Corky Lee, known for photographing Asian America, dies at 73

first_imgCorky Lee, a photojournalist who spent five decades spotlighting the often ignored Asian and Pacific Islander American communities, has died. He was 73. His family said in a statement that Lee died Wednesday in Queens, New York, of complications from COVID-19. The self-described “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate,” Lee used his eye to pursue what he saw as “photographic justice.” He was present at many seminal moments impacting Asian America over a 50-year career. He was also a founding member of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. A private funeral service will be held in New York.last_img

Thornton announces new model for music education

first_imgThe USC Thornton Classical Performance and Composition Division will introduce a new curriculum in 2019 that allows students to take more courses outside of their major. (Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan)Recognizing the challenges classical music faces in a rapidly evolving music industry, the USC Thornton Classical Performance and Composition Division is working to prepare a new educational model for students in 2019. “The way music is being composed, performed, listened to and experienced in performance have changed significantly in the past 50 years,” Lisa Sylvester, the school’s vocal arts and opera chair, wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “In order to prepare our students to enter into the professional world, we must adapt some of our teaching methods and content to address these changes.” The updated program allows students to pursue other interests beyond their major focus and provides the option of adding a minor.“The key thing here is that we were able to provide greater flexibility without compromising the rigor of our program,” Lucinda Carver, vice dean of the Division of Classical Performance and Composition, said in an email to the Daily Trojan. Students who want to apply their musical backgrounds in career areas beyond the concert hall have the opportunity to explore classes that will help them do so. Looking at courses outside of Thornton gives students an avenue to combine their interests and have a well-rounded education.“We have people who are wanting to work with brains and dealing with stroke patients and music,” winds and percussion chair Kristy Morrell said. “They would have to take some of their electives clearly in neuroscience or perhaps gerontology … They would network with those particular professions and that faculty and put together their project.” Another key feature to the program is the addition of the Young Artists Project. Tailored to each student, the project is based on classical performance classes taken during students’ freshman and sophomore years. Throughout their college careers, Thornton scholars will build relationships with faculty who will advise and guide their projects. “It is our plan to have ongoing conversations with the students from the time they begin as freshmen about possible project ideas so that there is time for exploration — either in the classes they take or in outside activities,” Sylvester said. Students will combine lessons  from outside non-major elective classes with the skills they learn at Thornton. In their junior year, they will take a formal class to help them determine the direction they want their project to take.By the end of that year, they will have a faculty committee assembled that will help them oversee and implement their project, which will take place in the fall semester of their senior year, according to Carver.The new curriculum focuses on eight tenets to create well-rounded musicians: developing musical excellence, connecting scholarship to music making, interrogating the relevance of music to a diverse and inclusive society, erasing performance boundaries between different genres of music, navigating their way into the music profession to monetize their skills, mastering skills to share music through digital platforms and non-traditional venues, building a lifelong, global professional network and leading a healthy life as a musician. “In the learning institution, why not teach them everything they need to know?” Morell said. “You may not really understand the importance of injury prevention and living a healthy lifestyle … but it’s a great time to start because you can establish healthy habits.” Other focuses include preparing student musicians to think globally and learn from cultures outside of their own. “Successful classical musicians are citizens of the world,” said Brian Head, the assistant dean for academic programs. “This has been true for generations and is even more so today. It is imperative that our students see themselves this way from the start.”According to Head, one of the ways students can engage with the worldwide music sphere is through technology. By teaching students to master technological advances for performance and distribution, they can gain a bigger audience in the future. “Classical music is now performed and consumed through the prism of technology,” Head said. “The new program gives classical students the room to become technologically savvy — in recording, pedagogy, distribution, etc. — so that they can use technology powerfully as professionals.”With the arrival of a revamped curriculum, the classical music department hopes to continue to inspire excellence in its students.“This is such an exciting time for them,” Morell said. “They can do anything literally with entrepreneurial skills, networking, and they’re already tremendously bright and passionate and they’re virtuosic players.”last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:RaphoeRaphoe Family Resource Centre:Baby and Toddlers ActivitiesThe Family Resource Centre will be hosting a number of activities for babies and toddlers over the next number of months through funding made available from the Katharine Howard Foundation. The next activity will be an Introductory Session to Baby Massage on Friday 15th May from 9.45-11.45am. This will be followed by a Tiny Tunes Session on Wednesday 20th May from 10.30-11.30am. There is no cost for these session so please feel free to come along. We would welcome any new babies or toddlers (and their parents/guardians of course!). Community DramaThe Family Resource Centre is currently supporting an group of people aged 50 years plus through funding made available from the Community Foundation for Ireland Older Persons’ Fund Round 1:Active Citizenship. One of the objectives identified by the group is to form a drama group for people of that age profile. To that end a public meeting will take place in the Family Resource Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th May. If you are interested please feel free to come along and bring a friend!Summer Project 2015The joint summer project between Raphoe Family Resource Centre and Springboard Family Support Project will take place from Tuesday 14th –Friday 24th July inclusive. Registration will take place on Tuesday 2nd June (please note change of date) at 11.00am in Springboard and at 6.00pm in the Family Resource Centre. Cost €5.00 per individual child, €8.00 for 2 children and €10.00 for 3 or more. Make sure to pin those dates on your fridge! “100 Club” Weekly Private Members DrawCongratulations to Week 6 Winners:1st Prize €50-Paul Fagan2nd Prize €30-Ciara Grant3rd Prize €20-Kyle StrainThe Family Resource Centre would like to thank all those who have subscribed to the draw; your support is greatly appreciated. You could be one of the lucky winners next week!Little smiles with big dreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking Group The Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa.Women’s GroupThe next meeting of the Family Resource Centre’s Women’s Group will take place on Monday 25th May at 8.00pm.Good Luck! The Family Resource Centre would like to take this opportunity to send good luck wishes to all students sitting their state exams over the next few weeks. Best wishes from all of us to all of you!Primary Course in Food SafetyThe Family Resource Centre is proposing to run the 8 hour training programme Primary Course in Food Safety. The aim of the course is provide food workers with adequate training in the basic principles of food safety. The course is suitable for anyone who prepares or handles food in any environment including the home. There will be 4×2 hour sessions to include the following topics; Introduction to Food Safety, Microbiological Hazards, Food Contamination, HACCP from Food Delivery to Storage, HACCP from Food Preparation to Cooking Service and Service, Personal Hygiene, Food Premises and Equipment, Pest Control, Cleaning and Disinfection, and Food Safety Law and Enforcement. The course, which is accredited will be facilitated by Donna Quinn who is a member of the Environmental Health Officers’ Association. If interested or for further information please contact Laura on 074-9145796 or 087-3641503.Countdown to Raphoe 5K!Donegal Athletics Board recently launched its annual Grand Prix Series of races for 2015 and Raphoe Family Resource Centre is delighted to announce that its 5k is included this year again and will be held on Tuesday 7th July commencing at 7.30pm. This very well supported race in Raphoe in association with Lifford AC is now into its 5th consecutive year and to celebrate the occasion there will be a reduced entry fee this year of €7.00 per individual; €20.00 for a family of 3 or more. We look forward to the continued support of the local Athletic Clubs and Running Groups. With 9 weeks to the event there is plenty of opportunity to get into training and for those of you who have never run before to join one of the many local ‘Couch to 5k’ groups in the area so get running!Young Carers GroupAre you a young carer? Do you help to take care for someone at home who has an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement? The Loft Youth Project hosts a Young Carers Group for 12-18 year olds on Saturday mornings at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. For further information please contact 074 9129630 or 087 1255246.St. Eunan’s National School 60 Year CelebrationsSt Eunan’s NS, Raphoe are celebrating their 60 year anniversary. We will be hosting the celebrations in September/ October 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to promote local history to our children in a fun and interesting way. We are looking for local people to help us organise the event and to pass on their expertise on the history of the school. If you are interested contact Anita Keeve at St Eunan’s NS, on 074 91 45764. As part of this event the children are tracing past pupils all around the world and indeed Ireland. If you have a relative or friend who is a past pupil and who does not now live in Raphoe, it would be great if you could encourage them to send the students a postcard telling us about where they now live and their memories of St Eunan’s NS.Raphoe Friday Seniors Club:Patsy Kavanagh, singer, songwriter and storyteller will be in the Volt House on Friday morning 22nd May 2015 at 11.00am. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun! Tea will be served to all. Admission is free. This event is organised by Donegal Co. Council as part of the Bealtaine Festival which runs for the month of May.Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd Community Appeal 2015.The Application for the town has now arrived and will be sent off before the end of May this year. Judging will be during the months of June, July and August. Thank you to everyone in our community for your great support over the years. Last year our town received a third Silver Medal Award which is an excellent achievement. We need the help of our entire community this year again. You can help by tidying your gardens, your houses, properties, painting, weeding, keeping your area litter free, putting out window boxes or hanging baskets. If you are the owner of a derelict property please help the town by tidying up before the end of May. Remember our deadline is the end of May as judging commences in June. Your help is needed and appreciated very much. Financial donations or donations of Paint, Shrubs or Flowers for this year would also be very helpful. For further information please contact The Tidy Towns office on 9145692. Thank You.Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd Community Employment Project VacanciesThere will be a number of vacancies with the Tidy Towns C.E project commencing in October. Department of Social Protection eligibility criteria for community employment will apply for all posts. For an application form to work on the Tidy Towns Project please call into the Tidy Towns Office or telephone the office on 9145692 or the Supervisor on 0879473527.St. Johnston & Carrigans Community Employment ProjectSt. Johnston & Carrigans Community Employment Project is currently recruiting for the following post, which is supported by the Department of Social Protection:1 Seniors Programme Support Worker (to assist with Meals on Wheels, Lunch Club and cleaning) This is a part-time temporary contract to cover sick leave.It is based in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Workers are free to work in other places while on Community Employment. Free training is available within budgets.Job Descriptions and Application forms available from: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St. Johnston. Tel 9148551. Closing Date: Fri 8th May 2015Lifford YouthreachLifford Youthreach is an education and training centre for young people who have left school, without Junior or Leaving Certificate.We cater for young people between the ages of 16-20 years. We provide a range of subjects and qualifications for learners to ensure they leave the programme with the skills and abilities necessary to enter the world of work, or go on to further education. Young people who attend the programme receive a weekly allowance, which is dependent on their attendance. Young people are given the opportunity to try out new skills and subjects which will help them develop a sense of what it is they want to achieve in life, in relation to their career and education choices. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining the programme please contact the centre on 0749142114 or email liffordyouthreach@donegaletb.ieSlimming WorldHow do you want to look and feel this summer? Join us every Thursday night at 7pm in the Volt House Hall, Raphoe where our warm and friendly Slimming World group will help you feel and look fantastic this summer. If you would like to know more contact Geraldine on 086 3348048.Umbra Clothing CollectionsUmbra Clothing Collections are holding are a clothing collection in aid of cancer in the Diamond, Raphoe on Saturday 16th May from 11am-3.30pm. If you require bags to be picked up from your house please ring or text Mick on 086 3821979.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE TO HOST SUMMER PROJECT was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalNotesRaphoesummer projectlast_img read more