Easily one of the most bizarre releases from the Pink Floyd catalog is Ummagumma, the first album released post-Syd Barrett that sees the remaining members of Pink Floyd explore the depths of psychedelia and weirdness. With Pink Floyd set to release a major box set that chronicles their earliest years, the band has shared some interesting footage of the Ummagumma original, “Grantchester Meadows.”Written by Roger Waters, both he and David Gilmour provide guitarwork on the track. With additional keyboard support from Richard Wright, it’s the animal noises that really set this instrumental into the ether. Recorded at San Francisco’s KQED in 1970, this newly shared footage shows Pink Floyd in the height of their otherworldly approach.The song itself pays tribute to a small English town near Cambridge, evoking the melodies and actual sounds of a warm summer’s day. The song “Fat Old Man” was written later on, by David Gilmour, as a sequel to this unusual instrumental.Watch the newly-shared rare footage, streaming below.[h/t Rolling Stone]
FloydFest has announced their 2018 lineup! Taking place from July 24th through 28th, 2019 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. FloyFest 19, dubbed “Voyage Home,” will feature headlining sets from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, The String Cheese Incident, and Brandi Carlile.The rest of the initial lineup includes Tyler Childers, Margo Price, Fantastic Negrito, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass featuring Love Canon, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Acoustic Syndicate, Songs From The Road Band, Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, Trout Steak Revival, Jon Stickley Trio, and many more.Floyfest 19~Voyage Home will feature five days of music, magic, and mountains, in the picturesque paradise at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, VA. With more than 100 total artists on eight stages, the festival is jam-packed with outdoor adventure, vibrant and varied vendors, quality brews and chews, healing arts, workshops, and whimsy children’s activities.You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the FloydFest website for details.
It was almost a decade ago that Harvard literary scholar Homi K. Bhabha took over as director of what is now the Mahindra Humanities Center. One vision he had was of a University-wide seminar to address, in detail, year by year, the most vital issues gripping the world.Some dreams come true, and this one did. Last fall the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar, funded for three years, welcomed its first class of fellows. All three years will have a common theme, the intersection of violence and nonviolence. Aptly, the 2014-2015 series has a sub-theme that looms in the present cultural discourse — war.For one thing, armed conflicts around the globe have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in recent years. (The Syrian civil war tops the list, with nearly 200,000 dead so far.) For another, people everywhere are marking the centennial of World War I, looking back in puzzlement and horror at a conflict that killed 16 million people and wounded another 20 million.Bi-weekly seminars in the Mellon series started in October, with presentations and discussions based on pre-circulated papers related to violence and nonviolence in war. Taking part are six Mellon Seminar Fellows and a mix of nine Harvard postdoctoral fellows and Boston-area graduate students.During the fall semester, as will be the rule over the life of the program, there were a number of associated public lectures. Columbia University anthropologist Partha Chatterjee took on “International Law and the Pedagogy of Violence” (Oct. 23). University of California, Irvine, comparative literature scholar Ếtienne Balibar presented a two-part series on violence, civility, and politics (Nov. 4-5). And Columbia professor of modern Arab studies Rashid Khalidi delivered the Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture on “Unhealed Wounds of World War I: Armenia, Kurdistan, and Palestine” (Nov. 13).The first big conference of the Mellon program ― there will be two annually — unfolds this week as “In Our Time: The Great War at 100,” on Feb. 12 and 13. Panelists will set the cultural and political stage for what was once called the War to End All Wars.Also beginning this week is a companion series at the Harvard Film Archive, “Grand Illusions: The Cinema of World War I,” to run Feb. 13 to March 2. The first feature is “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), a harrowing anti-war war movie that was banned in Nazi Germany.University of Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan will deliver the Feb. 12 keynote address. She is the author of “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914” (2013), a 739-page study whose summary might read: The war could have been avoided. The book, with its emphasis on the few personalities making decisions back then, underscores what historian A.J.P. Taylor once observed and what so few were willing to believe, “that great events have small causes.”Even a big war may start on a very small scale. But on every scale war is a spectacle, as are the attempts at justice that follow. And in every war, violence and nonviolence intersect. December and January marked the 100th anniversary of the World War I Christmas truce that lasted well beyond the holiday in some sectors of the front.Bhabha reached into the nearer past. After the 1994 neighbor-on-neighbor genocide in Rwanda that killed 800,000, he said, the same “instruments and institutions that shaped the worst violence became the sites of nonviolent negotiation.” Some examples: radio, local bars, and clubs.Part of Rwanda’s reconciliation process also involved community courts. The Gacaca system gave perpetrators the chance to confess their deeds in a local setting.Nonviolence can rise out of its opposite even within a single politically potent figure, observed Bhabha. Mahatma Gandhi was “obsessed with warfare and even the nobility of warfare,” he said, yet his project of nonviolent action made him famous. Similarly, Nelson Mandela rose out of “a place of violence, prison, and had been involved in violent struggle,” said Bhabha, but in the end preached peaceful reconciliation in South Africa.The Mellon series joins the Mahindra Center’s traditional seminars. They are wide-ranging too ― from American literature to cartography, opera, and women and culture in the early modern world. Some of these traditional seminars date to 1984, when the Humanities Center was founded as the more narrowly focused Center for Literary Studies. And they are pleasingly, smartly episodic, and create glimpses of bright scholarship.But the Mellon Seminar is intended to be a lingering study of a big subject from a variety of perspectives, said Bhabha. “There is no one convening discipline.” Episodes of individual scholarship give way to long-term collaborations in pursuit of larger meaning.Part of the mission will be to examine how different disciplines investigate a phenomenon as big and important as war, or as puzzling as the ways violence and nonviolence intersect. In part, Bhabha said, the three-year program is “a seminar on how interdisciplinary systems of knowledge work.”Fellows and students in this year’s program represent urban planning, philosophy, international relations, anthropology, economic history, political science, East Asian languages, American studies, international social justice, social studies, performance, and international law. One is a former infantry officer with the British Army, who completed three tours in Afghanistan. Another is a veteran of NGO work in Egypt and Darfur in western Sudan.The initiative, over time, may reveal “how one discipline veers toward another in a process of self-understanding,” said Bhabha.He gave an example. “The law always plays a role in dealing with violence. A legal thread is always present,” said Bhabha. The business of law is to gather testimony. On the other hand, literature — with its emphasis on narrative and storytelling ― can broaden the understanding of what legal testimony means. It adds affect to legal testimony intended to be without affect.At the same time, the Mellon series will look at clashes of scale within the arena of violence and nonviolence. In Rwanda, for instance, the United Nations set in motion the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (1997-2012). But at the community level, the Gacaca courts from 1996 to 2006 meted out justice in the same social spaces where violence originated.“To see violence on a civilizational scale is a problem,” said Bhabha, if inquiry stops at the large scale. Meanwhile, “neighborliness is the site for a fight over a cup of sugar,” he said, thinking of Rwanda two decades ago. “But it’s also the site of genocidal violence.”The 2015-2016 iteration of the Mellon Seminar will have such matters of scale in mind. The year’s focus will be “everyday violence,” a topic that includes a litany of the familiar: protest, incarceration, domestic violence, white-collar crime, and identity-based violence.The first major conference of the Mellon program, “In Our Time: The Great War at 100,” Feb. 12 and 13, will have a keynote address delivered by University of Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan, author of “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914.” Also beginning this week is a companion series at the Harvard Film Archive, Feb. 13 to March 2.
Read Full Story The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School, is pleased to announce the appointment of its spring 2018 fellows, and the A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence.“This semester we will be joined by experienced journalists and practitioners who focus on some of today’s most pressing issues: race relations, the urban/rural divide, the role of algorithms in society, and climate change, among other topics,” said Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele.The A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence program brings nonfiction writers to Harvard to work on writing projects, teach student workshops, and interact with the Harvard community. Jelani Cobb will be the A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence for spring 2018. He is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about race, politics, history, and culture.Joan Shorenstein Fellows spend the academic semester researching and writing a paper, participating in events, and interacting with students, faculty, and the Harvard community. The spring 2018 Joan Shorenstein Fellows are:Elizabeth Arnold is a former NPR Political Correspondent, an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska, and the producer of arcticprofiles.com.Dipayan Ghosh is a fellow at New America, where he works on digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and civil rights. A computer scientist by training, Ghosh until recently worked on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook.Genevieve Roth is a founding partner of Invisible Hand, a social impact and events agency that focuses on the intersection of media, women’s empowerment, and social justice.Sarah Smarsh is a freelance journalist and former professor of nonfiction writing who covers politics and economic inequality for The Guardian, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and others from her home state of Kansas.The Entrepreneurship Fellows program, established in fall 2016, invites experienced technology entrepreneurs to provide guidance and mentorship to Harvard students. Hossein Derakhshan is a joint fellow with the MIT Media Lab and the Shorenstein Center for Spring 2018. He is an Iranian-Canadian writer and researcher who focuses on the long-term socio-political impacts of media and technology.The Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship, established in 2013, brings high-profile figures at the forefront of media, politics, and policy to the Kennedy School to work on timely issues. Tom Wheeler, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow for the 2017–18 academic year, served as the Chairman of the FCC from 2013 to 2017 under President Obama.
GAZETTE: Why is it called a “pulse”?WILSON: We recognize that most people experience Harvard based on the quality of life or sense of belonging that is generated in their School or unit. That means what we can do from the University level is sometimes limited. Taking a pulse is something one does from the center, leaving the more in-depth analysis or investigation to the Schools and units.More to the point of the analogy, think about what we used as a tagline: “Ten questions, three minutes, your voice.” It’s a quick check for indications of points of pain or promise. It’s not meant to be an MRI or an EKG, which are more in-depth. We are checking the pulse of the institution and reporting on that on a high level.GAZETTE: What can you tell us about the findings?HO: To me, one of the most important results was that the Harvard community spoke up. More than 20,000 respondents made this the largest optional survey in Harvard’s history. And this was just a pilot.This sends a signal that we all — faculty, academic personnel, students, and staff — care about inclusion and belonging. It also suggests that when we make improvements, people will continue to speak up, to tell us what they think.WILSON: I think the results may surprise a lot of people. There were seven possible answers: strongly agree, agree, and somewhat agree, neutral, and the same options on the disagree spectrum. If you look at the first item in the survey: “I feel like I belong at Harvard,” it turns out that 77 percent of our respondents agreed in some way with that statement, which means over three-quarters of the community generally feel like they belong.A broad view of the findings, based on that answer alone, would be net positive and a good thing. But we do not think about it that way. We want to look at the 23 percent who either did not agree, or neither agreed nor disagreed. We need to know what’s going on there. Also, we do not think it’s smart for us to be satisfied when 25 percent of the respondents only “somewhat agreed” with the statement “I feel like I belong at Harvard.” Our challenge is to address the combination of people who neither agreed nor strongly agreed with having a feeling of belonging at Harvard. That’s almost half of us.Another phenomenon you see in the findings is that many of those from what the task force called “groups previously excluded” express relatively less agreement on a number of measures. This includes their sense of belonging, their satisfaction with relationships, their trust in leadership and others. This is, at times, especially so for women, people of color, religious minorities, and those from the BGLTQ community. This suggests that there are perhaps some tailored things we need to do to address those conditions.GAZETTE: What is next?WILSON: We have been hearing a lot from the Harvard community this fall. The increased communication is a good thing. So, first and foremost, what’s next is for us to do more listening and hearing. That is a foundation for getting better.For instance, we have heard people ask, “What is the administration doing to make things better?” I insist that the establishment of this office, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, is a good thing. And it is good that we have done surveys to get a sense of how people are experiencing Harvard. That will help us to understand much more about what we’re solving for. Getting baseline data to address problem areas is a start, but it’s only a start.I will highlight a few initiatives in response to these results, some that are already underway and some recently launched. We have established a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leadership Council, comprised of leaders from all the Schools and major units at Harvard, that will meet regularly to coordinate the localized responses to this survey. The work of this council will be collaborative across Harvard, leveraging the strategic plans submitted in the last academic year, that detail how each is working toward sustainable, inclusive excellence — that is, a community that continually draws on a wide pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity, and one that fully embraces individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.We recently launched the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund, designed to help engage the entire campus community in the work to improve our campus culture. And we have partnered with Harvard Human Resources and launched a recruiting effort to hire a chief diversity and inclusion officer, who will supplement the team and accelerate our progress.And, of course, we are going to continue to probe the Pilot Pulse Survey findings for information that will tell us what else we can do to make Harvard better.GAZETTE: How do you measure success?WILSON: Perhaps the most important measure of success is what this community tells us. As I said, we are going to continue to listen well, and use what we hear to take action. To that end, last summer we met with Harvard’s Academic Council. Our deans and senior leadership have agreed that the first official survey will be in 2021, and it will be every two years thereafter. Success means we should see the numbers moving in the right direction. If we are doing the right things, working with the Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leadership Council, we should be able to move the whole population toward “agree” or “strongly agree” in response to the statement “I feel like I belong at Harvard.” We expect to see things get better with all the other questions, as well.As we progress, the variety of strategic plans will be shaped to respond to what we are hearing in the surveys, and what the Schools and units are learning from their more-focused work.I am confident that we can make Harvard University the world’s recognized leader in sustainable inclusive excellence by fostering a campus culture where everyone thrives. Related Taking the pulse of Harvard Harvard released the results of its recent Pilot Pulse Survey on Inclusion and Belonging today. The survey is a first-of-its-kind, community-wide initiative that asked all faculty, academic personnel, staff, and students to answer 10 questions aimed at assessing the culture and feeling of inclusion and belonging across the University.More than 44 percent of the Harvard community, more than 20,000 individuals, responded to the pilot survey, which originated as one of several recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging.To examine and understand the results and recommendations coming out of the survey, the Gazette sat down with John Silvanus Wilson, senior adviser and strategist to President Larry Bacow, and task force member Andrew Ho, the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, who helped develop and refine the survey.Q&AJohn Silvanus Wilson and Andrew HoGAZETTE: What were the origins of the survey, and how did this idea come to fruition with this survey?WILSON: The Pilot Pulse Survey came about as an idea from the midst of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging deliberations. The task force was formed because there were some indications that not everyone at Harvard was flourishing. It was clear that some harbored feelings that they did not belong on this campus.As I have said before, Harvard is 383 years old, and for most of that time the fruits of the University’s educational experience were cultivated, provided, and enjoyed by the privileged sons of the New England aristocracy, and those with profiles not too dissimilar. When you are comprised of a single group for so long, there are bound to be challenges when different groups enter the environment.During deliberations, the task force developed the idea of doing a survey to get baseline data on how people are experiencing our campus. That it ended up being the largest survey in the history of Harvard is, in part, a testament to how much people care about our need to become a better, more-inclusive campus.HO: Inclusion and belonging is a University-wide commitment for all members of the Harvard community. But it’s hard to make progress without a common understanding of what we hope to achieve. The Pilot Pulse Survey is a straightforward, light-touch measure that helps us identify where deeper study is needed.If we want to measure progress, we have to start with a baseline. Where do we all stand? What does belonging mean? At a high level, we want to locate our greatest gaps, and then, when we do this again in two years, we want to see that we are closing those gaps. “… We are going to continue to probe the Pilot Pulse Survey findings for information that will tell us what else we can do to make Harvard better.” — John Silvanus Wilson University-wide staff survey launches Nov. 15
Additionally, 41,250 meals will go to the Foodbank thanks to the Vermont Community Foundation, which donated five meals to the foodbank for every pledge to VPR. During the final afternoon of the drive, ten meals were donated with every pledge. It was the first time VPR initiated a three-way partnership with two other state-wide non profit organizations during a membership drive. We were thrilled to be able to make an impact on addressing hunger in Vermont, Turnau said. Vermont Public Radio listeners share a tremendous sense of community, and it was palpable throughout the drive as these three Vermont institutions worked towards a common goal. Vermont Public Radio,Vermont Public Radio exceeded its March membership drive goal last Friday by more than $47,000, raising $617, 683 in 9 ½ days of on-air fundraising. We are overwhelmed by this outpouring of community support, said VPR President Robin Turnau. The success of this drive sends an incredibly positive message to our listeners, other non-profits, and the public radio community nationally. I want to thank all of our generous listeners who help make Vermont Public Radio one of the strongest and most successful in the country. In addition to a mail campaign, the money raised includes a Web Tuesday, which brought in more than $38,000 via VPR.net the day before the on-air drive began. More than 125 volunteers, plus local businesses and restaurants also supported VPR s membership drive with contributions of time, drawing prizes, and food for volunteers and staff.Membership revenue provides more than half of VPR s $5.7M budget. VPR receives no funding from the State of Vermont and just about 10 percent from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The successful fundraiser will help VPR offset part of the projected $730,000 revenue shortfall caused by a decline in underwriting revenue and investment income.About VPRListener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont’s only statewide public radio network, VPR is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation and much more. For more information about VPR and VPR Classical, a list of frequencies and streaming audio from all of VPR’s services, visit www.vpr.net(link is external). XXX
By Dialogo June 24, 2010 Gen. Francisco Contreras Rivas, Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Of Peru, visited U.S. Southern Command recently and met with its commanders and received briefings on security issues in the region. Afterwards, Gen. Contreras sat down with Dialogo to discuss the threats, priorities, and issues the Peruvian armed forces are facing today such as the rise in narcoterrorism. *What are Peru’s security priorities at the moment?* The threats Peru is facing at the moment are terrorism and drug trafficking. This is made worse because drug trafficking has colluded with terrorism, and a phenomenon called narcoterrorism has been produced. In previous decades, terrorism was a threat arising from an ideology seeking to seize power, and now it is becoming a matter of criminal gangs who no longer have the ideological intention of seizing power. They have an ideological façade, but the main thing is the business of drug trafficking with terrorism in order to keep supplying the consumer countries, and Peru is a producer country. Our main security issue is preventing this from spreading. *What are the Joint Chiefs of Staff doing to further the fight against terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking?* Generally speaking, in order to fight against this phenomenon, we work in two columns – intelligence and operations. Intelligence covers this kind of war because intelligence is what’s going to give us the location, the composition, the organization, and knowledge of the changes being made by this terrorist organization called Shining Path, because it’s mutating very fast and adapting quickly to new tendencies and starting to merge with drug trafficking. Hence, intelligence is an important component that gives us information about operations. Operations are the armed wing that intelligence has in order to act surgically and professionally, with respect for and in accordance with human rights, against these narcoterrorist criminal columns and ringleaders. *How would you characterize the current resurgence of extremist movements like Shining Path and the MRTA and the intensification of violence in the country?* We thought that we had finished our work against the terrorism of the 1980s and 1990s — and from 2000 to 2006 there was a period almost without activity, and the intensity of operations declined. This allowed them to restructure, and what had been a minimal issue started to increase, plus there is the fact that they are colluding with drug trafficking and forming this phenomenon called ‘narcoterror.’ Hence, they are growing financially and growing in their logistics and financing. Logistics that allow them to improve their weapons and equipment, and financing that allows them to live where they are. *So, what are the armed forces doing to confront this threat?* Dividing the narcoterrorists from the population, separating them. Isolating them, and working to isolate them. The narcoterrorist is a criminal. Criminals have to be pursued and punished, not mixed with the population. That’s where our great difficulty still is, separating them from the population, because they join with the population to obtain support – support with information, support with logistics, support with shelter, someplace to live. So, little by little, we’re separating them and isolating them. This is going to enable us to improve our operational actions. *Besides isolating these groups, what else could be done?* We want this to happen in phases. We’ve already finished the preparation phase; now we’re entering the intervention phase to capture the ringleaders, separating them from the population. Then comes the consolidation phase, which is giving the towns the infrastructure that will enable their people’s labor to have value in the market. What does this mean? Bringing them energy, bringing them highways, bringing them canals, improving their lives. Now, we can’t do this if they don’t have security. So, we’re going to give them security, and then comes intervention and development, which is the joint way in which we’re going to confront this issue. *What challenges is Peru facing?* Putting an end to terrorism, reducing drug trafficking to a minimum, but as the first priority, putting an end to terrorism, and this is going to make it easier for my country to develop in peace and harmony. *Would you like to add anything else?* Our visit here to the Southern Command has been very interesting for us and very beneficial, due to the exchange of experiences and because we’re working jointly, especially with regard to procedures that they’ve already tried and where we need to improve our procedures in order to make our armed forces more efficient, modern, and technologically effective.
Engaging members and maintaining their loyalty is a topic that lies at the core of the credit union industry’s mission. And for almost 30 years, Creating Member Loyalty™ (CML) has addressed that fundamental concept.“Through the years we’ve always delivered one consistent message: Loyalty comes from an unrelenting focus on member needs, not sales quotas or pushing product,” says Carla Schrinner, implementation manager and senior master trainer with CML.“Credit union clients often approach us because they want to shift the culture within their organization,” Schrinner says. “They want to be more strategic about engaging their members, and that requires different behaviors from the organization and from staff to see results.”The program starts with a “deep-dive assessment” of a new client’s current practices. “Sometimes senior management will describe the credit union one way while staff will see it very differently,” says Schrinner. The goal is to bring clear perspective to everyone on where the credit union will realize its greatest gains, and then provide the implementation strategy and training necessary to move the needle. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
When it comes to the U.S. economy, there’s good and bad news. The good news is that we’re at almost full employment, and consumers are feeling confident about their ability to maintain a stable income and make large purchases. The bad news? That confidence may be misplaced, since U.S. consumers’ credit card debt is at an all-time high, and delinquencies are rising.Outstanding Credit Card DebtAmericans’ total outstanding credit card debt is higher than it’s ever been, surpassing $1 trillion last year. Here are some specifics from CNBC Personal Finance:The average American holds a credit card balance of almost $6,500, a 3 percent increase from one year ago.43 percent of Americans have carried a credit card balance for two years or more.The average U.S. household with credit card debt owes almost $17,000!Increased DelinquenciesUnfortunately, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, we’re seeing increases in delinquencies at all levels. Between the rising levels of debt and rising interest rates, financial institutions are finding themselves absorbing increasing losses. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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