Solange Knowles is Harvard Foundation Artist of Year

first_imgThe Harvard Foundation has named Grammy Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and visual artist Solange Knowles as its Artist of the Year. She will be recognized at the annual award ceremony on March 3 at Sanders Theatre.Knowles, who recently was named one of Glamour magazine’s women of 2017 and received the Billboard Impact Award, has used her public platform to advocate for justice and fair representation, promoting constructive and empowering political messages. From her acclaimed album “A Seat at the Table” to performing for then-President Barack Obama at the White House, Knowles has invoked themes dealing with empowerment, identity, grief, and healing that have resonated with millions of people. Her performance-art shows at the Guggenheim Museum and the Chinati Foundation, along with her installation at London’s Tate Modern museum, have amplified a defining career of visual art and activism.“A Seat at The Table” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, Apple Music, and iTunes Overall Top Albums Charts. Its success led to her 2017 “Orion’s Rise” performance series that included shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Orpheum Theater in Boston. A portion of the proceeds from one of her Radio City performances and all of the proceeds from her Orpheum performance were donated to hurricane relief efforts.In accepting the Glamour award, Knowles said, “When I was about 11 years old, someone told me, ‘You’ve got to shoot for the moon and, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.’ Well, I wasn’t interested in either one. I was interested in the journey there.” She added, “We as women are told from the second that we come into our own that we must not only shoot for the moon but hold it in our hands, turn it until the morning, nurture all of its rings … and feel and look like a goddess. That is not my journey.”The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the University’s office for interracial, interethnic, and interreligious relations, honors the nation’s most acclaimed artists and scientists each year.The award will be presented to Knowles at the Cultural Rhythms Festival during a program on March 3 that begins at 4:30 in Sanders Theatre. Tickets will be available to Harvard ID holders at the Sanders box office, 45 Quincy St., at noon on Thursday. (Two-ticket limit per ID. Price $10.) Tickets will go on sale, as available, to the public at noon on Feb. 23 at the Harvard Box Office, 10 Holyoke St., by phone at 617-496-2222, or online at (Handling fees may apply. Two-ticket limit. Price $20.)last_img read more

SMC blends tradition and new experiences at orientation

first_imgSaint Mary’s traditional three-day orientation for first year students kicked off Thursday with a few new activities, along with old traditions, aimed at welcoming a new class of Belles to campus.Students began moving into the residence halls at 8 a.m. and formal orientation began at 4:30 p.m.Keri O’Mara | The Observer Student body president senior McKenna Schuster said orientation is important for new students to get acquainted with their new home, new classmates and student leaders.“Orientation is where girls make their first friends, and start to discover what it is like to be away from home,” Schuster said.New this year, the Student Government Association (SGA) invited Playfair, a professional team-building group, to come Friday and help first-years get to know one another through ice-breakers and other activities, Schuster saidThe Closing of the Circle ceremony will take place Saturday evening. Schuster said the event is a highly symbolic and meaningful tradition, during which the first-year students gather on the green in front of Le Mans Hall and listen to testimony from upperclassmen. “The ceremony culminates with a candle lighting and distribution of special Saint Mary’s charms that girls can take with them,” Schuster said. “After each student’s four years at Saint Mary’s they participate in an Opening of the Circle ceremony where we are sent off into life after Saint Mary’s.”Junior Madeline Harris, a resident assistant in Holy Cross Hall, said RA’s play an integral role in orientation because they are some of the first faces the new students and their families encounter in their new home.“Since RA’s work so closely with the students throughout the year, it is important to make a positive impression in the first few days, whether it be a smile, a hello or a short conversation,” she said.Schuster said her best advice for first-years is to engage and listen, but not get overwhelmed. “Sometimes, orientation can feel like a lot of information thrown at you at once, but it is important for the first years to take it just one step at a time and hopefully learn that there are resources all over campus for them to utilize,” Schuster said.She said she hopes the class of 2018 will feel a part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood and get involved with new activities on campus.“One of our SGA goals is to increase attendance at events throughout the year and I really want to encourage the first years to not be afraid to try something new,” Schuster said. “There’s an event, club or initiative for everyone.”Tags: class of 2018, Closing of the Circle, Freshman Orientation, saint mary’slast_img read more

Liverpool sign Swiss winger Shaqiri

first_img0Shares0000Xherdan Shaqiri shone for Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 13 – Liverpool have signed Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City, the English Premier League giants announced Friday.The Reds said he had signed “a long-term contract”, with British media reports saying Shaqiri had arrived at Anfield in a five-year deal for £13 million ($17 million, 15 million euros). The 26-year-old winger’s move follows Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League.“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach (Jurgen Klopp),” Shaqiri told“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too, but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here.“I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”Shaqiri, who was born in Kosovo but moved to Switzerland as a child, has just returned from the World Cup in Russia where his country were eliminated in the last 16 by Sweden.He sparked controversy by celebrating his goal in the 2-1 win over Serbia in the group stage by making a gesture with his hands to represent the two-headed eagle of the Albanian flag with which many Kosovars identify.FIFA, which bans political symbols at stadiums, fined him and teammates Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner for the goal celebration but they all avoided two-match suspensions.Shaqiri is Liverpool’s second major acquisition of the summer after Brazilian midfielder Fabinho joined from Monaco.The Champions League finalists have also strengthened their midfield with the pre-arranged arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more