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

Liverpool back to winning ways; Arsenal extend unbeaten run

first_imgLONDON: Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool resumed normal service with an unconvincing 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Saturday after recovering from an early jolt at Anfield.Goals in quick succession by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane before halftime calmed the jitters after Callum Wilson had given Bournemouth a surprise ninth-minute lead.It was far from vintage Liverpool, however, and they struggled to finish off a Bournemouth side who could have grabbed late equalizer through Wilson.After Liverpool’s 44-match unbeaten league run ended in shocking fashion at Watford last week, victory restored their 25-point lead over Manchester City who has two games in hand.Wilson stunned the hosts when he tapped home from close range, although it appeared he had fouled Liverpool defender Joe Gomez in the build-up.Nathan Ake went close to making it 2-0 with a header but Bournemouth gifted Liverpool an equalizer when Jack Simpson’s poor touch gave the ball to Mane who picked out Salah to score his 70th Premier League goal on his 100th league appearance.Eight minutes later Virgil van Dijk took advantage of more careless Bournemouth passing and played in Mane who ran through unopposed to slot home.Lacazette strike extends Arsenal’s unbeaten runA goal from substitute Alexandre Lacazette earned Arsenal a hard-fought 1-0 win over a wasteful West Ham United side at the Emirates, extending the Gunners’ unbeaten Premier League run to eight matches.Both sides struck the woodwork in the first half, but the visitors had the better chances and goalkeeper Bernd Leno came to Arsenal’s rescue with an excellent save from Michail Antonio after the break.Mikel Arteta’s side found the breakthrough when Lacazette fired home from a Mesut Ozil knock-down, although the Frenchman’s celebrations were delayed after the goal was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR review overturned the decision.The result moved Arsenal ahead of Burnley into ninth place, level on 40 points with eighth-placed north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham remained 16th on 27 points, outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.Sheffield United go sixth with 1-0 win over NorwichA bullet header from Billy Sharp gave Sheffield United a 1-0 win over bottom side Norwich City to lift the Blades to sixth place in the Premier League table and move them closer to their dream of European football next season.With Manchester City facing a possible European ban over breaches of financial fair play rules, Sheffield United have their sights set on a top-six finish, a feat they haven’t managed since the 1974-75 season.The hosts took the lead in the 36th minute when John Lundstram crossed for an unmarked Sharp to plant a firm header past Tim Krul, and they could have had a couple more before the break as Norwich struggled to match their intensity.Norwich bolstered their attacking options at the break by sending on Josip Drmic to partner Teemo Pukki, and Drmic came close to scoring when his shot deflected off David McGoldrick and bounced off the crossbar in the 75th minute.The visitors continued to throw everything forward in an effort to find an equalizer, but United keeper Dean Henderson pulled off a string of fine saves, prompting the home fans to chant for him to be made “England’s number one”.The win lifts Sheffield United above Manchester United, who face Manchester City on Sunday, with 43 points from 28 games, while Norwich remains bottom on 21 points from 29 games.Palace move up to 10th with 1-0 win over WatfordCrystal Palace extended their winning run in the Premier League and moved into the top half of the standings with a 1-0 win over Watford, thanks to a first-half goal from Jordan Ayew at Selhurst Park on Saturday.It was Palace’s third consecutive league win after a winless seven-game run and it moved Roy Hodgson’s side up to 10th in the standings.Ayew gave Palace the lead with their first shot on goal when James McArthur created an opportunity for him to take a shot from the edge of the box, beating the outstretched arm of Ben Foster in Watford’s goal.At the other end, Vicente Guaita denied Watford twice in the space of three minutes in the second half, first tipping a stinging long-range effort from Troy Deeney over the bar before keeping out Abdoulaye Doucoure’s looping header.Christian Benteke also came close as he attempted one of his trademark bicycle kicks, but despite making good contact with the ball he could only find the side netting.Watford came close in the dying stages when they won a corner in stoppage time but Palace was able to hold firm to leave the visitors in 17th place in the standings. AgenciesAlso Read: Chelsea dump Liverpool out of FA CupAlso Watch: NDFB-S General Secretary B R Ferenga likely to join UPPL party soonlast_img read more

NHL and North Dakota: Everything you need to know about the league’s possible return

first_imgThe 31 NHL teams have between 11 and 14 regular-season games remaining with four playoff rounds to potentially play.Why North Dakota?A Great Plains state, North Dakota has a population of 762,062, per the 2019 census, and the fourth-lowest population density in the United States. The 19th-largest in area, it also has the fourth smallest population.According to CNN, as of April 6, it has the second-lowest number of reported cases among the 50 states with 207 cases, which equates to 27 per 100,000 residents. By comparison, New York which has been the hardest hit state has 672 cases per 100,000.What is the potential venue?The Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks is the home of the University of North Dakota Division I men’s ice hockey team and has served as the host for two international events: the 2005 World Junior Championships and the 2016 World Under-18 men’s tournament.Opened in 2001, the $104 million facility holds a capacity crowd of 11,643 and includes a 10,000 sq. ft. weight room and underwater treadmill, 14 locker rooms, and an extra sheet of ice that is Olympic-sized.Current NHLers including Brock Boeser (Canucks), Aaron Dell (Sharks), Derek Forbort (Flames), Zach Parise (Wild), T.J. Oshie (Capitals) and Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks) played their college hockey for UND at Engelstad Arena.MORE: Instances when Stanley Cup wasn’t awardedReactions around the leagueWinnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice spoke Monday to reporters about the possibility of his team playing in North Dakota and other neutral sites for the Stanley Cup playoffs, stressing the preference is to play in front of hometown fans.”It’s gonna be something unusual,” he said. “The first thought is the Winnipeg Jets fans, I’d like to play in front of them, right? Everybody wants to play in front of their home crowd.”MORE: Maurice envisions healthy playoff hockeyBefore the season was paused, the Jets were sitting in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The veteran head coach added that he just wants to play, no matter the location. “I’m not much of a TV watcher at all, but I’ve been surfing TV recently at night and if there was a hockey game on, man, I’d be watching it,” Maurice said. “I don’t care where games are played. I want it at home in Winnipeg, but we just want to play. It’d be wonderful, maybe partial distraction, for some people who are dealing with tough times to watch a game.”Edmonton Oilers defensemen Darnell Nurse said he would love to play games in front of their fans, but is willing to play anywhere.”It’s kind of conflicting because as players, this is our job. But at the same time, we have a very loyal fanbase who comes out and supports us each and every night, who’s been hungry for us to be in this position that we’ve been in for a long time,” Nurse said. “You want to reward them by being able to play in front of them and that’s kind of the conflict. I’m sure, no matter where it is, they’ll bring out the best now.” It’s been more than three weeks now since the NHL went on pause on March 12. Since then a number of ideas have been tossed out in regards to how and when the league will stage the season if it resumes.One proposal, as reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, has the NHL playing the rest of the 2019-20 regular season and playoffs in North Dakota, if given the all-clear to resume play amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. last_img read more


first_imgAs the row continues over a right of way and foreshore at Aghadachor near Carrigart, the residents are to form a steering committee to protect their civil rights.People protest in Carrigart over the alleged closure of their right-of-way.A public meeting has been arranged for this Saturday evening at 8pm in the Downings Bay Hotel and everyone concerned about this issue is invited to come along.The residents have firmly rejected claims that their right of way was blocked on health and safety grounds saying the developers had no rights whatever to attempt to block a public highway that has been enshrined in community ownership for more than one hundred years. The row has blown up after the owners of the beachfront complex, T&G Developments closed off access to the public.Patricia Coyle, 87, said that she was shocked to discover she was denied access to 33 acres of her farm and she’s firmly denied there were any negotiations with her family on the matter.She said this is a right of way and as such nobody has a mandate to negotiate or to make decisions that might deny access to any member of the public.This week’s meeting, apart from establishing a steering committee will have a number of items on the agenda along with the preservation of the right of way. STAND-OFF OVER CARRIGART BEACH ACCESS HEATS UP was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beachCarrigartprotestright-of-waylast_img read more