OC production in remembrance of Holocaust

first_img WhatsApp Jewish Virtual Library.OC Theatre, Art, Music.Ector Middle School. Facebook Local NewsEducation OC production in remembrance of Holocaust Registration set for engineering camp Twitter Previous articleBOYS BASKETBALL: Permian puts clamps on Odessa High as Panthers stay atop district standingsNext articlePetitioners seeking council change plan final push admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – January 17, 2018 Facebook Odessa College students Alyssa Priest as Raja Englanderova, left, and Savannah Poor as Irena Synkova, act out a scene from “I Never Saw a Butterfly,” a play about the Holocaust that will be performed for ECISD middle school students. Twitter Home Local News Education OC production in remembrance of Holocaust Noel earns award To help mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Odessa College is producing “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 with matinees for Ector County Independent School District middle school students.The Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 stagings will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Rodgers Fine Arts Center on the OC campus, 201 W. University Blvd.Matinees for middle school students are Jan. 19, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at Ector Middle School, but those are not open to the public, said Mark Kolokoff, head of Odessa College’s Theatre Performance Program. The performances are free.Carl Berry Moore was hired to direct “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” but had an illness in the family, so Kolokoff is now producing and directing the show.“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is set in a concentration camp at Terezin in what is now the Czech Republic. “Of the vast majority of Czech Jews who were taken to Terezin (or Theresienstadt), 97,297 died among whom were 15,000 children. Only 132 of those children were known to have survived,” the Jewish Virtual Library website said.“Holocaust remembrance day is Jan. 27, so we thought it would be a good idea to correspond the showing of this with that memorial or remembrance,” Kolokoff said.Ector Middle School Director of Student Services Rebecca Osborne said about 4,000 students overall are expected to view the performances.At Ector, Osborne said students are reading the script ahead of time. She added that it’s a 40-minute version of the play.“Reading dramatic literature is part of the TEKS and so is poetry. The play is based, in part, on the poetry that the children that were living in a concentration camp wrote,” Osborne said.TEKS stands for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and are the state’s educational standards in all subjects.Kolokoff said he has had matinees at OC, but he has never toured for ECISD students.“It’s gone well,” Kolokoff said of the production. “The challenge is that they haven’t rehearsed since last semester because they had break, so this is the first rehearsal today to get it going again. Since I haven’t been involved in the directing, I’m not super familiar with what they’ve done with it so I’ll see it for the first time today.”Kolokoff said it’s important to perform “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” so people don’t forget history.“I don’t believe any of us should ever lose sight of the fact that the holocaust took place …,” Kolokoff said. “… I think needs to be fresh all the time because if we ever forget that these events in history have taken place, then what’s going to stop us from repeating them.”Bringing it to this age group also is relevant because Kolokoff said he’s not sure middle school students really have an understanding of the holocaust, especially that children died in it and suffered as much as the adults.He added that the Nazis built Terezin as a facade so they could fool people into thinking they were treating the prisoners well.Stage Manager Cristi Lloyd said the performances are a chance to present theater to people who wouldn’t always attend an OC show.Although Christmas break occurred in the middle of rehearsals, Lloyd said the cast is “really strong.”“We’ve worked together a lot, and so I think that together we’ll pull through. Even if it’s a little rough at first, we’ll be able to get it together for sure,” she said.Caleb Jones, who plays a camp inmate and leader of the boys’ homes, said the play’s focus on youngsters instead of adults makes it relevant.It will give students a chance to see how children their own age suffered and how they lost everything.“I think it will be good for them to relate that to themselves,” Jones said.Aaron Callaway, who plays a Nazi soldier, said he likes stories of holocaust survivors.“I feel like they’re stories that need to be told, especially this one,” Callaway said.Callaway added that he doesn’t think the holocaust is taught enough.“People talk about it, but (the) consequences and the things that happen aren’t fully stressed enough. I think this is a good way to show them … just a little bit of what happened try to make them understand it more,” Callaway said.Osborne said she talked to Kolokoff last May about how the school could work with OC to use the power of theater to benefit students in ECISD, and Ector in particular.“Mark and I both realize that theater provides wonderful opportunities for cross-curricular instruction and ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’ is a vehicle for those opportunities,” Osborne said.This play, she said relates to social studies and English especially.“Anytime you’re studying dramatic literature and attending live theatrical performances that helps us to better understand our world and the people who live in it,” Osborne said.More Information OCA top 2 were ESL students Pinterest Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

News Pioneer Sandy Close wins Nieman’s I.F. Stone Medal

first_imgSandy Close, executive editor and director of Pacific News Service (PNS), has been selected as winner of the 2012 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism will present the award at Lippmann House on Dec. 6, 2012.Close will receive the honor in recognition of her many achievements in journalism and for giving a voice to individuals and communities too often ignored by mainstream media. In nominating her, the I.F. Stone Medal selection committee acknowledged her steadfast efforts on behalf of ethnic news organizations and her mentoring of young journalists.Close has served as executive director of Pacific News Service since 1974. Under her leadership, PNS has helped launch the careers of a generation of talented young reporters who often focus on individuals and issues on the margins of society. One of the first regular commentators for NPR’s “Morning Edition” in the mid-1980s, Close went on in 1991 to create YO! Youth Outlook, a monthly magazine written by and about young people. In 1996, she co-founded The Beat Within, a weekly writing journal by incarcerated youth. That same year, she founded New California Media, which subsequently became New America Media (NAM), under the umbrella of Pacific News Service. Today, NAM is the largest editorial and marketing collaboration of ethnic media in the United States.Close previously received a MacArthur Foundation genius grant and won the 2011 George Polk Career Award. She also co-produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “Breathing Lessons: The Life and work of Mark O’Brien.”last_img read more

Switzerland dubbed best place for talented workers

first_img– Advertisement – The U.S. came in 15th, ranked behind Germany (11th), Australia (13th), and Hong Kong (14th). It was just ahead of Ireland (18th), Taiwan (20th) and the U.K (23rd).Among the bottom 10 countries were: Russia, Bulgaria, Mexico, Romania, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Slovak Republic, with India and Mongolia coming out last in the ranking.Now in its seventh year, the IMD annual ranking seeks to provide a picture of leading economies’ talent pools, and therefore their global competitiveness. It does so by drawing on a mixture of hard data and surveys to measure markets.- Advertisement – Switzerland was praised for its high-quality education system and focus on apprenticeships, as well as its ability to attract overseas professionals with high living standards and strong pay packets. Denmark, meanwhile, performed well for its emphasis of equal opportunity across society, and Luxembourg ticked up followed sustained investment in its workforce over recent years.Here are the top 10 countries on the list of 63 countries, which was heavily led by Western Europe.1. Switzerland 2. Denmark 3. Luxembourg 4. Iceland 5. Sweden6. Austria 7. Norway 8. Canada 9. Singapore10. the Netherlands- Advertisement – Countries are assessed across three key criteria: ‘Investment and development’ looks at how a country fosters domestic talent; ‘Appeal’ assesses the extent to which an economy retains homegrown talent and draws international talent; and ‘Readiness’ measures the quality of skills and competences available.As with previous years, the latest study was conducted between January and April, and as such, does not fully account for the impact of the pandemic. However, Jose Caballeros, senior economist at the IMD World Competitiveness Center, told CNBC Make It the findings provide some indication of which job markets may feel the greatest social and economic fallout.“The performance of the top talent-competitive countries remains relatively strong,” said Caballeros. “It is among the other economies where we see more fluctuation.”Indonesia, which came in at position 45, and Malaysia, which was 23rd on the list, both fell in the rankings this year. That was due to “brain drain” — the emigration of educated workers away from their home country — and a reduced ability to attract foreign highly skilled workers and international managers, Caballeros said. He added that the pandemic will likely make that problem worse.Meanwhile, other countries that are largely reliant on overseas talent, such as Singapore, Australia, the U.S. and the U.K., could also see a negative impact from recent border restrictions, the report noted.But Caballeros said the pandemic has also provided a spot of opportunity for economies to invest in their people and adapt to new ways of working.“Enabling employees to acquire new or redeploy existing skills — to transition to remote working for example — will also be essential to sustaining the effectiveness of the talent pool in the near future,” he said.“This effectiveness will be necessary to tackle the new challenges that may arise following the current crisis. Facilitating the adoption of flexible new technologies will also be helpful for such economies since they will be able to be redeployed to address the needs of a continuously changing context,” Caballeros added.Don’t miss: Happiness expert: One technique for staying upbeat during the pandemicLike this story? Subscribe to CNBC Make It on YouTube! Switzerland has been named the best place in the world for attracting and nurturing skilled workers, even as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on many countries’ ability to win over top talent.Retaining pole position for the fourth year running, the central European nation beat out other continental neighbors including Denmark, Luxembourg, Iceland and Sweden to secure the top spot in IMD’s World Talent Ranking 2020 released Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img read more