Daily Archives: December 24, 2022

Slavery and plunder: How can Europe pay its debt to Africa? | DW News

DW News Dec 24, 2022

In an effort to come to terms with its colonial past, the Netherlands has apologized for its role in slavery. The country once had an extensive colonial empire in South East Asia, Africa and the Americas. Hundreds of thousands of people were enslaved and sold by Dutch merchants, over centuries. Now, the Dutch government is planning to invest in education and awareness programs to tackle racism. But the apology was not welcomed by everyone. And Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock traveled to Nigeria to return artefacts known as the Benin Bronzes. They’re among thousands of valuable relics that were stolen and sold all over Europe in the late 19th century.

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Netherlands apologises for role in slavery – BBC News

BBC News Dec 19, 2022

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has apologised for The Netherlands’ colonial past and role in slavery. Speaking at The Hague, Mr Rutte called the Netherlands’ history “painful, ugly and downright embarrassing”. More than 600,000 people from Asia and Africa were trafficked by Dutch merchants in the 17th-19th centuries, creating a huge amount of wealth for The Netherlands. The timing of the apology has been criticised by campaigners, who instead wanted it to take place next year on the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Act.

Spartaco. Schiavi e padroni a Roma | Museo dell’Ara Pacis

Spartaco. Schiavi e padroni a Roma

31/03 – 17/09/2017
Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Spazio espositivo Ara Pacis

Thanks to a team of archaeologists, set designers, directors and architects, this exhibition transports the complex world of Ancient Roman slaves to today, starting with the last major slave revolt led by Spartacus between 73 and 71 BC.

Having become a gladiator, Spartacus headed up the famous rebellion that began in the gladiator’s school in Capua. He gathered a multitude of slaves around him, drawing in many poor and desperate people too, turning them in to a real army with which he was able to hold the great Roman army at bay for three years. He terrorized Rome and its establishment despite the 10 legions, under the command of Marcus Licinius Craxus, brought in to fight him. Finally, however, he was defeated and although he died on the battlefield, his body was never found. 6000 of those who had fought alongside him in the rebellion were crucified along the stretch of the Via Appia that runs between Rome and Capua.

The various settings that typify the lives of Roman slaves in the centuries that followed Spartacus’ epic story are explained in the 11 sections of the exhibition. Some 250 archaeological finds have been brought in from 5 museums under the Capitoline Supervisory Body’s umbrella as well as many other Italian and major foreign museums too. A selection of 10 copywrited photographs have also been included, along with audio and video installations that together bring the sounds, voices and settings of the historic environments to life creating a truly engrossing story. The end of the exhibition is marked by contributions from the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialist United Nations agency, aimed at drawing attention to issues of work and social policies, the fight to eliminate forced labour and other forms of slavery linked to the world of work.


Place Museo dell’Ara Pacis

, Spazio espositivo Ara Pacis

Opening hours

March 31 – September 17, 2017
Every day 9.30 a.m to 7.30 p.m
The ticket office closes one hour before

N.B. For special openings and/or closures consult the page dedicated to the notice

Entrance ticket

Exhibition only Tickets (entrance from Via di Ripetta):
– Adults € 11,00;
– Concessions € 9,00;
– Special School groups € 4,00 per student (free entrance for one accompanying teacher for every 10 students) ;
– Special Family € 22,00 (2 adults and children under 18 years of age).

Guided tours for groups and schools (admission not included, booking required max 30 people) schools € 70,00, groups € 100,00
Workshop € 140,00
Ara Special offer: reduced entry with ticket for “The Ara Pacis as it was”

Integrated Museo dell’Ara Pacis + Exhibition Ticket
– Adults € 17,00;
– Concessions € 13,00.
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID):
– Adults: € 16,00;
– Concessions: € 12,00.

– residents in the European Union aged between 6 and 25;
– Teachers;
– Journalists with press card (professionals, practitioners, freelance);
– RomaPass 72 hours card-holders (3rd entrance onwards);
– RomaPass 48 hours card-holders (2nd entrance onwards);
– Holders of American Express credit card

Free admission:
– Children up to 6 years
– disabled visitors and a carer
– European Union Tourist Guides
– Tourist interpreters from the European Union
– Members of ICOMOS, ICOM, ICCROM, Accademia dei Lincei, Istituto Studi Romani, Amici dei Musei di Roma
– RomaPass 72 hours card-holders (1st and 2nd entrance)
– RomaPass 48 hours card-holders 1st entrance)


Ara Pacis Museum only Tickets:
Adults € 10,50
Concessions € 8,50
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID):
Adults € 8,50
Concessions € 6,50
Concessions and free admission


Online tickets
For the Capitoline Museums or Ara Pacis simply present your printed receipt at the turnstiles, bypassing the ticket office queue.


Tickets can also be purchased by credit card and ATM


Tel. 0039 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 19.00 pm)

Type Exhibition|Archeology

Other information

Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Crescita culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

Web site

Organization Zètema Progetto Cultura SPONSOR SISTEMA MUSEI IN COMUNE In collaboration withMasterCard Priceless Rome Media PartnerIl Messaggero

Curator Claudio Parisi Presicce, Orietta Rossini con Lucia Spagnuolo


Spartaco. Schiavi e Padroni a Roma. Ediz. illustrata

C. Presicce Parisi, O. Rossini

Editore: De Luca Editori d’Arte

Lingua: italiano

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Press Room

Comunicato stampa

Sezioni Mostra

Intervento Parisi Presicce e Rossini – ideatori mostra

Intervento Kyle Harper

Intervento Luciano Canfora

Intervento Incelli

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$200M gift to fund Harvard climate crisis institute – Harvard Gazette

Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability made possible by $200M gift from Melanie and Jean Salata

Date June 21, 2022

Harvard University on Tuesday announced the creation of the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability, a groundbreaking new entity that will advance and catalyze research programs across all of Harvard’s Schools and enable comprehensive cross-University education in climate and the environment.

Building on work developed over decades at Harvard, the Salata Institute will launch in fall 2022 and be led by Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability Jim Stock with a mission to develop and promote durable, effective, and equitable solutions to the climate-change challenges confronting humanity. The Institute is made possible by a $200 million gift to Harvard from Melanie and Jean Eric Salata. Jean Salata is the chief executive and founding partner of Baring Private Equity Asia, which recently announced that it was merging with the global private equity firm EQT.

“The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle the climate crisis by leveraging and unifying Harvard’s strengths. It will draw together expertise from across the University in ways we’ve only just begun to imagine,” said President Larry Bacow. “Melanie and Jean’s extraordinary generosity is matched only by their passionate belief that the time is now for bold action that engages the public. We are grateful beyond measure for their vision and for their support as we undertake critical work on behalf of humanity — and for the sake of our planet.”

Jean Eric and Melanie Salata with Adele and Larry Bacow.

The Institute will pursue a pathbreaking approach to the climate challenge — one that aims to grow and galvanize the network of climate-focused scholars across Harvard, create new pathways for student education and participation in the development of climate and sustainability solutions, and add critical focus on significant, real-world progress with near- and long-term impact. It will also act as a hub and connection point for the many existing climate-related programs and initiatives across the University.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. It is a crisis whose impact will affect our children and many generations to come, and we have a responsibility to them to do everything we can to address it,” the Salatas said. “Through initiatives like the one we are announcing today, and many others like it globally, we can harness the power of the world’s best researchers and most talented policy and business leaders to create a more sustainable future for all of us.”

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Norman Borlaug | The Man Who Tried to Feed the World | American Experience | PBS

American Experience | PBS Apr 2, 2020

Norman Borlaug, an Iowa-born agronomist, dedicated his life to ending world hunger. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his work, but his methods drew controversy. Learn more about THE MAN WHO TRIED TO FEED THE WORLD including where to watch the documentary: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexper…

In 1966, drought and an exploding population confronted India with the imminent threat of a severe famine that many scientists and intellectuals feared was a harbinger of global catastrophes to come, as the world’s population outstripped its ability to produce food. India turned to Norman Borlaug, an unassuming plant breeder from Iowa whose combination of scientific knowledge and raw determination had made him a legend among a small handful of fellow specialists.

The Man Who Tried to Feed the World recounts the story of the man who would not only solve India’s famine problem but would go on to lead a “Green Revolution” of worldwide agriculture programs estimated to have saved one billion lives. He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work but spent the rest of his life watching his methods and achievements come under increasing fire.

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Harvard Alumni for Agriculture & Food

Who We Are

In 1871 Harvard established a school for agriculture and horticulture in the Bussey Institute located in the area now part of the Arnold Arboretum. In the 1960’s, the term “agribusiness” was first coined in the by HBS Professor Dr. Ray Goldberg.

Harvard Alumni for Agriculture and Food (Harvard Agri-Food) exists to promote interaction and communication among Harvard alumni involved in all sectors of the global agriculture and food system and to aid in their professional development and continuing education as impactful leaders. Our objectives include:

  • Hosting events that provide members with access to industry leaders and expertise.
  • Hosting events that provide members with access to Harvard faculty from a wide range of disciplines, schools; and departments.
  • Create a superior online environment that promotes community information and knowledge sharing.
  • Provide an organized forum for alumni to communicate, interact; and exchange ideas to aid in professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Disseminate career and professional opportunities.
  • Serve as a mentoring resource for Harvard students, and early and mid-career professionals interested in pursuing or advancing Agri-Food sector careers.
  • Serving as a bridge between alumni, faculty, and students to bolster support for agriculture, food, water, bio-products; and environmental initiatives on campus.

Programming and Events

As a global organization, we strive to provide opportunities for members to gather where they live. Due to the current circumstances, we’re able to leverage technology to keep our members connected and their career goals on target. Whether a formal panel or one-on-one interviews, our events offer unique discussions on the most timely topics and offer a key means for alumni to stay connected. Being a registered member gives you free registration, discounted fees; or exclusive invitation to these programs. A combination of presentation and Q&A, here is your opportunity to gain insights from industry leaders and get your questions answered.

(617) 495-5731
124 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138


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