Gripes between bites

first_img A detail from College Commons records, 1765-1829, one of the Harvard artifacts on display in “Dining and Discontentment.” Under glass in the exhibit are artifacts that offer material evidence of how things were and how things have changed in Harvard dining. A class ledger for 1689 is on display, with a smooth leather binding. “To know that people were writing on animals at that point in history is very interesting,” said Cevasco. Nearby are the College Commons records for 1765 to 1829, open to pages of rules. Tutors were always to dine in the commons, for instance, and dinner would always include at least two dishes.Inside another glass case is an 1875 photo of Memorial Hall waiters lounging outside on a set of steps. All are well dressed, many in crisp white aprons, and all are black. Memorial Hall had started offering meals the year before. But next to the photograph is an 1885 Thanksgiving Day menu from Memorial Hall, including a caricature of a black waiter opening a bottle of champagne. The contrast of the caricature with “the incredible dignity of the waiters … is really powerful,” said Cevasco, “and will inspire a lot of important questions on Harvard past — and Harvard present.”Then there are the plates, cups, and menus from times gone by, among them a vanished artifact called a “Harkness Tray.” This segmented dish — in use from the 1950s through the 1970s — was one example of how a building’s design could extend to the smallest details. The Harkness Commons, a graduate-student dining hall designed by Walter Gropius, opened in 1951. (The modern-making architect taught at Harvard from 1937 to 1952.) The trays, meant to be dishware, were also an example of how form does not always follow function, said Cevasco: the segments of the earliest trays were too shallow to keep foods apart, so people took to balancing dishes on top of the trays.Of course there is correspondence. In the fall of 1958, Lowell House undergraduate David Souter — later a Supreme Court justice — argued that Sunday evening dining lines moved too slowly. The polite reply is on display too.“Dining and Discontentment” is one in a series of temporary exhibits assembled for “Tangible Things: Harvard Collections in World History,” a General Education course taught by American historian Laurel Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor. (Cevasco is one of the course’s teaching fellows.)Ulrich’s course is co-taught with Chipstone Foundation curator Sarah Anne Carter, Ph.D. ’10, and they are working on a HarvardX version of it now. This summer, the course’s teaching fellows flew to Milwaukee for what Carter called a “material culture boot camp” at Chipstone “to train them to teach with objects,” she said.Another exhibit for the course explored the economics of botany, the study of plant products exploited for profit. Another was at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, where students looked at a 116-year-old tortilla, a tortoise from the Galapagos, and the science of bird taxidermy.Ulrich often compares the collections at Harvard to a cabinet of wonders, a tradition of displaying intriguing bricolage that dates to the Renaissance. “We want them to also see [Harvard collections] as cabinets of knowledge, and cabinets of opportunity,” she said.Part of that opportunity is to break out of patterns of learning that can seem completely dependent on the lecture and the book. “We’re still locked into the 19th century,” said Ulrich of classroom pedagogy. “We’re trying to get people to think across categories.”Another of her teaching fellows, American Studies Ph.D. student John Frederick Bell, sees great value in breaking out of categories, and in looking at the historical resonance of objects. “We have to disorient them at first,” he said of the students — then insights pour in. Bell remembered a visit to Harvard’s mineralogy collection. “You just look at that, and you have to look at historical questions,” he said. The minerals prompted inquiries beyond science — into the history of mining, for example, and the conquest of the American West.Getting out and around to collections is all about the insights that rise out of the real, and juxtapositions of the real — such as the blackface caricature of Memorial Hall waiters so near the actuality of the elegant waiters. “It’s got to start with wonder,” said Ulrich of learning. “And that’s the hardest thing to teach.” “Dining and Discontentment” is on display at the Pusey Library through Dec. 20. Several of the documents featured in the exhibit are held by the Harvard University Archives. An 1875 photograph of waiters at Harvard’s Memorial Hall. Photos by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer At the October opening of “Dining and Discontentment,” Professor Laurel Ulrich (center) talks with “Tangible Things” students Ozdemir Vayisoglu ’16 and Deborah Montes ’16. A letter of reply to then-undergraduate David Souter ’61, LL.B. ’66, who in 1958 complained about slow dining room service. Main course Harvard was founded in 1636, and it took only three years for trouble to stir up over food. Nathaniel Eaton, the Puritan college’s first master, was dismissed in 1639, in part because of his misuse of dining funds. Call it a case of defeatin’ Eaton over eatin’.From the 17th century on, food was often at the center of the plate when it came to student discontent, an interpretation of Harvard history captured in the 1936 book by A.M. Bevis, “Diets and Riots.” There were rebellions over comestibles in 1766 (butter), 1807 (cabbage), and 1895 (Irish stew). One famous food fight at University Hall in 1818 set off a chain of events that culminated in the entire sophomore class of 80 resigning en masse, at least briefly. (Among them was Ralph Waldo Emerson.)Through Dec. 20, visitors to Pusey Library can look at how food has for centuries turned up in student activism at Harvard — from butter that “stinketh” in 1766 to cage-free eggs in 2011. “Dining and Discontentment” was organized by Carla Cevasco, a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Harvard, and by Stephanie B. Garlock, a history concentrator who graduated this year.The exhibit includes a timeline of Harvard’s dining history, including a few facts that could settle bar bets. For one, forks were introduced to the mealtime experience only after 1710. The college brew house was built in Harvard Yard in 1762, two years before the first Harvard Hall burned to the ground. (There is no connection between the two events.) Waiters were replaced by cafeteria-style dining in 1943, during a world war that had many other leveling effects on American society. And Radcliffe students were allowed to dine in the Houses beginning in 1961, but only at language tables.last_img read more

Juventus midfielder only wants to join Barcelona

first_img Loading… Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has told Paris Saint-Germain the only club he wants to join this summer is Barcelona. That is according to Thursday’s front page of El Mundo Deportivo, which reports that Pjanic told PSG sporting director Leonardo he was not interested in a move to the French capital. French media outlet RMC Sport are convinced that the Bosnian international will be on the move this summer and said that the Parisians and the Blaugrana were the two teams leading the chase. It follows on from a report in The Guardian last week saying that Chelsea also wanted the Turin-based player and were negotiating a player-exchange deal with midfielder Jorginho. There have been suggestions that Barca and Juve are hopeful of a convoluted swap deal which would see Arthur Melo move the other way for Pjanic, but Arthur may have no desire for such a move.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years AgoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?These TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Read Also: Premier League: Two Chelsea stars pen new deals “We are talking to Barça as we do with many important clubs because it will be a difficult summer,” Juventus head of transfers Fabio Paratici told Sky Sports last month, as cited by Diario Sport. Arthur’s reluctance at leaving the Blaugrana may now mean Juve look elsewhere as a destination for Pjanic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arthur has a contract with the club until the summer of 2024 with a €400m release clause, while transfermarkt gives him a market value of €70m.last_img read more

McCabe finally making his mark

first_imgJake McCabe started alongside All-American Justin Schultz through the first five games of the season before suffering a hand injury. After six weeks off, the freshman has scored three goals since being back.[/media-credit]Heading into the 2011-12 season, a lot was expected of rookie defensemen Jake McCabe.The Eau Claire native was in the starting lineup from the beginning of the season alongside All-American blue liner Justin Schultz. Like any freshman, McCabe was adjusting to the pace of the game and trying to make his mark on his new team.“I knew I had the chance to jump right in, and I was looking forward to the opportunity,” McCabe said. “Those first two weekends, playing with Schultz, it helped having a guy back there, an All-American. It’s encouraging that there’s someone back there if you do mess up.”Throughout the first couple weeks it was clear McCabe was adjusting well to the game, but before he could find his way onto the stat sheet, his season was derailed by a half-inch cut to his hand.In Wisconsin’s conference home opener against North Dakota, the Badgers skated to a 5-3 win over the Fighting Sioux, but not before they would lose a player to hand injury No. 1 of the season (three other Badger skaters have gone on to have a hand injury so far this season).McCabe took off his glove as he went to take a swig of water on the bench. In what can only be described as an unforeseen freak accident, McCabe removed his glove as a fellow Badger was hopping over the board and his skate accidentally swiped McCabe’s knuckle.The freshman didn’t think anything of it and went back out on the ice for his next shift. That’s when he knew something was wrong.“It was literally a half-inch cut, I thought it was innocent,” McCabe said. “As I was going out there squeezing my stick and couldn’t really unsqueeze I realized something wasn’t quite right.”The small, simple gash cut through his tendon and cost him the next six weeks of his rookie season.“No kidding, I couldn’t lift my middle finger up,” McCabe said. “It was tough, but I made my way back.“It was frustrating, but it’s nice to get back in the lineup and start contributing to the guys and moving forward every game.”Certainly McCabe has had a very peculiar freshman year, but a little time watching from the stands may actually have been a good thing.While nothing can replace game experience, McCabe was able to consistently observe his team and get a different, but helpful, perspective.“I think him being able to watch a couple games in the stands after being injured has really showed him to calm the game down and let the game come to him,” junior defensemen John Ramage said. “He definitely has the ability to do that.“It does help watching the game and trying to get better. To have that urge to come back makes you want it a little more.”Before the first half of the season was over, McCabe got the chance to get his season headed in the right direction – otherwise known as normalcy.McCabe made his post-injury debut against No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth Dec. 9 at the Kohl Center. As Wisconsin skated to a 3-3 tie against the nation’s best, McCabe notched his first point of the season on an assist and only continued to score from there.Through eight games back, the rookie blue liner has amassed six points with three goals – two of which were game-winning scores – and three assists.According to McCabe, finally getting the chance to play and find his spot on the roster has simply allowed him to gain more confidence.“Oh, tons of confidence,” McCabe added. “You build off that confidence. Our power play has really been clicking lately – obviously that’s where my two goals came from; both happened to be game winners. … Once you have confidence, you’re more poised with the puck and you’re more confident making plays by yourself; you’re not relying on the others around you.”The freshman may still be getting used to the game now, but the expectations that were held for him at the beginning of the season are starting to be met.Even his new defensive partner, Ramage, has said he’s learned a few new things from McCabe.“I know being paired with him the last couple weekends have really helped both him and me,” Ramage said. “We work well off each other, and it’s exciting to see him start doing well, putting up the points he’s able to put up.”Head coach Mike Eaves is just happy to have the talented freshman active once again.“The things that he has naturally – his puck handling, his ability to shoot the puck, his ability to see the game, his ability to have poise and confidence with the puck – those are things you miss from the lineup when he’s not there,” Eaves said.last_img read more

Everton open talks with Real Madrid over James Rodriguez

first_img Source: Talksport Everton are in talks over a deal for James Rodriguez, talkSPORT understands.The Real Madrid playmaker, 29, is not wanted by boss Zinedine Zidane and the Spanish giants are eager to ship him out this summer.Rodriguez made just eight LaLiga appearances last season, having spent the previous two campaigns out on loan at Bayern Munich.Now Everton have offered him an escape route from the Bernabeu, with talks under way over a potential deal.Rodriguez is out of contract next summer and the Toffees are working to sign him on a permanent basis, although a loan agreement is also a possibility.Galatasaray are also pursuing the player, although Carlo Ancelotti hopes his relationship with Rodriguez will help swing it for Everton.Ancelotti was in charge of Real when they paid £63million to sign Rodriguez from Porto in July 2014 in what was the fourth-most expensive transfer in the world at the time.He then took the attacking midfielder with him to Bayern Munich on loan in the summer of 2017 before being axed months later.Speaking back in July, Ancelotti admitted his admiration for Rodriguez.“James Rodriguez? I like, I like a lot as a player,” said the Italian.“When I left Madrid, James Rodriguez followed me to Munich. He came to play. But he followed me as a rumour to Napoli and now he is following me to here Everton as a rumour.“I have to be honest – I like him a lot.”last_img read more