A complicated problem, made worse by politics

first_imgTo some, it seems obvious that migrants are human beings forced to move, rather than amorphous threats against the state. But little about human beings is simple. On Friday, at the inaugural Mahindra Humanities Center conference on “Migration and the Humanities,” a panel of academics tackled different facets of the many population movements now crisscrossing the globe.And no surprise: The experts raised more questions than answers as they discussed a complicated problem worsened by adversarial administrations, here and abroad, and the untold suffering of millions.Before the final talk, on “Survival and Security,” Mahindra Center Director Homi Bhabha said the conference had two goals: The first was to focus on “the ways in which the humanities contribute to the centuries-long process of migration,” he said; the second, “How do the issues that are raised by migration — questions of justice, of citizenship, issues of security, of social and global equity — speak to the foundational paradigms of the humanities?” Junot Díaz gets personal — and political — at Harvard conference Related Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist brings multiple identities to ‘Migration and the Humanities’ John Hamilton, Harvard’s William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature and chair of the department of Germanic Languages and Literature, said any discussion of survival and security brings up “modalities of living in the face of civil unrest and oppression, climate change and cultural displacement.”“The humanities are well-suited to posing key questions,” Hamilton said. For example: “What is the promise, and what are the limits of living securely? How might security circumvent new, unforeseen threats? How can we be carefree without being careless?”Inderpal Grewal, professor and chair of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Yale, put the focus on the concept of the state, and specifically nation-building. In Grewal’s home region of the Punjab, gender roles and the idea of a “militarized masculinity” have shifted, casting Sikh men first as the ultimate defenders and ideal police, and then, too often, as dangerous insurgents. Even more problematically, Grewal said that some Sikh men are still set up as defenders of a united India at the same time the prime minister is promoting Hindu nationalism.,In the Punjab, a region divided by Pakistan and India, and for the Sikhs, a religious minority, these issues are not new.“What is new,” Grewal said, “is that migrants are securitized.”Lisa Lowe, Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities and director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University, addressed the way current trends of migration are being framed as crises, a tactic that serves to detach the mass movements from their longstanding political roots.“We are living in a time of unprecedented migration from countries besieged by war, poverty, and unprecedented coups,” she said. Lowe said The New York Times last week put the number of forcibly displaced at approximately 64 million — “the highest number since World War II.”However, unlike that post-WWII migration, “contemporary migrants are largely from the global south,” Lowe said. She said most are “food refugees, climate refugees, and asylum seekers,” who seek entrance to — and are viewed as a threat by — the north, which parlays their numbers into a rationale for becoming “Fortress Europe.”Most migrants are people in crisis, and a refusal to face the underlying causes of their displacement — war, economic inequity, or climate change — compounds the issues they face, she said.“The migrant is viewed as stateless, homeless, and rights-less,” Lowe said. “Perhaps the migrant is a sign of our difficulty in reading the global present.”“Migration and the Humanities” was sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.last_img read more

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Texas Southern looks to sweep Prairie View

first_imgTexas Southern looks to sweep Prairie View ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press February 7, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappTexas Southern (10-12, 7-2) vs. Prairie View (11-11, 7-2)William Nicks Center, Prairie View, Texas; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Texas Southern goes for the season sweep over Prairie View after winning the previous matchup in Houston. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 11, when the Tigers shot 45.1 percent from the field while limiting Prairie View’s shooters to just 39.3 percent en route to a 71-67 victory. SUPER SENIORS: Texas Southern has benefited heavily from its seniors. Tyrik Armstrong, Yahuza Rasas, Eden Ewing, Justin Hopkins and Bryson Etienne have collectively accounted for 64 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 75 percent of all Tigers points over the last five games.RAMPING IT UP A NOTCH: The Tigers have scored 73.1 points per game and allowed 70.3 points per game against SWAC opponents. Those are both noticeable improvements over the 67.5 points scored and 82.6 points allowed per game to non-conference foes.ACCURATE ARMSTRONG: Armstrong has connected on 41 percent of the 39 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 8 over his last five games. He’s also made 82.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Texas Southern is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 10-5 when scoring at least 63.STREAK SCORING: Prairie View has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 84.8 points while giving up 66.7.DID YOU KNOW: The Prairie View defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 25.4 percent of all possessions, which is the 10th-highest rate in the country. The Texas Southern offense has turned the ball over on 21.4 percent of its possessions (ranked 307th among Division I teams).last_img read more

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Harden’s 50-point triple-double propels Rockets

first_imgHouston led the league last season with 65 regular-season wins, but came into the contest next-to-last in the Western Conference.They gained a spot as they continued to claw their way back toward .500, improving to 13-14.“Honestly, we’re in a hole right now,” Harden said. “You look at the standings, we’re in the 14th spot — it’s kind of depressing. But we’ve got to figure it out.“We continue to fight our way through it.”Harden said early-season injuries and the addition of new players contributed to the shaky start to the season, but he remained confident the Rockets can be a force in the West.“I just believe and trust in all my guys,” he said. “We’ll continue to build.”Harden scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets — who led 90-88 through three periods — finally pulled away in a game that featured 13 lead changes and was tied 12 times.He pulled down his 10th rebound with less than 90 seconds remaining for the 37th triple-double of his career. He has produced four of the 13 50-point triple-doubles ever recorded in the league.Chris Paul added 14 points and nine assists, Clint Capela chipped in 16 points and 14 rebounds and Danuel House added 15 points off the bench for the Rockets.James led the Lakers with 29 points and Kyle Kuzma added 24, but the Lakers saw a two-game winning streak end.– Spurs dominate Clippers –The San Antonio Spurs continued their rise up the Western Conference rankings with a fourth straight victory, 125-87 over the Los Angeles Clippers.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, connecting on 12 of 14 shots. That included his first three-pointer of the season.Rudy Gay scored 21 points and DeMar DeRozan and Marco Belinelli added 14 apiece as six Spurs players scored in double figures.It was the Spurs’ biggest win of the season and gave them four wins in four games of their current six-game homestand. They had arrived back in Texas having lost two on the road to fall three games under .500 for the first time in two decades.“We had a lot of games on the road and that kind of caught up with us,” Aldridge said. “Coming home, guys wanted to recharge and take care of this home stand.”The Phoenix Suns took care of business at home, downing Dallas 99-89 to spoil the season debut of Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki.Nowitzki, who had ankle surgery in April, became the first player in NBA history to suit up for 21 seasons for the same team when he came into the game in the first quarter.He played just over six minutes and scored two points — banking in a jump shot on his first attempt of the night.Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the team were “thrilled” to have Nowitzki back on the floor, but the lowly Suns spoiled the party, snapping a 10-game losing streak.T.J. Warren led Phoenix with 30 points in the Suns’ 99-89 NBA victory over the Dallas Mavericks © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Christian PetersenT.J. Warren led Phoenix with 30 points. Jamal Crawford added 17 off the bench and fellow reserve Josh Jackson contributed 14.Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 15 points, but Dallas were undone by 23 turnovers.A trip south of the border proved fruitful for the Orlando Magic, who ended a three-game skid with a 97-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Mexico City.Center Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Magic, who trailed by four points with 7:35 remaining.Vucevic scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Magic secured the victory in front of a crowd of 20,021 at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki greets teammate Maximilian Kleber after checking out of the first half of his first game of the NBA season against the Phoenix Suns © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Dec 14 – James Harden’s monster 50-point triple-double powered the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 NBA victory over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.Harden, the reigning NBA Most Valuable player, added 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season and his second 50-point game of what has been a frustrating campaign for the Rockets so far.last_img read more

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