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Call for Conference Proposals (Amherst, MA)

on Tufts Gets Green

by Lauren Martin

22 hours, 47 minutes ago

Call for Proposals for "Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region" The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum are […]

Kowalsick et al. work featured in LCGC's "The Column" online newsletter

on Tea & Climate Change Collaborative

by Rebecca Boehm

1 day, 3 hours ago

Our recent work published in the Journal of Chromatography A was highlighted in the 'News' column in the December 15 issue of LCGC's The Column. Click here to read more. 

Naming the Ones We Lost – South Sudan Conflict

on Reinventing Peace

by Bridget Conley

1 day, 5 hours ago

World Peace Foundation would like to express its support for the project, Naming the Ones We Lost--South Sudan Conflict. The power of memorializing acts of mass violence does not reside in the creation of narratives that are later deployed to justify new paradigms, policies or institutions-- memory does not provide service to future agendas. The cliche of "never again," is a distortion: shortcut to action,  an ambiguous call to self-protection or present-day battles, it forgets more than it remembers. Rather, memorialization offers its most profound contribution when it absolutely refuses generalization, when it issues an exhortation, across the vast terrain of mass atrocities, to return to the loss of one person, whose loss is infinite. As Holocaust survivor, Abel Herzberg, stated: "There were not six million Jews murdered; there was one murder, six million times." Recognizing individual losses is exceptionally difficult during times when many lives are at risk, but that is precisely why such work is important. This is the spirit behind an important new effort to name the dead in South Sudan's current war, described by the organizers, below.   Naming the Ones We Lost – South Sudan Conflict: 15 Dec 2013 to the present day Naming the people who have died and ensuring their legacy is an important part of the South Sudanese culture. Yet, during and following all of South Sudan’s conflicts, there has never been a comprehensive and public recognition of the individual loss of human life. The list you read, Naming the Ones We Lost – South Sudan Conflict, is the work of a small group of civil society volunteers who have been collecting data to gather together the names of all those who have died in South Sudan since 15th December 2013. Family and friends of those who have died in the conflict have willingly provided the majority of the information through a testimonial form developed for this project. Additional names of victims were collected through news articles, public websites, community lists, social media and human rights reports that named victims of armed conflict across South Sudan. Each name is backed up with additional data, which was collected as a means of verification. Only the NAME, AGE, DATE AND LOCATION OF DEATH are available in the list. All possible efforts were made to ensure that the names are real and that the deaths have been confirmed. Only through receiving information, submitting names or having names in the public domain were the names added to the list. The List of Names The following list is published in memory of all those who have died in South Sudan through armed conflict since the 15th December 2013. It is by no means definitive, but it is a start. We hope that the publication of these names will spur collective efforts to name and remember all of those who have died through armed conflict in South Sudan. The list is not exhaustive and includes 572 names of victim from the start of the conflict on 15th December 2013 to 31st October 2014. It includes men, women, elderly people and children, South Sudanese people of different ethnic groups and people of different nationalities. The oldest victim is a woman of 105 years old and the youngest is a 14-month old baby. The list contains people of different professions – both civilian and military. Those killed are traditional chiefs, doctors, engineers, housewives, pastoralists, nurses, religious leaders, students, farmers, traders, men in uniform, including UN peacekeepers, but the majority of the victims on the list are civilians and young people, demonstrating that South Sudan has lost so much of its human capacity and potential. The victims on the list were killed in six out of the ten States of South Sudan, namely Central Equatoria (Juba and Jameza); Lakes State (Rumbek Town, Rumbek Central County, Rumbek East County, Malou, Cuibet); Jonglei State (Bor, Akobo, Duk County), Upper Nile State (Akoka, Malakal, Tonga, Owaci, Opel, Doleb, Maban, Wau); Unity State (Bentiu, Rubkona, Leer, Koch); Warrap State (Abyei). Some of the victims were killed along Juba-Yei Road, Juba-Bor Road, Juba-Rumbek Road and Wau-Rumbek Road. Memorialization This list, although a fraction of the total loss, reflects the devastating human impact of South Sudan’s year-long war in which no one has been officially counting the dead. Peace remains elusive, mass graves dot the landscape with civilians, both young and old, bearing the brunt of the fighting. At the time of writing, people are continuing to die. Under Article 4.2 of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, signed by the two warring parties on 23 January 2014, ‘The parties agree to an enabling environment to facilitate the decent burials of the dead and memorialization, support reunion of families and any such act that promote human dignity.’ We accordingly call on all parties to the conflict and citizens to take all possible measures to identify the dead, maintain detailed records and, as far as is possible, ensure that the dead receive dignified burials such that the information can eventually be made available to their loved ones. This publication coincides with several national commemorative events taking place on the 15th December 2014. Religious groups, South Sudanese people and their friends around the country and in neighbouring countries are taking a moment to pause and acknowledge the dead, including both those named here and those whose names are not yet publicly known. In Juba, South Sudan, the names are being read aloud by some of the friends and relatives of the dead. The readers represent all of South Sudan’s regions. The names and this statement will also be displayed at many of the commemoration events. In Nairobi, Kenya the same list will be read aloud by family and friends of the dead at an event organized by Amnesty International and several other organisations. These commemorations will speak of the strength and resilience of the affected communities and the lights that have shone in solidarity as South Sudanese people have supported and helped one another during this painful year. The commemoration in Juba is a small event, dwarfed by the tragic loss of life, but it is a start. As time continues to pass, the list of names will inevitably grow into a true reflection of the colossal loss of life that the people of South Sudan have once again suffered. It is hoped that one day all the dead of South Sudan’s conflicts will be formally and publicly recognized and remembered as part of a national memorial of commemoration. The volunteers take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who have so far come forward to give the names of those who have been lost. We invite all South Sudanese citizens and friends of South Sudan to join in this remembering and continue submitting names until all those who have been lost are publicly named. Those who wish to add their own loved ones to this list may do so by emailing to request a ‘Naming the Ones We Have Lost’ form: We are exploring more ways in which you can submit your names and will publish this information when it becomes available. PRESS QUERIES: Ms Anyieth D’Awol, Naming Project Lead: Mr Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO:  

Post-decision news for EN applicants

on The Fletcher School - Admissions News and Updates

by Jessica Daniels

1 day, 7 hours ago

All Early Notification applicants should know by now that decisions were released earlier this week.  To those who were admitted, congratulations!  I hope you'll enjoy the extra time to plan for your graduate studies.  You will be hearing from members of the Admissions staff to whom you can send your questions.  We're really happy to start growing the September 2015 entering class!  All that said, this post is not so much for you. Next, let me say that I’m sorry to bid farewell to a group of applicants who were denied admission.  We always regret making these difficult decisions, but we hope it will help the applicants make their choices on where else they should apply. This post is really for those applicants whose applications were deferred for review in the spring, a good news/bad news situation.  The bad news is the lack of happy admissions news, but the good news is that you still have the opportunity to try to bring about happy news in March.  Our Admissions Committee will gladly review an update to your application!  But what makes a useful addition?  Here’s a list of updates that we particularly value: An updated transcript that reflects grades received since you submitted your application; New standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS) score reports; A revised résumé that includes information on a new job position; An additional recommendation that sheds light on an aspect of your background you weren’t able to illuminate in other parts of the application. Before I go on, I'll emphasize that no one is required to submit an update.  Not at all!  But you are invited to submit one, and why would you turn down this opportunity? What type of optional update is best for you?  Well, the first thing to do is consider whether you have your own suspicions regarding weaker aspects of your application.  Are those aspects something you can improve on?  For example, did you decide it would be better not to mention the causes of your weak undergraduate semester?  I'd encourage you to explain it, particularly if it pulls down your overall GPA.  Did you indicate that your language skills are not strong enough to pass our proficiency exam?  Send us information on your plan for achieving proficiency before the end of the summer.  Did you mistype your years of employment at a certain job, making it look like you were there for two months, rather than four years and two months?  You can make that correction now.  And, if your GRE/GMAT scores were significantly lower than you expected, you may want to take the test again. Another suggestion:  If, upon reflection, your essay didn't state your goals as clearly as you would have liked, send us a clarifying email!  We won't substitute it for your personal statement, but it will certainly be reviewed.  This could be particularly helpful if you've taken steps to learn more about your ultimate career goal. Possible additions to your application need not be limited to what I've listed above.  The key question to ask yourself is:  Does this actually add anything?  If the information is already included in your application, then there's there’s not much value in sending it again.  That is, an additional academic recommendation will add little to an application that already includes three.  On the other hand, a professional recommendation will add a lot to an application that only includes academic recommendations.  Think it through before you flood us with info, but don’t hesitate to send us something that will give your application a happy bump. Whether you were offered admission this week, or you were told we’ll reconsider your application in the spring, we look forward to hearing from you and to working with you during the coming months.  Please be sure to be in touch if you have questions.

Serving as Collections Intern at Old North -- guest post by Jessica Nelson

on MUSEUM STUDIES at Tufts University

by Tegan Kehoe

2 days, 4 hours ago

Jessica Nelson wrote this piece for the Old North Foundation's website, and Old North's Director of Education Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, also from the Tufts program, suggested we share it here. Thanks, Jessica […]