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Same Same But Different Announces 2019 Lineup: Beats Antique, Turkuaz, Exmag, More

first_imgSame Same But Different Festival will return for its second annual event to scenic Perris Beach, CA, set for September 20th and 21st, 2019.On Tuesday, the two-day music and arts festival revealed their 2019 lineup, with Baauer, Beats Antique, Turkuaz, and Exmag sitting at the top of the bill. Same Same But Different will additionally see performances by Cofresi, Megan Hamilton, Capyac, Baby Fuzz, Boostive, Elektric Voodoo, Casmalia, Equanimous, Aviator Stash, Moves Collective, Chugboat, Coral Bells, Fashion Jackson, Mdrn Hstry, AJ Froman, Mimi Zulu, Paige Kohler, Casey Turner Music, Oscar Ceballos, Another Monkey, Subko, and Qulture.The festival notes that a second wave of artists will be announced in the coming weeks.Same Same But Different will be set on the beautiful backdrop of Lake Perris, centrally located only 90 minutes away from both Los Angeles and San Diego. In addition to the great music selection, SSBD Fest features car camping, a lake with swimming, a giant beach, many hiking trails, yoga classes, art classes, and so much more. The festival will also feature two alternating stages to maximize musical performance time.“We’re musicians ourselves, so the music always comes first for us but we strive to create a relaxed, welcoming environment where you can explore, swim, hike and play through the weekend,” explained festival co-founder Brad Sweet.Tier Two Early-Bird General Admission passes are currently on sale here, which include admission to Friday and Saturday’s shows and camping. The festival is also offering VIP packages and on-site RV accommodations.Head to Same Same But Different’s website for more information.last_img read more

It’s Arts First at Harvard

first_imgSpring at Harvard typically signifies Commencement, but before those robed scholars dart off into the wider world, the annual Arts First Festival happens.For four days, this year from April 29 to May 2, Arts First invades the sidewalks of Harvard Square and 43 venues across campus, with hundreds of student performers and arts opportunities. Sponsored by the Office for the Arts (OfA), the festival boasts everything from the eclectic to the outlandish, with something for kids and adults alike.Consider the ever-popular Sunken Garden Children’s Theater, which this year takes “The Ugly Ducking” to new heights during an outdoor performance by zany undergraduates. Not your cup of tea? What about “Fat Men in Skirts!!!?!,” which, according to the OFA Web site, is “a dark comedy by Nicky Silver that will make you rethink the nature of monkeys!!!?!” Yes, that’s the play’s actual description. Too avant-something? The Radcliffe Dramatic Club updates and revitalizes “Godspell.”And then there’s music, sweet music. Goodbye Horses rocks the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub; the Harvard College Madrigal Singers appear at Adolphus Busch Hall; and bluegrass from the Harvard College American Music Association will echo through the Yard. And those are just a few of the offerings.Kicking off the festival is the presentation of the Harvard Arts Medal to Catherine Lord ’70 by President Drew Faust inside New College Theatre at 5 p.m. today (April 29).Lord, a visual artist, writer, and curator who addresses issues of feminism, cultural politics, and colonialism, is the 17th distinguished Harvard or Radcliffe alum or faculty member to receive this accolade for excellence in the arts and contributions to education and the public good through arts. Past medalists have included poet John Ashbery ’49, composer John Adams ’69, M.A. ’72, cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, filmmaker Mira Nair ’79, and saxophonist Joshua Redman ’91.Best of all? It’s mostly free. For a complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the Arts First calendar online.last_img read more

Faust: Let’s break down boundaries

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust says she would like to build as her legacy a more accessible and welcoming Harvard, with fewer boundaries — internal or external — that block the full development of an individual’s talent.“I would like people to feel like Harvard was open to them, that the boundaries that might separate them from what Harvard has to offer were significantly broken down during my presidency,” Faust told an audience at Sanders Theatre on Tuesday (Sept 21).In the session, Faust, who joked that she might outlast the tenure of President Charles William Eliot, who served for four decades, responded to questions posed by former ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson, a fellow this fall at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Gibson also asked questions from the audience.Faust, who generally has sent the Harvard community welcoming email messages and last year delivered a speech to begin the school year, this time participated in a question-and-answer session to address the Harvard community.Though Faust touted Harvard’s growing interdisciplinary strengths, Gibson responded that he sees Harvard as a “Balkanized” institution and that faculty members “chuckle” when asked about reducing barriers among Harvard’s famously decentralized Schools. Faust stuck to her guns, however, saying that the world’s problems increasingly demand interdisciplinary solutions and that students want their education to equip them to address those problems, regardless of institutional boundaries.Responding to Gibson’s questions, Faust addressed a wide range of issues facing the University in the 2010-11 school year. Gibson pressed Faust on several topics, including University finances (they’re improving); on Allston (it’s key to the future, and planning is ongoing); and on the alleged scientific misconduct of psychology professor Marc Hauser.Faust acknowledged the seriousness of the findings against Hauser, saying that “integrity is absolutely fundamental to what we do.” She noted that Harvard officials had taken firm steps to correct the scientific record and that they had sent a letter to members of the faculty outlining the findings even though such information customarily remains confidential. “In this instance, we’ve said more than we ever have,” she said.Gibson also asked about the reaction to disparaging comments about Islam made by former faculty member Marty Peretz. Gibson questioned why the University was still inclined to accept a gift in Peretz’s name.  The president agreed that the comments had been “very hurtful to many in our community” and that they were “at odds with the kind of fundamental values that we wish to embrace.” But she noted that the gift was from a group of alumni who wanted to recognize the contribution that Peretz made to their education and careers. In addition, she said, the gift was also an affirmation of the importance of involving undergraduates in research.Discussing University finances, Gibson expressed surprise at the level of financial aid, which goes to 60 percent of the undergraduate freshman class, with an average grant of $40,000. He called that aid “staggering” and questioned whether it was sustainable. Faust indicated the financial aid commitment is unwavering because it is a key part of Harvard’s mission to educate talented individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.Faust indicated that the University’s financial picture is improving — endowment investment returns were up 11 percent in the past fiscal year — even though the endowment remains below its high of just two years ago. She said fiscally prudent steps taken recently were not just done to save money, but as part of a reassessment of how the University operates. Reflecting on the fiscal challenge that she was handed almost as soon as she took office, Faust said it’s all just part of the job.“I’ve been around universities long enough, all my adult life, to know that universities are always filled with surprises, and that’s one of the wonderful things about them,” Faust said. “When I took this job, it was a little like getting married. You do it for better or worse, for richer or poorer, so I’ve always [asked]: What are the opportunities inherent in where I find myself? What is the hand I’ve been dealt? How do you make the most of that?”Gibson also asked whether too many students are making career choices upon graduation based on practicality rather than on living their dreams. Faust recalled being asked by a student why so many young graduates choose careers on Wall Street. She said in reply that she urges students to follow their passions, since, even if they don’t pan out, a practical job awaits. Faust advised students in the audience to focus on what they’re doing now, and not to be distracted by what they perceive their next step in life or their career should be.“My advice is to be fully where you are. Don’t constantly be thinking about wanting to be in the next place,” Faust said.last_img read more

Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down

first_imgUnderstanding attack strategies and how to prepare for them will help get your idea off the ground, according to this book by John P. Kotter, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership Emeritus, and co-author Lorne Whitehead.last_img

Objects of instruction

first_imgThe 12th century volume of commentaries on the epistles of St. Paul held in Harvard’s Houghton Library gives students in Professor Jeffrey Hamburger’s freshman seminar “Picturing Prayer in the Middle Ages” insight into the minds of medieval religious scholars. What’s really valuable to Hamburger as a teacher, however, is the bookmark.“It’s precisely the type of hands-on object that can draw students into these books and the whole world that is literally opened up by them,” he said. “A medieval bookmark that not only marks your place in the book on a page-to-page basis, but also allows you to pinpoint the line on which you left off reading or, perhaps more important, left off copying. That lets us know that it’s not the book or the folio — originally these books were not paginated or collated — but the opening that is the governing semantic unit both for the maker and for the reader.”Hamburger’s remarks were delivered at Harvard Hall on April 1 as part of “Teaching with Collections,” a discussion of the University’s oft-underappreciated treasures and their use in the classroom. The session, which featured presentations by four other members of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), was hosted by Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. It was part of the Conversations @ FAS series, which explores topics of broad interest related to the University’s teaching and research mission.Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, opened the discussion by reporting that more than 100 members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) make Harvard’s collections a centerpiece of courses in areas as disparate as visual and environmental studies, expository writing, the history of science, and stem cell research. She said that she hoped the day’s presentations would foster increased use of Harvard’s collected objects.Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, said that there have been collections at Harvard almost as long as there has been a Harvard. The University began to collect scientific instruments, for instance, in the 17th century. When the early collection was lost in a fire, Harvard enlisted Benjamin Franklin to begin a new one, which he did while working in Paris for the establishment of the United States. Among the items he sent back to Harvard was a late 18th century model of the solar system.“In true enlightenment fashion, you can look inside and see the clockwork mechanism, and understand its rational motion,” Galison said.Galison presented slides of some of the 20,000 objects his group has cataloged, including the control panel for one of the first atomic cyclotrons, which was installed at Harvard in the 1930s and then moved to Los Alamos, N.M., during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project. He reported that courses in the History of Science Department now integrate the curation of exhibits like these into their curriculum. Galison pointed to an exhibition on the history of the scientific fact recently created by College students, and one on patent models assembled by graduate students and FAS faculty.“This type of activity is not only expanding the genre of sources, used in academic inquiry,” he said, “but also expanding equally the idioms through which we can express ourselves.”Hamburger, the Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture, centered his presentation on the study of the codex. He said that the 12th century manuscript of Pauline commentaries is only one of more than 3,500 medieval manuscripts housed at Houghton Library. He called this collection the largest in North America and comparable to those in the great universities of Europe.By taking his students into Houghton, Hamburger said that he can “bring material to life in a way that no classroom presentation could ever possibly do.” But the library’s resources — as well as those at the Law, Medical, and Business Schools — are often underused, he said. Few people know, for instance, that HBS’ Baker Library | Bloomberg Center holds a substantial number of manuscripts of the Medici family, principal patrons of the Italian Renaissance. Hamburger advocated for the digitization of such resources to ensure their use by scholars around the world.While Hamburger and Galison focused on the rare and the remarkable in Harvard’s collections, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor, and Ivan Gaskell, Margaret S. Winthrop Curator in the Harvard Art Museums and senior lecturer on history, extolled the virtues of the mundane and the everyday: a toothbrush, a chair, a piece of clothing. “My adventure has been to move into the realm of material objects and use them to study ordinary people in ordinary life,” Ulrich said.Ulrich, the developer of the popular General Education course and exhibition “Tangible Things,” stood at the front of the classroom and pulled a quilt out of an old bookcase. The quilt, which was made in Missouri during the 1920s, was designed with dark blue hexagons. She said that she had students research the source of the design, which led them back hundreds of years to a study of Islamic decorative art, its migration through Europe and then to America. An examination of the cloth and its manufacture in the American South took students through the history of slavery.Ulrich said that she wanted her students to work with artifacts to “break them out of their narrowness” and help them make connections between unrelated things like a quilt made in Missouri and an Islamic tile.“You see cultural contact and exchange in ways that you cannot see in books and writing,” she said. “Students get really excited when you put them in touch with real stuff.”The final presentation took the audience from the inanimate to the animal. Farish Jenkins, professor of biology, curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, talked about the importance of Harvard’s collection of zoological specimens in teaching students about the natural world. As an example, he used a photo of the skeleton of a young boa constrictor in a short lesson on the predatory habits of snakes.A snake’s prey is often several times bigger than its head. To illustrate, he projected a gruesome picture of a snake swallowing a frog, then referred back to the boa skeleton to show that the animal’s neck goes all the way down to its tail. Jenkins pointed to special vertebrae along the snake’s body that help it to digest its food.“You can’t teach about this any other way than by putting the skeleton right in front of a student,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to get students to look at, touch, understand, and know many species of animals. The ultimate goal is to get them to love those animals.”last_img read more

The master distiller

first_imgThis past April, right before exams, most Harvard Law School (HLS) students were camped in the library studying legal precedents. Meanwhile, Jason Harrow was appearing before packed crowds in Boston’s 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, making a compelling case to overturn one.Five months after he argued his team to victory at HLS’s Ames Moot Court Competition, Harrow found himself giving another oral argument in federal court — and this time, the stakes were real. Harrow’s work will help decide the fate of Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University graduate student fined $675,000 for illegally downloading and distributing 30 songs, and possibly the future of copyright law.“We just don’t think that this incredible penalty was ever intended for a college kid sharing music like everyone else,” said Harrow, who graduates this week. “Did Congress really think that when they passed [a digital copyright law in 1998] they were subjecting someone like him to these penalties?”It was a cogent case that Charles Nesson, Weld Professor of Law, called “the best student oral argument ever.”“He has an excellent ability to articulate the issue and to speak to it in a way that just makes sense,” said Nesson, who has led Tenenbaum’s defense against the record-industry lawsuit since 2007 and who agreed to let Harrow argue at the appellate hearing.But Harrow offered more than a talent for shaping an argument. In a school where students can easily get caught up in the rat race, competing for law review spots or prestigious summer associate positions, Harrow devoted himself to Tenenbaum’s underdog cause with rare passion.“He’s not the gunner,” Nesson said, referring to the HLS term for overachievers. “But he delivers.”A Philadelphia native, Harrow attended Princeton planning to become a doctor. But even after he took the MCAT, he couldn’t shake the feeling he might make a good lawyer. Upon graduating he moved to Washington, D.C., and became an assistant for Tom Goldstein, an appellate lawyer and co-founder of the popular Supreme Court news website SCOTUSblog. After two years on the job, he decided to matriculate at HLS.“I had put a lot of time into organic chemistry,” Harrow said, “but it became pretty clear that I liked doing this more.”Harrow knew he wanted to participate in moot court from the start. The 100-year-old competition isn’t for the faint of heart. Over three semesters and three rounds, Harrow and his team wrote hundreds of pages of legal briefs on fictional cases and spent weeks preparing for oral arguments, which take place before real judges — including, in the final round, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. ’76, J.D. ’79.“I considered my strength to be the distiller” of the group, Harrow said, “the person who could take a deeply complex argument that my smarter colleagues thought of and say it in 30 seconds before you get cut off by a judge.”All the while, Harrow was helping Nesson with Tenenbaum’s case. Drawn to the complex mix of constitutional, technological, and cultural issues the case represented, Harrow joined the defense team right after Tenenbaum lost at trial in July 2009 and decided to appeal. Harrow and Nesson spent long hours drafting briefs and hashing out complex legal arguments, wading into uncharted territory. (The case is the first of its kind to make it to the federal level.)At 27, Harrow is the same age as his client. A music junkie himself, he remembers the days of free-for-all file sharing, before services like iTunes made it easy to obtain digital copies of songs legally.“I love music, and I want to pay for it,” Harrow said. “But I don’t think the record industry should be able to use the law to bully people into protecting an old business model that nobody wants.”This summer, Harrow will begin a yearlong clerkship with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, followed by a year working for a trial judge in New York. After that, he’d like to find a position that allows him to dig even deeper into intellectual property issues.Meanwhile, Tenenbaum’s case remains in limbo. As a federal court employee, Harrow will no longer be permitted to help, which is “a bummer,” he said.  “But I’m sure there will be a fresh supply of talented, more energetic law students to keep it going.”last_img read more

Fairbank Center for Chinese studies aids student research

first_imgThe Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies. The center collaborates with the Harvard University Asia Center to offer undergraduate and graduate student grants for Chinese language study and research travel.In 2010-11 the Fairbank Center also assisted the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in providing financial aid to four doctoral students pursuing research on China in various disciplines. To support the training of new scholars, the center provides grants for graduate student conference travel and dissertation research. The generosity and foresight of many donors have made the student grants possible by establishing funds such as the Desmond and Whitney Shum Graduate Fellowship, Liang Qichao Travel Fund, Elise Fay Hawtin Travel and Research Fund, Fairbank Center Challenge Grant, Harvard Club of the Republic of China Fellowship Fund, John K. Fairbank Center Endowment, and John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants. Student grants in Chinese studies are also supported by contributions from Fairbank Center affiliates.For a list of current student grant recipients.last_img read more

Schools of the future

first_imgWhat will the K-12 education sector look like in 20 years? Recently, a group of Harvard students tried to answer that question by designing schools of the future.During an intense, seven-week collaboration, teams from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the new Doctor of Education Leadership degree (Ed.L.D.) program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) developed the designs, with an emphasis on innovative approaches to teaching and learning.“It’s impossible to envision the future of education without seeing the building, but equally impossible to see it without understanding the new means of pedagogy and how students and teachers will interact,” said Hashim Sarkis, Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies.Sarkis created the project with Harry Spence, co-director of the HGSE’s Ed.L.D. Program. A professor of practice at HGSE, Spence was eager to challenge his students to think about the future of education by incorporating elements of creativity and design. In speaking with Sarkis about his work on an upcoming book about schools of the 1950s, the two realized the important connection between pedagogy and facilities.“We thought the exposure to a different discipline and thinking about school and educational problems within a totally different disciplinary framework was critical,” said Spence.The School for Year 2030 (SY2030) initiative is connected to the series New Geographies, a journal of essays created by GSD students that explores how design can influence “the forces that shape contemporary urban realities.” The journals spawned a research laboratory of the same name, one of a number of new labs that are part of the School’s Research Advancement Initiative (RAI) headed by Sarkis.The labs bring faculty and students together around common areas of research interests, ranging from sustainability to fabrication, responsive environments, social agency, and new geographies. The SY2030 project involved faculty and students from the RAI’s labs.Over the spring semester, the students took “School for Year 2030 Advanced Research Seminar,” led by Spence and GSD postdoctoral fellow El Hadi Jazairy. The seminar included a series of lectures on the future of education as it relates to types of school facilities, community models, technology, and sustainability. There was also a design project. Students broke into teams, collaborating as designers (the GSD students) and clients (the HGSE students) to envision a new school for a site in Boston.HGSE student Tommy Henderson (left) talks with Harry Spence after presenting his proposal.The designs were unveiled during a presentation at the GSD last month before several architects and designers who acted as an informal panel, offering the students feedback.One group based its design on the concept of an airport, in which students start their days by “checking in” to school to review their schedules and then head to different gates, or places of learning, located both in the school and beyond its walls.“Some of the gates are internal … and some of the gates lead out into the real-world because we actually want our kids, as they get older, to do a lot of learning offsite and have real world applied learning experiences,” said Ed.L.D. student Michele Shannon, who helped to create the school model.Another team presented a multistory design with connecting ramps. Some students suggested eliminating grades in their schools, while others included residential towers that could house the families of schoolchildren. Other teams incorporated areas for more traditional teacher-student interactions into their designs, as well as space for independent workstations containing computers.The project not only explored the design of the schools but “how the students will interact in a given space … and that’s very powerful,” said Spence, who called the project “both very real world and, at the same time, richly visionary.”GSD students Francisco Izquierdo (left) and Chris Roach present their design of a future school.Sarkis called the project empowering.“It’s the right kind of collaboration,” he said, “where each person stands on their own strengths but benefits from the other people in very strategic ways.”“This project really gave us the opportunity to break out of what we currently know and understand schools to be,” said Shannon, “and allowed us to work with the design students and each other to really just imagine something completely different.”last_img read more

Harvard scholars named outstanding early-career scientists by President Obama

first_imgPresident Obama today named three researchers from Harvard University as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.The Harvard affiliates are Erez Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D. ’10, junior fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University; Biju Parekkadan Ph.D. ’08, assistant professor of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Curtis Huttenhower, assistant professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Harvard School of Public Health.“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people,” President Obama said.  “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”Established by President Clinton in 1996, the awards are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.last_img read more

Incoming HGSE dean on his passion for education

first_imgJames Ryan on how his approach to teaching will inform his work at HGSE Harvard President Drew Faust introduced James E. Ryan, a leading scholar of education law and policy, who will become the new dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) this fall, at a welcome ceremony in Gutman Library on Monday. Ryan, said Faust, has a “deep understanding and dedication to education and especially to the transformative power of education.”Ryan, whose work focuses on educational opportunity, has discussed his new role with the Harvard Gazette.(In a question-and-answer session here, Ryan discuss his vision. And the story on his appointment is here.)James Ryan on the mission of HGSE and its role in education reform James Ryan on his passion for educationlast_img read more