New Holy Ghost! Single “Dumb Disco Ideas”

first_imgBrooklyn duo Holy Ghost! are preparing to release their follow-up to 2011′s self-titled debut.  Their sophomore effort, Dynamics (no release date), shows the band bringing those deep, disco-pop grooves back for another go around. The album will be released on DFA Records (co-founded by LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy), which will be celebrating its 12th Anniversary with a huge celebration party at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn on May 25th.Holy Ghost! released a video to their first single yesterday via Pitchfork, titled “Dumb Disco Ideas”, which was taped on a NYC rooftop with an unmanned band setup and Simon-like light setup – remember the old electronic handheld game? It’s a pretty funky track and fun video, check it out below.Holy Ghost! Summer Tour Dates05-18 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival05-19 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory05-20 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour05-21 Los Angeles, CA – Dim Mak Studios (DJ set)05-22 San Francisco, CA – The Independent05-24 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge05-25 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival05-26 Vancouver, British Columbia – Fortune06-07 New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival – Randall’s Island Park06-08 Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam Festival06-16 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival06-28 Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest07-19 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall &07-21 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheater &07-24 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Park, Brooklyn &07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center &07-28 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion &07-31 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion && with New Orderlast_img read more

Prince Forms His Own Music Publishing Firm, Drops Universal

first_imgPrince has announced his departure from Universal Music Publishing, and the formation of his own publishing group, NPG Music Publishing. The move will allow Prince to fully control his own music, so that the storied musician can share his catalog through a number of different media outlets.While the official details have yet to be released, Prince will make available those songs that are “fit 4 eternal publication.” The group was founded by Artists for Artists, a collective that supports artists and fosters emerging talent.NPG Music was involved with Prince’s appearance on New Girl, and the single “FALLINLOVE2NITE” that debuted during the episode. They are searching for more media appearances, such as television shows, video games, commercials, etc.With an artist as beloved and with a catalog as extensive as Prince’s, the formation of NPG Music Publishing should be a success. So far, however, the details are spotty. You can check out their website, which is currently just the above, somewhat-creepy picture of Prince, and a contact e-mail address.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Chris Kuroda Lights Up Martin Garrix DJ Set

first_imgPhish lighting master Chris Kuroda was recently recruited by 17-year-old phenom Martin Garrix for the young DJ’s consecutive weekend appearances at Coachella. Kuroda is well known within the Phish community, and was recently working with Justin Bieber.Both Garrix and Bieber are managed by Scooter Braun, so the collaboration isn’t totally out of left field.You can watch some of the Garrix Coachella set here:In an interview with Elle, Garrix commented on Kuroda’s involvement, saying, “I was so happy! We invested a lot of money in production. All the big shows, the really important shows, we’re going to fly in [Justin Bieber and Phish lighting guru Chris Kuroda]/ Those are like rock-music shows, with the lasers and stuff. Yesterday, with everybody in the crowd, I was like ‘Holy fucking shit!’”Kuroda is set to work with Phish for their upcoming appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Tycho Announces ‘Awake’ Summer Tour Dates

first_imgTycho has revealed dates for an extensive summer tour in support of their recent album release, Awake. Surrounding performances at a number of major festivals, including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Ottawa Blues Fest and more, the group will hit a number of spots in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, and will play some major cities in Canada as well.For full ticketing information and more, head to the band’s official website. The schedule can be seen below:Tycho Tour Dates:April 17 Berkeley, CA—Greek Theater April 18 Indio, CA—Coachella May 21 Bradley, CA—Lightning in a Bottle June 3 Cuahutemoc, MEX—Sala June 6 Houston, TX—Free Press Summer Festival June 9 Tampa, FL—The Ritz Ybor June 10 Miami, FL—Grand Central June 11 Jacksonville, FL—Free Bird Live June 13 Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo June 15 Wilmington, NC—Ziggy’s by the Sea June 16 Norfolk, VA—The Norva June 17 Richmond, VA—The National June 18 Dover, DE—Firefly Music Festival June 19 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live! July 8 Ottawa, CAN—Ottawa Blues Festival July 9 Quebec City, CAN—Quebec City Summer Festival July 10 Montreal, CAN—Parc Jean Drapeau July 11 Toronto, CAN—Echo Beach July 14 Headingley, CAN—Adrenaline Adventures July 15 Saskatoon, CAN—Diefenbaker Park July 17 Calgary, CAN—Prairie Winds Park July 19 Pemberton, CAN—Pemberton Music Festival August 6 Darrington, WA—Summer Meltdownlast_img read more

Queens of the Stone Age Launches Charity For Ill and Disabled Musicians

first_imgJust because Queens of the Stone Age are taking a break right now doesn’t mean frontman Josh Homme isn’t still finding new projects. The musician has teamed up with members of Paramore and Jimmy Eat World to form The Sweet Stuff Foundation.The charity is designed to benefit ill or disabled musicians, engineers, and their families. You can read the charity’s mission statement below:The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability. Things like transportation to medical treatment, assistance with childcare and tuition, income assistance, the “last wishes” of a lifetime, and special treatments not covered by insurance. The healing power of music is also a vital form of preventative medicine. That’s why the Sweet Stuff Foundation’s two prong approach is also committed to providing assistance for music lessons, instruments, and musical collaborations for children. To help foster an atmosphere of creativity & introduce a healthy outlet via music, so that the “Sweet Stuff’ will continue for generations to come.The foundation was actually founded in 2013, but now that QOTSA are off the road, they’re able to give the charity the attention it deserves. The Foo Fighters recently raised awareness for it in a social media post.Our thoughts naturally turned to beloved NOLA drummer Eric Bolivar, who is still suffering from polycystic kidney disease. Hopefully organizations like Sweet Stuff will be able to help musicians like Bolivar.You can find out more about the charity here.last_img read more

Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Releases First Track From Grateful Dead-Inspired Solo Album

first_imgYours, Dreamily Tracklisting: 01. Once We Begin (Intro) 02. Outta My Mind 03. Put A Flower In Your Pocket 04. Pistol Made Of Bones 05. Everything You Do (You Do For You) 06. Stay In My Corner 07. Cold Companion 08. The Arc 09. Nature’s Child 10. Velvet Ditch 11. Chains Of Love 12. Come & Go 13. Rosie (Ooh La La) 14. Searching The Blue[Via NPR] Back in April, The Black Keys’ guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone that he was releasing a new solo album, the music of which was inspired by the Grateful Dead. Now, we have some more information about that project with his solo band, The Arcs.The new album will be titled Yours, Dreamily, and will be released on September 4th via Nonesuch Records. The Arcs are comprised of Auerbach, alongside Richard Swift, Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan and the women of Mariachi Flor De Toloache. The fourteen track offering will be “extra weird,” according to Auerbach, who said the following about the album:“I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead – my favorite records that they did. So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record – that’s all!”You can check out the lead single, “Stay In My Corner,” below. The video also showcases the album’s new artwork, and you can scroll below to get the full tracklisting of the new album.last_img read more

Festival Releases Apology To Attendees For Cancellation After Neglecting To Pay Artists

first_imgAfter Creatures of the Night festival was suddenly and mysteriously cancelled mid-festival on Saturday, attendees were left angry and confused, many of whom had traveled far and wide for the event. At the time, the festival offered little more than an obfuscating Facebook post on the matter. Now, they’ve attempted to offer an explanation to patrons in a very lengthy statement. Aqueous Saves The Day With Three-Hour Set At Cancelled Creatures Of The Night FestivalThe gist is that the festival didn’t have enough money to pay its staff or the artists, confirming rumors that were circulating. A first year festival often takes a beating financially. However, most festival producers anticipate and analyze cash-flow well in advance, not on the last day of the festival. They say most festivals, as with most businesses, don’t make money for three years. Most inaugural festivals make sure they have enough capital to pay off their staff and talent costs before signing contracts with booking agencies. Some major first year festivals even put money in Escrow accounts to insure booking agents their artists will be paid, despite the festival’s success or failure.Nevertheless, the festival ensures that refunds will eventually be issued, but asks patrons to “be patient”. To be fair, the majority of social media reactions to their apology has been one of forgiveness and understanding. However, we’re sure the artists, including headliners like Papadosio, who drove all the way to Tennessee only to find out they were not getting paid to perform, will not be as understanding. Read the festival’s full statement below:A long over-due apology and explanation to our fellow Creatures:At this point, we can’t begin to explain how sorry we are for the great errors in judgement and in management that resulted in our shortcomings this weekend, but still—we apologize for not meeting your expectations. The truth of the matter is this, we did what we could to generate enough income to fuel the festival throughout the weekend, but fell considerably short, resulting in wasted time and energy from our patrons, booking agencies, and artists alike.As I’m sure you realize, it is difficult to stay motivated when there is no incentive. So, Saturday morning, upon realizing there would be no monetary compensation for the months of work they put in, the COTN staff took a huge hit to the overall morale of the team. However, the majority came together to desperately salvage what they could from the remains of this failure. Our staff did the talking, but it was the artists, the sound and stage crews, the security, the EMTs, the production team, the performers, and YOU, who made our last night on the grounds the success that it was. So, on the other side of our apology lies a sincere, deep level of gratitude. We counted on the culture of this scene to lift us out of our dismay, and keep us going – and to think /we/ were the ones supposed to be bringing /you/ a transformational experience…Some of you are very upset, on many different levels, and rightfully so. The announcement we released Saturday afternoon was posted in the heat of the moment, when we still had absolutely no idea how the rest of the weekend would roll out. Our first mistake was in stating that the entire festival was cancelled, and our second was in stating that new arrivals would be turned away at the gates. To be asked to turn around despite purchasing a ticket and driving from all over the country to a meeting place that was supposed to be welcoming you with open arms was inexcusable. For those of you who came out solely to pledge your allegiance to the rail–to catch the headlining acts you love so much that we couldn’t pay for, we failed you. We promised an amazing lineup and in the end just could not afford it.So, a breakdown of what happened:There are so many uncalculated costly factors that a first-time coordinator doesn’t take into consideration, making budgeting extremely difficult, despite all of the planning and double-checking. What we thought would cost us $238,000 ended up costing closer to $350,000 due to contractual disputes between our management and the land owner, as well has an honest lack of understanding of what it actually takes to turn a dream this big into reality. We depended on ticket sales to carry us through the weekend, but didn’t get the kind of draw we desperately anticipated. So, now, we sit here ashamed that we could not give each and every one of you what you desired and deserved. Financial shortcomings aside, we were understaffed, and we excitedly took on a project that was too large on many levels from the start, instead of starting small and with patience and focus, building up from there.Blinded by ambition, and desire to deliver an unbelievable experience to your hearts, we forgot about what we were /actually/ trying to show you—a new vision of sustainability and personal growth. I wanted with every bone in my body to give you all of this, and failed, but I will never stop working to make it up to each and every one of you. We lost every dime that we had, and have a very considerable number to work up to, just to pay the artists and contracts that we couldn’t pay this weekend. I need you to understand that this process is going to be a long one, but we promise to keep an open, honest line of communication between us. Please understand that the staff that is left behind is made up of a few people who also suffered great losses, but is still donating their time and energy to help work this out with all involved.With that said, please stay tuned for more information on our refund applications. We will NOT leave you hanging on this, but we ask you for patience.We shot for the moon on this year’s lineup, and fell back to earth on a cloud, thanks to your compassion and dedication to this lifestyle. For all of you who stayed, I have been crying tears of joy thinking about what you did for me. This past weekend, I saw my dream die in front of my eyes, and you picked it up off the ground, welcomed it into the warmth of your heart, and brought it back to life. Your support encourages me to keep trying. You stuck around to bring out what you wanted from the experience, and it was /you/ who has inspired /me/. When I went on stage to announce that you wouldn’t be getting the experience you paid for, you basically offered your help to do what you could to keep the fire alive. It was the scariest moment of my life, turned into the most beautiful moment of my life. I will forever think of you as my family.Let’s reflect on the 5 Principles of COTN:Experience Ultimate Joy: Despite having many reasons to be disappointed, you made the most of a disappointing situation, resulting in blissful creative expression that came from within your own heart.Express Yourself Fully: When the festival shut down, the creatures in you came out full-throttle. YOU became the show, delivering incredible performances.Radical Inclusion: So many of you have been radically understanding, despite our shortcomings. You accepted us as we were, and turned around to support us anyway.Seek Transformation: When we dropped the ball, every single person involved transformed a commercial festival into a burn in a matter of hours. Stages were torn down and rebuilt, emotions that were all across the board came into harmony, and we came together to transform our failure into an inspiring example of creative ability.Be The Fire: Each and every one of you shone bright. You delivered on your end of the bargain.So, Creatures…please be patient with us answering your questions. We have a lot of them to get to as we simultaneously figure out many more details as this story continues to unfurl. We have a dream that hasn’t quite died yet. It has come alive in a different form, but again, we call on you to support it and place your trust in it. In the meantime, we will reflect on our mistakes, and learn from each of your experiences. Again, our deepest apologies to our Creatures family. Thank you for all that you have done.Regards,Alex Cole-Gardner | Owner, Co-Producer& COTN Management[Original Statement via Facebook]last_img read more

Bloom to step down as dean of Harvard School of Public Health at close of academic year

first_imgBarry R. Bloom, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health, announced today (Nov. 15) that he will step down from his position as the School’s leader at the end of the current academic year. Bloom became dean of HSPH on Jan. 1, 1999. During a period marked by globalization and profound changes in science and technology, Bloom has led initiatives to keep HSPH at the frontier of scientific discovery and interdisciplinary innovation and to extend its leadership in improving the health of populations around the world.“For nearly a decade, I have had the enormously rewarding experience of guiding the world’s most dynamic and rigorous public health research and teaching enterprise, and I have seen it enter the 21st century with reinvigorated interdisciplinary research activity, a modernization of its departments, a rethinking of its curriculum, and solid fiscal health,” Bloom said. “We enter now a phase of more intensive planning for an anticipated move to Allston as a central component of the University’s vision for its future. It is clearly desirable and necessary that the School have new leadership to take it into its next phase, so that a new dean can participate both in shaping the plan for the future and in seeing it through to fruition. This seems like the right time for me to indicate my plans to step down and allow another generation of leadership to be engaged.”Over the next seven months, Bloom plans to focus on firmly establishing initiatives to carry forward strategic priorities that have been developed at the School — new active-learning educational programs and research priorities in the areas of genes and the environment, quantitative genomics, and global health. In a letter to the HSPH community, he expressed appreciation for the privilege of working with “an enormously creative and collegial faculty, a wonderfully exciting and diverse student body, and an extraordinarily dedicated staff.” He thanked his academic and administrative deans for providing “creative energy, advice, and leadership that have made both change and stability possible,” and he expressed his gratitude for the constructive advice and criticism offered by colleagues and friends of the School and for their generous support over the years.“Barry Bloom has led our School of Public Health with remarkable vision and devotion,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “He has broadened and intensified the School’s international reach as well as its close engagement with some of the world’s most serious health challenges. He has worked to strengthen and integrate the School’s efforts across the sciences and the social sciences, and to pursue creative connections with other parts of Harvard. He has guided important initiatives to plan ambitiously for the School’s academic and physical future, while also building its capacity to attract outstanding students from around the world. He has done all this with a passionate concern for the power of the public health enterprise to improve the lives of people both close to home and abroad.”From his first days as dean, Bloom announced that financial aid for students would be his top priority for funding. Over the period of his deanship, financial aid to students has increased nearly threefold, to a total of $8.4 million in the current academic year, with substantial support from the University. In his meetings with students, he has been consistently inspired by their experiences, dedication, and potential for leadership — and responsive to their concerns about the need for financial aid and for better student space in the School. In the past year, together with Academic Dean James Ware, he has focused attention on revising the School’s curriculum to include more active learning and case-based teaching, appointing two new associate deans for education and providing new resources for the initiative.Several significant international projects have been implemented with Bloom’s support and guidance, notably in Africa, India, China, and the Mediterranean region. In 2004, The Cyprus Institute was created, and an agreement between the institute and School was put in place to provide research, education, and training efforts for the environment and public health for the Mediterranean region. In March 2006, Bloom was acknowledged for his key role in developing the concept for the Public Health Foundation of India. Founded to influence public health education, research, and policy, the PHFI aims to establish multiple world-class Indian institutes of public health over time. And this past summer, the HSPH welcomed a delegation of 62 senior health executives from China for a three-week intensive training program in health systems leadership as part of the School’s three-pronged China Initiative, which includes the training program, a University-wide forum, and a series of applied health research projects.The School’s presence in Africa has expanded to meet the challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to help guide the outpouring of resources to address it. Bloom worked to secure funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the program on AIDS Prevention in Nigeria (APIN), emphasizing the importance of coupling prevention with treatment to address the AIDS crisis. In 2004, in light of its ongoing efforts to help confront HIV/AIDS in Africa, the School was awarded one of the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) grants. Working in three countries of sub-Saharan Africa, the School’s PEPFAR project has trained health professionals, strengthened in-country academic medical centers, and built sustainable capacity for treatment, preventive services, and research.Through faculty retreats and meetings with department chairs, Bloom oversaw the development of a planning matrix that has served as a guide for strategic decisions at the School addressing rapid trends in science, technology, and globalization. He worked to create the new Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, which seeks to focus on biological mechanisms of particular relevance to the most important chronic disease threats to public health and to leverage the School’s outstanding epidemiological research on obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. With the merging of two departments into the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, the School’s efforts in understanding the social determinants of health as well as maternal and child health were strengthened by encompassing a more comprehensive “lifecourse” approach.With the formation of a new bioinformatics core and a Program on Quantitative Genomics, Bloom supported faculty efforts to bring computational biology and informatics into research in basic science and epidemiology. More recently, he has formed a committee to focus on genes and the environment — bringing together biologists, epidemiologists, environmental scientists, and biostatisticians to integrate knowledge about the genetic and environmental factors crucial to understanding the mechanisms of complex multigenic diseases.Bloom has presided over the recruitment of outstanding leaders in public health to the School’s faculty while also increasing the percentage of women and minorities, and supporting mentoring for junior faculty.He has emphasized the importance of communications, explicitly adding it to the School’s mission statement. This provided the impetus for a new academic concentration in health communication in the School, and the launch of an Office of Communications to spur outreach to the media and the public.Bloom has also refocused and strengthened the School’s Division of Public Health Practice to enable a regional and national impact in the areas of tobacco control, cancer prevention, and public health preparedness. Together with the HSPH Center for Health Communication, he engaged Hollywood to amend its film rating system so that the depiction of tobacco use would for the first time be considered a factor in a film’s rating, enabling parents to protect their children from the harms of the largest preventable cause of illness in the world.A strong proponent of cross-School interactions, Bloom has worked with colleagues across the University, engaging with the Asia Center and the Harvard China Fund, supporting the development of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health (HIGH), and collaborating with the Kennedy School on an upcoming forum on the sustainability of institutional innovations to improve health. He was particularly pleased by the successful launch of a joint J.D.-M.P.H. program in law and public health with Harvard Law School.“As a scientist and dean, Barry Bloom has invested his extraordinary intellect and energy in exploring how research and education can contribute to fundamental improvements in people’s health and well-being,” said Steven E. Hyman, provost of Harvard University. “He has also been a leading voice in considering how Harvard can pursue innovation across disciplines and Schools and how we can expand our engagement with the world beyond our borders. I know that Barry will continue to be a greatly valued citizen of the University, given his highly integrated and genuinely global perspective on the improvement of health.”An internationally recognized expert in immunology and infectious diseases, Bloom, 71, is a leader in global health policy as a member of scientific advisory boards for the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and independent foundations and is also a former consultant to the White House on international health policy. He continues to pursue an active interest in bench science as the principal investigator of a laboratory researching new vaccine strategies for tuberculosis, a disease that claims more than 2 million lives each year.Bloom holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and an honorary doctorate from Amherst College, and a doctoral degree in immunology from Rockefeller University. He is a past president of the American Association of Immunologists and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. He received the first Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Research in Infectious Diseases in 1991, shared the Novartis Award in Immunology in 1998, and was the recipient of the Robert Koch Gold Medal for lifetime research in infectious diseases in 1999. He recently received an honorary doctorate from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in recognition of his “outstanding studies on the immune response in tuberculosis, in particular of its genetic control … and work on various techniques in vaccine development” and for his “towering contribution to international health and leadership in public health education.” Bloom is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. After stepping down as dean, Bloom will become a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and will continue his research and other activities related to global health as a member of the HSPH faculty.Faust said that she intends promptly to launch a search for Bloom’s successor. “In undertaking the search, I will want to consult widely with the members of the HSPH community and knowledgeable others — to benefit from your perspectives on the state of the School, the qualities to look for in our next dean, and possible candidates for the deanship,” she said in a message to the HSPH community. “For today, I hope you will join me in congratulating Barry on his distinguished service and in looking forward, with him, to a future full of promise for the School of Public Health.”last_img read more

PBHA fetes public service, honors seniors with awards

first_imgThe Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) held its seventh annual public service celebration on May 5 in the dining hall of Lowell House. A capacity crowd of 240, including PBHA public service leaders and volunteers, Harvard faculty and staff, and invited guests, attended the dinner program to celebrate the year in service, award postgraduate fellowships, honor graduating seniors, and recognize outstanding volunteers.The awards given out included the Stride Rite Post-Graduate Fellowships and the Stride Rite Senior Recognition Award (both sponsored by the Stride Rite Community Service Program), the Neil J. Houston and Donald W. Moreland Awards, and the Spirit of PBHA Awards.The Stride Rite Post-Graduate Fellowships are awarded to exceptional graduating seniors who will dedicate the coming year to projects that build on their past service experience. Recipients were selected based on a history of continuity and long-term investment in a particular service or social justice focus. This year, three fellowships in the range of $25,000 were awarded to Tatiana Chaterji, Kevin Feeney, and Astha Thapa.After graduation, Chaterji will remain in Boston to work with the Association of Haitian Women; Feeney will return home to Oakland, Calif., where he will work with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; and Thapa will return to her home of Nepal, where she will establish a counterpart to Teach for America.The Stride Rite Senior Recognition Award winners are nominated and selected based on the students’ exceptional dedication to service and social change during their undergraduate careers. This year’s recipients are Frank Assaf, Sabrina Forte, Luther Gatewood, Jungmin Lee, Laura Powers, Angelico Razon, and Jill Stockwell.The Donald W. Moreland and the Neil J. Houston Public Service Scholarship Funds are awarded annually to deserving undergraduates who have worked extensively in PBHA programs. The Moreland Award acknowledges selflessness and generosity through volunteer service, and the Houston Award recognizes moral leadership and extraordinary volunteer commitment.The 2008 recipients (all of whom are seniors) are Chethan Bachireddy, Marco Basile, Cindy Cen, Connie Chen, Natasia de Silva, Sarah Howard, Jenny Jordan, Sergio Martinez, Aubrie Pagano, and Hezzy Smith.The Spirit of PBHA Award is a special commendation for outstanding organizational contributions that have made it possible for members of PBHA to better serve the community. This year’s winners include seniors Ajay Kumar and Ashley Pletz.PBHA also honored Alan Stone, Harvard University’s vice president for Government, Community and Public Affairs, for his career in public service and support of the efforts of students at Harvard. Stone is retiring this summer.last_img read more

Celebrating the life and career of Stanley Hoffmann

first_imgOne could measure Stanley Hoffmann’s achievements in book publications (more than 18), academic titles (University Professor, chair, co-founder of the Center for European Studies) or honors (Commandeur in the French Legion of Honor, to name one). But the broad smiles and teary eyes at the Center for European Studies last Friday (Dec. 5) indicated the true caliber of this man, a profound influence on five generations of students, colleagues, and friends.Hoffmann, Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor, has been teaching at Harvard since 1955. The eminent professor turned 80 on Nov. 27, and to honor him the Center for European Studies (CES) hosted a conference sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Department of Government, and the Office of the Provost, and titled “Celebrating Stanley Hoffmann: American Foreign Policy, French Politics and the Dilemmas of International Relations.” The afternoon event drew a large, international crowd that included many of Hoffmann’s former students and numerous Harvard faculty members.“We’re here because of Stanley, this remarkable man — scholar, professor, public intellectual — but more than that, he has been a teacher, a friend, and a colleague,” said David Blackbourn, Coolidge Professor of History and director of CES, as he opened the conference.The celebration included two discussion panels inspired by Hoffmann’s writings, as well as a third panel dedicated to Hoffmann himself and his role as a scholar, teacher, and friend.During the first panel, titled “Issues in International Relations,” speakers discussed the idea of justice in war, the style of U.S. foreign policy, and the political and strategic dimensions of war. All of the topics were presented within the framework of Hoffmann’s scholarship.The second panel, “Dilemmas of Politics in France and Europe,” focused on the political and social challenges that France has faced in the modern era, again through the lens of Hoffmann’s writings. The panelists addressed the fragmented party system, the political style of current president Nicolas Sarkozy, and politics during the Vichy era of World War II.Though the first two panels focused on challenging political questions, they were peppered with affectionate and lighthearted anecdotes about Hoffmann. Speakers teased Hoffmann about his penchant for tripartite arguments, praised him for his commitment to morality, and admired the way he successfully wove personal experience into his political analyses.In the third panel, titled “Stanley Hoffmann: Scholar, Teacher, Friend,” four of Hoffmann’s former students and colleagues had the opportunity to further expound on his remarkable career and broad influence. Louise Richardson, executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute, spoke about Hoffmann’s unique relationship with her teenaged children, who have gotten to know him over dinners at the Richardson home. Though teenagers can be devastating in their critique of adults, she said, her children admire Hoffmann for his “sense of empathy, irreverence, sense of fun, and complete lack of regard for the rules.”“Like them,” she said, “he is happy to start with dessert.”Several of the speakers had, in their undergraduate years, enrolled in Hoffmann’s famed yearlong course Social Sciences 112. Known simply as “War,” the course had a remarkable impact, which many speakers still felt decades later.Michael Smith, Thomas C. Sorenson Professor of Political and Social Thought and associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia, recalled how Hoffmann’s course encouraged students to “imagine an intellectual world where critique is tempered by understanding.” He also poked fun at Hoffmann’s tendency to create lengthy syllabi.“Prodigious reading assignments were a trademark of Stanley’s courses,” Smith said. “There was always reading to do — a lot of reading to do — and by a quirk of the schedule that year, we had apparently two days to read ‘War and Peace.’”Gary Bass, associate professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, praised Hoffmann for his kindness and commitment to undergraduate education, which he joked was rewarded by “occasional gifts of cashmere socks … and several hundred requests for letters of recommendation.” On a more serious note, Bass lauded Hoffmann’s efforts to develop socially conscious students.“Stanley demanded that we think of ourselves as being part of a wider society … that as idyllic and privileged as Harvard was, and as lucky and privileged as we were to be there … it was incumbent upon us to do something to help out,” he said.At the end of the conference, Hoffmann was given the opportunity to say a few words. With characteristic modesty, he started talking about other people — a student sitting in the audience, whose manuscript Hoffmann had recently read, the teachers and historians who had inspired him as a young scholar.Finally, though, Hoffmann addressed his own career.“I’ve enjoyed what I’ve been doing,” he said simply. “One of the nice things about Harvard is you can literally do what you like.”His words were met with a standing ovation — indicating that Harvard has enjoyed what Hoffmann’s been doing, too.last_img read more