‘Waiting for Superman’ stirs education debate at Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgAn advance screening of the education reform film Waiting for ‘Superman’ played to a packed house Wednesday evening followed by a panel discussion that sparked a vigorous debate mirrored the controversy the documentary has touched off across the nation.Directed by Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for ‘Superman’ follows families across the nation in their quests to find better schools for their children. In so doing, the film promotes reforms closely associated with charter schools such as Harlem Children’s Zone, SEED and KIPP. Geoffrey Canada, Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate and Harlem Children’s Zone founder, and Michelle Rhee, M.P.P. ’97, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, both figure prominently in the film as part discussion about how to transform failing schools.Discussing the screening, Linda Nathan, the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, said she worried the film would feed into the misconception that reform requires a superhuman leader. “I really worry about that message—that innovation means you have to be a missionary or a hero,” she said.Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media (which funded and produced the documentary), was also on the panel and defended his company’s work, saying the its focus was on individuals and good storytelling.“This film was not made for education experts,” he emphasized. “It was made to inspire an audience that doesn’t have a vested interest in the schools… The first [step] is to become inspired. Then we have a chance of sparking a movement.”The panel was moderated by David Ager, co-director of undergraduate studies and lecturer on sociology at Harvard College. Second-year HKS student Thackston Lundy, M.P.P. ’11, former director of operations at the Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, appears in the movie and also participated on the panel.The Waiting for ‘Superman’ screening was hosted by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and was a follow-on to CPL’s Gleitsman Social Change Film Forum, which brought movie industry professionals and students interested in social entrepreneurship together this past April to examine the power of film as a vehicle to catalyze social action.last_img read more

Here Lies Love Returns to the Public

first_img David Byrne Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2015 Love lies at the Public! The off-Broadway hit Here Lies Loves returns to the Public Theater on April 14, where it enjoyed its previous engagement. The musical, directed by Alex Timbers and with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, recently received 11 Lucille Lortel nominations and will release a cast album on April 22.Set to the beat of a throbbing dance club score, Here Lies Love tells the story of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, her meteoric rise to celebrity and subsequent descent into infamy. The production is an immersive theatrical experience that puts audience members directly into the action in a 360-degree scenic and video environment. The show goes beyond Marcos’ legendary obsession with shoes and explores the tragic consequences of the abuse of power.The cast of Here Lies Loves includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda Marcos, Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino. Here Lies Love View Commentslast_img read more

Jacobs, Stolp, Bethke, Beattie victorious at 141

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (July 2) – Four IMCA drivers picked up their first 141 Speedway wins of the season Saturday evening.Jeremy Jacobs has been hooked up in his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified racer the last few weeks.  Top five finishes have been easy as pie to the former champion.  A win had eluded him until Saturday night.Brandon Long ran up front for the first five laps. Jacobs tried multiple lines around the speedway until he figured it out down low. Jacobs passed Long and was never to be touched again. Long prevailed in a late-race battle over Troy Jerovetz to finish second.  Eric Scribner finished fourth while R.M. VanPay rounded out the top five.Aaron Stolp has won numerous grand national features in his career. In 2016, he moved up into the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.  He can now say he is a feature winner in the top fendered class.Jerry Leary led until the first caution flew on lap eight. Stolp restarted fifth and rocketed to the run­ner-up position. Stolp found the right line on lap 11 and moved into the lead.  Stolp got great prac­tice as the leader on restarts as he had a handful to deal with over the second half of the race.  He took care of each one like a seasoned pro on his way to his first career win in the division.Larry Karcz Jr. finished second over Leary. John Adams finished in the top four for the first time in his career and Tony Bouche was fifth.Sawyer Haese led the opening lap of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main.  Kevin Bethke made what proved to be the race-winning pass on lap two.Bethke pulled away from the field over the course of the caution-free race.  The only speed bump was lapped traffic late. Bethke had to slow over the final circuits but had built up enough cushion over the field. Jacob Zellner came home with another second place finish on the weekend. J.J. Anderson rode the top of the speedway to a podium finish. Travis Arenz finished fourth with defend­ing champion Hunter Parsons fifth.It’s not over until it’s over was the motto in the IMCA Sport Compacts. Mitch Meier dominated the whole event and was well on his way to the win when a lapped car came down him on the final lap.  There was a Talladega draft between four cars on the final circuit.  Evan Beattie won the race off of turn four after contact between Alvin Testroete and Brian Watzka.  Beattie picked up the win over Testroete and Watzka.  Brody Rivest came right after in fourth and Meier finished fifth.There is no racing at 141 Speedway next Saturday, July 9.  Bash at the Creek will be taking place with six rock bands in action starting at 2 p.m.last_img read more