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Cushwa Center hosts the 2015 Hibernian Lecture

first_imgThe Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism invited Dr. Gillian O’Brien to deliver this year’s Hibernian lecture. O’Brien’s lecture was about her book, “Blood Runs Green,” which was the product of her 2012 Hibernian Research Award and focuses on the 1889 murder of Dr. P.H. Cronin, an Irish physician in Chicago. O’Brien’s research interests, found in her new book include: Irish-American republicanism in the nineteenth century, sensational crime, the history of newspapers and journalism and the urban history of Chicago, all of which helped to inspire her interest in Cronin’s murder.    “To give a little context to how the book came into being, I came to this query almost ten years ago in Chicago on a fellowship to do something entirely different, but it involved me looking at newspapers and dealing with Chicago newspapers of the 1880s,” O’Brien said. “I repeatedly came across accounts of the murder of Dr. Cronin and wondered why I didn’t know more about him. I thought that I’d go read a book about it because I thought someone would have, but I discovered that nobody had. Six books had been written about it, but all in the aftermath of the murder and the trial.” During O’Brien’s lecture, she said her book was largely the story of two individuals: the victim, Dr. Cronin, and Alexander Sullivan, the leader of an Irish-American organization, Clan na Gael, and the man who may have instigated the murder. Reading from “Blood Runs Green,” she said that Sullivan was a dynamic and changing individual and a “master of reinvention.” “Between 1865 and 1895, he was, variously, a respected businessman, the owner of a shoe store, a tax collector, a newspaper editor, a journalist, city official, postmaster, the leader of a secret revolutionary society, a lawyer, an abolitionist, a republican, a democrat, the president of the Irish National League of America, a gambler and a murderer.” The lecture included a summary of what was known about Cronin’s murder, as well as an explanation for why this was found in all the newspapers, not just in Chicago, but across America and in Europe as well. “For the editor of a newspaper, this story had everything,” O’Brien said. “You have a naked man found dead in a sewer [Cronin]. It’s not a bar brawl or a domestic dispute. It involves secret societies. It involves police incompetence at a very high level and it involves a number of very prominent men who were publicly known.” The author also discussed the case’s after-effects, specifically how it affected anti-immigration propaganda. While showing a picture of the original “American melting pot,” she noted how it portrayed the Irish as not mixing in properly and even included a “Clan na Gael” flag, directly referencing the clan’s probable involvement in Cronin’s murder. O’Brien said Cronin’s murder was often used as an anti-Irish propaganda angle in America. “For an American public who was opposed to immigrants, the Cronin story added fuel to their fire because it showed the Irish were killing the Irish in America,” she said. “They made a lot of it.”Tags: blood runs green, Cushwa Center, cushwa center for study of american catholicism, gillian o’brien, hibernian lecture, Irish Studieslast_img read more

Aaron C. Finley, Mary Michael Patterson & More Share Their Cheesiest Pick-Up Lines

first_img Check back for more Valentine’s Day surprises! MARY MICHAEL PATTERSON (Christine in Phantom)  “A guy once said, ‘You don’t scare me, wanna go out sometime?’ Then I thought about all the people I’ve potentially scared in the past.” ALLI MAUZEY  (Glinda in Wicked) “I’m in a band.” AARON C. FINLEY (Drew in Rock of Ages) “The cheesiest I’ve ever heard is reaching for a girl’s shirt tag and saying, ‘Sorry, just checking to see if you were made in heaven.'” KELLI O’HARA (Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County) “If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?” View Comments SANTINO FONTANA (Moss Hart in Act One) “So…what’s your story?” Valentine’s Day is less than 24 hours away, and if you still haven’t found a date yet, time is running out! But don’t worry—we’ve been learning valuable love lessons from our favorite Broadway stars all week long, and today, they’re schooling us in the elusive art of the pick-up line. Read below for dating advice from Broadway romance experts Bryce Pinkham, Alli Mauzey and Richard H. Blake. BRYCE PINKHAM (Monty in A Gentleman’s Guide) “Kiss me if I’m wrong, but dinosaurs still exist, right?” KRYSTAL JOY BROWN (Diana Ross in Motown) “The first thing my father ever said to my mother was, ‘You don’t have to talk to me, but you sure are looking good.’ My mom said it was sooo cheesy. But hey, it worked!” RICHARD H. BLAKE (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys) “‘I worked with a guy who would put his fingers in a glass of water and flick it on a girl. Then he would say, ‘Sorry, let’s get you out of these wet clothes.'”last_img read more

China Doll, Starring Al Pacino, Delays Opening on Broadway

first_img China Doll View Comments This is not a good sign for David Mamet’s China Doll, headlined by the legendary Al Pacino. Despite bringing in high grosses since it began previews on October 21, the production has pushed back opening night to December 4; it had initially been scheduled for November 19. The two-week delay is to allow “the creative team additional time to work on the play before its world premiere.”Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the show co-stars Christopher Denham and is running for a limited engagement of 97 performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.The two-hander follows Mickey Ross (Pacino), a billionaire who just bought a plane for his fiancé to celebrate his imminent retirement. As he’s about to leave the office, he takes one last phone call that could shake things up. Denham plays Ross’ assistant, Carson. Mamet is on record as saying that the show, which he penned for Pacino, is “better than oral sex.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016last_img read more

Faculty International Travel Funding Award

first_imgThe Office of Global Programs has again awarded grants through its Faculty International Travel Funding Program that will allow 11 University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty members to meet colleagues in eight countries during the next several months.New treatments for spinal cord injuries, controlling the spread of Chagas disease, and developing a new form of cooking oil are just a few of the projects that will be explored during their trips.“In some cases, these trips provide the necessary next step in our faculty members’ research. At other times, they allow for groundwork to be laid for future projects,” according to OGP Director Amrit Bart. “Regardless, they play an essential role in the University of Georgia’s support for sustained global partnerships.”When he travels to Chennai, India, Lohitash Karumbaiah of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and the animal and dairy science department will team with researchers at the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University to design and execute clinical trials of a new treatment for spinal cord injured dogs using a chondroitin sulfate glycosaminoglycan matrix. Long-term, Karumbaiah and his colleagues hope their research also will benefit humans who suffer spinal injuries.Also traveling to India will be Nicholas Magnan of the agricultural and applied economics department, who is exploring ways to market laser land-leveling technology to poor farmers. Magnan’s earlier research in Uttar Pradesh has shown that the technology reduces irrigation needs—and the diesel costs associated with pumping water—by 30 percent. The next step in the research is developing ways to encourage smallholder farmers to buy the technology and ensure its sustained use via the private sector.Entomologist Donald Champagne of the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases will travel to Ecuador to present a paper at the International Meeting in Infectious Diseases Research and Tropical Medicine. During his trip, Champagne will travel to sites in Ecuador where Chagas disease is being studied to begin gathering preliminary data for a grant proposal to fund field studies of a vaccine against Chagas disease vectors.Horticulturalist John M. Ruter will spend a week in Shanghai, China, establishing relationships with colleagues at the new Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden that will benefit his research breeding program. He also will visit two tea-seed oil institutions and a commercial pressing operation to extend his research into the development of tea-seed oil as a commercial crop for the Southeastern United States.Ruter has been conducting research on tea-seed oil since 1999, including testing a variety of cultivars for their ability to grow successfully in the Southeast. Tea-seed oil has many of the health benefits of olive oil, but because its smoke point is much higher, tea-seed oil may be a viable alternative for high-temperature frying applications.While many of the travel grants focus on research efforts, two faculty members will be traveling to Italy and Spain to further programs that directly benefit students.Miguel L. Cabrera, graduate coordinator in the crop and soil sciences department, will visit the University of Padova in Italy. During his trip, Cabrera will participate in ceremonies to celebrate the signing of the agreement to establish a dual masters degree program between UGA and the University of Padova in sustainable agriculture. He also will identify areas of common research interest that faculty in both locations can use to develop cooperative projects for the dual-MS students.Susana Ferreira in the agricultural and applied economics department will travel to the Universidad Publica de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, to advance her research with UPNA faculty members and to continue her efforts to establish a semester exchange program between CAES and UPNA.Three faculty members will travel to Kenya during the coming months.Genti Kostandini of the agricultural and applied economics department will present findings at the Africa Green Revolution Forum on the effects of climate change on small-holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and ways to mitigate these risks. The forum includes African heads of state, ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, non-government organizations, scientists and other private citizens.Romdhane Rekaya of the animal and dairy science department and Sammy Aggrey of the poultry science department will be teaching a capacity-building program for Biosciences eastern and central Africa at the International Livestock and Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. During their visit, they will continue work on a grant proposal to establish a center of excellence in genetical genomics on the campus of the University of Nairobi.Dennis Hancock in crop and soil sciences will travel to New Zealand to complete plans for the upcoming joint meeting of the American Forage and Grassland Council and the New Zealand Grassland Association, which will occur in November.Woo Kyun Kim of the poultry science department will visit the National Institute of Animal Science in South Korea to discuss plans to extend the three-year research project he recently completed with colleagues there. He also will present seminars at other South Korean universities and discuss future collaborations.“In the past two years we have received an ever-increasing number of high quality applications from CAES faculty,” Bart noted. “This indicates the value such seed support provides our faculty for initiating or furthering their collaborations with international partners.”To learn more about the CAES Office of Global Programs and its programs, visit read more

Coal economics face low-cost wind, solar reality in Pakistan

first_imgCoal economics face low-cost wind, solar reality in Pakistan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:When a giant infrastructure project in an emerging country doesn’t make sense these days, you can usually count on China’s Belt and Road to be on hand with a bailout check. For the global coal industry, that prospect has been one of the last great hopes for demand growth. Chinese policy banks have committed some $45 billion to coal projects overseas since 2000, according to a Boston University database.That pattern may be starting to crack. Pakistan, which has been working on an aggressive expansion of new coal power plants under the Belt and Road’s China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, is getting cold feet. The country’s planning minister has told Beijing that it’s not interested in developing the Rahim Yar Khan plant, a potential 1.32 gigawatt project that would probably have left the country’s grid well over capacity.While the big beasts of potential coal development are China and India, smaller second-ranked markets such as Pakistan are likely the tougher nuts to crack to wean the world from its most polluting fossil fuel.Whereas new wind and solar is already cheaper than coal in those two countries – one reason project cancellations there are only likely to increase – that’s often not the case in smaller emerging markets, where the plug-and-play availability of thermal plants plus the existence of overseas developers seeking to build them can still look tempting. As my colleague Liam Denning wrote last year, coal is like junk food: ubiquitous, full of calories and (at least at the building stage) cheap.Still, power generation is more about long-term than short-term costs, and with fuel accounting for about half the price of coal generation, the presence of willing foreign builders can only stave off economic reality for so long. Coal in the Thar region east of Karachi already costs about twice that of equivalent lignite in other markets and the area’s multiple thermal projects may become uncompetitive, Syed Akhtar Ali, a former member of the country’s Planning Commission, wrote in the Express Tribune last year.That dynamic is accentuated by the speed at which rival sources of energy are dropping in price. Pakistan has a rich endowment of wind and solar resources and has already joined the club of countries where the costs of new renewables are lower than coal. Long-run costs for wind projects are at about half the cost of coal, according to government data cited by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Given the low penetration of variable renewables and high share of natural gas, solar and wind won’t even need significant storage backup to maintain grid stability.More: Coal’s Belt and Road links are crumblinglast_img read more

The Ultimate Tourist

first_img1. Timbuk2 Tandem PannierThese dueling saddlebags are built from burly waterproof tarpaulin, giving your gear protection from the elements and the road. Bonus: built-in magnets convert the two saddlebags into one shoulder bag. Fits on any rack.$120. timbuk2.com2. Zoic Tourist ShortThe Tourist rides like a bike short (the full liner is super cush and removable) but looks like a hip pair of cargo shorts, which is nice when you transition from the bike into a café where skin-tight lycra is out of place. The pockets come in handy when you want to quickly stash a phone, bar, or map.$79. 3. Showers Pass Elite 2.0There are lighter jackets and there are burlier jackets, but the Elite 2.0 successfully walks the line of supreme packability and usability. It weighs 14 ounces and packs down to a water bottle, but is fully waterproof and blissfully breathable thanks to the eVent fabric.$240. showerspass.com4. Princeton Tec PushA 100-lumen, self-contained headlight with blinking sidelights for 260-degree visibility. Add the Swerve ($29.95) taillight to your seat post, and you’ve got supreme visibility if you get stuck on the road at night.$49.95. 5. Bolle DraftThese super-light specs wrap your entire eye for full protection, and the polarized lenses adjust to the sun intensity automatically, so there’s no need to switch lenses. The result is a crisp, clear view regardless of conditions.$149. bolle.com6. Pearl Izumi X RoadForget the super stiff, carbon-soled road shoes you race in. For long miles day after day, you want a shoe that’s stiff enough for pedaling, but soft and flexible enough to walk without causing you to wince.$100. pearlizumi.comThe Wringer: Drift POV Video CameraThe concept of point-of-view cameras is alluring—strap a rugged digital camera to your head, bike, or paddle, and capture raw action footage on the go. But the actual practice can be far more complicated. I’ve tested POV cameras before, and I typically get a bunch of clips, half of which are of my face looking into the camera asking, “Is this thing on?” The other half are pointed straight at the ground.Not so with The Drift HD 170 Stealth, which  comes with an LCD screen so you can see exactly what you’re filming, then play it back immediately after you shoot it.  I took the camera on a multi-day backpacking trip, and without even looking at the instruction manual, I was able to figure out the controls within minutes of charging the battery. The Drift captures action beautifully in an almost idiot-proof package perfect for amateur videographers.$349. Watch footage from the Drift on a gear testing trip to Yosemite.Blue Ridge Outdoors - September Gear - Multi-day bike tour gearlast_img read more

U.S. Deploys a ‘Smart’ Infantry Weapon in Afghanistan

first_imgBy Dialogo December 21, 2010 343750000, that is to say three hundred forty three millions of dollars are projected to be invested for the purpose of destroying mankind on the planet, and this, if we add in the cost we have to incur for bureaucracy, transport, and in the end the human investment for their work. In my particular opinion this high cost should be invested in the preservation of the environment, the decontamination of the ocean; fight poverty, ignorance, illiteracy, among other things, invest in the values of peace and the stability of family, while investing in the fight against global terrorism, and at the same time investing in the preservation and the guarantee of the future of mankind on this planet. Thank you. The U.S. Army has deployed a ‘smart’ weapon in Afghanistan that it believes will change the direction of the war by becoming an insoluble problem for the Taliban. The Pentagon has deployed prototypes of a grenade launcher capable of calculating battlefield conditions and launching explosives programmed to explode, for example, one meter beyond a wall behind which enemies are sheltering, Defense Department officials explained. The 25-mm grenades, launched to a distance of up to 700 meters, have a microchip programmed with data about the distance to the objective, air pressure, temperature, and ballistics as calculated by the launcher, called the XM25. Following years of development, the launcher, the size of a rifle, is already in the hands of combat units in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon is planning to acquire 12,500 of them, at a price of between 25,000 and 30,000 dollars each, the Army announced. U.S. troops and their NATO allies have not succeeded in controlling the Taliban movement in Afghanistan, which is seeking to recover the power it lost at the end of 2001, when the United States supported its opponents in a military offensive.last_img read more

Daily Kos presidential results live coverage #3

first_imgThe Daily Kos Elections guide to every key presidential swing state in 2020.The Daily Kos Elections Nov. 3, 2020 poll closing times map. Stick with us as we continue following the presidential results live, and check in with Daily Kos Elections as they follow the downballot races.Resources:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Donald Trump, Joe Biden, elecciones EE. UU. (GDA via AP Images)last_img

In with the in crowd

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Pennsylvania’s Historic Liquor Reform Takes Effect

first_img Government That Works,  Liquor Reform,  The Blog,  Videos Pennsylvania’s Historic Liquor Reform Takes Effect August 08, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Starting on August 8, Pennsylvania’s bipartisan liquor reforms signed into law by Governor Wolf this past spring will go into effect!First, grocery stores can now apply to sell wine.Second, state-operated liquor stores can open on holidays and have longer hours on Sunday Third, wine producers can apply to ship wine directly to consumers.And fourth, the six pack has been freed — more gas stations will be able to sell six packs of beer.This historic liquor reform package — the largest since prohibition ended 80 years ago — enhances the customer experience by providing Pennsylvanians with greater convenience and satisfaction. That’s government that works!   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more