HDS announces the Religious Literacy Project

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThanks to a generous donation from Bruce McEver, M.T.S. ’11, Harvard Divinity School (HDS) announces a new initiative, the Religious Literacy Project (RLP), which will enable HDS to continue our nearly four decades of leadership in religious studies and education in the United States.As a successor to the Program in Religious Studies and Education, the RLP will be a virtual resource and research center housed at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Its primary aim will be to create and maintain scholarly resources in the general study of religion and in specific religious traditions via an open access website designed primarily for public school teachers and their students.The initial resources will be created to supplement and enhance commonly used textbooks that introduce religion at the middle and secondary levels in world history and world civilizations courses. Other resources will be developed to supplement and enhance English and world literature courses, highlighting commonly taught texts with significant religious themes or dimensions.A third set of resources will focus on teaching sacred texts, including, but not limited to, the Bible. A fourth will be case studies of significant historical events involving religious issues, and a fifth will provide resources for educators to understand and teach about contemporary issues related to religion.In addition to the content resources outlined above, the RLP will also generate and publicize relevant research regarding religion and education, with a special emphasis on the relationship between literacy about religion and civic and moral education in a global world. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Italy suffers setback to hopes its coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHopes that Italy’s coronavirus epidemic might be in retreat suffered a setback on Thursday when data showed that both the number of new cases and deaths had ticked higher, underscoring how hard it is to halt the disease.Officials said 712 people died of the illness in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,215, well over double that seen in anywhere else in the world, while new infections rose by 6,153 to 80,539.The number of cases is nudging close to the more than 81,000 infections recorded in China where the pandemic began. The relentless rise in Italy is despite stringent lockdown measures introduced progressively since Feb. 23 to try to stop the spread, which authorities had hoped would be having more of an effect by now.There had been slight declines in both new cases and deaths earlier this week, but the northern region of Lombardy, the epicenter of the outbreak, saw its numbers climb on Thursday.”I do not know if we have hit the peak or if we have missed something … all I can say is that I am worried,” Lombardy governor Attilio Fontana told reporters, adding that the situation would soon become clearer.”I think that in two or three days we will understand if the measures we have taken are working,” he said. However, he warned that when new cases finally receded, the government would not necessarily be able to relax the lockdown, which is due to be lifted on April 3.”Even if the number of cases declines, I think we will have to carry on with (the restrictions) until we are quite certain that this contagion has been stopped.”The situation appeared particularly worrying in Lombardy’s capital Milan, which is also Italy’s financial hub, where new infections jumped by more than 800 to almost 7,000.Only the neighboring provinces of Bergamo and Brescia have a higher number of cases.Highlighting the scale of the drama, Bergamo said that over the last 10 years it had recorded on average 45 deaths a week. This ticked up to 64 at the end of February and then soared, hitting a peak of 313 deaths between March 15-21.Anxiety in the south The disease has also taken a heavy toll amongst medical workers, with the national federation of doctors and surgeons saying on Thursday that 40 doctors had so far died, many of them general practitioners in northern towns and cities.Italy’s less developed south is growing increasingly anxious as it sees its own numbers push up, with several regions reporting growth rates in new cases that are above the national average.In an open letter to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the head of the Campania region, which is centered on Naples, warned of impending disaster.”At this point there is the real prospect that Lombardy’s tragedy is about to become the south’s tragedy,” Vincenzo De Luca wrote. “We are on the cusp of a major expansion of infections that we might not be able to manage.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

2 penalty corner goals lift No. 15 Syracuse in 4-2 win over No. 20 Wake Forest

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSJ Quigley finished her insertion pass movements and sent the ball toward the top of the shooting circle. As it reached Tess Queen midway through the third quarter, Quigley hooked toward the left post as Syracuse’s penalty corner set play began. Her pass might have been a bit to the left, she said after the game, but Queen corralled it anyway. The ensuing shot from Carolin Hoffmann redirected through traffic and ended up on Quigley’s stick. For the third time this season, the sophomore, who’s become SU’s primary penalty corner inserter, sent a shot into the back of the cage, projecting the Orange back into the lead. Over on the sideline, assistant coach Katie Gerzabek flipped a white binder shut and pumped her fist.“We just practice getting the rebound,” Quigley said, “So I was just there to tip it in.”In No. 14 Syracuse’s (10-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) 4-2 over No. 20 Wake Forest (7-9, 0-5), the Orange drew eight penalty corners — exceeding their total from the previous three games combined — and converted on two of them. Offensive attacks formulated in the shooting circle and ended with Wake Forest fouls or balls off Demon Deacon feet. With the Orange midfield dominating possession and limiting Wake Forest to two shots, more formidable chances emerged. And the success on corners marked the emergence of a year-long process on the set piece.“It’s a team effort, and everybody’s stepping up and worked on things over the summer and during the season they come out and and practice,” head coach Ange Bradley said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the past four years, and specifically last season, Syracuse’s penalty corners were dominated by Roos Weers and her drag flick. Insertion passes from Hoffmann would start multiple series that ended with Weers sweeping up two steps and dragging her stick through the ball. It led to 10 goals off penalty corners last season, but after Friday, the Orange have scored 12 goals in 15 games this year.Gerzabek is primarily responsible for coordinating Syracuse’s offensive and defensive penalty corners. She’s incorporated additional sets and options with the Orange’s additional depth this season. Bradley said the Orange have different options to build pieces around, as opposed to relying solely on one player, like Weers.“Sometimes you tend to stay with that, and she’s very good,” Bradley said about Weers. “All-American multiple times, and this year, we don’t have that dominance.”Weers’ departure has led to increased looks from other forwards in the Syracuse offense. Sometimes, it’s Charlotte de Vries faking a shot and driving left to set up her reverse hit. Others, the Orange operate on a normal routine and de Vries or Hoffmann flick a shot from the center.In its first four games of 2019, Syracuse tallied more than eight penalty corners three times, including 11 against both Lafeyette and Cornell. Against St. Joseph’s on Sept. 13, it was Laura Grazioisi taking two steps to her right and notching the game winner of an Quigley insert.“Different people have to step up, Hoffmann said. “Just a different setup.”On Friday, the Orange took advantage of a flat Wake Forest backline to constantly pressure in the shooting circle. The Demon Deacons struggled to connect clearing passes and allowed the Orange to tip set up offensive opportunities.Midway through the first quarter against the Demon Deacons, Graziosi timed a cross-field pass and intercepted it in stride. She sped into shooting circle and rocketed a shot. Although the penalty corner was negated due to a dangerous hit, the Orange had once again pinned Wake Forest deep in its end.After another defensive foul in the circle, Quigley rolled the ball toward the insertion hash mark and took three steps back. Wake Forest defenders finished throwing the masks over their faces and, to the left, de Vries leveled her stick and eyed a pass. “She executed what she needed to do,” Bradley said.The freshman popped up and sprinted toward the cage, pausing only briefly to pull her stick back and fired toward the cage. The Orange’s penalty corner success continued to rise as Quigley and de Vries’ sticks rose in unison. On the sideline, Gerzabek closed her white binder and cracked a smile. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 26, 2019 at 12:21 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more