Correcting ‘Hamilton’

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed would like to make clear that she likes “Hamilton,” the Broadway hip-hop musical phenomenon about Alexander Hamilton, which audiences and critics have adored and some scholars and writers have scorned.But she would like to make clearer that she found the show problematic in its portrayals of Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Fathers, and the issue of slavery. The musical is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, who in Chernow’s view has been the most underrated and misunderstood of the Founding Fathers.“A Broadway show is not a documentary,” said Gordon-Reed, a history professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences who also holds the Charles Warren Professorship of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.“Artists have the right to create,” she added, speaking last week at a student-sponsored event about the musical, “but historians have the right to critique.”And so she did.The show portrays Hamilton as a “young, scrappy, and hungry” immigrant (he was born on the Caribbean Island of Nevis, but qualified as a U.S. citizen when the Constitution was adopted), an egalitarian, and a passionate abolitionist. All of this is wrong, Gordon-Reed said.“In the sense of the Ellis Island immigrant narrative, he was not an immigrant,” she said. “He was not pro-immigrant, either.“He was not an abolitionist,” she added. “He bought and sold slaves for his in-laws, and opposing slavery was never at the forefront of his agenda.“He was not a champion of the little guy, like the show portrays,” she said. “He was elitist. He was in favor of having a president for life.”The musical simplifies and sanitizes history, said Gordon-Reed. “The Hamilton on the stage is more palatable and attractive to modern audiences,” she said.Set amid the Revolution, the play fails to depict the central role played by slavery at that moment in history, and also neglects to mention that most of the Founding Fathers were slave owners.“In the musical, only Jefferson is shown as a slave holder,” said Gordon-Reed, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for her book on the family of Sally Hemings, slave and mistress to Jefferson. “But Madison owned slaves too, and so did George Washington.”Although she praised the multiethnic portrayal of the Founding Fathers, she wondered whether the casting has helped “submerge” the issue of slavery. She also mused about how the play diverged from the efforts of historians who for the past 50 years have tried to bring a more complicated narrative to the era.“It’s not a purely heroic narrative,” she said. “It’s not just celebration. The Founders accepted slavery as an institution.”Still, she hopes the show’s popularity will serve as a catalyst for a renewed focus on early American history, both in schools and the wider culture. The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is a “genius,” she said.But if one wants to find out who the real Hamilton is, insists Gordon-Reed, the answer is not on Broadway.last_img read more

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Egypt says it has launched vaccinations against coronavirus

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — Egypt has launched a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus. The first shots of Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm’s vaccine were given to healthcare workers in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. Health Minister Hala Zayed says they would prioritize vaccinating healthcare workers in 40 hospitals, designated to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients across the country. Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, has reported more than 161,140 confirmed cases, including 8,902 deaths. However, the actual numbers of COVID-19 cases, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher, in part due to limited testing.last_img read more

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Jason Sudeikis Will Star in Off-Broadway’s Dead Poets Society

first_img Dead Poets Society View Comments Related Shows Saturday Night Live alum and screen favorite Jason Sudeikis will headline the world premiere of Dead Poets Society. The Classic Stage Company production, directed by John Doyle, will begin performances on October 27.Tom Schulman will adapt his Oscar-winning screenplay for the stage. Like the 1989 film, the play is set in an elite all-male boarding school, where new English teacher John Keating uses unconventional methods (such as standing on desks and appreciating poetry) to get his students to challenge the status quo and “make your lives extraordinary.”Sudeikis was an SNL regular from 2005 to 2013 (he also served as a writer for two years prior). His numerous additional TV credits include 30 Rock, The Last Man on Earth and Eastbound and Down. On the big screen, he has appeared in Race, Mother’s Day, Horrible Bosses, The Bounty Hunter and the upcoming sci-fi feature Colossal. Dead Poets Society marks Sudeikis’ New York stage debut, though he has been known to tailgate performances of Wicked.Opening night is set for November 17. Additional casting for the world premiere will be announced in the coming weeks.center_img Jason Sudeikis(Photo courtesy of The Publicity Group) Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016last_img read more

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25 Years of Widespread Panic

first_imgDixie Jam: Widespread Panic starts a huge fall tour in the South this month.In the early ‘80s, Widespread Panic was born at the University of Georgia out of the casual dorm room jams of lead singer John Bell and lead guitarist Michael Houser. After becoming a popular fixture in Athens’ reputed independent music scene, the band gradually spread its dynamic brand of psychedelic Southern groove rock to huge audiences across the country. Now it’s been 25 years since the band’s first official show in 1986, and along the way the group has endured its share of triumphant highs and devastating lows. The Dixie jamband’s road-warrior diligence built a loyal fan following that led to sellouts of monumental venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater and Madison Square Garden, as well as a free blowout concert in the streets of Athens that attracted 100,000 people back in 1998. There has also been evolution through adversity, specifically when the band lost Houser to cancer in 2002.After two and a half decades, the band—which now includes Bell (lead vocals and guitar), John Herman (keyboards), Jimmy Herring (lead guitar), Todd Nance (drums), Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz (percussion), and Dave Schools (bass)—is planning an indefinite hiatus to start in the early part of next year. But before the extended break, Panic is celebrating its anniversary with a tenacious touring schedule that includes a huge run through the South this fall and a New Year’s Eve show in Charlotte. Bell chatted with BRO about the band’s biggest moments and his upcoming time off.After 25 years, can you pinpoint a pinnacle moment for Widespread Panic?The first time Mike and I were playing together, and we realized something special and different was going on. That has to be the pinnacle moment, because it led to everything that has come since. Playing venues like Red Rocks and the streets of Athens were really big things, but they happened because of bigger things like knowing we were a band that needed to stay together.Through trials and triumph, what’s been the key to keeping the band vital for so long?It sounds trite, but we always remember to have fun with it. We just keep writing new music and try not to be too serious—just serious enough to keep our jobs.The band recently reconnected with Athens with two big shows to start the year, and the recording of your latest album, Dirty Side Down. Why was the town a great starting point for your band and many others?It’s a great starting point for a lot of bands, because it’s a college town with a bunch of kids partying all the time and a lot of opportunities to play music. Meeting our main producer, John Keane, early on had a lot to do with it as well. He’s a great producer, who’s done great things for our band. When we’re in his studio, we are always comfortable and we always explore new stuff that we wouldn’t without his influence. 1 2 3last_img read more

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Bouldering Face-Off: 5.10 and Evolv

first_imgImage courtesy of 5.10 ClimbingImage courtesy of 5.10 Climbing5.10 HiangleThis guy is intense. Rivaling even the legendary La Sportiva Solutions, the Hiangle may well be the most aggressive shoe I have ever crammed my foot into. I won’t lie – it was a painful process to get these on, but the good qualities definitely outweigh a hard break-in period. The close fit that makes the Hiangle difficult to wear intially soon becomes a huge asset, because it completely eliminates whatever dead space could make your foot slip around inside.Like other slipper-style shoes, this one is designed to stay snug without too much effort, but comes with an extra Velcro strap to crank it down even tighter when you’re really feeling the pressure. It’s slightly stiffer than most slippers: I’ve had too many more-flexible shoes flatten out and lose their shape after a bit of wear and tear, but I’m confident that the Hiangle won’t do that. The powerful down-turn and point can seek out the tiniest pieces of rock, and the edge is just sharp enough to grab onto those little nubs perfectly. Of course, those same features limit smearing ability and slab performance, but that’s not this shoe’s focus. Instead, the 5.10 Hiangle makes an excellent partner on overhang climbs and can’t wait to hop on your next steep project with you.imgresPhoto courtesy of Evolv ClimbingEvolv ShamanLet’s give a round of applause to Chris Sharma for gifting the climbing world with this personal design. Maybe I can soak of some up his skill too by wearing these shoes. But whether or not that theory is possible (I’m not rejecting it just yet), the Shaman does some nice work. Though not quite as aggressive as the Hiangle, it still includes a strong toe and snug heel. In fact, the heel may be my favorite aspect of the shoe – it holds the foot tight, has plenty of rubber for a solid grip on hooks, and isn’t too narrow. Also take note of how well the toe box is made. Plenty of shoes have given me sore spots on my toes that made it difficult to put weight on the front of my feet, but Sharma has come up with a masterful solution. What he calls the “Love Bump,” an addition to the midsole, sits under your toes and pushes them into a comfortable yet powerful position. Sharma even built in extra room for that pesky big-toe, so everything has its place. The Evolv Shaman, like the 5.10 Hiangle, will support you through those pumpy overhang walls and will also keep your feet happy – a killer combination, in my book.–Words and images by Blue Ridge Outdoors intern Lucie Hanes. Hanes is a senior at the University of Virginia and continues to kick ass as both a writer and an athlete. Thanks Lucie! Climbing is all about the detail in each and every movement, and the same holds true when it comes to equipment. Even the smallest features can make or break your send: the texture of your rope, the length of your draws, the point of your shoes, or how easily your chalk bag opens when your hands get annoyingly sweaty at that big crux move. As we honed our fundamentals on the rock this month, we had the chance to pit two of our favorite brands’ bouldering essentials head-to-head, to see just who is more devilish in their details.Organic 5.10 PadTurns out your kindergarten teacher was right: teamwork makes good things happen. 5.10 and Organic, both already huge names in the climbing world, bumped heads on this project to create a solid crash pad without the bulk. Organic, an American company intent on producing handmade pads for climbers by climbers, has collaborated with 5.10 and come up with an even smaller version of Organic’s original Simple Pad13249_8440-01-1341959984At first glance, this baby looks like it could use a good meal. It’s much thinner than other pads I’ve used, only 3 inches thick, and weighs a modest 8 pounds. I’ve been known to take quite a tumble out under the ledge, so the super-slim style did make me nervous in the beginning, but I quickly discovered there really wasn’t anything to fear – even for a clumsy climber like me. 5.10 and Organic, like the smarties we know them to be, have managed to pack that small 48 by 36 inch space with so much foam cushion that a big ol’ fall will just leave you smiling. Or at least all in one piece.The lighter weight, as well as padded and adjustable backpack and waist straps, makes the pad an easy carry to and from the rocks – no need to worry about those long approaches and hard hikes. All in all, the 5.10 Organic crash pad is simple, convenient, and worth trusting from the ground to the top-out.Evolv Iceman Crash Padphoto Boulderers must be getting tired of lugging extra weight around, because the Iceman Pad follows the same smaller-is-better trend. It’s slightly thicker than the Organic 5.10 Pad at about 4 inches, but is also not as long or as wide, 42 by 32 inches rather than 48 by 36.But Evolv hasn’t failed us either, and makes sure the size remains a benefit to climbers and not a danger. The Iceman uses fancy dual-density foam to keep your fall nice and bouncy, and tops it off with a continuous cell foam layer. Plus, the Iceman’s got some really cool added features: the backpack straps are removable or changeable into shoulder straps, the corners are reinforced with rubber to keep the pad from running away under you, and velcro straps on the bottom lock the pad open so that the seam stays just as safe and tight as the rest. If you needed a second reason to give smaller pads a chance, let the Iceman be it.last_img read more

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Horoscopes By PsychicDeb for March 2018

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Mercury in your 1st house. New feelings of self-worth are generated by contact with a fiery type. You’ll come to life and realize the value of love in your existence. Dress sharply, wear bold colors, and be willing to stand out in a crowd. A romantic drama is about to unfold.Taurus – Venus in your 12th house – a secret meeting involves much talk, action and possibly a transformation of your views. Someone who is researching a special area wants to share information. Listen and be encouraging; romance can develop if you pay attention.Gemini – Mercury in your 11th house. A party mood surrounds you. You’ll be restless, happy-go-lucky, and a trifle careless about details. Membership in a group or organization sets the stage for a joyful adventure. Romance is light-hearted, not serious.Cancer – Saturn opposite your natal Sun. You don’t have to push so hard this month. Sit back; enjoy what you already own to the fullest. Show appreciation to a close relative who drops by. Memories of old times seem especially sweet and valuable. A tour of an old area brings pleasure.Leo – Ruling planet in your 8th house. You surge into the high lunar cycle, enabling you to express yourself in an inspiring way. Focus on your interest in mysticism, occult or other spiritual studies. Knowledge you have gained can be shared with one who is presently downcast.Virgo – Ruling planet in your 8th house. This month’s accent is on family and domestic adjustments. A loved one who feels undue limitations will confess impatience. It’s up to you to play the master diplomat. You’ll see the way to bring balance to the situation with a special, loving gift. Ask Libra for advice.Libra – Ruling planet in your 7th house. This month finds you in a leadership role, providing common-sense answers to tense situations. A partner, mate or associate turns to you for strength and encouragement. Differences of opinion fade away as you take charge. Capricorn and Cancer play roles.Scorpio – Jupiter in your 1st house. This month’s accent is on communication; e-mails and phone calls have piled up, waiting for your attention. Take time to do a thorough job with paperwork. Read a contract shrewdly; don’t take anything for granted. Follow rules and regulations.Sagittarius – Ruling planet in your 12th house. You’ll see how to present an old product in a new package. This puts you in one top spot for a step upwards in life. Romance takes place in glamorous surroundings where people with money gather. A Leo pays you a big compliment.Capricorn – Ruling planet in your 1st house. Don’t be impatient for rewards from a recent career move. Money is on its way. Meanwhile relax; spend more time with old friends and family members. You’ll gain a feeling of security that’s so needed right now. Cancer and Capricorn people make you feel comfortable this month.Aquarius – Ruling planet in your 3rd house. Energies may be scattered; try to finish one thing before you start another. Many errands in your local neighborhood could waste your time unless you plan ahead. A cheerful attitude will make you popular with daily associates. A Sagittarian plays a key role.Pisces – Ruling planet in your 1st house. It’s time to settle down and make a decision about your future direction. Organize your thoughts; make lists and schedules. It’s possible you recently overlooked the birthday or anniversary of a pal. Make amends; you’ve been strung out lately. Leo plays a key role.If You Know Your Rising Sign, Consult The Horoscope For That Sign As WellPsychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 years. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-236-7729 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page: Facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fairlast_img read more

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Niche market

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Arsenal target Bayern Munich midfielder Angelo Stiller in cut-price transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Angelo Stiller played against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly in California last year (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementStiller’s current contract with Bayern expires next year, which means he could potentially leave for a cut-price fee.Bild report that Bayern could allow Stiller to leave this summer but can insist on a buy-back clause.However, it’s understood that the midfielder is keen to stay at Bayern and wants to make his breakthrough into the first-team squad.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal target Bayern Munich midfielder Angelo Stiller in cut-price transfer Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 May 2020 9:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Bayern Munich midfielder Angelo Stiller is on Arsenal’s radar (Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Angelo Stiller, according to reports in Germany.The 19-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut for Bayern but he has been one of their standout performers for the club’s reserve team.Stiller, who plays as a defensive midfielder, has scored three goals and registered 10 assists for Bayern at youth level this season.The Germany Under-18 international was taken on Bayern’s pre-season tour last summer and featured for 45 minutes in a friendly against Arsenal in California.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to Bild, Arsenal now have a ‘specific interest’ in signing Stiller but the Gunners face competition from several other clubs in the Bundesliga. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Why Governor Tom Wolf Called a Joint Session to Address the Opioid Epidemic

first_img By: Mark Nicastre, Communications Director Why Governor Tom Wolf Called a Joint Session to Address the Opioid Epidemic   SHARE  TWEET Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Governor Tom Wolf and legislators from both sides of the aisle have made addressing the opioid epidemic a top priority. Last year over 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose – that is an astonishing 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014. Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction cannot afford to wait for solutions. That’s why Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders called a Joint Session of the General Assembly to address the members of the House and Senate about our collective efforts to lead the nation in combatting the opioid and heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania.Governor Wolf said, “After consultation and discussion with legislative leaders, I believe we share the view that we can make the most profound and positive impact for the people of Pennsylvania by dealing with this issue as part of the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative session, rather than calling a special session.”Why not a special session?After extensive conversations, Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders decided that the most timely and efficient way to make progress in the fight against the opioid epidemic would be to call a joint session, rather than a special session as previously discussed. A special session would require bills to be reintroduced with co-sponsor memos to be circulated, and each new bill would take a minimum of six legislative days to reach the Governor’s desk. Special session committees would also have to be organized to review each new bill before the bill would be called up for a vote in the House or Senate. All told, this would amount to at least a two-week process. Several bills addressing this crisis have already passed the House and Senate in the current legislative session and are positioned to reach the Governor’s desk in a much timelier fashion. A four caucus workgroup has been working diligently throughout the summer to build consensus on these bills, and we are hopeful that by calling for a joint session, we can move many of these to the Governor’s desk for signature without further delay.What is a joint session?During the joint session, Governor Wolf will address both the house and the senate this fall about the importance of taking quick action to combat the opioid and heroin crisis . Following his address, Governor Wolf and the legislative leaders will address the opioid epidemic by looking at bills that have already been introduced and started the legislative processes which means that we can more swiftly tackle the opioid epidemic.What do we hope to achieve the joint session?Specifically, some of the goals of this legislative season are to require doctors and prescribers to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Database every time they prescribe, increase education about opioid and pain management for current and future medical professionals, limit the quantities of opioids that can be prescribed in emergency rooms to a patient at one time, require insurance carriers to cover abuse deterrent opioids at the same cost as their non-abuse deterrent counterparts, add opioid misuse to existing public school curriculum on drug and alcohol abuse, and establish a voluntary directive for patients who don’t wish to receive opioids in their medical care.With 10 people a day in our commonwealth dying from drug overdoses, we cannot afford to stall. This fall, Governor Wolf and the legislature will make sure that battling the opioid epidemic is a top priority. September 16, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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