Exit interview: Questions and answers with Dean Graham

first_img Read Full Story William A. Graham steps down as dean of Harvard Divinity School at the end of the 2011–12 academic year. After a year’s leave in 2012–13, he will return to teaching as a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. HDS M.Div. candidate Matt Bieber caught up with Graham in April to discuss his tenure as dean and what’s next for him.MB: How did you go through the process of choosing to step down?WG: I had never planned to be here 10 years. I had been thinking that I would probably step down after eight, but I felt I had to stay on until the School came out on the other side of the financial downturn. Another factor in staying on was that the University will be going into a capital campaign in the future, and I felt that any new dean had to have at least some time to get to know our donors and potential donors and also to be engaged in the rampup to campaign mode, which for a dean is usually pretty intense in terms of the travel commitments. Also, I felt that we had pretty much rebuilt the faculty, having made over 30 appointments in nine years. Last, I felt that I am at the last possible time to be able to return fully to the classroom and writing and can hope to have 5 to 10 years of good health to do some serious academic work again.last_img read more

Harry Potter Play Set After Deathly Hallows; Dates Confirmed

first_img View Comments Muggles, are you ready? The hotly anticipated Harry Potter play, which will be staged in two parts in the West End, is now officially described as follows: “the eighth story. Nineteen years later.” Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’s first installment will begin previews on June 7, 2016. The official opening day, where both parts will be performed, is scheduled for July 30 at the Palace Theatre.The world premiere will be based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Penned by Thorne and directed by Tony winner Tiffany (Once), the production’s plot description reads: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”The seven-volume Harry Potter series has sold more than 450 million copies and been translated into 77 languages. The books were adapted into eight movies starring Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, along with Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. Casting for the West End production’s company of more than 30 will be announced later.Currently home to The Commitments, which will close on November 1, the Palace Theatre usually plays host to musicals, but we somehow have a feeling that they’ll have no problem selling tickets.We also sense that this has “Broadway transfer” written all over it.last_img read more

Colombian Intelligence Blocks Entry of Drugs into Europe

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo March 14, 2019 In late January, British, Spanish, and Italian authorities, in coordination with the Colombian Navy, seized more than 2 tons of cocaine in several Italian ports. The Colombian Navy’s thorough intelligence work, which also led to the arrest of one person, facilitated the combined operation. European units found the drugs in several containers aboard two merchant ships coming from the Gulf of Urabá in the Colombian Caribbean. Authorities seized the cocaine in the ports of Genoa and Livorno, Italy, where the ships made a stopover on their way to Barcelona, Spain. According to the Colombian Navy, the seized cocaine would have been worth $164 million in the international market. “This operation emerged from having monitored a group that smuggles mostly cocaine hydrochloride to European countries,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Andrés Vásquez Villegas, commander of the Caribbean Naval Force, told Diálogo. “This organization seems to be linked to the criminal group Clan del Golfo, here in Colombia.” The criminal ring uses container ships in the Gulf of Urabá . Controlled by Clan del Golfo, the area is strategic to the control and trafficking of cocaine for having outlets to the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Despite the dense, hard-to-reach rainforest characteristic of the region, the Navy managed to successfully monitor the area. “Our intelligence agencies found out as soon as ships were contaminated,” said Vice Adm. Vásquez. “We started coordinated work with police authorities from the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain.” International cooperation Colombia signed many cooperation agreements with European countries allowing for intelligence exchanges aimed at countering narcotrafficking and disrupting transnational criminal groups. In addition, after joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in May 2018 as a global partner, Colombia is now closer to the countries of the Euro-Atlantic zone. “Colombia operates with its intelligence units and collects information. If the result is of interest to other countries we have agreements with, we share that information,” said Colombian Navy Captain Federico Alberto Sierra Zuluaga, commander of the Navy’s Counternarcotics Task Force No. 73 Neptune. “Thanks to channels of trust and coordination with those countries, they can proceed to verify specific information to achieve common results.” After six months of surveillance, the Navy’s intelligence units shared the information they obtained with the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre – Narcotics (MAOC-N), and the Seaport Cooperation Project (SEACOP). Based in Lisbon, MAOC-N supports the fight on drugs transiting the Atlantic by sea and air into Europe or Africa. SEACOP seeks to strengthen cooperation against illicit maritime trafficking in the transatlantic route with the creation of Joint Maritime Control Units in countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. “The information we send is accurate, and they [MAOC-N and SEACOP] trust it,” Capt. Sierra said. “They coordinate with European security organizations to follow up and seize the cocaine.” According to information from the Spanish police, authorities intercepted a ship carrying 643 kilograms of cocaine in the Port of Livorno. Italian authorities also found 2,103 kg of drugs in the Port of Genoa. In addition, the operation enabled the capture of a person in Barcelona who intended to receive the drugs. “Thanks to the surveillance the being conducted and the traceability of the cargo, we will certainly see more arrests in the coming days,” said Vice Adm. Vásquez. According to Italian authorities, the seizure is the largest made in their territory in the last 25 years. For the European forces, the operation was a success, thanks to the commitment of several nations. “This is a transnational crime that doesn’t involve only one state or country,” said Capt. Sierra. “Therefore, there should be coordination between states’ security agencies, so they can conduct combined operations such as this one carried out with European institutions.”last_img read more