Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has released the second single, “Change My Way”, from their forthcoming studio album, Gnomes & Badgers–due out March 8th via Seven Spheres Records. Marking the group’s first new recording in five years, the new collection of music faithfully displays the road warriors’ live aesthetic in a studio setting.Today’s iteration of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe features guitarist DJ Williams, lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman, trumpeter Chris Littlefield, organist David Veith, bassist Chris Stillwell, and drummer Zak Najor. On the studio album, the band is joined by The Rolling Stones keyboardist and Allman Brothers Band alum Chuck Leavell, guitar-slinging singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson, New Orleans guitar hero Anders Osborne, Austin producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Quesada, and NOLA R&B royal Ivan Neville.Following the release of “I’m Your Biggest Fan“, today’s new song comes in the form of a music video and addresses the current crisis at the U.S. border. “Change My Way” was co-written with Anders Osborne and co-produced with Adrian Quesada (Brownout, Spanish Gold).As Denson tells Paste Magazine about the song, “‘Change My Way’ is a discussion about borders, boundaries, love and law.” Herrington adds, “Both the song and the video is a body of work seeking answers to some fundamental questions: Where would America be without the benefit of colordiversity of different races, faces, beliefs and creeds? What happened to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’? What happened to ‘Give me your tired, huddled masses yearning to be free’? Remember we were them not too long ago.”“Change My Way”[Video: KarlDensonVENO]In support of the 11-track new album, KDTU will head out on the road with Kung Fu and Urban Gorilla Orchestra. The band also has an official set at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26th, as well as a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, at The Orpheum Theater on May 3rd, and summer festival appearances at High Sierra Music Festival and Floydfest. Denson then picks up his reoccurring role as touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones on their U.S. summer tour.‘Gnomes & Badgers’ Track Listing1. What If You Knew2. Gossip3. Change My Way4. I’m Your Biggest Fan5. Can We Trade6. Millvale, PA7. Something Sweet8. Falling Down9. Time To Pray10. Smart Boy11. Just RememberedView Track ListingKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe 2019 Tour Dates2/22 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall +2/23 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall ++3/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour3/15 – San Diego, CA – The Music Box3/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent3/20 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge3/21 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge3/22 – Homer, AK – Alice’s Champagne Palace3/23- Homer, AK – Alice’s Champagne Palace4/26 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival4/26 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s5/3 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater ^6/14 – Bethel, NY – Mountain Jam7/4 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival7/5 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival7/6 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival ^^7/7 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival ^^7/27 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest+ w/ special guests Kung Fu++ w/ special guests Urban Gorilla Orchestra^ R.E.S.P.E.K.T. A Tribute to the Queen of Soul^^ Eat a Bunch of PeachesView All Tour Dates
Snarky Puppy‘s new studio album has arrived! Titled, Immigrance, the eight-track album hears the band continuing to explore and create a lush mix of funk, nu jazz, and smooth rock through original, instrumental-based compositions.Related: Purple Party Announces NOLA Late-Night With Prince, Snarky Puppy, Tank And The Bangas, TAB, Motet MembersReleased on Friday via GroundUP Music, the band’s follow-up to 2016’s Culcha Vulcha includes their previously-shared singles, “Xavi” and “Bad Kids to the Back“. Snarky Puppy had actually debuted the new songs from the album live during their performance at their own GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach in February.As previously reported, the tracks heard on Immigrance are highlighted by a distinctly different, dark and heavier tone.“This record is largely informed by our travels, and we’re always trying to pass specific ideas through our filter and into our idiom without being disrespectful to the tradition at hand,” bassist Michael League said to go with the album’s announcement back in January. Fans can stream the new album in full via the Spotify player below to decide for themselves!Snarky Puppy – ImmigranceThe band will hit the road for an extensive North American tour to promote their new material beginning on May 10th in Providence, RI, and continuing well into the summer months before wrapping on June 15th with a show in Brooklyn, NY. Fans can head here for tickets and info for all of the band’s upcoming 2019 performances.
Arizona-based four-piece jam band Spafford has announced their 2019 Summer Vacation tour on the heels of their recent 40-date winter tour.Spafford’s fourth-month Summer Vacation tour will include stops at New Orleans, LA’s Civic Theatre (5/4); Minneapolis, MN’s Fine Line Music Cafe (5/22); Chillicothe, IL’s Summer Camp Music Festival (5/23 &5/24); Milwaukee, WI’s Turner Hall Ballroom (5/25); Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre in support of Umphrey’s McGee (6/21); Stratford, CT’s Two Roads Brewing Co. (6/22); Rothbury, MI’s Electric Forest (5/27); Cambridge, MA’s The Sinclair (7/5 & 7/6); Salisbury, MA’s Blue Ocean Music Hall (7 /7); Asbury Park, NJ’s Stone Pony (7/11); Westerly, RI’s Paddy’s Beach Club (7/13); Dewey Beach, DE’s Bottle & Cork (7/17); Scranton, PA’s Camp Bisco (7/19); Patchogue, NY’s Great South Bay Music Festival (7/20); and a tour-closing performance at Darrington, WA’s Summer Meltdown Festival on August 3rd.A fan pre-sale begins Wednesday, March 27th at 1 p.m. (EST). Fans can head here to sign up for access to Spafford’s pre-sale. A general on-sale begins this Friday, March 29th at 10 a.m. (EST).Head to Spafford’s website for a full list of their upcoming tour dates and more information.Spafford 2019 ‘Summer Vacation’ Tour Dates:MAY4 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe23, 24 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival25 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall BallroomJUNE21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Umphrey’s McGee22 – Stratford, CT – Two Roads Brewing Co.27 – Rothbury, MI – Electric ForestJULY5,6 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair – Phish Late Night7 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Music Hall11 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony13 – Westerly, RI – Paddy’s Beach Club17 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork19 – Scranton, PA – Camp Bisco Music Festival20 – Patchogue, NY – Great South Bay Music FestivalAUGUST3 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown FestivalView Tour Dates
The historic Central Jazz Fest of Central City, CO will return in 2019, marking the second edition of the revived event since its hiatus began in 1992. Once again, the event features a number of New Orleans icons and Mardi Gras-style attractions throughout the quaint streets of Central City.On Thursday, Central Jazz Fest expanded their 2019 lineup with the additions of Joey Porter, Tony Hall, Dave Watts, Ian Neville, Woodshed Red, Wes Watkins, The Sweet Lillies, and Venus Cruz. The two-day event also revealed their daily lineups, which you can view below.Newly expanded to two days for 2019, Central Jazz Fest will take place on June 7th and 8th featuring previously announced performances by Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, George Porter Jr. Runnin Pardners, Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans Suspects, Michal Menert Trio, The Jauntee, and The Copper Children in addition to special performances from the NOLA CENTRAL ALL STARS led by Vince Herman and the Color Red Allstars (featuring Eddie Roberts, Jeremy Salken, and Gabriel Mervine and more).Central Jazz Fest takes place in various locations throughout the picturesque mountain town just 40 miles west of Denver, spilling into the downtown streets in addition to venues like Grand Z Casino and the Teller House, where the festival will host open jam sessions for its talented roster of artists.Both GA and VIP ticketing options are available, in addition to hotel packages. For more information, or to grab your tickets, head to the event website here.
Dr. Barton is one of 68 students enrolled in Harvard Business School’s Managing Health Care Delivery, a $22,000 non-degree program that launched in October and consists of three one-week courses spread out over nine months. The program is designed to get participants thinking critically about ways to improve day-to-day processes and encourage staff to work together productively.Read more here (The Wall Street Journal)
“It is in the Weissman Center,” said Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library, “that Harvard cares for its greatest treasures. In the Weissman Center, we seem to accomplish miracles every day. And our ability to do so is firmly rooted in the support and commitment of Paul and Harriet Weissman.”On March 20, 2000, the center was named in honor of Paul M. Weissman ’52 and Harriet L. Weissman for their visionary support of library preservation at Harvard.In 10 years, the Weissman Center — with its distinct conservation programs for books, paper, and photographs — has earned recognition as a national and international leader in library preservation.The center focuses on the research needs of individual faculty and students; classroom use, digitization, exhibitions, and loans to other institutions; and identification by curators of materials at great risk. The center treated more than 19,000 items in the 2008-09 academic year. True to the center’s goals and the Weissmans’ vision, the anniversary observance, held on Thursday (March 18), balanced substance with celebration.In a panel presentation, Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, discussed Harvard’s world-renowned Keats manuscripts and underscored their value in teaching. In counterpoint, Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts in Houghton Library, and Debora Mayer, Helen H. Glaser Conservator in the Weissman Preservation Center, delineated the role of preservation in teaching with rare manuscript materials.Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and director of graduate studies in the History of Art and Architecture Department, focused on 18,000 photographic records of the 19th century French physician Jean Martin Charcot. Kelsey’s impassioned views of a vital but lesser-known collection at the Countway Library of Medicine were expanded on by Kathryn Hammond Baker, deputy director of Countway’s Center for the History of Medicine, and Brenda Bernier, the Paul M. and Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator.“The library is the heart of this institution,” Paul Weissman once said, “and a vital part of all the Harvard libraries is the Preservation Center, which ensures that the University’s great collections remain forever safeguarded for students and scholars.”The Weissmans’ generosity is palpable across the University. Undergraduates benefit from the Weissman International Internships and the Weissman Family Scholarships. The Weissmans have provided critical support for academic programs in the Villa I Tatti and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, for the Harvard College Fund, and for Harvard’s golf and hockey programs. Friends and members of the Harvard community gathered in Lamont Library to mark the 10th anniversary of the Weissman Preservation Center. The center specializes in the treatment of rare and unique books, manuscripts, maps, drawings, music scores, photographs, and other objects held in repositories across the Harvard University Library system.
Labrary: A Harvard Library Experiment officially opened on November 15 at 92 Mt. Auburn Street. Labrary, a storefront space envisioned and realized by students in Harvard’s Library Test Kitchen course, explores how innovations in design can help libraries evolve. “We wanted to make this a collaborative endeavor—incorporating students and faculty—to show how libraries can be palettes from which to design,” said Jeff Goldenson, co-instructor of Library Test Kitchen and designer at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.“We are moving from exclusivity of content to exclusivity of experience,” said Hattie Stroud, a master’s of architecture student. “Now that [the idea of the library] has been so radically destabilized by the Internet, what the libraries have to offer is prime space for engagement. The library will best serve its community—academic, social or otherwise—by providing unique experiences.”The space features a large, metallic “inflatable reading room” designed by Ben Brady, a teaching fellow for the course, and Arielle Assouline-Lichten, a master’s of architecture student.Labrary: A Harvard Library Experiment will be open through December 21, serving as a space for speaking engagements, a study area and a drop-in public space. Currently scheduled Labrary events are listed below and more will be added soon:November 27: Civic Media & the LibraryNovember 27: Urban Innovation SlamNovember 30: Reinventing Space: Is There a Library?December 14: Library as PlatformLearn more about the Harvard Library Test Kitchen here.
Using small explosions produced by a mix of methane and oxygen, researchers at Harvard have designed a soft robot that can leap as much as a foot in the air. That ability to jump could one day prove critical in allowing the robots to avoid obstacles during search and rescue operations following a disaster.
For two days this week, a gathering of experts met at Harvard to discuss how to control the spread of tobacco — a lawful product that when used as directed kills half its consumers.By the end of the conference, “Governance of Tobacco in the 21st Century,” a few recommendations for international controls stood out: Consider public health a basic human right, and tobacco promotion a violation of that right. Embed tobacco governance in global trade agreements. Persuade corporations to stop regarding Big Tobacco as a legitimate corporate enterprise, worthy of all trade, legal, and social protections.Also: Tax tobacco revenue at least $200 million a year, and use the money to implement governance. Finally, set a goal to reduce rates of adult smoking prevalence to less than 5 percent by 2048.Each step is “a tiny ripple of hope,” said conference emcee Gregory N. Connolly. “When these ripples gather, they will create a torrent that will take out the biggest tyrant” — a phrase he used for the tobacco industry. Connolly, who helped develop tobacco regulations two decades ago in Massachusetts, is the director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).During the 20th century, tobacco use across the world killed 100 million people. By the end of the 21st, if trends continue, the death toll from tobacco will reach 1 billion.With 250 registrants from 35 countries, the conference at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study drew experts from diverse vantage points, including public health, trade, finance, agriculture, and law. They included representatives from the World Health Organization (a conference co-sponsor, along with HSPH and the Harvard Global Health Institute), the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.“All the right people are in one room,” said Harvard’s Allan Brandt, a professor of the history of science and the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine. His landmark cultural and social history, “The Cigarette Century,” appeared in 2007.The conference took place in the context of some grim realities.During the 20th century, tobacco use across the world killed 100 million people. By the end of the 21st, if trends continue, the death toll from tobacco will reach 1 billion.Then there’s the economic cost of coping with tobacco-related diseases, projected at $47 trillion in the next two decades alone. The costs come from lost productivity, premature deaths, and the fact that smokers live in poor health for more years than non-smokers.Tobacco consumption has a disproportionate effect on developing countries, where 82 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live; where smoking rates rose 18 percent in the last decade (compared with a 10 percent decline in rich nations); and where by 2030 four of five tobacco-related deaths will occur.Meanwhile, experts fear that global free trade agreements expand tobacco markets and give added legal protections to tobacco companies.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hailed two recent developments: Japan selling its tobacco holdings and Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing tough new tobacco legislation.In the face of the “unprecedented carnage” caused by tobacco, said John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, there are only two choices: outlaw the industry or heavily regulate it. In the conference’s strongest words, he added, “We must begin to treat the industry as the unpunished, unrepentant criminals they are.”Seffrin joined a lineup of first-day speakers who together gave a picture of both the victories and the challenges of present-day governance efforts.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hailed two recent developments: Japan selling its tobacco holdings and Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing tough new tobacco legislation.She also praised what could be the speediest and most efficient engine of tobacco governance: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), adopted by the United Nations in 2005. It was the first international treaty negotiated by WHO, and the first global treaty “to regulate a product of mass consumption,” she said. One hundred and seventy-six nations are party to the FCTC, accounting for 90 percent of the world’s population.Country by country, regulations to govern tobacco are working, said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission. Laws have been in place in South Africa since 1993, and have helped reduce the prevalence of smoking — an activity that “has lost its glamour,” she said.Nicola Roxon, the former attorney general and minister of health in Australia, shared the story of her country’s “plain packaging” law for tobacco products, which was passed in 2011 and survived a court challenge in 2012. The resulting cigarette packages are “fairly confronting,” she said — they carry images of tumorous gums and the dying, set off by warnings in big type and on brown packages. “Cigarette packs are no longer alluring, exciting, or colorful.”Australia’s plain packaging — a strategy about to be adopted in New Zealand as well — will test the limits of how far Big Tobacco will go in defending the “intellectual property” of its image, said Roxon, as well as how far non-tobacco companies will go in defending a corner of capitalism that kills so many people.The issue will also test the strength of a strategy commonly used of companies whose products are limited by regulation — that such laws encourage a “nanny state” eager to move on to regulating fast food and other legal products.About 6 million people die each year worldwide from tobacco-related causes, most of them in low-income countries. But European Union (EU) official Bernard Merkel reminded the assembly that about a third of the 500 million citizens in the EU’s 27 nations still smoke. “It’s not an easy business getting prevalence rates down,” he said.Current EU law limits product placement, TV ads, and sponsorship for tobacco products. But new legislation was proposed in December, and if passed would widen strictures, change packaging, ban additives, and confront the issue of electronic cigarettes. Then will come the legal challenges, said Merkel.Good science about the efficacy of governance programs remains a necessity — and the results robustly show that regulations work, said economist and physician Jeffrey E. Harris, a smoking and health researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He offered parallel data sets from programs in Massachusetts and Uruguay. In both places, following programs to govern tobacco, smoking rates declined. There is also some evidence to support related declines in rates of heart and respiratory disease.All of these messages will get out to the world, said conference organizer Monique Bertic, project director at the Center for Global Tobacco Control. A Harvard monograph is expected by this summer, and will be widely distributed in print and electronically.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 4, 2016, the following Minute was placed upon the records.On April 26, 2014, Patrick Hanan passed away. He was a gentle man and a gentleman “of the old school,” in the very best sense of that worn phrase. He was also the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Chinese Literature, Emeritus, at Harvard University and the former Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute (1987–1995). He was one of the founders of the field of vernacular Chinese literary studies outside of East Asia and taught generations of students, who have now gone on to teach their own students.He was scholar of vast erudition and “invention,” the term he fondly linked to his favorite writer, the inventive humorist Li Yu (1611–1680). Professor Hanan’s patent virtues of patience, kindness, and scholarly soundness were enlivened by an undercurrent of wit and the imp of humor. His work is still a joy to read, both the translations and his mature scholarly work. His students often say that they can still hear him speaking in those pages.It has been sometimes observed that non-native scholars of Chinese humanities have often come from most unlikely beginnings. Patrick Hanan was born on Jan. 4, 1927, in Morrinsville, New Zealand, which now has a population of about 7,000. From there he moved to a farm in roughly the same region of North Island. He rode a horse to a one-room primary school, which reminds one of how far distant, in many ways, that world was. Primary schools are no longer built with attached barns or pastures. He was later sent to a boarding school in Auckland and from there entered Auckland University, where he studied English literature and graduated with an M.A.Pat Hanan then went on to the University of London, with the initial intent of continuing his study of English literature. There he became interested in Chinese by reading translations and took it in mind to do another B.A., in Chinese. He entered the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and graduated in 1953. He did not report the reaction of his parents, but in that generation such a decision might have occasioned considerable anxiety in those who hoped that their offspring could be gainfully employed. He next moved on to the graduate program at SOAS and took up the study of the seventeenth-century novel Jin Ping Mei, translated now as The Plum in a Golden Vase. There was very little scholarship on this novel when Pat Hanan began his work, and he did his apprenticeship by comparing editions, looking for consistency of authorship, and tracing the sources. Now there is a vast ocean of scholarship on this novel, which all looks back to the foundations he laid.In 1957 he went to China and Japan to do research, by his own account spending most of his time in the great Beijing libraries. He had the opportunity to consult the Chinese scholars who had been instrumental in founding the field of Chinese vernacular literature as an academic discipline.Professor Hanan completed his dissertation in 1960 and received his doctorate in 1961. Within a few months he received a call from Donald Shively, inviting him to a half-year visiting position at Stanford. This turned into a full-time appointment in 1963. When Professor Shively moved to Harvard, he soon recruited Pat Hanan in 1968.After his dissertation was published in 1960 as A Study of the Composition and the Sources of the “Chin P’ing Mei,” Hanan turned his attention to pre-modern Chinese short stories. Over the course of two books, Hanan moved from composition and dating to a beautifully written overview of the art of the Chinese short story, The Chinese Vernacular Story (1981).Finally, he focused on Li Yu, whose stories he had treated in The Chinese Vernacular Story. He chose Li Yu because Li Yu was a humorist; because of his fiction—several story collections and a novel; and because he had what the Chinese call a “literary collection,” with poems, letters, prefaces, and a body of classical Chinese writing that gives us access to a historical person behind the writer of fiction. The scholar who began by comparing very different editions, looking for traces of multiple (if unknown) authors, and tracing the reconfiguration of earlier sources found in Li Yu the kind of “author” who would satisfy a one-time scholar of English literature. Li Yu believed in originality and stamped everything he wrote with his identity as a historical person. The Invention of Li Yu, from 1988, playing on Li Yu’s “self-invention” and his inventiveness, is a wonderful book.It is hard to write a book in English on your favorite author when that author’s work is not available in English. This brings us to the final phase of Pat Hanan’s career. In 1990 and 1992, he gave those inclined to read the works of Li Yu, whose literary biography was so attractively presented to us in 1988, translations of the novel and two story collections. The translator made them as enjoyable as the scholarly monograph had led us to believe they would be. In his last years, before and after his retirement in 1998, Pat did a remarkable series of translations, primarily of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Chinese fiction; he ventured into less well-known territory, including late Qing sentimental fiction and Republican “Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies” fiction. His was a splendid career, awaiting only the last translation, posthumously recovered from his hard drive, the early Pingyao zhuan, which he described as the Chinese novel least modified in transmission and closest to the origins of the Chinese novel.Pat Hanan is survived by his daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. The Chinese often think of scholars in terms of lineages. Pat Hanan clearly founded a lineage of younger scholars as he helped found a field. Those who “found” him as their teacher think of him always with affection and reverence—as a presence that has shaped a new, now senior generation in the field.Respectfully submitted,Edwin A. CranstonDavid WangStephen Owen, Chair