Jason Isbell recently made an appearance on Live From Here With Chris Thile, formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor, at Chicago, IL’s Symphony Hall.For Isbell’s guest segment, the southern rocker was joined by host Thile and house band member Chris Eldridge, as the trio delivered stripped-down acoustic renditions of “Last of my Kind”, “If We Were Vampires”, and “White Man’s World”, off of Isbell’s 2017 The Nashville Sound studio release. Isbell then worked through “Live Oak” off of his 2013 Southeastern album, before joining a collective of musicians on stage for “Voodoo Woman”, honoring late Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor.Watch portions of Isbell’s Live From Here performance below:Jason Isbell – “If We Were Vampires”[Video: Live from Here]Jason Isbell – “White Man’s World”[Video: Live from Here]For more information on tickets and Live From Here’s upcoming guests, head to Live From Here with Chris Thile’s website.For a full list of Jason Isbell’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.[H/T JamBase]
Thomas K. McCraw Sr., a renowned and much-honored Harvard Business School (HBS) historian, teacher, and author, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for his book “Prophets of Regulation,” died Nov. 3 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., after a long illness. He was 72.McCraw, who played an important role in making business history more influential and accessible in the broader fields of history and management, retired from the active HBS faculty in 2006. At the time of his death, he was the School’s Isidor Straus Professor of Business History Emeritus. He was also the former editor of the Business History Review, a quarterly journal of research published by Harvard Business School.“Tom McCraw was an extraordinarily insightful and influential historian who won acclaim both on this campus and around the globe,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “His work will influence students and scholars for generations to come. Tom was the personification of the phrase ‘a scholar and a gentleman,’ and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him at Harvard Business School as a friend, colleague, or teacher.”McCraw joined the HBS faculty as a visiting associate professor in 1976, when he became a colleague and protégé of the late Professor Alfred D. Chandler Jr., the great historian of American and global big businesses and organizations. Chandler was recruiting a group of young historians, including Richard S. Tedlow, now the School’s Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, and Richard H.K. Vietor, the Paul Whiton Cherington Professor of Business Administration, to make HBS the center of research in business history.The group also became known for its excellence and innovations in the classroom, including the creation of a required first-year M.B.A. course “Creating Modern Capitalism,” an effort McCraw led and for which he edited an accompanying case book (published in 1997) titled “Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions.”According to Geoffrey G. Jones, the current incumbent of the Straus professorship and faculty chair of the School’s Business History Initiative, “Tom was a true leader and institution builder, who strove courageously and selflessly to create and sustain the big picture. A prolific and lucid author, he repeatedly made the case that history matters to the concerns of today. He was a master of using biography to deepen understanding of highly complex issues, but he was also a remarkable synthesizer, a skill he employed to pioneer the teaching of global business history in the 1990s. Charismatic, brilliant, and generous, Tom inspired generations of colleagues and students. In that regard, I speak from personal experience as well. He recruited me to join the HBS faculty from my university position in England. He was my mentor and my role model, and I will miss him terribly.”In his early work, McCraw combined his knowledge of history and public policy to provide a long-term perspective on issues raised by business and government relations. In an influential series of books and articles, he analyzed the rise of economic regulation in the United States in the past two centuries and explored how government policies affected competitiveness.As McCraw saw it, “Too much government regulation can kill a company, an industry, and even a national economy — but so can too little. Successful capitalism requires the persistent encouragement of private entrepreneurship, but also constant public monitoring to ensure that the system does not spin out of control.”He believed that a “foundational truth about capitalism is that no industry can regulate itself. The pressures for innovation and profit are simply too great — and never more so than in the present era of global capitalism.”McCraw’s most recent book, “The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy,” was published just a few weeks ago by Harvard University Press. This volume is the first to tell the story of how several foreign-born financial specialists, including Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, solved the fiscal crisis facing the newly created United States of America after the Revolution, when the new country was bankrupt and without the power to tax.At the time of his death, McCraw was preparing to write another book that he planned to publish in 2015, covering 10 industries and important entrepreneurs who had come to the United States from other lands.McCraw was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Corinth, Miss. The son of an engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), he grew up near several dam and power plant construction sites in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Witnessing firsthand the people, events, and places that shaped the history of the TVA — one of the broadest reform programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal — influenced McCraw’s decision to study business history.After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of Mississippi, which he attended on a Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship, and serving four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, McCraw earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin.McCraw began his academic career as a professor in the history department at the University of Texas, Austin, but came to Harvard Business School in 1973-74 on a Harvard-Newcomen Fellowship in Business History. He returned in 1976 for a two-year appointment as a visiting associate professor and was named a full professor with tenure in 1978. He became the Straus professor in 1989.McCraw is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan (Morehead) of Belmont, Mass.; two children, Elizabeth McCarron of Wellesley, Mass., and Thomas Jr., of Bedford, N.H.; three grandchildren; and a brother, John C. McCraw of Gainesville, Fla. Another daughter, Carey, predeceased him in 1970.In lieu of flowers, donations in McCraw’s memory can be sent to the Belmont Library Foundation, P.O. Box 125, Belmont, MA 02478.To read the full obituary.
William P. Sisler, director of Harvard University Press, has announced that he will retire at the end of this academic year. As the press’s director for nearly 27 years, Sisler provided vision and leadership during a period of significant transition in the publishing world.“We are grateful that Bill has served Harvard with distinction for so many years,” said Harvard Provost Alan Garber. “The caliber of authors and the number of awards that the press has garnered during his tenure speak to his dedication and editorial command.”Under Sisler’s direction, Harvard University Press published award-winning books by winners of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award, as well as scholars such as Stephen Jay Gould, E.O. Wilson, Amartya Sen, Catharine MacKinnon, Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor, Bruno Latour, Mary Beard, and Thomas McCraw.In addition, Sisler oversaw the publication of “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty, a groundbreaking historical analysis of the dynamics driving the distribution of wealth in Europe and the United States. “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list and has sold more copies than any book in the press’s history.Sisler guided the expansion of the press’s footprint in the United Kingdom and Europe, establishing an independent U.K. office and growing sales and content acquisition for a global audience.During Sisler’s tenure, the press and its partners launched the digital Loeb Classical Library, the open-access electronic Emily Dickinson Archive, the electronic Dictionary of American Regional English, and the Murty Classical Library of India.“Under Bill’s directorship, the press has become the model of a modern university press — modern in its management and finances while remaining true to its mission of identifying, editing, and publishing scholarship of the first rank,” said William Kirby, chair of the board at the press. “I have seen firsthand the difference Bill’s leadership has made. I and my colleagues on the board are deeply grateful to him for his contributions to the University and to the broader world of learning.”“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to have worked at Harvard University Press for so long with so many distinguished publishing colleagues, authors, Board of Syndics members, and faculty at Harvard and around the globe, and to extend the presence and influence of Harvard University Press in the international environment,” said Sisler. “I am grateful to have been able to work so closely with so many talented, exceptional people.”Sisler received a Ph.D. in classics from Johns Hopkins University in 1977 and a master’s degree in administrative science, also from Johns Hopkins, in 1983. After working as a senior acquisitions editor for Johns Hopkins University Press, he served as executive editor and vice president at Oxford University Press (U.S.A.) before coming to Harvard University Press in 1990.
Published on December 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Comments From his third-row seat behind the basket, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack turned to his left and smiled. “Let’s just get the win,” he said to a friend nearby. Wildhack was only half-joking. The Orange were up four points with four minutes remaining against Cornell, a team to which SU hasn’t lost in 50 years. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had thrown his jacket. His tie had been loosened. The Carrier Dome crowd was getting antsy. Big Red point guard Matt Morgan put on a shooting clinic, scoring 26 points and nearly leading Cornell to a major upset. But behind junior guard Tyus Battle’s team-high 26 points, Syracuse (5-2) beat Cornell (4-4), 63-55, Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won three consecutive games and could squeeze into the Top 25 after beating No. 16 Ohio State earlier this week. Against the Big Red, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett scored 19 points. Cornell’s Jimmy Boeheim, the oldest child of Syracuse’s head coach, scored nine points, including his second career 3-pointer in front of the Orange bench. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are four quick takeaways from the game. Battle’s hot handIt didn’t matter where he was on the floor. It didn’t matter who was guarding him. Nor did it matter whether he was shooting off the dribble or shooting on the run. Battle got cooking early and found his jumper, not hesitating to rise into his shot from 3-point range and the 17-foot area. He drove a handful of times, too, assembling his most impressive game of the season. His shot has wavered this season, but Saturday the shot appeared fluid and quick.Battle’s strong scoring display is important for a Syracuse team that needs his consistent production to win games. Especially on nights when Elijah Hughes and Marek Dolezaj score only four and two points each, respectively. Where’s Paschal?Paschal Chukwu, Syracuse’s 7-foot-2 center in his second season as a starter, has struggled through the first seven games of his senior year. He didn’t attempt a single shot against Oregon two weeks ago and didn’t score until the beginning of the second half against Cornell, whose tallest player is five inches shorter than him. Chukwu scored just three points Saturday, though he did block a Jimmy Boeheim shot that would have tied the game at 52 with about five minutes left. The block prompted a loud roar from the crowd. Yet for the majority of his minutes this season, Chuwku hasn’t been aggressive, active or efficient in his time. It’s imperative he develops into, at minimum, the player he was last season come conference play. That means someone who alters shots, scores off offensive rebounds and doesn’t shy away from going up strong inside. Morgan’s proving groundMorgan couldn’t help himself. Contested 3-pointer after contest 3-pointer poured through the net. The Carrier Dome crowd was in an awe after every one that he drained. The senior point guard, Cornell’s leading scorer, put on a show that kept the Big Red within a bucket or two late in the second half. His shooting display was an anomaly against the Orange, but it does raise questions over how well Syracuse can guard perimeter shooters. Several times Boeheim fumed after a Morgan 3-pointer. Even still, SU held Cornell to 55 points. Taking care of the tuneups While the Orange lost two of their first four games for the first time in 31 seasons, SU has now won three in a row. One win came against No. 16 Ohio State on the road. The other two versus Colgate and Cornell at home. SU’s six remaining nonconference games come against stronger teams than the latter two. But the Orange are projected to win out the rest of its nonconference schedule, per kenpom.com, and head into the ACC opener at Notre Dame with an 11-2 record. The Orange play next on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome against Northeastern. Then, SU hosts Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. Facebook Twitter Google+