Q&A on changing House master title

first_imgTwo Harvard deans sat down with the Gazette late last week to talk about the impending change to the House master title that was announced at the Dec. 1 faculty meeting, and to relate the thinking behind the switch.Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has led the FAS since 2007. He has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 1992.Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College, assumed the role in July 2014. He is also the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and co-master of Cabot House. Khurana has been a member of the Harvard community for 16 years, earning his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1998. As Cabot House co-masters, Khurana and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in the House with their three children and 375 undergraduates since 2010. GAZETTE: What is the role of a House master?KHURANA: Each of Harvard College’s residential Houses is co-led by a senior faculty member and their partner, traditionally called House masters, who work together to foster a tight-knit community that supports and encourages our students’ personal and intellectual growth and well-being.GAZETTE: How did the request to change the House master title come about?KHURANA: The House leaders have been considering the possibility of changing their titles for quite some time — well before I was a House master, and I believe even before Dean Smith’s deanship began nine years ago. My understanding is that the general feeling has been that the title causes discomfort, both for those serving as House masters and for many of our students, and that it doesn’t fully communicate the responsibilities of the role and how it has evolved. GAZETTE: What is uncomfortable about the title?KHURANA: It’s an ancient word that is now being used in a 21st-century context, and that layers on new meanings that we have to grapple with. “Master” is rooted in the Latin term magister, a form of address for scholars and teachers that ties back to the medieval universities of Europe. But when we use it in the context of a university in the United States — a country with a history of slavery and of racial discrimination — that adds meaning and significance to the term that we can’t easily dismiss by focusing narrowly on its classical roots. There are many symbols and words in the English language that have morphed from their original meanings and usages. Some have become associated with odious ideas or are used in a derogatory way.SMITH: I agree. In our country, with our history, I can’t call someone in an oversight role “master” without having images of human subjugation come to mind. But I don’t have this association when I congratulate a student on attaining a master of arts or on the mastery of a subject. Mastery over people is what is at issue here. I have long reacted emotionally to this traditional title because I cannot simply delete from my mind the additional context provided by our nation’s history. GAZETTE: Why is this change just happening now if it’s been in discussion for several years?KHURANA: Recent events on our campus and across the country have renewed our conversations and inspired us to take action. Now that we have approval from Dean Smith to move forward, we are beginning a process in which members of the House leaders’ docket committee, working with a senior College team member and the House leadership community as a whole, will suggest a new title that reflects the current realities of the role. We feel this change will be small but meaningful in our continuing efforts to build a culture of inclusion on our campus.GAZETTE: The term “House master” also celebrates Harvard’s connection to Oxford and Cambridge universities. Will House leaders consider this as they explore a new title?SMITH: Our faculty House leaders are certainly looking at opportunities to continue to celebrate this connection, but in a manner that is appropriate for our time and our history. I’m certain we will find a way to preserve these roots.GAZETTE: Do you think changing the House master title will have an impact on campus?KHURANA: Yes. Words matter. They shape our opportunities, our self-perceptions, and our possible futures. They can open doors, and they can shut them. They can help build a community that belongs to all of us, or they can delineate difference and assert privilege or create boundaries between people. Will changing words right every wrong and solve every problem? Of course not. But decisions like these can play an important part in the long-term process of institutional change. One of the great things about Harvard is that we don’t follow tradition blindly or without thought. Indeed, the fundamental nature of a liberal education teaches us that tradition has to be in conversation with the present. Otherwise it is simply a mechanical, empty ritual. The shared dialogue about our Houses helps renew and reanimate the meanings.SMITH: There are very thoughtful conversations taking place on our campus today, and on this particular issue, I have learned — learned a great deal, in fact — from listening to our students, faculty, and staff. I am particularly proud of the way our students are approaching these difficult discussions. Harvard has often spoken about the learning that can take place when we bring an incredible diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and experiences together. A fellow dean once told me that we should be generous listeners at times like these, in an environment like ours. He was right. My understanding of the emotional, cultural, and personal meanings of words has grown, impacting me and my thinking in significant ways.GAZETTE: You mention this is one small part of continuing efforts to build a culture of inclusion on campus. What other opportunities or activities are underway?KHURANA: As you hopefully know, the College issued the final report of the Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion last month. It offers recommendations for how we can support our students, pointing out that while the College has made progress, we have much more work to do. I am proud of some of the initiatives that are already underway. For example, in September, the Office of Student Life introduced a revamped system for reporting issues of bias that now includes an option to submit anonymously. We have designed a cultural competency training program that was implemented last June with a small group of College staff and that will repeat this spring. And we have also scheduled trainings for the Administrative Board and Honor Council.SMITH: Beyond the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, President [Drew] Faust also issued a statement about the importance of inclusion on our campus, in which she committed to looking at opportunities for University-wide efforts.last_img read more

Lampard admits Chelsea missed Kante this season

first_imgChelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has admitted they’ve missed N’Golo Kante this season. “Looking forward, whenever a restart comes we want to get him in the best shape, want to get Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the best shape. “We’ve had slightly different plans for them but they’ve been scuppered with what we’ve had to do. The players’ health comes first, the mental well-being of the players comes first. “We obviously need N’Golo Kante back in our team, one of the best players in the world. I knew that before I became manager of Chelsea and know that now from working with him. read also:Barcelona prepare ambitious Coutinho – Kante swap deal “I haven’t been able to have him much this year and going forward we, of course, want him fit and raring to go.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… Lampard has lamented the influential Frenchman’s absence at spells this season. “We had four or five of those (injured players) when we finished playing recently,” he told BT Sport. “N’Golo Kante is obviously a great example because he’s played four or five incredible seasons in terms of his individual success and he’s been used quite rightly by his managers a lot “This season he’s played only about 40% of our games and even then it’s been difficult for him and I’ve really felt for him on an individual level. He’s been a huge miss for us.Advertisementlast_img read more

Claudio Ranieri determined not to let Leicester bubble burst

first_img They scored the goals in the 2-1 win against Chelsea which ultimately cost Jose Mourinho his job. Mahrez set up Vardy for his 15th goal of the season, registering his seventh assist, before the little Algerian netted his 11th goal of the campaign. And Ranieri was even more bullish when asked about Leicester’s hopes of hanging on to the star duo during the January transfer window, insisting that he had told them “you are going nowhere”. “Already I spoke to the two guys. I didn’t wait for them to answer!” said Ranieri. “I suggest to them it is much better they continue with us. We are in good flight now. W e continue together, we can improve, to help grow up the team. “I won’t consider (selling) in the summer either. In my mind they are the first I want to keep and continue with this group, it is a good group. “It is important to maintain this mentality. This friendly group.” Ranieri will have to make a couple of enforced changes against Everton on Saturday. Danny Drinkwater (hamstring) came off injured against Chelsea and will miss the trip to Goodison Park while Robert Huth received his fifth yellow card of the season against the champions and is suspended. Andy King will replace Drinkwater in central midfield while Ranieri will choose between Marcin Wasilewski and Yohan Benalouane to fill in at centre-back in Huth’s absence. Press Association Claudio Ranieri believes this season could be the start of something big at Leicester. After their great escape last season, the Foxes were once again tipped for a battle against relegation but under Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson during the summer, they have defied the odds and currently sit proudly at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Victory against Everton on Saturday will guarantee Leicester are the Christmas number one – and only one team in that position in the past five years – Liverpool in 2013-14 – have failed to go on and lift the title. Ranieri’s side head to Goodison Park nine points ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham and in a strong position to qualify for next season’s Champions League but the Italian has always maintained that reaching 40 points, the widely-accepted total required for Premier League survival, remains the aim. However, in a change of tack, Ranieri welcomed Sir Alex Ferguson’s assertion that Leicester could win the title and that he had always wanted to turn Leicester into a Premier League force. “I have read about who is top at Christmas Day will win the league, blah, blah, blah… but this is a strange league. Everything is strange,” said Ranieri. “Maybe it is right to listen to Sir Alex, because he is not involved in this race. “Of course I would like to win. Who doesn’t like to win the Premier League? Sir Alex knows about horse racing and about how the horses arrive in the last 10 metres or 100 metres. I want my horses at the end of the race. “This year for us is a good time to build. Now, nobody believes in Leicester. I hope in the next (few) years, everybody has to put Leicester in the top of the league. I want to build with this group, to be at the top for next season. “My owner asked me to be safe (from relegation). The rest is for us. I am very ambitious. I hope the players are even more ambitious than me.” Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been instrumental in Leicester’s meteoric rise this season. last_img read more

Gambling.com acquires mobile performance marketing network

first_img Gambling.com strengthens US presence with Indiana launch December 19, 2019 Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Submit Share Gambling.com has announced that its completed the purchase of a mobile performance marketing network for £3m. The developers behind the newly acquired brand, Sabin Brooks and Mike Webb have spent the past four years developing websites and mobile apps that specialise in gambling content for mobile users in a variety of jurisdictions. The network focuses primarily on online casino and sports betting operators and drives more revenue from the United Kingdom than any other market.Charles Gillespie, Gambling.com Group Chief Executive commented: “Sabin and Mike are talented developers and have built a fascinating business which does something new and different. For us this was a rare opportunity to do an acquisition of a business that actually innovates and has defined a new segment of the market. I look forward to building and improving all of our products alongside Sabin and Mike.”With this acquisition, Gambling.com Group opens up an entirely new and quickly growing channel through which it can grow its performance marketing business.The purchase price amounts to an upfront payment of £3m, which will be paid as a cash consideration in conjunction with the transfer of the assets. In addition, there is an earn-out of maximum £4.5m which is based on earnings performance over a period of one year. In order to achieve the full earn-out amount, the sellers need to generate earnings growth during the earn-out period of over 25%. Gambling.com Group may choose to pay any portion of the earn-out payment above £3m in newly issued shares of the company. Gambling.com launches SlotSource.com July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more