‘Walls of Tehran’ panels to explore art, propaganda

first_imgAn afternoon panel in association with “Walls of Martyrdom” — a photography exhibit of Tehran’s propaganda murals by Ph.D. candidate in public policy Fotini Christia — will be held May 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS). Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Office of the Provost, the event and exhibit (set to run May 18 through June 15 in the South Concourse Gallery of CGIS) are free and open to the public.The first panel, titled “Murals and Martyrdom in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Naghmeh Sohrabi, a lecturer in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, will chair this panel, which will include discussant Huchang Chehabi of the Department of International Relations at Boston University, and participants from Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Indiana University.Professor Malik Mufti of the Department of Political Science at Tufts University will chair the second panel, titled “A Comparative Perspective of Martyrdom and Propaganda Art in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.” Diana Allan, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology at Harvard, will serve as the discussant. Panel participants include Boston-based architect and photographer Rania Matar, who will speak on “Murals, Billboards, and the Aftermath of War in Lebanon.”Christia’s photography exhibit (designed and curated by Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh) is a selection of more than 130 images of Tehran’s murals taken over the summer of 2006 during her affiliation with the University of Tehran. About her visit to the city and the upcoming exhibit, Christia (who is also a Weatherhead Center Dissertation Completion Fellow) writes, “Though landscape stimulants competing for the visitor’s attention abound, none are more gripping than the city’s propaganda murals. As dominant fixtures of Tehran’s visual space, these state-sponsored murals are painted by artists close to the regime,” she said, adding, “Their sheer number and size, along with their powerful iconography and aesthetics, set me on a quest to systematically document them.”The photos will be displayed both traditionally and in various forms. Some pictures, for instance, will be part of a 50-foot-long “cityscape” composition, while others will be printed on fabric and presented as part of a maze, or printed as large, double-sided silk banners and hung around the walls of the sunken courtyard of CGIS.last_img read more

Building a trust culture

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How much does a lost member or customer cost your credit union or bank? And we’re not just talking dollars and cents here. The total expense of a lost member or customer can far exceed simply the monetary.According to the book Customer Winback: How to Recapture Lost Customers–And Keep Them Loyal, most banks (and by extension credit unions) lose members and customers in an average of 12.5% a year. Balance that with an average acquisition rate of 13.5% and we find that acquiring new customers and members is virtually a wash-out. The book also references a study showing the average cost of acquiring new customers is about five times higher than retaining the ones you already have. Even more troubling, the new customers that are acquired are unlikely to be as profitable as those they replaced.While it may be difficult to pin an exact figure on the cost of a lost member or customer, we cannot end the equation based solely on them. The lost customer or member may very well have brought additional business to your bank or credit union through friends and family members. It is also possible they could have brought business accounts. When we begin to total the cost of a lost customer or member both in terms of immediate financial loss and potential future financial loss, the implication for banks and credit unions is dire.The most obvious solution to this challenge is to retain the loyal customers and members that banks and credit unions have. The best way to retain them is to instill in your bank or credit union a culture of trust. Trust is a commodity that takes time, effort and perseverance to build. It is also something that is quickly lost given the wrong set of circumstances. continue reading »last_img read more

Visit to China changes cn technician’s perception

first_imgChina’s vice president set to visit Ethiopia Related Mnangagwa expected to visit China next week Mugabe to Visit Chinacenter_img Panoramic skyline of Shanghai,China,Sunrise,Lu Jia Zui,Shanghai“I have completely changed my perception over Chinese after I visited China and witnessed their culture of hard work,” says Martin Simwaba a resident of Chingola town in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province.Simwaba, 38, a father of five children who visited China in October for an e-governance for Development program, was impressed by the steadiness shown by the Chinese to develop in all economic sectors.He said some three decades ago China was a relatively poor country, noting that the Asian nation is now a second economic giant in the world, and aims to eliminate poverty.This, he said, is a result of long term planning model which has paid off, stressing that Zambia should emulate China’s economic model if the country is to advance in the quest to grow her economy.Simwaba attributes the tremendous development partly to Chinese government’s commitment to educating its masses in various fields, starting at a tender age.China’s education system is tailored in such a way that youths are educated in various fields and this contributes effectively towards the development of their country.If Africa is to develop to a higher level, Simwaba says the African states are supposed to plan for economic growth.A mining technician by profession, Simwaba visited three cities, namely Harbin, Jinan and Beijing, and was surprised by the advanced technology in all the cities.He said technology is the heartbeat of China from where development is anchored from.People have come up with detecting technology to check on an foreign item in any maize silos.“Chinese are even able to detect fake drinks through technology system,” he says.Some hotels have installed hotpots on tables where a person can cook his or her own food while seated.On hospitality sector, Simwaba said it is marvelous.“Chinese are down to earth and a humble people,” he says.According to him, China is a safe place for international tourists, adding that he felt at home while in China during the e-governance for development program.He said the Chinese like mingling with other people and learning other people’s culture and tradition.Simwaba concluded that he hoped more exchange programs will be carried out so Zambian youths can learn the hard working culture of Chinese. Panoramic skyline of Shanghai,China,Sunrise,Lu Jia Zui,Shanghailast_img read more

Early Morning Raid on West Avenue

first_imgResidents at 216 West Avenue in LaFollette got an early wake up when officers with LaFollette Police Department’s Drug Unit and Special Response Team executed a search warrant at the home.The raid was conducted in response to a number of complaints received by the department regarding allegations of drug traffic at the home. During the raid officers discovered stolen property, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. The man and woman at the home weren’t arrested pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.                                                                          (WLAF NEWS – PUBLISHED 8/31/18) Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more