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Wilson discusses technology disparities at Harvard

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The transition to a digital society is negatively threatening and marginalizing those at the bottom, Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III said at the Harvard University W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series this week.The digital age · Dean Ernest J. Wilson III analyzes digital-era technologies and their impact on culture in a lecture at Harvard University. – Eric Burse | Daily TrojanBy delivering the three-day lecture series, which ended Thursday, Wilson joined previous Du Bois lecturers, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Cornel West, a prominent professor in Princeton University’s Center for African-American Studies.The lecture series is named after scholar, writer, editor and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University.Wilson’s remarks during the series focused on his study of a wide variety of contemporary digital-era issues.Wilson described a “scissor effect” in which minority ownership, control and content in media assets has decreased with the growth of media dominance and importance. In 2009, Wilson said, African-Americans owned 1 percent of media properties. Today, that number has declined to 0.7 percent.“We should care about this because we are citizens and these are matters of the life and death of democracy,” Wilson said. “The number of African-Americans and other people of color in positions of senior leadership and ownership of media properties is either stagnant or declining.”Brandon Terry, a post-doctoral student at Harvard, said Wilson’s talk touched upon a very pertinent issue.“Dean Wilson is tackling probably the most crucial issue in politics and economics right now,” Terry said. “We’re on the cusp of an enormous transformation of economy and society which is brought on by digital innovation.”Wilson’s remarks considered how Du Bois would react and think about this new digital divide. Wilson set up a website, www.DigitalDubois.net several weeks before the series. On the site, Wilson posted four questions, including how the introduction of new communication technologies has affected the African-American community and what the impact has been on minority interaction with other communities.Benjamin Todd Jealous, CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was among those who listed responses.“Du Bois was a communicator’s communicator,” Jealous wrote. “I have no doubt that Du Bois would use digital media and mobile technology to do what he did in his prime — reach out, inspire, unify and activate members of the black community and people of good conscience of all colors.”Michael Copps, a senior adviser for Common Cause, also contributed a post to the website.“Broadband is the essential infrastructure of the Twenty-first century,” Copps wrote. “This is a civil rights issue — perhaps the preeminent one confronting us right now, because the outcome of so many other great challenges resides on how we deal with this one. Du Bois would have recognized this … we should recognize it, too.”In his closing remarks before a lecture room filled with Harvard students and academics, Wilson said giving the lectures was not just a professional pleasure, but a personal one.Wilson’s grandfather graduated from Harvard in 1910 when Du Bois was still a student there. A picture of Wilson’s grandfather alongside Du Bois was displayed on screens during the event.[Correction: A previous version of this article stated Wilson’s grandfather gradated from Harvard in 1910 when Du Bois was a student there. Du Bois received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1895.]“What I want to accomplish with these lectures is inspiring a rethinking of our political agenda on the topic,” Wilson said. “These issues are so important for the  future of America and for people of color to a transition of an information-based society. This is an issue much too important to be left up to economists and policy makers.”last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw to return from Dodgers disabled list Thursday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Saturday, Kershaw threw approximately 60 pitches over four simulated innings, facing Cody Bellinger, Chase Utley, Kiké Hernandez and Austin Barnes. A Kinatrax machine, which uses motion-capture technology to collect biomechanical data on a pitcher, was trained on Kershaw during the simulated game.Kershaw said Saturday that he “felt good” during the 60-pitch test and “should be” ready to pitch in a game in another five days.Roberts said the limit on Kershaw’s pitches or innings hasn’t been determined yet, but “I think he’s fine to go deep depending on how he’s throwing.”The Dodgers were 12-17 after Kershaw’s last start, a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 1. Buoyed in part by the return of third baseman Justin Turner, the Dodgers are 12-11 since then. They entered Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Colorado Rockies in the National League West.“To get (Kershaw) back every fifth day is … to compare it to kind of having (Justin Turner) back on the position player front, is pretty comparable,” Roberts said. LOS ANGELES – Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will make his long-awaited return from the disabled list Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies, the final day of a 10-game homestand.Kershaw, the three-time Cy Young Award winner, has been on the disabled list since May 6 with tendinitis in his left biceps. He played catch Sunday, one day after throwing four simulated innings against teammates at Dodger Stadium.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.In seven starts before his injury, Kershaw was 1-4 with a 2.86 earned-run average.“I’m happy for Clayton, just feeling healthy,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “Performing is one thing but if he feels healthy and strong, we’ll bet on the performance. As we’re playing better baseball, to add him to the mix is a really good thing for all of us.”center_img Right-hander Aaron Nola is listed as the Phillies’ probable starter Thursday. Left-hander Alex Wood, who can start Thursday on normal rest, was listed as the Dodgers’ probable starter.Now, Wood seems likely to start the series opener against the Rockies on Friday in Denver. Brock Stewart will take his second consecutive turn in the Dodgers’ rotation Monday against the Phillies. Roberts acknowledged that Stewart could shift to a long relief role once Kershaw returns.Sinister developmentMatt Strahm seemed like a curious choice to start a “bullpen game” for San Diego on Sunday. The left-hander had more walks (eight) than innings pitched (7 1/3) out of the Padres’ bullpen this season. He fared poorly in his only three career starts last year for Kansas City, going 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA.But Strahm throws left-handed, and the Dodgers have reverted to their 2016 habit of struggling against left-handed pitchers. Through Saturday, they had a .662 on-base plus slugging percentage (.223/.306/.356 slash line) against lefties, compared to a .733 OPS (.240/.321/.412) against righties.“To me it’s kind of a short sample to this point,” hitting coach Turner Ward said. “In 2016, there was maybe an angle we needed to change with certain hitters. From the short sample right now, it’s like getting ABs under your belt. We’re looking at two months in. To me it’s still evaluating and kind of seeing where those shortcomings are.”Ward noted that the two-month sample size doesn’t apply to every hitter. Yasiel Puig missed nine games. Logan Forsythe missed 26. Justin Turner missed 40. Corey Seager, the Dodgers’ best left-handed hitter against left-handed pitching, will miss the remainder of the season.Losing Seager to Tommy John surgery could stunt the Dodgers’ progress against lefties more than any individual effort can help.“There’s a domino effect because as hitters we feed off each other,” Ward said. “That’s very important. It’s not necessarily about getting to hit, it’s the AB before. Maybe it allows the next guy, who is better in this situation against this type of pitcher. There’s a link in our lineup that was broken.”Welcome back KaplerGabe Kapler will return to Los Angeles on Monday for the first time since debuting as the Philadelphia Phillies’ manager. Kapler was the Dodgers’ farm director from 2016-17.“Gabe’s done a great job with those guys,” Roberts said. “It’s a fun team to watch. It really is. They can pitch. Position player-wise, they’re young, they’re athletic. It’ll be good to get him back. He still lives out here, obviously. I wish him well.”The Phillies’ loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday left them at 29-21, a half-game behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.Up nextDodgers (RHP Brock Stewart 0-0, 3.72 ERA) vs. Phillies (RHP Vince Velasquez 4-5, 4.18), 5 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)last_img read more