Alma Mater is a bronze sculpture by Daniel Chester French, located on the steps leading to the Low Memorial Library on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City. It is a personification of the traditional image of the University as an alma mater, or "nourishing mother". French designed the statue in 1901 and installed it in September, 1903, it was donated in memory of alumnus Robert Goelet of the Class of 1860 by his wife, Harriette W. Goelet. Alma Mater has become a symbol of the university. An owl, a symbol of knowledge and learning, is hidden in the folds of Alma Mater's cloak near her left leg and college superstition has it that the first member of the incoming class to find the owl will become class valedictorian; the legend at another time was that any Columbia student who found the owl on his first try would marry a girl from Barnard. When the statue was installed it was gilded in gold. Over time, the original gilding wore off and the few remaining flakes were removed in 1950.
In 1962, the University made the decision to have the gilding reapplied. In the early morning hours of May 17, 1970, a bomb was planted on the statue; the resulting explosion caused significant damage to Alma Mater's throne. The damage remained until 1978; the throne was recast and the sculpture was cleaned, refinished with a new patina, returned to the Low steps. Media related to Alma Mater by Daniel Chester French at Wikimedia Commons Save Outdoor Sculpture Survey of Alma Mater
Lisa Guenther is a Canadian philosopher and activist, known for her efforts to take philosophy into extraordinary settings. Guenther's work takes up solitary confinement, prison torture, reproductive injustice, the carceral state. Cross-appointed to the Department of Philosophy and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, Lisa Guenther is Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Prior to 2018, she served as Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, her first academic position was at the University of Auckland. Guenther received a bachelor's degree from Bishop's University, doctorate from University of Toronto. Guenther specializes in feminist philosophy and political philosophy, her book has been described by the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews as "a liberation manifesto in struggles against captivity". Guenther's work with inmates on death row in Riverbend maximum security prison in Nashville has received considerable media attention.
In her interview with The Boston Review she describes her efforts as being grounded in a new understanding of what philosophy is: "I now approach philosophy as a radical democratic practice of collective sense-making." The Chronicle of Higher Education in its profile of Guenther called her "radical advocate for prison reform." Hypatia transracialism controversy
The 2014 ASB Classic was a women's tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 29th edition of the ASB Classic, was part of the WTA International tournaments category of the 2014 WTA Tour, it took place at the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, on 30 December 2013 to 4 January 2014. 1 Qualifiers' prize money is the Round of 32 prize money* per team 1 Rankings as of 30 December 2013 The following players received wildcards into the singles main draw: Andrea Hlaváčková Ana Konjuh Tamira PaszekThe following players received entry from the qualifying draw: Sharon Fichman Sachie Ishizu Anett Kontaveit Kristýna Plíšková Before the tournament Iveta Melzer → replaced by Lauren Davis Laura Robson → replaced by Johanna Larsson Elena Vesnina → replaced by Julia GörgesDuring the tournament Jamie Hampton Alexandra Cadanțu 1 Rankings as of 23 December 2013 The following pairs received wildcards into the doubles main draw: Kirsten Flipkens / Ana Ivanovic Abigail Guthrie / Sacha Jones Ana Ivanovic defeated Venus Williams 6–2, 5–7, 6–4 Sharon Fichman / Maria Sanchez defeated Lucie Hradecká / Michaëlla Krajicek 2–6, 6–0, 2014 Heineken Open – men's tournament Official website