Making ‘a case for the small’

first_img“I want to make a case for the small,” said Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, for “the things that build a life of commitment.”Giving the keynote address for the Hutchins Center Symposium on Martin Luther King Jr. at the Harvard Kennedy School on Friday, Allen began by noting that although the Civil Rights leader “painted on a canvas that feels big,” she and many of her colleagues find themselves advocating smaller-scale activism — and worrying that they are not making a difference.Frequently citing King’s writings, Allen noted, “Through our scientific and technical genius, we’ve made of this world a neighborhood, and yet we’ve not had the ethical commitment to make it a brotherhood.”In a talk that referred frequently to colleagues, many of whom were present and who had spoken earlier at the daylong symposium, Allen shared that she was not initially a fan of “the small,” preferring instead to focus on broad issues concerning domination, attacking the social and economic implications of racial injustice head-on.However, in response to Harvard President Drew Faust’s entreaties, she had spent much of the last two years managing a task force on University inclusion and belonging. With data revealing that the population of African-American scholars in some Harvard programs had slipped, she confessed, “There came a certain point last fall where, in all honesty, I was pretty tired” of the effort.,But even though, she said, she worried that her energies were being frittered away on trivialities, she did find bright spots. For example, she found that the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at the Medical School was doing important work, “changing how students are experiencing the campus,” said Allen. She went on to credit that office’s dean, Joan Y. Reede.“It’s the Civil Rights Movement,” Allen said Reede told her. “It never ended.”That conversation gave Allen pause. “You might think working on something like inclusion and belonging at one of the most elite places in the world doesn’t really count as participating in the Civil Rights Movement,” she said. What she realized was that these smaller, seemingly discrete efforts are all part of a larger whole — that even work toward progress at a university like Harvard will have implications for society.“What we are building here are halls of power,” she said. “And the halls of power are connected to the guns and the prison watch towers. It’s never just about us here at places like Harvard.”,The challenge she threw out to the Harvard community audience was simple: “How do you put together the opportunity and a context like this with the basic inequality that plagues our world?”Paraphrasing Cornel West, professor of the practice of public philosophy at the Divinity School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who was seated near her, she rephrased her challenge: “It’s a question of whether or not as a professional you stay a warrior or as a professional you become a conformer.”The ways in which that challenge can be answered vary, and some methods can seem, if not small, then quixotic. As an example, Allen cited the work of Bryan Stevenson, M.P.P./J.D. ’85, a social activist and attorney who has long campaigned against bias in the courtroom. Stevenson, Allen noted, realized that the issue underlying the racism of some judges and juries was often simply rooted in ignorance. His answer has been to work to establish the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., opening this month, which documents the more than 4,000 lynchings of black people in the South.“What he was doing was establishing a foundation for the creation of the ethical commitment to brotherhood. It’s not just about policy, it’s also about the intellectual paradigms.”last_img read more

CUNA launches coronavirus resource, information page

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA has launched a resource page for information and other materials on the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease as they become available. CUNA is closely following all developments and will update the page as necessary with business continuity recommendations and information about CUNA/CUNA Council conferences and events.At this time, CUNA has not cancelled or altered live conferences or events. CUNA is constantly monitoring and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).As more updates and information become available, CUNA will communicate directly with registered attendees and membership at large. In the meantime, CUNA continues to work with venue partners to take every precaution, like adding extra hand-washing stations, hand sanitizer and additional signage as reminders of how best to prevent the spread of viruses.last_img read more

Cornerback Whigham impresses on 1st day of camp

first_img Published on August 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer tried to loosen up the crowd at his press conference outside Manley Field House on Monday evening with an early joke.“Let me guess,” Shafer said. “You guys want to know how the defensive back battle’s going, right? Is that the first question?”Rather than addressing the quarterback situation, Shafer started by talking about his secondary, mentioning that sophomore Julian Whigham impressed during the first day of practice. He said Whigham, currently slotted behind senior Keon Lyn at one of the cornerback positions, intercepted a pass down the sideline.“I was really pleased to see that,” Shafer said, “so he’s putting some heat on Ri’Shard (Anderson) and Keon Lyn, as well as Brandon Reddish.”Whigham appeared in 11 games during his freshman season, recording three tackles against Connecticut and one in Syracuse’s Pinstripe Bowl win over West Virginia. The 2011 Sun Sentinel Big Schools Defensive Player of the Year, Whigham was one of four SU true freshmen to play last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more