Welcoming No. 29

first_img Two leaders, one Harvard Related Explains who he is, how he’s learned, what he values Harvard President Larry Bacow will be officially installed as Harvard’s 29th president on Friday afternoon, with a formal inauguration ceremony followed by a festive block party.To celebrate, the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture will offer free admission on Friday. The Harvard University Archives will have an exhibit featuring the various historic insignia presented to Bacow as part of his installation, including the Harvard Charter of 1650, College Book 1, the oldest surviving record book with entries dating to the 17th century, the Harvard seals of 1843 and 1885, and ceremonial keys made in 1846.Widener Library is offering tours and an exhibit focusing on highlights from its special collections and archives, while Houghton Library is offering tours of items from its rare book and manuscript collection, as well as of its literary-themed rooms dedicated to Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell, John Keats, and Samuel Johnson.The inauguration ceremony itself, which is open to the Harvard community and invited guests, will include government and community leaders, delegates from universities across the country and around the world, and colleagues and friends of the president. It will begin at 2 p.m. with an academic procession into Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard.The procession will be followed by the installation, which will involve Bacow’s four immediate predecessors as Harvard president — Drew Faust, Larry Summers, Neil Rudenstine, and Derek Bok — as well as Bill Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and Susan Carney, president of the Board of Overseers.,The installation will include music by the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the Inauguration Choir and an original poem, “Making Mountains as We Run,” by Amanda Gorman ’20, the inaugural U.S. youth poet laureate.Speakers will include Bacow himself, who will deliver an inaugural address, as well as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey, who chaired the Presidential Search Faculty Advisory Committee; Undergraduate Council President Catherine Zhang; Harvard Alumni Association President Margaret Wang; and Calixto Sáenz, director of Harvard Medical School’s Microfluidics Microfabrication Core Facility.“The Bacow Block Party” will follow the inauguration in the Old Yard, and is also open to the Harvard community. Harvard names Lawrence S. Bacow as 29th president Drew Faust and Larry Bacow on learning from each other, the value of humility in decision-making, and the biggest challenges facing higher education Bacow, named Harvard president, meets the press Widely admired higher education leader, who previously served as Tufts president and MIT chancellor, to become next president in July Access to Harvard Yard on Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be limited to those with a Harvard ID, an installation ticket, or inauguration credentials. Entry to the Yard will be through Johnston, Lamont, Meyer, and Widener gates. Bags and personal items will be subject to inspection. A livestream of the ceremony will be available.The celebration kicked off Thursday evening with a musical prelude at Sanders Theatre and a dessert reception at Annenberg Hall. Friday’s early events include a special breakfast and a luncheon.Also preceding the installation are concurrent academic symposia, open by invitation, that showcase the breadth of Harvard’s scholarship. Topics include behavioral economics and change, confronting inequality, dignity in modern democracy, the role of data in understanding the world, life sciences and the future of medicine, the origins of life, and the power of stories to influence lives. “A Look Across Harvard,” moderated by Provost Alan Garber, is a series of short talks featuring a faculty member from each of Harvard’s Schools.last_img read more

Amnesty dubs new Omnibus Law ‘catastrophic’, petition urges no confidence motion

first_img“The law threatens human rights and will have a regressive effect on human rights in Indonesia, [in particular] on the right to work and rights at work,” said Usmar. “The law will give employers dangerous leeway to massively exploit workers across the country.”Usman expressed hope that the House of Representatives would revisit the law as soon as possible to ensure that it was compliant with international labor laws.The House and the government on Monday passed into law the contentious omnibus bill on job creation, sooner than its original plan to enact the bill on Thursday. Despite mounting objections over fears it would negatively impact the environment and labor rights, the government continued to insist that the law was necessary to improve bureaucratic efficiency in order to boost business and investment.Meanwhile, labor unions and civil society organizations had persisted in their rejection of the bill and planned to stage a nationwide protest from Tuesday to Thursday to oppose it. The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies across the archipelago”Workers from various sectors, such as the textile, mining, electronics, pharmaceutical, tourism, logistics and other sectors, will stage protests in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Cilegon, Purwakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Aceh, Medan, Deli Serdang, Batam, Pekanbaru, Palembang, and other cities,” KSPI president Said Iqbal said in a statement on Monday.An online petition to “Reject the omnibus law on job creation and [lodge] a motion of no confidence in President [Joko Widodo] and the House” has been launched on change.org to demand the resignation of the President and House Speaker Puan Maharani for failing the aspirations of the Indonesian people.The petition had garnered more than 24,000 signatures out of its 25,000 target at the time of publishing.Topics : Amnesty International Indonesia has lambasted the newly passed Omnibus Law on Job Creation, calling it a threat to human rights that could harm labor rights and exploit workers in the country.Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid called the law “catastrophic”.“This is a catastrophic law. It will harm workers’ wallets, job security and their human rights as a whole,” he said in a statement on Monday. Usman also underlined that the deliberation of the controversial bill did not involve meaningful consultation, as labor unions and civil society groups were not fully involved in the process from the beginning.He said that the new law might also breach the prohibition of retrogression principle in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), especially because the law’s unclear provisions on minimum wage and working hours did not meet ICESCR requirements.Read also: Indonesia passes jobs bill as recession loomsIndonesia has since 2006 been a participant of the ICESCR, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1966.last_img read more