Lecturer – Comparative Cultural Studies – (ADJ000250)

first_imgThe Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University ofHouston is seeking a part-time Lecturer in its Religious StudiesProgram. Candidates should be able to contribute to more than oneof the following areas of expertise or specialization:Teaching of a broad introductory course into ReligiousStudies.The study of the religions and cultures of the Indian Subcontinentwith a focus on transnational and Indian diasporic identities. Theideal candidate’s work and publications might focus on historicaland literary aspects and create awareness of the variety ofidentities of the Indian Subcontinent in local and globalframeworks.The study of the spiritualties, history, and cultures of theIndigenous Peoples of North America, with a preference of SouthernIndigenous Peoples. The ideal candidate’s work and publicationsmight focus on historical and literary aspects of the diverseexperience of Indigenous Peoples while demonstrating the continuedrelevance of their spirituality and wisdom.The study of the New Testament. The ideal candidate should be ableto teach a broad introduction to the early Christian literaturewith a focus on its relevance for the modern western culture.The study of feminism / womanism in the area of religion. The idealcandidate’s work and publications might focus on historical andliterary aspects and create awareness of the variety of feminist /womanist expressions.We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their teaching andresearch will strengthen the interdisciplinary objectives of ourDepartment of Comparative Cultural Studies. The department combinesdegree programs in Religious Studies, Anthropology, and LiberalStudies. The position will be in the Religious Studies Program withthe expectation that the candidate will also display interest inAnthropology and Liberal Studies.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Masters degree in Religious Studies or related discipline required.Candidates with a Ph.D. preferred.Notes to Applicant: Please submit a list with the names ofthree references electronically as one single PDF file to: Dr.Christian A. Eberhart, Director, Religious Studies [email protected] Official transcripts are required for a facultyappointment and will be requested upon selection of the finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

World shares trampled in coronavirus panic, oil prices plunge

first_imgGlobal share markets tumbled on Monday as panicked investors fled to bonds to hedge the economic shock of the coronavirus, and oil plunged more than 20 percent after Saudi Arabia slashed its official selling price.Investors drove 30-year US bond yields beneath 1 percent as they wagered the Federal Reserve would be forced to cut interest rates by at least 75 basis points at its March 18 meeting, despite only just having delivered an emergency easing.The safe-haven yen surged across the board as emerging market currencies with exposure to oil, including the Russian rouble and Mexican peso, tumbled. Read also: Disappearing act: Market braces for volatile March after $2.4b vanishes in a weekThere were also worries that US oil producers that had issued a lot of debt would be made uneconomic by the price drop.Energy stocks took a beating and E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 dived 4.89 percent to be limit down. EUROSTOXXX 50 futures fell 5.7 percent and FTSE futures 6.9 percent.Japan’s Nikkei fell 5.7 percent and Australia’s commodity-heavy market 5.9 percent.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 3.7 percent in its worst day since late 2015, while Shanghai blue chips dropped 2.2 percent.Not helping the mood was news North Korea had fired three projectiles off its eastern coast on Monday.“The scale of the collapse shows that any hopes of a temporary respite were in vain,” said Sean Callow, a senior FX strategist at Westpac. “The notion that overweight equities is the only real option in a world of super-low rates now seems to be from ‘The Time Before’.Read also: Coronavirus crash wipes $5 trillion off world stocks“US officials have barely moved beyond platitudes about ‘strong fundamentals’ so there is surely plenty more room for markets to price in major damage to the economy.”The number of people infected with the coronavirus topped 107,000 across the world as the outbreak reached more countries and caused more economic carnage.Italy’s markets are sure to come under fire after the government ordered a lockdown of large parts of the north of the country, including the financial capital Milan.“After a week when the stockpiling of bonds, credit protection and toilet paper became a thing, let’s hope we start to see some more clarity on the reaction,” said Martin Whetton, head of bond & rates strategy at CBA.“Dollar bloc central banks cut policy rates by 125 basis points, not as a way to stop a viral pandemic, but to stem a fear pandemic,” he added, while noting many had little scope to ease further.Bond bubbleA seismic shift saw markets fully price in an easing of 75 basis points from the Fed on March 18, while a cut to near zero was now seen as likely by April.The European Central Bank meets on Thursday and will be under intense pressure to act, but rates there are already deeply negative.“The onus is falling, perhaps inevitably on the actions of governments to abandon budget surpluses and reinvigorate the demand side of the economy,” said Whetton.Urgent action was clearly needed with data suggesting the global economy toppled into recession this quarter. Figures out from China over the weekend showed exports fell 17.2 percent in January-February, from a year earlier.Read also: Asian factories slammed as China’s PMI drops to record lowAnalysts at BofA Global Research estimated the latest sell-off had seen $9 trillion in global equity value vaporized in nine days, while the average 10-year yield in the developed world hit 16 basis points, the lowest in 120 years.“The clearest outcome of the exogenous COVID-19 shock is a collapse in bond yields, which once panic fades can induce huge rotation to ‘growth stocks’ and ‘bond proxies’ in equities,” they wrote in a client note.Yields on 10-year US Treasuries plunged to a once-unthinkable 0.48 percent, having halved in just three sessions.Yields on the 30-year long bond dived 35 basis points on Friday alone, the largest daily drop since the 1987 crash, and slid under 1 percent on Monday to reach 0.96 percent.The fall in yields and Fed rate expectations has pulled the rug out from under the dollar, sending it crashing to the largest weekly loss in four years.Read also: Bank Indonesia announces 5 measures to support rupiah amid market routThe dollar extended its slide in Asia to as far as 101.60 yen, depths not seen since late 2016. It was last down 3.1 percent at 101.97 in wild trade. The euro likewise shot to the highest in over 13 months at $1.1492.Gold jumped 1.6 percent to clear $1,700 per ounce and reach a fresh seven-year peak. Topics : Saudi Arabia had stunned markets with plans to raise its production significantly after the collapse of OPEC’s supply cut agreement with Russia, a grab for market share reminiscent of a drive in 2014 that sent prices down by about two thirds.Brent crude futures slid US$11.14 to $34.13 a barrel in chaotic trade, while US crude shed $10.58 to $30.70.“Today’s price action puts at risk the fiscal health of the vast majority of sovereign producers and budget cuts and increased debt loads are now looming in the event of a prolonged period of low prices,” warned Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets.“For the most politically and economically fragile producer states, the reckoning could be severe.”last_img read more

Syracuse may have found the combination for ‘clean’ penalty corners

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2019 at 11:14 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman Sophomore midfielder SJ Quigley leapt through the air and yelled. She had just initiated Syracuse’s second penalty corner goal of the game by inserting a clean pass that became a Charlotte de Vries score.De Vries’ score against Colgate capped off arguably the peak of Syracuse’s penalty corner success this season. Throughout the season, SU has experimented with different inserters, stoppers and shooters to mixed success.Last Sunday, the Orange scored on two of their six penalty corner chances, matching a season-high in goals off corners. But stretches of inconsistency — like a 2-for-25 stretch after its first game of the year — have plagued Syracuse’s success.After weeks of tinkering with personnel and stylistic options on penalty corners, head coach Ange Bradley and Syracuse (6-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) may have found a solution for its penalty corners entering its biggest test of the season so far against No. 2 Duke on Friday. The Orange have had the most success when Quigley inserts the ball, and either Laura Graziosi or Tess Queen stops it to make a play for themselves or a teammate, like de Vries. With a more refined penalty corner strategy, SU has a better shot at turning the games it has “statistically dominated,” as Bradley likes to say, into victories.“Little things make big things for or against you,” Bradley said of SU’s previous penalty corner struggles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTeams earn penalty corners — often the best scoring chances — by drawing a foul inside the shooting circle, and after a whistle, the clock stops as the defending team puts on goggles for protection and lines up on their goal line. The offensive players simultaneously line up along the edge of the shooting circle and await an entry pass from the end line.For the Orange, an inability to convert on corners has plagued them at times in 2019. In total, SU has scored 12 goals on 53 penalty corner chances (22.6%).In the past, Syracuse leaned on three-time All-American back Roos Weers to finish penalty corner plays. Her powerful drag flick gave SU a consistent, effective option. But now that Weers has graduated, the Orange have had to “find different ways to put the ball in the net,” Graziosi said.In addition to settling the ball to a shooter, Syracuse has mixed in plays where the stopper pops out of her crouch and shoots directly. In overtime against then-No. 14 Saint Joseph’s on Sept. 13, Graziosi did just that. After stopping the insert, Graziosi read that the defense converged on de Vries and other shooting options, so she launched a shot on net, catching the defense off guard and winning Syracuse the game.Before Syracuse’s win on Sunday, Bradley said the team adjusted on their previously “sloppy” penalty corners by watching film. The team typically does most of their film review on their own time, but Syracuse had a team-wide video session to workshop penalty corners last Saturday to “clean some of those things up,” Bradley said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorEarly in the season, Quigley, de Vries and junior Carolin Hoffmann each acted as inserters. But now, Quigley has become Syracuse’s go-to. When Quigley inserts the ball into play on a corner, she keeps a low center of gravity and slides her stick across the turf, sweeping the ball smoothly so it stays calm. A bouncing pass makes the stopper’s job much more difficult. During a 0-for-11 corner stretch against Cornell, Quigley was the primary initiator, but Graziosi struggled as the stopper, often misplaying Quigley’s entry passes. After the loss, Bradley said that SU needed to “get consistency” on corners. Since then, Queen has rotated with Graziosi — both midfielders — as the stopper.As Quigley, Queen and Graziosi have developed a rhythm, SU has been able to introduce some creativity and set up plays for their strongest shooters: Hoffmann and de Vries. In the third quarter against Colgate, Quigley inserted it to Queen, who settled it to Graziosi. With the ball, Graziosi faked a shot and let the ball roll to midfielder Stephanie Harris for an open shot on net. Though her shot went wide, the play was indicative of Syracuse’s increasing variation on corners.“Penalty corners have to be really technical and you need to have good timing,” midfielder Claire Cooke said. “It has to be so precise.”Asst. copy editor Andrew Crane contributed reporting Commentslast_img read more