GAZETTE: Can you talk about your research, particularly your study of colorism?MONK: My research on colorism, or skin tone stratification, is one part of my larger agenda on bodily capital. Skin tone is one aspect of the body, of physical appearance, that traditional, dichotomous measures of social differences, like Census categories, do not tap into.Drawing inspiration from important insights on social cognition and social categorization, my research directly confronts the reality that the social world is much more complex than a lot of media discourse and even academic research would suggest. Human perception is fine-tuned and nuanced, and our treatment by others isn’t just a matter of what we think we are, but what other people see, how other people categorize us. I’m trying to harness and measure those complexities to give us a deeper understanding of mechanisms and processes that lead to inequalities of education, income, and health.The latter topic is inspired by the work of Professor David Williams. He’s really well-known as a pioneer in research on discrimination, social stress, and health disparities. Some of my own research builds on that.In one of my published papers, I look at colorism — this idea that people aren’t just discriminating on the basis of race alone, but on gradational and continuous differences in skin tone. My research shows that once we measure feelings of discrimination on the basis of their skin color specifically, we get a different estimate and vision of the patterns of inequality than we would get if we just thought about it dichotomously. It’s not just, “I’m black.” It’s “I’m a light-skinned person or darker-skinned person or somewhere in the middle of this continuum.” Some of these skin-color-related mental and physical health differences within the black population are actually larger than what we see if we just compare blacks and whites.Interview has been edited and condensed. Related New faculty: Shawon Kinew New faculty: Lauren Williams New faculty: Robert Reid-Pharr This article is part of a series introducing new faculty members.Ellis Monk grew up outside Detroit in the home of two socially conscious parents, and got his Ph.D. at University of California at Berkeley. He arrives at Harvard as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology with a focus on social inequality through a comparative global lens, with particular attention to race in the United States and Brazil.A faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Monk is also interested in the sociology of the body and geometric data analysis.Q&AEllis MonkGAZETTE: How does your background inform your work?MONK: I was fortunate to have had the University of Michigan in my backyard for undergrad. I was a late decider, but I eventually took two sociology courses late in my sophomore year — one on colonialism and one on race.My dad grew up during Jim Crow. Racial inequality and social issues were things that were in the air in my household. Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates were mainstays in the conversation at the dinner table. I didn’t know at that age — 10 — that I would go on to pursue a degree in social science and study race, but it was something we would always discuss, and, to this day, my dad sends me news items via email.GAZETTE: Was there a course or mentor that helped guide your path?MONK: A graduate-level theory course I took as an undergrad with Michael Kennedy [now a professor of sociology at Brown University] left a big impression on me. A few professors took me under their wing. I would go to George Steinmetz’s office hours all the time. He would have a separate informal syllabus, and slip me more things to read. I was fortunate there were people who really nurtured me at that point. I went straight to graduate school, and had ideas of doing something on race and the comparative perspective of the U.S. and Brazil, in particular.GAZETTE: Why the U.S. and Brazil?MONK: My partner is Brazilian and we’ve been together nearly 20 years. Having certain experiences there and here, I didn’t always see them represented in the literature in the two countries. The other part, for me, is that the U.S. and Brazil are central to how we understand race globally. The U.S. and Brazil, after all, were two pillars of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and have deeply intertwined histories. There’s a lot at stake in understanding each of these cases on their own terms and in relation to one another. Art historian maintains deep connections to landscapes of her youth GAZETTE: How have you begun your time here? MONK: I’m teaching “Race and Ethnicity in Global and Comparative Perspective,” where we look at how notions of race have been used in different societies throughout time and space. We look at Japan, China, South Africa. I feel that once students get outside the U.S. and can compare more broadly, it gives them a deeper understanding of their own experiences here in the U.S. If I can serve in a similar role of mentorship to students here like the people at Michigan did for me, that would be great. That’s my selfish hope, to help nurture and inspire future generations of researchers.The other course, “Contemporary Theory and Research,” is graduate-level, and focuses on key issues in epistemology and the philosophy of science, in addition to providing a survey of the role of theory in different areas across the social sciences such as social networks, forms of capital, race, social inequality, gender and sexuality, and post-colonial theory. “Human perception is fine-tuned and nuanced, and our treatment by others isn’t just a matter of what we think we are, but what other people see, how other people categorize us.” Math professor gives department a dose of algebraic combinatorics Professor sees ‘expansive opportunity’ in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Into the Woods Casting for the off-Broadway production will be announced at a later date. Do you know what you wish? Is it by chance an off-Broadway revival of Into the Woods? If so, here’s your chance—you go and you find it and you get it! Tickets are now available for the Roundabout production of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine classic. Performances begin on December 14 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The sparse and inventive twist on the tuner will run through March 22. Love Into the Woods and still not mollified? In addition to the Roundabout revival, the starry, “first-rate” screen adaptation of the musical is set to premiere on Christmas Day. View Comments Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the production features only ten actors and one piano. The stripped-down take, presented by Fiasco Theater, originally played New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre Center last year and is now running at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The beloved reimagining of fairy tales centers on a childless Baker and his wife, who embark on a quest to find the four items required to break a witch’s spell: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 12, 2015
View Comments J. Robert Oppenheimer has been called the father of the atomic bomb, and the American physicist has now given his name to a new Royal Shakespeare Company play, Oppenheimer. With a running time of three hours and a cast of 20, director Angus Jackson’s production gives pride of place to leading man John Heffernan, who seizes the title role like the career-defining part that it is. Broadway.com caught the gifted Englishman prior to the West End opening to talk Brits-playing-Americans, his love for theater, and his early days as—believe it or not—a critic.Were you surprised by Oppenheimer’s swift transfer from Stratford-upon-Avon to the West End?It was a total surprise to me! I had moved up to Leicestershire where my partner and I had just had a baby girl thinking during the short run in Stratford that I would be able to drive 45 minutes to the theater and that would be perfect. So the logistics of this London run have been complicated but amazing at the same time. [Playwright] Tom Morton-Smith’s writing deserves to be seen.This is a bold venture for a commercial run.Which is why I’m hoping it finds an audience! The play is a tough sell on the face of it given that very few people have heard of Tom and no one’s heard of me, so you just hope the RSC name and also the name Oppenheimer rings a bell. There’s a whole generation out there who are unfamiliar with this story.Why do you think people relate to Oppenheimer’s story?Oppenheimer’s journey is a fascinating one—his progression from a very strong idealism and then beyond cynicism into a nihilism of a kind, where he basically says, “I have become death.” There’s something quite elemental in this account of an overweening, ambitious group of people who give birth to this thing that is extremely destructive and so how you then in turn deal with that and what happens when your self-belief crumbles.Do you think it would make a good film?I think it really could. It’s very filmic in terms of lots of short, sharp scenes that nonetheless has a flow to it and a scope. And I have to say that I really do applaud [playwright] Tom’s ambition: he’s managed something where so many writers before him have tried and failed, so hats off to him!Have you been to Los Alamos in New Mexico to check out the location of the Manhattan Project, where Oppenheimer designed the actual bombs?No. I would love to have gone, and I have an actor-friend, Harry Lloyd, who did and I was just so envious. It was wonderful talking to him about what the place was like and also poring over the photographs in the various biographies.Have you ever played an American before?Never. This is my first time. I was incredibly nervous about it because I wanted to get the specific accent that [Oppenheimer] has in all the archives. But I do think things have changed when it comes to English playing Americans. It seems to happen much more than it used to, and I remember my agent telling me that having a good American accent would be very important.Don’t you have a history with the RSC that predates being an actor?I used to usher at the RSC when I was growing up and saw quite a lot of their stuff that way. I’m a complete theater geek and saw Robert Stephens play Lear at the Barbican when I was 12 and decided later on to get a summer job ushering in Stratford just so I could watch shows.How does it feel to now be starring in them?I feel genuinely fortunate to have got where I am. I don’t think you ever lose that fanboy element of being involved in the theater world. It’s sometimes difficult when I end up in a rehearsal room with people I idolized when I was in my teens.Is it true you were a critic?I was. I wrote a few reviews for a website under a different name. But the fact is, I was a terrible theater critic, really, and I got told by someone fairly important that I absolutely should not be doing that. My problem was that I tend to really enjoy most things so wasn’t all that discerning. I just love going to the theater!
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Heléne Yorke is Back for More SexBullets Over Broadway standout Heléne Yorke will return to Masters of Sex for the Showtime series’ third season, reports Deadline. Yorke appeared frequently in the initial season, but took some time off for season two to sing about hot dogs in the Woody Allen tuner. In the TV drama, Yorke plays Jane Martin, a hospital worker who is recruited for a sex study, which leads to a romance with the study’s filmmaker Lester.Lithgow Bows Down to The Crown; The Audience Hits Big ScreenJohn Lithgow may take on the British Bulldog on screen. According to The Daily Mail, the Tony winner and Oscar winner is in talks to play former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in The Crown, the upcoming Netflix miniseries based on Peter Morgan’s The Audience. The political drama is scheduled to begin filming this summer. Need more regal theatrics on screen before then? National Theatre Live will present encore screenings of The Audience, filmed in the West End in 2013 starring current Broadway headliner and Tony nominee Helen Mirren, around the world beginning on June 25. Check their website for screening locations!Duck Season Ends EarlyDuck Commander Musical, the Las Vegas attraction based on A&E’s reality show Duck Dynasty that yes—actually exists—will close on May 17. The show opened officially at Rio’s Crown Theater on April 15. A musical about a notoriously controversial family closes prematurely? Who’da thunk? Still, according to the Las Vegas Sun, sit-down productions in other cities and a national tour are not out of the question.Chita Rivera Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Visit headliner Chita Rivera will be honored with the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the 71st annual Theatre World Awards. Rivera earned her tenth Tony nomination on April 28 for her star turn in the Kander and Ebb musical. The ceremony celebrates 12 performers who made their Broadway or off-Broadway debuts in the past season. The full list of winners will be announced on May 5.New Artistic Director Tapped for the GlobeEmma Rice will assume the role of artistic director at Sheakespeare’s Globe in the U.K. beginning in April 2016, taking over for Dominic Dromgoole. Rice currently services as the joint artistic director of Kneehigh, where she has helmed productions, including The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae and A Matter of Life and Death.
Jarrod Spector: Jukebox Life11/1,2, 4 & 5 at 7PM, 11/13 at 9:30PMFollowing his solo show A Little Help From My Friends and his husband-and-wife act This is Dedicated with Kelli Barrett at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Spector has a brand new show centered around a common theme on his resume: singing beloved pop hits on the Broadway stage. In addition to songs from his Jersey Boys and Beautiful days, the Tony nominee will offer a night of classic hits that shaped his life and career. GET TICKETS Kate Baldwin: Extraordinary Machine11/25 & 27-29 at 7PMTony nominee Baldwin returns to the midtown hotspot to regale audiences with tales from her dual lives as Broadway star and New Jersey suburbanite. Interspersed with showtune staples will be songs from the likes of Fiona Apple, Ingrid Michaelson and Elvis Costello. Also look out for a special appearance from Broadway favorite Matt Doyle. GET TICKETS View Comments Allison Guinn: The Legacy of Daisy Dean10/16 at 9:30PMBroadway alum Allison Guinn take the stage for an Appalachian tribute to her grandmother. Through songs made famous by the likes of the Carter Family and Roy Acuff, Guinn will chart her Dean’s journey from orphan during the Great Depression to gospel-singing granny. Joining Guinn and her string band are her friends from the Great White Way Rachel Bay Jones, Lauren Elder and Briana Carlson-Goodman. GET TICKETS The Newsboys’ Variety Show11/6 at 7 & 9:30PMThe kings of New York are heading back to their kingdom! After traveling the country, the cat of the Newsies national tour will reconvene in New York for a one-night-only cabaret. Expect appearances from Jack Kellys Dan DeLuca and Joey Barreiro, as well as Ben Cook, Stephanie Styles and more. Early November seems like a perfect time to seize the day. GET TICKETS New York has entered the season of sweater weather and pumpkin spice, and Feinstein’s/54 Below has an upcoming lineup of everything nice. A plethora of Broadway favorites are heading to the swanky venue to tell tales, croon tunes and, in at least one instance, get to work, bitch. Check out the nights not to be missed below! Broadway Loves Britney11/16 at 7 & 9:30PMIt’s Broadway, bitch. A slew of stage favorite, including Laura Osnes, Nick Adams and Jennifer Damiano, are on tap to give us, give us more. The Broadway Loves series, musically directed by Benjamin Rauhala, takes the hits of beloved pop artists and presents them with brand new arrangements and mash-ups. Britney already got Broadway Loves treatment in 2013, but now the stars are back to sing her, baby, one more time. GET TICKETS Laura Osnes: The Paths Not Taken11/27 at 9:30PM, 11/29 at 7 & 9:30PM & 11/30 at 7PMThe Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner reprises her acclaimed act with a few revisions and additions. Osnes will take to the stage to show off songs from the shows and roles that got away, such as Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd and—yes, Smash. Head to the supper club to let her be your star, whether she booked it or not. GET TICKETS Jarrod Spector, Laura Osnes, Britney Spears & Kate Baldwin
Krause moved to Pennsylvania for eight years and recently came back to New York two years ago. Not only did she feel respected, but she believes in the community outreach programs the company pushes for. What started as her first cashier job turned into 15 years of opportunity and growth within the company. Kenzie Krause is the Perishable Department Manager at the Johnson City store. She has been with the company for 15 years. Krause worked in multiple departments and eventually entered a managerial training program. Wegmans has been among the top 10 companies on the fortune list for 16 of the 22 years the list existed. It is one of the eight companies on the list every year since it first began. “I don’t know what I would do without Wegmans and all the different programs we do to help young individuals like me succeed in life, we give away scholarships, we focus on our communities. We care about the general well-being and success of each person and its something I believe in.” JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Wegmans has been named one of the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to work for. The family company was ranked 3rd. ” Not even on my first day when I was 15 years old, because I genuinely felt respected and cared for,” she says. Krause stayed with the company because she says she felt respected and cared for. “It’s an extension of my life,” says Krause. “Just the family aspect of it, all the employees see it as one big family.” “Not once have I thought about leaving the company,” said Krause. This year’s list is based on a survey of 4.3 million employees.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates Manchester United’s top four chances after Wolves defeat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are outsiders for the top four (Picture: Getty)Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits his side need to win five of their remaining six matches to have any chance of finishing in the top four.The Red Devils missed the opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal and Spurs into third place with a 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Tuesday night.Solskjaer’s side face the toughest run-in of the four teams battling for the two remaining Champions League qualification spots, including games against Everton (A), Manchester City (H) and Chelsea (H).And the Norwegian says his side need to collect 15 points from the remaining 18 on the table.ADVERTISEMENT Sean KearnsTuesday 2 Apr 2019 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link842Shares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Solskjaer insists his side need five wins from six (Picture: Getty)Asked if his side can still make the top four, Solskjaer replied: ‘Of course.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It [the defeat] is three points. We knew that beforehand we’d need 15 points to get to that position.‘We’ve got six games to get those 15. We need to look forward and dust ourselves down.‘I have said we needed 15 points from seven points. Now it is 15 from six.‘We don’t have room for many losses. It is difficult for us but we are a very good team, so it will be difficult for the teams who played against us’.MORE: Manchester United fans slam two players for laughing on bench during Wolves defeat
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has carried out an audit of Equinor and the fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project.The objective of the audit was to ensure that fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project complied with the company’s own requirements and requirements in the regulations. A sub-goal was to follow up how the project is undertaking its supervisory duty in respect of its supplier – TechnipFMC.The audit, conducted in February this year did not identify any non-conformities, however, the PSA observed two areas with potential for improvement related to follow-up of suppliers and qualification of materials.Snorre Expansion ProjectIn July, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy approved the revised plan for development and operation (PDO) for further development of the Snorre field, called the Snorre Expansion Project (SEP).The SEP is a major subsea development, and the largest improved recovery project on the Norwegian Shelf today. The project represents an investment that will contribute to 25 more years of production on Snorre.The project comprises installation of six well templates with 24 wells that will be tied back to the Snorre A platform. The plan includes an option for further expansion with additional well templates. When production started on Snorre, the expected field life was up to 2011-2014. With the contribution from SEP, calculations show that the field can have profitable production all the way through 2040.