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  • Gov’t Mule, Lettuce, & Keller Williams’ PettyGrass Lead Candler Park Music Fest 2018 Lineup

    first_imgAfter much anticipation, Candler Park Music & Food Festival has released its 2018 lineup. On June 1st and 2nd in Atlanta, Georgia, Candler Park Music Festival will celebrate its ten-year anniversary with performances by Gov’t Mule, Lettuce, Houndmouth, Keller Williams’ PettyGrass, The HillBenders, Twiddle, SUSTO, Larkin Poe, Busty & The Bass, and Webster. (Terrapin Beer Co will also host a Battle of the Bands on Friday, May 11th, to fill the opening slot on Friday, June 1st.) In addition to a truly stand-out lineup, the festival will also host a food village featuring fare from local vendors and food trucks, an artist market, adult field games, a craft cocktail bar, and more.Candler Park Music & Food Festival expects to draw 20,000 people to the Atlanta area for its 10th edition on June 1st and 2nd. As festival producer and Rival Entertainment partner Josh Antenucci explained in a press release, “We couldn’t be more excited to present another stellar lineup for music fans who join us from all over. … Maintaining that cherished neighborhood festival vibe while simultaneously featuring some of the most popular artists for an unforgettable experience, at an unbeatable price, makes our festival a must-see event this spring.”Tickets for Candler Park Music & Food Festival are currently on sale at Tier 1 ticket prices—$25 for general admission and $60 for VIP (21+ only)—with these prices running through to April 15th. You can get your tickets here, or head over to the festival’s website for more information.last_img read more

  • Marcus King Band Announces ‘Carolina Confessions’ Tour With Ida Mae

    first_imgMarcus King Band has announced a slew of new tour dates as part of the Carolina Confessions Tour, expanding their reach to a new class of ballrooms and theatres across North America. While currently on the Wheels of Soul tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Drive-By Truckers, Marcus King Band is certainly top of mind for fans of Southern rock, blues, and soul. Having now shared the stage with Derek Trucks several times over the last several weeks, Marcus King has stepped into the next level of his career–and he’s brought a killer band with him.Joined by special guest Ida Mae, the Marcus King Band will hit the road for more than a dozen dates through November and December, including New York, Nashville, and Boston. In September, they’ve already sold out one headlining night at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, and added a second, while forcing next month’s Austin stop to a room double the capacity following overwhelming demand.The Carolina Confessions Tour fan pre-sale starts at 12 pm EST this Wednesday, July 18th, with the general on-sale at 10 am local time Friday, July 20th.Find the new Carolina Confessions dates bolded below, and check out all upcoming tour stops here, including the return of the band’s own Marcus King Band Family Reunion Festival October 5th-6th in Black Mountain, NC.Marcus King Band Tour Dates7.17 @ Artpark Amphitheater in Lewiston, NY^7.18 @ KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA^7.19 @ Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA7.20 @ Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, IN^7.21 @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, MI^7.22 @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH^7.25 @ BankPlus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove in Southaven, MS^7.26 @ Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO^7.28 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO^7.29 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO^7.31 @ Slowdown in Omaha, NE8.1 @ Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, MO8.3 @ Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, KY8.4 @ The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival in Thornville, OH8.16 @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC8.17 @ The Birchmere – Flex Stage in Alexandria, VA8.18 @ Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, MD8.19 @ Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD8.22 @ Duling Hall in Jackson, MS8.23 @ Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA8.24 @ House of Blues – Bronze Peacock in Houston, TX8.25 @ Mohawk in Austin, TX8.26 @ House of Blues – Cambridge Room in Dallas, TX8.29 @ Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, NM8.30 @ The Green Room in Flagstaff, AZ8.31 @ Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ9.1 @ 191 Toole in Tucson, AZ9.4 @ Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA9.5 @ Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA9.6 @ Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA9.7-9.9 @ Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, NV9.10 @ The Catalyst – Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA9.11 @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA9.12 @ Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA9.14 @ The CommonWealth Room in South Salt Lake City, UT9.15 @ Telluride Blues & Brews in Telluride, CO9.18 @ Bourbon Theater in Lincoln, NE9.21 @ Zydeco in Birmingham, AL9.22 @ Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN9.26 @ Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL9.27 @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul, MN9.28 @ Gabe’s in Iowa City, IA9.30 @ Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI10.5 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC10.6 @ The Marcus King Band Family Reunion in Black Mountain, NC10.10 @ Cigale in Paris, France10.11 @ Café Charbon in Coulanges-les-nevers, France10.12 @ Arcadium in Annecy, France10.13 @ Avignon BluesFestival in Avignon, France10.15 @ Santeria Social Club in Milano, Italy10.16 @ Kaufleuten Festsaal in Zurich, Switzerland10.17 @ Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany10.18 @ Batschkapp in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany10.19 @ Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany10.21 @ Knust in Hamburg, Germany10.22 @ Paradiso Noord in Nieuw-Amsterdam, Netherlands10.25 @ The Fleece in Bristol, United Kingdom10.26 @ Islington Assembly Hall in London, United Kingdom10.27 @ Night & Day Café in Manchester, United Kingdom10.28 @ Stereo in Glasgow, United Kingdom11.7 @ Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN*11.8 @ Songbirds South in Chattanooga, TN*11.10 @ Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN*11.12 @ Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA*11.13 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ*11.16 @ Irving Plaza in New York, NY11.17 @ Pearl Street in Northampton, MA*11.18 @ The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA*11.21 @ Aura in Portland, ME*11.23 @ Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington, VT*11.24 @ Cohoes Music Hall in Cohoes, NY*11.26 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON*11.29 @ The Loft in Lansing, MI*11.30 @ Elevation in Grand Rapids, MI*12.4 @ Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY*1.20 @ Island Exodus 10 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica^Wheels of Soul Tour w/ Tedeschi Trucks Band and Drive-By Truckers*w/ Ida MaeView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

  • Leftover Salmon’s Erik Deutsch Releases 6th Solo Album, ‘Falling Flowers’ [Listen]

    first_imgCurrent Leftover Salmon keyboardist and frequent collaborator in the live music scene, Erik Deutsch, has released his sixth solo studio album today, Falling Flowers. Falling Flowers was recorded at Brooklyn, NY’s Trout Recording, with engineers Bryce Goggin and Adam Sachs and was mixed by Jeff Hill (Rufus Wainwright, Elle King) at Bass Station.Deutsch rounded out his band for the album with a few of his longtime friends and frequent collaborators, including Mike McGinnis (saxophone and clarinet), Brian Drye (trombone), Avi Bortnick (rhythm guitar), Jesse Murphy (bass), and Tony Mason (drums). Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger plays lead guitar on “Falling Flowers” and “Big Bongos”, while Andy Thorn, Deutsch’s Leftover Salmon bandmate and banjo wizard, contributes to “Falling Flowers” and “Ghostfeather”.Falling Flowers has elements of classic and contemporary jazz, rock, blues, and funk, all intertwined into one, with Erik’s playful and ferocious work on the piano bringing it all together. Erik’s energy is through the roof and apparent within his music from the get-go, allowing the musicians that surround him to add their own touches of creativity and uniqueness to the recording process. Falling Flowers is an album not to be looked over, as Deutsch spills out his heart and soul on this beautifully crafted masterpiece.For over two decades, Erik Deutsch has been collaborating and touring with well-respected musicians like Rosanne Cash, Nels Cline, Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Steven Bernstein, Theo Bleckmann, Shooter Jennings, Shelby Lynne, and many more.  Eric Deutsch officially joined Colorado poly-ethnic Cajun slamgrass all-stars, Leftover Salmon, in 2016 as the band’s regular touring keyboardist after Salmon’s brief stint with Little Feat‘s Bill Payne.Deutsch orchestrated a seven-camera live studio video of the recording session of “Scratch Out”. The video showcases Deutsch’s intricate work on the piano, as well as the stellar musicianship of the studio band he rounded up.On “Scratch Out”, Erik remarks,I remember the debut of “Scratch Out” at Bar Lunatico back in the summer of 2016–it seemed like something that immediately stuck with the audience. Since the final version we printed on the album was almost entirely live from this take, the video provides a really cool, up-close look at this song, shot masterfully by Ehud Lazin.”Watch the in-studio video for “Scratch Out” below.Erik Deutsch – “Scratch Out”[Video: Erik Deutsch]Listen to Erik Deustch’s new studio effort, Falling Flowers, below.Deutsch will be performing a small run of Falling Flowers release shows this fall. For more information on tickets and dates head to Erik’s website. Erik Deutsch Falling Flowers Album Release ShowsSept 19-20 – New York, NY – Bar LunaticoOct 17-18 – Guadalajara, MX – Chango VuduOct 19-20 – Mexico City, MX – Zinco JazzNov 1 – Denver, CO – NocturneNov 2 – Boulder, CO – University of Colorado + Caffe SoleNov 29 – Los Angeles, CA – ApothekeNov 30 – Oakland, CA – Piedmont Piano Co.View All Tour Dateslast_img read more

  • Phil Lesh Announces Webcasts For Halloween Run With Twiddle, Terrapin Family, Jimmy Herring, More

    first_imgPhil Lesh will return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester New York for his annual Halloween celebration, dubbed Phil-O-Ween. The three-night run will include a number of unique sets, featuring an exciting array of special guests and collaborations from October 31st through November 2nd. The Relix Channel has announced webcasts of all three nights, which you can pay-per-view here.On the night of Halloween, October 31st, a three-set celebration will take place, kicking off with GEM, the trio whose name is derived from the first initials of its members: Midnight North’s Grahame Lesh and Elliot Peck and Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis. Then, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will perform a set together. To close out the evening, Phil Lesh and Twiddle will team up for their collaborative project, Phiddle. On November 1st and 2nd, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will perform together with Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring on guitar.The All Hallows Eve collaborations are the latest products of a long-running creative relationship between Phil Lesh, his son Grahame’s band, Midnight North, and Twiddle. Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band (which features Grahame), Midnight North, and Twiddle recently mounted a series of multi-band performances under the billing “Unbroken Train.” The bands intermingled at various points before that as well, with Midnight North frequently joining Twiddle as support on tour and individual members of the respective bands sitting in with the others on several occasions.The virtuosic Jimmy Herring is also no stranger to the music of the Grateful Dead, having played with Phil as one of his live “Friends” on various occasions in addition to playing with post-Jerry spinoff The Dead and jazz-inflected instrumental tribute band, Jazz Is Dead.All in all, this run is guaranteed to be special. For more info, or to grab your tickets, head here.last_img read more

  • What Twiddle Tour Means For The Jam Scene In Texas [Audio/Videos/Photos]

    first_imgTwiddle is only three hours into the Texas sprint of their winter tour when it becomes obvious that this show means a lot more for the locals than just a good time.The four-piece jam is standing inside the Deep Ellum Art Company, a venue in the entertainment district of Dallas, surrounded by the intimate group of VIP’s who are there for their meet and greet and mementos. They all hug, almost as friends, with fans’ words exchanging—“I saw you with SOJA in town back in November and knew I had to come back for your show,” and, “Thank you, it means so much that you guys are here!”The genuine sentiment of these music lovers ran in my head as I tried to rationalize why this string of shows in the south—out of the twelve years of relentless touring—mattered so much. And it hit me. Texas hasn’t ever had a strong jam band scene.Over the years, with the spread of festivals and accessible live music, The Grateful Dead and subsequent bands have attracted a following: a loving and welcoming weed-loving community, waiting to be reunited at shows in their hometowns. More artists are becoming part of this scene, which means more fans are inspired to seek out this genre, which means it’s somebody’s responsibility to book these bands to become a home for the jam community.And that’s exactly what John LaRue, founder of Deep Ellum Art Company, set out to do with his wife, Kari, when they built the venue from scratch in the melting pot of culture and nightlife. “Dedicated to the Creative and Native,” Art Co has been the heart of the jam world for Dallas from the very beginning (September 1, 2017), hosting a Dead tribute band on its opening night. So it was no surprise that the LaRues shared their excitement to host this tour, “Having Twiddle was dream come true!”“We set out to give the jam scene a home it can be proud of in a space that looks and feels like a festival 365 days a year,” LaRue explains. “It’s no easy task, but it’s one we feel is very worthwhile. The vibe is of the utmost importance.”Taking it a step further to unite the Dallas scene between show nights, LaRue started Where It’s At – Dallas Jamily, a Facebook group with a growing 2000 members and similar groups in other cities, to gather the local “Jamily” to stay informed about upcoming shows.Performing as the opener for SOJA at the end of last year along the Texas circuit paid off for Twiddle and boosted their discussion in these online groups. Now, the guys get to fill the rooms of three venues—Deep Ellum Art Company (Dallas), Last Concert Cafe (Houston), and Antone’s (Austin)—for a fanbase that continues to grow in a not-so-jam-band state.Twiddle knows the importance of forming personal relationships with the crowd on the road, talking with every fan possible before and after shows and teaming up with other bands in the circuit to cross-populate fans. After hearing the feedback from the previous Texas run, lead-singer and guitarist Mihai Savoulidis felt compelled to come back to town with something good, performing one-of-a-kind mash-ups of their songs and curating unique setlists for each night.“We’ve definitely tried out a few new things on this tour, and it’s been awesome that it was received so well in Texas. The energy and response from all of those cities was amazing,” Mihali notes.As the band continued on to play outside on a warm winter night in Houston and to a sold-out audience at the iconic Antone’s in Austin, the sentiment from Dallas resurfaced. Fans from previous nights drove out in support of a second show and familiar locals from the jam scene, connected through festivals like Waterloo, danced as friends in the crowd—all gathering under the stars and city lights to get a taste of the music that fills their souls and to spend time with their “Jamily” that makes the experience a lifestyle.Twiddle – Winter Tour 2019 – Texas Run Recap Video[Video: Brittany NO FOMO]Twiddle – 1/31/19 – Full Show[Audio: CorFit Chris]Twiddle – 2/1/19 – Full Show[Audio: edmund.edwards]Twiddle – 2/2/19 – Full Show[Audio: edmund.edwards]Fear not if you weren’t in the Texas area, as Twiddle tour has only just begun. Their winter 2019 run includes dates up and down the west coast as well as a return to the east coast for a run in their hometown markets, including two nights at The Paramount in Rutland, VT (3/28, 3/29) to benefit The White Light Foundation‘s scholarship at Castleton University. On top of that, the band will be back at the iconic Red Rocks Ampitheatre on May 2nd with friends Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Both bands will prepare for the Red Rocks performance with a five-date co-headlining run titled “Road To Red Rocks,” which begins at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO on April 24th. For a full list of Twiddle’s upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.You can check out photos from each stop on Twiddle’s recent Texas run below courtesy of Brittany NO FOMO.Twiddle | Deep Ellum Art Company | Dallas, TX | 1/31/19 | Photos: Brittany NO FOMO Load remaining images Load remaining images Load remaining imagescenter_img Twiddle | Antone’s | Austin, TX | 2/2/19 | Photos: Brittany NO FOMO Twiddle | Last Concert Cafe | Houston, TX | 2/1/19 | Photos: Brittany NO FOMOlast_img read more

  • Marvin Gaye To Be Featured On Postal Stamp For 80th Birthday

    first_imgA smiling illustration of late soul singer Marvin Gaye is now the property of the U.S. Government, kind of. Gaye will be featured on his own stamp as part of the Postal Services’ “Music Icon” series, which was recently announced by the mail organization. The stamp design in tribute to the iconic soul singer will be made available just in time for what would have been his 80th birthday on April 1st.According to CNN, the portrait illustration for the stamp was created by Kadir Nelson, who was also the artist responsible for the album art design on Drake‘s 2013 studio album, Nothing Was The Same. The stamp pain will feature a brief biography on Gaye, in addition to showing an image of a vinyl record peeking out of the sleeve. Other notable music artists featured as part of the company’s “Music Icon” series include Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Sarah Vaughan.Related: Elvis Presley-Themed Traffic Lights Appear In German Town“With hits like ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’, ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, and ‘Too Busy Thinking About My Baby’, Gaye helped shape the buoyant sound of the Motown record label in the 1960s,” the U.S.P.S. mentioned in a statement about their latest celebrity-themed stamp to go with the recent announcement. “Gaye’s presence and unique sound will live on forever through his music and now through the mail. Send some soul by including the Marvin Gaye stamp on your envelopes.”The Gaye-themed stamp will debut in Los Angeles on April 2nd, although the U.S.P.S. did not reveal any pre-order information as of press time for all you collectors out there.Gaye was recently honored as part of the Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration all-star event last month during Grammy week in Los Angeles, where John Legend performed a cover of his 1971 single, “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”.last_img read more

  • Bob Weir, Jackie Greene Sing National Anthem Ahead Of Golden State Warriors NBA Playoff Game [Watch]

    first_imgBob Weir and Jackie Greene found themselves on the court of Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA on Wednesday night, where the two musicians led fans in attendance in the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the Warriors/Rockets playoff game.Weir and Greene, both California natives, sang out the lyrics to the often-difficult song in unison with the occasional harmonic contrast. Both men had also performed together during last weekend’s BeachLife Festival in southern California. While there was no improvised jamming this time around to extend the often overdone anthem into the 10-to-15-minute range, their a-cappella version of the patriotic tune did the job in getting the night’s entertainment off to a hot start. Fans can watch the entire pre-game performance from last night below. Weir, who has been one of the Bay Area’s more well-known musicians over the last five decades, is no stranger to performing the National Anthem in front of his hometown fans. Deadheads and baseball fanatics may remember Weir’s performance of the patriotic song alongside his then-Grateful Dead bandmates Jerry Garcia and Vince Welnick before a San Francisco Giants game in April 1993, among others occasions.last_img read more

  • Listen to the people

    first_imgAmericans’ surging political discontent has been years in the making, says Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. The rising unrest, Steele told an audience at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Wednesday (Feb. 3), is a response to those leaders who have failed to listen to the American people.Although the leadership in both parties lost sight of what the electorate wanted them to do, Steele said, “The American people didn’t lose sight of what they wanted and what they expected.”From 1994 to 2006, he said, party leaders turned inward and “became more concerned with the wheels of government and the consumption of government than … with productivity and the ability of individuals to do their own thing. This environment has been under way for some time.”As a result, Steele argued, the country experienced two major recent political shifts. In 2007 and 2008, a wave of enthusiasm “unlike anything the country has seen” brought young people out to the polls in record numbers and swept Barack Obama into the White House and Democrats into solid majorities in both houses.A year ago, Steele told the audience at the Harvard Kennedy School, the conventional wisdom posited that the GOP was badly wounded, and would remain so for some time. Yet in recent months the Republicans have won governorships in New Jersey and Virginia and a Senate seat in Massachusetts, one held by Democrats for more than a half a century, and for more than 40 years by liberal leader Ted Kennedy, until his death.Dismissing the contention that the Republicans’ protesting tea party faction is made up of “right-wing ideologues,” Steele described the movement that emerged last summer, in response to the health care reform initiative, as relevant and important. Its members, he said, are average citizens who are taking control and shaping the national agenda. They are demanding that someone address their concerns, someone who understands “what my walk is all about,” he said. “There is a certain dynamism that is beginning to explode across the country, and the political elite is largely clueless to it.”Recalling advice from his mother, a sharecropper’s daughter and laundress for 45 years who never made more than $3.83 an hour, Steele said political leaders need to know when to “shut up and listen.”A former Maryland lieutenant governor and the first African American elected to statewide office there, Steele described a good leader as “someone who leads with a sense of decency and purpose, and who knows how to follow first.”“Put yourself second to what is in front of you. It’s a difficult thing to do,” he said. “Don’t lose sight of why you want to serve in the first place, because the moment you lose that, the rest doesn’t work.” It’s important to remember “that flare that ignited your passion.”The forum was sponsored by the Institute of Politics.last_img read more

  • Midyear graduates recognized

    first_imgFor a small gathering of Harvard College students, their graduation celebration would be different from the norm. But for the 114 students who followed a different path through their undergraduate years at Harvard, “different” was just fine.The students, along with their families and friends, gathered in the Radcliffe Gymnasium on Dec. 6 to celebrate the 2012-13 Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony. The event recognized students who graduate in November or March, off the usual Commencement cycle.Students become midyear graduates for a variety of reasons. Some take time off for family or health reasons, others choose to explore an entrepreneurial dream or travel, and some industrious souls simply graduate early. For these students, the ceremony is of great significance because some are not able to return for Harvard’s annual Commencement in May.“I’m extremely proud to be a member of the 2012-2013 midyear class,” said ceremony emcee Yi Han ’12-’13. “Later this month, 114 of us will walk into a tumultuous world facing unprecedented challenges, a world that demands leaders who can exercise autonomy, change makers who do not bow to conformity, and visionaries who are not afraid to be in the minority.”“I’m extremely proud to be a member of the 2012-2013 midyear class,” said ceremony emcee Yi Han ’12-’13. “Later this month, 114 of us will walk into a tumultuous world facing unprecedented challenges, a world that demands leaders who can exercise autonomy, change makers who do not bow to conformity, and visionaries who are not afraid to be in the minority.”Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of Harvard College, addressed the audience of graduating students, their friends, and family members.“I have special confidence in the group before me today because each of you has, for your own individual and wildly varied reasons, cut an unconventional path through the dense and sometimes stodgy woods of this venerable institution,” she said. “In the famous words of Harvard graduate Robert Frost, you are the ones who have taken ‘the road less traveled.’ ”“Once in a while, the media focuses on people who decided they didn’t really need to finish at Harvard to realize their dreams — Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Damon, Bonnie Raitt,” Hammonds continued. “But then there are those who used Harvard to their own unconventional, individual, and often brilliant ends, clearing their own way through difficulty, or even opposition. Like W.E.B. Du Bois, Harvard’s first African-American Ph.D., who observed that while he had been ‘at Harvard,’ he was not ‘of Harvard.’ But he used the intellectual skills he honed here to reshape the intellectual and social landscape of this country.”Hammonds also mentioned Helen Keller, author Michael Crichton, and basketball player Jeremy Lin as examples of Harvard graduates who forged unconventional paths to success.“Their paths may have been less obvious, but their influence has still been great — and you, too, have the ability to influence the broader world by cutting new paths,” Hammonds said.In the event’s prospective faculty address, Andrew Berry, lecturer and assistant head tutor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, drew upon the life of Charles Darwin to encourage graduates to maintain the academic connections and friendships that they had made at Harvard, and to continue to learn from those networking relationships as they left the institution.“Darwin’s ‘Eureka!’ moment didn’t come when he was standing, spray-flecked, on the prow of the Beagle,” Berry said. “It was as a young man six months after the return of the voyage of the Beagle, sitting in the office of Mr. John Gould, curator and preserver at the museum of the Zoological Society of London, who not only took Darwin to task for not labeling his collections correctly, but first noted that the specimens of birds from the Galapagos Islands were all very closely related. That’s when the penny dropped.”Berry pointed out that it wasn’t Darwin the individual who made the great discovery, but “Darwin the networker.”“Darwin was smart enough to seek the guidance of others,” Berry said. “The same applies to your every endeavor. Every enterprise is a collaborative enterprise, and you should remember that.”Speaking as one of the graduating seniors, Han expressed his thanks to the Senior Class Committee and the Harvard Alumni Association for coordinating the ceremony, and affirmed that taking “the road less traveled” had prepared the midyear graduates for success.“I have the conviction that, precisely because of the initiatives we have taken in structuring our education, the challenges and doubts we’ve had to deal with along the way, and the lessons that we learned in ultimately overcoming diverse circumstances, we midyear graduates are uniquely prepared to embark upon the journey that many of our dear friends began just a few months ago. We’re ready to take what we’ve learned from these ivy acres, and move some mountains.”last_img read more

  • New leader in teaching, learning

    first_imgRobert A. Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, has been named the inaugural Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, placing him at the forefront of efforts to rethink and support teaching and learning, both on campus and off.  Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), announced the appointment in an email to faculty today.“Rob is one of Harvard’s foremost leaders in innovative teaching,” Smith said.  “As the Menschel director, he will establish the Bok Center at the heart of our efforts to strengthen teaching and learning in the FAS.  This is an exciting moment for everyone who cares passionately about the education of our students — today, in the future, on campus and online. ”Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, called Lue “a tremendous partner, a substantive thinker, and a practical optimist. Together with the recently announced appointment of Huntington D. Lambert as the next dean for the Division of Continuing Education, I believe we have the makings of a ‘dream team’ of innovative teaching that is without peer.”“Rob Lue is a visionary, with the intelligence, energy and moral commitments that make visions come true,” said Doris Sommer, the Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies. “His appointment at the Bok Center no doubt adds to an almost unimaginable range of leadership responsibilities — including HarvardX and the [Education] Portal in Allston — but it also enables our best pedagogical development towards rigorous and broad education at Harvard and  beyond our local campuses.”Working with the center’s executive director and staff, Lue will be responsible for articulating the teaching mission of FAS and elevating its profile on campus, as well as managing the center’s growth and collaborating with staff to develop programs and courses on innovative pedagogies, course and programmatic assessment, and development of teaching skills among FAS instructors.  Established in 1975 to enhance the quality of undergraduate education throughout FAS, the center annually hosts dozens of programs, seminars, and events to support the teaching activities of FAS faculty and instructional staff.  The creation of the new position of faculty director was made possible by Richard Menschel, M.B.A. ’59.For Lue, who also serves as the faculty director of HarvardX, Harvard’s online education portal, and the director of Life Sciences Education, the new appointment offers an opportunity to build on the Bok Center’s “long and distinguished history” of innovation and research on the subject of teaching and learning.“I’m excited about this opportunity to build on that remarkable foundation,” Lue said. “This is a perfect moment for the Bok Center, and for other efforts across campus in the teaching and learning space to come together in a mutually reinforcing way.”Lue is a national figure in life sciences education, having co-authored two major freshman biology textbooks, the second of which was published in December by W.H. Freeman. He continues to co-lead the National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education.  Lue also continues as the faculty director of Harvard’s Allston Education Portal. Lue has served as dean of the Harvard Summer School, where among other things he led the expansion of study-abroad programs across multiple fields in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.Lue graduated from St. George’s College in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1982, and went on to earn a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. He earned his Ph.D. in cellular biology at Harvard in 1995.  He joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1999.Going forward, Lue said he believes Harvard is uniquely positioned to take advantage of a coming sea change in education, one driven by technology, the Internet, and their creative application both inside and outside the classroom. He said the Bok Center will play a critical role in leading the charge.“The Bok Center is beautifully positioned to play a very important role in fostering not just faculty experimentation in the classroom, but also in working to identify what the best ways are for us to teach our students,” Lue said. “When you look at the national landscape, the traditional mode of lecturing, while still important, is clearly not the only way to teach. Increasingly, faculty members are exploring new ways of using technology and new ways of engaging students. I’ve never seen this level of broad-based interest in creatively rethinking teaching and learning among both faculty and students, so it’s a tremendously exciting time to be in the classroom.”last_img read more