Here are Chicago’s priciest residential sales of 2020

first_imgFull Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address* 9 West Walton Street #1901 | $7.2 millionIn July, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward sold his four-bedroom, 5,200-square-foot condo unit at No. 9 Walton. The sale of the 19th floor unit closed about two years to the day after Heyward bought it for $6.9 million. It penciled out to $1,384 a foot. It includes a 360-foot terrace and walk-in closet that Heyward filled with a massive sneaker collection. Nancy Tassone of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty had the listing and brought the buyer.2031 North Seminary Avenue | $6.7 millionThis custom 9,000-square-foot single-family home in Lincoln Park has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The sale worked out to $744 a foot. The home was designed by BKL Architecture and Environs Group. Proctor of @properties was the listing agent. The property was bought with Gary Lucido of Lucid Realty. The home sold on Aug. 14.2018 North Kenmore Avenue | $6.5 millionThis single-family Chicago home has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms across 5,838 square feet. The sale penciled out to $1,113 a foot. The buyer was Ronald Wray, COO and CFO of investment firm PSP Partners. It sold on July 16. Rosemarie Lizarraga and David Scherer, co-founders of education nonprofit One Million Degrees, were the sellers.151 Sheridan Road | $6.5 millionThe final Winnetka home to make the list, this property has five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms spread across 6,390 square feet. It was built in 1928, and sold on Oct. 13. The sale worked out to $1,017 a foot.Contact Sasha Jonescenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags2020 in ReviewChicago luxury marketResidential Real EstateWinnetka 203 Sheridan Road (Redfin)The pandemic pushed many Chicago luxury buyers out of the city and into the burbs, as five of the 10 priciest residential properties that sold in Cook County in 2020 were in tony Winnetka.That included the most expensive home on the list, a 6,000-square-foot estate at 203 Sheridan Road, which includes 9,000 square feet of private beach fronting Lake Michigan. It was also one of four homes on Sheridan Road that made this year’s list.“I don’t think the North Shore has felt like a seller’s market for a decade,” said Kelly Rynes of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, who brokered the top deal this year. “There was definitely an opportunity for those marketplaces to see a resurgence in interest.”Last year, just one of the 10 priciest properties that sold was in the suburbs, in Glencoe. On that 2019 were four sales at No. 9 Walton and three at One Bennett Park. Both are downtown ultra-luxury condo towers that have attracted boldface buyers.JDL Development’s No. 9 Walton sold out in late January, collecting a combined $376 million in sales, according to one analysis.The Chicago housing market this year was a roller coaster, as it was in cities across the country. It has ended on a high note, however, as sales have been up. Despite the pandemic, the 10 priciest home sales in 2020 totaled $77.3 million, slightly above last year’s $74.6 million. October was a particularly good month, recording four of the top 10 sales.“You just had to stay on top of the market, because if you sat back and you did nothing, then you’ve missed the whole market,” said Jeff Proctor of @properties. He brokered the No. 8 deal on this year’s list in Lincoln Park.Here are the 10 largest residential sales that closed in Cook County in 2020:203 Sheridan Road | $9.5 millionBuilt in 1926, the Winnetka lakefront mansion has five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It sold on Oct. 27. The home is 6,000 square feet, pegging the price per foot at $1,583. It has approximately 9,000 square feet of private beach. The buyer was represented by Susan Miner of Premier Relocation, while the seller was represented by Rynes of Berkshire Hathaway. She said of the prospective buyers, the majority were “from the city and people trying to escape the confines of condo living or townhouse living. They were looking for land, they were looking for privacy, they were looking for amenities.”68 Locust Road | $8.75 millionAfter more than $22 million in price cuts since it debuted on the market in 2009, this 16,791-square-foot Winnetka mansion sold on July 16. It worked out to $521 a foot. Spread on two acres of land, the home was built and sold by Sherwin Jarol, who is CEO of Chicago-based real estate firm SMB/Bradley, and his wife Deborah. The Jarols’ agent was @properties’ Jena Radnay.800 North Michigan Avenue #5101 | $8.4 millionThis condo, a 6,200-square-foot combined unit on the Magnificent Mile, is on the 51st floor of Park Tower. It has five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It worked out to $1,354 a foot. It sold on May 8, after having last sold in January 2019, for $7 million. Alexa Hara and Guido Piunti of @properties represented the seller. Randi Pellar of Baird & Warner brought the buyer.205 Sheridan Road | $8.2 millionAnother Winnetka house, this lakefront estate at 205 Sheridan Road — also listed as 209 — features 150 feet of private beach access. Spread over 1.4 acres, the home features four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Susan Miner of Premier Relocation had both sides of the deal. The home sold July 24.1126 Michigan Avenue | $8 millionBuilt in 1995, this 8,282-square-foot single-family house in Chicago’s South Loop has 6 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. It sold on Oct. 22. The deal penciled out to $965 a foot.143 Sheridan Road | $7.5 millionThe 6,291-square-foot home in Winnetka has five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Built in 1953, it was extensively renovated in 2016 by its sellers, Elsa and Craig Donohue. He is executive chairman of the Options Clearing Corporation. The couple purchased the property for about $3.6 million in November 2015. It sold on Oct. 9, and worked to $1,192 a foot.Read moreHere are Chicago’s top 10 residential sales of 2019220 Central Park South dominates NYC’s priciest resi sales of the yearPandemic flight boosted or hurt these 20 citieslast_img read more

Watson, McDaniels lead SDSU over Utah State 68-63

first_imgSan Diego State: McDaniels fell three rebounds shy of a double-double. He has now missed getting a double-double in three straight games after recording six straight double-doubles. Written by The Aztecs (14-9, 6-4) overcame a 35-point effort from Utah State’s Sam Merrill to improve to 11-0 against the Aggies since they joined the conference. Utah State: Trails 11-3 in the series. Nathan Mensah had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Matt Mitchell also scored 10 for SDSU. February 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Watson, McDaniels lead SDSU over Utah State 68-63 Utah State hosts Wyoming on Wednesday night. SDSU scored only two more points the rest of the half and led 33-29. Merrill hit a 3-pointer with 2:10 left to close to 63-58 but then had a shot blocked by Mensah. BIG PICTURE Utah State snapped a five-minute scoring drought with Merrill scoring all the points in a 9-0 run to close to 31-27. He had a layup, two free throws, a jumper and a 3-pointer. Merrill finished two shy of his career-high before fouling out for the Aggies (18-6, 8-3), who came into the game in sole possession of second place.center_img The Aggies then scored the first five points of the second half to take a 34-33 lead. UP NEXT Watson had eight points during a 20-0 run midway through the first half that carried SDSU from a 10-point deficit to a 31-18 lead. He had a 3-pointer and a 3-point play, and also fed Mensah for an alley-oop slam. McDaniels finished the run with a 3-pointer for a 13-point lead with 5:35 to go before halftime. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN DIEGO (AP) — Devin Watson scored 23 points and Jalen McDaniels had 16 for San Diego State, which blew a 13-point lead before beating Utah State 68-63 Saturday night to open the second half of Mountain West play. The Aztecs blew a 13-point lead they built in the first half and nearly blew all of a 52-42 lead in the second half before Watson made a bank shot and McDaniels hit a 3-pointer and converted a 3-point play with 4:51 left for a 61-52 lead. San Diego State is at Colorado State on Tuesday night. Both teams went hot and cold. Tags: Devin Watson/Jalen McDaniels/Mountain West/San Diego State Aztecs/Utah State Aggies Basketball Merrill fouled out with 49 seconds to go when he was called for charging. Associated Presslast_img read more

St. Vincent Evansville Birth Announcements

first_img Anna and Bryce Bullock, Evansville, son, Cohlsen Bryce, Feb. 26Hilary Arney, Evansville, daughter, Autumn Willow Elizabeth, Feb. 26Jamie and Nathan Brandon, Evansville, daughter, Ellie Ray, Feb. 26Mia and Jonathan Wizner, Evansville, son, Nicholas James, Feb. 26Brittany and James Davis, Evansville, daughter, Adeline Genaveria, Feb. 27Brittany and Jimbo McKinley, Owensboro, KY, son, Braxtyn O’Neil, Feb. 27Dana and Bryce Dolletzki, Haubstadt, IN, daughter, Lydia Michelle, Feb. 27Sara Weber and Erik Fisher, Evansville, daughter, Norah Joann, Feb. 27Cora Herron and Christopher Willoughby Jr., Evansville, son, Jasper Allen, Feb. 28Kaitlynn Williams, Evansville, daughter, Everlynn Annise, Feb. 28Caroline and Jonathan Nguyen, Evansville, daughter, Adalyn Huong, March 1Hilary and Johnathon Liles, Corydon, KY, daughter, Hadley Rose, March 1Hilary and Johnathon Liles, Corydon, KY, son, Elijah Lee, March 1Mary and Justin Gries, Poseyville, IN, daughter, Meredith Eilene, March 1Dawn and Christopher Stoltz, Evansville, son, Zane Christopher, March 2Katie and Luke Whetstine, Evansville, daughter, Jovie Mae, March 2Melissa and Bryan Will, Wadesville, IN, daughter, Lainey Rose, March 2Sheila and Nathaniel Elrod, Sebree, KY, son, Lincoln Charles, March 3FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic

first_imgOn a warm and pleasant summer evening the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic entertained a large enthusiastic crowd.   Below is a list of the top finishers in each event, as well as the overall winners:Doubles Boat RaceMargatelongportAvalonAtlantic CityWildwoodHalf Mile SwimOcean CityBrigantineAvalonMargateSea Isle CitySingles Boat RaceMargateAvalonAtlantic CityBrigantineWildwoodDoubles Rescue RaceAtlantic CityWildwoodUpper TownshipMargateLongportOverall WinnersMargateAvalonAtlantic Citylast_img read more

News story: Secretary of State Dominic Raab’s speech on no deal planning

first_imgGood morning everyone. Thank you all for coming.Today, I want to set out the steps we in government and you in business, the public sector and voluntary sector should take, in order that we can make sure the United Kingdom goes from strength to strength.Even in the unlikely event that we do not reach a negotiated deal with the European Union.I’m just back from Brussels, after a further round of negotiations with Michel Barnier.We are stepping up the pace and the intensity of our negotiations, and I am confident a good deal is within our sights.That remains our top priority.It remains our overriding priority.So, before I talk about planning for no deal and the technical notices that we are publishing today, I want to reaffirm what we expect the negotiations to deliver.A good deal with our EU friends.One that works in our mutual interests.And a deal that recognises our shared history and values, but also provides a strong and sustainable foundation for our future relationship.So yes, winding down our membership of the EU, but maintaining our close trading relationship, building on our operational security cooperation, and sustaining the networks of cooperation from research to student exchanges, which we prize on all sides.I am still confident that getting a good deal is, by far, the most likely outcome.The vast majority, roughly 80%, of the Withdrawal Agreement has now been agreed, and we are making further progress on those outstanding separation issues.And of course those settled issues include our agreement on citizens rights, so that 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK and the one million Brits living in the EU have their rights assured, and can carry on living as they do now.Now, on the basis that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, we have agreed the financial settlement.And we have also agreed the terms of an implementation period, to give businesses the clarity and a sensible lead time to adjust to the changes that Brexit will bring, whilst also making sure people can feel confident that there is some finality to the whole process of leaving the EU.On Tuesday, I met with Michel Barnier in Brussels for the third time since my appointment.We made progress on those outstanding separation issues.We continued our focus on the incredibly important issue around Northern Ireland, and I explained further the UK proposals on our future relationship, based on the White Paper we published in July.Addressing our future economic partnership, as well as the security cooperation that we want to continue to protect all of our citizens.I am pleased we have now agreed with the EU to ‘continuous’ negotiations, as I have been arguing for, to energise the final phase of the diplomacy and to reach a deal that is in both sides’ interests.If, as I expect, the EU responds with the same level of ambition and pragmatism, we will strike a strong deal that benefits both sides.Why we’re planning for no dealAnd at the same time, naturally we have to got to consider the alternative possibility, that the EU does not match our ambition and pragmatism, and we do not reach a deal.Let me be clear about this.This is not what we want.And it’s not what we expect.But, we must be ready.We have a duty, as a responsible government, to plan for every eventuality.And to do this, we need to have a sensible, responsible and realistic conversation about what a no deal situation really means in practice.For citizens, for businesses, for public sector bodies and for NGOs, and we need to take some steps now, so that we can avoid and mitigate those risks that arise.So today, we are publishing the first 25 in a series of technical notices.They are designed to inform people and businesses in the UK about what they may need to do, if we don’t reach a deal with the EU.The notices are practical and proportionate.They prioritise stability for our people, our businesses, and for our country.They are part of a common sense approach to planning for a no deal Brexit.And they underline our resolve, whatever the outcome of negotiations, to chart our own course, in collaboration with friends abroad, to deliver on Brexit in a way that serves the best interests of the British people.In the notices themselves, we set out clear steps that public institutions, companies and people should take or consider taking, in order to avoid or mitigate or manage the risk of any potential short-term disruption.The overarching aim of the notices is to facilitate the smooth, continued, functioning of business, transport, infrastructure, research, aid programmes and funding streams that have previously come from the EU.In some cases, it will mean taking unilateral action to maintain as much continuity as possible at least in the short term, in the event of no deal, and irrespective of whether the EU reciprocates in practice.Let me just give you one example of what I mean by that, the batch testing of medicines.At the moment, they only need to go through one set of checks, either here in the UK or in the EU, in order that they are be deemed safe to be used by patients, and that’s by virtue of our participation in the European regulatory network.In a no deal scenario, the UK won’t be a participant in the European regulatory network, that supports this process.But we don’t want delays or disruption to supplies from the EU.So, we propose accepting the testing and safety approvals of existing medicines, if they’ve been carried out by a Member State regulator.And that’s just one illustration of what we would do, in a pragmatic way, to take unilateral, action in certain cases.It is a sensible approach, for two reasons.First, it simplifies the planning for those businesses that are exporting from the EU, by avoiding the need, at short notice, to adapt to new regulations.Secondly, it minimises any potential disruption for UK businesses or consumers relying on that particular source of supply, in this case medicines from the EU.Of course, given that we start from a position of common rules, we would also hope and I think expect, in good faith between close partners.That the EU would recognise medicines from this country with our regulatory approval.But in a no deal scenario, we can’t guarantee it.More generally, while we may choose to take this approach to achieve continuity and stability in the short-term, to be clear about it, we will be outside the EU, we will be free to diverge.But we would only do so when we are ready.On our terms, in the UK national interest, when it’s right for the British people.Now the reason I took the job of Brexit Secretary, is because at this crucial moment in our history, I want to see the UK leave the European Union in the best possible way.Preferably with a deal, but prepared, on any eventuality, to manage the risks and grasp the opportunities of life outside the EU.When I was appointed, the Prime Minister and I discussed the importance of stepping up our no deal preparations.And with seven months to go until we leave, we need to pick up that work so that our plans are properly in place in time.And that will enable us to build on the substantial preparations that have already been made over the last two years.I might if I may set a few of them out.First, working with Parliament, we’ve put in place the legislation we need.That includes the EU (Withdrawal) Act that enables us to take back control of our laws whilstguaranteeing that our exit from the EU is smooth and orderly.We’ve passed legislation to make sure that the UK has the legal powers it needs to support British truckers to continue operating internationally, and we’ve enacted the Nuclear Safeguards Act, to provide a new regime for safeguarding our nuclear materials, which will come into effect when we leave Euratom.Now over the coming months we are going continue to put the legislative building blocks in place.So that’s the first thing, the legislative framework.The second thing we are doing, we are recruiting the extra staff we need across government, making sure departments have the right people with the right skills to deliver a smooth transition.There are more than 7,000 people working on Brexit. There is funding for an extra 9,000 staff to be recruited into the civil service, enabling us to accelerate government preparations as and when we need to.And obviously just as important at that, in relation to frontline services, such as the UK’s Border Force, we are currently recruiting an extra 300 staff in time for our exit, with plans in the pipeline to recruit 1,000 more staff, so they are ready to deal with any increase in work.So the legislation, and the staff.Thirdly, we are bolstering our institutional capacity. For example, the Competitions and Markets Authority will take on an additional role as the UK’s state aid regulator, while the Information Commissioner’s Office will support businesses with the new data arrangements that we will put in place after exit.Fourth, beyond those domestic preparations, we’re making sure we are in the best position to continue key international agreements that are currently linked to our membership of the EU.For instance, we’ve signed a new nuclear safeguarding agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, and we struck a bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with the US.Fifth, all of this requires money, which is why the Chancellor committed a further £3 billion in the Budget, on top of the £700 million already allocated for planning and preparations.So our laws will be on the statute book, the staff will be in place, the teams will be in post, and our institutions will be ready for Brexit — deal, or no deal.Technical noticesSo today’s Technical Notices take this work forward to the next stage.This is the first batch in a series, and we will be publishing more Technical Notices over the coming weeks.The ones out today will explain how the UK would mitigate the consequences of a no deal scenario in a range of ways.So for instance, supporting businesses at the border.The technical notice, ‘Trading with the EU if there’s no deal’, published today sets out how we would ensure that, on day one, there would be a functioning customs, VAT and excise system.Giving advice to businesses on how they will need to make import and customs declarations, register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification number, or make safety declarations on goods being moved between the EU to the UK.Next, the technical notice on workplace rights explains the steps we are taking to transfer all EU legislation into UK law in time for exit, so workers will continue to be entitled to the rights they have now, such as flexible working or parental leave. In many areas we already go much further than the EU.Other technical notices published today will address healthcare, including ensuring blood products are safe if we leave the EU without a deal, and making sure we can continue to import blood supplies from the EU, even though, in truth, we are relatively self-sufficient in this regard.When it comes to scientific research and cooperation, we are acting to protect UK institutions and businesses.So we have set out how we will underwrite all successful Horizon 2020 bids from UK organisations, in the no deal scenario, to make sure that the UK retains its status as a as a global leader in scientific research.Now, amidst all of the technical detail, we understand that real livelihoods are at stake.So, for example, we’re making sure our farmers get the funds they’ve applied for, with the Treasury guaranteeing applications made through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy up until 2020.And, yes, British higher education institutions should carry on bidding for funding through Erasmus+.Because as we set out today, the government will underwrite successful bids until the end of 2020, helping young people from this country to continue to enjoy the educational opportunities and the rich tapestry of cultural life right across Europe.So too, for our trail-blazing NGOs fighting global poverty, we have guaranteed their funding, from successful bids from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.So these technical notices, and the ones that will follow shortly, are a sensible, measured, and proportionate approach to minimising the impact of no deal on British firms, citizens, charities and public bodies.They will provide information and guidance, and, after some of the misinformation that has been put about lately, some reassurance.Take just one example of that, the suggestion that a no deal Brexit could spark a ‘sandwich famine’ in the UK, or that we’ve asked the army to deliver food supplies.In reality, our food and drink supply is diverse.In 2016, DEFRA food statistics show, the UK supplied half of the food we consumed.30% did come from the EU, 20% from the rest of the world.Who is credibly suggesting, in a no deal scenario, that the EU would not want to continue to sell food to UK consumers?In any event, we’ve set out practical measures to mitigate any risks of disruption to supply.Through the recognition of EU food standards, our pursuit of equivalency arrangements on food regulation with the EU and indeed with non-EU countries, and through our support for UK farmers in terms of financial funding schemes.So let me reassure you all that, contrary to one of the wilder claims, you will still be able to enjoy a BLT after Brexit.And there are no plans to deploy the army to maintain food supplies.I think it’s also worth saying that most of the worst case scenarios, being bandied around, imply that the EU would resist all and any mutual cooperation with the UK.In reality, I find it difficult to imagine that our EU partners would not want to cooperate with us even in that scenario in key areas like this, given the obvious mutual benefits involved.At the same time, in the unlikely and I think regrettable event of no deal, a balanced appraisal should recognise that there would also be some countervailing opportunities.The immediate recovery of full legislative and regulatory control, including over immigration policy.The unfettered ability to lower tariffs, to bring into effect new free trade deals that we negotiate straight away.And, mindful of our strict legal obligations, a swifter end to our financial contributions to the EU.So, while we are striving for the best outcome, and a good deal from these negotiations, we stand ready to deliver Brexit for the British people if there is no deal.By managing and mitigating the risks, by rising to the challenges, and by seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.The EU and no dealNow, I think In reality, many of the no deal challenges will affect the EU in similar or the same ways.For our part, if the negotiations fail, we would continue to behave as a responsible European neighbour, partner and ally.And that will extend to the necessary engagement with our EU friends when it comes to no deal planning.And I think there are already some positive examples of this taking place.Take the dialogue that is already going on between the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.It is a sensible illustration of EU institutions working with British ones, to manage shared risks – for the good of everyone.The technical working group that was set up in April, will facilitate discussion of risk management in financial services, to provide further confidence in the financial services industry as we leave the EU.There are other areas where such engagement needs to take place, whether between the UK and the EU on data protection, or between the UK and EU member states, for example between port authorities.That is the responsible thing for us to do, on all sides.We are raising this issue with the EU, to impress upon them our joint responsibility to work together to minimise any harm to UK and European citizens and businesses.Those lives, those livelihoods, on both sides, should be put ahead of any narrow political interests.Equally, I hope such engagement on no deal, necessary as it now is, will be rendered redundant by the successful outcome from our negotiations.And I will be returning to Brussels next week with that in mind, even as we continue to work on our no deal planning.ConclusionSo my message to all of you today is a pragmatic one.Please take note of the practical information we are providing, please do stay engaged with us on the detail, and over the coming months and weeks, and review your own contingency plans.That way, as we prepare for our departure from the EU, and as we strain every sinew to deliver a new, deep and special, partnership with our European friends, we will be ready, in case those efforts are not matched.Both to manage down the risks, but also to grasp the opportunities that Brexit will present.And, in doing that, I am confident that this country’s best days lie ahead.Thank you all very much.last_img read more

Pieminister reveals pie and cider dream

first_imgPremium pie-maker Pieminister has revealed plans to take its pie and cider restaurant concept to cities across the UK.The first restaurant of its kind launched this March in Bristol, and its second is set to open in Manchester today (20 June 2013).The pie brand hopes to open a further 20 restaurants over the next five years, in addition to its original pie and mash cafés, which would take its total outlet count to almost 30 by 2018.Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg, who founded Pieminister in 2003, said they saw this as a key area of focus for the business going forward. Simon said: “Our ability to sell our product direct through our own outlets is unique within the national premium pie sector and gives us unrivalled access to our consumer. “This enables us to understand their desires and barriers when it comes to eating pies.  And our ability to talk face to face with our consumers drives new, incremental business to the chilled pie aisles in supermarkets, such as Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and online at Ocado.”The restaurants will be licensed and will stay open late into the evening. There will be a bar area and more space for dining than in the pie and mash shops.In addition to the pies, there will be British nibbles, cheese boards, craft beers, cider and gin available.last_img read more

Two from Harvard honored for research in biological sciences

first_imgErez Lieberman-Aiden, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Applied Mathematics in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and Mamta Tahiliani, a research fellow in pathology at Harvard Medical School who received her Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard in 2009, are two of 13 graduate students from institutes throughout North America who have been chosen to receive the 2010 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, sponsored by the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.The awards, given in recognition of outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences, are presented on the basis of the quality, originality, and significance of students’ work.Lieberman-Aiden and Tahiliani will participate in a scientific symposium along with the other winners on May 7 at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle. The symposium will include scientific presentations by all awardees as well as poster presentations by Hutchinson Center graduate students.The award, established in 2000, honors the late Harold M. Weintraub, a founding member of the center’s Basic Sciences Division, who in 1995 died from brain cancer at age 49.last_img read more

All about the X: HarvardX Town Hall on February 13

first_img Read Full Story We are pleased to invite Harvard faculty members and instructors to our second HarvardX Town Hall meeting on course development and research ( and Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, February 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Askwith Hall on the campus of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Askwith Hall is located on the first floor of Longfellow Hall at 13 Appian Way in Cambridge.Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty director of HarvardX, will lead the Town Hall. The tentative agenda is as follows:An intro to edX/HarvardX: Rob Lue, faculty director of HarvardXComponents of a HarvardX course or module: HarvardX teamDeveloping and offering a HarvardX course or module: HarvardX teamThe faculty perspective: David Malan, senior lecturer on computer science and lead instructor for CS50xGroup discussion of course content ideas and modes of assessment (current options and future directions): Facilitated by Rob LueRegister (for free) in advance.last_img read more

When things changed for women

first_imgAfter Gail Collins, now a New York Times columnist, was named the paper’s first female editorial page editor in 2001, she had a little ritual while heading into editorial board meetings. As she walked into the long, old-fashioned room, she’d look up at the paintings on the walls, and home in on the portraits of some of her predecessors who “had editorialized against women voting.”“I used to like having them up there, and I would come in in the mornings sometimes and say ‘Hi, guys. I’ve got your job.’”With her trademark wit firmly intact, Collins spoke at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Tuesday, delivering the Schlesinger Library’s annual Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture. She based her talk on her 2009 book, “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present,” which charts one of the nation’s most radical and rapid cultural shifts.“When I was in college in the late ’60s in Milwaukee, we could not leave the dorm in slacks unless we were going bowling. So much bowling was signed out for … you would have thought there was a bowling alley on every corner.” — Gail CollinsTo put things in perspective and to encourage her audience to remember just how far women have come, and how quickly, Collins offered a series of searing anecdotes involving pants, including the tale of the young woman who in 1960 “was evicted from traffic court for attempting to pay a parking ticket while wearing slacks,” and the saga of a woman working for the Postal Service who could travel to her job in the winter wearing pants, but had to “change into a skirt” before sorting the mail.Collins even had her own trouser tale.“When I was in college in the late ’60s in Milwaukee, we could not leave the dorm in slacks unless we were going bowling. So much bowling was signed out for … you would have thought there was a bowling alley on every corner.”And if you tried to order a drink at a Boston hotel bar alone, said Collins, you might be escorted, like Betty Friedan, a young writer on assignment, to the ladies bathroom of the Ritz Carlton to finish your cocktail. It was simply assumed that a single woman at a bar must be a prostitute. Collins said that, for Friedan, the drink episode was likely “one of the last propelling moves that sent her over the edge into the movement heroine that she became.”That basic vision of a woman’s place in society had been that way for centuries. It simply was understood that men were there “to run the public world … and women were there to run the household.”Then, almost overnight, lots changed. The pivotal year 1963 saw the release of the report on the status of women commissioned by President John F. Kennedy that contained recommendations for ways to improve women’s legal, social, and economic conditions, and the publication of Friedan’s groundbreaking “The Feminine Mystique.” But above all, it was the Civil Rights Movement, said Collins, “and all the other movements followed in its wake,” that transformed the country.Once the nation “digested the fact that it had been so extraordinarily unjust to such a large chunk of its population for such a prolonged period of time … the country became very sensitive to issues of fairness.”In an interview before the lecture, Collins reflected on a range of topics, from her work at The Times, to the craft of writing, to the political situation in Washington, which she called “the worst I’ve ever seen.” (Only in the period before the Civil War, she said, was the nation more politically polarized than today.)Asked how she maintains her sense of humor and her energy when the country is in such a dysfunctional stalemate, Collins said she stays true to a pledge she made to herself many years ago.“I always swore that my goal was going to be, once I was a columnist and I had gotten used to doing it, that I was not going to write a column that was going to make people just want to bang their heads against the wall … that I wanted it to make them feel engaged and not just hysterically alienated and angry. So for the most part, that is still what I try to do. You just kind of want to keep people in it.”During introductory remarks, Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen echoed that sentiment, saying that Collins “gives us brilliant commentary with humor that never dulls the sharp-edged sword, but makes it possible to still face the day ahead.”And just where did Collins develop her finely tuned, trademark wit? It was during an early job in journalism covering the Connecticut legislature. Trying to get people to read her stories about the state’s inner workings, and issues such as the guaranteed tax base, was “just impossible,” said Collins. “Really, humor was the only hope. … I just got used to the idea that the best way to bring people in when you were writing about stuff like politics and government issues was to try to make it funny.”Even though she broke the gender barrier at The Times’ editorial page, Collins said she never felt like she was leading the way for women. That, she said, happened just before her time.“The whole thing about being trailblazers and suffering because of your sex and having to overcome things, it never happened to me. I got all the advantages of being a woman and none of the disadvantages because the people who were one second ahead of me historically were the ones who filed all the suits.”But Collins did notice a charged atmosphere at the paper.“I could just tell that women were really happy when I got to be editorial page editor. It wasn’t because of me in particular. They just really liked the idea that there would be a woman in that job.”Collins thinks the great challenge facing the nation today doesn’t break down along gender lines, but instead is about economic equality.“Frankly, the biggest problem today is class. It’s not specifically gender or ethnicity. It’s about class, and when you approach problems, you have to take that into account. You are talking about an entirely different population when you are talking about upper-middle-class women’s problems and lower-working-class women’s problems. It’s just not the same universe.”One audience member, concerned that women are still on the fringes of many American boardrooms today, asked Collins how women can try to advance their careers in male-dominated fields. Collins said the best thing women can do is support one another.“You help other women. You support other women in your group. You work together.”last_img read more

10 years later: Was the Arab Spring a failure?

first_imgOne area in which the U.S. may re-engage is human rights, which have a troubled record in many countries in the region. “If they are going to make human rights part of the discourse, that is going to have an effect,” said Alaoui.In the case of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, things may be additionally clouded by the case of Jamal Khashoggi, a contributing columnist for The Washington Post who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. That case turned an unflattering spotlight on the iron-fisted regime of MBS.Masoud, however, is hoping that the international community will also support the Arab Spring’s one success story — Tunisia — by “providing aid and trade and diplomatic support and really help that fledgling democracy stay on its feet.”“If the United States puts its thumb on the scale in favor of greater freedom and greater respect for human rights, then that might have an effect on at least nudging open political systems in that part of the world,” he said. Inspired by Cairo Echoes of El Salvador in Egypt Radcliffe fellow sees reflections of Arab Spring in comic art revolution The son of Latin American immigrants, Hainer Sibrian, M.P.P. ’20, is set to launch a career as a U.S. diplomat, inspired by study abroad during Arab Spring Related A fall snapshot of Arab Spring Ten years after the mass popular uprising known as the Arab Spring began in January of 2011, optimism can be hard to find. Despite the participation of thousands of people — particularly young people — in protests against the autocratic rulers of Middle Eastern countries, little seems to have changed. Tunisians brought down a dictator and established a representative democracy, but that fledgling republic is struggling. Other countries, such as Egypt, have only replaced one autocratic ruler (Hosni Mubarak) for another (Abdel Fattah el-Sisi), while still others, like Saudi Arabia, appear not to have been affected at all.Arab scholars and analysts on campus say closer examination reveals an ongoing process — and a decade of change. “It’s like a chess game between governments and the people,” said Hicham Alaoui, a Weatherhead Center for International Affairs associate who has a uniquely personal vantage on the risks and rewards of pushing for liberalization. Born a prince in Morocco, Alaoui tried to work within the monarchy for gradual liberalization, only to be ostracized when his cousin King Mohammed VI assumed the throne.The initial Arab Spring was “like one giant Woodstock,” said Alaoui. “Joyful anarchy empowered by internet connectivity.” That first burst of energy disrupted the system, but it lacked structure — or plans for the future. In the power vacuum, Islamists rose up, and the surviving autocrats clamped down, as in Egypt, where the military repressed the Muslim Brotherhood. Since then, he said, “Everybody’s doubled down.”That doesn’t mean that the status quo has been restored. “People might think that the region is stagnant, that we’ve simply gone back to the bad old days of Hosni Mubarak or other Arab autocrats who were exemplars of ossification and stagnation, but that masks a lot of change in the region currently happening,” said Tarek Masoud, Kennedy School Professor of Public Policy and the Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman Professor of International Relations. The initial Arab Spring was “like one giant Woodstock … Joyful anarchy empowered by internet connectivity.” — Hicham Alaoui Alaoui likens the ongoing change to a “current of magma” flowing beneath the surface. “It repeatedly comes up,” he said. To illustrate, he points to stories that may not be as prominent in the West, such as the massive protests over fracking and water rights in Algeria that began in 2014. These protests resulted in both a ban on fracking and, in 2019, contributed to the fall of the country’s longtime ruler, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. “These issues touch on questions about dignity, justice, corruption, and economic equality,” said Alaoui.Another, less-visible change, Masoud said, is coming from within the establishment. Although many in the West focused on the original Arab Spring’s call for a voice in government — what we interpret as representative democracy — what matters to many is more basic, he said: prosperity, security, and political accountability.“The drivers of the change are not the photogenic, admirable, creative young people who brought us the Arab Spring,” he said. Instead, change is coming from pragmatic reformers within the system who seek to retain control by offering functional — and less corrupt — government. “They’re actually the successors of the autocrats,” he said.“If you look at the region right now, it’s really torn between these two movements: one movement for democracy, and another that’s led from the top by so-called modernizing autocrats who are saying to their people, ‘Look, we understand that our societies are bedeviled by a host of problems that are the result of decades of mismanagement.’”The modernizing autocrats, said Masoud, who also serves as the faculty chair of the HKS Middle East Initiative, tout their control as an effective force for good. Their reasoning, he said, is: “We are going to use the authoritarian power of the state, not to enrich ourselves, but to improve the quality of governance, improve government services, to unleash our economies, to rebuild our infrastructure, and even to get rid of old reactionary social norms and forces that have held the region back.”He gives as an example the modernizations undertaken by Mohammed Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia. While maintaining near complete control of the country, MBS — as Bin Salman is known — has nonetheless loosened some social restrictions, such as allowing women to drive. “My belief is that the Saudi government looked at these uprisings of young people across the region and said, ‘If we don’t change things, we are going to find that happening here, and we’re not going to be able to weather it,’” said Masoud. “There’s the realization that you cannot simply feed at the public trough and be completely inattentive to the aspirations of your citizens.”The change, said Masoud, may not stop there. “It’s possible that if these autocrats are successful in their modernization schemes, they will then produce societies that, in a very organic way, demand and secure a greater voice and accountability,” he said.The international community has a role in what happens next. “It remains to be seen whether the Biden administration is going to renew the United States’ engagement with these issues of governance in the Middle East,” said Masoud. Panelists say effects of rolling revolutions will take years to play out The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more