Illuminating the Dark Ages: NEH grant will help display and digitize Boston-area medieval manuscripts

first_img Read Full Story If a single illuminated manuscript can give a glimpse of the art, literature, religion and history of Western culture during the Middle Ages, imagine what nearly 4,000 – the number of such manuscripts held in the Boston area – might do.Those 4,000 manuscripts are the focus of an exhibit being prepared by Kuno Francke Professor of German Art & Culture Jeffrey Hamburger and Houghton Library Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts William Stoneman. Hamburger and Stoneman are the recipients of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to fund planning for an exhibition, catalog, website, international conference and special collections consortium of schools, museums and libraries on illuminated manuscripts dating from the 9th to the 16th century.“The motivation for doing this exhibition is the very simple fact that there’s a larger concentration of medieval and renaissance painting tucked away at libraries and other collections in the Boston area that remains little known or entirely unknown than anywhere in North America,” said Hamburger.The exhibit, “Pages from the Past: Illuminated Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Boston-area Collections,” will open in the fall of 2016 in three Boston venues: Harvard’s Houghton Library, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art. In the upcoming months, Hamburger and Stoneman will work with partners at those institutions and at the Boston Athenaeum, the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Brandeis, MIT, Tufts, Northeastern and Wellesley to finalize a list of ca. 200 manuscripts to display.last_img read more

Ibom Angels Eye Maximum Points In Remaining Matches

first_imgAfter reaping their first away point from a ground as tough as the Yakubu Gowon Stadium last week, on Matchday 10 of the ongoing Nigeria Women Premier League season, Ibom Angels now have their eyes set on winning their remaining three matches so that they can secure a respectable position in Group A by the end of the regular season.Ibom Angels currently boast of the highest goal scorer in the league, Charity Reuben, with six goals. Unfortunately, her goals have only seen them hover around fourth to sixth on the table.In an interview with, coach of the side, Whyte Ogbonda admitted that he has given up on the possibility of the Uyo-based outfit qualifying for the season-ending Super Four tournament. But that notwithstanding, they will give the rest of the campaign their best shot.“I said so because if you cannot win a match in your home where do you think you are going to get the points to qualify for Super Four?” he asked rhetorically. “Don’t forget that we drew our match with Rivers Angels and Sunshine Queens in Uyo, losing four points. So if you lose four points of your own home matches where do you think you can be able to recover those points bearing in mind that this second round everybody wants to consolidate on home victory?“So having seen that, I said it won’t be easy for us to get the Super Four qualification because you have to be realistic. This one has nothing to do with confidence but you have to tell yourself the truth that it won’t be easy.”In the meantime, the goalless draw recorded against defending Champions, Rivers Angels away from home has brought a glimmer of renewed hope for Ibom Angels. The Uyo based side succeeded in keeping their star studded hosts led by Coach Edwin Okon at bay for all ninety minutes and earned a valuable away point for their sweat, while the Jewel of Rivers dropped points at home for the first time this season.“I got some technical information on what they played in Bayelsa,” explained Coach Whyte who spent seven seasons with Rivers Angels as an assistant coach before taking over at Ibom Angels. “Because when I was in Rivers Angels, our traditional play was through the wings – we cut through the wings to open up the defence and when the diagonal passes come, inside the net.“But when they played Bayelsa (Queens), I got a technical report from people that went for the match that the technical crew of Rivers Angels have stopped using wing play, they now compact all their attackers in the centre.“So since I got that information, I had to work towards jam-packing the middle to make sure they don’t have space to operate. I think that was what gave us an edge in Port Harcourt,” Ogbonda asserted.Ibom Angels are currently fifth in Group A with 9 points but they will not be in action on Matchday 11. However, Coach Whyte Ogbonda is already looking forward to their last three matches against FC Robo Queens, Abia Angels and Bayelsa Queens.“We’ve come to Port Harcourt, we’ve gotten a draw, one point from that match so I think that happiness and everything that comes with it has gone. We are now focused on the next game coming up next week with FC Robo and subsequent matches.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAlessandro ConfenteJune 30, 2017Similar postSD Eibar vs Atletico MadridJune 30, 2017Similar postWomen’s AITEO Cup final preview: Badly wounded Rivers Angels seek healing in JosOctober 16, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

Web-based swap program flourishes worldwide

first_imgMORGANTOWN, W.Va. – When Laura Gernell heard about a place where people gave away perfectly good things to strangers – no money changing hands, no questions asked – she figured it was too good to be true. But husband Ronald had lost his job as a truck driver and she was temporarily unemployed, at home in a rented, unfurnished apartment with her infant son. With nothing to lose, she joined The Freecycle Network, a Web-based community swap program, and asked if anyone had a sofa to spare. “I wasn’t looking to furnish my whole apartment,” says the 32-year-old mom from Marmet, just south of Charleston. “I was just looking for the basics, just something to sit on.” Three people e-mailed with offers, and Gernell used the sofa from that day in 2004 until last summer, when the springs broke. Today she runs West Virginia’s largest Freecycle group, 2,100 members strong and part of a far-flung forum where people can find homes for things they no longer want. “It’s not like a get-rich-quick scheme. You’re not going to get everything you want every time you want it,” Gernell says. “The more offers you post, the better outcomes you’re going to have.” Beal began his experiment with an e-mail to 30 or 40 friends, inspired by his Dumpster-diving adventures on behalf of homeless men trying to get back on their feet. When his nonprofit group’s warehouse was full, he realized he needed a new way to unload. His network grew to 800 members almost overnight, after a newspaper story started spreading the word. “From the get-go, it absolutely snowballed, and we’re basically doubling in size every year,” Beal says. About 30,000 people join weekly, with the single largest group in London, some 40,000-strong. Though Freecycle caught on first in progressive cities like Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Madison, Wis., Beal says Chicago, St. Louis and New York followed quickly. Then word of mouth took over, with people in the cities telling people in small towns. “It’s very much a viral sort of growth and randomly beautiful,” he says. It’s also self-policing, patrolled by 10,000 volunteer moderators who ensure that items are being swapped legally, and that all are G-rated. Playboy collections and porn tapes are a no-no. “West Virginia was probably one of the slowest states overall for it to really pick up,” Beal says, citing lack of Internet access as a likely reason. Earlier this year, the Public Service Commission estimated that less than 35 percent of West Virginia households had broadband service. A June survey by the Communications Workers of America measured the state’s median download speed at 1.12 megabits, one of the slowest rates in the country. However, West Virginia has more than two dozen Freecycle groups, with thousands of members offering a service Gernell says many people need. “Even at Salvation Army and Goodwill, you still have to pay for things,” she says. “With the cost of living the way it is and gas prices the way they are, the prices there are still way more than some people can afford.” Heather Edwards, a moderator of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County group in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, finds great deals for her four children, who range from 9 months to 15 years old. “I got a humongous plastic playhouse for the kids,” she says. “It costs about $400 new.” Edwards, 35, often drives to Hagerstown, Md., to gather her Freecycle finds. “They have everything from Sunday coupons to refrigerators,” she says. “Yesterday it was a whole dining suite – a table and six chairs.” She urges novices to post more offers than requests, to avoid being greedy and to use common sense in arranging pickups to ensure personal safety. Andi Bassett, a Morgantown mom with five children ages 1 to 10, says she’ll soon be donating a batch of baby clothes. “The most appealing thing to me is finding someone who wants my `junk,’ that it’s useful to them and they are thankful for my unwanted stuff,” she wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “And the same is true of other people’s ‘junk’ that is useful to me: I am thankful for it. Freecycle just puts people together.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It just has completely floored me, the generosity of people,” says Gernell. “Especially in West Virginia because West Virginia is considered one of the poorest states in the nation. But people are very generous. It’s amazing.” Freecycle is a global recycling phenomenon. Since it started in Arizona in May 2003, it has grown to more than 4 million members in more than 4,100 cities, from Istanbul to Inwood. It boasts of keeping more than 300 million tons of trash out of landfills every day and has inspired imitators. There are, says founder and executive director Deron Beal, as many heartwarming stories as there are groups: the American Indian tribe that collected used prom dresses for girls in need; the Hurricane Katrina evacuee who furnished a new home; the 98-year-old man who collects and assembles bicycle parts, then gives what he’s built to children; and the woman in Austin, Texas, who collected items for an orphanage in Haiti, then got FedEx to deliver the shipping container for free. “It’s just all sorts of countless acts of random kindness,” says Beal, 40, of Tucson, Ariz. “Whatever they want to make out of it, they really can.” Call them corny. Call them clich . But Freecycle is built on principles that work: One person can make a difference. Giving is better than receiving. One person’s trash is another’s treasure. Commit an act of kindness and it will be returned. last_img