first_imgDead & Company guitarist John Mayer has been honored by Billboard with the “Legend of Live Award” at their Live Music Summit and Awards—formerly known as the “Billboard Touring Conference and Awards.” The ceremony took place at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday and Wednesday. The “Legend of Live” award is the Summit’s highest honor.Earlier today, Mayer took to his Instagram to share his thoughts on receiving the award, as well as the trophy’s awkwardly geometrical, non-photogenic shape.“Thank you Billboard for the honor of receiving the Legend of Live award,” he humbly shared in the post. “I’m posting this here to share it with all of you who have given me this incredible life as a touring musician. Sorry I’m a day late, but this award was nearly impossible to take a good photograph of. It has like 72 sides and took me over 950 photos to get right. (I ended up going with the first one I took.)”John also went on to hint that he has “more shows coming soon,” although he didn’t specify whether or not they would be under his solo banner or with his Dead & Company comrades for another summer. The popular Grateful Dead spinoff act will be heading back down to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their Playing in the Sand destination event come January, but that’s their only scheduled event as of right now.John Mayer was quite busy throughout much of last year where he returned to focusing on his solo career with a very successful Search for Everything World Tour that earned a reported $50 Million at venue box offices. Add that to what’s become his annual summer tradition of jamming around the country with his Dead & Co bandmates since 2015, and you’ve certainly got one of the hardest-working performers in the business—certainly a deserving recipient of such an award from Billboard.Mayer and his equally famous comic friend, Dave Chappelle, also announced on Wednesday that they’ll be throwing another end-of-the-year party for fans in Las Vegas with their “Controlled Danger” music and comedy show scheduled for December 30th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. [H/T Music Connection]last_img read more


first_imgComing back to Legend Valley in Thornville, OH from August 1st-3rd, The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival has officially revealed their initial 2019 lineup in celebration of their 10th anniversary.In addition to three nights of music from host band The Werks, the festival will also see headlining performances by Big Gigantic and The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The three-day music and camping festival will also feature The Floozies, Twiddle (2 nights), Matisyahu, Opiuo, Turkuaz, Melvin Seals & JGB, Sunsquabi (2 nights), Cory Wong, MarchFourth, Joe Marcinek Band and many more to be announced in the comings weeks.The festival brings awareness to musical styles that are the backbone of the vibrant music scene in the Midwest. It serves as a showcase in a playground between artist and participant and draws people from all across the United States. The shared experience in an outdoor setting attracts a multitude of artisans, vendors, performance artists, and festival-goers who all participate in a celebration that inspires love of life.Tickets for The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival are currently on sale now here.For more information, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more


first_imgFloat Fest has revealed the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place at a new location in Gonzalez, TX on July 20th and 21st. Last year’s edition of the event took place at Cool River Ranch in Martindale, TX, along the San Marcos RiverThe 2019 edition of Float Fest will feature performances by Major Lazer, Portugal. The Man, Gucci Mane, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Ice Cube, The Flaming Lips, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Grouplove, Big Boi, Jungle, St. Lucia, Houndmouth, G Love & Special Sauce, Missio, The Floozies, Goldfish, Sego, and Cowboy Diplomacy.“We’re excited to bring back Float Fest for its sixth year and host some of the nation’s most talented artists to produce a unique experience in Gonzales,” said Marcus Federman, founder of Float Fest. “We’re thrilled to be moving to a new city and keep the tradition of our fest going. Gonzales is known as the birthplace of Texas independence and we can’t think of a better place to celebrate a festival rich in Texas traditions such as live music, floating the river, and camping.”Gates to float the river will open at 8 a.m. and tubing tickets can be purchased separately online (you must have a concert ticket to float the river). Held on the sprawling Guadalupe River on a private ranch (2855 South US Highway 183. Gonzales, TX 78629) the festival grounds are quintessential to Central Texas. The festival features ample on-site parking and immediate access to the Guadalupe River. Float Fest will also have over 35 local unique food vendors for attendees to enjoy – stay tuned for more details.Float Fest will still include all the amenities of floating the river, camping, and live music, with the property being three times larger than past festivals. With river access to float being on-site at this year’s festival, no more shuttles are needed, which means immediate access to the water upon arrival. The campgrounds are on a pecan orchard, with beautiful 200-year-old trees that provide tons of shade right by the Guadalupe River as well as larger camping sites with 20×20 spaces available.“Floating the beautiful river is a Texas tradition that we’d like to keep, but with respect. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy in doing so while listening to their favorite artists,” explains Federman. “Each year, we work hard in maintaining the river clean by offering resources for visitors like providing biodegradable bags for disposal items, having our team out there collecting items from floaters, and having divers do a deep cleaning after the fest. We partner with local community members that share our same vision.”For more details and ticketing information, head to the Float Fest website here.last_img read more


first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Harvard University researchers who have been studying a North Carolina school system to learn what makes teachers effective are reporting their findings.The Charlotte Observer reports that the Harvard researchers unveil on Tuesday what they’ve found out about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers…Read more herelast_img


first_imgHenry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, has announced the appointment of 14 new fellows for fall 2010.“The fellows program is the jewel in the crown of the Du Bois Institute, and this fall’s fellows will be key contributors both to the field of African and African American Studies in general and to the Harvard community in particular,” said Gates. “We have a number of ‘firsts’ this year, including our first Hiphop Archive fellow and our first teaching fellows in the Department of African and African American Studies. These institutional innovations will make the fellowship program stronger than ever.”Du Bois Fellows present their work in a weekly colloquium series, held at noon on Wednesdays in the Barker Center at 12 Quincy St., and lead workshops on critical areas in African and African-American research that are offered to selected scholars, sister research institutes, and by invitation. This fall, workshops will be offered on “Transatlantic Black Performance in Literary Theory,” “African American Theater and the ‘Self,’” and “Specters of Marxism.” Du Bois Fellows also participate in the varied activities of the Institute, including public conferences and major lecture series (W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures, Nathan I. Huggins Lectures, Alain Leroy Locke Lectures, and McMillan-Stewart Lectures).This year’s Du Bois Fellows are David Bindman, Todd Carmody, Adrienne L. Childs, Grey Gundaker, Meagan Healey, Theodore Miller, Jonathan Munby, Sophie Oldfield, Ronald K. Richardson, Mark Solomon, Nirvana Tanoukhi, Lisa Thompson, Omar Wasow, and Louis Wilson.To read full biographies and learn more about the fellows’ research, visit the Du Bois Institute’s website.last_img read more


first_imgDonna Spiegelman, professor of epidemiologic methods at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), has received a Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One of 10 researchers honored, Spiegelman is believed to be the first epidemiologist and biostatistician, and the first faculty member from a school of public health, to receive the award.The five-year $500,000 prize recognizes “individual scientists of exceptional creativity, who propose pioneering, and possibly transforming, approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research,” according to the NIH website. Recipients, along with other awardees in the NIH Common Fund High-Risk High-Reward program, will be honored at a symposium held December 15-17 at the NIH.Spiegelman intends to use this opportunity to focus on the development of new methods needed to advance the field of implementation science — an area of research that seeks to establish through rigorous quantitative methods which public health interventions directed at achieving the same goal are most effective in the real world.She will develop a software and data platform for monitoring and evaluating large-scale disease prevention projects in real time. The methods in this toolkit will be general enough to be applicable to a variety of types of interventions, such as those aimed at preventing obesity, reducing maternal mortality, and increasing the use of cleaner cooking stoves in developing countries. Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_img The population of Polish-speaking children in German territory is charted in this data map, one of many factors taken into consideration when redrawing national borders after the war. Another example of a large-scale map, which appears in the collection. The maps capture the magnitude of the war. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer The military, social, economic, and political effects of those crucial shifts are highlighted by the maps on display — handmade, one of a kind, or mass-produced. Some were brought home and donated to Harvard by alumni who had served.Mapmaking advanced more quickly during WWI than in any previous era. Prewar methods, such as relying on known landmarks, were often useless — landmarks could be destroyed or inaccessible. Trench warfare required soldiers to rely on data. Engineers developed sophisticated ways to gather information, recording flashes and booms from enemy cannons to triangulate location, exploiting the photographic potential of air power to create documents that saved lives.A guide to reading the aerial images points to the challenges presented by tilt, scale, and bomb-cratered terrain. “It’s hard to tell where anything is when everything looks like the moon,” said Bonnie Burns, curator of the exhibit and librarian for geographic information services.Plenty of WWI-era maps were not for military use; they were communications tools aimed at illustrating to the home front what was happening in strange and faraway places. Newspapers printed thousands. “They were trying to explain why they were fighting — if anybody knew,” Burns said.A 1914 German map depicts nations straining against borders; a 1918 U.S. map shows Germany as a looming black cloud poised to descend on Europe. Small details like fonts — gothic for German towns, modern for French — hint at the perspective behind the document.The fighting stopped but the mapmaking continued, recognizing new boundaries and new nations. Belgium, France, and Denmark expanded; Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, and Yugoslavia formed.“The maps are amazingly detailed,” said Burns. “As a mapmaker, I wondered how they accomplished that in war conditions with the technology of the time. As a librarian I saw an amazing visual data set I thought researchers would be interested in.” Burns captured the scale and detail of the front in a single map by scanning 300 plans directeurs (detailed maps made by French soldiers), extracting data on trench positions and transposing it on modern road maps.In her final work, trenches vein across land, a bloody graph of months, years, lives, telling a cartographic story of convulsing cultures and wrenching change. The mapmaker’s editorial spin is evident in this 1914 caricature map, which shows each country with a unique persona. Germany strains against its borders, Serbia attempts to throw a bomb at Osterreich while Turkey holds a lit candle under a Crimean powder keg. Images courtesy of the Harvard Map Collection The new field of aerial photography was an invaluable tool to wartime mapmakers, but images could be difficult to read correctly. An original photo shows the extent of damage to the landscape; the resulting map below was adjusted for tilt, scale, and angle. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer World War I lasted four years, three months, two weeks, and one day. Dozens of nations were involved; more than 65 million soldiers were mobilized; casualties rose to 37 million. The Western Front stretched 600 miles through three countries.“From the Alps to the Ocean: Maps of the Western Front,” at Pusey Library through Nov. 11, captures the magnitude of the conflict, each map a shard of the shattered mirror reflecting a gruesome war.Life on the Western Front depended on a labyrinth of trenches quickly and gruelingly dug into battle positions in 1914. Roads, railways, trails, shelters, and ammunition depots sprang up behind the lines, absorbing towns and cities. Small conquests of territory represented big wins — and big losses — in the fight that shaped modern Europe and the Middle East. Mapping a war Curator Bonnie Burns used hundreds of plans directeurs, such as this one detailing the Argonne Forest in 1918, in order to pull together the comprehensive map of the Western Front. Red represents Allied-controlled territory, blue German-held lines. This 1918 rendering shows the enormity of the territory controlled by Central Powers in gray. Published in a magazine for an American audience, the map was advertised as a way to follow the “adventures” of soldiers on the front.last_img read more


first_imgHundreds of Cambridge and Allston-Brighton residents didn’t let Saturday’s weather dampen their spirits as they watched Harvard beat Cornell 24-7 as part of Community Football Day. The annual event, now closing in on 25 years, offered not only free admission to the stadium, but lunch, raffles, face painting, and more.“You could say it’s a tradition,” said Renal Jean, assistant coach of the Bengals at Brighton High School, who brought about 20 of his varsity high school players to see the game. “I played for Brighton High myself, and my coach brought us every year, so I felt it was important to continue that tradition,” he said. “We bring the team to a Harvard game every year. Harvard does a lot to support us, so we feel like it’s important that we come out to support them.”Before heading out into damp conditions, families gathered at the nearby community tent, which offered children’s activities, free hot dogs, and drinks. Members of the Harvard Dance Team were on hand, doing face painting and temporary tattoos for the kids.“We’re hoping they brave the rain for some fun,” said dance team member Halie LeSavage ’17.Selena Li ’15, co-captain of the team, said volunteering at events like Community Football Day is crucial to establish a strong sense of community.“That’s one of our goals as the dance team, to volunteer at events around Harvard and MIT and really build spirit for Harvard,” she said.Stepping out of the rain, Alana Fisher cradled her 10-month-old son, Isaac, while her other son, 4-year-old Toby, colored in a drawing of a football player nearby.“We thought we’d come check it out,” said Fisher. “My husband and I are from Australia, and we’d never seen a football game, so we wanted to see what it was all about.”Pierre Villard, a Cambridge resident and visiting scholar in materials science and mechanical engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and his wife were curious as well.“We thought it was a good opportunity to see a game — this will be our first one,” he said, smiling.“Community Football Day is a terrific way for Harvard to give back to our friends and neighbors, and for us all to enjoy a great game while we we’re at it,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. “We were so glad to see so many folks come out, and we know the players and coaches who work so hard are inspired by the community support.”Brighton High coach Jean added that coming to the game was a good way for his players to decide if they wanted to play at the college level.“When they watch the game here at Harvard, they see what’s involved — how it’s at a whole other level,” he said. “It gives them a sense of what’s expected, and whether it’s something they want to pursue for themselves in the future.”Despite the gloomy outset, Harvard not only beat Cornell, but Harvard Athletics partnered with the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry to hold a canned food drive during the game. A win-win for all.last_img read more


first_imgOn Nov. 19, the Faculty Council approved the Harvard Summer School course list for 2015, a proposal to amend faculty legislation regarding dismissal and expulsion cases, and a proposal to establish a Ph.D. program in population health sciences. The council also heard a proposal regarding the status of the Standing Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights and a report on Title IX.The council next meets on Dec. 10.  The preliminary deadline for the Feb. 3 meeting of the faculty is Jan. 20 at noon.last_img read more


first_imgThe Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of six fellows who will join the Institute virtually this fall semester. The incoming fellows bring diverse experiences in public service and expertise on contemporary issues and challenges in modern civic and political life.“We are excited to welcome an extraordinary cohort of fellows for the fall semester. They bring their accomplished life experiences in elected office, public service, activism, and journalism and we are grateful for their engagement,” said IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ’78. “The Fellows Program is a pride point for the IOP and by sharing their perspectives with our students, they will inspire Harvard students to lead lives committed to public purpose.”For more than 50 years the Institute’s Fellows Program has provided Harvard students with the opportunity to learn from prominent public servants, engage in civil discourse, and acquire a more holistic and pragmatic view of our political world. The fall 2020 fellows are:Chasten Buttigieg — Author and LGBTQ+ advocateBrittany Packnett Cunningham — Activist and founder of Love & Power Works, and director’s leader fall 2019 Carol Giacomo — Journalist, member of the editorial board of The New York Times (2007-2020)Michael Nutter — 98th Mayor of Philadelphia (2008-2016) and Visiting Fellow fall 2018Alice Stewart — Republican communications advisor, CNN political commentator, member of Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, and Resident Fellow fall 2019Jorge Vasquez Jr. — Civil rights advocate and attorney, project director of the Power and Democracy Program at the Advancement Project, and member of the Associate Counsel of Latino Justice (2018-2020)“A global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and a racial injustice reckoning here in the U.S. have made 2020 nothing short of eventful. This combination of new and familiar fellows will be instrumental in inspiring students to involve themselves in politics and public service at this critical moment,” said Carine Hajjar ’21 and Eric Jjemba ’21, student co-chairs of the fellows and study groups program at the Institute of Politics. “As they reflect upon these recent months and look toward the 2020 election, we look forward to welcoming this cohort virtually this semester and creating community in a time of uncertainty.”Over the course of their appointment, fellows will continue traditional cornerstones of the fellowship virtually. The Institute will convene virtual study groups, led by fellows, twice a week on pressing topics including the 2020 election, the fight for social and racial justice, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, fellows will immerse themselves in the Harvard community by mentoring a cohort of undergraduate students, holding weekly virtual office hours, and engaging faculty and co-curricular activities. The Institute’s fall 2020 fellows will appear together in the virtual John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. ET. RSVP to join the conversation. For more information on the Fellows and their upcoming engagement with the Harvard community, visit iop.harvard.edu/fellows.  Read Full Storylast_img read more