For those with a head for history

first_img 13A paste-jewelry tiara worn by famed nineteenth-century actress Leonora Bradley in an 1891 production of “Jeanne d’Arc,” Harvard Theatre Collection. (Houghton Library) 6A hat worn by actress and dancer Katharine Sergava Sznycer in an undated production of “The Threepenny Opera.” A 1971 gift to the Harvard Theatre Collection. (Houghton Library) 9American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Hat, from the collection of American activist Charlotte Bunch. (Schlesinger Library) 11A junior varsity crew hat, 1942. (Harvard University Archives) 18A World War II Army Nurse Corps garrison cap, circa 1944, from the Hildegard E. Peplau collection. (Schlesinger Library) 5A class of 1950 reunion hat, 1960. (Harvard University Archives) 1A straw Panama hat bought at the Harvard Coop by T.S. Eliot. The $5 price tag is still affixed. (Houghton Library) 8A red crew hat owned by Henry Forster, Class of 1911. (Harvard University Archives) 16A World War II Army Nurse Corps garrison cap, circa 1944, from the Hildegard E. Peplau collection. She served in the war. (Schlesinger Library) 3A dark brown suede cowboy hat, signature headgear of lawyer, feminist, and civil rights activist Florynce Kennedy, 1916-2000. (Schlesinger Library) 12A beribboned woman’s boater from the Harvard Theatre Collection’s W.S. (William Schwenck) Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan realia, 1879-2001. (Houghton Library)center_img 4A camouflage ball cap with 15 pins, worn by American mathematician Alice Turner Schafer when she climbed the Great Wall of China in the 1990s. (Schlesinger Library) 14Matching homemade Class of 1915 reunion beanies, a gift from Emanuel Benjamin Friedberg, Class of 1915, (and MD 1920). The letters are rendered in adhesive tape. (Harvard University Archives) 10National Women’s Conference hat, 1977, from the collection of Charlotte Bunch. (Schlesinger Library) 7A nurse’s cap with pins and buttons, circa 1930, from the collection of nursing theorist Hildegard E. Peplau. (Schlesinger Library) 15A Harvard Theatre Collection helmet used by the actress Julia Arthur in a 1924 production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan.” The touring role, over two seasons (1924-1926), was her last, after a career that began in 1879. (Houghton Library) Hats, hats, hats. How do we love thee?Certainly, for one, we love headgear — and have for millennia — by their cornucopia of names. We appreciate the aesthetics, protection, and ritual of the ball cap, beanie, bearskin, beaver, beret, boater, bonnet, and busby. We love the caubeen, cloche, cocked hat, coonskin, fedora, fez, gat, helmet, Homburg, kufi, and kepi.We esteem the mortarboard, Panama, pillbox, plug, plush, and porkpie. We glory in the shako, skimmer, slouch, snood, Stetson, stovepipe, and top hat. We are mindful of the toque, trilby, tricorne, turban, and the wimple.And our euphonious names for hat parts roll off the tongue: crown, peak, plume, visor, brim, sweatband and hatband, bond, bow, liner, crease, roll, front dip, and vamp.For a sense of Harvard’s history of hats, begin with the cover that went on once and will never come off: the scholar’s skullcap that tops the John Harvard Statue. (Look closely.) Or visit any number of Harvard repositories, where neat boxes of collected hats rest on shelves.At the Harvard University Archives, there are freshman beanies from a century ago, reunion hats with loopy script like the iced writing on wedding cakes, and a 1911 crew hat that looks as fresh as when it came off the shelf at James W. Brine Co., a Harvard Square outfitter of that era. At Schlesinger Library, many artifacts are kept in boxes stored in the old basement swimming pool. Archived head covers include Florynce Kennedy’s suede cowboy hat; demure nurses’ caps from the 1930s, folded like origami; and Army nurse garrison head gear from World War II.T.S. Eliot’s John B. Stetson “genuine Panama” is logged at Houghton Library as MS Am 2820. It appears unworn and the Coop price tag, $5, still dangles from the liner. In other boxes there are Gilbert & Sullivan costume hats, a woman’s boater, a clutch of powdered wigs, a feathered and florid Three Penny Opera bonnet that looks like a slain game bird, a paste-gem tiara from 1891, and a Joan of Arc helmet from 1924, complete with visor and neckpiece of mail. Said associate librarian Susan C. Pyzynski, “I don’t know where the sword is.” 2A freshman beanie donated by John Hall Howe, Class of 1903, grandson of Julia Ward Howe. (Harvard University Archives) 17A tan suede cowboy hat worn by Florynce Kennedy. (Schlesinger Library) 19Girl Scout hat from the collection of Charlotte Bunch. (Schlesinger Library).last_img read more

The Spice Girls of Henry VIII

first_imgWouldn’t you rather be remembered for how you lived than how you died? That’s the guiding spirit behind “Six,” coming to the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Aug. 21–Sept. 29. The fast-paced musical reimagines the six queens of England’s King Henry VIII as girl-power pop stars, taking up microphones to sing about the lives they led before they were reduced to the simple mnemonic (recited during the show) “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.”Created by Cambridge University students Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the strikingly modern take on 16th-century English history aims to reveal the fighting spirit behind Queens Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. Appropriately, say the playwrights, the 75-minute musical, which at the A.R.T. will feature choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, orchestration by Tim Curran, music direction by Roberta Duchak, and stage direction by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, began, in part, as a vehicle for empowerment. The production is bound for Broadway after its limited Cambridge run.The original impetus for “Six” was to create something specifically for the annual Edinburgh festival. (The show then went on to London’s West End, where it would be nominated for five Olivier Awards, and this summer opened in Chicago as well.) To create a production that would stand out, said Marlow, the friends — who were then studying for final exams — decided they should focus on a famous subject (Shakespeare’s women were considered), popular music, and something that played with the form of the musical. Beyond that, though, “We really cared about representation,” said Marlow. “Something that had an entirely or majority female and nonbinary cast, because we have so many friends who are talented and funny and brilliant.”,Marlow suggested the six wives, most of whom were killed or discarded as Henry became increasingly desperate for a male heir. (Seymour, his third queen, died shortly after giving birth to his only legitimate son to survive infancy, Edward.) Although Moss was initially reluctant, a little digging revealed aspects of the women’s lives and personalities that had parallels in the contemporary singing and dancing celebrities the playwrights hoped to cast, giving the project relevance.“Actually, the wives had a lot of agency,” even as they were subject to the machinations of their powerful families and the king, Moss said. Henry’s first queen, Catherine of Aragon, served as regent while Henry was in France. During that time, “She won a battle against Scotland,” Moss said. Henry’s first wife also used her personal connections and considerable influence to make her case with the pope when Henry wanted to divorce her. By doing so, said Moss, she “essentially forced Henry to break with the church.”“Put in a certain position, they played their hands smartly,” or as well as they could, she said.History, and the king, ultimately cast the women as rivals. But the show gives its singing, dancing queens a second chance at royal sisterhood, having the leads finally band together in song. That, too, is rooted in history, say the playwrights, even if it is less well known.“There were quite a lot of times when they were supporting each other,” said Moss. “Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard were really good friends, and Anne of Cleves took her under her wing. Jane Seymour was a lady-in-waiting for Catherine of Aragon.” Parr, the first English queen to publish a book under her own name, “had all-female study groups,” Marlow noted.To bring these figures to life and to personify their particularly feminine power, the team turned to female superstars. “I love all pop stars,” said Marlow. “I have a deep-rooted admiration for them” — particularly Beyoncé, whom he called “an influence on everything I’ve ever done.” However, a full range of musical talent plays into the queens’ songs, which draw inspiration from Alicia Keys, Adele, and Jennifer Lopez as well as Queen Bey.“It was really fun to match up the queen with the pop stars,” said Marlow. “And then use the different genres of pop music to show the influences” of the queens on each other.“Like, we wanted Catherine of Aragon to have a really strong opening number,” explained Moss. She had the most Beyoncé in her, explained Marlow. At other times, the duo took a counterintuitive approach. For Anne Boleyn, Moss said, “We wanted something really disarming, where we laugh at the way historians see her as really calculating. Something fun-loving and chilled out like Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, or Avril Lavigne.”Moss said the pairings work because so many experiences are universal. “It was quite fun ’cause we’re resetting so much” — writing about family squabbles and jealousy, power struggles, and sexism. “And then we would be like, ‘Wow, that’s such a thing that happens today!’”For ticket information and additional performance dates, visit the A.R.T. website.last_img read more

Trump Criticism Aside, Governors Call For More Federal Help

first_imgImage via Joyce N. Boghosian / The White House / — A chorus of governors from both parties pushed back hard after President Donald Trump accused Democrats of playing “a very dangerous political game” by insisting there is a shortage of tests for the coronavirus. The governors countered that the White House must do more to help states do the testing that’s needed before they can ease up on stay-at-home orders.Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said the current federal effort “really is not good enough if we’re going to be able to start to open our economy. We cannot do that safely without the tests in place.”Supply shortages have stymied U.S. testing for weeks. The needs range from basic supplies like swabs and protective gear to highly specialized laboratory chemicals needed to analyze patient results. Hospitals, laboratories and state health departments report scouring the globe to secure orders, competing against each other and their peers abroad.The governors’ plea for stepped-up coordination came Monday when the Trump administration again provided discordant messaging: Trump blasted state leaders on Twitter for being too dependent on federal government and said later that some governors just didn’t understand what they had, while Vice President Mike Pence assured governors the government was working around-the-clock to help them ramp up testing. Pence sought to soften the administration’s message amid growing clamor from both parties for a national testing strategy to help secure testing swabs, chemical reagents and other crucial supplies.“When it comes to testing, we’re here to help,” Pence told governors during a video conference from the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Associated Press obtained audio of the call.Pence said the administration sent each state a detailed list Monday of testing capacity. But Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said much of the unused lab machinery listed for his state was in federal labs the state does not have access to. Pence said the administration has agreed to open up federal labs to help states.Hogan announced Monday that the state had received 500,000 tests from South Korea — a “game-changing” deal negotiated by his wife, Yumi Hogan, who grew up outside Seoul.“They want the states to take the lead, and we have to go out and do it ourselves, and so that’s exactly what we did,” Hogan said.Trump didn’t take that lying down. In his daily briefing, he said some governors have “more capacity than they understand.”“The governor of Maryland could have called Mike Pence, could have saved a lot of money,” Trump said. “I don’t think he needed to go to South Korea. He needed to get a little knowledge.”In Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said his state is working with another federal agency, the Food and Drug Administration, to find a source of reagent, the chemical used to analyze test results. “A lot of good things are going on, but we’re not there yet,” DeWine said.Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said his state received 5,000 nasal swabs Monday from FEMA — evidence the federal government is listening. But he added, “It doesn’t get us far enough.”In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the states should take the lead on testing but it’s up to the federal government to help sort out supply chain issues facing testing manufacturers.“What the states will run into is when you talk to those labs … they buy machines and equipment from national manufacturers,” said Cuomo, who is expected to meet with Trump at the White House Tuesday. “And those labs can only run as many tests as the national manufacturers provide them chemicals, reagents and lab kits.”Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said, “We need the reagents, we need the test kits and I think that’s the sort of general cry from other states.”As Pence spoke with the governors, Trump took to Twitter with a more combative tone than his vice president, complaining that the “radical left” and “Do Nothing Democrats” were playing politics with their complaints about a lack of tests.“Now they scream ….‘Testing, Testing, Testing,’ again playing a very dangerous political game,” Trump tweeted. “States, not the Federal Government, should be doing the Testing – But we will work with the Governors and get it done.”Public health experts say the country needs to dramatically increase its testing infrastructure if it is going to safely roll back restrictions and reopen businesses without risking a major spike in infections.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that the country is currently running about 1.5 million to 2 million tests per week. But, “we really need to get up to, at least, you know, maybe two times that, three times that.”The White House said the Pentagon is finalizing negotiations with a Maine medical company to ramp up production of nasal swabs under the Defense Production Act. An Ohio manufacturer of cotton swabs has also agreed to convert its facilities to allow for 10 million testing swabs per month.Testing was an issue on Capitol Hill, too, where the administration and Congress were inching toward agreement on an aid package of more than $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money. The deal is expected to add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing, as well.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. 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Daniel Radcliffe Wants You to Keep Your Phones on at Privacy

first_img Privacy Don’t tell Patti LuPone; off-Broadway’s Privacy begins performances on July 5 and is going totally rogue when it comes to theater etiquette. As the (potentially naked) star Daniel Radcliffe revealed on Late Night with Seth Meyers on June 20, the play encourages audience participation. “There’s a lot of interactions that go on onstage that we want people to be able to be a part of and play along,” he said. “There’s a poll. You can email stuff to us during the show. If we pull it off, it’s gonna be very cool.” You’ve got our attention, Radcliffe—even with our cell phones out! Check out the full clip below! Star Files Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Daniel Radcliffe Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Daniel Radcliffelast_img read more

Greece plans $5.9 billion investment to fund transition away from coal power by 2028

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Greece will spend 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) to offset the impact of ditching coal in power generation by 2028 and cutting carbon emissions in line with European Union climate targets by 2050, a government official said on Wednesday. Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis told reporters the total will include state money, funds from the European Union and loans from the European Investment Bank The funds will be spent on infrastructure projects, subsidies to new businesses, and training, to help western Macedonia and Megalopoli in Southern Peloponnese switch to green energy, agriculture and tourism. Those regions are the main suppliers of the cheap and abundant lignite resources Greece has relied on for power generation for more than half a century.Greece’s conservative government, which took over last year, has pledged to switch off 80% of state utility Public Power Corp’s coal capacity by 2023 to reduce its carbon footprint.Hatzidakis also said that some 16 private investments in renewables and other activities are in the pipeline and are expected to help create more than 8,000 jobs in western Macedonia and Megalopoli. Greece will also consider tax incentives to new businesses in the affected areas to support local communities, he said.Investments include a plan by PPC to build solar parks in Western Macedonia with generating capacity of 2.3 gigawatts, and a 130 million euro solar power project by Hellenic Petroleum in the same region..PPC has already shut two coal units with a total capacity of 550 megawatts in Macedonia and will switch off the remaining 10 by 2023. Another plant it is building in Ptolemaida, northern Greece, will operate using coal until 2028, after which it will switch to a different fuel.[Angeliki Koutantou]More: Greece to spend five billion euros to phase out coal by 2028 Greece plans $5.9 billion investment to fund transition away from coal power by 2028last_img read more

Spain Breaks Up Major Drug Trafficking Network

first_imgBy Dialogo April 20, 2009 Spanish police said they had dismantled a major drug-smuggling network in the northwestern Galicia region, a key entry point for South American cocaine into Europe. Police arrested 34 people and seized 12 speed boats, two yachts, two fishing boats, along with cranes, tractors and lorries. The leader of the group, identified only by his nickname “Patoco”, died last November after putting in place “the maritime infrastructure necessary” to allow the traffickers “to transport the drugs by sea across the Atlantic,” police said in a statement. With its maze of coves, caves and inlets that dot its undeveloped coastline, Galicia has long been a smuggler’s paradise. Spain’s proximity to north Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it an important gateway for international drug dealers. Spanish customs agents seized nearly 22 tonnes of cocaine in 2008, compared to 25 tonnes in 2007. Seizures of hashish rose to 212 tonnes from 171 tonnes.last_img read more

Rio Police On Alert After Deadly Drug Violence

first_imgBy Dialogo October 19, 2009 Brazil deployed an extra 4,500 police Sunday as deadly clashes with drug traffickers brought down a police helicopter and left 17 people dead over the weekend in 2016 Olympics host city Rio. Jose Mariano Beltrame, Rio de Janeiro state’s security chief, told reporters reinforcements were sent in from outlying areas in an effort to calm tensions in the city’s sprawling, impoverished hillside favelas. Rio’s win to host the 2016 Olympic Games, the first ever to be held in South America, is a serious challenge for the city, hit by endemic urban violence. Some 6,000 people were murdered here in 2008 alone. Saturday marked a bloody first as two police were killed when drug dealers shot down their helicopter in the Macacos slum near Maracana stadium, where the 2014 soccer World Cup games and the 2016 Olympics will kick off. The aircraft exploded shortly after landing and only two policemen — including the pilot — were able to get out in time. The other two passengers burnt to death. After the helicopter crashed, a new gun battle erupted between gangs and more than 100 police, backed by Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) troops and an armored vehicle. Ten suspected criminals were killed in the shootout, a police spokesman said. “I have never heard so many gunshots in my life,” a 15-year-old girl who lives in Morro dos Macacos told the G1 website of the Globo media network. Bus driver Fabio Nascimento said 15 masked men armed with guns and pistols had ordered him to step out of his vehicle and evacuate passengers, declaring: “Get out, get out, we are going to set it on fire!” More violence erupted later Sunday in the Jacarezinho favela, where two suspected drug traffickers were killed during a shootout with police, police spokesman Oderley Santos said. Three bodies of suspected criminals were also found Sunday in the Sao Joao favela, he added. The president of the Organization of Lawyers of Brazil (OAB) in Rio denounced the parallel network of power in the city where, in some areas, gangs hold more control than authorities. Saturday’s dramatic clashes erupted as gangs in the neighboring “Morro do Sao Jao” favela tried to invade Morro dos Macacos and seize control there, officials said. Civilian and military police were on alert Sunday and those who were due to be off were called in, Beltrame said. Justice Minister Tarso Genro offered Rio’s authorities an elite army unit for emergency situations, but so far Rio state Governor Sergio Cabral has said no to that. Major police operations regularly take place in the favelas, home to drug gangs and a third of the city’s population — two million people. Brazil urgently needs to find new investment and to streamline its bulky bureaucracy as it prepares to host the world’s two biggest sporting events: the 2016 Olympics and 2014 soccer World Cup, analysts say. After Rio de Janeiro was chosen as the host of the 2016 Olympiad, the government promised new investment in a slew of new projects. Public safety and public transport are top priorities that will require major outlays. Even before its Olympics challenge, the South American giant will have to remodel and build new stadiums in 12 cities so that they could receive participants of the 2014 soccer World Cup. To organize both events, the country will have to spend between 17.6 billion and 30 billion dollars, according to professor Francisco Carlos of the Foundation Institute of Economic Research.last_img read more

Hempstead Crash Leaves Woman Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 41-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Hempstead.Nassau County police said Karen Diaz was crossing Clinton Street when she was hit by a northbound vehicle near the corner of Lincoln Boulevard shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.The victim, who has no known address, was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation but found no criminality.last_img

NextGen Know-How: How to deliver a meaningful performance evaluation

first_imgThere was only one time in my credit union career that I actually looked forward to receiving my performance appraisal: the year my CEO announced that anyone in a leadership position would no longer be rated on a Likert scale. Instead, executives and managers would receive a written evaluation of their performance. The focus would be on feedback, not ratings or scores. Not only was it a relief to receive a more streamlined evaluation, but it was also easier to give feedback without the distraction of and potential disagreement on the ratings.Most leaders hate the performance management process. Meetings, complicated evaluations and tough employee conversations are not how most leaders like to spend their time. So how do you turn a dreaded process into a meaningful, effective and successful approach that actually works?First, remember the purpose of performance evaluations—to provide feedback to employees so they can use the information to improve and work at peak performance. Many organizations have made their evaluations so complex that the true meaning of the evaluation is lost in the process. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more