University criticised for “Eurocentric” prizes

first_imgBilly Nuttall, a history student at Magdalen, launched a crowdfunding campaign this week to make up a difference of over £400 between Oxford’s History dissertation prizes for British and African research pusuits.In a post on the Facebook group Race Matters, Nuttall criticised the university for awarding a £500 prize for the best undergraduate thesis in British history as compared to only £75 for African history.The post sparked lively debate, with some Oxford students commenting that this could be reasonably expected from what is, after all, a British university. Others, however, were less forgiving.One student commented that the disparity meant “disrespect has been monetised”.For Billy, the problem is by no means contained to the recognition that a thesis receives.Speaking exclusively to Cherwell, he said “It’s contributing to an overall issue.“The syllabus has two compulsory elements of British history, two compulsory elements of European history, and no African no Latin American, no Asian [compulsory elements]”.Nuttall claimed that such policies are indicative of an attitude which has far-reaching effects.He said: “It discourages people from studying world history…and to people who have these interests—who could be the best in their fi eld in these interests—from coming here.”He added: “Why would you want to come here when you could go somewhere like Cairo [to study world history] where the resources might be more readily available?”More widely, Nuttall spoke of how the likelihood of harm to access motivated him to highlight the issue.“I was doing some outreach work for Magdalen… with some schools from London. When asked what their first impressions were of Oxford the students said ‘rich’ and then ‘white.’ “This was clearly of concern to the people of colour in the room, despite the excellent cultural movements coming out of Oxford-based Black life, they still felt they would be unwelcome in the university… And this ultimately has led me to want to do something to help, anything really.”For many, Nuttall’s comments strike an all-too-familiar chord. Oxford University has long been accused of a ‘eurocentric’ and ‘colonialist’ outlook when it comes to history, with such accusations coming to a head last year, when the Rhodes Must Fall campaign drew national coverage.Asked whether he thought the history department’s attitude interacted with the RMF campaign, Nuttall said: “Yes, definitely.”He went on to say that he had spoken to active members of RMF who shared his sentiments and agreed that something should be done to correct the disparity.Billy was not content, however, just to complain of the difference between the prizes. Challenged on Facebook to come up with a solution, he began a crowdfunding campaign which has already begun to receive donations.“The University of Oxford spends money on so many other things like port and wine and expensive dinners… £425 is not even a drop in the ocean to the university, and it would set this award on an equal playing field with other awards.”The problem, he said, comes from graduates’ greater willingness to fund research into fields that they themselves pursued whilst studying. More people study British history, he claims, and thus more people are willing to “come back and fund [it].”He added that the disparity was compounded: “African history is a very new area that’s being looked into by British historians”.“Until you get a generation through [an African history programme] the funding isn’t going to come externally. The university has the money to spare, and I think this would be a good place to put it”.The campaign may have already had some success. A History Faculty spokesman, speaking to Cherwell, said: ‘“Both prizes are funded by external donations, not by the History Faculty, and the discrepancy in their value is simply because one donation was considerably larger than the other.“But we are conscious of this inequality and, as of this year, we are using our own funds to increase the Kirk Greene Prize for Modern African History to £150, in line with other prizes that are funded by the Faculty including the Modern European History prize.“Increasing the prominence of African history at Oxford is a priority of the History Faculty. We are currently fundraising for a scholarship in African history for graduate students, we are engaged in curriculum reform which brings African history more prominently into our undergraduate curriculum, and we are participating in a project to create a new GCSE in African history.”The spokesperson did not confirm if the increased funding for the African History prize had come in response to Nuttall’s campaign.last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?IS IT TRUE this is whats on our mind today?  We hope that the individuals involved in styling the new City of Evansville noise ordinance are aware that the Tortious interference liability laws will legally protect those business owners that are financially affected by an overreaching noise ordinance?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: If the Republicans primary for Vanderburgh County Commission was held today who would you for?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] 2015 City-County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Two people killed in crash on State Road 15 in Kosciusko County

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleHow foreign hackers could affect the November electionNext articleWoman arrested after police chase on U.S. 20 in LaPorte County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – September 23, 2020 0 306 Pinterest Twitter Two people killed in crash on State Road 15 in Kosciusko County WhatsApp Google+ Facebook (Photo supplied/Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department) Two people were killed after a crash in Kosciusko County.The collision happened around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 23, at the intersection of State Road 15 and County Road 950 South.An SUV was hit by a semi and pinned under the truck after both vehicles traveled off of the road, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.The 18-year-old driver of the SUV and a 21-year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the semi, a 34-year-old Greensboro, Alabama, man was airlifted to an areas hospital for treatment of abdominal and pelvic injuries. Twitterlast_img read more

The Hoosier Gym in Knightstown a popular stop for NCAA fans

first_img Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSports By Jon Zimney – March 26, 2021 0 141 The Hoosier Gym in Knightstown a popular stop for NCAA fans Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Twitter By Batistaya (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The movie “Hoosiers” is very popular this time of the year in Indiana. The gym where several scenes were filmed has also been very popular this month.The teams in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament aren’t allowed to leave Indianapolis, but some of their fans and family members have made the 45-minute trip over to The Hoosier Gym in Knightstown.Bob Garner, the event coordinator at The Hoosier Gym, gets to take them on tours while talking about the movie.“We’ve had fans from at least 40 team out of the 64, and parents from the players who are in the tournament,” Garner said. “When you have someone from Seattle, Washington, or Spokane, or Oklahoma City, that comes in, and is walking around and is saying ‘yeah, my team is on the floor, that scene happened right there,’ those are the things that really get me excited.”He says whether it’s out-of-town guests, or Hoosiers that come to visit throughout the year, the most popular place in the gym is the underground locker room.“They talk about that visit to the locker room. I mean, it’s an old locker room from 1921, but they love that locker room,” Garner said.There have been some changes to the gym they’ve had to make over the years, but for the most part, The Hoosier Gym is nearly identical to what it was like when they filmed scenes there in 1986.“When you walk in here, if you don’t look at the scoreboard or the three-point line, you’ll think you’re standing in the movie.”Garner says it never gets old seeing visitors take their first steps through the door of the gym and being “just…speechless.”Not only has Garner been giving tours of The Hoosier Gym for six years, but he recently became an author. He wrote a book on the movie called “Hoosiers: Eleven Life Lessons.”“People think Hoosiers is just a basketball movie, but it’s well beyond that,” Garner said.Garner didn’t want to give away the entire book, but says one of the chapters is about second chances. His favorite life lesson the movie teaches is about redemption.He also says sales of his book have exceeded expectations this month, as people continue to visit the iconic gym during March Madness. Facebook Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend’s annual yard waste collection season begins ThursdayNext articleHorseshoe Casino in Hammond in trouble for allowing underage gambler Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Professor analyzes Libyan shooting

first_imgIn the wake of the Tuesday assassination of Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, and three of his staff members during a terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in the city of Benghazi, Americans may be wondering what this act of violence means for their presence in countries embroiled in Arab Spring. Though tragic and unexpected, the Islamist militant-driven attack “wasn’t altogether surprising,” according to political science professor Sebastian Rosato. “It was a tragic event, especially given the circumstances. This is a guy who had worked hard to help Libyans overthrow [Col. Moammar] Gadhafi and clearly cared about the Libyan people,” Rosato said. “It was surprising that it was the ambassador … but it was completely unsurprising that an American representative was targeted and, in this case, killed by someone.” According to reports, fighters involved in the Benghazi attack said it was provoked by the release of an American-made film that depicted the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, as a “villainous, homosexual and child-molesting buffoon.” The Benghazi attack also occurred just hours after an unarmed mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in protest of the same video. Such actions on the part of Americans do not go without provoking potentially serious consequences, Rosato said. “In this situation, people have started riots in reaction to a filmmaker who has made a crazy film. They’re upset and protesting and targeting Americans, but why is anybody surprised?” he said. “The United States is not a country that people like in the Middle East.” The strong American presence abroad, especially in the Middle East, combined with the extreme actions of a few individuals can create tense situations, Rosato said. “If you have a presence in other countries and Americans do crazy stuff like come out with movies like this, people are going to retaliate,” he said. “You don’t expect that they’re going to target and kill the ambassador, but things are going to happen.” Rosato said the extreme response to the American-made film in Benghazi is somewhat analogous to American treatment of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, using last month’s shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple as an example. “My understanding is that [the shooting] was done by someone who mistook Sikhs for Muslims,” he said. “The parallels are quite interesting: An extreme act by a small proportion of Muslims has led to people being killed on American soil, but the same thing happened when an extreme act by an American filmmaker has led to Americans being killed abroad.” While Americans may be quick to generalize about Libyans and their attitude toward the United States in the wake of Stevens’ death, Rosato said the attack has more to do with the mentality of a very small group of people than the collective national perception of Americans. “Just as Americans would get upset if someone in another country did something that violated their beliefs, people got upset in Libya,” he said. “But just because some people in Libya killed an American doesn’t mean all Libyans want to kill Americans. Was this a small fringe group that took advantage of a mass disturbance? My guess is yes.” Despite the tragedy of losing the first U.S. ambassador in the line of duty since 1979, Rosato said deaths of Americans abroad are not unusual. “There’s a huge human tragedy here … but there always have been and always will be attacks on American nationals abroad,” he said. “The reason we’re paying attention to this one is because [Stevens] was so high-profile, but in terms of international politics, this is not a big event.” In reality, most Americans killed in other countries do not receive the heightened media attention given to prominent figures like Stevens, Rosato said. “I think the result tends to blow the event out of proportion. Americans get killed all the time in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we call that war,” he said. “This somehow seems worse because it happened to a civilian diplomat, but it goes on all the time.”last_img read more

Hot Shot! Mike Tyson Goes Backstage at Broadway’s After Midnight

first_img View Comments Star Files Related Shows After Midnight Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Fantasia Barrino We know Mike Tyson is a Broadway fan—he brought his solo show, Undisputed Truth, to the Great White Way in 2012—but it was still a fun surprise to see him tapping his toes in the audience of Broadway’s After Midnight! The jazzy revue features Dule Hill, Tony nominee Adriane Lenox and special guest star Fantasia Barrino singing the songs of Duke Ellington alongside a company of talented singers and dancers. After the show, Tyson headed backstage to greet Barrino in her dressing room. Check out these snapshots of the former heavyweight champion’s visit, then head to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to see After Midnight!last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Chairs & a Long Table & Livin’ La Vida Imelda

first_img Related Shows Livin’ La Vida Imelda explores cultural sensation that has surrounded the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. Celdran has performed the solo show at site-specific locations across the Philippines over the years. The production is directed by Ralph B. Peña. View Comments In Chairs and a Long Table, a group of Asian American Actors prepare to attend a conference in Los Angeles addressing racial discrimination after a classic Chinese play is cast with two non-Asian actors as the leads. The cast includes Ron Domingo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Julienne Kim, Moses Villarama and Jeena Yi. Linsay Firman will direct. Tickets are now on sale for Chairs and a Long Table and Livin’ La Vida Imelda, two shows set to play in repertory off-Broadway this fall. Both productions, presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company, will play the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. The world premiere of Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table will begin on October 28 and open on November 7, while Livin’ La Vida Imelda, written and performed by Carlos Celdran, will kick off on October 31 and open on November 5. Chairs and a Long Table Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 22, 2014last_img read more

Pecan Day.

first_img At 10:30, the group will leave for a tour of nearby pecan orchards. They’ll see a number of scientific trials of great interest to pecan growers before stopping for lunch at Blackshank Farm. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Rural Development Center in Tifton. It’s sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension Service, Coastal Plain Experiment Station and the Georgia Pecan Growers Association. The field day will adjourn after lunch, although an optional tour will continue into the afternoon. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Money may not grow on trees, but Georgia pecan growers have a lot of it tied up in their orchards. And they can learn how to get the most money out of their fall crops during the Georgia Pecan Growers Fall Field Day Sept. 8 in Tifton, Ga.center_img To learn more about the field day, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call Tom Crocker at (912) 386-3410. Among the topics in the morning sessions will be farm water issues, insect management and an update on the Food Quality and Safety Act. Request full-size imagelast_img read more

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager: Nostalgia in a Can

first_imgLet’s set the scene. It’s 1992, or 1982, or whenever. It’s a long time ago. You’re young, that’s the point. Like, 17. You’re in a car that someone borrowed from their mom headed down a dirt road to a swimming hole on a river where you’re hoping to see Jennifer Barksdale in a bikini. The car is packed beyond manufacturer recommended capacity, nobody’s wearing seatbelts, and there’s a cooler of beer sitting in the floorboards. You’re disregarding safety standards left and right. In that cooler of beer is a six pack of Zima (for Jennifer Barksdale) and a twelve of Budweiser, or Coors Light, or MGD in the can. Remember that feeling? That summertime mix of irresponsibility and anticipation underscored by can after can of easy-drinking beer?Sierra Nevada wants to put you back in that station wagon headed down that dirt road thinking about Jennifer Barksdale in a bikini with their latest release: a limited run of Summerfest lager in the can.I salute Sierra Nevada for giving us a lager, a style of beer that is typically the territory of macrobreweries. The craft beer industry rose in the ‘90s in part because Americans were tired of drinking lagers. We wanted beers with a bit of a bite. The typical American Pale Ales that have become the staple of craft brewers across the country are the antithesis of the easy-drinking (sometimes tasteless) lager.Here’s how Sierra Nevada describes its Summerfest: “crisp, golden, dry.” They’re practically tapping the Rockies with that verbiage.So, why not just buy a Budweiser for half the price? Because Sierra Nevada isn’t just recreating the canned beer that was there when you lost your virginity in high school (sadly, not to Jennifer Barksdale, but to her slightly more homely friend Margaret Grossman. Hey Maggie!). This beer is more complex than the Silver Bullets of your youth. It has a slight malty sweetness and the faintest hint of spicy hops, giving Summerfest a balanced integrity you just don’t find from Bud or Miller. It is a lager, yes, it is easy drinking, yes, but it is not tasteless.Does that mean hop-heads will fall all over themselves for this beer? Probably not. There’s still a strong anti-lager streak amongst craft beer snobs. I get it. It wasn’t too long ago when you couldn’t get anything but a lager in the South. But now that the variety of beer has reached record level at your local Stab ‘n’ Grab, I say it’s okay to reach for this mild beer again, and relive the glory days of high school. Stock a cooler with Summerfest and head to that swimming hole. Better add a few Zima too, just in case Jennifer Barksdale is there and also feeling nostalgic.Look for Summerfest at your favorite beer store starting Memorial Day.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.comlast_img read more

The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC present the 5th annual Get in Gear Festival

first_imgAsheville, NC (February 18, 2019) – The Outdoor Gear Builders are kicking off the start of Spring with the 5th Annual Get In Gear Fest. The Annual Get in Gear Fest is the go-to Spring event for gathering the outdoor community that is the heart of Asheville and the surrounding region. Held at the Salvage Station in Asheville, NC on March 23rd, the festival will feature regional outdoor brands showcasing their newest gear for the upcoming season! The Get in Gear Fest is a family-friendly, free event that has something for everyone, from distance hiker to outdoor glamper, and every adventurer in between. It will also boast a climbing wall courtesy of Camp Cedar Cliff, field games, a silent auction featuring prize packages from local favorites like Watershed Drybags, Diamond Brand Gear, Tsuga, Rightline Gear and much more. Plus, the first 100 attendees to sign up as “Friends of the OGB” will claim a goodie bag filled with coupon codes from member companies. The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, a collaboration of Western North Carolina outdoor brands, will hold their fifth annual Get in Gear Fest on March 23rd from noon to 5pm at Salvage Station in Asheville, NC. The festival will feature regional outdoor brands showcasing their newest gear for the upcoming season. The Get in Gear Fest is a family-friendly, free event that has something for everyone. It will have a climbing wall, field games, a silent auction featuring prize packages from local gear makers, and opportunities to demo, explore, and buy outdoor gear. The first 100 attendees to sign up as “Friends of the OGB” will claim a goodie bag filled with coupon codes from member companies. The festival runs from 12 noon to 5 pm at the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive, with opportunities to demo, explore, and buy outdoor gear. Come meet the makers of your favorite gear and start making plans for a summer full of adventures! At this year’s festival, Brevard-based SylvanSport will be debuting a new line of outdoor gear, and Hendersonville-based Liquidlogic will have its new Ventura Kayak on display. You can check out Astral’s new line of hemp footwear and Recover Brands new performance fleece made entirely in North Carolina with 100% recycled materials. And, you can stop by the Bellyak booth to check out the world’s first lay-on-top kayak, designed and made right here in Asheville NC! With so many great gear makers to meet and gear to demo you will want to take a break at the ENO Hammock Relaxation Station and enjoy a local brew from the Salvage Station taps. “The outdoor gear manufactures based here in Western North Carolina continue to make industry leading gear for outdoor adventurers,” said Kyle Mundt, vice-chairman of OGB. “The Get in Gear Fest is always a great place to celebrate with the local community and showcase the amazing gear being designed and created right in our backyard.” The full list of participating brands includes Astral, Blue Ridge Chair Works, boatgirl, ENO, SylvanSport, The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are Western North Carolina-based companies collaborating to share talents, encourage new ideas and inspire each other. Our member brands are dedicated to creating exceptional outdoor gear with a focus on responsible manufacturing, cutting edge innovation and economic growth in our region. Our motto is: “Extraordinary Gear Made Here.” Learn more at or join the conversation on Rightline Gear, Watershed Drybags, Fifth Element Camping, Bellyak, Rockgeist, Diamond Brand Gear, Tsuga, Recover Brands, Mount Inspiration, Lucky Sheep, Native Watercraft, Liquidlogic, LightHeart Gear, and Alpine Towers. ABOUT THE OGB last_img read more