Waters shared the new music clip via his Instagram page: In an interview with Rolling Stone a few months back, Waters discussed the story behind the album:“So I wrote this whole thing – part magic carpet ride, part political rant, part anguish. I played this to Nigel, and he goes, “Oh, I like that little bit” – about two minutes long – “and that bit.” And so we’ve been working. I’ve also been falling in love, deeply in love. So the record is really about love – which is what all of my records have been about, in fact. It’s pondering not just why we are killing the children. It’s also the question of how do we take these moments of love – if we are granted any in our lives – and allow that love to shine on the rest of existence, on others.”This in-studio photo was also posted to Waters’ Facebook page:Roger Waters Us And Them 2017 Tour DatesMay 26, Kansas City, MO Sprint CenterMay 28, Louisville, KY KFC Yum! CenterMay 30, St. Louis, MO Scottrade CenterJune 1, Tulsa, OK BOK CenterJune 3, Denver, CO Pepsi CenterJune 7, San Jose, CA SAP Center at San JoseJune 12, Sacramento, CA Golden 1 CenterJune 14, Phoenix, AZ Gila River ArenaJune 16, Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile ArenaJune 20, Los Angeles, CA STAPLES CenterJune 21, Los Angeles, CA STAPLES CenterJune 24, Seattle, WA Tacoma DomeJuly 3, Dallas, TX American Airlines CenterTBD San Antonio, TX AT&T CenterJuly 6, Houston, TX Toyota CenterJuly 11, Tampa, FL Amalie ArenaJuly 13, Miami, FL American Airlines ArenaJuly 16, Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy CenterJuly 18, Greensboro, NC Greensboro ColiseumJuly 20, Columbus, OH Nationwide ArenaJuly 22, Chicago, IL United CenterJuly 23, Chicago, IL United CenterJuly 26, St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy CenterAugust 2, Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn HillsAugust 4, Washington, DC Verizon CenterAugust 8, Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo CenterAugust 9, Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo CenterSept. 7, Newark, NJ Prudential CenterSept. 11, Brooklyn, NY Barclays CenterSept. 12, Brooklyn, NY Barclays CenterSept. 15, Uniondale, NY Nassau ColiseumSept. 19, Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints ArenaSept. 27, Boston, MA TD GardenSept. 28, Boston, MA TD GardenOct. 2, Toronto, ON Air Canada CentreOct. 3, Toronto, ON Air Canada CentreOct. 6, Quebec City, QC Videotron CentreOct. 10, Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire CentreOct. 16, Montreal, QC Bell CentreTBD Winnipeg, MB MTS CentreOct. 24, Edmonton, AB Rogers PlaceOct. 28, Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena[H/T Jambase] As Roger Waters prepares for his upcoming Us And Them Tour North American tour, which is set to begin in May, the former Pink Floyd bassist shared an update from the studio. Recently confirming that he is working on a new album with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, the upcoming project comes 25 years after his 1992 solo debut album Amused To Death. This newly-posted clip features a song from the highly anticipated new project, and it’s sounding pretty awesome so far.
Rosalie Silberman Abella, the daughter of a Jewish lawyer who survived the Auschwitz slaughter, was born in a displaced-persons camp in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1946. A few weeks before, the first Nuremberg trials had begun prosecuting alleged Nazi war criminals on a world stage.Abella, who spoke at Harvard on Monday (March 1), is now a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada, the first Jewish woman to attain that post. But her memories of a darker time have never left her. Her mother also was an Auschwitz survivor, and her older brother died in a concentration camp. He was 2 years old.Discussing the importance of human rights, she said, “To me, this is not just theory.”Holding back tears, Abella shared memories of her father’s postwar letters, her childhood in a ruined Germany, and her father’s salvation by Allied mentors. “These Americans believed in him,” she said, “and they gave him back the belief that justice was possible.”When Abella was 2, her father introduced human rights champion Eleanor Roosevelt at the camp, apologizing for having so little to provide. “The best we are able to produce are these few children,” he said. “They alone are our fortune and our sole hope for the future.”The postwar years provided a shining example of American justice that Abella said propelled her along an ascendant path in jurisprudence, and fired her passions. “My life started in a country where there had been no democracy, no rights, and no justice,” she said. “It created an unquenchable thirst in me for all three.”Along with democracy, rights, and justice, said Abella, comes the freedom to embrace an identity “with pride, dignity, and peace.”Identity — how to preserve it, when to modify it for the common good — was at the heart of Abella’s hour-long lecture, “Identity, Diversity, and Human Rights.” It was part of the 2009-10 Dean’s Lecture Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Early on, Abella was a family court judge, “the youngest and the first pregnant judge in history,” said Harvard Law School Professor Frank I. Michelman, who warmly introduced his longtime friend.Michelman, the Robert Walmsley University Professor, described Abella’s passion for human rights law, labor relations, law reform, and breaking employment barriers for women and “visible minorities.”Abella has 27 honorary degrees, and a degree in classical piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Radcliffe Dean Barbara J. Grosz shared a friend’s description of Abella as “spellbinding, brave, and a breath of fresh air.”Canada’s foremost legal authority on human rights used her Radcliffe lecture to call for a reconsideration of the rule of law. This venerable concept has sometimes given legal cover to human rights abuses, she said, including South African apartheid, Jim Crow segregation, and Nazi Germany’s genocide.“We need the rule of justice,” said Abella, “not the rule of law.”Arriving at a rule of justice requires the world to embrace “core democratic values,” what she called “the instruments of justice.” These include due process, a free press, the right of association, and protections for minorities.But a universal rule of justice seems further away now than it did in 1946, said Abella. In the postwar period, the world awakened to something beyond the individual rights touted for centuries, thanks to Hobbes, Locke, Mill, and other sweeping thinkers. World War II introduced the idea of “the rights of the group,” she said, a guarantee not just of civil liberties, but of human rights.Abella longed for the “luminous world vision” of the aftermath of World War II. That vision prompted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Convention on Genocide (1948), and the 13 Nuremberg trials (1945-1949), the “phoenixes that rose from the ashes of Auschwitz and roared their outrage.”Over the following few decades, that outrage yielded “the most sophisticated array of laws, treaties, and conventions the international community has ever known,” said Abella, “all stating that rights abuses will not be tolerated.”Yet, she said, the world has since failed to embrace the three lessons that emerged from World War II: that indifference is the incubator of injustice; that it’s not what you stand for, it’s what you stand up for; and that people must never forget how the world looks to the vulnerable.Abella recapped this recent backsliding on human rights with a list of nearly 20 examples of genocide, flagrant rights abuses, and outlaw nations.By the 1980s, human rights advances had stalled worldwide, said Abella, in part because of widespread opposition to “the diversity theory of rights” and its association with the notion of “political correctness.” By the 1990s, she added, the world was in the throes of a “rights distress,” as instances of genocide and abuse picked up in speed and numbers.To this day, on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, “We still haven’t learned the most important justice lesson of all,” said Abella, that there is a need to close the gap between the values we articulate and the values we enforce. The result is “an inexplicable international tentativeness” over human rights issues, she said. “We need more than the rhetoric of justice.”Part of the problem today is a dithering United Nations, said Abella, who recalled the specter of a failed League of Nations following World War I. The world has reached a similar turning point with the United Nations, she said, since its inaction has failed its great ideals. So it is time, said Abella, for “that most difficult of global conversations: Is the United Nations the best we can do?”
University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead discussed the future of Georgia agriculture with industry leaders at the 40th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, on Tuesday, Oct. 17.“I look forward to the Sunbelt Expo every year,” Morehead said. “Speaking with agricultural leaders from across the state always serves as a constant reminder of the critical role the University of Georgia plays in supporting our state’s most important industry.”Morehead, who has attended the expo every year since becoming UGA president in 2013, visited the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) building, where he spoke with CAES Ambassadors and met Southeastern agricultural leaders. He also delivered remarks at a listening session hosted by U.S. House Committee on Agriculture members, and he encouraged policymakers to continue looking to UGA as a source for data to inform agricultural policy.CAES contributes to Georgia’s food, fiber and horticultural sectors through research conducted at various experiment stations, research and education centers, and farms statewide. The college has an annual student population of about 2,000 and more than 11,000 alumni living in Georgia. UGA Cooperative Extension serves Georgians in all of the state’s 159 counties through local Extension offices and reaches 180,000 elementary, middle and high school students through the Georgia 4-H Youth Development program.“Many Georgians, especially young people, may not be aware of the total impact that UGA CAES faculty and staff have on the economy and in their lives,” said CAES Dean Sam Pardue. “Sunbelt Expo is a perfect opportunity to showcase our great partnerships and our educational programs across the state that are available to everyone.”At the expo, UGA Extension specialists lead daily seminars on topics like beef cattle management, forages, dairying, aquaculture and poultry. There are also field demonstrations at the 600-acre, on-site working research farm. Visitors can see peanuts being dug and cotton, peanuts, soybeans and hay being harvested.“We work very closely with the CAES researchers on a daily basis on the Darrell Williams Research Farm on various row crop and forage studies. During show time, these researchers, along with the livestock specialists, participate in our demos and seminars. It is all tied together with the CAES exhibits in their permanent exhibit building. We appreciate our great relationship with CAES as we work together to make life better on the farm,” said Chip Blalock, executive director of the expo.The expo is one of many events where CAES Ambassadors — CAES students selected to aid in college recruitment efforts and to represent the college — serve as hosts and provide information to guests. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Southeastern middle and high school students flocked to the expo for the event’s Student Day. Many visited the college’s building to learn more about agriculture and CAES opportunities.“The Sunbelt Expo is one of the largest agricultural events every year, and it’s literally held in our backyard. This is a great chance to showcase our college and educate high school students about the degree programs offered on our UGA campus in Tifton,” said Katie Murray, student recruiter for the UGA Tifton campus. “This is an excellent opportunity to recruit students who aspire to a career in agriculture.” For more information, visit sunbeltexpo.com.