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

Finnish roundup: Veritas takes profits on equities

first_imgShe said that even with a secure portfolio profile, Veritas had managed to achieve a good return in the first half.Fixed income investments returned 2%, and private equity investments generated 11.3%.Total investments rose to €3.1bn at the end June from €2.9bn at the end of December 2016.Elo nets 4.4% returnMeanwhile, the larger pensions insurer Elo announced a 4.4% return on its investments in the second half, up from 1% in the same period last year.Net pensions assets increased to €22.8bn by the end of June, from €21.8bn at the end of December.Elo’s CIO Hanna Hiidenpalo, said: “The global investment market, especially the equity market, has yielded extremely good returns since March 2009. This has been the second-longest streak of good returns from investments since World War II.”In the reporting period, the US dollar weakened by almost 10% against the euro in the currency market, but “the share of Elo’s open currency risk of investments was kept at a moderate level”, Hiidenpalo said.Listed equities produced a return of 8.9% between January and June, Elo reported. Real estate generated 3.1%, but fixed income investments registered a loss of 1%.Elo said the new partial early old-age pension, which was introduced in Finland at the beginning of this year, had proved particularly popular. In the first six months since it was brought in, Elo said it had issued the new pension to to 1,536 customers.VER positive after strong equity, infrastructure gainsFinland’s State Pension Fund (VER) reported a 3.7% return on investments in the first half.Of its main asset classes, VER said listed equities gave a return of 6.9% and liquid fixed-income instruments generated 1.2%.VER said listed companies data had improved in the first six months of this year relative to 2016, and future prospects were felt to be quite bright.Real estate funds returned 0.4% and infrastructure investments yielded 6.6%, VER reported.At the end of June, fixed income instruments accounted for 43.7% of the pension fund’s portfolio, equities made up 44%, and other investments amounted to 9.5%.VER’s assets totalled €19.2bn at the end of June, up from €18.8bn at the end of December.The pension fund transferred €914m to the government budget in the first half – more than the €719m it received in pension contributions.“This gap between income and budget transfers will continue to grow year on year and slow down the growth of the fund,” it noted in the interim report.VER was established in 1990 to balance Finland’s state pension expenditure.The fund said that as of the start of this year, it would concentrate more and more on long-term outcomes and future prospects instead of quarterly reporting, but would continue posting quarterly figures and commentary on them as before. Finnish pensions insurance company Veritas has rolled back the equities weighting in its portfolio in response to high valuations.The company reported a 4.2% return on investments between January and June in its interim results, up from 0.9% in the same period last year. Equities performed the best out of all asset classes with an 8.3% return.Niina Bergring, Veritas CIO, said: “Shares are now valued at a relatively high level, and we should adjust our long-term return expectations accordingly.“We have therefore had a cautious line in our allocation to risky assets and have recently reduced the equity weighting.”last_img read more