Amundsen Sea Mollusca from the BIOPEARL II expedition

first_imgInformation regarding the molluscs in this dataset is based on the epibenthic sledge (EBS) samples collected during the cruise BIOPEARL II / JR179 RRS James Clark Ross in the austral summer 2008. A total of 35 epibenthic sledge deployments have been performed at five locations in the Amundsen Sea at Pine Island Bay (PIB) and the Amundsen Sea Embayment (ASE) at depths ranging from 476 to 3501m. This presents a unique and important collection for the Antarctic benthic biodiversity assessment as the Amundsen Sea remains one of the least known regions in Antarctica. Indeed the work presented in this dataset is based on the first benthic samples collected with an EBS in the Amundsen Sea. However we assume that the data represented are an underestimation of the real fauna present in the Amundsen Sea. In total 9261 specimens belonging to 6 classes 55 families and 97 morphospecies were collected. The species richness per station varied between 6 and 43. Gastropoda were most species rich 50 species followed by Bivalvia (37), Aplacophora (5), Scaphopoda (3) and one from each of Polyplacophora and Monoplacophora.last_img read more

Chestertons to post profits of £3 million for 2018, two years after making a loss

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Chestertons to post profits of £3 million for 2018, two years after making a loss previous nextAgencies & PeopleChestertons to post profits of £3 million for 2018, two years after making a lossCompany says profits doubled during 2018, helped by a strong performance from within the company’s London lettings business.Nigel Lewis21st January 201902,164 Views Profits at venerable London estate agency Chestertons doubled during 2018, the company has revealed.Based on its most recent accounts, this points to likely profits of £3 million last year on a turnover of £40 million or more, a substantial improvement on its much-publicised losses of £2.3 million only two years ago.In a statement released over the weekend Chestertons says strong performances by both its sales and lettings departments, alongside internal efforts to make the business more efficient, are the main drivers of its improved performance.The company has yet to publish its full accounts for 2018 but says its sizeable lettings division had a particularly good year increasing revenue by 9%, tenancies by 7% and number of managed properties by 10%.Sales divisionChestertons won’t say how well its sales division has performed, revealing only that revenues increased despite ‘challenging’ conditions over the past 12 months within the London market.The company also pins its increased profits on recently-appointed Managing Director Guy Gittins (pictured, above), who was promoted to the post in June after a five-year stint as Sales Director.Since then Gittins has invested in tech to improve the company’s internal processes and moved its HQ from Lower Thames Street in the City to its more prestigious offices near Marble Arch on Lower Connaught Street.“Chestertons is now entering 2019 in the strongest shape it has ever been and with last year’s success behind us, we have now stepped up the search for suitable acquisitions and are especially interested in lettings businesses that we could assimilate into our existing structure,” says Gittins.Read more about Chestertons.  guy gittins Chestertons January 21, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Harry Rich Professorship in Holocaust Studies (66167)

first_imgThe Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida, Collegeof Liberal Arts and Sciences, seeks outstanding applicants to fillthe Harry Rich Professorship in Holocaust Studies beginning August16, 2021. The position is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-accruingappointment at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professorlevel. The successful candidate is expected to enhance the Center’sundergraduate curriculum and advance graduate training in the areaof Holocaust and East European Jewish studies. Research must focuson the Holocaust with an emphasis on Eastern Europe. Candidatesmust develop a course on the resurgence of antisemitism and theerosion of democracy. The professorship includes an endowment topromote original research and program development. The salary iscompetitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience,and includes a full benefits package.Applicants are encouraged to visit the center’s website https://jst.ufl.edu/ to learn more aboutthe Center for Jewish Studies.The Center for Jewish Studies particularly welcomes applicants whocan contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through theirscholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Pleasesee https://diversity.clas.ufl.edu/diversity-statement/for more information about diversity and inclusion in the Collegeof Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university and greaterGainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events,restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and socialopportunities.A Ph.D. is required. Discipline and field are open.For full consideration, applications must be submitted online athttp://apply.interfolio.com/80331and must include: (1) a letter of application summarizing theapplicant’s qualifications, interests, and suitability for theposition, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statementon teaching and research goals, (4) three confidential letters ofrecommendation sent on their behalf to their Interfolio submissionpacket, and (5) two writing samples of the applicant’s workappropriate to this position.Applications will be reviewed beginning December 14, 2020, and theposition will remain open until filled. Only complete applicationswill be reviewed at this time. Applications received after thisdate may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/orhiring authority. For additional information feel free to contactJack Kugelmass, search committee chair, via email:[email protected] candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEW#S: Owensboro Health Hands Out More Than $700,000 In Grants

first_imgOwensboro Health Hands Out More Than $700,000 In GrantsAUGUST 10TH, 2017  BRITNEY TAYLOR KENTUCKY, OWENSBOROOwensboro Health is giving out nearly $700,000 in grants to organizations throughout the area. The goal of these grants is to help support projects involved in healthcare with improving healthcare locally as a priority.The money is going to all kinds of groups that serve people of all ages.One promising program brings kids from high schools in Daviess County into a special track that helps them prepare for future careers in medicine from doctors and surgeons to nurses and dentists.This year, the grants went to support more than 38 projects throughout the area.For more information, visit Owensboro Health.totaling $696,866FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Milder weather improves February footfall figures

first_imgHigh street footfall increased by 2.7% in February in comparison to a year ago, the strongest growth since December 2011.As reported in the latest Footfall Monitor from the British Retail Consortium and Springboard, the provider of automated customer counting services, overall footfall last month was 0.8% higher than a year ago, and an improvement on January’s 4.6% drop in figures.Both shopping centre and out-of-town locations experienced a fall in footfall, by 1.6% and 1.5% respectively.Helen Dickinson, director general at the BRC, said: “This is a respectable result, which tallies with the signs of gradual improvement shown in our February sales figures. Even though overall footfall is only marginally up on last year, the signs are that conversion rates were good. New ranges gave shoppers a spring in their step and end-of-season promotions also proved popular.”She added that milder weather last month, in comparison to February 2012 which saw flurries of snow, was a “sure-fire factor” behind high streets posting their best footfall results for the last 15 months. However, Dickinson added it was only the third occasion during the last 12 months in which rates had edged over zero.“Retailers will be hoping that Wednesday’s Budget delivers concrete measures to build on this boost and put more money in people’s pockets,” she said.Diane Wehrle, research director at Springboard, said: “Footfall on the high street increased annually in February – the first annual increase since November last year and the largest increase in a single month since December 2011. Conversely, footfall in shopping centres and retail parks declined annually.“The disparity could be explained by the recent decline in multiples being primarily located in shopping centres and retail parks, with high streets offering a wider diversity. For the high street, one swallow does not make a summer, but these results might hint at the green shoots of recovery, or at least some stabilisation in the current environment.”last_img read more

moe. Debuts New Originals, Spreads Holiday Cheer At The Capitol Theatre [Full Audio/Videos]

first_imgBeloved jam band moe. took to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night, playing their first-ever Famoe.ly Holiday Show at the renowned venue. Though this was their first holiday concert, the band’s 2002 album Seasons Greetings From moe. is a prime example of the band’s penchant for spreading that December cheer. Naturally, a number of songs from that album, as well as some new tunes, big jams and more were all on display.The show started aptly with “New York City,” an ode to the fans who made the trip out to Port Chester from the city. They brought out a holiday favorite next, “Linus & Lucy”, before digging into a “Head > ZOZ > Head” sandwich. Another Seasons Greetings track “Oh Hanukkah” came next, before the band debuted a new Al Schnier song called “Angel.” They closed out the first set with a rocking “Recreational Chemistry,” bringing some expert improvisation to the table.Watch the official video for “New York City”, streaming below.The second set was filled with more goodies, opening with “Puebla” before playing a new Jim Loughlin tune called “Don’t Wanna Be.” The band then included another Seasons track, “Carol Of The Bells,” keeping the energy high with a great performance. There was also another new song debut, a Rob Derhak tune tentatitvely titled “Prestige Worldwide.” They also finished off the second set with a wild “Four > Buster”, bringing some sheer excitement to the venue.Watch the official video for “Puebla”, streaming below.With time left for an encore, moe. returned and debuted a new holiday tune in “Father Christmas” by The Kinks. They closed out the show with a bust out, playing “We’re A Couple Of Misfits” from the Seasons Greetings album for the first time in a few years. What a performance!Check out a full audio recording below, as taped by Brian V.moe. will be back in Port Chester this afternoon with an acoustic brunchtime performance. They’ll return at the end of the month for a two-night New Year’s run in Missoula, MT, and have already announced two major tours for 2017. You can see the setlist and full tour schedule below.Setlist: moe. | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/3/16Set One: New York City, Linus & Lucy, Head > ZOZ > Head, Oh Hanukkah, Angel, Recreational ChemistrySet Two: Puebla > Don’t Wanna Be, Carol Of The Bells > Downward Facing Dog, Rob’s Song, Four > BusterEncore: Father Christmas, We’re A Couple Of Misfitsmoe. Tour DatesDec 30-31: The Wilma – Missoula, MTJan 19th: Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FLJan 20-25: Jam Cruise 15 – Norwegian Pearl – SOLD OUTJan 26: Jannus Live- St. Petersburg, FLJan 27: The Plaza Live – Orlando, FLJan 28th: Georgia Theatre – Athens, GAJan 31st: Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TNFeb 2nd: Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PAFeb 3rd: Higher Ground – South Burlington, VTFeb 4th: Calvin Theatre – Northampton, MAFeb 17th: Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TNFeb 18th: Iron City Birmingham – Birmingham, ALFeb 19th: Sweetwater Brewery – Atlanta, GAMar 4th: F Shed At The Market – Syracuse, NYMar 30th: Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJMar 31st: College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CTApr 1st: The Paramount – Huntington, NYApr 5-8: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MAApr 27th: Le Petit Theatre – New Orleans, LAApr 28-29: The Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA (w/ Turkuaz)last_img read more

All-Star Jerry Garcia Birthday Band Reunites For 2 Nights In Vail, CO [Video]

first_imgLast August, Red Rocks Amphitheater hosted a special celebration in honor of Jerry Garcia‘s 75th birthday. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” featured performances by both Bob Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band; a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones as well as Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton, and Duane Trucks; and a surprise appearance from John Mayer. With all that talent on the stage, perhaps the biggest stars were the collection of Jerry Garcia’s guitars, including his Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, and two Travis Bean axes that were present, which Hamilton had the distinct honor of playing.This weekend, the majority of the same all-star cast of musicians reunited to honor the late and great Captain Trips. Dubbed the Jerry Garcia Birthday Band, Dead and Company bassist Oteil Burbridge, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Ghost Light guitarist Tom Hamilton, Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, as well as longtime Jerry Garcia Band members keyboardist Melvin Seals and vocalists Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch joined forces at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado, this past Saturday and Sunday.Thankfully, there’s lots of video from the weekend to enjoy, including full show video from Saturday’s raging performance that you can watch below.Jerry Garcia Birthday Band-Full Show Video-8/17/2018[Video: HDLt00b]Jerry Garcia Birthday Band-“Uncle John’s Band”-8/17/2018[Video: sweetsweethickory]Jerry Garcia Birthday Band-“The Harder They Come”-8/18/2018[Video: nugsnet]Jerry Garcia Birthday Band-“St. Stephen”-8/18/2018[Video: nugsnet]last_img read more

Dark Star Jubilee Announces Chris Robinson, Lukas Nelson, Billy Strings & More For 2019 Lineup

first_imgThe eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019. Dark Star Orchestra, the festival host band, will perform three full, two-set shows over the Memorial Day weekend.Celebrating their 21st anniversary this week, Dark Star Orchestra has been a fan-favorite Grateful Dead-inspired act since its inception in 1997. They are well-known road dogs, extensively and regularly touring the country and bringing their exacting recreations of specific Grateful Dead shows to the masses. The Dark Star Jubilee is an extension of DSO’s dedication to Grateful Dead fans, as they bring together an impressive lineup of artists to play more than 24 hours of music with no overlapping sets.The full Dark Star Jubilee lineup includes Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, and The Mighty Pines. More artists are expected to be announced in the coming months.Dark Star Jubilee tickets go on sale Friday, November 16th at 10 am ET. Complete ticket options with pricing are available here.last_img read more

Looking ahead, informed by where he’s been

first_img Related Choctaw Nation’s Burrage thrives at Harvard Joseph P. Gone, the new faculty director of the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), is a 1992 graduate of Harvard College who returned to the University last year as professor of anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of global health and social medicine in the Faculty of Medicine. He assumed this new post in July.Hailing from Montana, Gone is an interdisciplinary social scientist with both theoretical and applied interests who has spent the last 25 years working with indigenous communities to rethink community-based mental health services, and to harness traditional culture and spirituality for advancing indigenous well-being. Most recently, Gone, who is a member of the Aaniiih-Gros Ventre tribe, directed the Native American Studies Program at the University of Michigan. In 2014, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is currently a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Gazette recently sat down with Gone to discuss the challenges and goals of his new role.Q&AJoseph GoneGAZETTE: You were a student here in the 1990s so I’m wondering whether you think that experience will influence your work as the new HUNAP director.GONE: Yes, absolutely. When I was here as an undergraduate [Gone later did predoctoral training through Harvard Medical School at McLean Hospital], I was interested in connecting to other native students, yet there was a very small undergraduate native student body at the time, much smaller than it is now. I was an older College student, too, as I had served in the U.S. Army, so I connected to some of the native graduate students on campus. At that time, they congregated at Read House, which encompassed the Native American Program through the Graduate School of Education. I found a wonderful group of folks there. I learned a lot from them, and I got involved in the things for which they were advocating. Primary among those issues was getting the Native American Program out from underneath the education umbrella and into a broader Harvard-wide status that was more inclusive of all of our interests. We held a pipe ceremony at the time to inaugurate our efforts to try and get this done, and we started meeting with President [Neil] Rudenstine, and we made our case. Not long after I graduated, what would become HUNAP was inaugurated as a University-wide program under the auspices of the Provost’s Office, a development that has been very important to the program’s longevity and growth.GAZETTE: You were hired as professor of anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of global health and social medicine in the Faculty of Medicine in 2018, and then, Dennis Norman stepped down as director of HUNAP. Did you have a sense that the HUNAP director role might be a next step for you?GONE: When I was recruited to be a faculty member here last year, it certainly hadn’t occurred to me. I was new here, and I was trying to get my research program established and learn my new departments. I’m a psychologist, but I’m now based in a department of anthropology and social medicine — all of this is new for me. So when I was notified to come meet the provost, and he proposed this to me I thought, “Wow, is now the right time for me to do this? Can I get my sea legs first?” But it’s all worked out, and I’m really excited to get the chance to facilitate the setting of a vision for what HUNAP can become over these next years.GAZETTE: You’ve just begun your work at HUNAP, but what are some of your initial goals for the program?GONE: There’s a real wealth of opportunity here. Initially, I’m hopeful that we can facilitate a process among the four native studies faculty who arrived last year, and some who have already been here teaching, to collectively figure out what HUNAP should look like. I’m hard at work to come up to speed with all that HUNAP is doing, and to figure out how to build on its successes and navigate its challenges. We have three fantastic staff members who have been here for years, which is going to help us a lot through this process.GAZETTE: Do you have any specific program ideas you’re considering?GONE: One thing we can do more of, I think, is to sponsor and support academic-scholarly research. We have to figure out exactly what that looks like. Certainly, that includes not just some of our own programming which is driven by the faculty members who already engage in native and indigenous studies, but also trying to elicit, seed, and invest in other faculty projects around the University — in native health in the teaching hospitals, for example. How do we coordinate and consolidate and build on efforts from folks in Harvard’s Schools and units who have already been doing a lot, with sometimes a little, and who have been making strong commitments to advancing knowledge about indigenous peoples and improving Indian lives?GAZETTE: Tell us more about the four new faculty members on campus you expect to have a role in shaping HUNAP’s future.GONE: There were four faculty in 2018, including myself, who arrived to Harvard with Native American and indigenous studies interests. Phil Deloria, in the Department of History, is an eminent senior scholar in Native American studies, and in the year since I’ve been back at Harvard he’s been visible all over campus. Phil is a fantastically capable and accomplished ambassador for Native American studies on campus and of course around the world. My partner Tiya Miles. Phil recruited and hired both of us at Michigan, years and years ago, in 2002, where we together built a Native American studies program. Tiya’s work is at the intersection of black and native lives historically with an emphasis on slavery, pre-Civil War. Shawon Kinew, in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, is teaching a class this year in the Peabody Museum, which centers around some historical portraits of native people there. And we join some wonderful people who are already on the faculty — Matt Liebmann and Dan Carpenter, just to name two.GAZETTE: You didn’t mention your own research interest, which is particularly fascinating in how it exists at the intersection of culture, coloniality, and well-being in indigenous communities. Tell us more about your work.GONE: Psychology is a very big discipline; it ranges from brain science to philosophical questions of what it means to be human. There’s a lot of room to move, and this was important to me early on in my career because I both wanted to be relevant to improving people’s lives, but also, I like ideas, and I wanted to be able to grapple with ideas seriously and substantively. I received my doctorate in clinical-community psychology, which is this interesting hybrid of two subfields in the discipline, clinical being concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental health problems, and community psychology being a renegade breakaway effort and critique of clinical psychology, which alleged that the medical model, in broad terms, was too limiting on what psychologists had to contribute to the betterment of society. “Native students at Harvard, and broadly in higher education, need to be armed with the mindset that they made the cut, that Harvard can be their place too, and then, like all students, they have to find a way to make it their own.” GONE: Native students at Harvard, and broadly in higher education, need to be armed with the mindset that they made the cut, that Harvard can be their place too, and then, like all students, they have to find a way to make it their own. I want HUNAP to be there to help them through this process. We want students to be able to contact us with questions or concerns and to be as open as possible. To tell us what we can do to be helpful, in times of crisis even, because we’re here to listen, and we’re here to help facilitate accessing anything that could help them to thrive as students. That’s our most important goal. HUNAP also has a responsibility to be proactive in how we think about serving our community. This includes supporting the “Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II” course at the Kennedy School that allows students to take on a consultant role for a tribal community and to travel out there as part of the course and prepare either a policy brief or research background summary in consultation with a tribal government or a tribal entity. HUNAP also sponsors a powwow every April, with, and on behalf of, the students. A powwow is a dance celebration that has long been intertribal, and so it pulls the native community together from this region — from Boston but also folks outside of Boston. The students are the main constituency for that. And of course, people with expertise in Indian issues come through HUNAP all the time, and we often pull together events quickly for students. The United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages is ongoing. A grant that several HUNAP affiliates obtained sponsors activities related to that. As we all know, Harvard students are famously overcommitted, and engaging their time and gaining their attention is not always easy either. We hope the activities, services, and space we provide, for native students and those interested in native studies alike, attract a strong community to HUNAP.Interview was edited for clarity and condensed for space. A colorful figure From Oklahoma to Cambridge, Truman Burrage brought his fervor with him center_img Dennis Norman plans to spend retirement helping improve the lives of his Native American brethren Community psychology suggests that empowering clients and changing settings so that people can thrive can be more important than tinkering with their psychodynamics; that trying to develop resources to cultivate citizen engagement can be more effective than merely medicalizing and treating individuals. This perspective is particularly helpful in Indian country because Indian peoples are colonized, formerly colonized, or post-colonial peoples. We have a long history of subjugation, dispossession, and impoverishment that puts us at risk for certain kinds of mental health conditions; the ones that are really rampant are of course addiction, the aftermath of violence, PTSD, trauma, and suicide. These are classified in psychiatry’s handbook in different ways, but in Indian country they’re probably best understood as post-colonial conditions. So the question becomes: How can we be helpful to Indian people grappling with these concerns without reproducing the kinds of colonial relations that gave rise to them to begin with? How do we take culture into account, and think outside of current paradigms to at least begin to question what are the assumptions and presumptions of the mental health profession?GAZETTE: Can you unpack that a little for us?GONE: Let’s take a basic example when it comes to psychotherapy — the presumed relevance of talk as a therapeutic activity. Therapeutic talk is of course self-reflective; it requires a willingness to explore one’s interiority, and to communicate what one finds through language and related forms of self-expression. I would suggest to you that most of the world’s population is not particularly psychologically minded in that way. Obviously, psychological-mindedness has arrived with modernity and it has diffused widely, globally, and has circulated in many ways, and maybe soon most of the world will be psychologically-minded. But I’m not sure it is yet, and we can’t assume that Indian people are that way. And if we don’t assume that, then we need to understand that there’s some large swath of the Native American population who are, in a sense, being socialized into psychological-mindedness through therapy.GAZETTE: In what other ways does culture play a role?GONE: What I call in my work the “postcolonial predicament” for Indian mental health services is the simple fact that on the one hand we suffer from “mental health” conditions at alarming rates, but on the other hand, available services are not necessarily commensurate with who we are and where we’re at relative to therapeutic benefit. Figuring out what to do about that has been the focus of my research for 25 years. I try to tinker and refine psychotherapy to work with native community members, or even re-envision what therapeutic activity looks like altogether, starting with incorporating native traditions, indigenous therapeutic traditions, healing of various kinds, and figuring out how to make these traditions a relevant part of service delivery rather than, we might say, taking an established form of psychotherapy and “dressing” it in beads and feathers and hoping Native Americans buy into it. What’s at stake here is about who we are as beings; it’s about what it means to be human in a certain fashion or a certain modality. Native people, because we’re a postcolonial population, have a vocal tradition of wanting to look back to tradition and indigeneity for planning our futures. Everywhere you go in Indian country there’s this concern with the valorization of the traditional and a return to tradition as an important resource for our recovery, for our future prosperity, and for our future self-determination.GAZETTE: Would you provide an example of a project incorporating Indian tradition in a new therapeutic approach?GONE: One project I undertook in partnership with community members in the Blackfeet Nation of Montana is called the Blackfeet Culture Camp. I went into a residential program there that’s templated out like lots of other addiction treatment programs where clients who are struggling with addiction can come and live for 30, 60, 90, 120 days at a time, and they’re behind locked doors at night, and they go to group sessions all day, for long hours at a time. I went to the administration and staff and asked them: “What would it look like if instead of providing conventional addiction therapy as usual, you started with Blackfeet therapeutic tradition, and tried to come up with an alternative which would suit clients here more readily?” We began to blueprint out an idea. They had a cultural counselor there, a guy named Danny Edwards, who was plugged into a local group of neo-traditionalists called the Crazy Dog Society, who are overtly committed to re-establishing what they called the old Blackfeet religion. And with his help, over the course of a couple of years, we came up with the Blackfeet Culture Camp, which took addiction clients in the summertime out to live like their prereservation ancestors did. This meant setting up tepees, learning how to harvest traditional plants, learning about sacred sites in the area, such as Chief Mountain, which is very sacred to the Blackfeet people. We practiced pipe ceremonies, sweat lodge ceremonies, types of ceremonial practices that are understood by the Blackfeet and most indigenous peoples as circulating life. To the Blackfeet, it’s the circulation of life that drives out infirmity, disability, and poverty.You know, when we planned all of this out, it sounded great, but I had no idea if we could pull this off in part because it wasn’t addiction staff who were going to run the camp, it was these Blackfeet traditional society members who had to put this on, because they knew about the cultural traditions. But we did pull it off — we were able to help inspire a self-determined effort to engage Blackfeet people with addiction in therapeutic activities.GAZETTE: Speaking of creating community, you mentioned that HUNAP has a large role to play in helping create a place for the community of native students at Harvard. What are some of the challenges that these students face?GONE: Native students in higher education are young people who in many instances have overcome long odds to be here. I say “many instances” because you have to remember that Indian country is a diffuse place, and there’s a lot of diversity class-wise. But in terms of that diversity there is certainly a swath of Indian students who come here who have overcome long odds to be here and whose potential is almost limitless. I think what native students in these situations contend with has to do with support that other students take for granted but that they may not have. They may come from families or households that don’t have a lot of money, that have endured domestic chaos of various kinds. Many have exposure to trauma and tragedies that most students don’t have to contend with. And then they arrive at a place where there’s incredible wealth and privilege, and they immediately feel totally out of place because of it. Maybe even deficient. The danger of course is that they feel that they are singularly disadvantaged relative to some model Harvard student when in fact Harvard students are actually more diverse than they might realize. I think in this respect, the real danger for them is this psychological danger of thinking that they’re somehow less-than, or deficient, that they are vulnerable to being told, whether directly or indirectly, that they’re only here because they’re native (or low-income, or something else).GAZETTE: How do you hope to help address these issues? Professor reckons with his family’s history in a study of his talented, if eccentric, relative’s art The lessons he learned from the class he taughtlast_img read more

Iran’s hard-line parliament rejects president’s budget draft

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament has rejected a budget bill proposed by the country’s relatively moderate president, the latest win by the hard-liners in the house. The move is part of a political struggle between moderates and conservative hard-liners ahead of June elections, which hard-liners hope to win. Iranian state TV report said that of the 261 lawmakers who were present in the 290-seat parliament on Tuesday, 148 voted against the bill while 99 lawmakers backed it. The rest abstained. The hard-liners and opponents of President Hassan Rouhani say the proposed budget is unrealistic, lacks transparency and would cause high inflation.last_img