Fresh off tour with The Rolling Stones for their European No Filter tour, saxophone master Karl Denson has announced a new string of tour dates around the U.S. with his band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. The tour will see KDTU perform three shows paying tribute to The Allman Brothers Band at Park West in Chicago on November 17, The Fillmore in San Francisco on November 25, and Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL on April 19-21 that are being dubbed, “Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Eat A Bunch of Peaches.” Denson will add three special guests to the core Tiny Universe line-up for these performances, including Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog) on double drums, Kenneth Crouth (Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton) on second keys, and Mark “Speedy” Gonzales (Brownout) on trombone. KDTU will round out 2017 with a Colorado run that features two nights at The Public Room in Crested Butte and a New Year’s Eve performance supporting My Morning Jacket at 1st Bank Center in Denver. At the outset of 2018, KDTU will head out for a string of West Coast shows that includes a stop at Belly Up in Denson’s hometown of San Diego, two nights at Nectar’s in Seattle and a return to Revolution Hall in Portland.Highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet, KDTU will be showcasing material from their long-awaited forthcoming studio album, as well as previous acclaimed KDTU recordings like New Ammo and The Bridge. The current KDTU touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, original drummer of The Greyboy Allstars Zak Najor, The Greyboy Allstars’ bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman.Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe // Tour Dates11/17 – Chicago, IL – Park West +11/18 – Punta Gorda, FL – The Big Orange Music Festival11/24 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz11/25 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore +12/02 – Park City, UT – Park City Mountain Resort12/28 – Crested Butte, CO – Public House12/29 – Crested Butte, CO – Public House12/31 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center *1/12 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up1/13 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHo1/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Jam Cruise 161/24 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall1/25 – Seattle, WA – Nectar’s1/26 – Seattle, WA – Nectar’s1/27 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall1/28 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub2/3 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Crown Room4/19-21 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee Festival ++ Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Presents Eat A Bunch of Peaches* New Years Eve with My Morning Jacket
Dave Matthews Band has released yet another new single, “Again And Again”, from their upcoming album, Come Tomorrow–due out on June 8th via RCA Records. This marks the third single released off Come Tomorrow, following “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” and “That Girl Is You”.The track originally debuted along with two others at the band’s 25th-anniversary show in 2016, with Dave taking a rare turn on keys. At the time, Matthews noted that it was as-of-yet untitled, but printed setlists dubbed the track “Bob Law”. Now officially re-named “Again And Again”, the catchy, bass- and synth-forward recording shifts deftly from somber and brooding to sunny and joyous, making for an at-once fresh and familiar sound that DMB fans are sure to love. You can listen to Dave Matthews Band’s “Again And Again” in the official visualizer video below:Dave Matthews Band – “Again And Again”[Video: Dave Matthews Band]Come Tomorrow will be Dave Matthews Band’s ninth studio release, serving as a follow-up to 2012’s Away From The World, the critically and commercially successful hit that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. According to the album’s announcement, it was created in studios across the United States and with several different producers, including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo, and Rob Evans.Once released, Come Tomorrow will be available in CD, digital, and cassette formats. The band also notes that they’ll release a limited-edition white-vinyl 4 LP set exclusively through the DMB and Warehouse Official stores. You can pre-order Dave Matthews Band’s new album, due out on June 8th, here.Dave Matthews Band is currently in the midst of their extensive summer tour. See below for a full list of dates. For more information, head to the Dave Matthews Band website.Dave Matthews Band Summer 2018 Upcoming Tour Dates:6/1 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion6/2 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center6/5 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater6/6 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre6/7 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center6/9 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live6/12 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion6/13 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/16 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion6/22 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center6/23 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre6/27 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater6/29 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion6/30 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion7/1 Milwaukee, WI American Family Insurance Amphitheater7/6 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/7 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage7/11 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/14 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater7/18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center7/20 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek7/21 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach7/24 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte7/25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds7/28 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds8/24 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/25 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre8/28 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/1 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/2 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre9/7 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys9/8 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View9/10 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood BowlView All Tour Dates[H/T JamBase]
Live For Live Music is thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with The Peach Music Festival as the official media partner for their 2019 event, set to take place on July 25th–28th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA.In the leadup to this year’s edition of The Peach Music Festival, Live For Live Music will be bringing you exclusive video content from previous years, live artist Q&As, unique interviews, new lineup addition announcements, and much more. The partnership will culminate with a number of exciting activations during the event in July, from free live webcasts to a Live For Live Music stage on the festival grounds.The media partnership kicked off today, March 18th, with the premiere of a portion of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance at The Peach 2018. You can watch the newly premiered pro-shot video below:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Greatest Story Ever Told” > Jam > “Loser” – The Peach 2018<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Keep your eyes open for plenty of exciting content from The Peach Music Festival and Live For Live Music over the next few months. We’ll see you on the mountain!For more information about The Peach 2019, or to grab your tickets today, head here.
On Wednesday, Afropunk announced the artist lineup for their annual Brooklyn event, set to take place on August 24th and 25th at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY.The 2019 Afropunk Festival lineup includes high-profile artists like Jill Scott, FKA Twigs, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Kamasi Washingon, Santigold, Lianne La Havas, Danny Brown, Toro y Moi, Death Grips, J.I.D., Leikeli47, Rico Nasty, Tierra Whack, Goldlink, Masego, Earthgang, Tank & The Bangas, The Suffers, and more. You can check out the lineup announcement video below:Afropunk 2019 Lineup Announcement VideoSince getting its start in Brooklyn in 2005, Afropunk has expanded across the globe. Now, Afropunk hosts annual events in Paris, France; London, U.K.; Atlanta, GA; and Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information on Afropunk Festival’s various global events, head here.Tickets for this year’s Brooklyn edition of Afropunk are on sale now via the event website.
Sheryl Crow has a new single out and it features the veteran singer teaming up with late country icon Johnny Cash for a duet on one of her old originals, “Redemption Day”.Related: ShoalsFest Announces Inaugural Lineup: Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, MoreThe song was originally written by Crow back in the 1990s when it appeared on her self-titled 1996 album. The song was inspired by a trip which Crow took to war-torn Bosnia with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, where she visited military bases and performed for troops. Cash would go on to hear the song for the first time in 2003, shortly before his death in September of that year. Cash apparently asked a lot of questions about what the various lyrics penned by Crow may have meant, as he didn’t want to perform a cover the song without connecting with its core meaning, according to a statement shared via press release. Cash’s cover of “Redemption Day” would go on to appear on his 2010 American VI: Ain’t No Grave album.Fast forward to 2019 and Crow has since re-recorded the song using Cash’s vocal track to act as a new duet. Crow also shared the new video to go with the song’s arrival on Friday, which was directed by Shaun Silva and features footage of Cash next to scenes of a young child watching history unfold. Fans can watch the video below to hear the new recording of the old song in full.Sheryl Crow, Johnny Cash – “Redemption Day”[Video: SherylCrow]The song acts as one of the first singles to be released which will also appear on Crow’s forthcoming studio album, which is also reported to be her last. The currently-untitled project will arrive on The Valory Music Co., and is scheduled for a summer release. Earlier this week it was reported that Cash would have his likeness added to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as the replacement for two Confederate statues.
On his latest Under The Scales podcast episode, host and lyricist Tom Marshall discusses the meanings behind five different Phish songs. Marshall is joined by Under The Scales regulars RJ Bee and Stephen “Tebo” Thomas.The trio begin their conversation by discussing their thoughts and feelings towards Trey Anastasio‘s recent Ghosts of the Forest tour. Tom mentions that he attended four shows on the tour (Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Berkeley), and touches on the Berkeley show being a particularly emotional performance, as the late-Chris Cottrell’s daughters were members of the audience. Tom goes on to discuss his thoughts on the possibilities of Ghosts of the Forest material entering Phish‘s expansive catalog.Next, Tom leads his co-hosts into the episode’s main theme, diving into the lyrical analysis behind five favorite Phish tunes. The trio begin by discussing “Blaze On”, a newer tune that appears on Phish’s 2016 Big Boat release and was debuted the summer prior at Phish’s 2015 summer tour-opening show at Bend, OR’s Les Schwab Amphitheater. Tom explains that he wrote the tune with Trey in February 2015 while on a songwriting retreat in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where the duo also conceptualized and arranged “Shade” and “Mercury”. Tom was gracious enough to share a clip of a “Blaze On” demo recording.The trio move forward with “Wading In The Velvet Sea”, a setlist staple since 1997, off of Phish’s 1998 Story of the Ghost release. Tom begins by playing a clip of the original version, recorded at the Trampled by Lambs and Pecked By The Dove sessions in Stowe, VT. Tom describes “Waiting In The Velvet Sea” as a love song that encompasses elements of uncertainty and missing someone.Next, Tom, RJ, and Tebo choose to involve Under The Scales listener’s questions into the latter half of the episode. Tom explains that he wrote “Lifeboy” with Trey while Anastasio was on a vacation in Tortola. Trey’s brother-in-law, Kevin Statesir, recently reminded Tom that Trey was communicating with him via a pay phone to write the song, long before cellphones, or even household phones on the island existed. Tom shares a beautiful rendition of “Lifeboy” from October 18th, 1994 at Vanderbilt University Memorial Gym, which features Béla Fleck on banjo. The trio then discuss the lyrical process behind “Bug”, as they also analyze the similar themes of God in both “Lifeboy” and “Bug”. Tom Marshall closes out the podcast discussion with a brief dive into “Horn”, off of Phish’s 1993 Rift LP, and shares a clip of the studio version because, as he puts it, “it’s so f-ing great.”Listen to Tom Marshall’s latest Under The Scales episode with RJ Bee and Stephen “Tebo” Thomas below:Head to Under The Scale’s website for more information.
Miriah Meyer isn’t a biologist, but she helps biologists better understand their work.A postdoctoral research fellow in computer science in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Meyer spends her work hours not at SEAS, but rather in a biology lab at Harvard Medical School, learning how DNA affects the development of thousands of tiny cells inside fruit fly embryos. She doesn’t meticulously research and document each cell’s gene expression profile. Instead, she uses her expertise to reveal the minute differences and similarities across many species’ profiles to the scientists who do the research.“I love immersing myself in a new and different culture, whether that’s a foreign country or a new scientific field of research,” says Meyer. “I really enjoy learning about new ideas and interactions, in both societal and scientific cultures.”As a computer scientists, Meyer specializes in the emerging field of visualization, which uses graphic computer representations to help scientists and others envision, manage, and interact with large quantities of complex data in ways that would otherwise be impossible.“In the last decade biologists acquired vast amounts of quantitative data, starting with the sequencing of the human genome,” she explains. “They’re essentially swimming in this data — well drowning in it, really. It’s the perfect time for a field like visualization to make an impact and enable scientists to make sense of all this data.”Meyer sees visualization as the happy marriage of art and science, of new discovery and in-depth learning, of being a sightseer and an architect of new cultures. It’s no surprise that she is the daughter of an artist mother and chemist father, who spent her childhood both sculpting clay and learning basic computing.She grew up Powhatan, Va., a small town outside of Richmond, where she attended a school named after Pocahontas, another woman who bridged cultures. Math and science were her favorite subjects from an early age, and she earned a Bachelor’s degree in astronomy and astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University.“I assumed that I would go to grad school. But at the time, I wasn’t focused enough to study one thing for the rest of my life. I wasn’t ready yet,” she says. So she took a year off to explore the world, traveling to Australia, Mauritania, Thailand, Fiji, Nepal and across the United States.Meyer moved to Massachusetts in 2000 and began work as a software engineer at Raytheon. She spent evenings taking classes at Harvard Extension School, where Hanspeter Pfister, who is now the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was her computer graphics instructor. “It was literally after that first week of class that I thought computer graphics was awesome and I wanted to go to grad school for computer science,” Meyer says.Meyer decided to attend the University of Utah, where she also worked in the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and earned a Ph.D. in computer science. (Ironically, she chose Utah because of the rock climbing opportunities it offered, but her first week there she fell while climbing in an indoor facility, injured her knee, and never climbed again.) During her studies, Meyer was drawn to the field of visualization because it allowed her to interact with the scientific research community. “It was a way to be involved in science without being the scientist doing the experiments and observations,” she says.“As a global community, we have tons of data, whether medical, financial, or from scientific devices. So, all this data, underneath it’s just a bunch of numbers,” Meyer says, adding that visualization is a helpful tool in making sense of enormous amounts of data. “As humans, our brains are like a computer with limited memory. So we can rely on the outside world as an external hard drive. We can store all this information in diagrams or graphs or whatever. In visualization, we rely on our perceptual system to be able to see patterns and see trends,” she says.Her research in Utah included taking what is called volumetric data, from MRIs or CT scans, and mapping that data into interactive 3-D images for physicians. Her work enabled doctors to see various layers and organs inside the human body more realistically, and interactively. “I was really interested in doing more multidisciplinary work and working very closely with end users. Visualization is really about designing and developing visual encodings of data to help scientists make better sense of the relationships within that data,” Meyer says.Around the time Meyer completed her Ph.D., Pfister accepted a position at SEAS, and was looking for someone to do multidisciplinary research in his lab. Meyer proved to be the person he was seeking. “I assumed, because I have an astronomy degree, that I would be working with physicists and physical scientists. But within the first two months of my postdoc, I started meeting biologists and found out that biology is in the midst of a data revolution right now,” Meyer says, referring to biological breakthroughs including the decoding of mammalian genomes, and quantitative gene expression data.Meyer began her postdoctoral research developing visual tools for biologists in the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School, helping them track gene expression in 13 species of fruit fly embryos. “One of the things I’ve liked most is the Harvard community, and just being in Cambridge, is that there’s so much interesting interdisciplinary science going on,” Meyer says. “Once I started talking to one or two people, it just blossomed. I’m working in three different labs right now, on three different projects, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”In her collaborations, Meyer attempts a deep understanding her collaborator’s research by spending time in their laboratories. “Having an interest and a curiosity in other people and in what they do is what attracted me to the work I do. You get to work with other people and talk with them about their own science and learn about what they do,” she says.Meyer calls on background as a traveler to understand the relationships of data sets in complex scientific experiments, and she synthesizes that knowledge into a visual and interactive representation of the research data. “There’s that same cultural experience for me as a computer scientist going into a biology lab that’s similar to what I love most about traveling to other places,” she says. “It’s very much like learning a new culture.”She first works with scientists to figure out what their goals are. “A huge part of what I do is to get inside the head of researchers to understand what they truly want to see out of their data. Then I translate their data into a computer science language that I understand,” Meyer says. She then writes software and designs interactive computer tools that process the data, and converts it into interactive images. Using her tools, scientists can rely on their perception, rather than cognition, to more easily see patterns and trends.For example, when Meyer clicks her computer’s mouse over a single fruit fly cell represented on her computer screen, a row automatically appears showing an easily discernable gene expression profile for that specific cell at a particular time point in the experiment. There are also links to similarly located cells in other species, and direct mapping to a 3-D image of the embryo, so that the biologists can compare gene expression within a single embryo or across species.The data in most of the projects Meyer collaborates on is brand new and tools hadn’t existed for scientists to see or interact with it. Through computer visualizations, the biologists were able to interact with their data in new ways and to more easily see patterns. This improved understanding of the data helped the researchers to reassess the direction and methods of their experiments. “With this tool, they started looking at the data and realized some of the computational work they were doing was not the best way to look at it. It allowed them to see that one of their data sets was plagued with low levels of noise, so they went back to regenerated that data,” Meyer says.Meyer has another year of work in the Pfister Lab, but says she hopes to remain in Cambridge because of the exciting opportunities in computing, visualization, and biology in the area. “I get to learn about all this cool science, then there’s a fun design side in encoding the data, and the geeky computer science stuff that I love. It’s a wonderful mixture of a lot of different fields,” Meyer says.“Postdocs, by nature, are a temporary thing. They’re a stepping-stone to the rest of your career. Part of me is anxious to get started. But on the other hand, I have an incredible amount of freedom right now,” Meyer says. “I’ve had a dream postdoc. It’s this really blissful period where you get to focus on your research and that’s it. It’s a ton of fun.”
At the beginning of my first year at Harvard Medical School (HMS), my mother, who is a cancer survivor, called me, crying. She had a low white blood cell count and an X-ray with diffuse white marks. One of the medical assistants at her primary care physician’s office mentioned that this might mean that her cancer had returned and was metastatic. A sinking feeling of dread slid down my throat and into my stomach. What if my mother was deathly ill again?At School, we had learned about hematocrit and red blood cells, but I knew nothing yet of white blood cells and cancer. I did not know where to look up the lab results or even how to understand them had I known where to look. I emailed my adviser, Dr. Beverly Woo. She immediately emailed me back with her phone number and stayed with me on the phone, consoling me, late into the night. She even connected my mother with an excellent physician, who helped to sort out the results. Fortunately, there was no cancer.Dr. Woo is a leader in medical education. She introduces all first-year medical students to clinical interviewing in the revolutionary “Patient-Doctor I” course. She advises students on their course work.However, her greatest leadership is through her mentorship. A mentor leads through example, collaborating with mentees instead of imposing on them. I learned more facts than I can readily remember during my first year of medical school, but the lessons I learned from Dr. Woo stick with me. Through her example, I felt the difference that a caring doctor can make in a patient’s life. I began to learn what it means to be a good doctor.In April of my first year, I learned that I had a 5-centimeter hemorrhaging cyst in my right ovary. I was in constant pain. I could not sleep, concentrate on schoolwork, or, at times, even walk. I was worried once again, but this time I knew where to look. I researched the differential diagnosis, requested copies of all my results, and interpreted them with the help of the online medical library resources. I learned that infertility was a potential side effect and became more worried than ever.I still did not have the tools to know how worried I should be. How did I fit into the risk profile? I knew just enough to get myself into more trouble. In the end, curled up in a hospital bed in the emergency room, I called Dr. Woo. She came to the hospital, spoke to my physicians, and helped me to get the information I needed.No matter how many facts I learn, I’ll always depend upon the physicians who have gone before me to mentor me, advocate for me, and care for me when I am ill. I am lucky that there is an overabundance of mentors at Harvard, for through their leadership, I can learn to be a good doctor.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]
Read Full Story Lester Brown, M.P.A. ’62, will be honored with the Harvard Office for Sustainability’s first Distinguished Service Award at the 2012 Green Carpet Awards on April 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre.Brown founded the Earth Policy Institute in 2001 to work toward an environmentally sustainable economy. Described by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” Brown has been a prominent voice in interdisciplinary approaches to global-scale resource issues. He addresses political and natural tipping points in his most recent book, “World on the Edge”.The annual Green Carpet Awards event celebrates the many staff, faculty and students who have made significant contributions to on-campus sustainability initiatives, including greenhouse gas emission reductions. This fun and engaging University-wide event will be MC’d by Pete Davis, the student behind the Harvard Thinks Big series, and will feature student videos as well as performances by the Harvard Undergraduate Drummers (THUD) and Cowgill, a band including students from the GSD and GSAS. Nominees and award winners are recognized by prominent administrative and faculty leaders for their integral role in pushing Harvard’s efforts to become more sustainable and environmentally responsible.Harvard’s commitment to sustainability expands beyond the campus. Faculty and students across the university are addressing challenges presented in Brown’s vision, including by focusing their research and academic work on Harvard’s place in the global economy and environment.
— Corydon Ireland and Colleen Walsh Harvard’s 361st Commencement continued well into the later afternoon, with graduates, alums, family, friends, and faculty joining in the festivities.Radcliffe grad, Class of 1944The oldest Radcliffe class represented at Commencement was 1944 — 15 years more recent than the Class of 1929, represented by 103-year-old George Barner of Kennebunk, Maine.In the shade of a tent behind Hollis Hall at lunchtime, Frances Downing Vaughan ’44 was aware of the disparity. “I’m only 90,” she said.Vaughan lives in Cambridge, within walking distance of her alma mater. “I can’t think of a greater place to grow old in,” she said.Vaughan remembers a wartime college era when Harvard boys were scarce and you met them at social gatherings called “jolly-ups.” At Radcliffe, she remembers the 10 p.m. curfews and the standard fashion of “socks and shoes, sweaters and pearls.”A longtime poet — “I was a writer by age 7” — Vaughan is at work on her first book, “90 at 90.”George Barner ’29 belongs to the oldest class year but is younger than Donald Brown ’30 by 24 days. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerOverwhelmed by ceremonyChen Zhang was still trying to process the sweep of his Harvard experience on Thursday afternoon as he made his way to the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) campus from Tercentenary Theatre.His undergraduate commencement at Stanford University, which was held in the school’s football stadium, had a more informal, West Coast vibe, he said. That ceremony included a healthy amount of “wacky dancing,” and an appearance by the school’s mascot, the Stanford Tree. In contrast, Zhang was overwhelmed by Harvard’s elaborate ceremony, and by its pomp and circumstance. “I really, really liked this, maybe more so than my own.”His experience at HDS, and its environment of inclusion also overwhelmed Zhang. While some students will go on to the ministry, academia, education, or, like himself, to a joint law and social work degree program with the aim of a career in public service, everyone at HDS, he said, was encouraged “to pursue their diverse interests within a common set of curricula.”“HDS is really a unique community; I don’t know of any other place that caters to both the secular and the religious worlds so effectively.”In the world of work, amid changeAs she waited in a long line to enter the tent behind Longfellow Hall for her official diploma ceremony, Justina Wang reflected on her time at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the importance of her degree. Since mid-May, Wang has been putting her master’s in education from the Education Policy and Management program to good with the Chicago Public Schools system as a positive behavioral support specialist. She headed to the job as soon as she was done with her finals, and made a quick return trip to Harvard for Commencement.“All of these things we have been talking about [at HGSE] have been playing out in the real world,” said Wang, who only regretted one thing about her time at Harvard. “I wish,” she said, “it could have been longer.”To kick off the diploma ceremony, HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney took the podium, encouraging students to cheer for the faculty and staff at HGSE, and their families and friends, which they did with verve. She then offered some parting thoughts.“You are now a member of a community like no other I know. You will take sustenance from this place, for it will serve as your intellectual home now and always,” said McCartney, Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development. Recalling the words of a departing student, she told the new graduates that they “have to hit the ground listening,” in order to be ready to answer important calls to action, like the fight against bullying.“Our job as educators and parents is to support our children and their efforts to create community standards where they work and play,” she said. That work will require modeling the way forward by building open and inclusive environments where different opinions and constructive dialogue are welcome, and where “we forgive and ask for forgiveness.”“And then,” she continued, “we need to talk honestly about these efforts with the children in our lives.”‘Inspired by the Harvard experience’Jesus Manuel Alvarado Rivera emerged from under the tent where he had just received his Harvard Law School (HLS) degree with a megawatt smile and a death grip on his new L.L.M. diploma.“It’s done. It feels real now,” said the beaming graduate, who pointed to the document and praised the HLS faculty as both amazing teachers and educators and great human beings. “It’s a great place to be,” said Rivera, who will head back to his native Puerto Rico to work for a law firm for several years, and then hopefully for Puerto Rico’s executive branch, developing policy. “I definitely have been inspired by the Harvard experience.”Voices of experienceThe oldest Harvard College graduate to attend Commencement this year was 103-year-old retired archaeologist Donald F. Brown ’30 of Stowe, Mass. (He turns 104 on Nov. 26.) For the occasion he wore a baseball cap with the legend, “My life is in ruins.” Just 24 days younger: George Barner ’29, a retired lawyer living in Kennebunk, Maine, will turn 104 on Dec. 20. “I just go along with the change of time,” said Barner, who waited in the shade of Harvard Yard for the Alumni Procession to begin. He attributes his good health to never smoking and to a lifetime of playing tennis. Barner’s family had a regulation court in his hometown of Webster City, Iowa. He gave the sport up in his 90s, “when I had trouble moving backwards without falling.” But so far, in life, he is still moving forward. Said Barner in parting, “I will see you next year.”Table talkTwo luncheon tents behind Hollis and Stoughton halls were reserved for “Division I” classes — those from 1921 to 1956. General Curtis R. LeMay’s banker was there, along with a graduate in his 90s who still runs a sawmill, a former Jesuit (Class of 1951) who was keeping a conversation on Blaise Pascal alive, and graduate of that era whose Philippines boyhood was darkened by the Japanese occupation. At one table sat Donald F. Brown ’30, age 103, the oldest man at Commencement 2012. Just past noon you could hear the Harvard University Band approaching for its traditional serenade of the oldest classes. Brown sat up straight in his wheelchair and waved his arms like a maestro. “That’s his medicine for the soul – his music,” said Brown’s daughter, Alyson Toole. A chair away was her brother, Christopher Brown, marveling that his father could be at a graduation exercise 82 years after his own graduation. How is he doing so well? “I think it was that comet,” said the younger Brown, referring to the 1908 airburst of a comet fragment over Siberia the year his father was born. “Cosmic dust must have landed on my dad.”