In ‘Postcards From Here,’ three students share a slice of life Stories from faculty, students, staff about writing’s place in a pandemic In a word An empty square, a full summer, teaching tuba Three students in 3 countries share in the ‘Postcards From Here’ series One student worked with the Harvard Muslim Youth Program (HMYP) to build a supportive, online community space for Muslim youth in and around Boston. Another served as a home-health aide for the local elderly population in Arizona. Others focused on mentorship, jazz education, and student mutual-aid networks.All of these endeavors were part of an engaged scholarship course “Care in Critical Times” taught this fall by Andrea Wright, lecturer in anthropology, Allston Burr Resident Dean of Eliot House, and assistant dean of Harvard College. Students learned how culture, society, and systems of power shape the exchange of care between individuals and communities, and they put their lessons into practice through semester-long “community care projects.”“When I created this course, it was to explore gender, race, and class, and the ways in which they intersect with care,” Wright said. “It was about interrogating existing stereotypes surrounding who can and should care, and who isn’t expected or required to care. It became clear that this course was also a moment for us to reflect on our own humanity and to connect all of the pieces of the course to our local communities, specifically through radical acts of care. The students far exceeded my expectations for how seriously and sincerely they would engage with this topic, and how much it would mean to all of us, at this critical moment.”All of the projects and related materials and resources now live in an online public syllabus that serves to reimagine and redefine care and inspire others to do the same. A few students recently spoke to the Gazette about their experiences.,Related
Burlington, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch joined Concord Coalition executive director Robert Bixby Thursday to call for a renewed focus on achieving long-term fiscal discipline at a forum sponsored by the Vermont Business Roundtable.Welch and Bixby said that despite the need for short-term stimulus measures to reinvigorate a troubled economy, lawmakers must not lose focus on the long-term need to balance federal revenues and expenditures.”While we have the need for a stimulus on the one hand, we must in this crisis focus immediately, diligently and energetically on structural issues in the federal budget that are not sustainable. The importance of building fiscal reform cannot be ignored in this time of crisis,” Welch said. “The question for us in Congress is whether we’re going to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.”Bixby, who is in the middle of a nationwide “Fiscal Wake-up Tour,” told an audience of over 120 Vermont business leaders at the Burlington Hilton that it is morally imperative that lawmakers get a hold on federal spending.”We do have very substantial short-term challenges, but we also have a preexisting, long-term challenge we can’t lose track of – and that’s easy to do in a crisis,” Bixby said. “It really is a moral issue because it’s about the legacy we’re going to leave to future generations.”The event, sponsored by the Vermont Business Roundtable, also featured a panel including Green Mountain Power Chief Executive Officer Mary Powell, Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors member David Coates, and Sen. Susan Bartlett, D-Lamoille, chair of the Vermont Senate Appropriations Committee.In his introduction, Vermont Business Roundtable chairman Tim Volk said, “The growing fiscal crisis at the national level is beginning to have a significant impact on Vermont’s fiscal outlook. Today, like every other state, Vermont must make hard choices about spending priorities in the next two years. How we balance short-term needs with long-term investments will determine our future economic and social prosperity.”
(REUTERS)-Dean Elgar failed to join a select group of South Africa batsman while New Zealand took three late wickets to leave the first Test at University Oval delicately poised at the end of the fourth day on Saturday.South Africa were 224 for six at the close of play in a chilly Dunedin with a lead of 191 runs entering the final day on a pitch that is turning but offering little assistance for the pace bowlers and is proving difficult to score from.Captain Faf du Plessis was on 56 at the close of play, with Vernon Philander on one after New Zealand had taken three wickets after tea, including Elgar, who was dropped twice and overturned a caught behind decision during his innings.The 29-year-old had been seeking to become the sixth South Africa batsman to score a century in both innings of a test but fell short when he was caught by Kane Williamson for 89 from offspinner Jeetan Patel. He scored 140 in the first innings.Temba Bavuma was then bowled by Mitchell Santner for six and Quinton de Kock also bowled by Patel for four in gloomy conditions, with players leaving the field with nine overs remaining.South Africa had begun the day with a five-run lead and nine wickets in hand and with rain forecast for the final day on Sunday, the hosts needed to make the most of their opportunities to try to dismiss the visitors cheaply.New Zealand, however, only had themselves to blame for not being in a better position having dropped Elgar twice and JP Duminy once.The hosts were also further hampered with opening bowler Trent Boult trudging off the field from midway through the middle session with a groin strain.It is also debatable whether batsman Ross Taylor would bat in the second innings after he suffered a torn calf muscle in the first.South Africa lost just two wickets in the first two sessions when Duminy was trapped in front by Neil Wagner for 39 after lunch, while Hashim Amla was dismissed for 24 early in a disrupted first session.Play had been due to begin 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled start of 1100 (2200 GMT) after a fire alarm in the main stand forced the evacuation of the entire venue and held up play for about 30 minutes on Friday. SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 308 (D. Elgar 140, T. Bavuma 64, F. du Plessis 52; T. Boult 4-64)New Zealand 1st innings 341 (K. Williamson 130, J. Raval 52, B. Watling 50; K. Maharaj 5-94)South Africa 2nd innings (Overnight: 38-1)S. Cook c Watling b Boult 0D. Elgar c Williamson b Patel 89H. Amla c sub b Wagner 24J. Duminy lbw b Wagner 39F. du Plessis not out 56T. Bavuma b Santner 6Q. de Kock b Patel 4V. Philander not out 1Extras (b-1 lb-3 w-1) 5Total (for 6 wickets, 102 overs) 224Fall of wickets: 1-0 S. Cook,2-39 H. Amla,3-113 J. Duminy,4-193 D. Elgar,5-206 T. Bavuma,6-218 Q. de KockTo bat: K. Maharaj, M. Morkel, K. RabadaBowling: T. Boult 15 – 4 – 34 – 1, N. Wagner 27 – 7 – 57 – 2(w-1)M. Santner 19 – 6 – 37 – 1,J. Patel 36 – 15 – 72 – 2J. Neesham 5 – 0 – 20 – 0.