Robert Darnton named Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library

first_imgRobert Darnton, currently the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University, will become Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the Harvard University Library, effective July 1, 2007, Provost Steven E. Hyman announced today (May 22).An alumnus of Harvard College and Harvard’s Society of Fellows, a former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Fellow, and Chevalier of France’s Légion D’Honneur, Darnton is an internationally recognized scholar on the history of the book and the literary world of Enlightenment France. Darnton will succeed Professor Sidney Verba, who announced his retirement last September after having served as library director for 23 years.“Robert Darnton is a scholar of exceptional creativity and distinction whose intellectual interests are ideally suited for the leadership of one of the world’s great libraries,” said Hyman. “He has been a pioneer in the pursuit of history ‘from below,’ moving beyond the formal thought of a period to reconstruct the world view of whole societies or large groups of people by using the tools of anthropology and examining alternative writings and means of communication. Of particular significance for this new role, Darnton is a creator of the field known as the ‘history of the book,’ as well as an entrepreneur in exploring electronic books, Web publishing, and other forms of new media.”“We are truly fortunate that Bob Darnton has decided to return to Harvard,” said President-elect Drew G. Faust. “Bob is one of the most distinguished historians working today. His deep engagement with the history of the creation and dissemination of information will provide him with unparalleled insight as he grapples with the challenges and opportunities facing the Harvard libraries in the years ahead. I look forward to working with Bob in this area of mutual passion and interest.”“I feel greatly honored to become Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library — honored and awed, because Harvard has the greatest library system of any university in the world, one that began in 1638 with the 400 books of John Harvard’s library and now includes nearly 16 million volumes in more than 80 separate libraries run by a staff of over 1,200, including over 400 librarians,” Darnton said. “The Harvard University Library is one of the country’s greatest intellectual assets, but it is enormously complex and expensive. It must maintain its leadership while helping to shape the new information society of the 21st century.“Having, as a historian, studied the world of books in the distant past, I now have an opportunity to do something for the cause of books and book learning in the present,” Darnton continued. “And I want to help find a way in which the new and the old media can reinforce each other, strengthening and transforming the world of learning.”“The rapid transition of libraries requires a leader with a great deal of range, as well as strong support from the University in fundraising and in the allocation of resources essential to the library’s mission,” said Hyman, who led the search for the library director. “Given the importance of the Harvard library as an international resource for teachers and scholars, I am pleased to pledge that support to a director who brings such distinction and passion to this undertaking.”Over the years, Harvard’s library system has undergone considerable growth and transition. President A. Lawrence Lowell appointed the first director of the Harvard University Library in 1909. In 1977, during his first tenure as president, Derek Bok created an ad hoc committee to review the administration of the University libraries and create a more coordinated system. Today, almost 30 years after that committee issued its report, the Harvard libraries, coordinated by a central staff, are responsible for preservation, digital initiatives, off-site storage, and supporting teaching and research within the University.Darnton’s appointment follows a six-month search led by Hyman and assisted by a search advisory committee of 12 individuals, including nine faculty members from a range of disciplines, the librarians of Harvard College and the Law School, and the University’s Chief Information Officer. The committee met regularly throughout the search and received input from a wide range of individuals and groups engaged with the Harvard libraries.Darnton is the author of numerous books and articles. His latest book is “George Washington’s False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century” (2003), and he is currently completing a book on the art and politics of slander in the 18th century. His earlier books include “Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France” (1968), “The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie” (1979), “The Literary Underground of the Old Regime” (1982), “The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History” (1984), “The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History” (1989), “Revolution in Print: the Press in France 1775-1800” (1989, Daniel Roche co-editor), “Edition et sédition” (1991, written in French, not available in English), which won the French Prix Médicis, “Berlin Journal, 1989-1990” (1991), and “The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France” (1995), which won the National Book Critics Circle AwardDarnton is a graduate of Harvard (A.B., 1960) and Oxford (B. Phil., 1962; D.Phil., 1964), where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After a brief stint as a reporter for The New York Times, he became a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard. He began teaching in 1968 at Princeton, where he now is the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History and directs the Center for the Study of Books and Media.He has been the recipient of the Leo Gershoy Prize of the American Historical Association (for “The Business of Enlightenment”), a MacArthur Fellowship (1982-87), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (for “The Great Cat Massacre”), Princeton University’s Behrman Humanities Award (1987), the Gutenberg Prize (2004), and the American Printing History Association Prize (2005). In 1999, Darnton was named a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, the highest award given by the French government, in recognition of his work.Darnton has also served as president of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (1987-91) and of the American Historical Association (1999). He has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, and the Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature Françaises of Belgium. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study, and his outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA).Darnton and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three grown children: Nicholas, Catherine, and Margaret.last_img read more

Danica Patrick, Aspen Dental team up to create pop-up go-kart track

first_imgPHOTOS: Danica Patrick’s Chicago visitCHICAGO — Leading up to the Chicagoland race and the start of the playoffs, Aspen Dental — the official dentist of NASCAR — got fans into the race spirit a little early. And at the same time, reminded them in a fun way that it’s never too late to get started in breaking down the barriers that keep them from going to the dentist.Aspen Dental built a pop-up go kart track in the heart of downtown Chicago so fans could fill their need for speed while knocking down symbolic obstacles to dental care like Judgment, Fear and Discomfort.Danica Patrick was on hand offering tips to racers, giving a play-by-play of the action and talking to attendees about why a healthy mouth matters.The event was the latest activity in Aspen Dental’s Get Started program, launched at the start of the 2017 season to encourage fans in unexpected ways to get started or restarted on their own personal road to better care, better smile sand better lives.Check out our video to get in on the fun!last_img read more

Earnhardt hoping to cultivate drivers’ growth on, off track with Drivers Edge Development program

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a class in 1998 that impacted his professional career for years to come.The course taught him how to navigate an interview and conduct himself in a professional setting. Today, he credits that class as the start of his off-the-track growth as a professional driver.Those lessons are among the ones the JR Motorsports co-owner wants to provide to up-and-coming drivers in the Drivers Edge Development program, which JR Motorsports and GMS Racing jointly announced Thursday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame with its inaugural six-driver class.“That class I was in taught me how to cut down on a lot of terrible habits when you’re in an interview,” Earnhardt said. “… I wasn’t amazing right out of the gate — but it helped me understand to be able to identify them through the years and get better. … We’re going to help them understand how to identify these issues and these things as they go through their years in driving.“Just like when your dad would tell you something and you didn’t get it right away, but then down the road, you go ‘Aw, I see what he meant,’ ” he continued with a chuckle. “Maybe that’s what this is all about.”In addition to off-track lessons on branding, social media and professional imaging, the program will provide a racing path for up-and-coming drivers to move up through the series, beginning with JR Motorsports’ Late Model program and eventually leading to potential opportunities in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity Series with GMS Racing and JR Motorsports, respectively. Former NASCAR driver Josh Wise will also help the drivers foster and improve their physical fitness.The idea is to provide a way to cultivate drivers’ talent and development to prepare them to move up the ladder in NASCAR’s ranks — and offer accountability while doing so.MORE: JR Motorsports, GMS Racing launch Drivers Edge Development“They’re going to be held accountable to, ‘Hey, man, you took advantage of this course, you took advantage of these tools, you progressed … If they don’t take it seriously, they’re going to be left behind,” Earnhardt said. “They’re going to struggle to get that next opportunity. And that’s always going to be kind of a question mark about that particular individual. I guess as much as it helps them be better outside the car and so forth, it helps us sort of learn more about them individually, about what they’re capable of and how marketable they are, how they’re evolving through the program.”The six-driver class includes novice NASCAR drivers like Sam Mayer and Adam Lemke, as well as more seasoned ones like Xfinity drivers John Hunter Nemechek and Noah Gragson, who steps into the No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for his first full season in the series.MORE: Drivers on the move for 2019 | Nemechek reveals paint scheme for ’19The former Kyle Busch Motorsports wheelman said he’d “be lying if (he) said there wasn’t pressure” to perform with a team that’s won the last two championships in the Xfinity Series with Tyler Reddick (2018) and William Byron (2017). But having the tools in a good opportunity with a strong team only gives him “more confidence and more motivation, knowing that they can do (it).”In a similar facet, the Drivers Edge Development program gives the 20-year-old the necessary tools he needs to be successful in his off-the-track growth.“Really just trying to develop my skills, whether it be public speaking or it be developing my brand or what not,” Gragson told “I feel like I could grow and these are years where I really mature as a person. My late teens/early 20s is when people really start to mature and figure out who they are and I feel like surrounding myself with a great group of people, whether it be the drivers or the upper staff at GMS and JR Motorsports.”Social media is a growing area Earnhardt identified Thursday as important for young drivers’ branding in the Drivers Edge Development Program, citing it as a space where fans have begun to consume more content. Gragson in particular has become well-known for his playfulness on his accounts; when asked, he smiled and said he hopes to keep having fun on social media.“I’m a guy who’s, I would say a little,” he paused. “… a lot of weird. I kind of (march to a) beat of my own drum, but I come from the fan side of things before I started racing. I was a fan of the sport and I really enjoyed the personalities like Clint Bowyer, where they were just themselves.“There’s times to be professional but I feel like there’s also times where you can sit down and have some fun,” he continued. “I just want to relate to the fans and show them that I’m one of them.”last_img read more

Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle: ‘No One Should Lose Their Healthcare in a Pandemic’

first_imgKate Shindle(Photo: Getty Images) View Comments Actors’ Equity Association President Kate Shindle participated in a press call with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other labor union leaders on August 6 to discuss the importance of passing the HEROES Act (a.k.a. the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The proposed bill responds to the coronavirus’ impact on the economy by providing funding and other assistance for individuals and governments, requires employers to develop and implement infectious disease exposure control plans, eliminates cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatments and more. As of Friday, July 31, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act’s $600-per-week federal supplement to unemployment insurance expired.Shindle emphasized the need for government funding during this time. “With Broadway closed, the $600 a week has been indispensable,” she said. “Members are worried about the basics. The longer the pandemic rages out of control, the more likely everyone in the arts will face a healthcare crisis without action from Congress. No one should lose their healthcare in the middle of a pandemic.”Shindle also responded to criticism that those hoping to receive unemployment stipends have no desire to continue working. “We desperately want to go back to work. We just don’t want people to die for that,” she said. “It will be months before it is safe to go back to work for any of us. The additional $600 is a lifeline for us. The Senate must act to pass the HEROES Act.”As previously reported, Broadway theaters wll say closed through at least January 3, 2021.last_img read more

Westwood action delayed on financing changes for Woodside Village project

first_imgA rendering showing the perspective from Rainbow looking to the east.The Westwood City Council is still waiting to hear the details and analysis on an expected new Tax Increment Financing plan for the Woodside Village development.A public hearing on a new TIF project plan was closed during a council meeting last week, but will need to be started again when more financial details are available to the council.The first phase of the project already is well along in its construction, but the later phases have had their costs escalate since the financing plan was put together, according to the developer.The site plans for all phases of the construction have been approved, including modifications to the construction that will take place on the south side of 47th Place. The north phase – that under construction – is fully financed. Still to come are renovations to the health and tennis club and the new retail and residential development on the southside, which is not expected to start until 2017.The redevelopment agreement that was approved in 2011 capped public financing at $22 million for the project. Any change in that amount requires council approval and the city’s financial consultants are reviewing materials now.City Attorney Ryan Denk told the council last week that a new public hearing requires 30-day notice, but the hearing only serves its purpose if all of the financial recommendations have been worked through. That has not happened yet, he said.Jayme Tebow, an unsuccessful candidate for city council in this month’s election, said she did not believe residents “are getting the information” they need. She also objected to the makeup of the city’s finance team that is dealing with the developer. The team includes outside consultants. The mayor and one council member also are part of the team.Because of the notification limit, the financing cannot be considered at the regular May council meeting.last_img read more

Developer informs Mission of decision to pull back from exploration of senior housing project

first_imgA rendering of the Dial project currently under construction in Lenexa.Representatives of Omaha-based Dial Retirement Communities have informed the city of Mission that they no longer intend to pursue a 141-unit senior housing project on the site of the former JCPenney call center, City Administrator Laura Smith told members of the city council on Wednesday.Smith told members of the city council at the city’s community development committee meeting that the company indicated it had identified another site for the project.Mission approved a pre-development agreement with the company for the project in February. Dial had also filed an application stating its intent to seek tax increment financing (TIF) for the project.Dial is the operator of the 136-unit Silvercrest at Deer Creek retirement community in Overland Park, and is nearing completion of a second Kansas City-area project in Lenexa. It also has properties in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.The company put down a $10,000 deposit with the city as part of the pre-development agreement. The city will be assessing in the coming weeks how much they spent with contractors and consultants to date, and then reimbursing Dial for whatever of the $10,000 was not spent on the project.last_img read more

Smart Defense: a talk with industry veteran Gene Fredriksen

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s CISO must stay ahead of attackers, says Gene Fredriksen, CISO at PSCU. Teri Robinson talks one on one with the industry Teri RobinsonYou could say that Gene Fredriksen learned his first lesson about security from a squirrel. That’s right. A squirrel. As a boy growing up in the Midwest and an enterprising Boy Scout, Fredriksen built the requisite bird feeder as a Scout project and proudly hung it from a pole in his yard. Daily checks to the feeder revealed that all the food indeed had been consumed, just not, to his chagrin, by birds, but rather by a pesky squirrel.The innovative Scout tried everything – including greasing the pole that supported the feeder – to keep the squirrel at bay. But nothing worked. Certain that Bullwinkle’s buddy was mocking him from a nearby tree, Fredriksen ramped up his efforts to thwart the furry interloper…until the day a neighbor ambled over.“A retired farmer said, ‘I see what you’re doing and you’re never going to win,’” Fredriksen says. “‘You come out here and spend an hour a day trying to stop him. The squirrel is working 24 hours a day trying to steal your food.’”As the neighbor predicted, he didn’t get the squirrel, but the homespun lesson stuck with him. “You can’t just do security a little bit, an hour a day, because someone out there is working 24 hours a day trying to steal your data,” he says.That’s an important mantra that Fredriksen has adopted, taught to the countless up-and-coming security pros he has trained and mentored, and applied in every security job he’s had – from the Burton Group to Tyco International to PSCU, a financial services firm based in Saint Petersburg, Fla., where he is CISO. continue reading »last_img read more

Seniors bond as doubles partners

first_imgSeniors bond as doubles partnersDaily File Photo, Lisa PerssonMinnesota doubles partners Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg celebrate after a victory against Tulsa at the Baseline Tennis Center. Danny ChenApril 8, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg were randomly paired together for doubles during their sophomore year. âÄúWe won both matches, and weâÄôve been playing [together] ever since,âÄù Hamburg said. And itâÄôs worked out for the Gophers, as the two seniors have honed their game and built chemistry together. Winning the doubles point gives a team the advantage heading into the singles competition, and the duo has helped the Gophers do that for the past three seasons. Out of 21 meets this season, Minnesota has won the doubles point 17 times. And of those 17 times, theyâÄôve won a total of 15 meets. This year, though things havenâÄôt been smooth at all times, Hamburg and Froment have won 10 matches together. âÄúItâÄôs really important to win the doubles point, especially against a really good team,âÄù head coach Geoff Young said. âÄúIf you go into singles only needing to win three, instead of four, thatâÄôs a big lift. Plus, after you win the doubles point, it gets the guys really pumped up going into singles [play].âÄù In their first season together, Froment and Hamburg played well enough to be ranked 79th for one week of competition. In 17 matches together, the duo won seven. But despite the single-digit victories, the first year was just a stepping stone. In their junior year, Froment and Hamburg won nine of 12 matches to start the spring season, with two being unfinished matches and only one real loss. The success they had last season led to them ranking as high as 16th in the nation and consistently in the top 25. âÄúWe played some good doubles and had a couple good wins,âÄù Hamburg said. âÄúI think we just knew each otherâÄôs game really well, and it meshed really well. I had a pretty good serve, and he had a good return. We had a really good season last year.âÄù However, this year the duo had a slow start to their spring season. In their first seven meets, Froment and Hamburg only won three matches. Following that, they lost four of the next five contests. âÄúWe were not playing the best and just need a few wins to get it going,âÄù Froment said. âÄúWe just [had] to get back to how we played in the beginning of the [fall] season.âÄù Young said the losses donâÄôt necessarily represent a slump. âÄúWe had a really tough schedule, and I think it was a product of them playing tough teams that made it look like they were in a slump,âÄù Young said. âÄú[But] when you are playing top teams, itâÄôs tough to get the win. Sometimes, you play well and not get the win.âÄù Whatever the issue was, it started to disappear for the duo. They have now won six of the last eight matches and are currently ranked 49th in the nation. Froment said after they lost three in a row, he knew they had to get their momentum back. âÄúWe came back with two wins,âÄù he said. âÄú[And] we [have] to keep it going and play better.âÄù Hamburg said they are returning more now, which is a huge key to winning in doubles. âÄúWe started to make more balls, and IâÄôm starting to serve a little bit better,âÄù Hamburg said. âÄúI think playing more matches got us back into rhythm.âÄù The No. 1 doubles team has helped the team win five of the seven recent doubles points. âÄúTheyâÄôre seniors, and they know what theyâÄôre doing,âÄù Young said. âÄúThey know what it takes to give them a chance to win. âĦ Sometimes they will win, and sometimes they wonâÄôt. And thatâÄôs going to happen for the rest of the season. All we could ask is for them to put themselves in critical positions where they have a chance to win.âÄùlast_img read more

Consultations on CARICOM Gender Equality Strategy begins in Antigua and Barbuda

first_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 Women’s issues in focus at Barbados forumDirectors and coordinators of the Women’s Gender Bureaux from Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet in Barbados on February 23 and 24. The aim of the meeting is to discuss preparations for the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, scheduled for 9–20 March 2015 in New York,…February 22, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM,UN-Women sign MOU on gender equality, empowermentThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UN-Women to support the Community’s work on gender and regional statistics.The signing took place during the official opening of the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Community Council of Ministers at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana. The MOU on…January 9, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua/Barbuda to host major CARICOM Development Forum“CARICOM Overcoming Challenges: Pathway to Development”. That is the focus of a major regional forum to be held in Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday 23 June 2015. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Brown will be among the Forum’s list of high level presenters, drawn from the Caribbean…June 17, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 The first of 15 national consultations on a draft Regional Gender Equality Strategy for CARICOM opened on Thursday, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. Approximately 50 stakeholders representing government, Non-Government Organisations, Civil Society Groups, the Private Sector, and Faith Based Organisations are attending the consultation. They are expected to give their views and recommendations on the strategy as it relates to a situation analysis of gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda, examine gaps and assess what could be some of the “quick wins” that could be harnessed to continue to achieve progress in the six priority areas of the strategy. The priority areas identified included equality and social inclusion, freedom from violence, access to health services, access to education, good governance and economic empowerment. According to Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Ann-Marie Williams, who is leading on the consultations, it was also expected that participants would better understand the gains made in gender equality and equity since the Beijing Declaration in 1995, while identifying what needed to be done in order to fast-track progress. Participants at another gender consultation on the 1995 Beijing Declaration in Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 Related Postscenter_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Ms. Williams emphasised that the strategy was crafted using a rights-based approach that took into consideration vulnerable groups, particularly the disabled and indigenous peoples. She also outlined that the Strategy’s goal was to accelerate the effective implementation of priority actions through a Regional coordinated approach to achieve gender equality, equity and the empowerment of women and girls in tandem with Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 speaks to the empowerment of all women and girls and is the driver of all the other 16 SDGs. The Deputy Programme Manager explained that the SDG framework was the latest that spoke to the empowerment of women and girls since the gender equality strategy had been drafted. She added that the strategy was also aligned with the Convention on the Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Samoa Pathway, the Montevideo Consensus and other regional and international frameworks on the advancement of Gender and Development that CARICOM Member States had ratified. As part of the consultations in Member States, key informant interviews will also be conducted in some of the countries. The purpose of those interviews is to find out how key informants can assist with advancing gender equality in those countries. The consultations are expected span the next few months with engagements confirmed in Guyana on March 6, Belize on April 5, as well as Grenada in May and Jamaica in June. It is expected that all 15 CARICOM Member States will provide their input on the strategy after which it will be reviewed and the necessary amendments made for a final document to be produced. Thursday’s consultation was held in partnership with UN Women and the Antigua Gender Affairs Division. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Vyborg: Shipyard Employees Pen Three-Year Collective Agreement

first_imgVyborg Shipyard, based in Vyborg Russia, concluded a Collective Agreement with employees for the next three years. On behalf of the employer the document was signed by General director Alexander Solovyev, on behalf of the employees by Chairman of trade-union committee Oleg Kuzmin.The Agreement came into force on May 21, 2013.“The Collective Agreement is concluded at Vyborg Shipyard not for the first time and is one of the major tools for realization of social policy of the enterprise. Existence of a Collective Agreement in the modern society is indicative of stability of the organization that cares for the personnel potential,” commented Chairman of trade-union committee of Vyborg Shipyard Oleg Kuzmin.The collective agreement signing was preceded by numerous negotiations between personnel and the employer. In the new version of the Collective Agreement all obligations of the parties as well as provisions concerning social privileges and guarantees, labour relations, support of employment, labour discipline, health and safety have been confirmed.[mappress]Press release, May 24, 2013last_img read more