Poetry unbound

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKv8nTIm57Y” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/DKv8nTIm57Y/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> For Elisa New, teaching poetry to the uninitiated has been as gratifying as teaching English concentrators and confirmed poetry lovers.Her Gen Ed course, “Poetry in America,”  attracts students from across disciplines. Now the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature wants to reach an even broader audience in a new course called “Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop.” The online offering — created, in part, with a new faculty fellowship from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning — aims to give secondary school instructors rich content and critical tools. The course, with key support from HarvardX and alumni, is a star-studded affair that includes hip-hop artist Nas reading Walt Whitman and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry reading Carl Sandburg.“I really want to influence the way language arts is taught in American classrooms by providing high-quality professional development that’s very rigorous and fun,” said New, who is teaching the course through the Extension School in partnership with the Graduate School of Education.The course is part of New’s Harvard Arts and Humanities Public Partnerships Initiative (HAHPPI), an idea designed to bring students, faculty, professionals, and alumni together to excite the “next generation of humanists” through a range of projects. This semester, in New’s other Bok-based course, “The Humanities Online Practicum,” students from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Ed School, and the Medical School are working in teams to create content suitable for a wide range of learners. Projects include podcasts on poetry of the environment, adapting college-level Shakespeare for high school, and creating and curating English humanities content for Chinese online learners.Harvard professor, Nas, and Walt Whitman “We created the faculty fellows program at the Bok Center to support faculty in exploring and developing impactful new ideas in teaching and learning,” said Robert A. Lue, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center. “New’s work aligns beautifully with our commitment to social engagement through the fostering of an intergenerational learning community of faculty, graduate students, and high school teachers and students.”Early in her first “Poetry in America” HarvardX course, in 2013, New realized that far from addressing a world indifferent to the humanities, she was finding a world hungry for them. Her class of 7,000 included homeschooling Lutheran parents, history buffs, and elderly students living in remote parts of the world.“It was a crowd of passionate, spiritual types, and this material met their needs,” she said. “It kindled the intellect flame of a big audience I hadn’t expected.”Her focus on teachers is one that crosses disciplines and demographics easily. The course, produced by the Bok Center, includes footage filmed in Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco. Big-name guests go deep into their chosen poem.Gehry reads Sandburg’s “Skyscraper,” while journalist Andrea Mitchell takes on Robert Lowell’s Vietnam-era protest poem “July in Washington.” After his early Whitmanesque turn, Nas will return at the end of the course to perform and discuss “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” and “New York State of Mind” from his 1994 album “Illmatic.”“Nas is in the long tradition of urban poets like Whitman and Allen Ginsberg. He comes as a great learner,” New said.In April 2018, “Poetry in America” will make it to the small screen when it airs as a TV show on WGBH.“My challenge now is: How at Harvard do I move beyond my own content on poetry to help other faculty, grad students, and others to create content for a wider audience?” New said. “My goal at Bok is to give the humanities a higher profile and more purpose. What drives me now, as Dean Robin Kelsey puts it, is the opportunity to bring what we as humanists do more vividly and vibrantly into the world.”last_img read more

Team Evolution continues to dominate the 2016 season

first_imgRaul Leal wins Reagan Rodrigues 50-mile road race title.TEAM Evolution Cycling Club has been dominating the local cycling activities over the past year and is continuing to do so despite the many challenges faced by its individuals riders.However, despite those challenges, the team has continued its dominance as withRaul Leal leding home two other teammates to cop the top spot in a shortened 12th Annual Reagan Rodrigues Memorial Cycle Road Race yesterday on the West Demerara. The race was sponsored by Ricks and Sari Agro Industries Limited.As a result of ongoing road works on the West Demerara, organisers and riders had to reduce the distance of the race, which normally turns back at Bushy Park on the East Bank of Essequibo.Yesterday, the race started as normal at Wales and proceeded to Leonora before the competitors returned, went into the new Parfaite Harmonie Road and then finish just before the Demerara Harbour Bridge.Last year’s winner of the original 50-mile event was Michael Anthony, who registered one hour,56 minutes and 35 seconds.Leal eventually won the shortened distanced in a time of one Hour, 27 Minutes and 02.98 Seconds, covering just around 30 miles or so.Leal’s team mate, Orville Hinds had to settle for second place while reigning National Junior Champion, Christopher Cornelius, just back from the Caribbean Junior Championships in St. Lucia, was third overall and the first junior to cross the line.Shaquel Agard of Linden placed fourth while Anthony, also of Linden had to settle for fifth, along with Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson closing out the top six places. Jackson was the winner of the veteran’s category that was held earlier in the day.Raphael Leung and Jornel Yearwood both of whom also competed at the Caribbean Junior Championships in St. Lucia last weekend, placed second and third respectively in the junior category.Following Jackson to the line in the veteran,s class were Raymond Newton and Paul Choo Wee-Nam, in that order.Ruling the roost in the mountain bike race was Mahaica based Sean Budhan, with the second and third place going to Keon Thomas and Stephan Gobin respectively.last_img

NBA playoffs 2019: Celtics sweep Pacers to advance to conference semifinals

first_imgThe fourth-seeded Celtics needed just four games against the No. 5 Pacers to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals as Boston topped Indiana 110-106 on Sunday.The Pacers, however, weren’t going to go down without a fight. Indiana kept the game close throughout the entire matchup and even led by two at the half. Boston stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford didn’t have a strong first half as they struggled to shoot, but they were determined to change the course of the game in the second.  C. US. RISE. pic.twitter.com/tAIx4IvsNl— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 21, 2019Irving finished the game with just 14 points, shooting 4 of 13, while Horford also scored 14 and made just 4 of 19. Boston ultimately was able to overcome Irving and Horford’s shooting woes, thanks in large part to its bench that scored 49 points. Morris stepped up in a big way to deliver 18 points with eight rebounds and Gordon Hayward also had a strong outing, adding a team-high 20 points. [email protected] is feeling it! pic.twitter.com/MT7GWrs8v8— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 21, 2019After earning their first playoff sweep since 2011, the Celtics will have some time off before the next round of the playoffs. They will likely face the Bucks, who are leading their opening series against the Pistons 3-0, in the conference semifinals. Milwaukee will face Detroit on Monday in Game 4 with the chance to sweep the series. The Pacers held the lead until the final seconds of the third quarter before the Celtics managed to pull ahead by one when Marcus Morris made a pair of free throws to make it 73-72 entering the fourth.  NBA playoffs 2019: Jazz’s Kyle Korver defends Donovan Mitchell after missed game-tying 3 From there, it was a back-and-forth battle as the Celtics pulled together to deliver a better offense. It wasn’t until the final six minutes that the Celtics really broke away when they went up, 87-83. With less than four minutes left, the Celtics took a 10-point lead after Boston got a steal, allowing Jayson Tatum to dunk for a 95-85 lead.  Related Newslast_img read more