Croatian, US Officials Visit High-Speed Vessel Swift

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Croatian, US Officials Visit High-Speed Vessel Swift View post tag: US View post tag: Visit View post tag: officials A senior Croatian defense official was joined by a U.S. congressional delegation for a visit to the high-speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) at Lora Naval Base in Split, Croatia, April 4.Dr. Dragan Lozancic, the assistant minister of defense for the republic of Croatia, toured Swift with U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia James Foley and the Croatian Chief of Naval Operations, Rear Adm. Ante Urlic.During remarks to the Croatian media, Foley stressed the importance of the American-Croatian partnership.“Croatia is about to join the European Union,” said Foley, “And while this will present new opportunities, it will also present new challenges of a security nature, and it’s through this partnership that we meet those challenges together.”Begich also spoke about the importance of partnership. “It was a great honor to visit the crew of the Swift and their Croatian partners today,” said Begich. “Both play a vital role in the important partnership shared by our nations. I’ll be reporting back to my fellow senators in Washington that our alliance with Croatia is paying dividends for both countries.”While on board the group met with the combined crew of Sailors and civilian mariners, and observed a non-lethal weapon demonstration by members of the U.S. Marine Corps Black Sea Rotational Force.The crew was proud to showcase their mission to the distinguished visitors.“The visit was an important part of our theater security cooperation mission, here in 6th Fleet,” said Lt. Cmdr. Charles Eaton, the officer-in-charge of HSV 2. “We are very proud to continue strengthening the important partnership between Croatia and the U.S. Navy.” Begich was in Croatia to attend an economic forum and conduct official discussions with key leaders regarding issues affecting bilateral and regional relationshipsSwift, homeported out of Norfolk, Va., is a U.S. Military Sealift Command-chartered high-speed vessel, and is currently deployed to the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of theater security cooperation efforts.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Croatian Croatian, US Officials Visit High-Speed Vessel Swift View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Swift View post tag: Navy View post tag: High View post tag: speed View post tag: vessel April 6, 2012 Training & Educationlast_img read more

Personal stories of transformation

first_imgJung Chang’s successful memoir “Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China” chronicles her family’s often heartbreaking journey through the cultural and political transformation that defined 20th-century China.The work, which has sold more than 13 million copies in 36 languages, recounts her grandmother’s plight as a concubine, her mother’s struggles as a prominent Communist Party member, and the author’s own experience as a member of the Red Guard and her eventual exile to the countryside during the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution.Now, “Wild Swans,” the world-premiere stage adaptation of the book, is on view at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) through Sunday. But once the show is over, an innovative collaboration between the A.R.T. and the metaLAB (at) Harvard, inspired by the new play, will continue to engage audiences with stories related to the world’s most populous country through an interactive online memoir.Intrigued by the idea of melding the physical and the virtual realms, A.R.T. outreach and education associate Brendan Shea turned to metaLAB researcher Joana Pimenta and co-founder Jesse Shapins. Using Shapin’s software Zeega, an open-source Web platform designed to make collaborative multimedia documentaries and exhibitions, Shea and his A.R.T. colleagues helped to develop a mosaic of sound, images, video, and text inspired by the compelling source material for the new show.“The courage, the ability to share your story, and the personal details of your life for the purposes of making people aware of what you went through … definitely inspired us,” said Shea. “We asked ourselves, ‘What is the memoir of this community as it relates to China or Chinese history or Chinese culture?’ ”“I want to give to other kids what had been given to me. I want to go back and sort of pay it forward,” says Harvard freshman Tian Kisch in her online diary.To find his answer, he turned to people like Harvard freshman Tian Kisch, a member of Harvard China Care, a student-run organization at the College that supports abandoned, orphaned, and special-needs children in China.Born in Guangzhou, China, Kisch was adopted by an American family when she was 8 months old. In her online memoir, she discusses her life growing up in Seattle; her first trip to China at age 11 — where she met her foster mother, the woman who nursed her back to health after Kisch was abandoned as a newborn; and her own volunteer work with Chinese orphanages.“I want to give to other kids what had been given to me. I want to go back and sort of pay it forward,” Kisch says in her online diary.Being part of the collaborative project, she said, offered her an opportunity to highlight the breadth of the Chinese-American experience.“There are so many different backgrounds that we all have,” said Kisch. “I think that is a really important concept to grasp.”For the project, Shea and his team reached out to other Harvard organizations, including the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Harvard Chinatown Citizenship, a naturalization assistance program for the Boston area that is part of the Phillips Brooks House Association. They also connected with several Boston communities that have ties to China.The work is an example of the A.R.T.’s ongoing efforts to expand the boundaries of theater, the operating ethos of artistic director Diane Paulus, who challenges the conventional notion of theatergoers as passive observers. Residencies, workshops, panel discussions, and community engagement programs — including a recent outreach effort that asked local high school students to create miniproductions based on the A.R.T.’s staging of  “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” —  have all been part of recent programming.The new collaboration echoes a trend in other regional theaters around the country, said Shea, one geared toward engaging audiences by harnessing the power of the Internet and “the different social and technological aspects of the world around us.“What we are doing here at Harvard is at the vanguard of this sea change that is happening in theater.”Shapins called the project a “fantastic example” of how the arts at Harvard can operate as a catalyst for engaging the University with a broader community.Media and storytelling, said Shapins, “are one of the most powerful ways for those connections to be made.”last_img read more