Susan Tedeschi Says Trump Should Be Impeached If Elected

first_imgThe beloved Tedeschi Trucks Band continues to bowl over fans with their incredible display of soul music, so much so that they’ve actually gotten to perform in front of the President himself, Barack Obama, at the White House. In a new interview, Susan Tedeschi talks about what might happen to those White House gigs if Donald Trump gets elected.Her initial response is dismissive, saying, “He’s not gonna get in. He better not.” When the interviewer pushed the question once more, Tedeschi said, “We’d just have to impeach him. For being a jerk.”Amen. Tedeschi Trucks Band’s tour continues tonight, June 16th, at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN.last_img

America Ferrera Will Star in Lips Together, Teeth Apart Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Ferrera received an Emmy for her performance as Betty Suarez on the ABC comedy Ugly Betty. On stage, she has appeared off-Broadway in Dog Sees God and Bethany and in the West End in Chicago. Chernus’ off-Broadway credits include In the Wake, The Aliens and Close Up Space. On screen, he has appeared in Captain Phillips, The Bourne Legacy and Orange is the New Black. Chimo returns to Second Stage after starring in Bachelorette; her additional stage credits include Harvey, Bad Jews and Circle Mirror Transformation. Lysy has appeared on Broadway in The American Plan and Macbeth, as well as off-Broadway in Second Stage’s The Water’s Edge. In Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a brother and sister and their spouses spend a Fourth of July weekend in a Fire Island beach house. Thrown into a gay paradise, they do their best to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities. This marks the first New York revival of the comedy in 23 years. A Broadway production starring Megan Mullally was announced in 2009 then subsequently canceled after the actress’ departure. Lips Together, Teeth Apart Emmy winner America Ferrera will star as Sally in the previously announced Second Stage production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart. The revival of Terrence McNally’s comedy, under the direction of Peter DuBois, will also star Michael Chernus as Sam, Tracee Chimo as Chloe and Austin Lysy as John. Performances will begin on October 7 at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is set for November 5. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

July 15, 2003 On the Move

first_img July 15, 2003 Regular News July 15, 2003 On the Move Karen A. Dean has joined Fowler White Boggs Banker, with offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. She concentrates in medical malpractice care litigation and licensing issues before the administrative boards of professional regulation. Alyssa L. Katz has joined Michael P. Maddux, P.A., with offices relocated to 2102 W. Cleveland St., Tampa 33606, telephone (813) 253-3363. She concentrates in criminal defense, juvenile, and dependency appeals. Valerie Erwin Prevatte, former assistant state attorney, First Judicial Circuit, has joined Schofield & Wade, P.A., with offices at 25 W. Cedar St., Ste. 450, P.O. Box 13510, Pensacola 32591, telephone (850) 429-0755. She practices in insurance defense, products liability, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation, and employment law. Susan S. Lerner has joined Josephs, Jack & Miranda, P.A., with offices located at 2950 SW 27th Ave., Ste. 100, Miami 33133, telephone (305) 445-3800. She concentrates in appellate practice, insurance coverage, products liability, wrongful death, and personal injury. Frank N. Fleischer, formerly with Schifino & Fleischer, P.A., has joined GrayHarris, with offices at 201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 2200, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 273-5000. He serves as chair of the firm’s public finance practice group. Susan E. Sewell has become a member of Gurney & Handley, P.A., with offices at Two Landmark Center, 225 E. Robinson St., Ste. 450, P.O. Box 1273, Orlando 32802, telephone (407) 843-9500. Richard A. Adamy, Jr., has joined Fowler White Boggs Banker, with offices at 501 1st Ave. N., Ste. 900, St. Petersburg 33701, telephone (727) 896-0601. He concentrates in workers’ compensation. Jonathan Beckerman, Judd Goldberg, Patrick Martin, and Niza Motola have become associates with Littler Mendelson, with offices at One Biscayne Tower, Two S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 1500, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 400-7500. The firm practices in employment and labor law. Kelley Geraghty Price and Norma Brenne Vincent have joined Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., with offices at 4901 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples 34103. Price concentrates in general civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution; Vincent concentrates in immigration, international business, and real estate matters.Dresnick, Ellsworth & Felder, P.A., has changed its name to Dresnick & Rodriguez, P.A., with offices at 201 Alhambra Circle, Ste. 701, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 461-1975. The firm concentrates in representing hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in regulatory and peer review matters. Philip J. Crowley and Lori A. Heim have joined Hinshaw & Culbertson, with offices at 100 S. Ashley St., Ste. 830, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 276-1662. Crowley practices in general insurance defense and Heim practices in commercial litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. Ofelia Damas-Rodriguez has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson, with offices at 9155 S. Dadeland Blvd., Ste. 1600, Miami 33156, telephone (305) 358-7747. She concentrates in medical malpractice and general liability. David J. Ahr, Jr., has joined Haile, Shaw & Pfaffenberger, P.A., with offices located at Three Golden Bear Plaza, 11780 U.S. Hgwy. One, North Palm Beach 33408, telephone (561) 627-8100. Michael R. Bakst has joined Elk, Bankier & Christu, LLP, which will now be known as Elk, Bankier, Christu & Bakst, LLP, with its West Palm Beach offices relocated to 222 Lakeview Ave., Ste. 1330, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 238-9900. He concentrates in bankruptcy law. Amy E. Lettellier has joined GrayHarris, Tampa, with offices at 201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 2200, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 273-5000. She concentrates in the area of public finance. Scott R. Jeeves, John M. Della Costa, Jr., and Clifford K. Wells, formerly of Woodruff & Jeeves, P.A., have relocated and formed Jeeves Law Group, P.A., with offices at 248 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33701, telephone (727) 894-2929. The group concentrates in automobile accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, severe product liability, and consumer fraud litigation. Heather Fitzenhagen announces the formation of resolution strategies, LLC, with offices at 1750 Marlyn Rd., Ft. Myers 33901, telephone (239) 839-2402. The organization concentrates in securities disputes. James B. Baldinger, former vice president of business security and senior corporate counsel for AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., has rejoined Carlton Fields, with offices located at One Harbour Place, P.O. Box 3239, Tampa 33601, telephone (813) 229-4130. He practices in commercial litigation. Reginald J. Brown, former deputy general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush, and former assistant to the CEO of Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services, has become special assistant to President George W. Bush as well as associate White House counsel. Frank N. Fleischer, formerly of Schifino & Fleischer, P.A., has joined GrayHarris, with offices at 201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 2200, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 273-5000. He becomes chair of the GrayHarris public finance group. Mark H. Schlein, former director of Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, has joined Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 215 S. Monroe St., Ste. 815, Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 412-2000. He concentrates in health care fraud, fraud against the government, and corporate integrity. Curtis Alva, formerly of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, and Paul T. Kashimba, formerly of Sensormatic, have joined Gunster Yoakley, with offices at the Broward Financial Centre, 500 E. Broward Blvd., Ste. 1400, Ft. Lauderdale 33394, telephone (954) 462-2000. Stephen T. Maher has joined Shutts & Bowen, LLP, with offices located at 1500 Miami Centre, 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 358-6300. He practices in the areas of administrative law, litigation, and appellate review. Ratzan & Alters, P.A., announces the relocation of offices to the Wachovia Financial Center, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., 54th Fl., Miami, telephone (305) 374-6366. Carlos MuZiz, formerly with the offices of Gov. Jeb Bush, has joined GrayHarris, with offices at 301 S. Bronough St., Ste. 600, Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 222-7717. He concentrates in litigation and administrative matters. Barbara M. Brown has become an associate with the Law Offices of Denis A. Cohrs, P.A., with offices located at 2575 Ulmerton Road, Ste. 210, Clearwater 33762, telephone (727)540-0001. She practices in the areas of civil litigation, commercial and real estate law, and wills and trusts. Jonathan W. Oliff has joined Foley & Lardner, with offices at The Greenleaf Bldg., 200 Laura St., Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 359-2000. He joins the firm’s litigation department and labor and employment practice group. Kevin M. Eckhardt, Susan E. Mortensen, and Douglas W. Swalina have joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, with offices at 701 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131. Eckhardt joins the firm’s business finance and restructuring department; Mortensen and Swalina join the litigation department. Delancy Hill announces the relocation of offices to the Wachovia Financial Center, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 2680, Miami 33131, telephone (786) 777-0184. The firm concentrates in litigation and transactions. Charles Tatelbaum has joined Adorno & Yoss, with offices located at 888 S.E. 3rd Ave., Ste. 500, Ft. Lauderdale 33335, telephone (954) 523-5885. He joins the firm’s bankruptcy and insolvency department. Michael Palahach and Carlos Cruanes, former partners of High, Stack, Palahach & Cruanes, announce the formation of Palahach & Cruanes, LLC, with offices at 2655 LeJeune Rd., Ste. 1108, Coral Gables. The firm concentrates in wrongful death, personal injury and medical malpractice.last_img read more

UGM calls on mosques to follow COVID-19 rules during ‘qurban’ on Idul Adha

first_imgNanung stressed that mosques should not hold the qurban if the region had even one confirmed case.He also suggested that it would be better to have a licensed abattoir perform the qurban to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Otherwise, he urged mosques to hire a team of butchers that could perform the slaughter in compliance with both sharia and the COVID-19 protocols.He advised mosque management to set up a special team for organizing and monitoring the ceremony, as well as to ensure that all members on the team were healthy. “No sick person may be present at the site of the [ritual] slaughter,” said Nanung, underlining that the team should have limited membership and that the designated site be disinfected in advance.Mosque management should also be equipped with hand sanitizers, water, hand soap, masks and face shields to make sure that all team members and others involved in the qurban followed the COVID-19 health protocols.Meanwhile, UGM animal husbandry dean Ali Agus expressed the hope that its recommendations would help people better understand the necessity for maintaining the health protocols during the ritual sacrifice.“That way Muslims will be able to perform the qurban in a calm, orderly and comfortable manner,” he said.Topics : Mosques have been urged to implement the COVID-19 health protocols if they decided to hold the qurban sacrificial ceremony to mark Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice)The holiday derives from obedience to God Ibrahim (Abraham) demonstrates in his willingness to sacrifice his only son, Ishaq (Isaac). The qurban involves the ritual sacrifice of livestock, primarily of goats and cattle in Indonesia, with the meat apportioned among the congregation, as well as shared with the poor and other disadvantaged families in the area around the mosque.The call comes from the Center for Halal Studies at the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) animal husbandry school ahead of Idul Adha, which falls on July 31 this year. The center’s director, Nanung Danar Dono, said that the ceremony should be conducted by minimizing the number of people gathering at the event to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19.“The objective is to protect the [organizing] committee and [attendees] from the disease while allowing them to perform the qurban,” Nanung said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Friday.He emphasized that the ritual animal sacrifice should be performed only in those areas deemed safe by the government, or “green zones”.Mosque management were also advised to study and review the latest conditions in their region by taking into account edicts from ulema, the views of health experts and government regulations.last_img read more

FORESEA-backed demonstrator hits SEM-REV waters

first_imgThe SEM-REV marine renewables test site, located off the western coast of France, has welcomed the installation of a demonstrator which aims to characterize underwater ambient noise as part of the Acoustics of the SEA (SEAc) project.On April 12, 2018, an innovative demonstrator – including a standalone acoustic recorder from the manufacturer OSEAN, and three acoustic recorders – were installed on site in a project developed by engineering company NEREIS Environnement with the support of the European Union’s FORESEA program.This project, looking to monitor the environment of a marine renewable energy (MRE) production site, required that an autonomous tool for recording underwater sounds and storing data at sea be installed.Specific spectral analysis modules and detection algorithms will be used to characterize the ambient noise by classifying its various components, according to École Centrale de Nantes which developed the offshore testing site.The data collected will be used to model the acoustic footprint of underwater noise in order to estimate the impact of MRE activities on marine fauna, École Centrale de Nantes noted.The SEAc project was selected in the fourth call of the FORESEA program which is helping small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to test their MRE technologies at sea under real conditions, by providing access to the network of test sites in North-West Europe.Eight projects will be tested on the SEM-REV offshore test site as part of FORESEA funding, including prototypes of MRE technologies such as Pytheas Technology’s PywEC generator or the HACE (Hydro Air Concept Energy) wave energy system.Also, the MRE site equipment tools such as FMGC submarine electric cable ballast shells, or site maintenance and monitoring tools such as underwater drone tests developed by INTERDRONES, will be tested at the site.last_img read more

Yahoo unveils new online video series

first_imgChief executive Marissa Mayer is trying to get Yahoo back on the growth trackUS Internet giant Yahoo said it was expanding its online offerings, unveiling 18 new video series with which it hopes to attract a larger audience and advertisers.Of these, 14 will be featured in Yahoo’s digital magazines, which focus on beauty, show business and finance.“I Am Naomi,” starring model Naomi Campbell, and “Riding Shotgun with Michelle Rodriguez,” which will feature actress Michelle Rodriguez driving cars, are among the new offerings.Music will be another big focus for the company as it courts millennials. It will be extending a deal with Live Nation to broadcast music festivals, and will join iHeartMedia to broadcast other music events.Electronic dance music will be the theme of “Ultimate DJ,” produced by Simon Cowell.And Yahoo unveiled a new long-form series: a comedy called “The Pursuit” aimed at millennials in the digital age.Chief executive Marissa Mayer is trying to get Yahoo back on the growth track.“Yahoo is amidst a multi-year transformation to return an iconic company to greatness,” Mayer said in an earnings statement last week.“This quarter, we saw encouraging revenue growth of eight percent, with display revenue growing a modest two percent and search growing 20 percent.”Yahoo has been under pressure from activist shareholders to deliver more value with lower costs and a narrower focus.Mayer spent more than $1 billion to acquire the blogging platform Tumblr to reach a younger market segment and has made a push to focus more on mobile content and search.But Yahoo remains far behind search market leader Google, based on market surveys.–AFPRelated Drones to deliver your online deals Mauritania unveils new flagcenter_img Nile Series Full Live Coverage 6th May 2015 1700 GMTlast_img read more

Siblings fall in buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – Two persons were nabbedin a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay 9, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Michael and Francis – both residents ofthe village – were caught after they sold suspected shabu to an undercover copfor P100 around 4 p.m. on April 16, it added. Six sachets of suspected shabu valued ataround P40,000 were seized from Michael Baladitan, 29, and his brother Francis,27, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstMichael and Francis./PN Cash amounting to P700 were alsorecovered from the suspects’ possession, police said. The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of the Kabankalan City police station. BY CYRUS GARDE MAE SINGUAYlast_img

Local college athletes react to fall sports cancellations

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Biocenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Leah Stevens knows this feeling all too well.Stevens, a two-sport athlete at the college level, first experienced it back in March as a junior at the University of Maine at Farmington. As the novel coronavirus pandemic led to cancellations across the board from the youth sports ranks all the way to the college and professional levels, the UMaine-Farmington softball season was one of the many to be lost.On Monday, that feeling of disappointment set in for Stevens yet again as the North Atlantic Conference announced the cancellation of all conference games for the fall 2020 season. In response, UMaine-Farmington moved to cancel all fall 2020 athletic events, a decision that ended Stevens’ women’s soccer season before it could even begin.“For me, it definitely feels like, ‘Wow, it’s happening all over again,’” said Stevens, a 2017 graduate of Ellsworth High School. “It’s kind of a surreal thing. I never thought we would all be in the position we’re in now.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIndeed, the sports scene in the latter half of July is in an eerily similar place to where it was when the pandemic began wiping out entire seasons in March. Although fans of youth, high school and professional sports are still holding out hope that games, meets and matches will return, many college athletes from Hancock County and beyond already know they won’t be returning to action this fall.A month ago, Bowdoin College made national news when it canceled all sporting events for the remainder of the calendar year. The move made Bowdoin the first New England Small College and Athletic Conference (NESCAC) school to nix the fall sports season in its entirety.Bowdoin’s cancellation began a domino effect among New England schools. After the NESCAC canceled its season July 10, the University of Maine, the University of New England, Husson University and Maine Maritime Academy were quick to follow last week. Monday’s NAC announcement also ended conference play for Thomas College and UMaine-Presque Isle, though both schools still intend to play nonconference schedules.Colby’s cancellation was heartbreaking news for Javon Williams, a 2019 Ellsworth High School graduate who was set to see his first game action after redshirting last season. Williams had spent nearly a year recovering from an Achilles injury suffered early in camp last season, and 2020 was set to be his comeback campaign.“I was really ready for this because I didn’t get that full taste of college football last year,” Williams said. “It’s been a while since I had a full, healthy season, and this was my chance to get back out there. We understand why [the season was canceled], but we’re still pretty frustrated.”At MMA, the cancellation deprived Colby Clarke, another 2017 graduate of Ellsworth High School, of a 2020 season that had a chance to be a special one. Clarke, a senior midfielder, was likely to be a captain for an MMA team that went 13-4-1 last year and had high hopes again as it prepared for a new season.As was the case in the spring, players who have lost a fall sports season will not lose their unused year of eligibility. Yet while some players, such as Stevens, were already planning to return to school for a fifth year prior to the pandemic, others, such as Clarke, have a decision to make.“I’ve been putting a lot of thought into whether I’m going to come back, go to another school and pursue a different degree or take a job offer after I graduate,” Clarke said. “The NCAA also said they might look at a spring season, so I kind of have to wait and see how it goes.”At some schools, the cancellations deprived Hancock County teammates of a season together. Such was the case at UMaine-Farmington, where Stevens is part of a local trio that includes fellow 2017 Ellsworth graduate Callie Hammer and 2018 Mount Desert Island graduate Adriana Novella.“It’s disappointing that we won’t get to play together this year,” Stevens said. “We’re really close, and when we’re on the field together, that translates. We connect really well with each other.”There might, of course, be further cancellations and postponements in the pipeline. Resuming competitions that often require physical contact and interstate travel will remain difficult throughout the pandemic, and athletics can only be part of the equation if students are on campus.Williams will be pushing himself in hopes of an even better return next year. Stevens, who says she wants to coach after college, will turn her attention toward a 2021 softball season and her fifth year next year. Clarke will continue to train in hopes that a potential spring season gives him one last chance with his MMA teammates.“It’s obviously not ideal, but that’s life,” Clarke said. “You have to move on and make the most of it.”UMaine-Machias suspends athletic program indefinitelyThe University of Maine at Machias announced Tuesday that it is suspending its athletic program effective immediately.The university cited budget constraints related to COVID-19 for the decision, which affects two full-time employees, four part-time coaches and 73 student-athletes. Those affected were informed of the school’s decision prior to the public announcement.“This decision was made after an in-depth review of the athletics program, during which we explored a number of options for reducing costs without suspending operations,” said Head of Campus Dan Qualls. “It became clear that, under the constraints of our current budget and especially in light of the additional costs and safety concerns associated with the pandemic, we would not be able to provide the necessary facilities, equipment and resources for a safe and competitive environment for our student-athletes.”UMaine-Machias competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, a 77-member small-college organization that also includes Central Maine Community College, UMaine-Augusta and UMaine-Fort Kent. The school’s sports offerings included men’s and women’s soccer and basketball as well as women’s volleyball.UMaine-Machias will honor all scholarships through the conclusion of the 2023-24 academic year. The school will look to expand non-varsity athletic options in the wake of the decision.last_img read more

NOC Wants Corporate Nigeria to Play Leading Role in Sports Devt

first_img“Government cannot do it alone any more. The Corporate Nigeria must play a leading role henceforth in sports development,” the Olympic body noted.As a way of ending the unnecessary conflicts plaguing most of the national sports federations whose boards were elected last June in Abuja, NOC directed them to review their constitutions immediately and align them with their international body’s rules and guidelines.“All national federations must conclude matters of reviews and approval of such statutes by their congresses and international federations on or before June 30, 2018 with ratified copies submitted to the Nigeria Olympic Committee,” part of the communiqué stated.Also, the NOC called on the federations to encourage their members seeking positions in international bodies to achieve their aims, saying such moves would aid Nigeria’s sports development.“Nigerians aspiring for positions in international federation and confederation boards should be encouraged by all means as they play very important roles in the delivery of results by athletes in the sports field.“As a result, the “pull-him-down” syndrome, where current federation officials constitute barriers to election or re-election of eligible Nigerians should be discouraged,” it noted.NOC restated its resolve to continue to work with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for the overall development of the sector in the countryIt therefore urged all stakeholders to ensure that Nigerian athletes excel at the various international multi-sport games line up for next year. They include; the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Africa Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria in 2018 and the Winter Olympic Games (Bobsled) in Korea 2018.Other upcoming events include; the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the 2019 All Africa Games. Tokyo is to host the next Olympic Games in 2010 in Japan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has thrown its weights behind calls for the private sector to take up leading roles in financing of sports in the country.Rising from its Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, the NOC insisted that the federal and state governments can no longer be left to bear the responsibilities of sports funding given the dwindling resources available to them.In a seven-point communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, NOC observed that corporate bodies in Nigeria were not committed enough to supporting sports and therefor appealed to such bodies and philanthropists to support sports.last_img read more

New group to explore all facets of the Middle East

first_imgA new student group hopes to move discussion of the Middle East beyond polarized political conflicts to explore culture of the complex region.The USC Middle East Studies Student Association, which launched last week, is a student-run group affiliated with the university’s Middle East Studies program. The group is trying to raise interest and awareness in all aspects of the region, including its culture, history, religion and language.Although several other clubs at USC already cater to specific political, religious and ethnic issues related to the region, MESSA will be the first to explore the cultural and intellectual diversity of the entire Middle East.“I realized there really wasn’t any organization for people interested in the region as a whole,” said Daphne Wu, a senior majoring in history.Wu co-founded the group with Phil Zager, a senior majoring in economics and international relations, after the two spent last semester in Cairo studying Arabic.“We hope that people who are interested in the Middle East can come together and have a more open exchange,” Zager said. “I would love to see people talk rather than just take one side; to have dialogue rather than just debate, where you yell at each other over different sides and viewpoints.”More than a dozen students gathered at the group’s first event Thursday to watch Persepolis, an award-winning animated film about a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution.In addition to screening films and bringing in speakers, the group wants to make use of Los Angeles’ diverse population by conducting trips to Middle Eastern restaurants and concerts. It also plans to make contacts with the local communities and host language tables.For those with an academic interest in the region, MESSA plans to connect students with professors who have contributed research on the field to offer their unique perspectives.The group is hoping to use its contacts to invite professors from USC, as well as in the region, to hold lectures and seminars about the Middle East.“We are really focusing on bringing students together with faculty members,” Wu said. “They deal with so many different topics in all different disciplines. And hopefully that way we can get students out of polarized ways of thinking.”Sarah Gualtieri, an associate professor specializing in Arab-American and modern history, is working closely with MESSA to give students a rounded understanding of the region.Gualtieri is working along with other professors in the Middle East Studies program — an interdisciplinary degree that explores Middle Eastern studies through such diverse fields as economics, religion and language — which expects to maintain a close connection with the student group.“My goal as faculty adviser to the program is to promote interests in the region, to promote considerations for the diversity, including the diversity of opinions,” Gualtieri said.The program supported the Persepolis screening by providing funding, and Wu said she expects to continue working with advisers and professors in the program because she wants to promote the program and classes.While the Middle East is obviously a very conflict-ridden area, I think sometimes that gets too much attention in American media and in college campuses.”Though MESSA has no particular agenda or bias other than an academic exploration of the region, maintaining a balance of views on what can be sensitive subjects still remains a concern for many members.“We know bringing somespeakers may upset certain people, and we definitely take that into consideration,” Zager said.But the point is we want to bring different perspectives, we’re not presenting it as, ‘Here, this guy has the absolute truth,’ it’s just another perspective. We want students to hear something new and think for themselves.”last_img read more