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  • AFP and RFI correspondent released after four months in jail

    first_imgNews June 15, 2020 Find out more Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship News RSF_en October 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 AFP and RFI correspondent released after four months in jail Equatorial GuineaAfrica Receive email alerts Organisation to go further Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s release of Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the Malabo correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, although a court is insisting that the two French news organisations pay 40 million CFA francs (61,000 euros) in connection with a defamation action that was brought against him.“We welcome his release with a great deal of relief,” the press freedom organisation said. “It ends four months of injustice and allows the foreign media’s only correspondent in Equatorial Guinea to be reunited with his family and go back to work. But we think the sum demanded from AFP and RFI is exorbitant and unjustified.”Nguema’s was released from Malabo’s Black Beach prison at about 3 p.m. yesterday. Reached by telephone, he told Reporters Without Borders he was in good health. He had been detained since 17 June, when the head of the national airline Ceiba, Mamadou Jaye, sued him over a mistaken report that Jaye had embezzled 3.5 billion CFA francs (5 million euros) and skipped the country in April.The prosecutor’s office did not present criminal libel charges against Nguema when the case was heard by a Malabo court on 1 September.center_img Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea Equatorial GuineaAfrica News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Something’s not cooking at Riverfest

    first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsSomething’s not cooking at RiverfestBy admin – April 16, 2009 726 Advertisement A MAJOR showpiece in Limerick’s annual festival calendar could fizzle out-because of lack of funding.The popular barbeque competition, part of Riverfest, and which attracted a worldwide entry, is in danger of collapse.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The annual running cost is 100,000 euro, but only 10,000 euro sponsorship was available to the organisers.Riverfest includes many forms of outdoor entertainment, i.e. live outdoor music, stalls and the barbeque competition. It has run each May Bank Holiday weekend for the last five years, drawing crowds of up to 40,000 from around the globe.Pat O’Sullivan, chairman of The Irish Barbeque Association, described the competition as immensely successful and brought a great deal of tourism to the area, with 100 countries competing in the cook-off, which allows the public to sample the best of international cuisine.O’Sullivan, and Tara Hartigan, Events Co-Ordinator, expressed their deep disappointment at the withdrawal of the funds.O’Sullivan stated: “This event brings powerful economic stimulus into our community. The removal of Riverfeast would be like cancelling the Rose of Tralee in Limerick. The celebration draws in tourists from Europe, UK and Ireland”.Tara added: “Riverfeast is a positive thing for Limerick on so many levels. It has made its mark by embracing the cultural diversity so evident in our country today and promotes integration, while also putting Limericks best attributes forward. It is a great shame that we have been informed of the lack of funding at such late notice”.However Mr. O’Sullivan says he does not want to assign blame for the removal of funds for the barbeque competition.Instead, he respects the decision and is eager to thank those at City Hall and Shannon Development who rescued the festival when they found themselves in a similar funding situation last year.Despite the withdrawal of finances, Pat and Tara are determined that the event will go ahead at a later dateLaura Ryan of Limerick Co-ordination office confirmed that Riverfest itself will be celebrated this year.“It is disappointing that the barbeque competition will not be included as it is always a great success. However, it will be great to have two celebrations in Limerick in ‘09, if the barbeque takes place later in the summer”. Facebook Twittercenter_img Previous article“Peace” deal remains in place despite Collins murderNext articleThugs target motorists from bridge admin Email WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

  • Vitol’s Vencer Energy makes first investment to acquire Midland Basin assets

    first_imgThe assets comprise 44,000 acres across five counties in the Midland Basin Vitol’s Vencer Energy makes first investment to acquire Midland Basin assets. (Credit: drpepperscott230 from Pixabay) Vitol’s US upstream company, Vencer Energy LLC (“Vencer”), has today announced it has agreed to acquire Hunt Oil Company’s Midland Basin assets for an undisclosed sum.  It is Vencer’s first acquisition since it was established by Vitol last year.The assets comprise 44,000 acres across five counties in the Midland Basin, with current daily production of approximately 40 mboepd.Don Dotson, President and CEO, Vencer said: “We are delighted with this acquisition which realizes our vision for Vencer as the owner of quality, mature, producing assets with attractive development opportunities.  We look forward to working with our new colleagues.”Ben Marshall, Head of Americas, Vitol added: “This is an important day for Vencer as it establishes itself as a significant shale producer in the US Lower 48.  We expect US oil to be an important part of global energy balances for years to come, and we believe this is an opportune time for investment into an entry platform in the Americas.  Vitol has a long history of investing in quality upstream assets, and we are pleased to add this business to our global portfolio.  This acquisition represents an initial step to building a larger, durable platform in the US Lower 48.”Simmons Energy acted as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins acted as legal advisor to Vencer. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

  • Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp Concludes JSF Testing

    first_img Share this article View post tag: Concludes Back to overview,Home naval-today Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp Concludes JSF Testing View post tag: Wasp Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp Concludes JSF Testing View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Naval Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 21 after spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).The first F-35B landed on WASP’s flight deck Oct. 3, beginning an 18-day test period for the aircraft. During the testing, two F-35B Marine Corps test jets (BF-2 and BF-4) accomplished vertical landings and short take-offs under various conditions.While underway, the world’s first supersonic short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) fighter logged more than 28 hours of flight time and completed 72 short take-offs and 72 vertical landings. Wasp crew members worked around the clock with pilots, engineers, mechanics and a wide-array of aeronautical professionals, both military and civilian to meet the mission of the F-35B sea trials.“Wasp Air Department personnel and the JSF team started working together from day one,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Curcio, Wasp’s assistant air officer and JSF program officer. “Starting initially with the leadership interacting to set the vision for the ship trials, we worked a top-down approach to gradually bring in more people from each respective team.“This ensured that, from planning to execution, every detail was tended to and no stone was left unturned. Ultimately, this group was well ahead of the power curve at every juncture,” he said.The Wasp and the JSF team have prepared for these sea trials for more than a year. The ship, which typically accommodates the AV-8B Harrier, had to receive modifications and installation of test monitoring equipment in preparation for the F-35B’s arrival.“We used Harrier operations as a baseline from which to deviate. Working with the JSF team, we identified the operational differences between the AV-8B and the F-35B, and we trained to those differences.” said Curcio.The trials are the first of three scheduled sea based developmental test events for the STOVL variant. One of the goals was to collect environmental data on the deck using instrumentation to measure the F-35B’s sound, power, and thermal impact during flight operations.Ansis Kalnajs, better known as “AK,” a topside design and integration technical warrant for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and his team of 31 engineers, collected data to capture the effects of the F-35 on flight deck and superstructure components.“We have been collecting data on how the main engine affects deck edge equipment,” said Kalnajs, “as well as thermal load stresses to the structure and the acoustic effects.” “We got a sufficient amount of data and really good assessments for the road ahead,” he said.Also being tested is a newer non-skid deck surface, Thermion, which is supported by a mechanical bond of ceramic and aluminum that makes the surface more resistant to extreme heat and better endures the wear and tear of flight operations. The Thermion covers landing spot nine on the flight deck, a small area used for vertical landings.“The Thermion shows no signs of heat stress, which is good for the F-35, and eventually good for all surface ships,” said Kalnajs.During the testing period the Wasp and JSF team demonstrated the F-35B’s at-sea capabilities for the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus; Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos; senior military officers; and JSF international partners as well as members of the national media.The testing for the F-35 and its sea-based operations will continue over the next several years.“It is imperative that we build off that basic knowledge for the next sea trials,” said Curcio.The next sea trial, DT-2 is scheduled for 2013 after Wasp receives additional modifications for F-35B operations.The F-35B is one of three Joint Strike Fighter variants. The ‘B’ was designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps, and is capable of short take-offs and vertical landings for use on amphibious ships or expeditionary airfields to provide air power to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The F-35B will replace the AV- 8B Harrier and will continue test and evaluation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River prior to delivery to the fleet.[mappress]Source: navy, October 26, 2011 View post tag: Assault View post tag: ship Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: JSF View post tag: USS View post tag: testing October 26, 2011last_img read more

  • Protests over new NHS contracts

    first_imgNew contracts for junior doctors proposed by the Department of Health have provoked outrage across the profession, sparking a protest outside Downing Street by trainee doctors, with two organisers and a large contingent of protestors from Oxford. The changes, due to take effect next year, will force medics to work longer hours for no extra pay. Junior doctors argue that under new contracts they will take a home-pay cut of up to 15 per cent and will be subjected to working hours that the British Medical Association (BMA) “unsafe and unfair” for patients and doctors. Joanna May Sutton, an organiser of the ‘Save our Contracts’ protest commented, “It was exciting to see so many angry but energised medical students and doctors coming out to demonstrate. “These aren’t your typical protesters, and to come out on a Monday evening after work with hundreds of hand-made placards and banners showed that we are willing to do anything to ensure that our patients are kept safe. “ Richard Griffith, a medic at Pembroke College, told Cherwell, “The primary goal is for the best patient care and treatment possible, and it’s difficult to see how these contracts do anything to help towards that goal…If these contracts go through, it could be the start (or some might argue, the continuation) of a dangerous slippery slope for the NHS.” A clinical medic at Lincoln College told Cherwell, “The proposed contracts are both a step backwards for the NHS and, in many ways, a scam.”“They remove many of the financial incentives that protect doctors from being overworked on weekends (and fairly reward them when they are), penalise female doctors who take time out for maternity reasons, and claim to target a problem that doesn’t exist…namely, the myth that doctors don’t work weekends (they do).” A spokesperson for the British Medical Association (BMA) commented, “We urge the government not to impose a contract that is unsafe and unfair. “We will resist a contract that is bad for patients, bad for junior doctors and bad for the NHS.” However, the Department of Health has defended its decision, saying in a statement, “We want to improve patient safety in hospitals. We believe the current contract is unfair for doc- tors and patients, so we want to discuss a way forward with the BMA that maintains average earnings for junior doctors and doesn’t cut the pay bill.” Junior doctors are currently paid “standard” time for working normal hours, Monday to Friday. However, under the new proposals, “stan- dard” time will be extended from 60 hours per week to 90 and stretch up to 10pm every night of the week apart from Sunday. Third-year Oxford medical student Eirion Slade has written a song in protest against the contracts to the tune of Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’. He performed the song during the protest outside Downing Street, and it has now received more than 190,000 views online. He told Cherwell, “The proposed junior doctor contracts will drive enormous numbers of doctors out of the profession, since many doctors will not be able to sustain their financial and family commitments on an overnight pay cut. If doctors leave their contracted jobs, they will have to be replaced with expensive locum cover, which will cripple the NHS. “These contracts are actually so counterpr ductive that it seems like the health secretary is deliberately trying to force the NHS into a financial position that it cannot recover from.”last_img read more

  • Evansville District Welcomes New K-9 Team

    first_imgIndiana State Police added a new K-9 team to the Evansville District.  Trooper Dustan Rubenacker and his K-9, Odin, recently graduated from the K-9 Academy in Indianapolis and are now patrolling areas throughout the district.Rubenacker is a two-year veteran of the Indiana State Police and primarily patrolled Vanderburgh County prior to becoming a certified K-9 handler.Odin is a 2 year-old male Belgian Malinois. Rubenacker purchased Odin as a pet, hoping one day his dog would become his partner.  Rubenacker spent many hours of his own time training Odin before offering his dog to the Indiana State Police K-9 program. The department accepted Rubenacker’s offer and gave him an opportunity to attend training to become a certified K-9 team. The Indiana State Police has never accepted a trooper’s pet dog to become an Indiana State Police K-9 until Rubenacker and Odin successfully completed their K-9 training.Rubenacker and Odin’s twelve weeks of training consisted of narcotic searches, aggression control, building searches, tracking, article searches and obedience. Odin is also certified in the detection of narcotic odors related to methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Indiana Announces New Online Portal And Residential Addiction Treatment Program

    first_imgThe Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today announced two initiatives as part of the state’s effort to attack the drug epidemic. First, the Next Level Recovery website,, now has a new geolocation feature designed to help Hoosiers find Division of Mental Health and Addiction-certified addiction treatment providers throughout the state. Additionally, FSSA is preparing to open a new addiction residential treatment unit specializing in opioid use disorder at Richmond State Hospital to support Hoosiers with an immediate need of services, particularly those in East Central Indiana.The new web portal, found under the “treatment” tab at allows individuals to search for certified inpatient, outpatient, residential and opioid treatment providers by location, treatment option and populations served (adult or adolescent/male or female). The portal will display helpful information such as payment types accepted by each provider and whether the facility is near public transportation.“This new online feature puts critical information right into the palms of the hands of people who need it most – those who are struggling with addiction and are ready to find help,” said FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H. “It is extremely important that we continue to add tools like this in our fight against the opioid crisis in Indiana as it helps direct individuals to addiction treatment that fits their unique needs.”, launched in October 2017, offers information for health professionals, emergency personnel, law enforcement, community leaders and persons with substance use disorder and their families. The website is one of several enhancements Indiana is making to provide a variety of ways to connect people to the right care at the right time.The new 22 bed addiction residential treatment unit at Richmond State Hospital is expected to open by the end of March. It is the result of DMHA’s recent search for existing and available state assets to try to meet immediate need for opioid use disorder treatment.“We are grateful to Dr. Warren Fournier and his staff at Richmond State Hospital, for demonstrating leadership in identifying an existing, yet currently unused, unit at the hospital in which we could quickly develop much-needed residential treatment services,” added Walthall. “We hope we are able to quickly see the impacts of the program, which will include medication-assisted treatment, in the future.”Additional state efforts to improve access to treatment include adding new benefits and approximately $80 million in annual funding for substance use disorder treatment for HIP and Medicaid members through a federal waiver just approved last week, five additional opioid treatment programs that are opening in 2018 and, through the federal 21st Century Cures grant, FSSA is working with addiction providers across the state to create other new residential treatment programs or expand their existing programs. The state also has a campaign underway to educate Hoosiers about opioid use disorder and has launched a website, where people can learn more about the disease.  The Division of Aging is a program of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. If you have questions about Aging programs and services, visit us online at LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • News story: New focus on babies’ and children’s health as review launches

    first_imgEarly Years Health Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP to lead new review commissioned by the Prime Minister into improving health outcomes of babies and young children The review will consider the barriers that impact on early-years development, including social and emotional factors and early childhood experiences The review’s findings will inform the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda All parents aspire to provide their children with the best possible start in life and this government is committed to ensuring that no child is left behind. Everybody should have a solid foundation on which to build their health and this review will look to reduce the barriers and improve early childhood experiences. We are determined to level up the opportunities for children, no matter where they come from or grow up. Early Years Health Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP said: Led by Early Years Health Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP, the review will look at reducing inequalities in young children from birth to age 2-and-a-half, aiming to ensure every baby is given the best possible start in life.The first 1,000 days of childhood are critical for development, and have a significant impact on physical health, mental health and opportunity throughout life.However, children living in households in the lowest socio-economic groups have significantly worse health outcomes than other children. These can be caused by stress and smoking in pregnancy, as well as communication problems due to language inequalities.The review is part of the government’s commitment to levelling up the country and helping every child reach their full potential.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: The government is also investing in early-years organisations to help them boost disadvantaged children’s development, with grants targeted at improving outcomes for young children at risk of falling behind by age 5, and for those with special educational needs. As part of the next phase of the review, Andrea Leadsom MP will be engaging with a wide range of stakeholders. These include independent academic experts, maternity and children’s specialists, leading commissioners, service providers and professionals, and parliamentarians.Building on conclusions from the Inter-Ministerial Group on Early Years Family Support, Andrea Leadsom MP is expected to submit her findings and policy recommendations from the first phase of the Review into Early Years Health in January 2021. This will contribute to the government’s vision for excellence in early-years health.Background informationIn July 2019, the government launched the green paper Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s. This made a commitment to support parents and modernise the Healthy Child Programme to enable effective services to those who are in need.The government is investing more than £3.6 billion in 2020 to 2021 on free early-education entitlements, helping parents to work more flexibly and supporting children’s early development. This includes:center_img the universal offer for every 3 and 4-year-old of 15 hours per week of early education, as well as for the most deprived 2-year-olds our 30 hours offer for working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds Ensuring that every baby has the best start in life is my passion in politics and I am delighted to be asked by the Prime Minister to chair a review of early-years services on behalf of the government. Infant mental health is about more than babies. It’s about improving our whole lives and striving for better outcomes that have a profound effect from cradle to grave. The review will seek to show how to reduce disparities in low birth weight, social and emotional development in early years, and reduce impacts of vulnerability and adverse childhood experiences in this stage of life.Research from NHS England suggests that 1 in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads experience mental health problems during pregnancy and after birth. Pregnancy can often be a trigger for domestic abuse, with between 15% and 30% of domestic violence cases starting during this time.Understanding lessons learned from COVID-19, including minimising the risks from the pandemic to very young children, and better using technology, the government will work with academics, health professionals and other experts to identify policies and services that will improve the outcomes for vulnerable babies, children and their families.Health Minister Jo Churchill said: Most babies are born healthy and enjoy a safe and nurturing childhood. We know the first 1,000 days of a child’s life is critical, providing a solid foundation as children for growth and development throughout their lives. However, some do not have the same advantages. We want to remove barriers so that all babies and young children are supported and nurtured to be ready for school and ready for life. This review will help ensure every child has an opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background and achieve their potential. We look forward to receiving Andrea Leadsom MP’s recommendations.last_img read more

  • Overseeing progress

    first_img Two named to lead Overseers On a recent afternoon, the Gazette sat down with Susan Carney, current president of the Board of Overseers, and Michael Brown, president-elect for 2019-20, to talk about the Overseers’ role, their Harvard experiences, and the new online voting option for the Overseers election, now in progress.Susan Carney ’73, J.D. ’77, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has chaired the board’s standing committee on humanities and arts, and was one of three Overseer members of Harvard’s presidential search committee in 2017-18.Michael Brown ’83, J.D. ’88, is co-founder and CEO of the public service organization City Year. He chairs the board’s standing committee on social sciences and is co-chair of the Harvard College National Advisory Board for Public Service.Q&ASusan Carney and Michael BrownGAZETTE [to Carney]: Could you talk about the most memorable aspects of your time as president of the board so far? What advice do you have for Michael Brown, who will take over after Commencement?CARNEY: It has been a fantastic year. We had Larry Bacow’s inauguration, and his first year has been fun to watch unfold. Taking part in his inauguration was a highlight, and so was the Q&A we did together in his first meeting with the board. There’s a sense of excitement, and it’s been wonderful to participate in these early days of a new presidency.Michael is wonderfully well-suited to this job. He doesn’t need much advice. But I’ve enjoyed talking with him about how the Overseers can best provide their perspective on topics that matter most to the University.GAZETTE [to Brown]: As you are about to take on this new role, what are you most looking forward to? What have you learned from Susan’s leadership?BROWN: Susan is a remarkable leader who focuses our work, asks penetrating questions, and guides us to consensus. She has a demeanor that brings people in and encourages people to work together — she’s a role model for all of us.As Susan said, it’s an exciting time. Harvard has been building momentum, and Larry has hit the ground running. He brings such a tremendous energy and experience to the role, and it has been a seamless handoff. For me, being an Overseer is an opportunity to give back. I was given an extraordinary education and a transformative experience here, and I want to help advance that for others.GAZETTE [to Carney]: What has been the most unexpected part of your presidency? What has been the main challenge?CARNEY: Higher education has been getting such critical scrutiny in recent years, and this year in particular. The landscape has been changing rapidly, especially on the outside, and I have wanted to make sure the University as a whole is benefiting from the perspectives the Overseers can provide, not just from an inward-facing vantage but from an outward-facing one. That has been the main challenge.GAZETTE [to Brown]: An Overseer is selected to be president of the board for an academic year. Why did you accept this role?BROWN: Harvard has had a transformative impact on my life. I could even say I wouldn’t be here if not for Harvard. On Feb. 14, 1954, my father was a student at Harvard Law School and saw a poster that said, “Come to Simmons and meet your Valentine,” which he did, and met my mother. On my own first day at Harvard, my roommate Alan Khazei became my best friend, and we eventually launched City Year together, a lifelong partnership in social change and activism. A couple of years later, at Currier House, I met my wife, Charlotte Mao. Such wonderful gifts.My Harvard education — both undergraduate and law school — had an enormous impact on how I understand and make meaning of the world we’re in, and especially how I think about issues of social justice.In terms of why I chose to serve, our highest value at City Year is service to a cause greater than self, and for me that’s what service to Harvard is all about. I want to express gratitude for all Harvard has done for me and to encourage people who come through Harvard to find the spark of public purpose in their lives.GAZETTE [to Carney]: Why did you want to serve the University as an Overseer?CARNEY: I’ve been devoted to the University since I walked in in 1969. It’s such a stimulating place. I’ve had such admiration for the faculty, the students, and the community, and I’ve wanted to continue being part of it. As an Overseer, I’ve been surrounded by energized, committed, and talented people of all different backgrounds, who are willing to give their time and provide their expertise and energy. Being an Overseer is a way I could contribute to a university that has given me so much in terms of friends and career — and my husband.GAZETTE: What is the role of the board? I bet many people ask you what Overseers do.CARNEY: People have a general idea that Overseers attend meetings and participate in conversations about issues of importance — which we do. But there’s much more. The Overseers bring the benefit of their experience to understanding the issues Harvard is facing, but we also serve as ambassadors for Harvard in our communities. And we participate in visiting committees, visiting various Schools and departments, which is a great opportunity to reflect with them on their priorities and what choices they’re making as they fulfill their missions. We also have lots of opportunities to meet with the president, the provost, and others to relay what we’re hearing and to help ensure that Harvard is making well-informed choices.BROWN: When people find out that I’m an Overseer at Harvard, they always say the same thing: “That’s wonderful. What do you do as an Overseer?” My response is that we’re a group of alumni who try to serve as Socratic stewards of the University. We bring questions and input, based on our experiences and what we hear from alumni. We’re not in a management role; we’re in a stewardship role. We work together with the president and the Corporation to think together about very large issues facing the University.Along the way, we learn remarkable things about this remarkable place. I’m thinking of a recent discussion with [William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics] Raj Chetty about the role of big data in addressing inequality. Or a conversation with [Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology] Theda Skocpol about some of the major political divides in the country today. Or a dinner with students who’ve been public service fellows. Or a discussion with [Psychology Department Chair] Mahzarin Banaji about blind spots and implicit biases. We bring our questions and advice and experience to discussions of how people and programs at Harvard can make a positive difference for the world. And even as we serve as Overseers, it often feels like we’re students again.GAZETTE [to Carney]: Can you talk a bit about how the board operates?CARNEY: We meet five times a year, usually for the whole weekend. We have a dinner program — this weekend it’s about an initiative to embed the study of ethics in computer science courses. We have several rounds of committee meetings that focus on various aspects of the University — the arts program, for example. On Sundays, we have a longer, plenary session, where we are usually joined by most of the Corporation members. That’s where some more in-depth discussions take place. This weekend, for example, we are hearing from the Kennedy School dean and his colleagues about civic engagement and civil discourse. We’ve also recently had presentations and discussions on the College’s new Gen Ed curriculum with the faculty who are crafting it.We also appoint visiting committees to look more closely at the work of different Schools and departments. I served on the Medical School visiting committee last year, which meant several interesting days on the Longwood campus. And the work includes staying educated about what’s going on. I get the daily Gazette, and I now subscribe to the Crimson online, to the Globe, to the Chronicle of Higher Education. I try to maintain a steady flow of information so that I can ask good questions.GAZETTE [to Brown]: What committees do you serve on?BROWN: I serve on the social science committee as chair, and the institutional policy committee. In social science, we discuss visiting committee reports on departments such as Government, Anthropology, and Economics, as well as some of the big questions that the social sciences are grappling with. In institutional policy, it’s a very broad range. For instance, how do we take advantage of technology in learning? How do we address policy issues in Washington? How do we fund research?The visitation process is worth emphasizing. We have committees that bring together Overseers with external experts in the particular discipline or profession. We talk to a lot of people — faculty, students, others — about the school or department we’re visiting. We look at the programs, the opportunities, what’s going well, and things that can be improved. And we write a report that comments on both strengths and challenges, and tries to provide thoughtful advice to the University’s leadership. I think it’s a terrific way for Harvard to be rigorous, to avoid complacency, to welcome constructive criticism, and to share ideas for renewal.GAZETTE [to Carney]: I’m told that the Overseers and the Corporation have closer interactions than was once the case. What is the impact of those interactions?CARNEY: It’s been good for the Corporation to have expanded in size [starting in 2011]. And it’s been good to have many members of the Corporation join the Overseers in our plenary sessions to ensure that we have a running dialogue about shared concerns. Spending time with the Corporation members also helps us understand and focus on University priorities that cut across schools and departments. For instance, the theme of “One Harvard” has become increasingly important, and that theme helps inform how we plan our agendas and how we interact with various schools and programs. We’ve also devoted more and more attention to issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core features of Harvard’s excellence. I think the cross-pollination of issues, concerns, thoughts, and reflections has improved the deliberations of both boards. And it’s been a pleasure for all of us to get to know each other better.GAZETTE: Could you talk about who the other Overseers are? I know you’re all alumni.CARNEY: It’s a terrific group. We have Overseers from academia, from nonprofits, from government, from the arts. We have people from finance and business and technology. We have doctors and lawyers. It’s an extraordinarily diverse group of people, who are drawn from an array of personal pasts and professional lanes. What binds everyone together is a love of the institution.BROWN: There’s a breadth of experience among the Overseers that can provide perspectives on almost any question the University is facing. But most of all, there is a tremendous bond you form with the other Overseers. For me the sense of community has been extraordinary.GAZETTE: How are Overseers selected? Could you describe the new online voting system that is being introduced this year?BROWN: There’s an alumni association committee that nominates folks. It looks for a diverse set of individuals from all kinds of backgrounds, and asks them if they want to stand for election. Then all our Harvard degree holders are invited to vote. It’s been a paper ballot system for many decades. This spring, for the first time, people have the option to vote online.CARNEY: We’re excited to add online voting as an option this year. We’ve been working carefully to create a secure online system. It’s designed to make it more convenient for everyone to vote — including people who live abroad and recent graduates, who are used to doing almost everything online. We’re hopeful that the online option will encourage more people to take part in the election.GAZETTE: How has your view of Harvard changed since your student days? Did you ever imagine yourself being an Overseer?BROWN: When I was an undergrad, I was most focused on my classes, my friends, my extracurriculars, my future, and some of the issues and causes I cared about beyond Harvard. I never imagined I would be playing a role in Harvard governance. But as an Overseer, you can appreciate the breadth and depth of this institution, which are simply magnificent.  You see, across the board, the level of intellectual engagement, the complexity of the institution, and also the pressure that it’s under. It’s remarkable to see so many people working in concert to make such a great institution thrive every day.CARNEY: I arrived in the fall of 1969 and lived in the Radcliffe dorms. I had to be in by 10 p.m. I had to ask for permission to stay out later. In January, men moved into my dorm, and two years later, I moved to Adams House. It was a time of enormous change — the Vietnam War, the Cambodia incursion, a time of turmoil — and there were very few women around. Every time I’m on campus, I’m amazed at all the women undergraduates and graduate students, and certainly the faculty looks very different.  We shouldn’t be satisfied, but we have seen enormous changes. Those changes have been paramount in my mind.In terms of whether I had imagined myself in this role: never in a thousand years. When I left law school, I did hope to be a counsel to a university — but never expected to find myself in the kind of role that Overseers play.BROWN: We didn’t have the internet. We basically hung out and talked to people. Students today are much more connected and sophisticated in so many ways. They’re so connected to the world, and that’s really good. At the same time, hopefully there are opportunities for students to just connect with each other, because that’s such an important part of the experience of being a student here. So many facilities at Harvard have had a rather breathtaking transformation. The Annenberg Dining Hall, which is right out of Hogwarts; the new art museums, the new buildings at the Law School and the Kennedy School, and the Smith Center. The idea of a central gathering place for students was a dream when we were here 35 years ago, and now it’s a dream come true.Another thing that has changed is the University’s commitment to engage with undergraduates in more powerful and creative ways. And the University today is much more diverse than when I was here in the 1980s, which is so important. One thing that has not changed is how remarkable the students are. As Overseers, we have various chances to talk with students. It’s always a highlight to hear about their extraordinary scholarship, their broad interests, their creativity, and just how remarkable they are as human beings. It’s incredibly inspiring.GAZETTE: What are the opportunities and challenges you see facing Harvard, or higher education more generally, in the years to come?CARNEY: We’re in a time when technology is providing new approaches to pedagogy, when we have the capability to reach out to broad populations to share our educational resources. That’s a great opportunity, and we’re taking advantage of it. As to challenges, right now, I think higher education is subject to criticism and being labeled as elitist in a way that equates with exclusion, not excellence. Harvard has been cognizant of the importance of socioeconomic diversity in our student body and has worked hard to broaden its embrace. Harvard needs to continue to share its values of learning and excellence in a way that is admired rather than seen as exclusive.BROWN: I agree with Susan that higher education in general is facing a number of important challenges. It’s not always well understood, for example, how Harvard, as a research institution, enhances the public good — advancing sciences, improving public health, fostering innovation and economic development, or the critical role the humanities play in expanding and understanding the human experience, to give a few powerful examples.In the past several years, Harvard has reached breakthrough levels of diversity. Now, more than half of the students accepted to the College are young people of color. With that exciting progress, we have a tremendous responsibility to make sure all Harvard students experience a true sense of belonging. President Faust’s initiative on inclusion and belonging is tremendously important, and President Bacow is leaning heavily into making further progress. We need to ensure that everybody here feels a real sense that they belong at Harvard.As for opportunities, I’d like to highlight one that President Bacow spoke of in his inaugural address, when he called for raising the resources so that any undergraduate who wants to do a summer of service can have the opportunity. It’s a really powerful vision to say “yes” to the idealism of Harvard students — and to put public purpose at the center of the Harvard experience.GAZETTE: Finally, do you have any words of advice for students on how can they be connected to the University after they graduate?CARNEY: While you’re at Harvard you should take advantage of everything that is aroundyou to the extent you can. It’s a very special time in your life, and I encourage people to reach out to faculty, to other students, and find what will excite you. Work hard and enjoy every moment you’re here. And when you’re out, think about a way to contribute. Get involved with alumni organizations, local Harvard school committees, or local Harvard clubs. It’s important for the University to have its alumni stay connected. It’s not just a duty; it’s fun to meet other alums and work on projects together. Most of all, it feels good to give back to the place that has given us so much.BROWN: The best advice I can give to a Harvard student is to say yes to the extraordinary opportunities that are here every single day. Sometimes that means don’t study tonight and head out with a friend, try something new, join a club, talk to people of different backgrounds, visit museums, go to office hours, invest in the relationships that you build here.Afterward, don’t wait for every five or 10 years to come back. Find a way to engage. I find so many people saying, ‘I re-engaged later in life; I wish I’d had done that earlier.’ What we do as alumni is incredibly important to the institution. And it’s a way to give back for all the investments that have been made in us.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Alumni Association also votes in six new directors Michael Brown, Lesley Rosenthal to occupy senior posts center_img Six new Harvard Overseers elected Relatedlast_img read more