Abbate named University Professor

first_imgCarolyn Abbate, one of the world’s most accomplished and admired music historians, has been named to become a University Professor, Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member.  Her appointment as the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.An influential scholar of exceptional originality, Abbate has focused her research principally on opera as it has evolved over the past four centuries, with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Her work ranges widely, drawing on diverse arts and humanities disciplines, including cultural history, sound and film studies, and philosophy.“Carolyn Abbate’s imagination and sense of intellectual adventure have changed the course of musicology,” said President Drew Faust. “With its original and highly interdisciplinary outlook, her work helps us to see the many disparate elements of opera each in relation to the other, as part of a polyphonic whole, and to see great works in their social and cultural contexts. And by illuminating such considerations as the intentions of the composer, the technical challenges facing performers, and the subjective experiences of audience members, she enlarges and enlivens our understanding not just of opera but of music more generally.”A stimulating teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students, Abbate has taught courses across the range of her expertise, including music history surveys, freshman seminars, and graduate seminars on topics ranging from Mozart and automata in the Enlightenment, to opera and politics in the 19th century, to the evolution of film sound technology.  Beyond her academic work, Abbate is herself a talented performer, and she has been active in staging musical and operatic works, including serving as a dramaturg for productions at the Metropolitan Opera.Abbate’s work has implications for scholarship on a wide range of musical periods and genres, in its exploration of issues such as the concept of “voice,” layers of communication in opera and instrumental music, the ontology of ephemeral art, and sound technology’s influence on the perception of musical meaning. Her work also illuminates the interplay of opera with its cultural and historical contexts, while opening the field toward a more open perspective on music as experience and performance.“This is a tremendous honor, and I cannot adequately express how grateful I am,” Abbate said. “For someone who has always been listening to what can be heard outside the world of music, being at Harvard — where there are extraordinary conversations in so many fields — is a very great privilege. Harvard students can stop you in your tracks with their imagination, and I have the good fortune to be surrounded by faculty colleagues whose intellectual verve is a similar source of delight. The University Professorships recognize crossing boundaries; I will do all I can to be worthy of the challenge inherent in that vision.”Abbate graduated from Yale College in 1977 and earned her Ph.D. from Princeton in 1984. She joined the Princeton faculty that same year, and she was named a full professor and published her first book, “Unsung Voices,” in 1991. “Unsung Voices” remains a seminal text, a rich resource of fact, method, and analysis that changed the way scholars think about music and language by interrogating the truism of music as narrative. Her second book, “In Search of Opera,” investigated opera through the perspective of its performance networks, exploring the relationship between musical works and their material realizations, highlighting uncanny views of singers and performers, from the 1760s to the 1920s, as mediums, channels, or machines. Her most recent book is “A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years,” published in 2012 with Roger Parker.  She and her co-author take on the entire lifespan of opera from its invention to its present-day incarnations, leaving opera’s absurdities intact while tracing the historical evolution of libretti, musical forms, operatic voices, and opera in literary and mass culture.  The book was named Best Classical Music Book of the Year by The Sunday Times and has been translated into several languages. Abbate has been awarded the Dent Medal by the United Kingdom Royal Musical Association as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.In 2005, she came to Harvard as the Fanny Peabody Professor of Music and served as the first Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She became the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, and returned to Harvard earlier this year.The University Professorships were established in 1935 to recognize individuals whose work on the frontiers of knowledge crosses the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. University Professors can teach and pursue research at any of Harvard’s Schools.The Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professorship was established by Paul A. Buttenwieser ’60, M.D. ’64, and his wife, Catherine, in 1997. Paul Buttenwieser is a Cambridge-based psychiatrist, novelist, musician, and philanthropist, and he was a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers from 2001 to 2007. In addition, he has served on numerous committees and boards across the University, currently including the Committee on University Resources, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Boston Major Gifts Committee, and the board of the American Repertory Theater. At the 2010 Commencement Exercises he was awarded the Harvard Medal. The Buttenwiesers also founded the Family-to-Family Project to address family homelessness.last_img read more

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Are you tired of the monster in your server room?

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Have you ever heard the term “Feed the Monster”? It’s when someone has a problem and rather than do what it takes to fix it, they “feed the monster” and continue in their useless cycles. So, let me ask you a question: If your credit union pays so much money to its technology vendors, why do you still have to manage that monster in the server room? Some credit union executives like to walk by the server room and see the blinking lights and endless wires but it’s probably safe to say that most view their server as a stressful and expensive piece of hardware that they’d rather someone else manage and maintain. Some credit unions have the budget for qualified IT departments that can handle such tasks but imagine what other important tasks your IT staff could be doing if they didn’t have to worry about server uptime.In the article Members Don’t Care About Credit Union Software and Neither Should You, we asked whether credit unions are in the technology business or in the business of providing financial services. Your members want a pleasant and convenient experience with your credit union and, in this day and age, that requires you to provide the right technology in a painless and seamless manner. While your IT budget may make you feel more like you’re a tech company than a financial institution, it is important to make the investment inconspicuous to your members. Allow your credit union technology partners to handle the technology so you can focus on providing an uncomplicated, user-friendly experience.In the past, credit unions needed a large, clunky, complicated, and expensive server onsite. Many of your technology vendors may have required their software to be housed on these servers, further expanding the size and requirements of your server room. That is until credit union cloud solutions came along and slowly changed people’s way of thinking. Credit unions no longer need that expensive hardware, taking up valuable real estate and inordinate amounts of your budget and time. continue reading »last_img read more

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Lake Grove Woman’s Husband Charged in Slaying, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 49-year-old former NYPD officer from Lake Grove was arrested Tuesday more than a 100 miles away in upstate Pawling for the alleged murder of his 42-year-old wife, Suffolk County police said.Paul Leitgeb was apprehended following a lengthy standoff with New York State police, authorities said. Suffolk police had learned that Leitgeb was on a hiking trail in Dutchess County and notified state police. After an extensive search, he was found in a densely wooded area in the Appalachian Trail late Tuesday afternoon, police said.Authorities said Leitgeb was armed with a box cutter and threatened to injure himself further after apparently cutting his wrist and throat. After a prolonged standoff, he was taken into custody, police said. He was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie for treatment.Suffolk police homicide detectives charged Leitgeb with second-degree murder. His arraignment has been delayed, pending release from the hospital. Leitgeb, according to multiple reports, is a retired NYPD Transit Officer.Leitgeb’s wife, 42-year-old Tricia Odierna, was found dead inside her Lake Grove home on Oct. 1, police said. Investigators have yet to reveal what caused her death.A family friend who launched a GoFundMe account to raise money for the slain mom’s twins and a stepdaughter described Odierna as “one of the most beautiful souls I ever had the honor of knowing.”“She was my best friend, confidant, sister I never had,” the friend wrote on her GoFundMe page, which has already received more than $20,000 in donations. “She had a heart of gold and to know her was to love her.”last_img read more

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Love Island Australia star Eoghan Murphy back selling Gold Coast property

first_img Eoghan Murphy has several big sales to his name. MORE NEWS: Beachfront house fetches almost $500,000 more than expected “I didn’t know but being away made me realise I do love what I do and I’m lucky to be able to do it.”He said he didn’t regret his time on Love Island Australia but would not do it again.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It just popped up out of nowhere to be honest,” he said.Mr Murphy has several big sales to his name including a Burleigh Heads property that sold under the hammer for $5.375 million in September and a Broadbeach Waters mansion that sold for $5.05 million in May.He also plays soccer for Gold Coast Knights in his spare time. Gold Coast real estate agent Eoghan Murphy took three months off last year to star in Love Island Australia.FORMER Love Island Australia star Eoghan Murphy is back in the property game.The 24-year-old took three months off last year to star in the show and put his real estate career with agency Kollosche on hold.“Being away from it (real estate) just reaffirmed my passion for it,” Mr Murphy said.“Last year I thought to myself before the show ‘am I just doing this because I’m good at it or do I love it’. MORE NEWS: Designer’s house sells for $3.75 million 319 Monaco St, Broadbeach sold for $5.05 million last year – Eoghan Murphy was the marketing agent alongside Michael Kollosche.last_img read more

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President Moise Commemorates Haiti’s 216th Anniversary of Independence

first_imgJovenel Moise, the winner of Haiti’s presidential election, speaks during an interview in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jeanty Junior Augustin/Files PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian President Jovenel Moïse broke with tradition on Wednesday and celebrated the country’s independence day in the capital for security reasons following months of political turmoil.Moïse, whose government has been accused of corruption, denounced graft during his speech at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince and urged Haiti’s elite to work with the government and help create employment.“We’re still extremely poor,” he said. “Those who continue to get rich find it normal that they do not pay taxes, find it normal that there can be no competition, find it normal that they set prices for consumers, especially when this consumer is the state itself.”Moïse also apologized for the country’s ongoing power outages and renewed his 2016 campaign pledge to provide electricity 24 hours a day, saying it was harder to accomplish than he imagined.The speech that marked the 216th anniversary of the world’s first black republic was originally slated to take place in the northern coastal town of Gonaives, where Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence. But the celebration was moved to the capital, Port-Au-Prince because of the destruction caused by protests in Gonaives. Opposition parties also warned the President not visit the town on Independence Day.On Monday, Jules Charles Faustin, the Political Advisor to the Head of State made the announcement, stressing “January 1 is a national holiday that deserves to be celebrated throughout solemnity required. This is not the time to enter into confrontations.”He explained that nothing forces the President in the Constitution to celebrate the independence of Haiti in historical sites recalling that during his 2nd term, President Préval did not go to Vertières.Responding to threats from the opposition to prevent Moïse from going to Gonaïves, Faustin recalled that the Head of State had made two visits to Gonaïves on December 14 and 28.For his part, the senator of the radical opposition Youri Latortue welcomed the absence of the Head of State in Gonaïves. The opposition will celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic vigil and a ceremony in memory of activists who fell during anti-government protests in the Artibonite.last_img read more

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‘Leeds United are crying out for stability’, ex-goalkeeper Paul Robinson tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Leeds United and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has told talkSPORT the club are ‘crying out for stability’ after appointing their sixth permanent manager in 18 months.Uwe Rosler was axed from the helm on Monday morning after overseeing just two wins in 12 games as head coach, with ex-Rotherham boss Steve Evans drafted in as his replacement the same day.United owner Massimo Cellino explained the reasons why he sacked his fifth manager in his short reign in charge of the club, saying he ‘wanted heavy rock football, but got country music’.And a rollercoaster start to the week continued for Leeds, with the Football League later suspending the Italian businessman for second time, having failed its Owners’ and Directors’ test over a tax conviction in his native country.It remains unclear who Evans will answer to as he begins his rolling contract as Leeds’ new boss, and Elland Road academy graduated Robinson feels for the fans amid the controversy.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the glovesman said: “The club has been crying out for stability.“It’s not fair on the fans. It’s not a one-off, this has been going on for a number of years now and Leeds are becoming a laughing stock to be honest.”Cellino has been branded ‘the manager-eater’ after his antics at Leeds and Italian side Cagliari, and while ex-Tottenham and Blackburn shot-stopper Robinson condemns the chairman’s ‘hire-and-fire’ tendencies, he admits the chief deserves praise for injecting millions into the club.He continued: “On one hand you’ve got to give Cellino credit, he’s put millions of pounds into the football club, if his money wasn’t there, who knows where Leeds would be.“And on the other hand, you’ve got to question he runs the club. But it is his club, he does what he wants to do and he’s proven that in the past. He’s going to hire and fire and he’s going to make decisions, and he’ll live and die by it.“The problem is at the top, and I’m not sure what the answer is, but Leeds United fans don’t deserve to be put through this.”Evans’ appointment was met with mixed reaction from Leeds fans, but Robinson insists, for the good of the club, they must get behind their new boss from the off.He added: “The way things have been handled, with the previous manager fired and Evans taking training the same  morning… there are question marks over whether he’s the right man for the job, but they’ve got to get behind him now“They need a man manager, someone who can get the best out of the players, so why not give him a chance?”last_img read more

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Abueva unfazed by Alaska’s slew of losses: ‘We will come back’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska is in the middle of its worst losing streak in franchise history but brash forward Calvin Abueva is not a bit bothered.Despite losing its 10th straight game, Abueva is confident the Aces are capable of entering the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs and turning their fortunes around.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ll make the playoffs and of course we’ll return the favor to Phoenix,” said Abueva who finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re really not that concerned,” said Abueva in Filpino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena after losing to Phoenix 95-93.“We will come back and of course we’ll do something to stop this losing streak.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlaska is 0-2 so far in the PBA Governors’ Cup but it lost eight straight games at the close of the Commissioner’s Cup.The Aces’ latest loss was a hard blow with Fuel Masters’ Eugene Phelps dealing the final jab at the buzzer. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Dellavedova surprised with PBA’s physicality Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

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Top pick CJ Perez ready to give cellar-dweller Columbian a lift

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Top overall pick CJ Perez knows he’s not a cure-all for Columbian in the coming PBA season and it needs a whole team’s effort to change the culture of a franchise.Perez was the 2018 PBA Draft’s top selection and he went to a Dyip team badly needing wins after finishing the 2017-2018 season with an overall record of 6-27.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Perez, though, was still a happy camper that he will go the Dyip as the league’s top overall pick.“Of course I’m excited and happy that I’ll go to Columbian as the top pick and I hope I can play well in the PBA,” said Perez. “I’ll always bring in the effort and if the team needs a scorer then I’ll be ready for that.I will give my best to the team.”Perez’ new coach Johnedel Cardel added that there’ll be no change in the lineup and that the team with Perez and fellow rookie JP Calvo will be final.“Whoever we picked, we’ll stick with them,” said Cardel. “Hopefully, we can win more with the addition of CJ and some other guys. For me, CJ is perfect for us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “Of course, it’s not just me who will lift the whole club, all of us players will have to work together to help the team improve,” said Perez in Filipino Sunday at Robinson’s Manila.“Although I wish that we can turn the fortunes of Columbian around but we can’t do that if we don’t put in the effort.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe former NCAA MVP will join the Dyip, who already boast a promising backcourt composed of Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy.King was the fourth-best scorer among locals in the Governors’ Cup norming 20.2 points-per-game in the eliminations, but despite that, Columbian still finished with a league-worst 1-10 record in the conference. ‘Surprised’ Paul Desiderio excited to join Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas at NLEX Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentslast_img read more

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