Posts Tagged 'Brian Smith'

Fineberg: ‘We can do more about American health care’

Fineberg: ‘We can do more about American health care’

When charting the course of human medical evolution, it becomes evident that progress throughout the past century has been nothing less than remarkable.

About 25,000 years ago, the life expectancy of a human was 25 years, said Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine and previous provost of Harvard University. By 1900, that number had risen to 48 in the United States, and today, U.S. residents are expected to live until the age of 78.

Nancy Richards: A biography in glass

Nancy Richards: A biography in glass

Chautauquan Nancy Richards is a woman of many facets: minister’s wife, mother, former president of the United Methodist House and accomplished stained glass artist.

Conversations with her reveal a woman of character, wit, intelligence, directness and profound Christian faith. Her life and art are linked, each reflecting the other — a biography in glass. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

Kalin: Turkish political system still a work in progress

Kalin: Turkish political system still a work in progress

As a country that began its experiment in democracy less than a century ago, the transformation from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey has been nothing less than remarkable. But Ibrahim Kalin doesn’t think of his country as a perfect model for democracy. Rather, he believes it should serve as motivation for other countries.

“Turkey can serve as a source of inspiration, and maybe there are experiences from which other Middle Eastern countries can learn,” he said. “But we don’t impose Turkey as a model, because it’s just too patronizing.”

Chane argues need for Turkey in negotiations with Iran

Chane argues need for Turkey in negotiations with Iran

During his Interfaith Lecture on Monday, the Right Rev. John Chane demonstrated that Turkey and Iran share similar political and economic interests: Both are concerned about the plight of those living in the Palestinian territories, and soon the trade volume between the two countries is expected to exceed $30 billion, he said.

However, Chane noted that Iran and Turkey also have their differences. Iran sees Syria’s Assad regime as its ally and as a distribution point for weapons, arming both Syrian forces and also Hezbollah. Turkey, on the other hand, views Syria as a destabilizing presence in the region and has directly opposed its leadership.

A ‘Familiar’ ring: VACI exhibition of Turkish work serves as artistic reference point for week’s lectures

A ‘Familiar’ ring: VACI exhibition of Turkish work serves as artistic reference point for week’s lectures

The view of Turkey in Strohl Art Center is as if at the end of a telescope, condensed close-ups by six women in that crossroad country, six women with six notions, six topic sentences, six ideas. The show then is focused still tighter when squeezed into the intimate Bellowe Family Gallery on the second floor.