Recipe for a new Gen Ed course

first_imgIt’s one thing to understand the physics of sound, but quite another to build a synthesizer or figure out why the instrument resonates  better in one auditorium than another. In similar fashion, mastering the history of the black freedom struggle won’t necessarily help explain all that the #MeToo movement owes it.Starting this fall, 160 courses in the new College program in General Education are offering students the opportunity to engage with these questions and more, in ways that ask them to bridge the worlds of theory and practice across disciplines.In devising their Gen Ed courses, faculty members were asked to take creative, in-depth approaches to examining persistent, often provocative issues that affect students’ academic and social lives. The courses are distributed across four categories: Aesthetics and Culture; Ethics and Civics; Histories, Societies, Individuals; and Science and Technology in Society.How Music Works: Engineering the Acoustical WorldIn Robert Wood’s Gen Ed course, “How Music Works: Engineering the Acoustical World,” the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) wants students to learn the fundamentals of engineering while giving them the opportunity to be curious about acoustic experiences in everyday life. He adapted the course from his prior offering in SEAS (ES25).In his new course, students build acoustic and electronic instruments as part of the lab component, and compose original pieces to be played on those instruments. The compositions will later be cut onto vinyl records as part of a unit on music storage and preservation. For Wood, bringing together Harvard’s rich scientific and musical traditions is one of the great joys of teaching the class.“I want to dispel the myth that these concepts are not for people who have little or no experience in engineering and computer science,” he said. “It would be great to have people come out of the course with the confidence to examine phenomena or devices that they wouldn’t have explored earlier.”Race and Justice,For Tommie Shelby, Gen Ed provides a space to teach through his discipline and address urgent questions with philosophical applications in daily life. The Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy designed his course “Race and Justice” as an avenue for those unfamiliar with philosophy to learn more about how it might be applied to public affairs and to encourage thoughtful engagement with issues and questions that are emotionally fraught and difficult to parse.“The point of ‘Race and Justice’ is to think harder about the issues at hand, because so many people regard both the questions and answers about racism as obvious,” he said. “Part of what I want to do with this course is unsettle that idea, and to show that the questions are much more complex and require much more systematic reflection than students have typically done at this point.”The class will consider hate speech and regulation, mass incarceration, discrimination, and integration, primarily through the lens of moral reasoning. Through class discussions and essays, students in Shelby’s course will be asked to formulate cogent, rational arguments to support positions on divisive issues.“This course is intellectual in the classical way of thinking about our sense of justice, but there’s a practical orientation that points beyond the world of Harvard,” said Shelby. “The world has been structured by racial injustice and, in light of this, students will have to think about how to be a responsible citizen of the country and of the world. This course is a small contribution to the process, but still an important one.”Texts in Transition,In Texts in Transition,” Ann Blair and Leah Whittington explore the development of translation, preservation, and use of texts, from cuneiform writing on clay tablets to text messages. They also bring attention to the role of archives, museums, and libraries in saving texts and making them accessible for future scholarship, as well as the processes of conservation that can occur outside of institutions.Whittington, a professor in the Department of English, points to the accidental preservation of papyrus scrolls as an example of the ways in which writing has been saved and discarded over thousands of years.“In Greco-Roman antiquity, poetry was highly prized and written on papyrus, but old papyrus scrolls were later used as material for wrapping mummies, which preserved them, along with the body of the dead person,” she said. “In the last 200 years, there’s been new interest in the writing on those papyrus rolls, and as a result we have poetry from 2,000 years ago that is preserved almost by accident.”For their semester-long project, students become “custodians” of a piece of writing and decide how and why to preserve it for future study. The process is designed to engage students with the conservation process and help them see the ways in which they apply the lessons of the course to texts in their own lives.“We want to sensitize students to the transformations involved in transmission: Texts are edited, presented and interpreted in new ways, as each generation plays a role in passing them down to the future,” said Blair, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor in the Department of History. “We also each affect the survival of the texts we write today by the decisions we make about what to delete and what to save and how. Those decisions have consequences we can’t always predict, because loss and survival are often also accidental, but at least we can be aware of the factors involved to inform our decisions.”Black Radicalism,In Robert Reid-Pharr’s course, “Black Radicalism,” students study also issues of race in and outside the classroom, with a focus on works by writers including James Baldwin, Angela Davis, and Frantz Fanon, published from the 1940s through the 1980s.The texts create a historical foundation for understanding contemporary protest movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, which adopted some of the same methods employed by earlier activists to raise awareness about oppression. The final project will be a virtual museum hosted by the Harvard Library and Archives, with all objects curated by students.“The point of the museum project is to have the course not just be about what happened in the past, but also where radical movements are going,” said Reid-Pharr, a professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and of African and African American studies. “I’m excited that the students will get their hands dirty in the archives, to understand the ways in which the themes we talk about touch the institutions where they are.”For Reid-Pharr, Gen Ed not only provides an opportunity for students to learn more about his areas of expertise, but is also an opportunity to develop a different perspective on teaching.“I wanted to jump into Gen Ed in order to learn more about teaching in new ways that are more effective for student populations now,” he said. “I think the course will be a journey for the students, but also a journey for me.” Changes coming to Gen Ed 160 courses now offered, many of them new, Dean Claybaugh explains Relatedcenter_img Intensely personal, yet universal Harvard’s Gen Ed curriculum encourages broad and deep examinations of Big Questionslast_img read more

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Huntington Man Dies After Crashing Into House

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 76-year-old Huntington man who died this weekend after driving his truck into a house is believed to have suffered a medical emergency before the crash occurred, Suffolk County police said.James A. Burke was driving a Ford Ranger pickup truck eastbound on East 3rd Street in Huntington Station when his vehicle veered off the road, went through a fence and struck a house at 11:50 a.m. on  Saturday, police said.The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation, and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

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UW Athletics: A look at controversial calls in Wisconsin sports history

first_imgAny die-hard Badger fan remembers the blown call from when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost to Duke in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game.With just under two minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers trailing by just five, refs called the ball out of bounds on Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig. Refs immediately grouped together and decided to look at the play closer on the monitor.Despite the fact that the ball was clearly touched by Duke forward Justise Winslow, officials did not overturn the call and awarded the ball to the Blue Devils. Duke would score on the ensuing possession and ultimately win the game, 68–63.Just days later, NCAA Vice President Dan Gavitt stated that the call was, in fact, incorrect, potentially costing Wisconsin the game and the championship.National championship breakdown: Wisconsin vs. DukeINDIANAPOLIS – One of most historic seasons in Wisconsin men’s basketball history ended in not-so-great fashion for the Badgers, as Read…While Wisconsin fans have a right to be upset about the loss, the refs’ error is one of a number of major blown calls in sports. Blown calls are fairly common in sports thanks to simple human error, but there have been several notable calls/no calls in UW athletics in recent years. With that, let’s take a look at a few:2011 — Big Ten Football Championship GameIn the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, Wisconsin led the Michigan State Spartans by a field goal with 1:37 to go in the game. Wisconsin sent out punter Brad Nortman on fourth down, giving the Spartans a chance to tie or win the game on the ensuing possession.During the punt, however, Nortman got nicked by a Spartan defender after getting the punt off and dramatically fell to the ground. Nortman’s performance got the officials to throw a flag and give the Badgers an automatic first down, allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock and win the game, 42–39.With the win, the Badgers got an automatic bid to the Rose Bowl, where they would lose to the Oregon Ducks, 45–38.Clutch 2nd-half, 3rd-down conversions carry Wisconsin to victoryINDIANAPOLIS – At halftime of the Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin football team couldn’t help but feel a little Read…2013 — Bizarre loss to Arizona State footballIn an early-season game against Arizona State, the No. 20 Badgers trailed the Sun Devils with less than a minute to go, but had an opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal. Badger quarterback Joel Stave rolled out to his left and took a knee, setting up the field goal opportunity inside the 20-yard line.This is where the confusion began.Players from both teams stood around confused, and ASU players even dove onto the ball. Officials did not stop the clock when this happened, however, and the clock ran out before the Badgers were able to get another snap off.Stave and the rest of the team tried to argue the call, but the officials left the field, leaving Wisconsin on the wrong side of a 32–30 loss.UW Athletics: An examination into argument over student-athlete compensationThe University of Wisconsin Athletics Department will likely face an issue in the coming years that is becoming more common Read…2015 — Final Four NCAA Tournament GameIn the Final Four game just before the loss to Duke in the championship, Wisconsin benefited from a late blown call against the seemingly unbeatable Kentucky Wildcats.Wisconsin trailed by two with less than three minutes left in regulation when Badger forward Nigel Hayes air-balled a short shot in front of the hoop as the shot clock expired. Hayes grabbed his own air-ball and put up another shot that managed go in, but it was clear that the basket shouldn’t have counted.Kentucky’s players immediately signaled for a travel, probably not realizing that it was also a shot-clock violation, but officials did not stop play and the game stood tied at 60. Wisconsin would go on to beat Kentucky 71–64, ending the Wildcats’ perfect season one game short of a championship.Final Four breakdown: Wisconsin vs. KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team handed the once-undefeated Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season in Saturday Read…2019 — Targeting call against safety Eric BurrellThis is the call that is probably most fresh on the minds of Badger fans.Despite this play being overshadowed by the targeting penalty and ejection of Reggie Pearson Jr. just a few plays later, this targeting call was much more controversial in terms of officiating.In a blowout win over Michigan earlier this season, safety Eric Burrell went in for the tackle on Wolverine quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who decided to slide. With the slide, Burrell inadvertently had helmet-to-helmet contact with McCaffrey, drawing a flag from the officials and resulting in an ejection of Burrell for supposedly targeting the quarterback.While this play had no real impact on the outcome of the game, the call was definitely a mistake in the eyes of many, including several NFL players.Looking at the blown calls presented here, it’s clear that the mistakes of officials can go either way depending on the luck of each side on any given night. Unfortunately, human error exists in officiating and will continue to exist so long as referees are human, which may not be the case in the future.last_img read more

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McIlroy flirting with the cutline at Irish Open

first_imgRory McIlroy is still flirting with the cutline on 1 under after 16 on day 2 of the Irish Open in Portstewart.Daniel Im leads by 2 on 13 under after a 67 with Jon Rahm second on 11 under after 15.Paul Dunne is 7 under after 17 while Gavin Moynihan is 5 under through 11. Photo © – Tipp FM Graeme Mc Dowell starts from 5 under later while Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington both start from 4 under.last_img

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Marchers protest child abuse at downtown rally

first_imgA small, daylong rally in Esther Short Park on Monday raised community voices against child abuse.Children Without A Voice, a nationwide nonprofit organization, observed National Child Abuse Month with music and speakers, as well as an ongoing march around the park. When The Columbian stopped by just before lunchtime, about 25 people were there.“The longer it stays in the dark, the bigger it’s going to grow,” said local organizer Stephanie Holt. “This is all about awareness.” It was the first such march in Vancouver, Holt said, and she’s hoping future years will see a bigger turnout.According to a statement from Children Without A Voice, people in 150 cities and 45 states were marching against child abuse Monday. Learn more about Children Without A Voice at Children Without A Voice reports that there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States each year.last_img read more

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