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SPOTLIGHT

“Saving America’s Cities”: A “Deep Dive” into the Life of Ed Logue

By Thomas Seessel

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The life and work of Edward J. “Ed” Logue, whose accomplishments in urban development were both acclaimed and condemned, are examined in this review by Tom Seessel of Lizabeth Cohen’s new book.

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NEWSLETTER

“Saving America’s Cities” Wins Bancroft Prize

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Lizabeth Cohen’s book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, has been awarded the Bancroft Prize for works of history.

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“Icons and Activists”: Changemakers Honored by UNFPA

 

A book published by the United Nations to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations Population Fund includes people associated with the Ford Foundation.

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“Amateur Professionals”: Igniting the Classics With Fire and Intensity

By George Gelles

George Gelles writes about the development of “amateur orchestras”, whose trained musicians exemplify the ideals of “professional amateurism” with the “fire and intensity” of their performances.

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Recordings By George Gelles

 

George Gelles has recorded several compositions that are made available here.

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Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder of BRAC

 

Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, one of the largest nongovernmental organizations in the world with 110,00 employees working in 11 countries to meet the needs of some 100 million people, died December 20. He was 83.

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Homage to Fazle Hasan Abed

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The late founder of BRAC, one of the largest NGOs in the world and recipient of early support from the Ford Foundation, is remembered by Marty Chen.

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Challenges Threatening African Youth

 

Mora McLean has edited a collection of essays that provide “a transatlantic, transnational exploration of barriers that threaten the wellbeing of West African youth”.

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Domestic Drama at 1 Sabroso Place

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Nancy Dennis writes charmingly of a visit from a “large cat” that, fully aware of  her watchful concern, carefully gave birth to and nursed three kittens in her yard in suburban Santa Fe. Its identity both startled and engaged her.

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William Gamble Celebrates His 100th Birthday

 

William Gamble was 100 years old on February 10 and celebrated with family and friends, many of whom came to Minnesota from around the country.

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From the Old Days

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As Ford Foundation staff settled into their new home in the mid-1960s, Gertrude B. Winquist sent around a series of whimsical memos highlighting the challenges presented by the imposing building.

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Norman Collins, Prominent In “Green Revolution”, Dies

 

A major figure in agricultural research whose work at the Ford Foundation for more than 30 years helped develop advances in food production worldwide, died December 10 at his home in Greenwich, Conn., at the age of 90.

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By an open fire...

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Members of LAFF and current Ford Foundation staff enjoyed the annual caroling and holiday party at the headquarters building in New York City.

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Program Associates: A “Journey” Begun at Ford

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A panel discussion sponsored by LAFF’s New York chapter explored the work of present and former program associates at the Foundation as they sought their “passion in life” and created the arc of their “career journey”.

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Learning From Feminists Who Fund Themselves

By Tenzin Dolker

Tenzin Dolker explores how early efforts provide examples of the “transformative ways in which movements are mobilizing financial, human and material resources that directly support the liberatory aims of feminist political projects”.

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LAFF Members at Nairobi Population Summit

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Several members of The LAFF Society were among the more than 6,000 people from 160 countries who attended a three-day conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Oscar Harkavy, Leader in Population Programming

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Oscar “Bud” Harkavy, who worked for the Ford Foundation for 35 years, died September 20 at the age of 96. His career was spent creating and directing programs that helped establish what he called the “modern population movement”.

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Recollections Project Ready for Recordings

 

After months of planning, the LAFF Society has created an informal oral history project called the Recollections Project.

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Newsletter Index

 

Nellie Toma, LAFF’s secretary-treasurer, has completed the arduous task of indexing every newsletter since the Society’s inception in 1991.

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SPECIAL SECTION

Confronting Coronavirus

We are posting here the views of LAFF members on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. We anticipate this will be the beginning of a communal dialog among our members as they cope with the uncertainties of the spread and severity of the virus, and try to imagine an altered world.

While written at specific times during this rapidly changing global crisis, these articles offer both a timeline of individual reactions and perspectives on how we can, and should, prepare for when the pandemic fades and a new worldview emerges.

We hope members will send both original pieces and reprints of articles they have published elsewhere. Submissions may be sent to John LaHoud, editor of LAFF’s newsletter and website, at .

 


From AIDS to Covid-19: What Grant Makers Can Learn

By Michael Seltzer With AIDS as a guide, here’s what we should keep in mind in the months and years ahead as we respond to the ongoing consequences of today’s pandemic. read more.


Covid-19 and the unfinished agenda of funding zoonotic diseases in Southeast Asia

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By Rosalia Sciortino As we think about long-term responses beyond the immediate crisis, we may want to look back to now-forgotten initiatives. read more.


From India: A Case For a Greener GNP Post-Covid

By Ganesan Balachander We currently assess GNP without paying attention to the ecological and environmental consequences of human action. read more.


From Surreal to All Too Real: Coronavirus in Brazil

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By Shep Forman We are now nearing 60 days in this privileged quarantine, constantly aware of the catastrophe that is unfolding around us. read more.


A View From England

By David Winder How the author’s small community dealt with lockdown measures. read more.


China Medical Board’s Response

By Suzanne Siskel and Lincoln Chen What the China Medical Board is doing in response to the coronavirus pandemic. read more.


Making it Work Online: A Rapid Response to COVID

By Barbara Klugman Lessons from a Theory of Change workshop in London with the Urban Policy Programme of WIEGO. read more.


Past leaders showed how to deal with crises

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By Arthur I. Cyr  Americans have raised the bar regarding expectations of government during crisis. read more.


Closing Schools: An “innovative” solution?

By Richard Lacey A unique solution to the worst threat schools face today. read more.


Nonprofit Workers: “on the front lines”

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By Michael Seltzer and Patricia Swann Since the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., nonprofits have been on the front lines of the epidemic. read more.


Ignoring the Social Context At Our Peril

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By Rosalia Sciortino I wonder why the voices of social scientists and even public health specialists seem so subdued. read more.


Five Stages of Denial

By Fran Korten ….with a nod to Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist who came up with five stages of climate denial. read more.


Get Through Today, but Remake Tomorrow

By Michelle J. DePass We are about to see a “pandemic inequality feedback loop” that will expose every bias we have embedded in our society. read more.

 
 

LAFF PARADE

News About Ford Foundation Staff, Winter 2020

3/23/2020

Alfred Ironside and John W. Bernstein are in the news.

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CLIPPINGS

Selection Of Articles Published Elsewhere

Trump Lit a Fire by Exiting the Iran Deal & Poured Gasoline on it by Assassinating Soleimani

1/7/2020

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The most disastrous mistake since 2003 invasion of Iraq

10/13/2019

Gary Sick is watching events unfold in the Middle East.

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Profile of Darren Walker In The New York Times

7/26/2019

The Ford Foundation’s new emphasis on giving to combat inequality is explored in a profile of the foundation’s president, Darren Walker, in the July 12 issue of The New York Times.

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OCT 31 EVENT: Creative Process in Dialogue: Art and the Public Today

10/4/2018

Poet and President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Elizabeth Alexander and painter Amy Sherald. Discussion presented by Bard College.

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Risks and Benefits of the U.S. Speaking Out About Iran

1/4/2018

Gary Sick is interviewed by Robert Siegel of NPR about U.S. policy options on Iran.

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Former Tulane President Eamon Kelly dies

7/8/2017

Former Tulane President Eamon Michael Kelly died on Wednesday, June 28, at the Tulane Medical Center following complications from surgery. He was 81 years old.

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The Iran nuclear deal has been a Middle East game-changer

6/14/2016

By Gary Sick and Frank G. Wisner. Two years ago, a new war in the Middle East appeared very likely. The government of Iran, despite enduring the most severe international sanctions ever imposed on a noncombatant power, insisted on increasing its nuclear program.

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Opinion: Robert Curvin, and Leaving the World Better Than the Way You Found It.

By Roland V. Anglin |  10/5/2015

Celebrating and commemorating a man whose accomplishments cannot be contained by any one list.

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Now Showing: Brian Mori's Play

2/24/2015

Brian Richard Mori’s celebrated play Hellman v. McCarthy is being performed in Beverly Hills, Calif., at Theatre 40 and the Saban Theatre through Sunday, March 1. Next: Salt Lake City.

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A Musical Event with John Koprowski: Five Years That Rocked the World 1964-1969

2/16/2015

A retrospective look at an era which influenced music, culture and history for the next half century.

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Men are problem and solution to violence against women, says Breakthrough's founder Mallika Dutt

1/19/2015

In the wake of rising incidents of violence against women across the country, Iamin talked to Mallika Dutt, founder of Breakthrough.

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Strikes on ISIS. Now What?

9/25/2014

Bassma Kodmani contributed to the "Room for Debate" discussion in the New York Times.

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