Jamtronica trio SunSquabi has announced their first batch of headlining tour dates for the coming year with 12 shows scheduled throughout the first few weeks of 2019. The Denver-based outfit’s Friday announcement follows the previous news that they would also be climbing aboard the Norwegian Jade as part of Jam Cruise 17 in late January.The winter tour will begin with a concert in front of their hometown fans with Too Many Zooz and The Hip Abduction at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado on January 26th. The band will then make stops at venues throughout the western U.S. including Neurolux in Boise, ID (1/30); Neumos in Seattle, WA (1/31); Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR (2/2); Wow Hall in the jam-friendly city of Eugene, OR (2/6); Crystal Bay in Reno, NV (2/7); Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA (2/9); Winston’s in San Diego, CA (2/15); and The Morrocan in Los Angeles, CA (2/16), just to name a few. SunSquabi will conclude their winter 2019 run with an appearance a M3F Fest in Phoenix, Arizona on March 2nd, which also includes sets from Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and Twiddle.The winter tour will also mark the first run of shows following the release of SunSquabi’s forthcoming studio album, Instinct, which arrives on January 11th. The band previously released and debuted three new songs from Instinct including “Caterpillar”, “Chrysalis”, and “Night Moth”, as part of their pre-album ‘Metamorphosis’ Series. With fans having already been introduced to some of the new material in a live setting, they’ll be just as happy to head to the merch table to buy the new album by the time SunSquabi hit the road in January.SunSquabi toured pretty extensively throughout the fall months of 2018, which included some shows opening up for Umphrey’s and STS9. They also performed down at Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL back in late October.Tickets for the SunSquabi’s headlining shows on the upcoming tour are on sale now via the tour page on the band’s website. $1 from each ticket sold on the upcoming tour will be donated by the band to the Can’d Aid Foundation.SunSquabi Winter 2019 Tour DatesJan. 15 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseJan. 26 – Denver, CO – FillmoreJan. 30 – Boise, ID – NeuroluxJan. 31 – Seattle, WA – NeumosFeb. 1 – Bellingham, WA – Wild BuffaloFeb. 2 – Portland, OR – Wonder BallroomFeb. 5 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre PubFeb. 6 – Eugene, OR – Wow HallFeb. 7 – Reno, NV – Crystal BayFeb. 8 – Berkeley, CA – CornerstoneFeb. 9 – Santa Cruz, CA – AtriumFeb. 15 – San Diego, CA – Winston’sFeb. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The MorrocanMar. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – M3F FestView All 2019 Tour Dates
Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band has released “They Don’t Shine”, the second single from the band’s forthcoming studio album, SIGNS. The upcoming release acts as the band’s first studio effort since 2016’s Let Me Get By, and is scheduled to arrive later this month on February 15th via Fantasy/Concord Records.The 11-track album was co-produced by TTB leader and guitarist Derek Trucks along with Jim Scott and Bobby Tis, and will include all original songs which were recorded live on two-inch analog tape at their Swamp Raga Studio. TTB brethren Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Doyle Bramhall II, and Marc Quiñones also appear on the record. Some of the tracks to be included on the album are titled, “Strengthen What Remains”, “Still Your Mind”, “All The World”, and “Hard Case”. The latter was written by Mike Mattison, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi, and was debuted as the album’s soulful lead single last month.Today’s release, “They Don’t Shine”, is described by the band as a “double shot of straight-ahead rock n roll, complete with a tight 8 bars of guitar heroics by Susan [Tedeschi] and a long fade out that leaves the chorus dancing between your ears even after the song is long gone.” Listen for yourself:Tedeschi Trucks Band – “They Don’t Shine”[Audio: Tedeschi Trucks Band]“SIGNS reflects on the losses suffered by the band in the past few years while still finding cause for hope and celebration in the beauty of life and nature,” the band mentioned in a statement shared to their Facebook last week, dedicating the album to their friend and mentor Col Bruce Hampton (Ret.). Other losses include the recent deaths of TTB mentors like Leon Russell and Allman Brothers Band members Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman.In addition to their upcoming tour dates–including multi-night runs at the Saenger Theatre, Ryman Auditorium, Warner Theatre, and more–Tedeschi Trucks Band will celebrate the official release of SIGNS with a show at Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday, February 20th. Tickets for the album release show at Brooklyn Academy of Music are on sale now. Every pair of tickets purchased for this show will come with a digital download of the new album.SIGNS Tracklisting1. “Signs (High Times)”2. “I’m Gonna Be There”3. “When Will I Begin”4. “Walk Through This Life”5. “Strengthen What Remains”6. “Still Your Mind”7. “Hard Case”8. “Shame”9. “All The World”10. “They Don’t Shine”11. “The Ending”View All Tour DatesTEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND 2019 TOUR DATES2/1/19 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium2/2/19 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium2/15/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/16/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/17/19 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre2/20/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Academy of Music – Howard Gilman Opera House2/22/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/23/19 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre2/26/19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia2/28/19 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre3/1/19 – Augusta, GA – William B. Bell Auditorium3/2/19 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium4/2/19 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia4/4/19 – Eindhoven, NL – Muziekgebouw4/5/19 – Winterbach, DE- Salierhalle Winterbach4/7/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio4/8/19 – Stockholm, SE – Cirkus SOLD OUT4/10/19 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene4/11/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio SOLD OUT4/12/19 – Randers, DK – Vaerket4/14/19 – Bochum, DE – Rurhcongress4/15/19 – Hamburg, DE – Mehr! Theater4/17/19 – Milan, IT – Teatro degli Arcimboldi4/18/19 – Trieste, IT – Politeama Rossetti4/20/19 – Zurich, CH – Theater 114/23/19 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique4/24/19 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg4/26/19 – London, UK – The London Palladium SOLD OUT4/27/19 – London, UK – The London Palladium SOLD OUT5/10/19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater5/11/19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater5/12/19 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theatre5/14/19 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center5/16/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre5/17/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre5/18/19 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre5/21/19 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium of Sacramento5/23/19 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater of Seattle5/24/19 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater of Seattle5/25/19 – Salem, OR – LB Day Comcast Amphitheatre6/28/19 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place *6/29/19 – Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheater *6/30/19 – St. Petersburg, FL – Al Lang Stadium *7/03/19 – Orange Beach, AL – Wharf Amphitheater *7/05/19 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Car Stadium *7/06/19 – Simpsonville, SC – Heritage Park Amphitheater *7/07/19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion *7/09/19 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek *7/13/19 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion *7/14/19 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center *7/16/19 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC *7/19/19 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion *7/20/19 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights *7/23/19 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre *7/24/19 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park *7/26/19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks *7/27/19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks *7/30/19 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre *7/31/19 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater *8/02/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre *8/03/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ** 5th Annual Wheels of Soul tour with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope (Additional dates to be announced)View All Tour Dates
Continuing the celebration of their 30th anniversary, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones have announced seven new 2019 fall tour dates, with another eight shows to be announced in the coming weeks.The quartet comprised of Béla Fleck, Howard Levy, Future Man, and Victor Wooten will open up the tour with a performance at Birmingham, AL’s Alys Robinson Stephens PAC on November 22nd, followed by stops at Memphis’ Germantown Performing Arts Center on November 23rd, and Indianapolis, IN’s Clowes Memorial Hall on November 24th. Longtime friend and collaborator Sam Bush will join the band in Indianapolis.Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will then head to New York City’s Town Hall on December 4th, followed by performances at Hartford, CT’s Bushnell Performing Arts Center (12/5); New Brunswick, NJ’s State Theatre (12/6); and Portland, ME’s State Theatre on December 8th.According to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ website, the band will offer additional fall tour performances on November 25th, 26th, and 27th along with December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th, 2019.Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Expand 30th Anniversary Summer Tour, Including Date With Billy StringsThe quartet will soon kick off their 30th anniversary summer tour with a performance at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 30th alongside the Colorado Symphony, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Abigail Washburn.Head to Béla Fleck and the Flecktones’ website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.
Scientists have long studied how atoms and molecules structure themselves into intricate clusters. Unlocking the design secrets of nature offers lessons in engineering artificial systems that could self-assemble into desired forms.In the Jan. 29 issue of Science, a team from Harvard led by Vinothan Manoharan and Michael Brenner presents additional clues to how and why groups of atoms and molecules may favor less symmetrical and more complex, flexible geometric patterns.The answer relates to a familiar concept in physics called entropy, the ways in which particles are able to arrange themselves. The researchers first caught sight of the link by using magnetic “stick and ball” construction toys that can make varying shapes.Manoharan, associate professor of chemical engineering and physics in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Physics, and his colleagues used colloidal particles, a suspended chemical mixture seen in semi-solid foods such as mayonnaise, to simulate the clustering behavior of atoms and molecules.“To allow clusters to form, we put a few tiny polystyrene spheres in microscopic cylindrical wells filled with water. The particles act as ’sticky’ hard spheres and naturally cluster together just like groups of nearby interacting atoms and molecules do,” said Manoharan.The researchers expected that simple, highly symmetric shapes would arise most often. Instead, two surprising, related, and scalable phenomena arose when the number of particles used in their experiments reached six or rose above nine.Six particles can form into a symmetrical octahedron and into a more complex tri-tetrahedron shape. In terms of chemical structure, each shape results in 12 bonds, and hence, has the same amount of potential energy. With the potential energy being equal, Manoharan and colleagues thought that both shapes would occur in equal proportion. They found, however, that the tri-tetrahedron occurs 20 times more often than the octahedron.“The only possible explanation was entropy,” said Manoharan. “Most people are familiar with entropy as a measure of ‘disorder,’ but the most useful definition of entropy is simply the number of different ways a bunch of particles can arrange themselves.”Natalie Arkus, a former applied mathematics graduate student who worked with Brenner, the Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, provided a hint to solving the puzzle, as she discovered a method to calculate all the possible structures that could be formed using geometric magnetic toys made up of magnetic metal rods and silver ball bearings.Since there are more ways for the complicated tri-tetrahedron structure to form (something that can be seen by labeling the toy spheres and counting the ways they can be put together), the shape appears far more frequently than the octahedron. In general, among clusters with the same potential energy, highly symmetric structures are less likely to arise.The researchers also found that when the number of particles reaches nine or higher, entropy plays another important role.Because the number of possible structures with nine or more particles is vast, the team focused on what are called nonrigid, or flexible, structures. Nonrigidity occurs when a cluster is half octahedral and shares at least one vertex, allowing the cluster to twist without breaking or forming another bond (something also easily seen by using the toys).“Because they can move flexibly, the nonrigid clusters have high vibrational entropy,” explained Manoharan. “In cases with nine or more particles, symmetric clusters do not appear as often due to rotational entropy. The ability to rotate is useful, as it allows clusters to have extra bonds.”As a general rule, the team found that for all clusters up to eight particles and a select number of structures with up to 12, the most symmetric structures occurred the least often due to entropy.“Our findings illustrate, in a tangible way, what the concept of entropy means,” said Manohran.Looking ahead, the researchers are interested in using their results to understand the emergence of bulk crystallization, or how particles come together in the early stages of forming a crystal.Manoharan and Brenner’s co-authors included Guangnan Meng, a research associate in the Department of Physics at Harvard University, and Natalie Arkus, a graduate of SEAS and now a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University. The authors acknowledge support from theNational Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Last August about 100 residents of an island off Maine gathered at their pristine little port to watch the arrival of three giants.From shore, the islanders could see their enormous white arms, resembling a surfaced submarine or the bony remnants of a prehistoric beast, lying on the deck of an approaching barge.The onlookers on Vinalhaven were welcoming the massive blades of three wind turbines, part of a community-based power project guided by Harvard Business School Professor George Baker as part of an effort to slash the islanders’ high electricity costs.“The islands pay about three times the national average for electricity, and the wind blows all the time,” said Baker, Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration, who is on leave from Harvard Business School to help complete the project. “The question was, ‘Can’t we generate electricity with wind?’”The answer has been a resounding “yes.”For the past three years, Baker has split his time between his home in Newton, Mass., and a house on Frenchboro, a small island east of Vinalhaven, to work on the effort. He jokes that his wife would like to know exactly where he lives. He makes the four-hour trip to Maine weekly.The HBS professor, an authority on organizational economics, enjoys a personal challenge. Fifteen years ago he designed and built his home on Frenchboro, a remote fishing outpost with a year-round population of 43. He embraced the wind-power effort after volunteering with a local electric cooperative.“Partly because I was an HBS professor and partly because I was … wanting to be a helpful member of the community, I served as a volunteer member of the board of trustees of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative,” said Baker of his work with a consumer-owned electric cooperative serving nearby Swan’s Island as well as Frenchboro.Building on that experience, he has used his time away from Harvard to explore the economic and financial feasibility of wind-power generation on Maine’s islands, ultimately heading the effort to create the largest community wind-power facility on the East Coast, known as the Fox Islands Wind Project.The complicated process included permitting, detailed environmental impact and engineering studies, and a complex financing structure for the turbines that involved federal tax credits and the creation of a limited-liability company. There were also community meetings, where Baker was frank with the facts.“I told the residents, ‘Here’s what it would look like. Here’s how it would work. It’s absolutely not without risk, but there is real benefit,’” he said.The islanders ultimately backed the plan, 284 to 5.What makes the current project free from much of the “not in my back yard” squabbling that can plague wind projects is its immediate and direct benefit to the community, said Baker.“It’s a community-owned project where the community gets all the benefit,” he said. “There is no developer that owns the turbines and takes all of the power. The power is used locally by the community.”Now residents can harvest their own electricity with the help of Mother Nature, instead of relying on the noisy diesel generator downtown or purchasing power from a nuclear plant down the coast or the oil-fired plant on another island, in the process paying exorbitant costs to access electricity through underwater cables.Enlisting the support of the giant General Electric Co., Baker, who is vice president of Community Wind at the Island Institute, a nonprofit based in Rockland, Maine, was able to secure three turbines, each about 400 feet tall. The turbines were installed last summer and started turning in December. They are expected to generate 11,605 megawatt hours of electricity each year and cover all of the island’s annual energy needs.Currently at work on several other wind projects along Maine’s coast, Baker called the Vinalhaven experience “incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.” He said he hopes someday to be able to harvest the vast opportunity presented by “the much bigger and richer wind resources” available farther offshore.“For the last 100 years, we have ignored wind as an energy source because we invented diesel engines,” he said. “We should be using that resource. We should be using it as effectively as we possibly can.”
The United States is ending its combat mission in Iraq, but the U.S. will remain involved in helping the country transition to a stable and peaceful democracy. That was the message delivered by President Obama in a nationwide address August 31.“We have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in Iraq, and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home,” the president told the American people. “Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it’s time to turn the page.”The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003. At one point more than 250,000 coalition forces were stationed in Iraq although fewer than 50,000 American soldiers remain. Meghan O’Sullivan, Harvard Kennedy School Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, who served as special assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004 to 2007, says a hasty retreat from Iraq would undermine U.S. long-term interests.“Despite the fact that many Americans might want to see the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq, U.S. interests in Iraq are substantial and the prospects for success in that country are still significantly uncertain enough that continued U.S. engagement is an imperative,” she says.
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) has been associated with poor cognition in previous research, but it had been unclear whether SDB preceded this impairment in cognition. New research, co-authored by Susan Redline, a researcher in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), finds that SDB is associated with and precedes a higher risk of cognitive impairment in older women. These findings will be published in the Aug. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.“Even after adjusting for age, body mass index, education, diabetes, and baseline cognitive scores, we found that indices of hypoxia, but not sleep fragmentation or duration, were associated with increased risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia, suggesting that hypoxia is a likely mechanism through which SDB increases risk for cognitive impairment,” said Redline, who is the Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).Researchers studied nearly 300 women with a mean age of 82, free of dementia at initial examination. Between 2002 and 2004, 105 of these women were diagnosed with SDB defined as having 15 or more apneas and intermittent hypoxemia per hour of sleep. Five years later, they followed up with the women to determine their cognitive status, which was classified as normal, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Researchers found that compared to the women without SDB, those with SDB were nearly two-fold more likely to develop cognitive impairment.“More research is needed to explore the association between hypoxia and risk of MCI/dementia, which could provide clues into the mechanisms through which SDB might promote cognitive impairment,” said Redline. “Given the high prevalence of both SDB and cognitive impairment among older adults, the possibility of an association between the two conditions, even a modest one, has the potential for a large public health impact. This prospective study supports the need for intervention studies to assess whether treatment of SDB may prevent the development of cognitive impairment.”The lead author is Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco. Co-author Katie Stone of California Pacific Medical Center directed the Coordinating Center for the study, while co-author Redline directed the sleep study analysis. This research was conducted using the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) cohort, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Michael Brenner loves good mathematical equations, like the algorithms he uses to accelerate simulations of global pollution.He also loves a good chocolate brownie.But it’s not just the taste of the scrumptious treat that gets his mouth watering. Exploring its ingredients, how it comes together, and what exactly happens to it in the oven make him just as excited.“It’s about the material property of brownies,” said an energetic Brenner, who displayed a numeric graph involving the sugar-to-flour ratio in brownies to a crowd at the Radcliffe Gymnasium on Wednesday during an hour-long presentation.While not a foodie, by his own admission, Brenner is curious about the scientific principles of food. His inquisitive scientific and mathematical mind, combined with a dynamic teaching style, made him ideally suited to help develop Harvard’s megahit class, “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter.”We realized “we could actually teach science” with food, said Brenner of the class whose debut last fall prompted overcrowded lecture halls and impossibly long waiting lists.Brenner, Harvard’s Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, is also this year’s Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. While at Radcliffe, he will continue with research and writing inspired by the class, exploring how to solve scientific questions raised in the kitchen with the help of mathematical models.The idea for the class took shape when one of Brenner’s postdoctoral students from Barcelona suggested they recruit the Catalan rock star chef Ferran Adrià to visit Harvard and discuss aspects of food and cooking that can be answered with science.Adrià’s talk corresponded with Harvard’s effort to revamp its General Education curriculum, and when Adrià offered that he was eager to find a way to continue collaborating, the class was born, with help and support from across the University as well as from chefs near and far.“It seemed irresistible,” said Brenner of the chance to really “motivate the students toward science.”Adrià called his veteran cooking friends and enlisted them for the class. Internationally known celebrity chefs regularly made the trip to Harvard to discuss the scientific theme of the week and its corresponding equation. After listening to the lecture, students would tackle the culinary concepts in smaller lab sections.They made ice cream with liquid nitrogen and baked chocolate molten cakes to explore the physical principles of heating and cooling, calculating aspects like how long it takes for heat to diffuse into the center of the cake. They made cheese to help understand the properties behind protein folding and unfolding. Hollandaise sauce and mayonnaise helped them to investigate the science of emulsion.Students would perform real science experiments, said Brenner, “and then they would eat them.”He walked the audience through the dissolution properties of salt and sugar, an experiment he conducted with his students. With the ingredients at room temperature, you can completely dissolve two pounds of sugar in one pound of water, said Brenner. And when the water is heated, “the solubility goes through the roof.” To illustrate his point to his class, he said, he would also circulate a bottle of Coca-Cola. The audience groaned at the implication.The engagement with students was thrilling, said Brenner, who was overwhelmed by the undergraduates’ response. Students, he said, “were really listening.” And they were learning, too. The mean on the course’s final exam was 90 percent. Last spring, the course culminated with a science fair that included wild creations like hot ice cream, solid soup, and glow-in-the-dark gummy bears.One of the biggest, most surprising things that Brenner learned from the course, which is being offered again this year, is the notion of the critical synergy that exists between scientists and chefs.Science, he said, is “really about taking risks. It’s really a subject in which failure is very important. In fact, if you are not failing enough, then you are not succeeding.”The chefs, added Brenner, had very much the same mindset. They were “always inventing crazy ideas that didn’t work, [but cooking] it’s an experimental science. … For them … failure was the most important thing.”Radcliffe Fellow Victor Valle, who is using his fellowship year to work on a book called “The Aesthetics of Fire: On the Art of Chile Eating,” told Brenner that the talk inspired him to enlist the help of scientists at Radcliffe to pursue “a kind of a ridiculous idea.”“That’s the best compliment,” replied Brenner.See a list of upcoming lectures in the Science & Cooking series.
Holi hands During a show of hands, students compare their colorful collections of dust after a playful exchange. Gathering under gray skies, Harvard undergraduates gleefully covered one another in bright colors on March 24 in observance of Holi, the Hindu celebration of spring. The event, which drew more than 200 undergraduates from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds, was hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association.“Holi is primarily a celebration of the coming of spring and commemorates various aspects of Hindu mythology,” said Neil Patel ’13, co-president of Dharma. “The festivities usher in spring and the season of love.”The celebration took place on the Malkin Athletic Center quad, as it has each spring since 1998. Students covered one another in powders colored red, yellow, and blue.Patel says that stories regarding the religious significance and origins of the festival vary across different regions in India. While most Hindus view Holi as a celebration of the coming of spring, in some traditions the celebration serves as a commemoration of the divine love of the goddess Radha for Lord Krishna.Patel says that Holi also breaks down barriers among people of different classes and backgrounds.“The spirit of the festival closes gaps between social classes and brings individuals together as everyone throws colors at each other,” he says. “In some parts of India, children spend the day taunting and throwing colored powder and colored water at adults and elders in the streets. My roommate observed that everyone seemed to look the same after throwing colors at each other. In a broader sense, the festival celebrates the oneness of humanity.”Celebrants also enjoyed traditional Indian snacks, along with games like kabbadi, a kind of rugby-tag, and carrom, a billiards-like board game. Patel says that the fun and food attract more participants to Holi every year. So does the way that the festival brings people together.“Holi is a wonderful opportunity to share South Asian and Hindu culture with the broader Harvard community,” he says. “For many students, throwing colors at friends serves as a liberating way to welcome the spring season — and potentially get revenge on the roommate that stole your food. As we defy conventions and throw colors at friends, we celebrate the unity of the Harvard community as a whole.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Hot messes Jasmine Casart ’13 (from left), Leaha Wynn ’13, and Nicole Casart ’13 take inventory of the color gathered on their hands and clothes. Might as well jump Arleen Aguasvivas ’15 (from left), Mikhaila Marecki ’15, Namrata Narain ’15, Farheen Mukarram ’15, and Vivian Chan ’15 share a joyful jump after the event. Loving touch Using each other as canvases, students make handprints using color collected during the powder toss. Dusted During the Holi celebration, hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association, Akanksha Sharma ’14 (right) and other students cloud the air with a rainbow of colorful powder in the Malkin Athletic Center Quad. Carried away Sonali Tatapudy ’12 and Sarvagna Patel ’13 (right) celebrate Holi in full swing. Holi celebrations
The concept of digital humanities is about bringing as much life to the study of human culture as there is culture of humanity itself. Through sound, images, video, and the immense body of data collected every day describing the footprint of life, researchers, scholars, and students are exploring unconventional ways to tell the story of humankind.More than 80 people gathered at the Gutman Library on Saturday to participate in Harvard’s first THATCamp, a free-form “unconvention” designed to inspire fresh conversation and ideas about the developing tide of digital humanities.“This is a moment for Harvard to say that the digital humanities are important,” said Odile Harter, an organizer of the event and a research librarian. “I’m hoping that people will leave having made some progress, having been inspired, supported, encouraged, and helped in some way toward whatever they are working on.”THATCamp is an acronym for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” The event was characterized more by what it was not than by what it was. It was not a conference, symposium, or convention with a full complement of lectures, papers, and PowerPoint presentations. It was a gathering where everyone was a participant in spontaneous discussion.Participants voted on what they wanted to discuss and then gathered to talk. When the day was done, the hope was that participants would leave inspired, more educated, and with an expanded network of people to help advance their projects.THATCamps have taken place in the Boston area, across the country, and around the world. The concept was developed in 2008 at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to bring humanities professionals and technologists together to jump-start the use of digital media and computing in the research and teaching of humanities.Martin Schreiner, an organizer of the local camp and the head of the Harvard Libraries maps, media, data, and government information department, said the dynamic of humanities research is steadily changing. New technology and the Internet are creating ways to conduct and present research for students and scholars alike.????From my perspective, the way people do research now is with databases that can be searched across the continent,” he said. “The old idea of sitting in a carrel and going into the library stacks — you can’t work that way anymore because people have to work together. Everything is very interdisciplinary.”More than 80 people gathered at the Gutman Library on Saturday to participate in Harvard’s first THATCamp, a free-form “unconvention” designed to inspire fresh conversation and ideas about the developing tide of digital humanities.P.J. Neal is entering the final year of his graduate work at the Harvard Extension School. His thesis deals with the relationship between Harvard and the military during World War II. He came to THATCamp looking for ideas about how to present his research using digital media.“We have such great materials in the Harvard Libraries, such great materials in the Harvard Crimson, and I’d like to create an online tool that makes those materials come alive,” he said. “I understand technology, I’m comfortable with it, and I’m comfortable with partnering with people who know how to do it.”Kelly Fitzpatrick, a graduate student at Simmons College, was introduced to digital humanities while working on her undergraduate thesis at Hampshire College. She created a website of digitized photos and print media from World War I. She then used an interface to deconstruct and analyze the material around the theme of her research.“In the past two years, I feel that digital humanities has really taken off as a thing that people are recognizing as unique,” Fitzpatrick said.There were a dozen sessions Saturday that included discussions about building collaborations, introducing digital media to students and educators, improving accessibility and usability of digital archives, the use of digital media in academic storytelling, and the use of maps and geographic data.But a question underlying many of the sessions was the acceptability of digital humanities as scholarly work.“We have come a long way in developing our own tools and digitalizing information,” said Douglas Seefeldt, a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. “But we have a long way to go to find platforms that are recognized as peer-reviewed, scholarly communications platforms such as journals and books.”THATCamp at Harvard was sponsored by Research Computing for the Arts and Humanities, the Harvard College Library, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Library, and the Northeast Regional Computing Group, and organized by the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard.