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

How Would You Like Your Cloud?

first_imgClouds come in many flavors to suit different types of applications and address a myriad of customer needs, but what if I told you we can now cater to all?I’m delighted with this morning’s announcement about EMC’s decision to enter into an agreement to acquire Virtustream, a leading enterprise-class managed cloud software and services provider with a strong track record of running large scale, mission-critical managed applications, including SAP, in the cloud. They have done this for many recognized global brands, including The Coca-Cola Company, Heinz and Kawasaki. This decision represents a transformational step forward in our Federation strategy, enabling us to offer customers the industry’s most comprehensive end-to-end solution, across the full portfolio of applications, and with all cloud models, both on and off premises. Full Spectrum of Cloud Models for CustomersTo date we’ve been able to provide a robust range of hybrid cloud offerings via EMC’s Federation of businesses, but increasingly we’re hearing from customers that they want the option to confidently move all workloads to an off prem managed cloud model, including their most mission-critical applications like SAP. The significance of Virtustream is that it will also extend the EMC Federation’s capabilities to enable us to support everything from the smallest applications to the most I/O intensive enterprise applications, whether on or off prem, as we intend to incorporate this technology into the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution.This set of offerings will be unique to the industry and will enable our customers to purchase their entire cloud infrastructure from one vendor, making their transformational initiatives as seamless as possible across any app, any workload, and any cloud model. Customers will also have the choice to purchase these solutions directly from EMC or via our global partner ecosystem. Enabling Our Business PartnersEMC is blessed with an extensive partner ecosystem, one in which we are truly invested to drive mutual success for our customers. We always develop our go-to-market and delivery models with our service provider partners in mind, and adding Virtustream to our portfolio will provide significant opportunities to our entire global partner ecosystem. Our service provider partners will have access to Virtustream’s cloud management software platform, enabling our partners to adopt and deliver their own branded services.Partners will also have access to our proprietary services methodologies. In addition to IP enablement, we will develop joint go-to-market programs and set up a model for the respective sales teams to ensure neutrality between selling direct and selling through a partner.Virtustream has built a solid business over the last several years and has a stellar list of customers and partners, and a world-class team. I have known these folks for quite some time and am very impressed by their extraordinary passion, their deep expertise and their maniacal focus on customer success. Their DNA is a perfect match for us!This acquisition will be transformational for EMC, our customers and partners. Stay tuned as we work through the acquisition closing and develop the operating details of this new business venture.[In this blog post, EMC refers to the EMC Federation of Businesses.]last_img read more

Students and parents connect at Junior Parents Weekend

first_imgNotre Dame welcomed parents and families to campus Friday for Junior Parents Weekend (JPW), an annual celebration for juniors and any seniors who spent spring semester of their junior year abroad.Junior Madi Purrenhage, executive co-chair of JPW, said the weekend offered an opportunity for students to relax with family members.“It’s just a really good weekend to see all your friends,” she said. “Most people aren’t doing their homework when their parents are here, so everybody [was] focused on socializing. … I [was] really excited to see all of the work we put in and how that [played] out.”JPW kicked off Friday with the Opening Gala throughout the Joyce Center, which Purrenhage said served as the highlight of the weekend.“It fills up the entirety of the [Joyce Center], all that space, and there’s a photographer, several cash bars, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres and then a DJ and a dance floor,” she said. “So it’s basically a very large, moving party.”Junior Tommy Yemc, the other executive co-chair of JPW, said he and Purrenhage began preparing for this year’s JPW last spring to make sure all the events came together.“We chose our committee in April of last year and began very preliminary discussions about what we wanted this weekend to look like,” he said “ … With running an event of this size at an organization as large as the University of Notre Dame, logistics are always going to be an issue.”The students and family members celebrating JPW enjoyed particularly warm weather and a smooth schedule of events, which sophomore co-chair Maureen Schweninger said in an email was an honor to observe as a sophomore and made her excited to experience the weekend next year.“I would say the weekend was a great success,” she said. “ … Parents meeting parents, singing the Alma Mater and simply enjoying quality time with one another [were] so cool. I didn’t need to know these juniors to be touched by their experience, and I can’t wait to facilitate this weekend for my own classmates next year.”Schweninger said she hopes her work contributed to bringing students closer to their parents, and vice versa.“I hope students came out of the weekend with a better appreciation of their parents, and also that those parents got a glimpse of how much their children have grown,” she said. “There’s a lot of ND pride at JPW. But more than that, I think it’s a great reminder of our beginnings at home, and a time for integrating that home family with our Notre Dame family.”One highlight of the weekend for Yemc was his closing address at the Closing Brunch on Sunday, traditionally delivered by one of the JPW executive chairs.“I feel my speech got across exactly the message that I wanted it to get across,” Yemc said in an email. “We, as juniors, are all incredibly thankful for our parents and everything they have done for us, and I believe we were able to show them that this weekend.”The weekend also featured some impromptu moments, such as when junior Dean Merriweather delivered unscheduled remarks drawing attention to the fact that some students are unable to participate in JPW for various reasons at the brunch.“At JPW it’s very easy to enter the Notre Dame state, the Notre Dame bubble,” he said. “ … I felt like there should be some way that not only students that don’t have parents who are able to come or can’t come or aren’t there — they should still feel welcome to come and be a part of this Junior Parents Weekend.”One way the JPW chairs ensure as many students are included as possible is by offering tickets to any student who was abroad for the event during his or her junior year, Purrenhage said.“The option is available for any junior who is abroad in the spring to come to their JPW the next year,” she said. “So for the architecture majors it would be their fourth year, but for everybody else it’s just their senior year. If you’re a senior year who was abroad your junior year spring, you [were] allowed to come to all of the events.”Purrenhage said the best part of the weekend was seeing her and Yemc’s hard work come to fruition.“JPW means a lot to a lot of people,” she said. “Knowing that Tommy and I could be a part of that, and knowing that we helped contribute to making that weekend something special for all of our friends and for all of our classmates — it really has meant a lot to us.”Tags: GALA, Joyce Center, JPW, Junior Parents Weekend, weatherlast_img read more