Yale University To Host Multi-Day Event Exploring The Legacies Of Davie Bowie And Prince

first_imgYale University has announced a multi-day event, bringing together scholars, musicians, filmmakers, artists, journalists, and students for discussion, critical listening, and musical performance, in examining the music, careers, and lives of David Bowie and Prince. Dubbed Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign: Celebrating the Legacies of David Bowie and Prince will culminate with a performance by TV On The Radio on the final day.Set to take place from January 25th – 28th, the event “will examine the pathbreaking innovations of these two remarkable musicians, and explore the legacies of two artists who recognized the ways that popular music can create liberating spaces where audacious cultural and social changes and transformations might flourish. Lectures and roundtable discussions will examine how Bowie and Prince each championed aesthetic, social, and cultural freedom and rule-breaking in their respective repertoires and ultimately revolutionized racial, gender, and sexual identity politics in popular music culture.”All events are free and open to the community. Ticketed events are followed by an asterisk. For additional information, click here. Check the full schedule of events below:January 25, 20178:30pm – Sound & Vision: Listening Together to David Bowie & Prince (concert & critical deejay session with Questlove and Kimbra)*January 26, 20174:30pm – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) followed by Q&A with D.A. Pennebaker (film & conversation)9:00pm – “Everybody Still Wants to Fly”: Activism in Pop from Prince to Solange (roundtable conversation and keynote conversation with Solange)*January 27, 20178:45am – Welcome by Daphne A. Brooks–To the “Dearly Beloved,” “Gimme Your Hands ‘Cause You’re Wonderful”: On the Importance of (a Rock ‘n’ Roll) Commons9:00am – “Take Me With U”: David Bowie, Prince & the Utopian Pop Universe (conference session)10:30am – “Life On Mars?”: Spirituality & (Im)mortal Imaginaries in Bowie & Prince (conference session)12:00pm – Highlights from the David Bowie Is Exhibition (roundtable conversation)1:00pm – “Hang On to Yourself”: The Making of David Bowie Is (roundtable conversation)2:15pm – “Around the World in a Day”: Traversing Cities & Borders in Bowie & Prince (conference session)3:45pm – “Young Americans”: Prince, Bowie, Funk & the 1970s (conference session)5:30pm – “Housequake”: A Critical Karaoke Tribute (conference session)8:30pm – “Modern Love”: Bowie & Prince & the Art of Collaboration—In Conversation with Donny McCaslin and Sheila E. (roundtable conversation)January 28, 20179:00am – “Watch That Man”: Visual Bowie, Visual Prince—On Art & Film (conference session)10:30am – “The Black Album”: Bowie, Prince & Sonic Experimentalism (conference session)1:30pm – “Oh! You Pretty Things”: Theater, Performance & Spectacular Bowie & Prince (conference session)3:00pm – “Rebirth of the Flesh”: David Bowie & Prince’s (Dis)identifications—On Race, Gender, & Sexuality (conference session)8:00pm – TV On The Radio concert*last_img read more

Seaton and Sanmoogan end World Aquatics Championships with PB performances

first_img-Baksh says all swimmers did their bestNATIONAL coach Sean Baksh is impressed with the performances of national swimmers, Andrew Fowler, Jamila Sanmoogan and teenager Leon Seaton, who represented Guyana at the just concluded 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships, in Gwangju, South Korea.Of the trio, Sanmoogan and Seaton swam their last races on Sunday (Saturday night Guyana time).“I’m very pleased with the performances of all three swimmers. They did their best.”The national swimmers all had personal best performances in at least one of their races at the top swimming event.Fifteen-year-old Seaton, who started off Guyana’s time in the pool with a personal best (28.54s) in the 50M butterfly, registered another PB performance when he swam the 50M backstroke in a time of 29.92s. The youngster’s previous best in the event was 30.54s. Seaton finished ahead of 12 swimmers in the race.Sanmoogan, who is currently on a scholarship in Colombia, followed up her 50M butterfly performance on Friday with a PB in the 50M freestyle on Sunday.The 22-year-old registered a time of 28.72s, just faster than her previous best of 28.86s to finish sixth in her heat and faster than 32 swimmers in that event.Baksh said that the swimmers were outstanding.“Leon was ranked among the fastest starters in the backstroke…and he has exceeded his Carifta performance here which is a step in the right direction….Jamila has shown improvement in her freestyle and will continue to improve….Andrew’s 100 freestyle was a big improvement for him and now that he is on Scholarship in the USA he is going to havemuch better performances in the near future.”Twenty-three year-old Fowler had finished third in Heat 4 of 13 with a time of 54.72s on Wednesday, almost two seconds faster than his previous best of 56.33s, which he swam at the Commonwealth Games last year in Australia.last_img read more

Nimba Development Superintendent Sacked

first_imgNimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teeko T. Yorlay, has been relieved of his post with immediate effect, and told to seek employment elsewhere.According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the dismissal of Mr. Yorlay fully meets the approval of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The release further states that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to appoint an assistant superintendent for development very soon.The reason for the dismissal of the young Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development has not been disclosed. However, there has been a quarrel between the county administration and the Nimba Legislative Caucus in recent days.The quarrel resulted into a vote of no confidence in the two Superintendents, the head Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Mr. Yorlay, the Development Superintendent.The caucus raised contentions that the US$100,000 given the county was improperly used that there was no tangible result to show, which the caucus,  under the leadership of Senator Thomas Grupee,  wanted account for.Amidst this controversy, the caucus alleged that the two superintendents disrespected them, which Nimba County District #9 Representative, Matinokay Tingban took to the lower House.  This resulted in a  vote of no confidence in the two county officials.Upon reaching the decision in the lower House, Mr. Yorlay came out to emphatically state that he had done no wrong to appeal, and therefore will not apologize to anyone for doing the right thing.In recent times, elders in Nimba County and some youths assembled in Saclepea to plan for the impending visit of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but the meeting was overshadowed by solicitation of signatures to forward to the President during her visit to dismiss the two youthful Superintendents.Besides the questionable use of the Ebola fund, Mr. Yorlay and the Nimba Legislative Caucus have also had controversy over scrap that is intended for the county.  Moreover, there was also controversy over the building of a stadium in Nimba, leaving a split between Mr. Yorlay and some caucus members on the one hand, and Senator Prince Johnson and others on the other.When contacted yesterday evening, Mr. Yorlay thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for selecting him to play the roles he played in government and said she happily appointed him to serve and was getting him out.“Just as I was happy ascending to the position, I am also happy to leave and I thank her Excellency,  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, very much for the time afforded me to serve,” he asserted.A young man, he was assisted by the President to acquire higher education, attaining the  Master’s degree from the Ibrahim Banbangida Institute of International Relations at the University of Liberia.Furthermore, Mr. Yorlay said he served in various positions at various ministries and agencies of government, including the Ministries of Finance and Internal Affairs, National AIDS Commission, amongst others, and as a young man in his early 30s, he is proud and grateful to have had such experiences.He said he remains grateful to the President for the decision but failed to comment much on the controversies between him and the Nimba Legislative Caucus.Mr. Yorlay said while it may take him time to get a new job, he is confident that it will come, stressing, “I have gained more experiences in various positions which qualify me to have job at any time.  Therefore, I do not want to comment on the role of those legislators because they remain our leaders whether sacked or not.”The dismissal of Assistant Superintendent Teeko Yorlay throws a signal to members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus and their supporters who wanted the two Superintendents to be dismissed.Now that Teeko is out, the next target for the caucus is Superintendent Fong Zuagele, who may be worried by the recent action and thinking of what next to do.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Athletic Commission gets go-ahead from Council

first_imgCity staff will now draft a bylaw for the creation of the Commission, which will outline what powers it will have. Although council approved moving forward, there was some question of whether it was sufficiently shown that there is support in the community. The city has been canvassing the community since March, asking for feedback on Facebook, community websites, magazines and newspapers as well as direct letters to relevant parties. It received responses from 11 residents, with 10 in favour of the commission and one against, as well as 52 responses to a Facebook poll, with 52 for and 17 against. Those 63 people represent less than 0.2 per cent of Fort St. John’s population, something that at least one councillor has a problem with. Lori Ackerman argued that, “we’re deeming that there’s sufficient community support, and when I look at the report, I don’t deem that at all.”- Advertisement – Dawson Creek has a similar athletic commission, that makes the rules and maitains control over the appointments and permits. Council would decide what control its commission would have through its bylaw. The next step is to confirm who will be on the commission and to prepare a draft bylaw to be reviewed by council.Advertisementlast_img read more

CEO’s book promotes health literacy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – As a registered nurse, Gloria Mayer had always suspected that many of her patients did not understand the educational material they were given. It was not due to the complicated medical language but because many were functionally illiterate. But as president and CEO of the La Habra-based Institute for Healthcare Advancement, Mayer was in a position to do something about it. Founded in 1997 by the now-defunct Friendly Hills Healthcare Network, the institute’s mission is to find ways to improve health-care delivery and educate consumers. After research showed that 50million Americans cannot read above a fifth-grade level, Mayer and another R.N., Ann Kuklierus, wrote “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick.” The book, published by the institute, covers basic health-care, using language that someone with a third- to fifth-grade reading level can understand. “Nearly one in two adults can’t read at an adult level,” Mayer said. “I always knew people didn’t understand the patient education material they get and that there was a literacy problem. “For example, when someone is given directions to not eat anything before a procedure, often they’ve eaten when they come to see the doctor. The doctors get mad and tell them they can’t do the test that day. But the patient won’t say they can’t read, because it’s embarrassing.” So far, “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” has sold more than 1.1 million copies since its publication in 2000. The book is now included in the “Kit for New Parents,” a pamphlet all parents of newborns in the Head Start program receive in California. Four other books in the “What To Do” series have also been written, covering teen, senior and dental health, as well as pregnancy. As health-care costs have risen, more people are joining the ranks of the uninsured, leaving many to use emergency rooms for their routine health care, according to Mayer. “Eighteen of the 58 counties in California are already on board with this book,” said Warren Hand, marketer for the institute’s publications. “If we can reduce unwarranted use of emergency rooms, that’s a positive step.” Mayer and a lecturer from UCLA conducted a pilot study of Head Start parents who received the book. In a 6-month follow-up, parents reported a 48 percent reduction in emergency room visits and a 37.5 percent reduction in clinic visits. “Some people say the books dumb \ down or that they make it too simple,” Mayer said. “I say you can never make it too simple. These books are in no way insulting.” Among the programs and services run by the institute is a clinic at Los Lomas Elementary School in La Habra called the Friends of Children Health Center. It provides health care and dental care for 13,000 uninsured or underinsured low-income patients every year, said Mayer. The institute also provides tools, strategies and clinical solutions to health-care workers, physicians, pharmacists and social workers through its annual Health Literacy Conference, and also provides a range of social services to communities. “This work gives me meaning by giving me a chance to give back to the community,” Mayer said. “I see families who are very vulnerable. But it’s not them, it’s their circumstances. It’s not their fault. This is very rewarding work because I can help those people.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more