Love was in the air at Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Crossroads on Wednesday night. The former Grateful Dead bassist welcomed fans and a handful of special guests to his intimate concert venue for a night of music to benefit United Way Of California and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group in hopes of aiding victims of the recent Camp Fire wildfires.Concert streaming service Nugs.net was kind enough to offer a free webcast of Wednesday’s “Love Will See You Through” benefit show, which also included guest appearances from Melvin Seals, Stu Allen, Ross James, Alex Koford, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, Grahame Lesh, Greg Loiacono, and more.The show began with both Phil and Grahame Lesh, Seals, John Molo, Dan Lebowitz, Barry Sless, and Elliott Peck all taking the stage for an uplifting cover of Jerry Garcia/Robert Huner favorite “They Love Each Other” featuring a warm pedal steel solo courtesy of Sless. Greg Loiacono joined in next in place of Grahame for a folky cover of Townes Van Zandt‘s “If I Needed You”. The first set continued with Alex Koford coming to the stage to lead a cover of The Beatles‘ late 1960s peace anthem, “Come Together”, followed by Grahame returning to help perform Garcia’s “Bird Song”.The 1960s covers continued with the band performing Jimi Hendrix‘s “Bold As Love” featuring an impressive distorted acoustic guitar solo courtesy of Lebowitz. Set one came to a close with performances of The Everly Brothers‘ “All We Really Want To Do” and a lively rendition of Bobby “Blue” Bland‘s “Turn On Your Love Light”, which featured some impressive guitar work from Terrapin Family Band member Ross James.Set two began with a groovy version of Little Milton‘s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” with Melvin Seals leading the way on vocals, followed by a Phil-fronted rendition of his American Beauty classic, “Box of Rain”. Lesh held the main vocals of his 1970 tune as the song transitioned into Tom Petty‘s “I Won’t Back Down” for a few verses and a solo before returning back to “Box of Rain”.The feel-good covers continued with versions of Solomon Burke‘s “Somebody To Love”, Young Rascals‘ “Good Lovin’”, Animal Liberation Orchestra‘s “I Wanna Feel It”, before all the musicians returned to the stage for a set-closing rendition of “Not Fade Away”. The band returned for a two-song encore comprised of the Grateful Dead’s “Attics Of My Life” and an appropriate reading of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”, with all the artists again coming together onthe stage for the final song of the evening. The entire performance from Wednesday night can be watched in the video below.Phil Lesh – Love Will See You Through Benefit Concert – 12/19/2018[Video: Nugs.net]Wednesday’s show was just the latest special performance which Lesh has thrown at his Terrapin venue in recent weeks as 2018 starts to come to a close. Lesh also announced his upcoming birthday plans earlier this week, which will see the bassist celebrate his 79th trip around the sun with three nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on March 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2019. General information for the three-night concert run next March can be found here.Setlist: Phil Lesh + Special Guests | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, California | 12/19/2018Set One: They Love Each Other (Jerry Garcia cover), If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt cover), Come Together (Beatles cover), Bird Song (Jerry Garcia Cover), Bold As Love (Jimi Hendrix), All We Really Want To Do (The Everly Brothers cover), Turn On Your Love Light (Bobby Bland cover)Set Two: That’s What Love Will Make You Do (Little Milton cover), Box of Rain > I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover) > Box Of Rain, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Solomon Burke cover), Good Lovin’ (The Young Rascals cover), I Wanna Feel It (Animal Liberation Orchestra cover), Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover)Encore: Attics Of My Life, With A Little Help From My Friends (Beatles cover)
Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince has announced their return to New Orleans! The all-star tribute to Prince will return to Frenchmen Street’s The Maison at 2:00 am on Sunday, May 5th (technically early morning May 6th), Jazz Fest’s final night. This year’s lineup features an incredible group of players and vocalists including multiple former Prince band members alongside members of The Motet, Tank and the Bangas, Snarky Puppy, Trey Anastasio Band, The Nth Power, Allen Stone, Ghost-Note, Mama Magnolia, and more.The Purple Party made its debut during last year’s Jazz Fest with a raucous, instant-classic, three-plus-hour performance that went past sunrise. Following a headlining set at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018 and a forthcoming performance at the new Denver, CO event The Big Melt, the Purple Party is back in New Orleans with another crazy lineup. Once again helmed by Casey Russell of Magic Beans, the band will feature a core of MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note) on bass, Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note) on drums, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note) on percussion, Ryan Jalbert (The Motet) on guitar, and Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone) on keyboards.Guitarist/vocalist Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) will join in for his first appearance with the Purple Party, as will his frequent collaborator, the amazingly talented Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) on trumpet and vocals. Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph (Tank and the Bangas), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet) and Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia) will be on hand to add vocals. The exciting lineup will be rounded out by Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Ghost-Note), Jonathan Mones (Ghost-Note), and Peter Knudsen (Ghost-Note).Tickets to Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince are on sale NOW via Eventbrite. For full show information, as well as poster art by Kellin Townsend, see below.Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 (Technically early 5/6)Show: Live For Live Music Presents: Purple Party – A Tribute to Prince featuring members of Prince, The Motet, Tank & The Bangas, Snarky Puppy, Trey Anastasio Band, The Nth Power, Ghost-Note, Allen Stone, Magic Beans & Mama MagnoliaVenue: The Maison – 508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Tickets: $25 Early-Bird GA (limited allotment)/ $30 GA (advance) / $35 GA (day of show) // $60 Early-Bird VIP (limited allotment) / $65 VIP (advance) / $70 VIP (day of show)Time: Doors – 2:00 AM / Show – 2:30 AM
On the heels of the release of their new album, Immigrance, Grammy-winning jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy has unveiled 25 new North American fall tour dates, set to begin on September 4th, 2019 and run through the beginning of October.Snarky Puppy will open up their tour at Philadelphia, PA’s Fillmore on September 4th, followed by stops at New Haven, CT’s Toad’s Place (9/5); Montreal, QC’s MTELUS (9/6); Toronto, ON’s Phoenix Concert Theatre (9/7); Ann Arbor, MI’s University of Michigan (9/8); Covington, KY’s Madison Theater (9/11); Richmond, VA’s The National (9/13); Raleigh, NC’s NC Museum of Art – Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater (9/14); Charlotte, NC’s NODA Brewery (9/15); Nashville, TN’s Ryman Auditorium (9/18); Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle (9/20); Birmingham, AL’s Avondale Brewery (9/21); Charleston, SC’s Music Farm (9/23); Jacksonville, FL’s Florida Theatre (9/24); Orlando, FL’s Plaza Live (9/25); Clearwater, FL’s Ruth Eckerd Hall (9/26); Mobile, AL’s Soul Kitchen (9/27); New Orleans, LA’s Music Box (9/28); Monterey, CA’s Monterey Jazz Festival (9/29); Vancouver, BC’s Commodore (10/1); Houston, TX’s Warehouse Live (10/3); and shows in Tulsa, OK (10/4) and Dallas, TX (10/5) at unannounced venues.Tickets for Snarky Puppy’s upcoming 2019 U.S. tour dates go on sale this Friday, April 5th here.For a full list of Snarky Puppy’s upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.Snarky Puppy 2019 North American Fall Tour:9/4 The Fillmore Philly Philadelphia, PA9/5 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT9/6 MTELUS Montreal, Quebec9/7 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Ontario9/8 University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI9/11 The Madison Theater Covington, KY9/13 The National Richmond, VA9/14 NC Museum of Art – Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater Raleigh, NC9/15 NODA Brewery Charlotte, NC9/18 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN9/20 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA9/21 Avondale Brewery Birmingham, AL9/23 Music Farm Charleston, SC9/24 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL9/25 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL9/26 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL9/27 Soul Kitchen Mobile, AL9/28 The Music Box New Orleans, LA9/29 Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA10/1 Commodore Vancouver, Canada10/3 Warehouse Live Houston, TXView Tour Dates
On Wednesday night, K-Pop superstars BTS made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at New York City’s historic Ed Sullivan Theater. More than 55 years after The Beatles made their iconic U.S. television debut on this very stage on The Ed Sullivan Show, the boy band paid homage to John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr as they transformed the theater to how it looked in February 1964.With Colbert and BTS appropriately dressed in Beatlemania-era suits and ties, the pop star’s recent appearance on The Late Show aired in black-and-white, reproducing the aesthetic of The Beatles’ famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. While BTS’s music is a far cry from The Beatles, the group’s arrival in the U.S. has been met with similarly ravenous fan response to the Fab Four’s American debut in 1964.Embracing the comparisons to The Beatles, BTS first sat down for an interview with Colbert before taking the stage to perform their biggest hit to date, “Boy With Luv”. “Boy With Luv” is the first single off the group’s record-breaking album, MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA, which was released on April 12th. BTS also worked through a cover of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”.Watch BTS’s recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below:BTS – “Boy With Luv” – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]BTS – Interview & “Hey Jude” – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]BTS-Mania At The Ed Sullivan Theater[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]Next up for BTS is a pair of sold-out shows at East Rutherford, NJ’s MetLife Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th.For ticketing information and a full list of the group’s upcoming tour dates, head to BTS’s website.
Pure naked crime.Those three words, in powerful tandem, are from Humaira Awais Shahid, a Radcliffe Fellow this year. She is a Pakistani human rights activist, journalist, and former member of Parliament.The phrase, she said, describes how women are often treated by customary practices in Pakistani Islam and in its tribal cultures.From 70 to 90 percent of women in Pakistan are subjected to some kind of domestic violence, said Shahid, a consequence of what she called the “male dominance and commodification” of females.“Gender-based violence is most of the time pure naked crime … justified through heinous customary practices or cultural norms,” said Shahid. Often, crimes are perpetrated against a woman to “usurp her inheritance” as well as simply to punish, she said.The associated crimes are horrible, and they rang strange in sedate Radcliffe Gymnasium during an April 14 lecture: gang rape, marital rape, acid attacks, dowry killings, stove-burn killings, honor killings, forced marriage, and using women as objects of barter.As a journalist, she got “very close exposure to such stories,” said Shahid, whose talk was punctuated by more than one picture hard to look at. “I held the hands of so many women who were victims of acid crimes and stove burnings … who took their last breaths in front of me.”Such abuses affect men and children as well as women, she said, since they extend to usury, forced beggary, and prostitution. All the victims, regardless of gender, share the reality that they are poor. And they share something else: feudal systems that dominate both agriculture and civil governance in Pakistan — systems that are wielded like weapons to “assert control and violence,” she said.The agricultural sector is controlled “by a few thousand feudal families,” said Shahid. When members of the same families take positions in civil service, business, industry, and politics, she added, “their influence is multiplied in all directions.”Such are the “facts and realities of Pakistan today,” she said. “I want to take you to the world inside.”That world includes government, state, tribal, and religious mechanisms that are arrayed against women, children, and the poor, said Shahid. “Poverty overrides all kinds of mortality.”Religion as presently interpreted is not the only bulwark blocking reform, she said. There is the government itself. “I entered a Parliament that was traditional, feudalistic, notoriously corrupt, and literalist with dogmatic religious leaders and tribal chiefs,” said Shahid.But there is hope for change, and it comes from Islam itself, she said. “The humanistic ethics of Islam and the true essence of its teaching will emerge.”Paradoxically, “the only way to improve the condition of women … is to enforce Islamic rights,” said Shahid.She talked of the “criminal silence” on the part of authorities who ignore the women’s rights provisions already contained in Islamic law. “Most of the violence revolves around those issues,” said Shahid.They include a woman’s right to chose whom to marry, to divorce without evidence, to remarry without the consent of family, and to manage her own finances.The West cannot really help, nor will its wars help, she said, quoting an unnamed French thinker: “Nothing worthwhile can be done in Muslim countries except in the name of Islam.”Meanwhile, the deck remains stacked against Pakistan’s poor, and especially its women. Shahid pointed to history to find blame.In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, an event that re-created the notion of jihad as a means to fight the war, transforming it from the concept of personal struggle into a weapon of political struggle.With Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda came damage to true Islam, she said, opening the doors wider to a “Wahabi fundamentalism” that had lain dormant for decades in the Middle East.To this day, said Shahid, most Pakistani Muslims regard “Islamism (as) a deviation from Islam” and not the true faith. At the same time, she said, most Pakistanis distrust the West too.But Wahabism — in part supported by petrodollars, she said — spread fast through religious schools (madrasas), religious political parties, and down into village councils, where patriarchal tribal cultures “became instrumental in exploiting and punishing women and the impoverished.In 1979, Zia ul-Haq, a fundamentalist Sunni dictator, imposed martial law in Pakistan and enforced Nizam-e-Mustafa, the “Islamic system” of law.That started “a significant turn” away from Pakistan’s predominantly Anglo-Saxon traditions of common law, Shahid said, which had been inherited from the British during the colonial era.One infamous artifact of this time was the Zia Ordinance, said Shahid. It required any woman claiming rape to produce four pious male witnesses, a threshold of evidence so high that women received the lash while the men went unpunished. The ordinance, which failed to distinguish between adultery and fornication, was finally repealed in 2006.Then there was the Qisas and Diyat Ordinance of 1990, another law that had the effect of increasing violence against women. It allowed the victim of a crime, or the victim’s heirs, to inflict a punishment on a perpetrator that was equal to the crime. It also allowed the perpetrator to pay the victims for a crime.The practical effect of this was to “privatize” crime, said Shahid, with women most often the pawns in cross-family disputes involving honor.Village councils, or jirgas, meanwhile, often used such disputes to settle personal scores, arriving at verdicts, she said, “which are against humanistic ethics.”Shahid mentioned one infamous case. A Pakistani villager was sentenced in 2003 to be gang raped in order to compensate for her brother’s alleged adultery. Afterward, she was paraded naked in front of hundreds. Her rape was a vani — “women barter” — case, said Shahid. (As a legislator, she introduced a resolution to abolish and punish vani. It was adopted into Pakistani federal law in 2005.)Women and the poor are still generally caught between two judicial systems that fail to work in their favor, said Shahid. Government systems, already weakened by gender bias, supported enforcement agencies that were slow to investigate crimes against women, or ignored them all together.Informal justice systems like jirgas are “speedy and inexpensive” and take pressure off formal justice systems, said Shahid. But at the same time they are also mechanisms that use “customary norms … for personal gains.”While in the United States, Shahid has not been silent or inactive. Since January, she has traveled to Washington, D.C., three times to argue for the passage of the International Violence Against Women Act. It would make combating violence against women a “strategic imperative” for the United States.Curb violence by pre-empting it, said Shahid, who will travel to the capital again in May. “You don’t need 30,000 women raped.”
When Harvard crew coach Harry Parker first arrived on campus in 1960, a fetid smell still draped the Charles River from upstream industries. Tires and other debris washed downstream after heavy rains. A simple fall into the water required a tetanus shot.“The river was foul,” said the now-legendary Parker, who has spent six days a week on the open water for half a century. “Now, it’s wonderful.”The University today enjoys a simmering romance with the Charles, whose tree-lined vistas help to shape Harvard’s iconic image. There is the sweep of calm water, a lone rower in a slender scull, lush shoreline trees, and handsome brick buildings just beyond, their domes sparkling in the sun — components that make up what Anita Berrizbeitia, a professor of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), calls one of the most picturesque college vistas in the world.Meanwhile, Harvard’s scholars have a growing interest in the winding Charles as a living laboratory. But this inviting picture — the river as image, the river as classroom — was a long time coming.Getting from foul to fabulous took a century. Before the transition, the Charles was Harvard’s humble back door, functioning as a kind of loading dock for food, coal, and lumber. Sewage was rampant – a legacy of pollution that eventually closed the river to swimmers in 1955. Fifty years and $500 million later, the river is nearly clean except for its sediments, though swimming is still officially banned.How much times have changed will be evident this weekend (Oct. 23-24) during the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Since its start in 1965, it has become the world’s largest two-day rowing event, attracting more than 8,000 competitors and upwards of 300,000 spectators to the river bisecting Harvard.From the area’s settlement in the 1630s, the Charles represented sheer practicality for Cambridge and Harvard, a means of transport and trade. The river’s daily tides provided assurance that Cambridge — once the prospective fortified capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony — was protected from oceangoing invaders. “This was a defensible space,” said Charles Sullivan, executive director of the Cambridge Historical Commission and author of a history of Harvard Square.“Harvard and the town of Cambridge took the high ground” in the 17th century and built safely above the tidal waters, said architecture historian Karl Haglund, author of the seminal “Inventing the Charles River” (MIT Press, 2003). The relationship with the river was “not very formal.”That practical relationship eventually became shaded with embarrassment. After 1875, upriver industries turned the Charles and its vast salt marshes into a polluted waterway that at low tide was an expanse of fetid mudflats.“It was something you stayed away from, except for transport,” said Watertown landscape architect Gary Hilderbrand, a longtime adjunct GSD professor.Then came a historic shift. Around 1900, Harvard officials looked down from the School’s high, well-drained ground and began to see the workaday, worn-out Charles for what it could be: a public space with civic and aesthetic value. That change was “a recognition that the river was vital to life in this biophysical region,” said Hilderbrand.During this transition, he said, “Harvard comes up very beautifully.” By 1913, the Larz Anderson Memorial Bridge, high-arched and handsome, had replaced a ramshackle wooden drawbridge. The coal wharves had vanished, and a boulevard of trees filled in the grim nakedness of the riverbanks. Harvard’s back door was becoming its front door.Now, Harvard and the Charles have reached another transitional time, one in which designers and other scholars imagine the river as more than a reliable aesthetic feature. Experts increasingly envision it as a classroom, as the new center of campus life, as a way to enhance civic engagement.The evolving tale of Harvard and the Charles may yet become a model for how American universities can move from their historical inwardness to a modern interaction with the world beyond their gates. “Universities begin as enclaves [that are] not implicated in city-making,” said Berrizbeitia. But over time “they become more and more entwined with the city as both grow.”“The Charles could become a model for other urban rivers,” said Renata Von Tscharner, founder and president of the Charles River Conservancy, which has offices in Harvard Square.Tidal CenturiesThe Charles was not always so placid. Until 1910, much of it was not a river at all, but a vast estuary with daily 9-foot tides — a place of salt marshes that made up a dynamic liminal space, half water and half land.Early Cambridge was built in an enclosure. Where there was no water or marsh, there was thick, forested wilderness. The bordering marshes reached all the way to present-day South, Quincy, and Brattle streets. Around the time Harvard was founded, what is now Garden Street was called the Highway to the Great Swamp, the marshy environs of Fresh Pond. A creek ran through Harvard Yard.Five of the original eight streets in Cambridge (then called “Newtowne”) referred to the village’s riparian, aqueous character. Mt. Auburn was Spring Street. Brattle Square and part of Eliot were called Creek Lane. Dunster was Water Street, the original center of village commerce because it led to a riverside wharf. Holyoke was Crooked Lane because it had to jog to avoid a creek.“Water used to pretty much surround the old part of the campus,” said historian John Stilgoe, “and we don’t remember those days.”Stilgoe, Harvard’s Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape, is a student of little-seen remnants of old times, and a champion of outdoors learning. He invites Harvard Square strollers to look for a fragment of an 18th century seawall on Winthrop Street, where oceangoing ships once tied up along “the coast of Harvard.”From 1631 onward, the Charles was a key means of transporting goods upstream. The first levy that settlers paid, 30 English pounds, was to enlarge and deepen a natural creek so ships could dock. Later, Harvard owned its own sloop, which transported firewood from Maine.Pollution, then visionBy the mid-19th century, the river had become a handy sewer for industrial waste, including blood and animal parts from slaughterhouses upstream. (Abattoirs got their start on the Charles in 1775, at a stockyard constructed to feed American troops during the Revolution.)By the Civil War period, the Charles had become an actual sewer. Private systems for human waste lined its sides, and at low tide the sewage would dry up and blow into the air. “It was a totally noxious situation,” said Sullivan. “It was not an environment conducive to development.” The state began installing interceptor sewers in the 1880s.The Charles was “unsightly, unattractive, and unhealthy” — all the more reason for Harvard to surrender the lowland riverbanks to industry, squatters, and immigrants.“The Charles was more or less the service entrance to the University,” said Berrizbeitia. “There were coal plants [and] all the things you don’t want to see.” She said these industrial realities tended to increase Harvard’s sense of itself as an “inward-looking enclave.”But the embattled Charles was nonetheless at the same time becoming the focus of a rising regional dialogue about the future of cities, in particular the fate of natural settings in an urban environment.At the center of such discussions was Charles Eliot, Class of 1882, a visionary landscape architect, protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted, and son of Harvard President Charles William Eliot. The son’s ideas inspired the 1891 Trustees of Public Reservations — what is now the oldest regional land trust in the world — and accelerated the rescue of the Charles.By the late 1890s, Harvard set its sights on expanding across the river, and commissioned plans to officially connect Harvard to the river. (Among them was an Olmsted drawing of a tree-lined promenade connecting the river to Widener Library, what Berrizbeitia called “a very direct and beautiful lane of connectivity.”)By 1903, Harvard Stadium had been built across the river in Allston, its horseshoe shape opening directly to the Charles.A year before, a group of Harvard alumni, led by Edward Waldo Forbes, Class of 1895, had formed Harvard Riverside Associates and began buying property between the Yard and the Charles. That set the stage for the University to “open up and relate to the river,” said Berrizbeitia, who is researching the lessons that Charles Eliot brings to modern urbanism. “He was so avant-garde,” she said, that she often finds herself asking, “What would Eliot do?”Some of the river’s rising appeal at this time came through engineering. After 40 years of debate, the Charles was dammed in 1910, shutting out the sea’s salt water and eliminating the tides. Overnight, the vast, porous basin was transformed into “a big, long lake,” said Berrizbeitia. The river became a shimmering mirror in which Cambridge and Boston could see themselves anew.The dams “resculpted” the river, said Sullivan, and accelerated proposals to line it with public parks and promenades. The city of Cambridge claimed all of its riverside land for public use in 1892, and hired Eliot to design the landscape. In 1894, an experimental fragment of the Charles River Road (now Memorial Drive) was constructed near Eliot House. The road was completed in 1914.The taming of the river made it possible for Harvard to embrace the Charles as an aesthetic analog to the streams that have made their placid way through traditional English universities since the Middle Ages.Troubles remainAs Harvard was awakening to the river’s appeal, the foot of Boylston Street (now JFK Street) was still a jumble of trolley yards, smokestacks, and wharves stacked with coal.Even a generation ago, signs of that industrial past remained. The trolley yards were only torn up in 1977 during construction of the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Charles itself remained polluted, until governments pooled funds to clean it.Von Tscharner believes there has been so much progress that it’s even time to bring back swimming. The river is only dark because of upstream tannins, she said, and suggested, “Think of it as tea.”Throughout these shifts, there has been crew, the river’s signature sport. Harvard entered its first informal boat races on the river around 1844, and the first official crew team slipped a boat into the water in 1852. Harvard’s relationship to the river remains crew-centric, said Parker.Harvard’s embrace of the river around 1900, said Sullivan, was foretold by “a turning to the river by the undergraduates,” who in the 1850s built and financed their own boathouses.Future Perfect? Moving forward, Harvard wants a relationship with the Charles that goes beyond crew and aesthetics. For example, courses involving the waterway — in history, art, and landscape design — have made their way into the curriculum in the past decade. The transformation of the Charles has itself become a source of scholarship.“It’s a fantastic case study of how natural systems have been transformed to become social spaces,” said Berrizbeitia. She called Harvard Yard the University’s old cultural center, and the Charles its new center.Pierre Belanger, a GSD associate professor of landscape architecture, sees the Charles as being at the core of what should become a renewed civic-academic engagement in the region’s ecological health. Belanger said, “We’re right at the edge of a moment, asking: What do we do?”The region’s problems also can be viewed a microcosm of a rapidly urbanizing world. Against that backdrop, the river could become an instructive “arena for cooperation,” said Belanger, and a rich field site for research and experiments.Last year, he and his students designed a river ice skating park at the Eliot Bridge. “The point was to show we can help, at the very beginning, in a small, modest way.”It is time, Belanger said, for design schools to move “beyond aesthetic imperatives.”In fact, there’s a book that does so, called “Bringing the Harvard Yards to the River” (Harvard Design School, 2004), a slender volume edited by the GSD’s Joan Busquets, the Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice in Urban Planning and Design. In it, the contributors imagined turning parkways into promenades, digging pedestrian tunnels, and even building a midriver recreational island.Each of the ideas shared a goal, Busquets wrote, “the importance of establishing a better connection to the Charles River.”
Drinking coffee, regular or decaffeinated, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, according to a study by Harvard University researchers.The study found that men who consumed six or more cups of coffee a day had a 60 percent lower risk of developing deadly metastatic prostate cancer and a 20 percent reduced risk of developing any form of the disease. One to three cups cut the risk of lethal prostate cancer by 30 percent. The findings, published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, suggest non-caffeine elements in coffee may provide the benefit…Read more here…
Read Full Story As of today, Harvard’s new Borrow Direct service enables the University’s faculty, staff, and students to borrow books and other circulating library materials that are not available at Harvard from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.Harvard’s participation in Borrow Direct is the result of an agreement signed by the University in January 2011. “With thousands of new titles entering circulation every year, we must develop alliances with other libraries and cultural institutions to ensure full access for Harvard’s patrons to the world’s scholarly resources,” Provost Steven E. Hyman has noted. “Harvard’s participation in Borrow Direct is a strategic alliance among our peers that will benefit users at Harvard and at each of our partner institutions.”Members of the Harvard community can use their current IDs, PINs, and established library privileges to place Borrow Direct requests online and receive expedited delivery of:• books and printed music not owned by Harvard libraries• books and printed music that are currently unavailable at Harvard; e.g., charged out, lost, missing, at the bindery, etc.• books and printed music that normally circulate from the Borrow Direct partner collectionsMost Borrow Direct materials will arrive within four business days. Individual borrowers will receive an email notice when a requested item is available and will be given the option of choosing one of 14 pickup locations. Patrons may return their Borrow Direct materials to any Harvard Library.Today’s announcement marks the first stage in a phased implementation in which Harvard patrons can borrow from peer institutions in Borrow Direct. By late July, Harvard will in turn become a Borrow Direct lender.For more information, visit http://lib.harvard.edu/libraries/borrowdirect.html.
A memorial service for composer and conductor James Yannatos will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. All are welcome to attend. Yannatos, the leader of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra for more than 45 years, worked with thousands of young musicians. He died at the age of 82 on Oct. 19.Read Yannatos’ full obituary.
Bottled water enhanced with vitamins—and loaded with sugar—gets low marks from Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. They are “unequivocally harmful to health,” he told the Washington Post in a February 28, 2012, article on so-called healthy foods that people should avoid.“Whether vitamins dissolved in water have any benefit will depend on who you are and whether you are already getting enough,” he said. “Some people may be getting too much of some vitamins and minerals if they add vitamin water on top of fortified foods and other supplements.”The article also referenced a 2011 study by HSPH researchers on how small changes in diet can affect long-term weight gain. Read Full Story