Associate Professor of African American Studies

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first_imgWhat We Would Like You To HaveA research focus on gender or sexuality within African AmericanStudies.Training, research and pedagogy in African AmericanStudies. A Ph.D. in African American Studies, Women, Gender &Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, or otherrelevant disciplines with a specific focus on African AmericanStudies, black feminism, or black queer studies.Tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor by theFall 2021 start date at their current institution. During the application process you will need to enter contactinformation for three references and we will request letters ofrecommendation, if needed, as the search progresses.Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021 and continueuntil the position is filled.Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. Forconsideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human ResourcesPosting Contact Email: [email protected] Job SummaryThe Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of ColoradoBoulder invites applications for a tenured associate professorposition in African American Studies. We are particularlyinterested in candidates who examine gender and sexuality, and haveoutstanding teaching and research records in Black feminism orBlack queer studies. In line with building our newly establishedPh.D. program in Comparative Ethnic Studies, we welcomecomparative, interdisciplinary, and intersectional approaches andinnovative theoretical and methodological perspectives. Thesuccessful candidate must have achieved tenure and promotion to therank of associate professor by the Fall 2021 start date at theircurrent institution. Candidates will teach courses at both theundergraduate and graduate levels and show evidence of a commitmentto undergraduate teaching excellence and to the training andmentoring of doctoral students. Preference will be given tocandidates with a demonstrated record of post-tenure researchexcellence and productivity.The Department of Ethnic Studies openly embraces diversity andinclusivity, and seeks candidates who will create a climate thatattracts students of all races, genders, classes, sexualities,nationalities, and religions. The University of Colorado is anEqual Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverseworkforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnicminorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternativeformats of this ad can be provided upon request for individualswith disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at:[email protected] The University of Colorado is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action employer.The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building aculturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and studentsdedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. Weare an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans andindividuals with disabilities.Who We AreThe Department of Ethnic Studies (DES) at the University ofColorado Boulder is dedicated to centering the epistemologies,histories, and lived experiences of marginalized communities ofcolor and Indigenous nations in order to challenge and critique allforms of oppression and to advance emancipatory, self-determiningfutures for all people. DES offers a B.A, minor, a BAM (BA and MAin Education) an undergraduate certificate in Critical SportsStudies, a PHD in comparative ethnic studies and graduatecertificate in comparative ethnic studies. We draw upon ourstrengths in engaged scholarship and culturally-sustaining pedagogyto examine how race and the interrelated categories of culture,ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, class, sexuality, religion,dis/ability, and legal status impact the past and present lives ofpeople locally, regionally, and globally.What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeTo offer graduate and undergraduate courses in African AmericanStudies and to mentor students and to continue with tier onerefereed research in the areas of African American Studies andassist with the service obligations of the primary unit, thecollege and the campus.What You Should KnowWe are on 2/1 teaching load for tenure-track and tenured faculty.We have the newest doctoral program in comparative ethnic studies.We have one of the highest graduating senior satisfactionratings.What We Can OfferThe estimated salary range is $95,000 – $110,000. Moving andstartup funding will be made available to the final candidate uponacceptance of the position.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental,retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. TheUniversity of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers inBoulder County and offers an inspiring higher educationenvironment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .Be StatementsBe Engaged. Be Resourceful. Be Boulder.What We Require Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:A letter of application that specifically addresses thecandidate’s qualifications for the position, with areas ofspecialization, research and teaching interests clearlyidentified.A current CV/resume.Evidence of teaching excellence (Teaching/CourseEvaluations).A sample publication.A statement on diversity and social justice issues.last_img read more

Fire at Gloucester Green Falafal House

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first_imgFire fighters were called to tackle a small blaze in Gloucester Green on Saturday evening.The fire was at the Falafal House in Gloucester Green. It was started by cleaning cloths being left on a hotplate, where they ignited.Called at half past six in the evening, the fire service attending included two fire engines and roughly twelve fire fighters. They came from the depot at Rewley Road, which is situated close to the Falafal House.No-one was hurt in the incident.First year PPEist Emma Alexander expressed her relief on hearing this, saying, “It’s a good sign that no one was hurt, especially since incidents such as leaving materials on hot surfaces are not uncommon amongst negligent students.”David Harris, a Keble College physicist, had some cautionary words about the incident, saying, “This is a burning issue which won’t just extinguish itself. Still, there’s no need to fuel the fires of popular opinion by making it the latest hot topic, and we should let the smoke die down before drawing opinions as to the disregard of safety measures that may or may not have occurred.”It is not thought that the incident will damage the Falafal House’s business, however, which has on-line reviews praising its falafel wraps and the politeness of its owner.last_img read more

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Takes Over Long Island

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first_imgHeadlined by Cody Ray Slaughter and Shawn Klush as Elvis, both the earlier and later versions of the King had the official stamp of approval of Graceland. The Million Dollar Quartet had nothing on this ensemble, which included Elvis’ original drummer D.J. Fontana, and Estelle Brown of the original Sweet Inspirations. Estelle and Portia Griffin offered vocal backing fit for a king, while D.J. Fontana laid down a steady back-beat to anchor his throne. Brown is the veteran of over 1,000 concerts performances alongside Presley, while Fontana drummed with him long before the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan.The crowd was filled with the Presley faithful, and electricity filled the air as D.J. Fontana first sat down to hold court as his drums. Legend is a word dropped easily like a mustard stained napkin, but Fontana is not embellishing his credentials. Cody Ray Slaughter greeted the folks with Don’t Be Cruel, and the mystery train had officially roared into the station. There was vacancy for the female admirers to check into Heartbreak Hotel, which was followed by Treat Me Like A Fool. The warden through a party at Westbury, as D.J. Slapped the skins as if he was breaking rocks in the hot sun. Spider Murphy may have played the saxophone, but Cody ripped it up as he invited the crowd to do the Jailhouse Rock with him.Long Island’s Steve Mitchell took the mike, and ran up into the crowd for a three song set. Big Boss Man was a new entree for the shows, which was followed by the lovely ballad Love Me Tender. Mitchell worked the crowd from the stands among the crowd, and kissed just about everyone in the arena. If Steve had worn Maybelline, the company’s stock would have risen. The crowd loved it, as many chased after him as he warbled a rollicking Kissin’ Cousins’. Mitchell’s vintage red Speedway jacket was as nifty and outfit as any jumpsuit and cape.Cody Ray Slaughter emerged in Elvis’ 1968 Comeback Special outfit, tight leather. Elvis never would look any better, and Cody had the women fawning at stage side. The horn section called forth Trouble, and Cody found his groove. The set featured a second version of Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, and it Hurts Me. Cody moved his feet and worked the crowd into a froth, leading the show towards intermission with the Carl Perkins Number Blue Suede Shoes. Two show stoppers had to be offered before the break, The Power of My Love, and Kentucky Rain. The highest sentiment Elvis ever offered socially is encapsulated in the MLK inspired anthem, If I Can Dream, which led to intermission.After a break, the audience went back to their seats, and were treated to The Sweet Inspirations taking the lead for their namesake tune. Then Also Sprach Zarathustra played as if it was summoning the King back to his faithful followers. Shawn Klush heard the call, and the audience emitted an air of confidence that a most rare wine had emerged and been opened for them to drink. The perception in the audience was that things were just taken up a notch. Shawn Klush emerged on his game, and was hungry to claim the victory over the challenge set before him. See See Ryder, Burning Love, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and Polk Salad Annie were offered rapid fire. The songs were full of bursting confidence stemming from the assurance Klush had in his abilities. Klush’s performance is easily identifiable by fans as the classiest and closest that they will find honoring Elvis as a tribute artist. They expressed this sentiment collectively all evening. The overwhelming buzz among the crowd is in Klush, with D.J. and the Sweet Inspirations the audience was certain to be witnessing the most original and moving tribute to Elvis.Festivities moved along with a fine bluesy rendition of Steamroller Blues, a rollicking Johnny B. Goode, Suspicious Minds, An American Trilogy, and closed out with the signature goodnight of Elvis, Can’t Help Falling in Love. The crowd held a collective yearning to witness images from their lives that are pressed between the pages of their minds. The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular is about just that; Allowing people to go back in time and see before them their fondest memories. Tonight that mission was accomplished with class, consideration, and and more talent that Elvis could have shaken a scepter at.The Sweet Inspirations have agreed to an appearance on Bob Wilson’s Antennae Radio. The date is to soon be determined. The link to the show can be found on the Bob Wilson Antennae Radio page, located on Facebook. Shawn Klush and D.J. Fontana may be on board to join them.[Cover Photo by Kacper Jarecki]last_img read more

Pursuing sustainability

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first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday will welcome 130 heads of state who have pledged to sign the Paris Agreement, the global agreement on managing climate change. For William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), sustainability is a global imperative and a scientific challenge like no other. Clark sees the Paris Agreement as just one step, though an important one, in this urgent pursuit, as officials wrestle with how to meet the needs of a growing human population without jeopardizing the planet for future generations. He and co-authors Pam Matson of Stanford University and Krister Andersson of the University of Colorado at Boulder tackle that issue in a new book, “Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice.” By looking at sustainability as a means of alleviating poverty and enhancing well-being, the book highlights the complex dynamics of social-environmental systems, and suggests how successful strategies can be shaped through collaborations among researchers and practitioners.Clark, who trained as an ecologist, said that while exhausting Earth’s natural resources would jeopardize future generations, sustainability could counter that. The goal is to find a healthy equilibrium between human adaptation and natural evolution. Clark, the co-director of the Sustainability Science Program at HKS, spoke with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs about building a more sustainable future.GAZETTE: The terms “sustainability” and “sustainable development” are used in many different contexts. How have these terms evolved?CLARK: The framework we build up in this book starts with the core idea of sustainable development as articulated by Dr. Gro Brundtland in the “Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development” [presented to the U.N. General Assembly in 1987]. It’s interesting that the report never used the word “environment” in its canonical definition of sustainability. Rather, they concluded that “humanity has the ability to make development sustainable: to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It wasn’t that they didn’t think environment was important, but they understood that in many senses the environment was a means to an end. The end was improving people’s lives — people’s lives here and now, but not at the expense of future generations, and not at the expense of people on the other side of the fence on whom you throw your garbage.GAZETTE: So 30 years ago the Brundtland Commission recognized the importance of sustainable energy and sustainable management of forests. But doesn’t sustainable development today have a much broader agenda? How did it evolve?CLARK: Certainly environmentalists were behind the initial push for sustainability issues. But environmental scientists in the scholarly community also constituted some of the most enthusiastic cheerleaders for the Brundtland Report. So the sustainability movement became a very green movement — protect the forests, protect land from soil erosion, and so on. It became very easy to lose track of the fact that the World Commission on Environment and Development — to its eternal credit — did not just sit in offices in Geneva or Washington, but went around the world meeting with people in cities, in towns, in poor communities, in rich communities, asking about people’s concerns for the future. What they learned was that people were ultimately concerned about people — their own well-being as well as that of their grandchildren and neighbors — but that many understood that environmental stewardship was an essential, if often neglected, means for achieving such inclusive human well-being.GAZETTE: Did the World Commission on Environment and Development set a new precedent for integrating policy-making with input from scientists?CLARK: Emphatically, yes. This was a group of essentially politically attuned people. There were no “techies” on the Brundtland Commission — and by techies I mean scientists, academics, researchers. The members were all recruited because of their experiences in the world. Dr. Brundtland’s view was that if we can get the political and business leaders on board, then we’ve got something that can move to a high level on the international agenda, at which point the techies will be essential to help us achieve our politically defined goals.GAZETTE: The Paris Agreement is supposed to add structure to current global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In some ways it seems that human well-being used to be secondary to planetary health, when really the two are inseparable.CLARK: Right. Brundtland recognized that if we started with the techies, they’d be providing all sorts of potentially useful pieces to the sustainability puzzle, but they wouldn’t frame the whole picture and wouldn’t gain the endorsement of the international political community. After the Brundtland Commission reported in 1987, scientists seized their opportunity to begin fleshing out the sustainability agenda, a lot of which became about greening. None of that is wrong, but in many ways it lost some of its top table legitimacy in the political realm. Why should a country on the edge of starvation join an international movement on greening? After all, people in such countries already know (better than we do) that you need to treat your environment carefully because that’s the source of most of a poor person’s wealth and resources.GAZETTE: What was the next phase in the evolution of sustainability thinking? What was the shift from greening to linking Earth’s health with human well-being?CLARK: Scholarship advocating a return to thinking of sustainability in terms of human well-being began to re-emerge over the last 15 to 20 years with strong contributions from the World Bank and the U.N. organizations. They began by pushing for a reformulation of how we should think about human progress and its barriers, framing things around this idea of well-being. Human well-being was something that people have always thought about. But these scholars — David Pearce, Kirk Hamilton, Karl-Göran Mäler, and, above all, Partha Dasgupta — brought well-being back into the middle of the sustainability debate. From this campus, Nobel laureate and Weatherhead Center faculty associate Amartya Sen extended the notion of well-being to encompass dimensions of human capabilities and freedom.GAZETTE: What is a good analogy for the concept of “core assets” that you write about in “Pursuing Sustainability”?CLARK: There’s an analogy I use in my Sustainable Development course at Harvard College. When you’re flying in an airplane across the Atlantic, they dutifully feed you information on two of the three important points about your flight. One, is the plane flying in the right direction toward your chosen destination? Two, they tell you of the airplane’s speed, so you will know whether you are getting to your destination reasonably fast. What they don’t tell you is the third piece of information, which you just assume someone in the cockpit is thinking about: Does the plane have enough fuel to reach the chosen destination on the chosen course at the chosen speed? So the fuel in the tank is really the key to knowing whether our present course is sustainable for the duration of the journey. If not, we need to adjust where we’re going, or how fast we push the airplane.GAZETTE: And flying across the Atlantic, executing an emergency landing, and refueling is probably difficult if not impossible.CLARK: Definitely. It’s not a perfect analogy, but the broader notion for the sustainability argument is knowing the set of assets that are the equivalent of the fuel in the tank.So in our book, we examine the different kinds of fuel in our development tank. There are the environmental resources, what we call natural capital. There’s manufactured capital that most reports on GNP are about — our buildings, our roads, our houses — the stuff we have actually installed and produced. Then there’s human capital, which is the number and distribution of people, their health, their education.And in addition to those three tangible assets are two other sets of really important but intangible assets in the tank. One is social capital, made famous by Weatherhead Center faculty associate Robert Putnam. It explores our ability to work with one another to achieve our common purpose: rules, laws, treaties, and the norms of what constitutes appropriate behavior in a crowded world. And finally, there’s knowledge capital, which is what we actually know about the world. It’s not what individuals know, like the particular set of skills you or I have learned — that gets included in human capital. If you or I defect to planet Zoran tomorrow, things like calculus or the English language stay behind in knowledge capital.Some knowledge capital is universally accessible, but most of it is accessible only to subsets of people because it’s privatized, patented, or copyrighted, or because it’s classified and, therefore, secret. Knowledge capital can also be inaccessible simply because you don’t have the education or the manufactured capital to make use of it.GAZETTE: What are the roles for science and scientists in promoting sustainable development?CLARK: We explore many contributions throughout the book. In general, however, the role of science includes helping society to see where present trends are taking us, to discover or design new technologies and policies that might change our course, and to evaluate the possible tradeoffs and implications of implementing such alternatives.We’ve tried to engage the frontiers of sustainability science in the book, but to do so in a broadly accessible way, illustrating fundamental concepts with a core set of case studies that we use throughout the book. These studies show that scientists also need to consider the knowledge of those who are the intended beneficiaries of a sustainable development intervention, like the farmer or cracking plant operator who draws on years of practice and knows about local conditions.Who’s to say that a seed tested in the lab or even in the field will work on a particular farm? We scientists, if we insist on being the only experts engaged in the pursuit of sustainability, often get the seed wrong because we don’t know about a certain local fungus or how the seed performs under drought. But when we present our scientific selves as the only real experts, we also subtly undermine the knowledge and standing of that experienced practitioner. The proper and effective role of scientists is as collaborators with local experts in the mobilization of useful knowledge for sustainable development.GAZETTE: There are plenty of hard questions about how effective diplomatic tools such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals will be. Why is governance important for sustainable development?CLARK: Governance, in general, is about how we work together to achieve goals we can’t achieve on our own. Sustainability is an issue in large part because what we each do to advance our own well-being has significant implications for the ability of others to advance their well-being. This can be because of tragedies of the commons or because our production and consumption activities pollute people in other places or generations, or because we deplete assets like soils and infrastructure that are no longer available for our grandchildren. Achieving more equitable and sustainable use of the Earth therefore requires a great deal of “working together” — of governance.We have learned that effective governance for sustainability needs to be what our colleague, the late Lin Ostrom, called “polycentric”: grounded in the particulars of local conditions and contexts, but utilizing regional and global accords to empower and facilitate local action. Because the social-environmental systems we are trying to manage for sustainability are so complex and poorly understood, governance for sustainability also needs to be adaptive governance. Policies and technologies need to be treated as experiments, with careful monitoring and transparent reporting so that we can quickly stop doing stuff that turns out not to work, and rapidly spread the news about stuff that does.GAZETTE: How do you determine whether or not sustainable development is successful given the complex dynamics of social-environmental systems?CLARK: Improving inclusive well-being is the goal of sustainable development, but given the variety of ways that different people define their own well-being, it’s a hard quantity to measure and almost impossible to forecast.It turns out that under a range of circumstances, well-being is tracked by what I refer to as the “amount of fuel in the tank” — that is our stock of capital assets. We can therefore measure how well we are doing in achieving our ultimate sustainability goal by designing and monitoring a suitable fuel gauge.Given the different sorts of fuel that matter for sustainability — natural capital, manufactured capital, human capital, and the rest — designing an appropriate fuel gauge turns out to be tricky. In principle, however, we know that we are trying to estimate the utility or the social value of all the assets in the tank. And in practice, progress is being made: The U.N.’s “Inclusive Wealth Report” periodically estimates and reports the aggregate social value of a country’s productive assets, and thus whether their current development paths are sustainable or not. The “inclusive wealth” metrics of our asset stocks are far from perfect, but so are the “airspeed” metrics like GNP that societies have misused to plot their progress.GAZETTE: How we deal with the challenge of climate change is surely a big part of how we deal with the broader challenge of sustainability. If we want decent odds of meeting the Paris Agreement target of staying below 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, then won’t countries need to make some radical changes?CLARK: Absolutely. We argue in the book that it’s essential — even if hard for scientists — to recognize that at its core, a sustainable development is a hugely redistributive agenda. It is saying that business as usual enhances the well-being of a few of the most fortunate today at the expense of people elsewhere or in future generations. Breaking this pattern requires a fundamental realignment of norms and power, inspired by what Amartya Sen calls “informed agitation.” We need all the agitators we can get. We also need scientists, scholars, and inventors to help empower those agitators with the best-informed arguments and options possible. This means urging more and more scholars — scientists, humanists, engineers, doctors — to throw themselves into the active pursuit of knowledge that is useful to promote sustainability. But these scholars need to understand that in seeking to link their knowledge to practice, they are entering a very different world than the one they inhabit in the sequestered academic pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. They will be bucking the powerful interests behind the status quo, and should expect to be attacked and vilified at least as much as the avowed agitators they are trying to support.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

Student Players to debut song cycle, ‘Edges’

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first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Kelly Burke From Thursday to Sunday, Student Players will perform “Edges,” a song cycle written by two University of Michigan sophomores in 2005 that explores the edges and turning points that seem to define our lives.“It’s a song cycle, so it’s not a traditional musical,” sophomore Kelly Burke, one of the show’s directors, said. “Basically, it doesn’t have any dialogue, it doesn’t have a traditional plot, but it’s a series of songs that are all centered on the theme of being on the edge of something in life.”The song cycle was originally written for males and two females to play all 12 roles. Burke and fellow director, sophomore Roisin Goebelbecker, however, have taken the show’s flexibility and run with it — expanding the cast to seven females and five males and arranging the songs in a specific order.“We’ve given it more of an arc than it was written with — all of the actors are the same character all the way through, and they start kind of unsure of themselves and unsure of what they want, and by the end of the show they’ve all become more confident and self-assured,” Burke said.Burke and Goebelbecker applied for Student Players to produce the musical after seeing the number of students who wanted to do musical theatre but were turned away from PEMCo’s Grease.“We thought, ‘it’s kind of sad that’s the only opportunity that students have to do musical theatre because that’s the only group that does productions — maybe we could do our own production with a different group … we just kind of made the opportunity,” Burke said.While PEMCo specializes in musicals and Not So Royal Shakespeare Company specializes in Shakespeare, Student Players falls somewhere in the middle.“We’re kind of moving in the direction of dubbing Student Players as a place for people to do their passion projects,”Goebelbecker said.“So if you really want to do a show about social justice issues, you can apply to do a show about social justice issues and if it seems like you’re ready and prepared to do it, then student players will help make it happen.” Balancing the roles of director and actor has been a new experience for Goebelbecker and Burke, both of whom are hesitant to call themselves “directors” in the traditional sense. Creating the show, they said, has been a democratic, respectful and, though stressful, mostly pain-free process.“We wanted to make it a collaborative experience,” Goebelbecker said. “Because we are leading the project and we’re also in it, that means there’s limitations on how much we can do in both roles, and those limitations are less of an issue if people step in and offer their perspectives and their ideas.”Part of that process was creating the characters themselves. Most of the show’s roles are unnamed and there is not much characterization within the lyrics themselves, necessitating the creation of unique characters for every production.“It took a lot of imagination and creativity,” Goebelbecker said. “We sat down and decided where their character was from, what college they went to, what they majored in, if they went to college, what their family looks like, what their biggest fears and loves are … people had to draw on their own experiences to answer those questions, but then that became a character separate from themself.”Directing “Edges” has reinforced in both Goebelbecker and Burke the importance of taking initiative and working collaboratively. They hope the audience members will also gain something from watching the small narratives unfold before them — an understanding of their own edges and how they can, in Burke’s words, “take the leap.”“Looking back, I wouldn’t have done anything differently,” Burke said.Tags: Edges, Song cycles, Student Playerslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s lecture series focuses on prayer in the face of violence

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first_imgIn a world full of genocide, hunger, pain and suffering, it is sometimes hard for Christians to turn to prayer. However, Boston College assistant professor of theology Dr. Andrew Prevot spoke about the usefulness of prayer in the face of violence in his lecture, “Christian Prayer in a Violent World,” on Thursday.Prevot used examples such as the story of Job, Christian compliance with the Holocaust and congressmen’s responses to the Parkland shootings as failures of prayer — and the prayers of refugees, slaves and leaders of righteous movements as successes. Testimony, music and poetry demonstrate the usefulness of prayer in the face of great violence and tragedy, he said.The lecture mainly focused on one simple question.“What good might Christian prayer do in such a contest in such a world?” Prevot asked.Prevot started by advocating the counterpoint to his argument — listing ways that Christian prayer seems to fail in a violent world.“Given the violence of the world, it might seem to us that Christian prayer is not a very promising way to respond,” he said.One of the ways Prevot described prayer’s futility against violence was the feeling of rejection from God that comes from unanswered prayers.“Praying to response to violence only adds insult to injury,” Prevot said.The second way that he described prayer as escalating violence was through the belief that God is on the side of the perpetrators.“There may be a way of looking at prayer as a way to comfort those doing the violence,” Prevot said.The third way that prayer can be compliant in violence was, according to Prevot, as an excuse for inaction. He highlighted this through the trend of responding to national episodes of gun violence with the phrase “thoughts and prayers.”“This appeal to thoughts and prayers is only helping people to create a more violent world, and doing nothing to prevent it,” Prevot said.Prevot described the ways that prayer can be utilized incorrectly, and in extension, can become a contribution to violence, rather than a solution. The main incorrect usage he described was idol worship, or worshiping a false God. He used former President George W. Bush’s statements on his decisions on the Iraq War happening through prayer as an example.“Is [the Iraq war] the result of [President George W. Bush’s] prayer life?” Prevot challenged. “What kind of God is he worshipping? It is really difficult for us to be sure that we are praying to the true and living God and not just some figment of our imagination. That is just serving our own agenda or selfish needs.”Prevot also discussed how prayer positively affects the world through comfort and inspiration.“Prayer has played a crucial role in the formation of some heroically nonviolent people,” he said. “ … Prayer can prepare one to be a powerful witness to Christ and active servant to his kingdom. Without it, would we have the Catholic Worker’s movement? Would we have the Civil Rights Movement? I’m not really sure.”Prevot believes that prayer is not only a comfort for some, but also a necessity.“The freedom to decide not to pray is really a luxury,” Prevot said. “Many people of this world have nowhere to turn but prayer when they are dealing with the daily tragedies of their lives.”He suggested a raw form of prayer that lacks reservation, especially when someone is praying in response to violence.“In words, silence or screams, with fear, sadness or anger — no decorum is required and no emotion is off limits for prayer to be a place of free expression of whatever feeling you have in this violent world.”Prevot finished by offering a distinct list of ways to pray in order to avoid the mistakes in prayer he mentioned at the beginning of the lecture.“How do we pray in this violent world? … We listen to the cries of the poor and vulnerable … Never use prayer as an excuse not to act. Instead, use it to prepare yourself for action.” Prevot said.Prevot recognized that prayer can seem pointless when faced with the violence of today’s world, but he also added that through the right kind of prayer, violence can be decreased — creating a more peaceful and loving world.“Constancy in this sort of prayer is, I believe, that promises, path toward a less violent world.”Tags: christian prayer in a violent world, Parkland Shooting, prayer, violencelast_img read more

More Hydrangeas.

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first_img Walter Reeves When “Gardening in Georgia” host Walter Reeves showed how to change the color of hydrangea flowers a few weeks ago, you may have thought that was all there was. You were wrong. On this week’s show July 4 and 7, Reeves has more about these prolific bloomers.”Gardening in Georgia” airs on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is produced specifically for Georgia gardeners by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site.This week, Reeves shows off some hydrangeas with flower forms unlike the familiar mophead, including “Teller Red,” “Preziosa” and “Cardinal Red.”A Georgia NativeGuest Parker Andes of Callaway Gardens points out the oakleaf hydrangea. A Georgia native, it uses little water and grows in either sun or shade. The big flowers are infertile but attract pollinators to the fertile flowers growing below them.Reeves also reveals how easy it is to propagate a hydrangea in summer. He bends a limb to the earth and wounds a small section, then dusts the wound with a rooting hormone and buries the branch in the soil. A brick holds it in place. Three months later, the limb will have rooted in place.Cobb County Extension Agent Nina Eckberg explains why you should use mulch: fewer weeds, consistent soil temperatures and retention of soil moisture. She shows mulches that gardeners can use and how to apply them: 2 to 4 inches deep, but not against the trunk or bark.A Flower TowerHelen Phillips of Callaway Gardens shows how she recycled a piece of 8-inch PVC pipe to create a flower tower. She drilled 2-inch holes in the side and anchored it in a pan of concrete. Then she hung a short soaker hose in the middle as soil is added to fill the pipe. Plants such as nasturtium and petunia can be planted in the holes.CAES horticulturist Jim Midcap describes the Trident maple (Acer buergeranum), a 1998 Georgia Gold Medal Winner.And finally, CAES entomologist Beverly Sparks describes the life cycle and control of the armored scale. That armored covering is hard for predators, adverse weather and even pesticides to penetrate. UGA CAES File Photolast_img read more

New trustees join UVM board

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first_imgUniversity of Vermont,The University of Vermont has announced that three new legislative trustees, a gubernatorial appointee, and a new student trustee are joining its board of trustees. The new legislative trustees, elected by the Vermont General Assembly to six-year terms, are Carolyn Branagan, Christopher Bray, and David Potter. Governor Douglas has appointed Mark Young, who previously served as a legislative trustee from 2002-2007, to a six-year term. The new student trustee, Adam Roof, was selected to serve a two-year term by the Associate Directors for the Appointment of The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College Student Trustees, Inc.Leaving the board are legislative trustees Edwin Amidon, James Leddy, and Martha Heath, gubernatorial appointed trustee Robert Young, and student trustee Beth Rice.All of the new trustees will participate in the board meeting scheduled for May 14 through 16.Branagan, a Republican from Georgia, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2003. She was the House Education Committee clerk from 2003 to 2004 and is the House Ways and Means Committee ranking member in 2009/10. She is the Franklin County Republican Committee chair and is a member of the Governor’s Commission on International Education. She has also served as co-chair of the Vermont Legislative Women’s Caucus, chair of the Georgia School Board; member of the coordinating council of Vermont Interactive Television; and trustee and chair of the Vermont Maple Festival. She received B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from UVM.Bray, a Democrat from New Haven, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2007. Formerly he taught at UVM for four years in the English department and founded Common Grounds Communications, which provides writing, editing, design and production services to a variety of clients and publishing houses. He is clerk of the House Agricultural Committee ; secretary of the Vermont Milk Commission; chair of the Rural Economic Development Working Group.; and member of the Vermont Forestry Commission and the Economic Development Committee of the Governor’s Dairy Task Force. He received a B.A degree from UVM in Zoology and an M.A. in English. He also graduated from UVM’s Snelling Center for Government.Potter, a Democrat from Clarendon, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2005. Potter taught at Rutland High School for 31 years before retiring and was on active duty in the Air Force for 10 years. He is a member or affiliate of the West Rutland Rotary; the Rutland County Audubon Society; the Vermont Federation of Sportsman Clubs; the Rutland Regional Transportation Council; the Vermont Workforce Development Council; the Clarendon Selectboard; the Clarendon Planning Commission; the National Guard Association of the U.S.; the Vermont Sugarmakers Association; and the Vermont Woodland Association. In 2008 he was named Vermont Tree Farmer of the Year. He is a retired member of the Vermont Air National Guard, SQ Commander, Lt. Col.Young, of Orwell, is president and CEO of the First National Bank of Orwell. He currently serves as the Town of Orwell treasurer and trustee of Public Funds. He is a board member of Union Mutual of Vermont Companies and the Vermont Center for the Book and is a member of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1993-2006. He is a past chair of the executive committee of the Vermont Bankers Association and received the Vermont Bankers Association Outstanding Community Service Banker Award in 2001.Roof, of South Walpole, Mass., is currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science and English. He serves on the Peer Judicial Board in the Harris/Millis residential complex, and is a member of the Dean of Students Advisory Board and the Men’s Club Hockey Team.last_img read more

Side by Side against Cyberthreats

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first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 25, 2018 Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States search for new technologies to counter cyberattacks.last_img