,” “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Us Kids: We Call BS,” and “Harriet.” The films focus on issues of social and racial justice, ethics of data collection and its impact on free elections, moral leadership, gun violence, and dreams of farming and caring for the land—all of which at their core are spiritual issues, say Williams and Dreyfous.Below, Williams and Dreyfous discuss the film series and how the spiritual dimensions of the films.HDS: The title for this film series is “The Politics of the Unseen.” Can you explain what you mean by that?Williams: Last year, when writers Richard Powers and Robin Wall Kimmerer came to visit Harvard, a conversation ensued about this moment in time. What is required of us to keep “the open space of democracy” open? [Dean of Arts and Humanities] Robin Kelsey said, “We must expose and interrogate the politics of the unseen.” This phrase struck me as being at the heart of the matter.The power of storytelling be it a novel, an essay, a photograph, or a film can expose that which has been hidden. The politics of the unseen is witnessed in “The Great Hack” as we see Cambridge Analytica knowingly influence political campaigns throughout the world through the manipulation of millions of pieces of personal data into fabricated ads and stories.The politics of the unseen are the private conversations that take place behind closed doors and manifest in public policy in government, the academy, or the Catholic Church as seen in “The Two Popes.”The politics of the unseen can also be extended metaphorically to the mycelium network of mushrooms that thrive underground and regenerate depleted soil. Why we fail to have sound gun laws to protect our communities is another example of the politics of the unseen, what the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School fought to expose — the disproportionate power of the NRA on members of the United States Congress.Dreyfous: Terry always evokes a prescient feeling in her writing. When she named this course, it felt right to me. Having just finished The Great Hack, we are living in a world that increasingly is not as it seems. I also know from teaching and studying with Dr. Robert Coles [Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities] at Harvard that documentary film making is field-based learning. The field informs and reveals the politics of the unseen. Another way of saying that is — the story behind the story.last_img read more

Belles explore student clubs

first_imgSaint Mary’s students took a break from studying to explore their extracurricular options at the College’s annual Activities Night on Wednesday. Assistant director of student involvement Joy Usner said Activities Night allows clubs to recruit new and enthusiastic members. “Activities Night is a way for our current student organizations to advertise and recruit new members and get involved on campus,” Usner said. “It’s a really fun night for people to come out and see all of the different clubs they might not know about.” Junior Kat Sullivan, vice president of external affairs for the Student Government Association (SGA), communicated with campus club presidents and local organizations in the South Bend community to organize Activities Night. “A lot of my job is to make sure everything comes together smoothly,” Sullivan said. “We have a great group of people here who work really hard every year to put on this event.” Sullivan collaborated with the Office of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services to contact the participating clubs and organizations, Stephanie Steward-Bridges, director of multicultural services and student programs, said. “We work with Kat Sullivan to help her put together Activities Night,” Bridges said. “She sends out the information to reserve tables, and we assist her with giving [her] the list of recognized organizations on campus.” Attending Activities Night and learning about the wealth of extracurricular opportunities available on campus is something of a rite of passage for students. Senior Danielle Smith said she still remembers her first hectic night at the event. “Activities Night was a bit overwhelming my first year because it was inside the Student Center and was kind of cramped,” Smith said. “I like it much better this year because it’s outside with a DJ, and you can dance to the music as you sign up for your clubs.” The large number of clubs both excited and overwhelmed students. Freshman Natalie Hartman said she signed up for so many clubs she could not keep track of them all. “I know I signed up for Friends with Sisters, Dance Marathon and Environmental Club,”,she said. “The people here are so friendly that it’s easy to ask questions and get involved.” Freshman Kristin Linkowskieshe said she plans to join several athletic and outdoor clubs. “I signed up for intermural volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, camping, fishing, disc golf, outing, water ski team and about ten other clubs,” Linkowski said.last_img read more