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Writer explores politics of literature

first_imgIndian-born French writer Shumona Sinh discussed her novels and their relationship to the political and social environments of the countries in which she has lived and worked during a lecture Tuesday titled “Literature and Activism: The Challenges of Representing the Impoverished Immigrant Other” hosted by French and Francophone Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.“Any writing, poems or novels, when we are touched by a sentence or an image or a metaphor, the writer is putting something that was right under our eyes into a new light,” Sinha said.Sinha said she cares deeply about the topics on which her novels focus, so much so that she feels she must write about them.“For me, even if I wanted to write a very romantic novel, I am unable to,” Sinha said. “If I do not write about what I think, then I am being dishonest.“Think of a literary work as a big train. There are people getting off and going up and down; this is the human story. However, the thing that interests me is the engine, that is, the socio-political codes.”Sinha said she uses her writing instead of physical activism to affect people and initiate change.“I was in a political party that was a very restrictive organization,” she said. “I knew that if I joined something like that again, that it would crush me. Barriers would be placed around my work and I would be labeled as a certain kind of writer.“My work is with words. If there are two people that are touched by something that I have written, and they are able to think differently, then that’s not bad.”Sinha said she believes the private morals of individuals and the public morals of politics should be closely connected.“I am quite stubborn in that I have my value system,” she said. “For me, stealing is bad. Lying is bad. But in the same way, I understand the nature of today’s politics. However, if you start thinking as a citizen that everything is fake, that all politicians are liars, then there is nothing to hope for, nothing to depend on.”Graduate student Lauren LaMore said Sinha’s lecture prompted her to think about the correlations between literature and society and the possibility for words to generate actions.“It was very cool for me to hear a writer talk about how she engages in society and different issues through literature,” LaMore said. “I took away that even if you manage to reach one person, even for an hour, it could change their relationships and how they view the world, which means everything.”“This lecture is very much what Notre Dame tries to do,” she said. “They take a field of study and apply it and see how it can make a real difference.” Tags: French and Francophone Studies, lecture, literature, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Romance Languages and Literatureslast_img read more

A classic beach house with a modern twist was constructed in a speedy 12 weeks

first_imgMrs Burgess said the original home had good aestheticsAt the top of the couple’s list was “easy living”.“We wanted to live on one level and the architect Gary was able to enhance that through a split-level design,” Mrs Burgess said. Shell chandeliers are paired with modern bathroom finishesThe couple, who have combined their experience in development and design, said it had to be in Palm Beach.“We moved from Dubai in 2013 after spending five years living there,” she said.“We always wanted to end up on the Gold Coast. My husband Ben is a developer and he has always had an obsession with Palm Beach.” 73 Third Ave, Palm Beach.She said the original home came with fantastic original features such as high-raked ceilings.“We put in a long curved wall that goes throughout the whole house,” Mrs Burgess said.“Its wave shape is really unique.” The couple have mixed Scandinavian with Coastal for a perfect beach house effectMrs Burgess said the couple battled it out at auctions until they secured the right home.“We were outbid three times and we were getting a bit frustrated but then we found this place,” she said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoLife’s a beach at 73 Thrid Ave“It needed some fixing up and it would have been cheaper to rebuild but we admired the home’s aesthetics and the architecture. “Our family are big lovers of the ocean and the beach and we wanted a lifestyle where we could take a dip in the ocean every morning.” The couple said the 12-week transformation involved peeling the home back to a skeleton and taking out two main walls. 73 Third Ave, Palm Beach.THIS stunning Palm Beach property could have come straight from the pages of a lifestyle magazine with its picture-perfect beach style. It all began in 2014 when Ben and Ginny Burgess set out to create a quintessential beach house with a modern twist.center_img Living is sprawled out on a split-level design“Most people are building two-storey homes to try and take advantage of more space but we wanted to achieve that on one level.” The couple saw the potentialArchitecturally redesigned by Garnett Gary J & Associates, the home is described by the couple as a modern interpretation of a classic beach house. “We gave the architect a huge brief of what we wanted,” Mrs Burgess said. The home has an indoor-outdoor designThe seaside abode seamlessly connects indoor and outdoor areas while creating multiple living zones.last_img read more

Dodgers announce first 51 in player pool for preseason restart

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start CATCHERS (5) — Austin Barnes, Diego Cartaya, Rocky Gale, Keibert Ruiz, Will SmithINFIELDERS (7) — Matt Beaty, Omar Estevez, Gavin Lux, Max Muncy, Edwin Rios, Corey Seager, Justin TurnerOUTFIELDERS (11) — Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock, D.J. Peters, Zach Reks, Luke Raley, Cody Thomas, Kike’ Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Zach McKinstryRelated Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The most unique season in major-league history made for some unique roster decisions.The Dodgers’ announced the first 51 players in their 60-man ‘player pool’ Sunday afternoon. More players can be added but anyone removed from the list is ineligible for the 2020 season. Thirty will make the season-opening roster in approximately three weeks with that active roster cut to 28 after two weeks of play and 26 two weeks after that. A three-man ‘taxi squad’ will travel with the team for road games.With no minor-league season expected to be played, most teams have chosen to add a number of top prospects to their player pool in anticipation of them being able to work out with the non-roster player pool at an alternate training site. The Dodgers plan to use facilities at USC and Rancho Cucamonga for that group.The Dodgers’ roster announced Sunday includes all the players on their 40-man roster plus young prospects like pitchers Josiah Gray, Michael Grove and Marshall Kasowski, outfielders Zach Reks and Cody Thomas, catcher Diego Cartaya and infielder Omar Estevez.Sunday’s list included none of their 2020 draft picks though pitchers Bobby Miller and Landon Knack could be added later when their signings become official, allowing the Dodgers’ development staff to begin working with them despite the absence of a minor-league season. “Our thought process in putting together the 60-man is trying to balance whether or not this might be the only reps that some of our prospects get this year,” Friedman said earlier this week.“As deep as we are, as excited as we are about our 26 man 40 man, the prospects behind it — we don’t have 60 guys that we feel like could step in and help us win a major league game this year. So we’re going to train and make sure we balance depth and then figuring out which of our prospects either need reps or pitchers who could really use some increase in workload, and just try to balance them sure that we’re protected and covered, where we need to be, but also a really good experience for some of our prospects so we’re still working through that.”The Dodgers are scheduled to hold their first workout in the resumed preseason training on Friday, July 3 at Dodger Stadium.Here is the complete roster announced Sunday:PITCHERS (28) — LHP Scott Alexander, RHP Pedro Baez, RHP Walker Buehler, RHP Gerardo Carrillo, LHP Caleb Ferguson, RHP Dylan Floro, RHP Tony Gonsolin, LHP Victor Gonzalez, RHP Brusdar Graterol, RHP Josiah Gray, RHP Michael Grove, RHP Andre Jackson, RHP Kenley Jansen, RHP Marshall Kasowski, RHP Joe Kelly, LHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Adam Kolarek, RHP Dustin May, RHP Jimmy Nelson, LHP David Price, RHP Dennis Santana, RHP Josh Sborz, RHP Ross Stripling, RHP Blake Treinen, RHP Edwin Uceta, LHP Julio Urias, RHP Mitchell White, LHP Alex Wood Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more