Bob Weir And John Mayer Discuss Dead & Company’s Purpose On CBS

first_imgThis morning, the Dead & Company band were profiled on an exciting CBS Sunday Morning segment. Airing on the morning before the band’s Bonnaroo appearance, a web exclusive video from an interview with Bob Weir and John Mayer goes in-depth about the group’s overall purpose.Weir goes into how the band is finding their own voice and message, when interviewer Anthony Mason asks him how long that typically takes. Weir cheekily responds, “Time,” before Mayer chimes in about his nervousness to do the Grateful Dead’s catalog justice. Of course Weir assuages his fears with his own confidence, showing a playful exchange between the two Grateful guitarists.Mayer then talks about how he prepared for the role of lead guitarist, with nothing but praise for the technique and talents of Jerry Garcia. You can watch the full video here.last_img read more

Turin mayor convicted in 2017 soccer final stampede

first_imgMILAN (AP) — The Turin mayor and four others were convicted and sentenced to a year and six months in jail in connection with a stampede during a public viewing of the 2017 Champions League final. The soccer game was projected on a maxi-screen in one of the city’s main piazzas. More than 1,600 people were injured, including two women who later died as a result. Mayor Chiara Appendino expressed “bitterness” over Wednesday’s verdict in a Facebook post, and said that the decision should open a discussion on a mayor’s role. She said she would appeal the decision.last_img

ASA honors professor’s career

first_imgThroughout sociology professor Christian Smith’s career, he has written on the influence of morality on human life. This summer, the American Sociological Association (ASA) honored Smith for his influence as an academic on his own field. The Altruism, Morality and Solidarity section of the ASA selected Smith as the recipient of its Distinguished Career Award in July. The honor, which is awarded annually, recognizes a scholar who has significantly contributed to the section’s areas of focus. “Over the course of my career, the main thing covered in many of the books I’ve written has been the importance of morality in people’s actions,” Smith said. “I think the award acknowledges this emphasis of mine on morality in human lives.” As he reflected on his career, Smith said he is most proud of his work analyzing and debunking conventional models of human personhood. “In the different work I’ve done, I think a lot of my theorizing has challenged or critiqued mainstream sociological models of human beings,” Smith said. “I’m proud of challenging these assumptions and trying to provide alternatives I think are better.” The award put his life’s work in perspective, Smith said, but it has not altered his concrete priorities as a researcher and professor. “It helped create a kind of background awareness that all the research one does ultimately adds up into a larger project that can have some influence, but didn’t change anything day to day,” Smith said. “I’m still focused on finishing projects and not getting buried by piles of work.” Receiving the Distinguished Career Award from the ASA was an unexpected and deeply gratifying experience, Smith said. “I certainly wasn’t anticipating it,” Smith said. “There are awards out there that you think, ‘I could win that someday,’ but I wasn’t really thinking about this one, so it was a true honor.” Smith said he was not able to attend the August ceremony in person, instead sending a Notre Dame graduate student to accept the award in his place. “I was moving into town here, into a new house, and I just couldn’t travel,” Smith said. “I apologized profusely, but it was just impossible at the time.” He is currently studying the religious and spiritual lives of young Americans, and he said he intends to launch a new project on parenting in the near future. However, Smith said he hopes his work on personhood will become his professional legacy. “In a decade, the youth and religion stuff will likely be outdated,” Smith said. “Ideally, my theories of human personhood will still be influencing people after I’m dead.” Moving forward, Smith said he hopes to shed some of his administrative responsibilities and spend more time teaching Notre Dame undergraduates. “Teaching is one of the great joys of my life,” he said. “I wish I could do it more often.”last_img read more

INDOT public meeting announced

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a federally mandated four-year funding and scheduling document for surface transportation projects in Indiana.Project types involving pavement and bridge facilities, projects addressing safety, congestion, mobility and emergency response can be found in the STIP. In addition, this document includes investment in various modes of transportation including transit, pedestrian trails, and bicycle facilities.Only projects in which construction and operating funds can reasonably be expected to be available, are included in the STIP. The STIP is updated every two years.States are required to develop STIPs and do so in coordination with:The Federal Highway AdministrationThe Federal Transit AdministrationMetropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)Local Governments in Non-Metropolitan AreasThe STIP document will cover fiscal years 2020 through 2024 (INDOT fiscal year is July 1 thru June 30). More information coming soon regarding viewing the STIP on-line via the INDOT website, ways to submit comments during the public comment period and related next steps prior to document approval.As part of INDOT’s commitment to public outreach and engagement, 12 public open houses are scheduled this spring to raise awareness of the STIP, its process and to solicit input from our customers as we meet with communities around the state.During the open houses, INDOT team members will be available to engage in conversation, address questions and solicit input related to a variety of topics including project selection, multimodal, highway safety, economic opportunity, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) programs, Local Public Agency (LPA) programs, public involvement, district construction, maintenance, traffic operations and transportation planning.Speaking of planning, INDOT is updating its long-range plan for improving Indiana’s Transportation System.  INDOT’s Long Range Plan establishes a vision for future transportation investments, examining critical trends, challenges and future-year needs to provide Indiana citizens (Hoosiers) the highest level of safety and mobility possible to meet the needs of economic development and quality of life.The public open houses are opportunities for INDOT to meet with transportation stakeholders in an informal open house setting where discussions and conversations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.last_img read more