Robert Putnam receives National Humanities Medal

first_imgThis afternoon President Obama honored the careers and contributions of the likes of “Star Wars” director George Lucas, musician Herb Alpert, writer Joan Didion, and Harvard’s own Robert Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School. Putnam was one of the recipients of the 2012 National Humanities Medal, which, along with the National Medal of Arts, was conferred by Obama.The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of, broadened our citizens’ engagement with, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.“I’m very gratified to be included in such distinguished company, especially as a social scientist,” said Putnam. “Most of the credit is due to my remarkable students and research team over the years, who have worked with me to reaffirm the power of community.”Putnam was honored for “deepening our understanding of community in America. Examining how patterns of engagement divide and unite, Dr. Putnam’s writing and research inspire us to improve institutions that make society worth living in, and his insights challenge us to be better citizens,” according to a statement by the White House Office of the Press Secretary.Putnam teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Harvard and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has written 14 books, including the best-selling “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” and more recently “Better Together: Restoring the American Community,” a study of promising new forms of social connectedness.Former Harvard Overseer Jill Ker Conway also received the Humanities Medal “for her contributions as a historian and trailblazing academic leader. Dr. Conway has inspired generations of scholars, and her studies of exceptional and empowered women have revealed a common drive that unites women across the globe — to create, to lead, and to excel,” the White House said.Laurie Olin, former chair of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, accepted the 2012 National Medal of Arts for “his contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. Renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, Mr. Olin has dedicated his energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art.”In 2011, Obama awarded the National Humanities Medal to Harvard economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and historian Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University librarian. Then-Overseer Emily Rauh Pulitzer, founder and chair of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, was also honored as a recipient of the 2011 National Medal of Arts.For a list of all the honorees, visit the White House website.last_img read more

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NBA looks at coronavirus contingency plans – report

first_imgThe NBA has reportedly told teams to look into strategies on how to play games without fans in the arena amid concerns over the new coronavirus outbreak. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants teams to start thinking about how they might play games without paying spectators and identify which “essential” staff would be needed As fears grow over the spread of the virus, and sports leagues formulate contingency plans, the NBA on Friday sent a memo to its teams telling them to start “developing” plans on how to play games with only “essential staff” in attendance should that be deemed necessary, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported. The NBA had sent out a previous memo to teams earlier this week, recommending players to use fist-bumps instead of high-fives with fans. It also said to avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys from fans to sign. “The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount,” the NBA said in a statement on Monday. “We are co-ordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.” Read Also: Fist bumps replace handshakes, sweaty towels off limits in Davis Cup The global spread of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the international sporting calendar with Formula One motor racing, golf and athletics among the sports cancelling or postponing events. In Italy, the hardest-hit European country with 148 deaths from the novel coronavirus, all major sports events, including football matches, will be played behind closed doors until April 3. Davis Cup tennis ties in Italy and Japan are being played behind closed doors this weekend. Promoted ContentWill 7 Largest Wet Markets In The World Survive After Pandemic?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?World’s Most Delicious Foods7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Football Lakers outscore Holland Patent; WG, J-E take losses

first_imgSo much uncertainty surrounded the Skaneateles football team as it made its return to the Class C ranks Friday night and traveled to defending Section III champion Holland Patent.Within a matter of seconds, that uncertainty faded.Cody Nesbitt took the season’s opening kickoff at his own 10-yard line, found a seam and tore all the way to the end zone. That 90-yard sprint set the tone as the Lakers went on to defeat the Golden Knights 55-36.Among other things, Nesbitt’s big play took some pressure off a Skaneateles offense that, absent the likes of Pat Hackler, Nate Wellington and Areh Boni, had many new starters in key roles.So when HP struck with a big play of its own – a 67-yard touchdown pass from Jared Harter to Dylan Ernst – the Lakers were still even, 7-7, and would answer in grand style.James Musso, the sophomore tasked with succeeding Hackler at quarterback, promptly found the Lakers’ top returning receiver, Nick Wamp, who went the rest of the way 68 yards for six points. Before the first quarter was done, Musso had added a 10-yard TD pass to Nesbitt.But it was in the second quarter that the Lakers, up 20-14, got away as its defense settled down and Musso led two more scoring drives, one ending in Nesbitt’s third TD on an 11-yard run and the other featuring another big play, a 45-yard pass to Colin Cox that found the end zone.Though comfortably ahead 34-14 at halftime, Skaneateles kept on rolling and Musso proved that he could put up the same kind of gaudy numbers that were routine in the Lakers’ championship runs of 2017 and 2018.Three times in the third quarter, Musso threw TD passes, going to Nesbitt again from 23 yards out and finding Wamp on scoring plays of 71 and 30 yards.Overall, Musso threw just 15 passes, but 10 were completed for 322 yards and six went for touchdowns. Wamp set a career mark with 226 yards on just six catches.West Genesee saw, first-hand, just how challenging things might get after having most of its starters graduate from a 2018 team that reached the sectional Class AA finals.In Saturday’s season opener at Horseheads (Section IV), the Wildcats’ defense, entirely composed of new starters, faced major struggles, and WG’s offense could not make up for it as it took a 35-14 defeat.On the other end of the Class C spectrum, Jordan-Elbridge had a rough Friday night at Lowville, overwhelmed from the outset and taking a 50-6 defeat to the Red Raiders.Lowville, looking to improve on last year’s 7-2 mark and a sectional semifinals defeat to Holland Patent, raced out to a 24-0 advantage before the first quarter was done, getting the game’s first points on a safety.Gavin Macaulay returned a punt 47 yards for one TD, with Chad Bach scoring on runs of 14 and 27 yards and also throwing an eight-yard TD pass to Macaulay. It got to 50-0 before the Eagles finally got on the board in the fourth quarter with Seth Gelling’s 13-yard dash to the end zone.Skaneateles has its home opener next Friday at against General Brown, just as J-E returns to its home turf to face Herkimer. Both games kick off at 7 p.m.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: footballJordan-ElbridgeskaneatelesWest Geneseelast_img read more

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Toomevara meet Roscrea in Seamus O’Riain cup replay

first_imgThe big game in local GAA action this weekend sees Toomevara go up against Roscrea in the replay of the Seamus O’ Riain hurling final.On their paths to the final – Toomevara overcame Silvermines and Roscrea defeated Templederry Kenyons.The game throws in on Sunday at 2 o’clock in Moneygall. Toomevara manager Denis Kelly says they’re looking forward to a good game.last_img

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