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first_imgIn speaking at Harvard about “dOCUMENTA (13),” Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the exhibit’s artistic director and the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, found great meaning in a piece of art “the size of an iPod.”The 2012 show was based in Germany with installations in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Canada that attracted scores of visitors. One installation featured several small Bactrian princess statues originating from the northern part of what is now Afghanistan and dating to 2000 B.C. Curators know of only 80 such statues in the world.Each princess is unique. The composite figurines are made up of separately carved stones. The individual sections, which together give each princess form, are not bound by glue or secured by any other mechanism. Balance is the crucial factor.History and equilibrium were also fundamental to the theme of the larger exhibit, Christov-Bakargiev said. Those concerns helped address the question of connectivity and separation, how to “make something that has a togetherness, and at the same time is a centrifugal structure outward.”Christov-Bakargiev spoke at Harvard on Wednesday as the inaugural lecturer of a new program by the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture and the Harvard Art Museums. The joint effort will focus on innovative curatorial practice, offering seminars and a public lecture annually.“One of the most important ideas behind the formation of the new partnership of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture was to develop programming for both Harvard and public audiences that bridges the historic and contemporary intellectual domains of the separate museums and fosters dialogue among them,” said Jane Pickering, executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.  “This new initiative is a wonderful beginning to such an effort and inviting a world-renowned curator like Carolyn, who thinks creatively across the disciplines, provides a fantastic opportunity for us to explore new avenues to achieve this goal.”“The Harvard Art Museums, as part of their teaching and research mission, seek to inspire thoughtful discourse and debate around the importance of art in society,” said Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “All Harvard’s museums aim to emphasize the role that original works of art, specimens, and artifacts play in an advanced education.”He continued: “We expect that these annual seminars will inspire students and young scholars from diverse fields of knowledge and will encourage new collaboration among all Harvard museums.”“Together the Harvard Museums hold millions of objects that represent the natural and cultural world, from anthropology to zoology,” said Peter L. Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and Director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. “We want to use these collections to provoke the way we think about curating objects, to link collections to teaching and research at the university, and to bring to the broader public new ideas about how museums could bridge the sciences and the arts.”In addition to Christov-Bakargiev’s lecture, seminars were hosted across Harvard museums — Adolphus Busch Hall at the Harvard Art Museums, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History — through Thursday. The seminars allowed students from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Design to join invited faculty and members of the community in conversations about questions raised by Christov-Bakargiev as well as issues connected to curating objects across disciplinary divides.last_img read more

first_img Continuing our Countdown to Cheltenham, and with only eight days to go, SBC has been quizzing major operators on what we should expect from the four day event.SBC caught up with Amy Jones, UK PR & Mischief Maker at Paddy Power, who revealed that the Irish are tipped to win big at the Prestbury Cup, and that the bookmaker doesn’t plan to lose any sleep over the threat of a Wednesday wipeout. SBC: Paddy Power recently recruited Colm Meaney to send a message to the English racing fans … how has this campaign helped boost engagement with punters?Amy Jones: The Prestbury Cup (or UK vs Ireland at Cheltenham) has grown in profile in recent years with such strength in depth being sent over by the Irish trainers and we enjoy getting behind the Irish challenge. Betting should be fun and we hope the campaign will evoke this spirit, especially during Cheltenham week!It’s also a way of creating competition in our two main areas, and creating a conversation around the Festival. As an Irish brand, we of course love to poke fun at the Brits and what better way to do it.SBC: Could we see the Irish win big at this year’s Cheltenham Festival?Amy Jones: Ireland are currently 8/15 to win the Prestbury Cup which tells the story of just how strong the Irish challenge is, and has been for the last couple of years. Messrs Mullins, Elliott and De Bromhead all send a very strong team over to spearhead the Irish challenge. Willie Mullins is the 1/1 favourite to be the Top Trainer at the Cheltenham festival and Henry De Bromhead is punters choice having been backed into 10/1 from 20/1.SBC: Three of the shortest-priced favourites of the week have been lined up to race on the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival – is this a worry for Paddy Power? and how does Paddy Power plan to mitigate the risk of a ‘wednesday wipeout’?Amy Jones: We feel talk of a ‘Wednesday wipeout’ have been overplayed. We do of course look ahead at the forecast starting prices on each day and Wednesday is undoubtedly the most daunting for the bookmakers with the big three Irish bankers Envoi Allen, Tiger Roll and Appreciate It all in action. If those three go in we’ll have a losing day but it’s a long week with plenty more battles so we won’t lose too much sleep over it.SBC: Data has suggested that this year’s Cheltenham Festival has attracted – on average – 40% more ante-post punting in comparison to last year. Why do you think this is?Amy Jones: Cheltenham gets bigger, more competitive and more anticipated every year so it’s no surprise to see increased interest in ante-post betting this year. A wide open Champion Hurdle, a hotly contested Champion Chase and a defending champion in the Gold Cup have added intrigue to the action. The additional appeal of 5 places for Paddy Power bettors in all Cheltenham handicaps has definitely spiked interest.SBC: The Gold Cup hasn’t been defended since 2004, what are the chances of current joint favourite Al Boum Photo doing it for Willie Mullins this year?Amy Jones: Al Boum Photo currently heads our market at 7/2. The Gold Cup is hard to win once, let alone back to back, so there will be plenty lining up to take him on but he was an impressive winner last year and arrives off the back of an identical preparation so he will be a tough nut to crack if in the same form. He’s probably the horse in the field with the fewest question marks.          SBC: And finally. what role will request a bets and promotional offers play in engaging punters with this year’s festival? Amy Jones: Due to the competitive nature of racing at Cheltenham the week is always awash with promotions to help punters to find a winning bet. Requesting a bet is definitely the fastest growing area of our offering in recent years. Engaging customers through social channels has always been important to us and our ‘Whatoddspaddy’ offers allow our customers to build or request their own bet. I think it definitely adds to the satisfaction of a win if you request and land your own bespoke bet. ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School board approved by a 7-0 vote a resolution starting the process in which the USD 353 school district voters will be asked for a 2.63 mill increase to build storm shelters at two school buildings, and other capital improvement projects.An election is expected during the second week of June. After a 60 minute discussion, the board approved a question that will address these specific issues:•Construct Eisenhower Elementary and Roosevelt Day schools with storm shelters which are the only school buildings in the district that do not have tornado safe areas for students.•Safety features considered for all school buildings based upon armed intruders and other undesirable or emergency situations of buildings. •Roof repair and replacements for several buildings;•Repairs to the Wellington Middle School parking lot;•and an auxiliary gymnasium at the Wellington Middle School; More details of the safety project proposal will be available on this website next week.••••Resignations: The school board accepted the following resignations to be effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year:•Nancy Stradar, fifth grade teacher at Lincoln;•John Gifford, WHS counselor and assistant football coach;•Jayne Cook, Eisenhower first grade teacher;•Peggy Lawrence, Washington Elementary secretary and title administrative assistant;Other resignations include:•Anna Taylor, para – effective Feb. 28, 2014;•Julie Dry, para – effective March 14, 2014;•Cheryl Heimen – WMS food services, effective March 14, 2014.•Angela Moore – food services – effective March 14, 2014.Recommendations for hire:•Tristton Tracy, After school para;•Sabrina Torneden – secretary at Lincoln Elementary school.Board member Angie Ratcliff complimented those teachers who retired.“These are good people, who have served the school district well for years,” she said.••••White expresses displeasure:Wellington school board member Robert White expressed his displeasure with anonymous comments in reaction to a Sumner Newscow story about the Early Retirement Incentive Program last week.“I have the constitutional guaranteed right to express my opinion and my opinion alone. Unlike my anonymous friends, I’ll look you in the face and express this opinion.”White said the comments have become a feeding frenzy and it disgusts him.“The only parallel I can come up is like maggots on a roadside carcass on a July afternoon.” White said. “The negotiated agreement is simply that, an agreement… The board and the NEA negotiation team should be commended for their agreement. And that should be it.He continued: “This board and administrators have been brutalized, vilified and bastardized by faceless cowards. And for what? Doing their jobs. We are doing what is best for the community and providing the best value for our taxpayers. We are still doing that.”Board President Jackie Berryman said many hours went into the Early Retirement agreement but it was unsustainable because money was going out of the system. Also, the board and school staff will allow and even encourage people to look at records and the Kansas Open Records Act, but it will come at a cost.••••In other news:•Steve Gill has been named head groundskeeper for the Wellington High School football field;•The board was in executive session for one hour and 15 minutes. No action was taken thereafter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (21) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down Redress · 334 weeks ago I am so glad the parking lot at the middle school is being fixed. So nasty Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Mr. Townsend · 334 weeks ago I never had a board member look me in the face and express their opinion or even ask any questions. Some board members have known me for several years. Decisions have been made before on false information. Bob White even stated a, “parallel.” Mr. Gifford, you will be missed! I was lucky enough to have you as a teacher and later as a co-worker. It was great working with you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down wellmom · 334 weeks ago The school board still doesn’t get it. In my opinion, it’s not the retirement plan necessarily that people are upset about. When you ask a question, you expect a direct and honest answer. Giving people the run around or not being forth coming only leads people to assume there are things the school board isn’t wanting to come to light. The district as a whole, from my experience, behaves like their words are final and they shouldn’t be questioned. They should remember if they want to act like they are without reproach they can be reminded who really has the power at election time. Report Reply 1 reply · active 334 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down guest · 334 weeks ago I do not think the comments about the Editor’s note were so much about the board doing away with the early retirement as it was about the lack of transparency from Central Administration & the board along. I also think the negative opinions about Mr. Roth were more about how he treats employees of the district & how he does not like to be questioned rather than the actual topic. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Who Cares Who I Am · 334 weeks ago You mean not being up-front and open about who it is criticizing you is a problem? Just like not being open and up-front about hidden agenda items at our public school board meetings? We all make choices and must answer for those decisions. You also have a choice: Resign your position; Be more open and transparent; or Keep doing what you are doing and take the heat! Don’t go trying to change that constitutional right of freedom of speech! Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Pokesalad · 334 weeks ago Just curious…why do we vote either yea or nay on combined issues instead of voting on each issue? I might be in favor of the safe rooms but not for the other issues…just wondering and thank you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down WHSsucces · 334 weeks ago Nice move on Mr. Gill being in charge of the Football Field. It’s about time we have somebody who has a clue about grounds keeping to at least maintain one of the properties. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 334 weeks ago I am all for the mill levy increase. Everything they are asking for is so needed. This would allow us to catch up with other districts. As far as Mr. White and his comments. Quail we all live in a close community. Some of the people that comment on here are friends and employees of the district. I can understand why they would use this to make their thoughts known. Mr. Roth is not qualified to do the job he has been given. Given is the key word. The whole issue has nothing to do with getting rid of the program. Its all about the bs trying to get the information. Why does it need to be a secret? I love Wellington. I love our school but for the first time I had to ask myself if keeping my child here is the best thing. I decided it was because running from these issues is not the answer. Instead of hitching about some comments..ask yourself and the board..how do we move foward..how do we get better? Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 334 weeks ago Anonymity is the public’s “executive session”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down We love softball · 334 weeks ago It would sure be nice if the same level of commitment that is used to care for Hibbs Hooten could be shown on the Softball fields at Worden Park. Even before the Wellington Heat was here HH HAS always had better care. Is that city or school? Report Reply 5 replies · active 334 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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