LAX crab to make permanent home on Homewood
Three months after LAX crab — part of the
Baltimore's Crabtown Project to raise funds for city
schools — first alighted on the Homewood campus, good
news has come to its many admirers.
The crab, which recognizes goalie Jason Schwartzman of
Johns Hopkins' 2005 NCAA championship
lacrosse team, has been
purchased by the President's
Office, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council,
Office of Greek Life, Office of Community Affairs and
an alum for $30,000 as part of Johns Hopkins' ongoing
commitment to investing in city schools.
At 11 a.m. today, Nov. 14, LAX Crab will be in the
spotlight as city officials hold a press conference on the
Homewood campus to promote the Nov. 19 auction of other
artistically decorated crustaceans that adorned the city
over the summer.
The Crabtown Project is a combination of public art
and fund-raising/public awareness project of Baltimore's
Believe in Our Schools campaign, which supports facility
improvements. Funds are being raised through sponsorships,
direct contributions and the auction.
Johns Hopkins also sponsored LAX Crab, which has been
guarding the campus's north gate. Its permanent location
has not been decided, but it will likely be indoors to
protect the sculpture from the elements.
Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen to speak at
Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Lamont
University Professor at Harvard, will speak this week at a
three-part lecture series at the
School of Advanced
"The Foundations of Democracy" is Sen's topic for the
event, part of the Bernard L. Schwartz Forum on
Constructive Capitalism. Francis Fukuyama, the Schwartz
Professor of International Political Economy and director
of the SAIS International Development Program, will
moderate the sessions.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Sen will discuss "Ideas: Past and
Present"; on Wednesday, Nov. 16, "Practice: Functions and
Assessment" and on Thursday, Nov. 17, "From the Local to
The talks will be held at 5:30 p.m. each evening in
the Nitze Building's Kenney Auditorium. Non-SAIS affiliates
must RSVP to 202-663-5650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Electro-acoustic clothing' performance planned for Nov.
A groundbreaker in acoustical performance pieces will
put his musical clothes into action next week at an event
sponsored by the
Digital Media Center at Homewood.
Benoit Maubrey is the director of Die Audio Gruppe, a
Berlin-based art group that builds and performs with
electronic clothes that make sounds when they interact with
their environment, thanks to light sensors and other
electronic instruments built into the garments. Light,
movement and other inputs are orchestrated into musical
compositions on the spot. Maubrey and Die Audio Gruppe were
the winners of the 2006 Franklin Furnace award for
Maubrey will perform at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, in
101 Mattin Center, where he will also explain the
technology behind the art and allow participants to try out
some of the sensors and clothing themselves.
For more information, call 410-516-3817 or go to
Chairman of Bertelsmann AG gets AICGS leadership
Gunter Thielen, chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG,
was honored last week with the 11th Annual Global
Leadership Award by Johns Hopkins'
American Institute for
Contemporary German Studies.
The AICGS Global Leadership Award Dinner, held this
year Nov. 10 at Cipriani 23rd Street in New York, singles
out a leading German or American business figure who has
demonstrated unique leadership in the international area,
reinforcing the bonds between Germany/Europe and the United
Thielen's accomplishments at the helm of Bertelsmann,
the worldwide media conglomerate that owns Random House and
Sony BMG Music Entertainment among others, are widely
recognized. In 2004 he was named one of Time
magazine's Global Business Influentials.
Miracle Tie collection celebrates 10 years of supporting
The 10th collection of Jos. A. Bank, Clothiers'
Miracle Ties made its debut last week at a fashion show
featuring the pediatric patients whose artwork inspired
this year's neckties. The event was held at the retailer's
store on Pratt Street.
The popular ties were created to tie together
pediatric research, patient care and fashion to raise funds
for the Johns
Hopkins Children's Center. The patients create the
designs, and all profits go directly to the Children's
In honor of the anniversary year, the patients were
asked to draw one of their 10 favorite things. Among those
selected were "Chesapeake Crab," "Gingerbread Man,"
"Penguins on Ice" and "Music Mania."
The ties, $49.50 each, are available at Jos. A. Bank,
Clothiers stores and online at www.josbank.com.
No 'Gazette' Thanksgiving week; next issue will be Nov.
The Gazette will not be published next week because of
the Thanksgiving holiday. The next issue of the paper will
appear on Monday, Nov. 28. The calendar in today's issue
covers events from Nov. 14 to 28. To check for late
additions, see the JHU online calendar at
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