Isolation of families for COVID-19 raises concerns about domestic violence

first_imgsmolaw11/iStock(NEW YORK) — As schools across the country close and employees are encouraged to work from home in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, some experts are concerned about an increase in domestic violence.The outbreak of the coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, hit in the United States on Jan. 21 with the first case in Seattle, and eight weeks later, it had spread to every state. As of Thursday, the U.S. had 9,400 confirmed cases, 150 people had died, and 106 patients had recovered.In order to stem the spread of the virus in group settings, state and local governments have closed schools affecting at least 42.1 million school students, according to Education Week, and many companies with remote-access capabilities have directed employees to work from home.“But in this particular time, with COVID-19, home can be pretty intense for domestic violence victims and survivors, due to the abusers ability to further control,” said Ruth Glenn, the president and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).“Survivors and children may have had some respite by going to work and school,” Glenn said.Across the country, shopping malls, movie theaters, select brick-and-mortar stores, bars, restaurants, hair salons and other businesses have closed or reduced their hours, limiting where people can go for social interactions.“Because of this situation — the quarantining and social distancing and isolation that is occurring because of the COVID-19 — it can certainly allow abusers to have more tactics they can use to maintain their control,” Glenn told ABC News during a phone interview.With so much misinformation about COVID-19, Glenn said that abusers could employ that false information to control the abused.“‘You can’t go out the front door’ — they may have said it before, but didn’t have a reason for the person to not go out the front door. ‘COVID’s out there! COVID’s out there!’ the abuser may now say,” Glenn said. “The abuser may have many sundry ways they can employ new tactics or enhance other tactics, controlling movement, really not allowing them to have access to a phone or computer, the list can go on and on.”According to NCADV, 10 million people every year are physically abused by an intimate partner, and 20,000 calls are placed each day to domestic violence hotlines. Researchers have estimated that between 3.3 million and 10 million children are exposed to adult domestic violence each year, according to the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, a project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.“For some, the self-isolation is like quarantining yourself anyway when you are home with the abuser … you’re living in terror,” said Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley, an expert with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and a social work professor at Howard University,The district attorney of Westchester County, New York — where a one-mile containment area was created around the New Rochelle community — issued a statement on Thursday expressing his “increased concerns” for domestic violence victims during the social isolation period.“This causes a time of high stress for all families and particularly for the most vulnerable among us. My office is here to help,” said Anthony A. Scarpino. “If anyone believes they are a victim or at risk of being a victim, they should call 911 or contact their local police or call our Special Prosecutions Division.”ABC News interviewed domestic violence advocates who provided advice on how to prepare for isolation or quarantining if you or someone you know is living in a hostile environment.What can survivors living in domestic violence situations do during quarantine?Bent-Goodley stresses that any person in an abusive relationship should know that there are resources out there to help them, no matter where they are in the country.“One day COVID-19 won’t be here, but while it is right now, what are the things we can plan for? I tell people about the National Association of Domestic Violence hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE, all the time,” said Bent-Goodley.“They can access it online just in case they don’t want to risk calling,” he added. “And what’s good about that resource is if they have to get off immediately, there is an escape button they can hit that will take them immediately off the page and remove it from the cookies.”NADV, one of the most established anti-domestic violence organizations, has counselors that can help those in need develop a safety plan, Glenn said. A “safety plan” covers how to respond to future abusive or violent incidents, how to prepare for the possibility of an incident happening, and how to get to safety with trusted family, friends, co-workers or neighbors.“When you think about it, what so many survivors need is to be able to access information and to get out as quickly as possible, and not have to worry about somebody else finding out about it,” Goodley told ABC News. “My hope is for anyone who is enduring abuse to get a safety plan. Make sure that if there is any safety plan that you adhere to that, if you feel comfortable, let your family and friends know that you are quarantined in your home and you feel like it might be different to have communication with them.”Glenn also encourages getting a “system order,” like an order of protection or an order with child services, and to “follow the guideline to the T.”“If you see that your perpetrator is skulking, then do what you would normally do and call the police — but you should also have a personal safety plan set … you’ll put a chair under the door or you’ll call your sister and you’ll quarantine somewhere else,” said Glenn. “I always look at it that way because the system is in place to protect us, but the system cannot fully protect us.”What can children and parents living in a hostile environment do?“One of the hardest things for a young person to deal with in that environment is that they don’t really know what to call it,” said Brian F. Martin, the founder of the Childhood Domestic Violence Association (CDVA).Physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse are all recognized terms for different kinds of abuse toward children, but the abuse suffered by children who grow up around domestic violence — known as “childhood domestic violence” — isn’t as well known, Martin said.Once Martin, who grew up in a domestic violence household, found there was little research on childhood domestic violence, he dedicated the last 13 years to supporting those affected through three programs:— The Change a Life Training Program, a free online program endorsed by UNICEF and Children’s Mercy Hospitals, teaches adults how to become “the one” — a trusted adult who steps in and offers simple support and messages of hope that can foster resilience and help change the life of a child growing up with domestic violence.— The Resiliency Focused Mentoring Training Program, an eight-hour certification program accredited by the NASW for professionals who interact with children which are impacted by childhood domestic violence.— A Nickelodeon-produced 22-minute children’s program, “Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home,” gives a platform to children living in domestic violence and shows how they were able to begin to overcome the experience.“Living with childhood domestic violence, it has a significant impact,” said Martin. “Experts say that if you grow up in one of these environments you’re not going to reach your full potential until someone — ‘the one’ — steps in.”In a childhood domestic violence household, “one of the instincts is for the child is to go to the parent that is hurt because they want to help.”Bent-Goodley says children should know that calling the police is a critical option — albeit a tough one.“A child may feel like if they call 911, they are going to get their parent in trouble or ‘I’m going to get removed from the house,’ and they may not want that, so that becomes a tough call,” said Bent-Goodley.“We’ve talked to thousands of children and adults who say they’d rather themselves be hurt than see the person they love most in life hurt,” said Martin.Through these programs, “we want to give the child the vocabulary, the understanding, that they are not alone, so they can see some other children who went through it, so they can see they can come out on the other side.”“For the parent, the adult, the ‘Change a Life’ program can help them get to know what to say to their child, because they don’t know what to say, because they are in a place of fear and uncertainty,” said Martin. “‘What do I say to my child? Does she know? Did she hear? Did she see?’ Most of the time, the children know. The program gives the parent an insight in order to help their children talk to them.”What can the community do to help those living in domestic violence households?Bent-Goodley says that although churches are closing because of COVID-19, this is an opportunity for “our faith-based community to say, ‘Hey! We may not be having a service, but our doors are still open, we are still present.’”She also suggested that neighbors check up on each other — but not put themselves at risk.“If you can be a resource to someone or support a person, whether it’s asking, ‘Hey do you want me to take your child for a while to give you guys some time?’ that might provide the opportunity for the child to say I need help,” said Bent-Goodley. “It’s a tough situation, but it does require all of us to put our heads together to figure out how to best support one another.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Councils miss chance to exploit computer training

first_img Local government is ideally positioned to exploit computer-based training, but is failing to take it forward, according to an e-learning expert.Donald Clark, chief executive of on-line learning company Epic, whose clients include Direct Line and Vision Express, said local authorities could save millions by switching from classroom-based to computer-based learning.Speaking at a local authority Improvement and Development Agency conference he said the Royal Bank of Scotland had cut its training spend from £15m to £1.7m – a saving of 700 per cent – after moving the bulk of its training on-line.Local authorities are even better placed to save money than the private sector, he said. “Local government currently spends £800m on training. The savings are phenomenal.”He added that because councils aren’t in competition with each other there is scope to share training material, making it even more cost-effective. “If councils work together, the return on the investment will be bigger and quicker than any of the private sector companies we deal with.”But delegates at the conference said it would not be that simple. Many frontline staff, such as social workers and maintenance staff, do not have access to computers. Where councils do provide the same services they often have different methods and local needs. Rosemary Goodwin, development and training consultant at Surrey County Council, said, “In a private sector company where everyone uses a PC and they are only selling one product, it might be straightforward, but we deal with lots of different professions doing different things.“There are things we would like to do but it will take time and a lot of consultation. It will not happen in one big sweep.”The Improvement and Development Agency has commissioned Epic to do a feasibility study on a shared e-learning service for smaller authorities. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Councils miss chance to exploit computer trainingOn 8 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Training overhaul for construction in safety upgrade

first_img Comments are closed. Training in the construction industry is to be radically overhauled to meetnew health and safety targets. A report by the Health & Safety Executive calls for a 50 per centreduction in the number of work days lost through work-related ill-health and injuryby 2009/10 and a 66 per cent drop in fatalities and major injuries in the sameperiod. Progress with Implementation of the Construction Summit Action Plansconcludes that “nothing short of a fundamental culture change will deliverresults”. To achieve the targets employers are being encouraged to access and certifythe competencies of their workforce through a safety passport scheme thatinvolves training and continuous assessment. A health and safety test formanagers and supervisors is also being proposed. A taskforce has been set up along with a performance measurement system totrack progress. Kevin Myers, chief inspector of construction at the HSE, said: “Theultimate measure of success will be a significant and sustained reduction infatalities, injuries and ill-health.” www.hse.gov.uk Training overhaul for construction in safety upgradeOn 26 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The Three Failures of Performance Appraisal | People Performance Potential

first_imgThe Three Failures of Performance Appraisal | People Performance PotentialShared from missc on 15 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Read full article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.last_img

HOBOKEN BRIEFS

first_imgThis event is one of a series of similar events held in Hoboken in 2018, including the March 14 National School Walkout, the March for Our Lives held on March 24, and a remembrance event on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine Massacre.Hoboken Housing Authority announces Community Health FairThe Hoboken Housing Authority will host a community health fair on Saturday June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 319 Jackson Street.The event will include music, games, prizes, raffles, giveaway and more.Free health screenings will also take place.For more information visit www.myhhanj.com or contact the housing authority at [email protected] and (201) 253-3049. ONE ART Hoboken to take place June 2On Saturday June 2 at 8 p.m. Issyra Gallery at 300 Observer Hwy. will host ONE ART Hoboken, an artistic monthly music, poetry, and art series which features Hudson County performers.It typically takes place the first Saturday of every month and aims to bring together vibrant multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-genre performing artists to Hoboken audiences.This installment includes music by Mr. Flanner & His Feelings, Courtier, L.E.S. Sinners and E.V. Jubilee and words by Chuck Joy and Kimberly Brown. The OLG FunFest begins this weekendThe 13th annual OLG FunFest will take place the weekend of June 2-3 at Church Square Park.“OLG’s Funfest is one of Hoboken’s best summer events — with activities for the whole family,” said Chris Gizzo, chair of the event. “Every year, over 100 parishioners look forward to organizing the event and bringing the community together.”NiteFest will take place on Saturday June 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. when the parking lot next to Our Lady of Grace Church, located at 400 Willow Ave., will be transformed into The Thirst Mony, an outdoor biergarten. Visitors will be able to enjoy craft beers, sangria, music by DJ Tim Nelson, a variety of food, a tricky-tray featuring Mets tickets, the used book sale with interesting finds and games of chance for the adults plus activities for the kids.This year’s NiteFest special guest is “Magic by Vincent.” Magician Vincent Gigante will mesmerize all with his sleight of hand.To cap off the fun, the OLG Cornhole Tournament returns for a second year. Sponsored by Willie McBride’s, the tournament begins at 6 p.m.Teams can register in advance by sending an email to [email protected] There is a $20 entry fee per team – and participants must be 21 years old. The winner will receive the Willie’s Cup and a free happy hour at Willie McBride’s.On Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the festival continues. Children will enjoy pony rides, face-painting, bouncy houses and an inflatable slide, and there will be various vendors and a 50/50 raffle. The FunFest welcomes Caricaturist James Monaghan, who will create personal portraits from noon to 2 p.m.Proceeds from the NiteFest and FunFest will go toward the restoration of Our Lady of Grace Church. Listed on the U.S. and N.J. Register of Historic Places, the church features paintings and vessels gifted by European royalty.Tours of the church will take place at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Following each tour, a concert will be presented by Our Lady of Grace Music Director Kathleen McNally, who will be playing on the historic and majestic custom-built 1909 Wirsching Grand Organ.The Funfest is held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the bouncy houses, face-painting and children’s activities will be held in Our Lady of Grace School next to the church.Admission to both the NiteFest and FunFest is free. For more information, see the Our Lady of Grace FunFest website at: http://www.olgfunfest.com.Memorial mass for beloved St. Francis priest announcedSt. Francis Church at 308 Jefferson St. will host an Anniversary Mass for Father Michael Guglielmelli on Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m..Guglielmelli passed away last June along with his two sisters Dolores and Antonette after they were in a car accident on Route 537.They were riding in a Dodge Caravan that was rear-ended at a red light by a 19-year-old driver in a pickup truck, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at the time.Following the mass, the parish will host the dedication of a Memorial Garden and official renaming of the food pantry in honor of Fr. Michael Guglielmelli in the back courtyard.“Fr. Michael was a loving and caring individual who was much-loved by our parish even after his retirement in 2014,” said Fr. Christopher Panlilio. “We still mourn his loss and the loss of his sisters and pray daily that he is in peace.”All are invited to attend.LGBTQ Pride Month flag raising to occur MondayMayor Ravi Bhalla will officiate at the raising of the Pride Flag to commemorate LGBTQ Pride Month on Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. outside of City Hall at 94 Washington St.The lamp posts outside City Hall will also shine in rainbow lights beginning that evening and will last for the duration of June.“I am honored to commemorate my first Pride Month as Mayor,” said Bhalla. “It’s a symbolic act, but it’s important to understand how far the LGBTQ community has come in fighting for equal protection under the law as we continue the work of unraveling centuries of legalized discrimination.”This year’s flag raising will include several speakers, including Bhalla, retired Sergeant Major Jennifer Long, and the executive director of the Hudson Pride Center Michael Billy.At the flag raising, Billy will announce details about Hoboken’s role in the Hudson Pride festivities in August.“This year, for the first time ever, the city of Hoboken will officially kick off Pride Month in Hudson County,” said Billy. “Hoboken Pride emphasizes the importance of diversity in our community, making it stronger and more accepting of all individuals and their contributions to society.”Last month Hoboken approved an ordinance creating gender-neutral bathrooms for all single occupancy restrooms protecting restroom access for transgender and gender non-binary individuals. Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org. Local bookstore to host author Q&AAt 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 Little City Books at First and Bloomfield Streets will host author Allison Pearson.Pearson will launch her latest poignant novel “How Hard Can It Be?” about the adventures of Kate Reddy the beleaguered heroine of Allison Pearson’s groundbreaking New York Times bestseller “I Don’t Know How She Does It.”The evening will include a reading, signing, and Q&A session with the author.Tickets are required and include a signed hardcover of the book. They can be purchased online at https://www.littlecitybooks.com/book/9781250086082.2018 Master Plan Reexamination meeting announced; final report now availableThe 2018 Hoboken Master Plan Reexamination Report and 2018 Land Use Element have been finalized after a year of public meetings, surveys, and input.The reports address how Hoboken’s socio-economic characteristics, population, vision, and needs have changed since the 2010 Master Plan Reexamination.The Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report and the 2018 Land Use Element at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11 at the Multi Service Center at 124 Grand St.“This new master plan gives the City of Hoboken a clear vision of the future,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “I’m excited about what’s next for our city, particularly in the areas of housing affordability, flood mitigation, and transportation.”The Master Plan serves as a blueprint for the city, providing guidance to elected officials on what changes residents want to see in the long- and short-term.“The 2010 Reexamination was drafted at the height of the Great Recession and before Hoboken endured Superstorm Sandy,” said Community Development Director Brandy Forbes. “Hoboken has come a long way since then, and thanks to all of the public comments, our new priorities reflect that change.”The full reports can be found at http://masterplan-cityofhoboken.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/documents–resources. Vacancy filled on Hoboken Democratic Committee executive boardLast Thursday, the Hoboken Democratic Committee voted Seth Abrams to be the new Sergeant-at-Arms for the Committee.“I am happy to see Seth Abrams step up and a take a leadership role that will round out our executive committee,” said Phil Cohen. “It is always exciting to see new leadership come out of the 1st Ward and I know the entire executive committee is looking forward to working with Seth.”The committee also voted to fill two vacancies on the committee. Kristina Nash was voted in to become the new Democratic Committee Woman for Ward 3, District 5 and Christine Ayubi was voted in to become the new Democratic Committee Woman in Ward 1, District 3.These were the only two vacancies on the Hoboken Democratic Committee.The committee’s 80 seats are now full.Natasha Deckmann named CEO of CarePointCarePoint Health has announced the appointment of Natasha Deckmann, M.D., as chief executive officer of the health care system, which includes three area hospitals, Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center.Deckmann has held leadership positions for the past several years at Optum, a leading health services and innovation company. Her tenure included serving as the head of Population Health Solutions at Optum Health, managing $2 billion in revenue and driving innovative solutions to population health challenges.“We are pleased to introduce Dr. Deckmann as the new CEO of CarePoint Health and know the depth of her experience and leadership that she brings to our three hospitals and, especially, our patients,” said Jeffrey Mandler, an owner and board member of CarePoint Health. “Dr. Deckmann is a strategic leader with a proven track record of delivering results, and her experience in managing people across diverse cultures and geographies offers the type of insight and knowledge to lead the delivery of health care to our communities.“Dr. Deckmann will unify and lead the hospital system into its next phase of service to the community,” added Mandler.Dr. Deckmann also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Consumer Solutions Group (CSG) at Optum Health. She also held a number of senior leadership roles at Marsh Inc., including Chief Operating Officer of the International Division, and led strategic consulting engagements for clients across the entire health care industry, including the US government, for Oliver Wyman. Dr. Deckmann also worked with the Health Care Initiatives group at General Motors Corporation. She has expertise in population health management, benefit management, care management, M&A, product development and management, portfolio management, strategy, operations and change management.“I am eager to be joining the CarePoint Health family which continues to be a leader in delivering quality care and health care innovation,” said Dr. Deckmann. “My mission will be to continue to elevate the level of care while working closely with the diverse Hudson County community to ensure we are reaching all individuals.”Dr. Deckmann earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Doctorate of Medicine from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. ×The Fire Department trained recently doing rope rescue drills in uptown Hoboken. June 1 is proclaimed Gun Violence Awareness DayHoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla declared June 1 “Gun Violence Awareness Day” at City Hall on Friday.This was part of a National Gun Violence Awareness Day event organized by the Hudson County Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez was scheduled to attend and speak at the event.“I’m honored to lend my voice to such an important issue,” said Bhalla in a press release. “It’s our duty to do everything within our power to protect our children and residents from gun violence. New Jersey is taking steps in the right direction, but with how easily guns cross state lines, we have to keep up the pressure on Congress to enact sweeping reforms. I’m proud New Jersey’s senators are on the right side of this issue, but we must keep up the fight against the gun lobby.”The proclamation was scheduled to include speeches from Bhalla, Menendez, councilwoman and representative of Moms Demand Action Emily Jabbour, Kristina Filler of the Hold Your Fire initiative, Students Demand Action representatives Frances Michaels and Jai Patel Jersey City Councilman James Solomon and more.“To the students here today, I hear you loud and clear,” said Sen. Menendez in a press release from the city. “You are tired of practicing active shooter drills; tired of hearing that gun violence is just a fact of life; tired of seeing the NRA make the decisions in Washington about guns and our safety. And as your senator, I know you deserve better. That means passing common-sense gun laws that will keep weapons of war off our streets and guns out of the hands of children, criminals, and others with mental illness. We need to keep up the fight, keep marching, organizing, speaking out – and voting – until we have a Congress that will stand up to the NRA and take action.” center_img The Fire Department trained recently doing rope rescue drills in uptown Hoboken.last_img read more

All-Star Bernie Worrell Tribute To Take Place in New Orleans

first_imgFunk fans everywhere have been mourning the loss of Bernie Worrell, the beloved Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads keyboardist who passed away earlier this summer following a fatal battle with lung cancer. The legendary musician’s contribution to funk is undeniable, having influenced just about everyone in the funk and jam scene in some way.On Saturday, October 1st, an array of musicians will help pay tribute to the Woo with an official Bear Creek Bayou after party presented by Live for Live Music. Taking place at the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans, the all-star lineup will feature Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nick Daniels (Dumsptaphunk), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and TJ Norris. Tickets can be found here.Worrell essentially helped to define the funk genre with his contributions to P-Funk and various other projects, making a New Orleans throwdown the ideal place for a tribute. Following the newly relocated Bear Creek Bayou festival, funk fans can make their way over to the Howlin’ Wolf for a proper New Orleans late night party featuring some of the funkiest cats in the game.Several of the band members have previously paid homage to the funk legend at a memorable Dumpstaphunk show in Colorado. Watch fan-shot footage of Dumpstaphunk covering P-Funk’s “One Nation Under A Groove” at the Mishawaka below.This show is sure to be a special tribute to the one and only Bernie Worrell, featuring classics and B-sides from P-Funk, the Talking Heads and beyond. Tickets are available here.Tickets to Bear Creek Bayou featuring The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and P-Funk, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce, Soulive, Foundation of Funk, and more can be found here.last_img read more

A generous vision for Harvard Art Museums

first_imgIn July, Martha Tedeschi became the new Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. Prior to arriving at Harvard, Tedeschi was the deputy director for art and research at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she began her career as an Art National Endowment for the Arts intern in 1982 and became a full curator in 1999. A specialist in British and American art, Tedeschi recently spoke with the Gazette about her work in the museum world and her new role at Harvard.GAZETTE: How did you get interested in art, and why did you decide to make it your life’s work?TEDESCHI: My father is a historian. He completed both his bachelor’s degree and his Ph.D. at Harvard, and whenever he would have a sabbatical we would live in Europe — Italy mostly. So at a pretty young age I was exposed to beautiful churches, great museums, and the excitement of experiencing other cultures and languages. My mother is a watercolor painter and a book conservator, so we always had the arts and paper in our lives — books and paper. My father was also the head of the special collections department at the Newberry Library in Chicago, which is a great private research library. So research, rare books, and works of art on paper were part of my upbringing. I thought I wanted to be an artist so I did a lot of studio work in high school, especially printmaking. I became very enamored of printmaking so in the end I became a curator of prints and drawings. The apple didn’t really fall that far from the tree. I was attracted to research and writing and scholarship and collections very early, largely through my parents.GAZETTE: Do you have a favorite artist?TEDESCHI: The artist I have worked on most is James McNeill Whistler. I’ve also spent a lot of time on Winslow Homer. I am a great fan of both artists. I could say they are my favorite artists because after years and years of studying their lives, reading their letters, and scrutinizing their works of art, I feel that I understand what they were trying to do and that brings a new kind of appreciation.GAZETTE: Do you still practice any art yourself?TEDESCHI: Only with my 2-year-old grandson. We were doing vegetable prints recently. We are taking up printmaking.GAZETTE: You had many different roles at the Art Institute of Chicago. What important lessons did you learn from your time there?TEDESCHI: I started as an intern and worked my way up — assistant curator, full curator, deputy director. One of the values of having done this is that I have experienced the museum from multiple different vantage points, including most recently from the perspective of senior leadership. And I’ve learned that working in a museum means you need both passion and resilience. We do wonderful, inspiring work in museums. People who work in museums tend to be highly motivated and highly committed. But it’s hard work. Often you are dealing with under-resourced programs, and having to make a case for your projects to the public, to establish relevance. I learned the importance of tenacity and the fact that not everything is going to happen overnight, that we need a certain amount of patience and we need always, I think, to come from a place of generosity. Maybe that is my biggest takeaway. Museums exist in large part to be generous to their communities, to their many audiences. We need always to be thinking about: Are we doing that? And that speaks to the diversity question as well, we want to make sure that we are as welcoming and as inclusive as we possibly can be. That’s one of the ways that we assess what we do. Are we welcoming? Are we inclusive? Are we being generous?GAZETTE: What about the Harvard job appealed to you?TEDESCHI: I grew up in an institution that was committed to excellence. The Art Institute of Chicago is a research institution with many similarities to the Harvard Art Museums. These include a real strength in conservation and conservation science and world-class collections. I could not have left the Art Institute without feeling certain that I could continue to be a strong advocate for excellence at my new institution. The Harvard job offers precisely this opportunity. I knew I could transfer my dedication to excellence in museum programming, energized by a fresh new place with enormous potential.It’s obviously an auspicious moment for this institution because of the new building and the focus on the arts on campus. The Art Museums are a big part of that conversation, and the broad teaching mission is tremendously exciting to me. This aspect is much expanded over my brief at Chicago. I was certainly stewarding some very promising academic initiatives there, but to embrace Harvard’s student-first mandate was very exciting to me. It had become the favorite part of my job in Chicago, and so the possibility of devoting much more of my thinking and my energy to what it means to train and prepare the next generation was really the clincher.GAZETTE: How do you define your mandate here?TEDESCHI: A lot of good work is already happening here. I was impressed with what I found when I got here. It’s been almost two years since the building opened, and I think the completion of the first full academic year allows us to see how the programs have developed and seeded across the University. I am happy to see how great that outreach is already, how broadly the museums are partnering with faculty and students across the curriculum. Part of my mandate as director is to make sure that we continue to extend that reach. We want to connect even more with the sciences and the STEM fields, for example. The obvious first-comers to us were probably more in the humanities, which is great. We certainly have the broad, deep collections and excellent facilities to help faculty in the humanities teach in innovative ways. Now I’d like to think in new ways about how to connect more broadly across the University, including to the professional schools. How do we get the business community interested? How do we get emerging professionals benefitting from the fact that there is a great art museum, three great art museums for that matter, in one inspiring building, on their campus? I am giving a lot of thought to that. A major part of my role is as an ambassador for the Art Museums. With my colleagues, I will be reaching out to form new alliances and partnerships at Harvard and in our community, alliances that can extend the impact of the collections, the building, and our programming.There’s a philanthropy side of this work as well. We need to bring back our supporters and friends who have not been as immersed in what’s happening in the last year, partly because we didn’t have a director, and we need to expand our philanthropic circles to make sure that we are engaging the next generation of supporters, enthusiasts, and collectors. So that’s another big part of any museum director’s work, to keep the institution sustainable.Martha Tedeschi with Joan Miró’s “Mural, March 20, 1961” (1961), © Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; and Alexander Calder’s “Little Blue Under Red” (1947), © Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe institution was founded as a laboratory for innovation and so we are taking a hard look at what that means now. We have this wonderful facility on the top floor of the building, the Lightbox Gallery, which has already been the site for some really brilliant partnerships with colleagues on campus. We are interested in pushing innovation that involves technology and digital access to the collections. Our online and digital presence is incredibly important. It’s how we reach our global community, and because we do have global collections that’s very important.I am also very interested in exploring what we can do with digital publishing, how can we use a nimble form of publishing to make sure that the innovative small exhibitions that are happening in our teaching galleries can have a lasting presence and reach much larger audiences, including other university museums. To go along with that, an aspiration I have is to begin to send a series of exhibitions on tour to other academic art museums that may not have the same collection strengths we do, so that we can encourage the practice of generosity, reciprocity, and collaboration in the field.GAZETTE: You mentioned reaching out to those in the STEM fields and to business professionals. Why do you feel it is so important to bring people studying or working in those areas into the museums?TEDESCHI: At the very basic level, art can enrich any life, giving people the occasion to slow down, stop, and look. Experiencing the expression of an intense human emotion or event that might have happened hundreds of years ago connects you to your past. It also connects us to other cultures, which is more important than ever. Certainly that’s important in the STEM and business fields, where so much of what’s happening is happening on a global scale.We’ve also got these great spaces where art and people can come together in different ways. That includes the most beautiful conservation labs I’ve ever seen. The Straus Center was also the very first conservation science center to be founded in this country, so that’s a great place to involve students in the sciences — material sciences, engineering, chemistry, organic, and inorganic sciences.And finally, there’s a lot of creativity in most of those disciplines, but I am not sure that students always recognize that they are creative. I like to use the analogy of a scientist who sets up an experiment. Many experiments are iterative; you do them again and again and you improve and tweak the experiment as you learn and assess results. There’s a kind of tenacity that’s required; there’s creativity in figuring out how to tweak, or bring in different materials, or change the experiment to make it accomplish what it is supposed to. There’s a parallel to what many artists do when they create a work of art. Very often the process is iterative — if it doesn’t work the first time, you try it again, you make studies, you do drawings, you edit, you throw it out and start again. The Harvard Art Museums can help the campus see the commonalities that we have here. We are a community of scholars who are carrying out research and research happens for artists, and it happens for scientists as well as broadly across the curriculum. So I think there are ways that we can help students celebrate the creativity in their own fields by drawing analogies to the artistic process.GAZETTE: What are the greatest strengths of the Harvard Art Museums?TEDESCHI: One of the greatest strengths is the collection, which now happily is the combination of three unique museums, each with great individual strengths. And although we can’t quite claim to be encyclopedic, we are global and cover a wide diversity of media and subject matter and periods. So from that standpoint it’s an incredible teaching place. Having an excellent staff that can mobilize that collection is incredibly important. I have wonderful colleagues and have been incredibly impressed in the short weeks I have been here with the conversations that we have been having. A third real strength is that we are at Harvard, where we have the most extraordinary opportunities for collaboration across campus. There are conversations and collaborations that you couldn’t have anywhere else, when you bring our collections and our staff and our colleagues on campus together. And that includes of course the students — incredibly smart, motivated, highly engaged students. Bringing students into these collaborations takes it to another level. Those three strengths, I feel, we always will have, and this ensures great things for the institution.GAZETTE: What are the greatest challenges?TEDESCHI: We need to get our story out there more. It’s a problem for all museums. How do you put yourself in a central position? How do you establish relevance to your community? How do you get the word out about all the great things that are happening on a daily basis to make sure students and faculty, staff, and community around Harvard are really taking advantage of what we are offering? We have world-class collections and we want our community to know that we are here and that they are welcome. We want members of the Cambridge community to know we are literally at their door. We have a lot of support in the community but I think we could do a lot more. It’s an interesting moment with new directors at many of Boston’s museums. There are opportunities to work together in interesting ways so that Boston as a cultural city becomes stronger as a whole. And we can work together to differentiate ourselves and help the public understand what is unique about each of us.GAZETTE: Can you tell me about your commitment to diversity and how you hope to further that mission at the Harvard Art Museums?TEDESCHI: There has been a lot of work, a lot of conversation, around the lack of ethnic and racial diversity in art museums. Art museums are not alone in this, of course, but there are some obvious obstacles that have been working against us in the arts and nonprofit sectors, and the goal of having really diverse representation on our staffs, on our boards in museums, is still just that, a goal. This is a national, even an international, conversation. I am very motivated to see how the Harvard Art Museums and our campus partners can contribute to that and how we can make strides in our own practice here.There are some ways that are relatively easy. For example, making sure that our menu of special exhibitions is truly wide-ranging and offers a diversity of voices and perspectives, that we are really making the most of our global collections to showcase a multiplicity of cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. More challenging in the museum field is diversity in hiring, but many museums are talking about that now. Here, we are making a concerted effort to make sure that whenever we have an opening we have a truly diverse pool before we begin to select finalists and decide who comes to campus for an interview. We won’t start that process until we have a diverse pool of candidates. That’s a slow process, but it’s really important that we are all thinking and working that way. And I am really interested in getting students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds involved in our training programs here so that we begin to contribute to a more inclusive pipeline into the curatorial field, into museum leadership. I was working on a curatorial training program with these goals in Chicago and I am excited to consider how such an initiative could be launched in a university setting — that’s definitely on my wish list for the future.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Tractor Trailer Driver Cited Following Rollover Crash On I-86

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.ELLERY – A tractor trailer driver was cited following a rollover crash on I-86 early Wednesday morning.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reports 36-year-old Sandeep Singh, of Monroe Ohio, is charged with speed unreasonable after losing control of their rig, crashing into a guide rail and overturning in the median just after 4:30 a.m.Deputies say the driver suffered minor injuries but declined medical treatment.The Chautauqua County HAZMAT team responded to clean up a diesel fuel spill along with the Bemus Fire Department and New York State Police. As of 8 a.m. the westbound lane of I-86 remains closed as crews work to remove the wreckage.last_img read more

Luis Suarez: Atletico Madrid striker tests positive for coronavirus and will miss Barcelona reunion | Football News

first_imgI hate Suzie Sky Sports Scores promo– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Suarez is the latest high-profile player to test positive for the virus while on international duty, after Liverpool forward Mo Salah contracted the infection last week.Cristiano Ronaldo was also forced to miss several games for Juventus after he tested positive while representing Portugal last month. – Advertisement – Sky Sports Scores just got faster and has free Premier League goals. We hope you like using the app more than Suzie!center_img 0:27 Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Uruguay and will now miss out on a reunion with former club Barcelona on Saturday. Suarez, who scored a penalty in Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Colombia on Friday, will also miss the World Cup qualifier against Brazil on Tuesday.- Advertisement – Uruguay confirmed stand-in goalkeeper Rodrigo Munoz and a member of staff had also returned positive tests, with all three said to be in good health and adhering to self-isolation guidelines.Suarez is Atletico’s joint-top scorer this season alongside Joao Felix, with five goals in six games since his transfer from Barcelona for £5.5m in September.The 33-year-old, who scored 198 goals in a six-year stay at the Catalan club, had one year to run on his contract, but was told by new head coach Ronald Koeman that he was not part of his plans to the dismay of Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta reveals how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacted to Europa League heartache

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Feb 2020 3:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link953Shares Youssef El-Arabi scored a late winner for Olympiacos to send Arsenal crashing out of the Europa League (Picture: Getty)‘He felt very responsible about it, we will try to be right behind him. He has been phenomenal all season for us and now the players have to support him, I think his reaction after the game – to face the media and the way he talked, it was a very mature reaction from him.‘We are all very down, frustrated, disappointed, but my message to the players was that I am right behind them. I thanked them for the effort they put into the game, for the attitude and the personality they played with and the way they reacted after we conceded the goal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We tried, tried and tried again and completely deserved to win the game but there were aspects of the game that we have to dominate better if we want to keep competing at that level.‘It is part of the profession. We can fall and have disappointments, it is about how we react individually and collectively. Then my job is to try to convince them that in the process in which we are at the moment, there are a lot of positive things and as well things we have to improve if we want to much better as a team.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a last minute sitter against Olympiacos (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta revealed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left ‘gutted’ and felt ‘responsible’ for Arsenal’s Europa League humiliation at the hands of Olympiacos.The Gunners surrendered a 1-0 first leg advantage and will not be involved in European competition beyond February for the first time since 1999, after Youssef El-Arabi’s 119th minute goal proved decisive.Aubameyang appeared to have rescued his side with an acrobatic volley in extra-time but his excellence was undone by familiar defensive frailties and the Arsenal skipper was left disconsolate at the final whistle, just moments after he had squandered a simple chance win the tie.‘He was gutted,’ Arteta said ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Portsmouth.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Obviously he scored a wonder goal that was putting us through in the competition, and with the last kick of the game, he had the best chance of the game. Comment Mikel Arteta reveals how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacted to Europa League heartache Advertisementlast_img read more