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Grandparents of Student Make Gift of West African Art

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Drs Carolyn and Eli Newberger have made a gift of their 340 object collection of art from the Ashanti, Bamana, Baule, Bobo, Dogon, Igbo, Mossi, Peul, Senufo, and Yoruba people.

“This generous gift greatly expands WCMA’s collection of African art and will be incredibly valuable not only in teaching but also in showing art that is politically, socially, and culturally relevant,” said Class of 1956 Director Christina Olsen. “ We are grateful to Carolyn and Eli for their vision and generosity.”

https://wcma.williams.edu/news-item/williams-college-museum-of-art-to-receive-landmark-gift-of-african-art-from-drs-carolyn-and-eli-newberger/

This is another recognition of the WCMA. Of particular interest to me personally is this description  of the museum: “A defining feature of this institution is its unique exhibition style; presenting art within its cultural and historical context to incite thought-provoking experiences.”

     http://www.collegerank.net/best-art-museums/

Isn’t this, after all, how art should be understood? And , in fact, isn’t this thought the basis for a liberal arts education?

JCD: Comment?

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“This is just post-modern drivel. Art should be valued and displayed because it is beautiful. Museum directors are only amateurs in politics, sociology or cultural anthropology. Only in a world without standards of beauty would a dorky looking pot ever become a part of an art exhibit.”

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8 Students Chosen for the Expedition to the August 21 Solar Eclipse/ The view from Hood River …

https://astronomy.williams.edu/news/8-students-chosen-for-the-expedition-to-the-august-21-solar-eclipse/

https://twitter.com/EphSports/status/899729980103553024/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fephblog.com%2F

Your first-hand reporter comments on the eclipse as he saw it.

I know the Williams expedition must have been in a better position than I was. Hood River is 60 miles due east of Portland on the Columbia River. I sat on the deck facing east and could see the sun.

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I would say that (as you can see by the map) by 10:20 am there was a hint of darkness, rather like the time for a sun-downer. I turned my chair due north. Buffy the wonder dog was disinterested. The neighbors cats, Atticus and Coco, stopped by for a stretch and a meow, but they always do. Birds seem to go about their business with no hint of retiring for the night. The river was placid, no wind, no kite surfers or paddle boarders. Snowy Mt Adams kept steady shadows over the Yakima Nation.

In a few minutes, the sun shine was bright again. If I were a Druid living in Hood River, I would be questioning my religion.

Hey, Just Now!

 A Trump speech actually with a beginning, middle, and end. I bring to your attention my prediction on 11 August:

 In one of those hidden in the comments statements that will probably not be read, this “Mark My Words” revelation I have just received while enjoying a Pimm’s Cup.

Trump will become a War President and as such will be able to put aside all the “follow the money” investigations being pursued by Special Investigator Mueller.

Well, Forget it!

The Phoenix display may set up the continuing positioning:

The President Who Is Preserving Our History And Heritage!

 Here are some other suggestions from The New Yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/trump-2020-potential-campaign-slogans?mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20(200)&CNDID=20210401&spMailingID=1176

 

 

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the Houses of Williamstown: Psi Upsilon … (Reissue)

(This is the 11th in a series of 16 posts) Originally published October 2009.   Click CONTENT to see entire post
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” … not a good war-time consigliere …

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… we are going to the mattresses”.

The Godfather was included in a Williams class two years ago.

https://catalog.williams.edu/1516/catalog.php?&strm=1161&subj=COMP&cn=221

Michael Beschloss is analyzing the Banner Bannon departure right now on MSNBC.

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Do the right thing …

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The Williams campus is in another idyllic town with a statue to the Civil War.

Equivalency?

 http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMH1E5_The_Soldiers_Monument_Williamstown_MA

The Union soldier statue in front of Griffin Hall was commissioned by the Society of Alumni of Williams College to commemorate Williams College students who died in the Civil War. The monument was dedicated on July 28, 1868. The front of the base is simply inscribed: 1861  1865 .

This statue to the Williams men who died in the Civil War and placed in 1868, three years after the end of the war. A monument to the dead is quite a different statue than one glorifying a specific leader of the Confederacy and erected in the wave of White Supremacy in the 1920’s. These later statues were not to mourn the men killed in the horrific Civil War. but to build the legend of “The Lost Cause”.

A foreboding of things to happen here :

The Recent Neo-Nazi Murder Spree in Context

On April 3, 2013 in Griffin Hall, a talk by Freya Klier, “known for her criticism of communism and fascism, spends a good part of every year traveling to schools to teach the young generation about the GDR, and she also represents incarcerated writers for PEN. In 2012, Klier received the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Germany’s highest honor for civil service.”

https://events.williams.edu/event/the_recent_neo-nazi_murder_spree_in_context

This post has been up-dated 0n 19 August per the excellent observations of DDF and alum-anon.

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* “Blood and Soil”/ A footnote to Charlottesville

*  “Blood and Soil” has a great appeal… the uniting power of native nationality and the native land. This slogan was chanted at the deadly terrorist demonstration in         Charlottsville.

       http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/nazi-germany/blood-and-soil/

While I usually work hard for the Williams topicality, the series currently running provides a natural background.

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Blut und Boden = Blood and Soil

Ortsbauernfuhrer = Leader of the Landed Farmers. See above link for difficulty in defining and applying.

Reischsnahrstand = The Nazi governing group determining land needed to meet nutritional needs of the German people

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/12/us/charlottesville-unite-the-right-rally/index.html

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The Houses of Williamstown: Phi Sigma Kappa …

(This is the 10th in a series of 16 posts) … Originall published 5 November, 2009. Click COMMENT for entire post
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A Vacation Special Quiz …

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 WHAT’S MY HANDICAP?

 Readers,

Please supply answers to these current events issues …

   • N Korean threats

   • Afghanistan  

   • Climate change and new US Government report

   • Debt limit and default

   • Bobby Sticks and possible Russian money connections

   • Budget and The Wall

 This list is not complete. Please feel free to add as you see fit!

Further fodder

http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-north-korea-threats-will-be-met-with-fire-and-fury

A Williams thought … could this course become a part of an eponymous chain?

http://ephsports.williams.edu/sports/wgolf/Taconic_Golf_Club

 

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Welcome to the War of the Words …

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Kim Jong-Un wants to punish us “a thousand-fold”.

 Trump ups that:  “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”.

 Separated at birth?

 

Some fore-shadowing …

https://communications.williams.edu/news-releases/pulitzer-prize-wining-author-of-the-making-of-the-atomic-bomb-to-speak-at-williams-college/

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A Dissatisfied Trump in Afghanistan …

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The Great Game continues, the players are real:

https://catalog.williams.edu/1516/catalog.php?&strm=1161&subj=HIST&cn=37

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 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/with-us-general-under-fire-afghans-fear-being-abandoned-by-trump/2017/08/04/afe1375a-7899-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html?utm_term=.2e3650af272a&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

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EphBlog (and other members of the press): Beware of Presidents’ Wrath …

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DDF could be the subject of a subpoena for his leaks on President Falk.

“We respect the important role that the press plays, and we’ll give them respect, but it is not unlimited,” Sessions said. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’s role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the armed forces and all law-abiding Americans.” *

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/04/doj-reviewing-policies-on-media-subpoenas-sessions-says-241329

While my warning is addressed to my parochial interest of the world of Williams, I suppose I should give a shout-out to the NYT, WaPo, Politico,WSJ, MSNBC, CNN, the LA Times and others continuing to be a free press.

* There is no comma after the armed forces, Followers of some recent cases may be aware of the importance of inclusion/exclusion based on the use of the Oxford Comma.

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Phi Gamma Delta …

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/us/politics/trump-affirmative-action-universities.html

Any thoughts on the swing of a new political sway and possible effects on Williams?

Still, there is great reluctance, even discomfort, on the part of admissions offices to acknowledge race as a consideration in their evaluation process. Neither Brown nor Harvard explicitly does so, instead using words like “perspective” and “identity” to describe admissions considerations. Williams College, my own alma mater, doesn’t either, although on its website this fall, the percentage of students of color and those who are the first generation in their families to attend college is enlarged to about twice the size of the other demographic statistics.

Rose Corteau  ’14 writing in …

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/10/trading-identity-for-acceptance/505619/

 

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Can a military leader with 40 years of experience bring a chaotic White House under control?

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Respect for our system of government and respect for our constitution is at a low point. Let us hope that this proven general with a lifetime of service to both will succeed in restoring the sense of confidence in our country’s leadership we deserve.

Williams reference … look no further than this blog …

http://ephblog.com/2014/11/10/happy-birthday-eph-marines/

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Trump, Scaramucci, Base : Some descriptors you might not think of …

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  1. Trumpery           despicable, contemptible, poor, inferior, cheap, tawdry.

  2. Scaramuche      rascal, scamp, a cowardly buffoon
  3. Base                  without estimable personal qualities, dishonorable, mean-spirited

Please use these words in a sentence.  If the money is followed, will there be a sentence? Do lawyers have job security?

WOW WOW …  SCARAMUCCI OUT!  Evidently, he didn’t have job security. Congratulations to the new Chief of Staff!  No room for such behavior with a four-star Marine general on deck!

And of Williams alumni interest and/or harrumphing:

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America First?The Trump Era and the Future of World Politics

Spring 2018 Cross-listed as PSCI 127

https://catalog.williams.edu/catalog.php?strm=1183&subj=LEAD&cn=127&sctn=01&crsid=020707

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Phi Delta …

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Direct Order by Tweet?

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, pictured here in March, wrote in the message to the chiefs of the services and senior enlisted leaders that the military will continue to “treat all of our personnel with respect.” | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/27/trump-transgender-military-ban-no-modification-241029

Williams men and women have served and are serving in the military. US Army 1957-1959 for me. Our bone-spur President seems to have as little regard for military procedure as he has for the rule of law. How long, I wonder, until he receives a section 8.

ADDED PER DDF’S GREAT SUGGESTION (see comments below)

Senator Chris Murphy ’96 (D) Conn has made this powerful statement of his belief in the right to serve our country:

https://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-statement-after-trump-announces-ban-on-transgender-people-serving-in-military

 

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“Read the footnotes” … a reminder from Guy Creese’s essay on Professor Professor Dudley W. R. Bahlman

A Williams alum might find the story about Todd Ducharme (1994) of interest!!   “Be Prepared” – the motto of the Boy Scouts, and a Tom Lehrer song, and a reminiscence about Football Coach Dick Farley are contained in this news note that reflects how Williams connections and experiences shape our lives.

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http://web.williams.edu/athletics/news.php?id=8923&sport=10&year=2005

Perhaps other Williams alums would like to share their Billville times and stories. Just contact David.

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Heil To The Chief!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-AuDbyGXYM

I was in the host Valley Forge District in 1950 at the BSA first Jamboree after WWII. President Truman and General Eisenhower spoke. It wasn’t any thing like the national disgrace on Monday evening.

 Williams and “Be Prepared”

http://web.williams.edu/athletics/news.php?id=8923&sport=10&year=2005

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Ellis for The New Yorker

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Kappa Alpha …

(this is the 7th in a series of 16 )

…in their ‘comments’, these old posts show an interest and avidity to fun as well as the darker side of Williams ongoing course.

My political jabs were also a continuing part of the blog at the time.

 

 
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Pardon me … …

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Lets dance. Putin’ on the Ritz!

But we’ll have a collusion.

That’s collision… When two people slide into each other.

That’s what I said, collusion

Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo on campus:

https://connected.williams.edu/?p=320

 

 

THIS JUST IN:

Scaramucci in, Spicer out.

Communications to take a turn?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaramouche

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The second Times around?

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Alas the link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/us/jeb-magruder-79-nixon-aide-jailed-for-watergate-dies.html

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Teamwork!

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 A follow-up to Strategy. Need those signals from Coach Cobb.

The Williams’ ties to baseball are well-known.

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if only the White House had the strategic thinking of baseball …

 

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… Maybe the name-sake will be successful!

Trading cards remain popular. I’ve been offered two Amhersts and a Bennington for my Williams.

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The Houses of Williamstown: Delta Upsilon …

(Originally posted 22 Oct, 2009. Click COMMENTS to see the entire post).

 

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At last, a quiet moment in Paris …

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Laurent de Brunhoff

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-40602788/trump-in-paris-compliments-and-a-hint-of-compromise

… perhaps at the 2017 Gala Dinner of the American Library in Paris which recently honored biographer Stacy Schiff ’82.

Stacy Schiff, dubbed by Vanity Fair as “the hottest biographer in the block,” is also the author of Véra(Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, a Pulitzer Prize finalist about the French aviator and writer; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize, the Ambassador Award in American Studies, and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français de l’Amérique. 

https://www.americanlibraryinparis.org/library-blog/item/746-gala-dinner-2017.html

 

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Later today from an ami on the Fountain Pen Network.

 

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Dancing with Bears …

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… can be very dangerous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that Williams link.

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Animal BehaviorSpring 2018 Cross-listed as BIOL 204

Making sense of what we see while watching animals closely is both an enthralling pastime and a discipline that draws on many aspects of biology.

https://catalog.williams.edu/catalog.php?strm=1183&subj=NSCI&cn=204&sctn=01&crsid=010617 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“A clash of civilizations”…

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“Clash of civilizations” …quote from Trump speech, Poland 6 July, 2017

 hmmmm. Rings a bell …

The Great Crusades (1095-1291)

The following is a list of events that occurred during the Great Crusades and covers the years 1095-1291.

http://www.umich.edu/~marcons/Crusades/timeline/detailedtimeline.html

For more bells, this might be a good course when it comes around again. Or maybe it won’t …

 ENGL 212 Spring 2015 Imagining the World, 1096-1650 (D) (W)

As part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative, this course examines the identities that Medieval and early modern Christians and others (for example, Jews and Muslims) imagined for each other and themselves in ways that still linger powerfully today–to give just one example, in Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa against the United States, which describes Americans as participants in the same “crusader campaigns” inaugurated by Pope Urban II at the dawn of the First Crusade in 1095. The course will be divided into three units: Inventing the West, Inventing the East, Inventing the Future. The first will explore the monstrous origins of England and Ireland as well as trace the attempts to create a united West through the crusades (as proclaimed by Urban II, and as witnessed by a Jew, Solomon Bar Samson, from massacred Mainz)

 

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The Houses of Williamstown: Delta Phi …

(originally posted 19 Oct, 2009, Click COMMENT to see entire post)

 

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The Stars and Stripes Forever!

 Happy Fourth of July!

 

 

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