HILR MATTERS: May 1, 2015
THE NEXT CHAPTER…
I write this last column with a pang in my heart. I've brought you HILR news for 19 years and soon you'll hear it from someone else. But I'll still be at Concord Avenue until June 30, and I hope by then to be able to send you a breaking news bulletin to introduce my successor, the new Assistant Dean and Director of HILR. I've heard that 77 applications have been received and interviews begun in the Dept. of Human Resources of DCE at 51 Brattle Street. David Cooper, Pat Meaney, and Anne Pirrera, our team of HILR interviewers, are on the case and will keep us posted on the status of the search. All my hopes are invested in delivering to you the best qualified successor, someone dedicated to maintaining, if not exceeding, HILR's standards of excellence.
A BITTERSWEET PLEASURE, which I'll treasure
On Thursday afternoon, as part of our Awards Ceremony for the Distinguished Members of 2015, I was honored to be a named an award recipient, along with my friends Michael Bennett and Rhoada Wald. To those of you who were there I gave you my sense of how bittersweet it is to leave a job I love and which has made me the person I am over these past two formative decades. We've all been responsible for creating our unique learning community together, and so I send you immense thanks for your support and partnership. I know you'll work as a team to carry HILR forward into a new and exhilarating future. I look forward so much to visiting from time to time and applauding your progress.
ELECTION RESULTS: Slate Skates to Easy Victory
Hearty congratulations to new Council members: Eileen Collins, John Ehrenfeld, Ellen Glanz, and Peg Senturia. Your votes gave them a resounding victory. 209 ballots were cast in favor of the slate. They will assume office Wednesday, May 6, at the last Council meeting of the semester.
MONTHLY CHECKUP: Keeping Up with the Pulse of the Council
WHAT SAY YOU? The Speak of the Week:
HABLA ESPANOL AT THE SPANISH TABLE: Tuesday, May 5, 12:05–12:50 pm, Room G20
You won't get a Spanish omelet, but you'll be able to chat with some good eggs at lunch. Hasta la vista!
PARLA ITALIANO? Thursday, May 7, 12:05–12:50 pm, Room G20
No cannoli, but join Gwen Romagnoli's Table, and you'll sing Italy's praises as you dine on Italian phrases.
YOU WILL MAKE MY DAY—and My Night: Thursday, May 7, 6:30–8:30pm, Harvard Art Museums
It will be a night to remember. A festive occasion. It's a retirement party for me, but it's also a chance for you to socialize with all your friends, raise toasts—or drink to me only with thine eyes–and say farewell (again!) to me. And when you get tired of looking at each other, you can wander around and admire the art. I look forward so much to being among you all, however heart-wrenching it may be.
POETS HAVE THEIR SAY: A New Laureate Makes Their Day…
On Wednesday of this week, the prolific poets of HILR were celebrated with a reading, and the Roundtable crowned a new HILR Poet Laureate, Judy Herman. Judy will take over the posting of the Poem of the Week beginning in the fall semester. For now, we celebrate the many contributions of the former Poet Laureate, Robert Kinerk, who has enlightened and amused us by exposing us to his intriguing weekly poetic choices. Here is his last selection:
POEM OF THE WEEK: A Universal Sense of Loss
Two poets separated by more than 800 years speak of a common loss and a shared sorrow in “Jiang Cheng Zi” by Su Shi and “The Voice” by Thomas Hardy. Many thanks to Min-Hwa Kennard for her thoughtful pairing of these poems and for sharing them with us. Read them by clicking on The Arts @HILR and then Poem of the Week.