Daily Archives: April 8, 2020

Trump Says He Downplayed Coronavirus Because He’s America’s Cheerleader | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


Published on Apr 8, 2020

Trump tried to pass blame to the World Health Organization and says he never saw an aide’s January memo warning about a potential coronavirus pandemic. Aired on 04/07/2020

Bernie Sanders ends presidential campaign

CBC News: The National

Published on Apr 8, 2020

Bernie Sanders announced the end of his campaign to be the Democrats’ candidate for president after being unable to gain momentum during the COVID-10 pandemic

Sanders’s dropout speech, in 3 minutes

Washington Post

Apr 8, 2020

“Together we have transformed American consciousness,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on April 8 in a message to his supporters in which he ended his 2020 presidential bid. Read more: https://wapo.st/34rUWv9. SPECIAL OFFER: To thank you for your support, here’s a deal on a Washington Post digital subscription:

Bernie Sanders is out. Will his movement persist?

Washington Post

Apr 8, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dropped his 2020 presidential bid on April 8, but many of his progressive ideas and policies remain a part of the Democratic conversation. Read more: https://wapo.st/34rUWv9.

WHO: Don’t politicize virus or ‘we will have many more body bags’


WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic after U.S. President Donald Trump’s criticism: “Please, unity at national level, no using COVID-19 for political points. Second, honest solidarity at the global level and honest leadership from the U.S. and China.”

“The U.S. and China should come together to fight this virus. The G20 should come together to fight this virus. This virus is dangerous. We will have many more body bags in front of us if we don’t behave,” he added. #Coronavirus #COVID-19

Archive Clip: JFK at Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962 – “We choose to go to the Moon”

JFK Library

Mar 31, 2020

“There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

Could you be arrested for planting flowers in your street?

TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Scheduled for Apr 9, 2020

Could you be arrested for planting flowers in your street? What guerrilla gardening reveals about our relationship with urban nature & culture. Dr Elizabeth Ewart, head of the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford joins JC Niala, one of her doctoral students to discuss human beings relationship to nature in cities. Dr Ewart has an interest in the anthropology of everyday practices such as gardening. JC Niala’s doctoral research focuses on urban gardeners in Oxford and she is interested in the what their everyday practice reveals about the way we live. Working with the case study of guerrilla gardeners who operate in cities such as London and Oxford they will explore the interactions between different types of gardeners that challenge commonly held assumptions about nature & culture.

Yale University Explains Why Its Art History Survey Course Was Eliminated – Artforum International



February 05, 2020 at 2:38pm

Yale University’s decision at the end of last month to eliminate its introductory art history survey course following criticism of the class’s focus on Western art sparked both public praise and anger. Among those who spoke out against the move was Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Knight, who called it a “colossal” mistake. In an attempt to provide further insight into the decision-making process, department chair Tim Barringer submitted a letter to the College Art Association on Monday, which addresses some of the changes being made to the curriculum.

“Art history is a global discipline,” the letter reads. “Yale faculty have made field-changing contributions to the study of the arts of the Americas (notably pre-Columbian art and the full range of North American art from colonial to contemporary), African art and arts of the African Diaspora, Asian and Islamic arts, and European art from ancient times to today. The diversity of the department’s faculty and our intellectual interests finds an analogue in the diversity of today’s student body. Discussions in the department have focused on how to ensure that this diversity of research and resources can inform and energize our teaching.”

While the final survey course will be taught in the spring, art history students enrolling in classes for the fall will find that the two-part class—HSAR 112 covered the ancient Middle East, Egypt, and pre-Renaissance European art and HSAR 115 covered European and American art from the Renaissance to the present—was replaced with new introductory courses such as Global Decorative Arts, Arts of the Silk Road, Global Sacred Art, and The Politics of Representation.

“We remain as committed as ever to ‘the study of all forms of art, architecture, and visual culture’ and to sharing insights into works of art, from the Parthenon sculptures to Benin bronzes, from Renaissance Florence to Aztec sculpture, from the Taj Mahal to performance and digital art,” the letter continues. “As life becomes increasingly dominated by the visual, through screens and lenses, art history’s focus on critical visual analysis has never been more relevant. Recent excitement on social media about Yale’s curriculum demonstrates just how significant and lively—even controversial—the study of art history can, and should, be.”

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