Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies Opens Field Office in Tunisia

first_imgThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Harvard University today opened its first overseas office, in Tunisia, home to a tradition of learning and research that extends from Antiquity to the present. The office and the year-round programs run from the location are made possible by the support of Harvard College alumnus Hazem Ben-Gacem ’92.“The Middle East is a part of the world that you’ll never fully understand unless you get your feet on the ground and experience it first-hand,” said William Granara, CMES Director and Professor of Arabic. “Thanks to Hazem’s generosity, Harvard students and scholars have greater resources to pursue in-depth field research and can more substantively engage in language and cultural immersion experiences.”Center for Middle Eastern Studies Winter Session study excursion to Tunisia, January 2016“From the beginning the hope has been to establish an outpost where Harvard faculty and students would come to discover Tunisia—its history, language, culture, art, and people—and integrate this experience into their scholarship and education,” said Ben-Gacem. “I’m very excited by this first step towards a substantial Harvard presence in Tunisia.”Founded in 1954, CMES, through interdisciplinary teaching and research, has produced hundreds of graduates with Middle East and North Africa expertise who have gone on to directly impact students, scholars, and the public both in the United States and around the world. Its Tunisia office will provide students and scholars with a bridge to renowned Tunisian archival facilities, serve as an incubator for analysis of the evolving social, cultural, legal, and political movements in the region, and offer an intellectual hub for scholars of, and from, Tunisia, the Maghreb, the Mediterranean, and the wider Middle East region.“Broadening the contexts in which teaching and learning happen at Harvard is a crucial element of our engagement with the world. We are always seeking opportunities to make the University more intentionally global, and the field office in Tunisia will bring the world to Harvard and Harvard to the world in exciting new ways that will shape important work across fields and disciplines,” said Harvard president Drew Faust.Programs available at the Tunis location for students and faculty from across the University include Harvard Tunisia Scholarships for Harvard graduate and undergraduate research, funding for Harvard faculty sabbatical research, an Arabic language summer program for Harvard graduate and undergraduate students, and a three-week Winter Session course for Harvard students.last_img read more

Randi Griffin ’10 to play for unified women’s hockey team at Olympics

first_imgFormer Harvard women’s hockey player Randi Griffin ’10 will play for the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, according to Harvard Athletics.Griffin is a dual citizen of the United States and South Korea and was a four-year letter winner for the Crimson 2006‒10. In 125 career games, the Apex, N.C., native collected 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points. During her senior season, Griffin was a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award; led the Crimson in power-play goals and tied for 10th in the nation (with seven); ranked fourth on the team with 21 points; and scored a power-play goal in the 2010 NCAA quarterfinals against Cornell. Following the decision to have a unified North and South Korean hockey team, the expectations were that a contingent of North Korean players would join the 23-member South Korean roster. The South Korean national team is currently ranked 22nd in the world by the International Ice Hockey Federation and is coached by Sarah Murray, who played for the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2006‒2010.The two Koreas will march together in the Olympics opening ceremonies on Friday. The unified women’s ice hockey team will play a preliminary round against Switzerland on Saturday and play Sweden on Sunday. The Pyeongchang Olympics run from Saturday through Feb. 25. Medal or no medal, a golden opportunity Brooms at the ready, Harvard’s curling team thrives on the ice To compete, they let it slide Related Following his father’s example, Donato plans to make most of Olympic experience last_img read more

Farm-fresh Food.

first_imgHave you had one too many tasteless tomatoes? Had it with heads of lettuce that are limp the day after you buy them? There is a way to bring fresh produce to your door.It’s called Community Supported Agriculture.Essentially, shareholders (consumers) pay for food before it’splanted to help offset farmers’ production costs. Then thefarmers provide the shareholders fresh, and most oftenorganically grown, produce all season.Community Supported Agriculture began to take hold in the United States in the 1980s. Now there are more than 1,000 CSA farms across the county.”The CSA concept has a greater likelihood for success in an urban area because of the population,” said Mark Risse, an agricultural engineer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But it’s not a necessity.”In Georgia, CSAs are close to major cities.”A CSA in northern Florida grows for the local school district in a semirural area,” Risse said. “Anywhere will work as long asthere is a population base with a demand for locally grownproduce.”Atlanta now has two seasonal organic farmers’ markets and abooming direct restaurant supply business.”Many of the chefs in quality restaurants demand high-quality,fresh produce,” Risse said. “And these farmers contract to supplyit.”To tap into the growing demand for fresh food alternatives, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Network put together a list of CSA farms nationwide. The list has names and contact information for 450 CSA farms in almost every state.”Given the growing interest in eating nutritious fresh food, we wanted to provide an easy source of information about CSA,” said Jill Auburn, director of USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, which funds SAN.Georgia CSAs on the list are Gaia Gardens in Decatur and theUnion Agricultural Institute in Blairsville.”CSA provides a great way for the producers and consumers of our food to gain all sorts of benefits, from fair wages to fresh food to on-farm learning experiences, because they live near eachother,” Auburn said.The CSA concept tends to unite people to support a farm. The farm truly becomes a community enterprise. The grower and membersshare both the risks and the benefits of food production.Getting and keeping shareholders is one of the toughest hurdles a CSA faces.”There is a lot of work in developing the CSA and then inmaintaining the market once it’s created,” Risse said. “Once thisis done, usually demand will exceed the CSA’s ability to supply,as is happening in Atlanta. Organizations like Georgia Organicscan help in setting up a CSA or co-op.”So can the Georgia Extension Service. “The SustainableAgriculture Research and Education program, housed on the UGAGriffin campus, has producer grants that could help establishCSAs,” Risse said. Get more information atwww.griffin.peachnet.edu/sare/00mktann.html.Typically, CSA farmers use organic or sustainable farming methods and strive to provide fresh, high-quality foods. Most CSA farms offer diverse vegetables, fruits and herbs in season. Someprovide a full array of farm products, including eggs, meat,milk, baked goods, honey and even firewood. Many CSA farmersenjoy the chance to teach others about the challenges of growinggood food.To see the complete CSA list, visit the web site atwww.sare.org/san/csa/index.htm. There you can search for CSAs bystate.Get a list of CSA farms in any state, too, by writing toCSA/CSREES, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 2207, Washington, DC20250-2207. Organizations can request a free copy of the printedCSA directory at the same address.last_img read more

Are unbanked Millennials that way by choice?

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Not all unbanked Americans are in that state due to poverty, a new study finds. Some are unbanked by choice.A survey analysis performed for Packaged Facts finds that there is a general trend away from having checking and savings accounts at traditional banking institutions, especially among members of the millennial generation.This is a choice many younger people are making, since many deem traditional banking services to be unnecessary – or at least things one might only occasionally use.Packaged Facts points out that these findings challenge the traditional notion of the unbanked American as someone who is “shut out” of the system due to poverty, or a lack of access. Clearly, an increasing number of Americans are unbanked by choice.It also counters the traditional banking argument that checking and savings accounts are the foundation for lasting customer relationships. continue reading »last_img read more

Is anybody out there?

first_imgIt may be a cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true: It is lonely at the top. A sense of isolation isn’t just an issue for newly ascendant CEOs whose relationships with their pre-promotion peers have changed. Longtime executives without a network of supportive colleagues or unable to stay connected to those they are tasked with leading face this challenge as well.An advancement that puts someone in charge of his or her former “equals” can spark an array of interpersonal challenges, says Susanne Biro, master coach and co-founder of Syntrina Leadership LLC, Indianapolis, a boutique leadership development firm specializing in working with senior-level leaders and their teams. Perhaps a former peer (or even several) coveted the position, Biro posits, causing resentment, disappointment and jealously towards the one chosen—emotions that can undermine support for the new leader. Or they might have wanted another person to receive the promotion, resulting in the same problematic attitudes. Trying to keep things as they were before the promotion can also cause problems.“Leaders and peers might try to remain friends and fail to recognize the need for a new relationship with new boundaries of what can be discussed, with whom, how and when,” Biro explains. “This can be extremely subtle, but the results can be large.”The speed at which a promotion happens can also contribute to interpersonal issues, says Deedee Myers, Ph.D., CEO of CUESolutions provider DDJ Myers Ltd., a Phoenix-based firm providing executive search/recruitment, strategic organization and leadership consulting services. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Twin Tiers Honor Flights hosts pasta dinner for veterans

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The American Legion Post 1645 hosted the Twin Tiers Honor Flight pasta dinner to honor local veterans today.  The organization says the pasta dinner fundraiser was to help raise money for Honor Flight trips in the upcoming year. Vincent also mentioned the organization plans to host another pasta dinner in the future. For veterans who have gone on an Honor Flight, the spaghetti dinners were free, while the veteran’s guests’ meals were fundraising at ten dollars each. “We try to keep in touch with them,” Vincent said. “We sent cards out to them. We thought this would be a nice way to do it.”  The trips go to Washington, DC, and are no cost to the veterans. Twin Tier Honor Flight President Patricia Vincent says since they weren’t able to take any trips this year they still wanted a way to honor local veterans.  The organization was also selling its first ever Honor Flight calendars.  Honor Flights are trips organized by non-profits which transport U.S. military veterans to see the memorials of the respective war they fought in. last_img read more

Hundreds of Saudis stuck in Jakarta as kingdom suspends international flights due to COVID-19

first_imgHe said the passengers proceeded to the check-in counters even though they were informed via text message about the cancellation in advance. The Saudi Embassy in Jakarta had announced that the Saudi government suspended international flights.A video showing Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Esam Abid Althagafi calming the stranded passengers circulated on Twitter on Sunday as the mission in Jakarta was trying to find a solution. السعودية عظيمة ووفيّة حتى في أقصى بقاع الأرض، خيرها على أبناءها لا ينقطع وفي أصعب الظروف، سفير #السعودية في إندونيسيا عصام الثقفي، يخدم أبناء بلده بتوجيهات قادته والرضى يحيط بهم رغم ظروف #كورونا، الله يرجعكم سالمين 🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/vxldL7qLSw— لبيب Labeeb (@LabeebHub) March 15, 2020Saudi’s state news agency, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), reported on Sunday that the Saudi Embassy in Jakarta said it had cooperated with the airlines to find a speedy solution to the canceled flights with the ultimate goal to contain the situation and stand by its citizens until they return to their homeland.It pointed out that transportation was secured for all citizens stranded at Soekarno-Hatta airport to hotels intended for their residence and that they would be provided all facilities until their return.The SPA reported Saturday on the Saudi government’s decision to suspend all international flights for two weeks starting Sunday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, citing an official source at the country’s interior ministry.The period will be considered an exceptional official holiday for citizens and residents who are unable to return due to the suspension of flights or if they face quarantine after their return to the kingdom, SPA cited the official as saying.Saudi Arabia has reported 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Indonesia has reported 134 cases. (asp) Topics : At least 826 passengers of Saudia Airlines packed Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 on Sunday after Saudi Arabia suspended all flights into the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The passengers intended to board two Saudia Airlines flights – flights SV825 and SV819 – to return to the kingdom and had waited in the terminal since noon.“We secured Terminal 3’s check-in counters for Saudia Airlines passengers boarding through Gate 2,” Soekarno-Hatta aviation security head Alexander Yurikho said as quoted by tempo.co on Sunday.last_img read more

Franklin County Chamber to hold Legislative meeting and dinner

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Chamber will host a legislative Member Meeting and dinner on September 12 at the Brookville Library.  The event starts with a free-will dinner at 5p followed by the meeting at 5:30p.  The meeting will allow Senator Jean Leising, State representatives Cindy Ziemke and Randy Lyness, as well as Melissa Acton from Senator Todd Young’s office to talk about updates on Indiana and FGranklin County.last_img

Mourinho: I’ll be back

first_img Press Association He went on: “I fuel it a little bit. I say every day I love it here, I had a fantastic time here, I will return one day, so to be fair I give a little bit contribute for that speculation. “(However), at the end of the day I am in Madrid, I am very committed for the club for the rest of season. We are in the last eight of the Champions League. We have a (Spanish Cup) final to play against Atletico Madrid. People who know me, know that I am professional and at this moment I only think about my job in Real.” Mourinho, though, accepted he felt a return to the Barclays Premier League was inevitable. “One day naturally I have to be back,” he added. “English football, to Chelsea, to another club…of course Chelsea is in my heart as Inter (Milan) is, one day I have to be back.” Mourinho has also been linked with taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, or even replacing Roberto Mancini at Manchester City. The Portuguese, though, remained diplomatic when pressed as to whether he could be heading to the north-west – and even offered words of support for the current beleaguered Chelsea interim manager. “I think Manchester (United) is Sir Alex’s kingdom and I would love that job to be his job forever. Of course it cannot be forever, but for many, many more years,” he said. “In the other chair is Roberto with a contract, so I don’t think there is a move over there and I hope everything goes well for everybody, even (Rafael) Benitez (at Chelsea). I hope it goes well for him and they finish the season very, very well and I wish for them as I wish for myself – to finish the season well.” Mourinho left Stamford Bridge in 2007 following three seasons and retains a property in London. His daughter is set to take up a place on a course at Camberwell Art College in the next academic year, further fuelling speculation he is set to return to Chelsea, having now built up a good relationship with billionaire owner Roman Abramovich once again. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mourinho said: “There is a lot of talk. I think people have to understand I can be in London very often because we have a house here, we love it here, our daughter is coming to study in London. To be in London is a very normal thing for us. Every time I come, people start immediately to make the connections that I will return.” center_img Jose Mourinho remains committed to Real Madrid this season, but the former Chelsea boss feels he will “naturally” return to manage in England one day.last_img read more

Pardew hails important victory

first_img For the third successive match at St James’ Park, Cisse left it until injury time to ease fraying United nerves by scoring the only goal in a crucial 1-0 victory over Fulham. Cisse jumped in the crowd and earned a booking for his troubles. As for Pardew, he also threw himself in amongst the delirious fans, emerging with his jacket, shirt and tie dishevelled. “It was sheer relief,” said Pardew of his exuberance. “I was carrying all the stress of how important today’s game was, so it was nice to jump in the crowd. I didn’t do it intentionally, it was a moment that came into my head at the time. “It’s difficult when you do something like that. I’ve had a couple of occasions in the past where I’ve jumped in the crowd. It’s just a natural thing I wanted to do at that time with the fans. It was for them really as it’s not been our greatest season.” Asked if he was worried the fans would not let him go, Pardew replied jokingly: “I did check my pockets after in case one of them wasn’t a Newcastle fan, but fortunately my money was still there.” The goal means Newcastle are now five points clear of the relegation zone, one that left Pardew almost unable to sum up its importance. He added: “It was a big moment, no doubt about that. “As someone who has been in the game a while and knows the financial implications, what it means to spirit, the feeling for the fans, the implications of everything involved, it’s a precious goal. You can’t put a price on it, you really can’t. I can’t underline how important the win is, with the extra two points. They are very, very important.” Fulham manager Martin Jol believes his side are safe, but is taking nothing for granted as he said: “There are two clubs who have a problem – Reading and QPR. So it’s all about the third club, otherwise the results were good for us, good for Newcastle as well. “I don’t think we’re in trouble, but then 10 years ago you needed 44 points to stay up, a couple of seasons ago a club needed 42, but then five or six seasons it’s been 36 points. I think you need a lot of points this year to be safe, but I think we are fine, although you never know.” Press Associationcenter_img Newcastle manager Alan Pardew celebrated another late show from Papiss Cisse by almost losing his shirt and his wallet.last_img read more