Feast for the mind

first_imgFor undergrads who want to party like it’s 1999 B.C., “Ancient Lives” is a perfect fit.For the past three years, students in the General Education course have gained a better understanding of their own world by examining the traditions of early civilization. And what better way to connect antiquity to modern times than through the high-octane Mesopotamian feast?“The feast is the mass media of the ancient world — it brought people together and established social hierarchies,” said instructor Gojko Barjamovic, a senior lecturer on Near Eastern languages and civilizations. “Our physical functions and intellectual faculties remain unchanged across time and culture, and so our body can be used to link students in a tangible way to our remote ancestors.”Bary Lisak ’19 (from left), Jordan Donald ’18, and research assistant Tim Roth investigate ancient archaeological vessels. “Students are not only learning about the time period, they are actively contributing to research.” said senior lecturer Gojko Barjamovic. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThose connections have informed a range of class projects. Students have created plaster models of reliefs that once hung in Assyrian royal palaces, played replicas of the world’s oldest known instruments, studied ancient medicine, and cooked meals and brewed beer based on Mesopotamian recipes. This fall they also got their (gloved) hands dirty, examining unearthed pottery from a Turkish palace razed by invaders around 1200 B.C. The recovered pieces, possibly used at a final feast before the attack, represent a “frozen moment in time,” said Barjamovic.Students turned to cutting-edge science to investigate what the pottery might have contained, after first donning lab coats, glasses, and rubber gloves to minimize the threat of contaminating the delicate samples — just one errant skin cell could have introduced 21st-century fatty acids and ruined test results. Students gently scraped powdery samples from the pottery shards, treated them in solutions of dichloromethane and chloroform, and placed them in gas and mass spectrometers to determine their molecular makeup. Remnants of tartaric acid hinted at wine.,The project was an opportunity for students to add to knowledge of the ancient world, Barjamovic noted.“The technique of analyzing ancient pottery for chemical traces of what it contained in antiquity is a new field, still in its infancy,” he said. “So students are not only learning about the time period, they are actively contributing to research.”The hands-on approach was popular with Julia Strauss ’19, a linguistics concentrator with a secondary in human developmental and regenerative biology. Courses on history struck her as “distant and removed,” she said, until Barjamovic’s class made it immediate and concrete.“These samples that we are working on have never been touched before,” Strauss said. “They were collected in soil, so by holding them, analyzing them, we are the first to [touch them] in 3,200 years. That’s just incredible and it really brings the history to life.”Strauss connected the ancient pottery experiments to one of her extracurricular activities: a ceramics class in Cabot House’s Third Space art studio. “Right after lab I got to ceramics each week. So I see these samples that are 3,200 years old … and then I create my own.”Another highlight was the chance to sample Mesopotamian fare. During one assignment Strauss and her classmates prepared a Mesopotamian mutton stew flavored with beer, beets, coriander, arugula, leeks, garlic, soapwort, and cumin.For Strauss, the curriculum worked according to Barjamovic’s vision. It brought history forward to the present day, she said, and made the ancient past something she will “make references to and think about, for a long time.”last_img read more

Rosie Fisher

first_imgRosie Fisher, age 81 of Batesville, died Sunday, March 10, 2019 at her home.  Born November 19, 1937 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Elizabeth (Nee: Schroeder) and Joseph “Jack” Zimmerman.  She married William Fisher September 6, 1958 at St. Louis Church.  She would become the parish secretary for the church, retiring in 2002 after nearly 30 years.Bill and Rosie enjoyed traveling.  While a trip to Alaska was memorable, they looked forward to the yearly family vacation where kids and grandkids would join them at a destination that was usually a beach location.  Although Rosie began married life as “a horrible cook” according to Bill, he was quick to point out that she became self taught and developed into an excellent one whose lasagna and beef stroganoff will be sorely missed.  She was always willing to volunteer her time and was a long time member of a monthly card club made up of her childhood friends.  Her beloved dog Snuggles will miss her as will her grandchildren, who she dearly loved having around.Rosie is survived by her husband Bill; daughters Sandra Greenwell of Tucson, Arizona, Amy Jennings of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; son Timothy Fisher of Morrow, Ohio; sister Louise Wells of Cincinnati; brother Joseph Zimmermen of Batesville and four grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Jean Goodwin, Betty Reisinger and brother Harry (Slim) Zimmerman.Visitation is Friday, March 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday March 16th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Bill Farris O.F.M. officiating followed by burial in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Srs. of St. Francis Convent in Oldenburg or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.  For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more

2019 Okpekpe 10km Road Race Gets Obaseki Boost

first_imgThe seventh edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Silver label Okpekpe international 10km road race which holds on May 25 received a boost from the host state governor,Obaseki during the recent National Council of Sports meeting in Benin,capital of Edo state.At the meeting,Governor Obaseki told the gathering which had the Sports Minister,Barrister Solomon Dalung in attendance as well as the directors of Sports from the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory that this year’s race will serve to benchmark subsequent editions.Obaseki,who has been a strong supporter of the first road race in Nigeria and West Africa to get an IAAF label rating since its inception in 2013 also used the opportunity to invite the Sports Minister to this year’s race which holds on Saturday May 25 in Okpekpe,a rusty town in Etsako East local government of Edo state. ‘I am using this opportunity to invite the Honourable Sports Minister as well as the whole world to world class road race holding on May 25 in Okpekpe town here in Edo state,’said Obaseki while extolling Barrister Dalung for reviving the National Sports Festival.“For whatever you did or did not do, history will be fair to you for rescuing the National Sports Festival.Today you have spoken about retirement and the imminent dissolution of the National Executive Council, but before you go, permit me to invite you to come and race with me at the Okpekpe Road Race.’In his response,the Sports Minister promised to be present at the only IAAF Silver label road race that will be run in West Africa this year.”I will always be part of the Okpekpe Road Race whether I am in office or not.It is a well organized event that has helped to elevate and dignify the organizational prowess of Nigeria,”said Dalung.The Okpekpe international 10km road race is one of the races across the globe the IAAF has designated as one of the “leading road races around the world.”The classification was first introduced for the 2008 running season, upon the suggestion of the IAAF Road Running Commission.The Okpekpe race was accorded a bronze label status in 2015 and last year,after meeting the stringent criteria listed for a would-be silver label race which also included the required number of the international elite field,the race was elevated to a silver label status which is also the first in Nigeria nay West Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Taoiseach promises best Brexit deal possible at Letterkenny Business Lunch

first_imgAn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Letterkenny Chamber that all scenarios are being planned for as Brexit presents one of the greatest challenges since Ireland’s independence.The Taoiseach was the guest speaker at the Letterkenny Chamber President’s Lunch this afternoon, where over 160 members turned out to hear the Fine Gael leader’s address. Varadkar said that the Government’s mission is to be behind towns such as Letterkenny and support development through maintaining a strong economy.He said: “Today Letterkenny is a modern vibrant town and retail hub with a highly successful Institute of Technology and that is a testament to many people’s efforts, including your own.“Letterkenny’s track record in attracting and retaining investment from leading multinationals like Pramerica, the largest employer in the North-West, is a strong endorsement of what this town has to offer. ”On Brexit, Varadkar said the Government is ‘working tirelessly to get the best possible deal for this country’. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo Clive WassonVaradkar told the Chamber that Brexit presents one of the greatest challenges since independence and that plans are in plans for all scenarios, including a no deal.He said: “The Government has already approved a number of significant Brexit preparedness measures focused on East-West trade, including the preparation of our ports and airports to take account of a changed trading relationship with Britain post-Brexit.“This complements actions already taken including measures were announced in Budget 2018 and over €450m has already been allocated in business supports, including a €300m Brexit Loan Scheme for Business and a €25m Brexit Response Loan Scheme for the Agri-food sector.“I want to reiterate to this Chamber that it is our desire that there will be the closest possible relationship between the EU and the UK after Brexit.”Photo Clive WassonVaradkar shared the Government’s commitment to protecting the Good Friday Agreement and concluding the Withdrawal Agreement which encompasses the backstop, as well as the need to protect the EU’s Single Market.“You can be sure that the Government will be deeply engaged and vigilant on all aspects of Brexit in the weeks ahead. We will bring home the best deal possible and we will stand our ground,” Varadkar said. His speech ended with a message of hope ahead of the challenges Brexit may present to local businesspeople:The Taoiseach said: “When Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce was founded there was a great deal of hope it would open up this part of the country to the rest of the world, during a time of challenge and opportunity.“Today we face new challenges and new opportunities, but the same spirit of optimism, courage, and enterprise which motivated your forebears will help us prevail.”Letterkenny Chamber President Leonard Watson. Photo Clive WassonPresident of the Letterkenny Chamber Leonard Watson spoke on behalf of 250 businesses in the North West when he told the Taoiseach that members are still genuinely concerned about Brexit. Mr Watson told the Taoiseach: “We have welcomed your commitment, and consistent line in terms of the border and a special case for the island, but it seems like a no deal scenario looks more possible than ever.“I just want to emphasise that we are one of the most vulnerable areas.  Any hardening of the border could bring immense difficulties and will deter investment. Our councils on both sides of the border are willing and open to help businesses but uncertainty is not good for business.“We cannot emphasise enough and at every opportunity how important a Brexit deal that acknowledges the unique position of Ireland and the border counties. We hope and I know you will remain steadfast in your commitment during these delicate negotiations.”Mr Watson outlined key plans for the growth of Letterkenny and the North West Strategic Growth Partnership. An ambitious plan for Letterkenny would see the town growing by 50% to a population of 35,000 in the next 10-15 years, he said. Public sector support is necessary to achieve this growth, mainly by addressing infrastructure issues, Mr Watson said.Mr Watson called for funding and support to progress the TEN-T strategic routes proposal for Donegal and for further effort to make the A5/N2 from Derry to Monaghan a reality.Mr Watson said: “All the stakeholders here in Letterkenny and across the region, have worked hard over the years to create what is now a vibrant town steeped in heritage, rich in enterprise and alive with ambition.“We hope that with the support of you and your government and with funding for infrastructure to match, this will help us deliver on our shared ambitions.”Taoiseach promises best Brexit deal possible at Letterkenny Business Lunch was last modified: September 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:An Taoiseach Leo Varadkarbusiness lunchLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more