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Alleged cop shooter with a ‘grudge’ indicted by grand jury

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A grand jury in the Bronx has indicted a man accused of trying to murder New York Police Department officers during a 12-hour shooting rampage.Robert Williams allegedly opened fire inside the 41st Precinct on Feb. 9, after walking up to a marked police vehicle and shooting inside it the day before. Officer Paul Stroffolino was struck in the neck during the Feb. 8 incident, and Lt. Jose Gautreaux was hit in the arm at the precinct.Both officers have since been released from the hospital.Williams, 45, was charged on two separate complaints, and on Friday afternoon a grand jury indicted him for the caught-on-camera shooting at the Longwood Avenue precinct.Prosecutors with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced in front of a courtroom filled with dozens of the officers’ colleagues that Williams was indicted on 11 counts of attempted murder of a police officer, 12 counts of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.A second grand jury for Stroffolino’s case is expected to announce its findings at a later time.Family and friends of Williams who were also in court on Friday told ABC New York station WABC that he’s suffered from emotional distress since his son died in 2018.Police sources previously said Williams allegedly said he was holding a grudge against police since a 2018 DWI arrest.Williams is expected back in court March 6 for his supreme court arraignment and to enter a plea.If convicted for attempted murder of a police office, he faces 25 years to life in prison for each count. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Nurses as gatekeepers to NHS

first_imgThe BMA has proposed that doctors should abandon their role as the sole‘gatekeepers’ to the NHS in a ground-breaking model of how doctors and nursesmight work together in the future. In a discussion document it proposes that care should initially be focusedaround nurses’ skills, who would co-ordinate the care around a patient, withdoctors concentrating on areas where their skills could best be used. This would mean, in primary care, nurse practitioners being the first portof call for patients, providing information and guidance to relevant services. In secondary care, clinical nurse specialists would be responsible forco-ordinating care given by other professionals, including doctors. Dr Ian Bogle, BMA chairman, said: “Those who work within the NHS needto take a long, hard look at how they work and how they might improve theservice and care they offer. Patients could be seen sooner by those with realexpertise.” A poll of 1,972 people conducted by the BMA to coincide with the documentfound 87 per cent said they would be happy to be seen by a nurse rather than adoctor if their condition was not serious. And 84 per cent said they would be happy to see a pharmacist for a repeat prescription,while 53 per cent thought that if they wanted to be sure of receiving the besttreatment they needed to see a hospital consultant and not someone less senior. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Nurses as gatekeepers to NHSOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Pakistan-hosted exercise AMAN-19 kicks off in Karachi

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Pakistan-hosted exercise AMAN-19 kicks off in Karachi View post tag: Pakistan Navy The Pakistan Navy-hosted biennial maritime exercise AMAN-2019 kicked off in Karachi on February 8, with 46 nations in attendance.The four-day exercise will involve a port and at-sea phase with a focus on maritime security, counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance operations.Based on this, the exercise seeks to develop and practice response tactics, techniques, and procedures (RTTP) for maritime infrastructure, assets and forces against traditional and non-traditional threats.AMAN was first organized in 2007 and the 2019 edition is the seventh iteration of the multinational exercise. AMAN is an Urdu word meaning peace and the slogan of the exercise is “Together for Peace”.The Pakistan Navy has not released a list participating ships. The UK confirmed it would be represented by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon and the Italian Navy said its FREMM frigate ITS Carlo Margottini would take part in the exercise.A warm welcome to Pakistan to HMS Dragon. In Karachi to take part Exercise Aman 2019. @HMSDragon is the most advanced of all the ships taking part. A symbol of the importance the @RoyalNavy attaches to its historic relationship with the Pakistan Navy. pic.twitter.com/h9DqqAr8g6— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) February 7, 2019 navaltoday Pakistan-hosted exercise AMAN-19 kicks off in Karachi February 8, 2019, by Authorities View post tag: AMAN Share this articlelast_img read more

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Research Program Coordinator

first_img Save Research Program Coordinator Salary Not Specified Facebook Share Save Research Program Coordinator LinkedIn School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Research Program Coordinator Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Save Research Program Coordinator You need to sign in or create an account to save Johns Hopkins University The Department ofOtolaryngology seeks aResearch ProgramCoordinatorto coordinate the administrative andscientific implementation of research studies (both collaborativeand independent). Will work closely with the principal investigatorthough most of the work will be independent and self-directed. Willcoordinate all activities of a research study to assure validity offindings. Assist with protocol submission to the IRB. Ensureadherence to protocols and perform data entry. He/she will have theopportunity to interact directly with patients through all phasesof research studies, including recruitment, screening, enrollment,testing, and follow-up care.Specific Duties &Responsibilities:This individual will beresponsible for helping to facilitate the implementation ofclinical trials including direct communication with principalinvestigator, trial sponsor and university officials involved inthis process.Coordinate day-to-dayactivities of multiple research studies and will oversee recordmanagement for research study, set up database using Redcap, Exceland Access or similar systems.May oversee budgetexpenditures for study operations.Serve as a resource forclinicians involved in study in regard to protocol requirements.Abstract medical data from charts requiringinterpretation.May assist in coordinatingstudy meetings. May participate in the study meetings and provideupdate on protocol implementation status and make recommendationsof operational issues.Ensure that all personnelperforming study activities execute procedures according to studyprotocol and may prepare for participant visits by schedulingappointments and preparing study charts.Manuscript authorship andother research opportunities may be available.This job requires theindividual to be self-motivated and to work and solveproblems.MinimumQualifications:Bachelors’ degree in related discipline and somerelated experience. Additional related experience may substitutefor required education, to the extent permitted by the JHUequivalency formula.JHU Equivalency Formula:30 undergraduate degree credits(semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute forone year of experience. Additional related experience maysubstitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs whereequivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related collegecourse work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respectivejob.Additional Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities:Medical terminology and basic computer skills arerequired. Experience using PC and office suite software isrequired. Data analysis and biostatistics based skills encouragedbut not required.PhysicalRequirements:Ability to stand, walkor sit for an extended period of time. Reaching by extendinghand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required tomanipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) orarm(s), for example, using a keyboard.Ability to move aboutworkspace.WorkingConditions: Possible exposure to communicablediseases.This description is a general statement of requiredmajor duties and responsibilities performed on a regular andcontinuous basis. It does not exclude other duties asassigned.Classified Title:Research Program Coordinator ​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRO40/E/03/CDStarting Salary Range:$16.26 – $22.35/Hour;Commensurate with experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pmExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:School of Medicine, East BaltimoreCampusDepartment Name:​​​​​​​OtolaryngologyResearchPersonnel Area:School ofMedicineThe successful candidate(s)for this position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physicalfor positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working withresearch subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf You need to sign in or create an account to save The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Twitter Johns Hopkins University Maryland, United States Research Program Coordinator Research Program Coordinator Salary Not Specified Similar jobs Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) More searches like this Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore You need to sign in or create an account to save Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

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St Anne’s Common Rooms debate RMF

first_imgSt Anne’s College JCR discussed a motion on Sunday 24th January that proposed to announce the Common Room’s opposition to the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) campaign.The motion resolved to, “publicly announce [the Common Room’s] opposition to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, and any form of politically motivated iconoclasm in the University and its constituent colleges/PPHs”; “urge Oriel College to keep the statue of Rhodes and its associated plaques in their current position”; and, “lobby other JCRs to make resolutions opposing the Rhodes Must Fall campaign.”An email sent to the JCR encouraged those in “opposition of the motion” to come to the meeting “in the interest of having a fully engaging, intellectual debate.”Matthew Kirtley, who proposed the motion, told Cherwell, “Generally, I’m antipathetic towards the pernicious identity politics and attempts at playing at inter-generational guilt which seem implicit in the Rhodes Must Fall campaign. That served as my initial motivation why I opposed RMF, and why it was so easy for me to jump on board with the motion. The rationale for the motion is that we both believe that the statue must stand pretty sincerely, and we think a lot of other people do along with us. I’d like to get those people to remember that they’re not alone in their sentiments, and they have every right to respond to the RMF campaign.“The key principle at hand is that we don’t believe the cultural heritage of Oxford or Britain should be removed based upon our entirely contingent contemporary moral and political norms. I don’t see that the statue of Rhodes has any attached moral standing to it, other than the commemoration of his philanthropy towards Oriel and the University. It serves to acknowledge his donation, not to acknowledge his social, moral, or political views. Heritage is important as it serves to tell to us and posterity what helped influence the institutions that used to and still exist, and also tell us of the people who shaped said institutions. Who’s to say in a thousand years Rhodes will be as controversial as he is?”There was spirited debate at the meeting, resulting in 18 pages of minutes. A constitutional technicality precluded voting. As a result, an Emergency Meeting was held Wednesday evening to resume debate on the motion.At the same time, St. Anne’s Middle Common Room held an Emergency Meeting to vote on one motion to establish “support for the ‘Fall of Rhodes’ as outlined by RMFO,” and another to acknowledge “that distinctive issues are faced by BME students at the University of Oxford and…that more should be done on a university and college level to: increase the representation and voice of BME and other minority members of our community; and take action to address the concerns raised.”After its meeting, St. Anne’s JCR told Cherwell, “St Anne’s JCR voted against a motion calling for a public announcement by the JCR of its opposition to the removal of the statue of Rhodes from Oriel College.The debate on the motion encompassed a wide range of views, and the failure of the motion to pass does not amount to an official statement that Rhodes must fall. There were 34 votes for the motion; 97 against; six abstentions; one spoilt.”On the other hand, St. Anne’s MCR passed its motions. In a statement, the Common Room said, “This body of approximately 300 members voted on 26 January 2016 to unequivocally support the aims and goals of Rhodes Must Fall movement in Oxford.”They continued, “We further stress that we support the wider aims of the Rhodes Must Fall movement: diversifying curriculum to include scholarship outside of the Western canon, increasing representation of Black and Minority Ethnic students and staff at the university, and lastly, relocating Oriel’s Cecil Rhodes statue into a museum to place it in proper historical context.“St. Anne’s College was founded as a woman’s college in 1879 and became coeducational in 1979. It was founded specifically on politically progressive values of inclusion and equality. St. Anne’s MCR is happy to join with fellow colleges at the University of Oxford in supporting Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford.”last_img read more

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YESTERYEAR: DUCK SEASON

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare This isn’t a prop, but a real gun that used to be commonly used in commercial waterfowl hunting. They were called “punt guns,” because they were used in a kind of boat called a “punt.” The guns fired almost a pound of shot, and could kill fifty birds in one shot. Unsurprisingly, they were outlawed when they devastated wild bird populations.last_img

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Ocean City Veteran, Fred Little, Travels to Washington DC as Part of Honor Flight…

first_imgOcean City resident and Korean War Veteran Fred Little toured military monuments throughout Washington, DC courtesy of The Honor Flight Network. Ocean City resident and Korean War Veteran Fred Little’s military service was celebrated on June 5th when he traveled to Washington, DC courtesy of The Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization that transports America’s veterans to visit memorials in the capital city.Little served in the US Air Force from 1953-1957, followed by two-years in the Army Reserve, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Air Police. He was stationed at Rushmore Air Force Station in South Dakota, where the Atomic Energy Commission maintained and stored atomic weapons. He held a “critical top secret clearance.”Ocean City’s Frank Hetzel (left), a member of Ocean City American Legion Squadron 524, served as Fred Little guardian on his odyssey to Washington, DC.This is the eleventh year that Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey has sponsored a veterans trip to Washington. Activities began at The Northfield Middle School, where students from the National Junior Honor Society held bake sales each month to raise funds for a limo bus.“We are very proud of the students, citizens, and Veterans from our area who work so hard to make each Honor Flight a success,” said Mary Ann Devine, 7th grade teacher and National Junior Honor Society Advisor at Northfield Community School.Fred Little pauses to reflect at The Korean War Monument.The vets were next transported to Williamstown High School, where they were greeted with a police escort. The vets returned to Williamstown, following their Washington visit, for dinner and “mail call” (letters from family, friends and civic leaders) thanking them for their service.“The participation by the students from Northfield and Williamstown was unbelievable,” said Little. “They waited on us totally. It gives me such faith in the younger generation.”Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey veterans gather for a group photograph in Washington, DC.Once in Washington, the vets toured The WWII Memorial, The Korean War Memorial, The Viet Nam War Wall, and the Iwo Jima Memorial. The day’s events began at 5:30 AM and concluded when all vets returned home aroun11:00 pm.“In addition to his military service, Fred Little is a founding member of Ocean City American Legion’s Sons of the American Legion Squadron 524,” said Legion Commander Bob Marzulli. “In his youth, Fred earned the rank of Eagle Scout, proving that community and national service is a lifelong quality.”Fred Little poses with a military honor guard at the New Jersey WWII Monument.For more information about honoring veterans, contact:Honor Flight, Inc. 175 South Tuttle Road Springfield, OH 45505Honorflight.orgKorean War veteran Fred Little by the reflecting pool of The Washington Monument.last_img read more

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Winter warmers

first_imgBy Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that delivers business acceleration processes and brand development within the foodservice, bakery and convenience retail sectorsWith all that wind, rain, sleet and snow it’s a miracle anyone ventured out over the holiday season, but thankfully they did and most of them were looking for winter warmers! Our colleagues from market research firm him! found that 78% of café and coffee shop customers enjoy their food in-store, spending up to 45 minutes to relax and unwind. Knowing that customers spend a little longer in-store during the winter months, it’s important to increase their average spend. Him! said that 49% of café and coffee shop visitors would take advantage of a discounted refill; so half of your customers would potentially spend more if you combined two or more items for as little as a 10% discount off the total price.Turn the coldest time of the year into your opportunity to sell more than the competition, with comforting winter warmers along with hot drinks. If you don’t already sell coffee, then now is the perfect time to start.Warm up your customers with some traditional British winter warmers; popular favourites are soup and a roll, toasted sandwiches and the classic sausage roll. Also, consider the different times of day, as it’s important to promote the right products, at the right time, in the right place. Starting with the morning, according to him!, on average people leave their homes 13 times a month without breakfast. So why not offer different toppings and fillings for croissants baked beans, cheese, bacon or sausage, for example, to improve your breakfast menu. Regarding lunch, him! reminds us that not everyone eats between 12 and 2pm, so ideally, winter-warming lunch food should be provided between 11am and 3pm every day.At supper time, it’s about the combination of comfort food with a healthy twist for example, vegetable hash or sticky warm flapjacks made with fresh oats and honey. Or why not capitalise on the nation’s weakness for apple and cinnamon combinations?Start 2010 off with a bang. Review your offer now, look at what you are selling, what sells well and what opportunities exist to increase sales. This is an ideal time of year to plan ahead.last_img read more

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Press release: Government signals intention to secure tourism sector deal

first_imgUK tourism is now worth over £66 billion a year to the economy. The sector employs 1.6 million people, covering beaches and activity parks, to hundreds of thousands of heritage sites.Annual statistics released in July revealed that a record-breaking 39.2 million visits were made by overseas tourists to the UK in 2017, with the latest domestic tourism figures showing that residents across Great Britain took a total of 120.7 million overnight visits to destinations in England, Scotland and Wales in 2017.There are more than 11 million disabled people in the UK with a combined spending power of their households, ‘the purple pound’, standing at around £250 billion. There are a number of business benefits for ensuring that disabled people’s needs are catered for – from improved training on disability awareness for staff to adaptations to ensure facilities are accessible.A potential tourism sector deal is an opportunity for driving change, through workforce development and consequent productivity gains, resulting in perception changes of hospitality and tourism as a career for life.British Tourist Authority Chair Steve Ridgway CBE, former Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic Airways, who is leading the UK tourism industry’s bid for a sector deal under the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy said: The announcement follows an initial proposal submitted by tourism industry leaders, led by Steve Ridgway, Chair of the British Tourist Authority. It also comes as the Government marks one year since the launch of its modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: The tourism industry is one of the UK’s most successful exports. Every time a leisure or business traveller chooses to visit, it brings investment in our economy and supports jobs across the country. But we are in a competitive global market and we need to be ambitious to maintain the fantastic growth we have seen in recent years. I want to make sure that we continue to attract visitors to all parts of the UK throughout the year, who are welcomed by a highly-trained and highly-motivated workforce. A Sector Deal is a way to deliver this, and the industry have put forward some strong ideas to Government. We are ready to formally negotiate on a deal which can boost productivity in this crucial sector. I want to achieve the best deal possible for tourism and know that the industry will respond with renewed energy to achieve this. Tourism is an economic powerhouse, a growing industry with huge potential to scale-up productivity, so it is very welcome news that an official negotiation for a sector deal has today been confirmed by the UK Government. Securing this deal will be a game-changer for the industry, spelling a step-change in how we underpin the success of tourism for a generation, fixing issues from skills and productivity to extending the season year-round and building stronger tourism destinations up and down the country. And it will be a game-changer for the economy with a sector deal growing the value of the industry and increasing employment in tourism. One of the UK’s most valuable export industries, tourism needs no trade deals to attract overseas investment. It is also a fiercely competitive global industry and a sector deal moves tourism right up the UK Government’s agenda as a priority for future economic planning, ensuring we continue to compete as a world-class destination for all visitors. Making tourism and hospitality a career for life Making the UK the most accessible tourism industry in the world Sharing industry data to identify growth opportunities in new and emerging markets Increasing accommodation capacity Speaking to the Tourism Industry Council, made up of leading members of the tourism industry and government, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright confirmed the Government will begin negotiations with the sector on an ambitious Industrial Strategy sector deal that will benefit the whole country.As part of this process, he has called upon the industry to respond with a renewed commitment to promote its offer throughout the year, not just in the peak summer months, and increase clear career paths.The sector has been asked to look at the key themes of: The Secretary of State also challenged the tourism industry to use the sector deal negotiations as an opportunity to deliver more collaborative data sharing with VisitBritain, around visitor figures, behaviours and audience analysis. This is to help take a more strategic approach to promotional activity and a more united approach to environmental protection.ENDSNotes to Editor:Negotiations will take place between Government and the Sector, following the meeting of the Tourism Industry Council today.In 2017, EU member states accounted for 75% of the 72 million visits abroad by UK residents and 65% of the UK’s 39 million inbound visits were from EU residents.Six sector deals between Government and industry have been published over the past year – from construction and automotive, to nuclear and the creative industries, including £1.9 billion of investment in life sciences and £1 billion for artificial intelligence. Sector deals are designed to attract investment and growth, and ensure we have the skilled, diverse workforce we need for the future.Sources of latest tourism figures:ONS Travel Trends 2017Visit Britain GB Tourist Annual Report 2017last_img read more

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Promoting understanding through education

first_imgThe Harvard program is one of six created through a gift from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.  The others are at Georgetown University, the American University in Cairo, the American University of Beirut, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh.At Harvard, the gift funds four new professorships promoting scholarship and teaching about contemporary Islamic life and thought and Islam beyond the Middle East. In 2009, the University appointed Malika Zeghal as the first Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Life and Thought. Searches to fill other professorships are underway.“What we are trying to do is leverage the resources we have here at Harvard — the world-class faculty, programs like the Religious Literacy Project, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture, the Islamic Legal Studies Program, along with many others — to address a serious gap in education about Islam and Muslim cultures not only at Harvard, but in the larger community beyond the University,” Asani said.To that end, Asani has helped coordinate a number of initiatives since the program was created, including educational outreach for journalists and K-12 teachers and students, and the creation of two seminar series — one for college and university faculty in Greater Boston, and one for area graduate students. In 2010 he organized the second annual Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference on the topic “Contemporary Muslim Voices in the Arts and Literatures,” which brought leading Muslim artists, musicians, and scholars to Harvard.“We are living at a time when misunderstandings and misrepresentations of both the Muslim world and the West and America are growing exponentially,” Asani said. “The educational initiatives in which Harvard is engaged are intended to counter these distortions. If unchecked, misinformation and stereotypes can create fear and prejudice of those who are different from us, thus constituting a danger to democracy and international and intercultural relations. Democracy cannot function when you are afraid of your neighbors. I see this program as an effort to address widespread global illiteracy about religion and culture, an illiteracy that has serious national and international consequences.” “One of the goals of this program is to examine Islam as a global civilization, not just as a Middle Eastern one,” Asani said. “I’ve been engaged in that study for more than two decades. One of my main interests is the practice and interpretation of Islam in various cultural environments. Directing a program that is transnational and interdisciplinary in its scope is a particularly exciting opportunity for me.”Although Asani has been a faculty member for more than two decades, his association with Harvard goes back even further.Born and raised in Kenya, Asani came to Harvard as an undergraduate in 1973. A concentrator in comparative religion, he graduated summa cum laude with the Class of 1977, and immediately began work on a doctorate from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. In 1984, he received his first faculty appointment as an assistant professor of Urdu and Indo-Muslim Culture. Today a tenured professor, his research focuses on Shia and Sufi devotional traditions of Islam, Muslim communities in South Asia, and the relationship between religion, literature, and the arts in Muslim cultures. Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, has been named the director of Harvard’s the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program.Established in 2005, the program aims to foster understanding between the Islamic world and the West through scholarship, teaching, and educational programming. As director, Asani will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the program, proposing outreach efforts to promote informed education about Islam and providing overall direction with the help of the program’s steering committee.A world-renowned scholar on Islam and Muslim cultures, Asani has worked with students and educators from Texas to Pakistan and served on the American Academy of Religion’s task force on religion in schools. He lectures extensively on various aspects of the Islamic tradition. At Harvard, in addition to seminars for graduate students, he offers several general education courses on Islam and Muslim societies designed to educate undergraduate students about the dynamic relationship between religion and the complex contexts in which it is embedded. In 2002, Asani was awarded the Harvard Foundation medal for his efforts to improve intercultural relations through a better understanding of Islam and Muslim cultures.“Ali Asani’s dedication to the scholarly study of Islam, his admirable commitment to teaching our undergraduates, and his leadership in curriculum reform and outreach have served the University well,” said Jorge I. Dominguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and vice provost for international affairs. “I look forward to working with him in his new role directing this program.”last_img read more

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