El estado del racismo en Estados Unidos: mucho se ha…

first_imgEl estado del racismo en Estados Unidos: mucho se ha progresado y mucho queda por hacer Vigilancia, defensa de la justicia y conexión con la próxima generación se consideran claves. 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También participan de este panel Myrlie Evers-Williams, viuda del asesinado líder de los derechos civiles Medgar Evers, y Michael Curry, obispo de la Diócesis de Carolina del Norte. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg para ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Jackson, Misisipí] El racismo está arraigado en la cultura de EE.UU. y, a pesar de haberse alcanzado un progreso sustancial, los estadounidenses deben mantenerse vigilantes a sus tendencias de excluir a los que definen como “el otro”, convinieron los participantes de la sesión de apertura —el 15 de noviembre— del foro “Cincuenta años después: el estado del racismo en Estados Unidos”, una reunión de dos días auspiciada por la Diócesis de Misisipí de la Iglesia Episcopal.La historia humana ha sido la de una “expansión a tumbos” de las categorías que las generaciones anteriores utilizaban para definir y luego excluir, dijo la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori en su discurso de apertura.“Hay una buena nueva en el creciente cruce de las viejas fronteras; hay esperanzas de que se reduzca la capacidad de las generaciones más jóvenes en reconocer esas fronteras”, dijo ella. “No obstante, se precisa una continua vigilancia, comenzando con nuestras propias vidas íntimas”.¿Cómo —preguntó ella— se encuentra uno con un extraño y hace conjeturas que influyen en la manera en que uno decide relacionarse con esa persona?Diciendo que “el corazón humano es más grande que las cercas que tendemos entre nosotros”, Jefferts Schori definió la vigilancia como “una disciplina espiritual importante vinculada al examen de conciencia y al arrepentimiento”.“Aprendan a ser vigilantes” concluyó. “Enseñen y laboren por la justicia, para que podamos llegar a ser la amada comunidad del pueblo del arco iris de Dios. Todas las familias, lenguas, pueblos y naciones reunidos ante el Cordero, [quien fuera] él mismo uno de los humildes y de los rechazados. Sueñen que ese mundo pueda llegar a constituirse aquí en la tierra y echen fuera el infierno para hacerlo nacer”.A principios de esta semana la Iglesia Episcopal dio a conocer los resultados de una encuesta sobre las percepciones de discriminación racial que le encargó a Harris Interactive. La encuesta reveló que casi todos los estadounidenses (el 98 por ciento) perciben que existe al menos alguna discriminación en Estados Unidos en la actualidad. Sin embargo, más de ocho de cada 10 convienen en que, en el futuro, los estadounidenses serán más propensos a aceptar todas las razas, según resultados de la encuesta.La reunión en Jackson tiene lugar mientras Estados Unidos conmemora o está a punto de conmemorar el 150ª. aniversario de la Proclamación de la Emancipación, el 50ª. aniversario de la Marcha sobre Washington, y el 50ª. aniversario del asesinato de Medgar Evers, un veterano de la segunda guerra mundial y activista de los derechos civiles que mataron a la entrada de su casa en Jackson, Misisipí, el 12 de junio de 1963.Es difícil para los estadounidenses abordar el tema del racismo, dijo el moderador Ray Suárez, jefe de corresponsales nacionales de PBS que recientemente se incorporó a Al Jazeera America.“Los intentos de hablar simple y directamente acerca de por qué y cuando la raza es un tema importante y cuándo no lo es se desestiman como [un intento de] recurrir al argumento racial, y al que lo aborda como un manipulador racial” le dijo él a los presentes.Suarez añadió que los estadounidenses también tienen dificultades al hablar del progreso —incluso del progreso notable, sustancial e innegable— porque el peso de tanto que queda por hacer lo tenemos presente todo el tiempo”.El programa de 90 minutos fue transmitido en vivo por Internet desde la catedral episcopal de San Andrés  [St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral] en el centro de  Jackson, con la asistencia de unas 350 personas. Otras 300 localidades se conectaron a la transmisión por Internet al tiempo que miembros de muchas diócesis, congregaciones, seminarios y otros grupos se reunían para ver el programa a lo largo y ancho de Estados Unidos, algunos de los cuales se valieron de una guía para la discusión preparada para este foro.En breve, la transmisión vía Internet podrá verse a solicitud aquí.Myrlie Evers-Williams, la viuda de Medgar Evers, el líder de los derechos civiles asesinado hace cincuenta años, saluda, el 15 de noviembre, a dos de los participantes en la reunión sobre el estado del racismo que tuvo lugar en la catedral de San Andrés, de la Diócesis Episcopal de Misisipí, en el centro de la ciudad de Jackson. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg para ENS. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC La periodista Myrlie Evers-Williams, viuda de Medgar Evers, le dijo a la concurrencia durante un panel sobre el estado del racismo en la actualidad, que el racismo “fluye por las venas de Estados Unidos”.“¿Cómo lo eliminamos? ¿Lo eliminamos o habrá que hacer continuos esfuerzos por reducir el nivel de racismo aquí?”, preguntó.Hacer que los jóvenes participen —ayudándoles a aprender historia y prestando atención a sus ideas sobre un mundo mejor— es la clave. Dijo Evers-Williams. “Tenemos que inculcar en sus corazones y mentes que ésta no es la manera en que debemos comportarnos como seres humanos”, agregó.En un día cuando el periódico local Clarion-Ledger llamó al ex gobernador de Misisipí William F. Winter un líder que aporta “honor [y] nobleza a la política”, Winter, de 90 años, dijo que el único modo de progresar contra el racismo es sosteniendo “discusiones sinceras” tales como el foro sobre el estado del racismo y “sacando a relucir esas cuestiones que preferiríamos no enfrentar”.Winter, fundador del Instituto William Winter para la Reconciliación Racial, también se refirió a los jóvenes y dijo que él respalda los esfuerzos “para encomendarles el compromiso de crear una sociedad mejor y para entender que donde se encuentran ahora —hasta donde hemos llegado— donde están ahora, deja aún muchas oportunidades fuera del alcance de muchos jóvenes”.“Debemos inculcar en una nueva generación de sureños y de estadounidenses la obligación —el deber— de no sucumbir al escepticismo y al cinismo que están tan extendidos por el mundo, sino a aceptar plenamente las bendiciones que provienen de ser ciudadanos de este país y de tener acceso a todas las oportunidades y recursos que conducen a una vida llena de sentido”.Michael Curry, obispo de la Diócesis de Carolina del Norte, comparó al racismo en EE.UU. con la adicción, resaltando que los adictos que admiten su problema nunca dicen que ya no son adictos, dicen que se están recuperando.“La razón por la cual debemos sostener este diálogo es que hay personas que niegan que somos adictos. Somos adictos de muchas maneras a los patrones raciales y a [otros] patrones de exclusión que agreden a los hijos de Dios”, afirmó Curry. “En una época pueden haber sido más explícitos; ahora son más sutiles y en consecuencia puede haber un negro en la Casa Blanca… y sin embargo puede haber leyes de supresión de votos que se están aprobando en muchos estados de Estados Unidos hasta el día de hoy”.El racismo debe ser combatido de la misma manera que un cristiano combate el pecado, agregó, armándose de valor moral para llamarlo por su nombre, para oponérsele y luego “recurrir a los mejores ángeles de nuestra naturaleza para apostar a derrotarlo”.Durante una segunda mesa redonda, en la que se debatió si hay esperanza para el cambio en el futuro de Estados Unidos, el representante del estado de Massachusetts, Byron Rushing, que también es líder de los derechos civiles y vicepresidente de la Cámara de Diputados de la Iglesia Episcopal, sostuvo que el “racismo es una invención; que el racismo es cultural… es aprendido”.Byron Rushing, representante del estado de Massachusetts, líder de los derechos civiles y vicepresidente de la Cámara de Diputados de la Iglesia Episcopal, le dice a Ray Suárez, moderador del foro sobre el estado del racismo, que los episcopales deben ser contraculturales para hacerle frente al racismo. Lo escuchan Randy Testa, vicepresidente de educación en Walden Media; Erma J. Vizenor, presidente de la Nación Tierra Blanca de Ojibue, y el autor y educador Tim Wise. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg para ENS.“No estamos aquí para intentar lograr que la gente deje de ser prejuiciada; suponemos que todo el mundo tiene eso controlado”, dijo él provocando algunas risas en el público. “Lo que estamos tratando de decir es ¿de qué manera nosotros como cristianos, como un grupo particular de cristianos —episcopales— nos enfrentamos a la cultura? ¿Cómo nos convertimos  en contraculturales?”Las personas que quieran cambiar esa cultura “tienen que hacer estallar el racismo”, afirmó Rushing.“Pero yo no sé como hacer estallar el racismo en una país de 312 millones de personas donde casi nadie se reconoce racista”, replicó Suárez.Rushing dijo que las personas tienen que estar atentos y vigilantes “de manera que todos, todos los aspectos de racismo que surjan, ya sean mayores o menores,  reciban una [adecuada] respuesta”.Byron Rushing conversa con el Rdo. Mark Stevenson, misionero de la Iglesia Episcopal para la pobreza nacional, luego de la sesión de apertura del foro sobre el estado del racismo, el 15 de noviembre, en la catedral episcopal de San Andrés, Diócesis de Misisipí, en el centro de la ciudad de Jackson. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg para ENS.Más tarde, cuando Suárez le preguntó a cada uno de los panelistas que describiera su impresión del futuro para Estados Unidos y el racismo, Rushing dijo que se sentía optimista, pero que estaba convencido de que las instituciones debían tomar la iniciativa. Por ejemplo, la Iglesia Episcopal ha estado luchando contra el racismo durante décadas y, agregó Rushing suscitando el aplauso: “logremos tan sólo que dos y medio millones de personas sean antirracistas”.Durante la discusión de ese segundo panel, Erma J. Vizenor, presidente de la  Nación Tierra Blanca Ojibue, hizo notar que los indígenas solían constituir la mayoría de los habitantes de lo que ahora es Estados Unidos. En la actualidad hay 566 naciones y 5,2 millones de nativoamericanos que constituyen el 1,7 por ciento de la población de EE.UU. “y sin embargo somos invisibles”.“Cuando hablamos de racismo, rara vez mencionamos a los nativoamericanos”, dijo ella.Los nativoamericanos llevan consigo su historia de una manera singular, agregó Vizenor, y “si hemos padecido traumas, discriminación, prejuicios, que recurren muchas veces a lo largo de nuestra vida…Debemos concentrarnos en la reconciliación… y crear estrategias para restaurar y reconciliar”.A pesar del hecho de que EE.UU. “no ha reconocido la verdad” respecto a lo que le hizo al pueblo indígena, Vizenor dijo que ella era optimista respecto al futuro.“Creo en la bondad de la gente”, afirmó.Randy Testa, vicepresidente de educación en Walden Media, dijo que el futuro depende de que los niños oigan las historias del movimiento de los derechos civiles y de otros empeños para eliminar el prejuicio. “Para los niños en particular… un relato convincente proporciona ante todo la complejidad, les permite sentir tanto como pensar”, dijo él.Respondiendo a una pregunta de Suárez acerca del futuro, el educador Tim Wise, autor de las obras Colorblind, White Like Me y Affirmative Action, dijo que él es optimista “porque estoy vivo; no hay otra alternativa, salvo renunciar”, y renunciar le impondría una carga demasiado pesada a hijos y nietos.La reunión continuó el 16 de noviembre cuando líderes religiosos y educadores se reunieron para discutir los temas que se suscitaron en el foro del día anterior y crear currículos y herramientas [de aprendizaje].Una bibliografía y otros recursos relacionados con el tema pueden encontrarse aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Cultural Giving: Successful Donor Development for Arts and Heritage Organisations

first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Cultural Giving: Successful Donor Development for Arts and Heritage Organisations [amzn_product_post]Readers will gain a real idea about how to go about improving their fundraising from individual donors, and an understanding of what is needed to make it work, in terms of people, techniques and mechanisms, relationships and resources, and the involvement and commitment required throughout the organisation.last_img read more

‘Our very presence frees this land from the lies of the history books’

first_imgThe following full remarks were given by Moonanum James, co-leader of United American Indians of New England, at the 46th Annual Day of Mourning rally in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 26.  Go to tinyurl.com/hga5975 to hear his entire talk.  Moonanum JamesPhoto: Hannah KirschbaumOnce again on the fourth Thursday in November, United American Indians of New England and those who support us have gathered on this hill to observe a National Day of Mourning. Today marks the 46th time we have come here, in all kinds of weather, to mourn our ancestors and speak the truth about our history.Those who started National Day of Mourning could not have envisioned that we would be here, year after year, carrying on this tradition.  Many of the elders who stood on this hill and organized that first day of mourning are no longer with us, but we feel their spirits guiding us today.  Nearly 46 years ago, my father, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man named Wamsutta Frank James, was invited to address a gathering of so-called dignitaries celebrating the 350th anniversary of the stumbling ashore of the pilgrims. When asked by the organizers of the dinner to provide an advance copy of the speech he planned to deliver, Wamsutta agreed. Within days, he was told his words were not acceptable.  The planners of the gathering, fearing the truth, told him he could speak only if he were willing to speak false words in praise of the white man.  The organizers were even willing to write a speech for him.  After all, they said, ”The theme of the celebration is brotherhood and anything inflammatory would be out of place.” He refused to attend the banquet and have words put into his mouth.  National Day of Mourning came into being as a result of his refusal to speak untrue words.  What was it that got those state officials so upset?  Wamsutta used as a basis for his remarks one of their own history books, “Mourt’s Relation,” a pilgrim account of their first year on Indian land.What really happened at the first thanksgiving — or what some of us call the first “thanks taking?”  According to popular myth, the Indians (us) and the pilgrims (them) sat down and had a wonderful dinner.  Everyone got along and held hands in friendship. Everyone lived happily ever after.  The end.The truth has been largely buried for 396 years.  In 2020, Plymouth is planning to celebrate 400 years of pilgrim mythology.  I don’t think that anyone from UAINE is going to be invited to address that banquet!  If we are, rest assured that no advance copy of our remarks will be sent.  Here is the truth.  We might say that the first thanksgiving occurred when the pilgrims arrived here and gave thanks for the untimely deaths of most of the Wampanoag due to diseases contracted from earlier European visitors. As a result, when the pilgrims arrived, they found the fields already cleared and planted, and they called them their own. The first officially declared day of thanksgiving in Massachusetts was proclaimed in 1637 by Gov. John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He did this to give thanks for the safe return of white men from the colony who had gone to what is now Mystic, Connecticut, to participate in the massacre of over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation.The pilgrim William Bradford, in his famous “History of the Plymouth Plantation,” rubbed his hands together with delight and had this to say about the Pequot massacre: “Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatched, and very few escaped. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire, and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to enclose their enemies in their hands, and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enemy.”Year after year, the white settlers of Massachusetts gave thanks for the ongoing deaths of the Indigenous peoples of New England, culminating with the years of King Philip’s War, 1676-1677, when the whites declared “a day set apart for public thanksgiving, because there now scarce remains a name or family of the Indians but are either slain, captivated or fled.”  About the only true thing in the mythology is that these pitiful European strangers would not have survived their first several years in “New England” were it not for the aid of the Wampanoag people.  What Native people got in return for this help was genocide, the theft of our lands and never-ending repression.  Our mourning began the minute the English first landed.Another truth:  The reason that the mythmakers prefer to talk about the pilgrims and not the earlier English-speaking colony, Jamestown, is that in Jamestown the circumstances were way too ugly to hold up as an effective national myth.  For example, the white settlers in Jamestown turned to cannibalism to survive.  Not a very nice story to tell the kids in school.  The pilgrims did not find an empty land any more than Columbus “discovered” anything.  Every inch of this land is Indian land.  The pilgrims (who called themselves “saints”) did not come here seeking religious freedom; they already had that in Holland, and they only wanted religious freedom for themselves.  They came here as a part of a commercial venture.  The Mayflower Compact was nothing more than a bunch of white men sticking together to ensure that they would get a return on their investment.  They introduced sexism, racism and a class system to these shores.  And guess what?  They did not even land at the sacred shrine down the hill called Plymouth Rock,  a monument to racism and oppression which we are proud to say we buried, not once but twice in 1970 and again in 1995.Upon arriving on the outer Cape, the pilgrims opened my ancestors’ graves and took funeral objects.  They also took as much of our corn and bean supplies as they could carry.  Massasoit, the great sachem of the Wampanoag, knew of this, yet he and his people welcomed the settlers, saving them from extinction, little knowing how many Wampanoag and other Native people would be enslaved or killed by their guns or dead from their diseases.  Later, from this very harbor in Plymouth, the pious pilgrims sold my ancestors as slaves for 220 shillings each.  In today’s money, that would be 33 U.S. dollars, give or take.  Some would ask what we have gained by observing National Day of Mourning since 1970.  The very fact that you are here is perhaps our greatest gain.  People from the four directions, having seen through the pilgrim myth, join us every year in the struggle to destroy that mythology.  I notice that there are even suddenly a couple of movies that claim to be setting the record straight. I’m not here today to give movie reviews, but am glad to see that efforts are being made now to be more historically accurate. However, it is still outsiders telling our story.Sadly, the conditions which prevailed in Indian Country at the first National Day of Mourning in 1970 still prevail today.  In 1970, we demanded an end to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  It is still a demand today.  Native nations do not need federal oversight to govern ourselves.  Mashpee, Aquinnah and other Native nations should not need legal permission from the state or feds to open any kind of business, including casinos, on our own ancestral lands.Those who started Day of Mourning spoke of terrible racism and poverty.  Not only Native people but many people from the four directions face racism daily and are mired in the deepest poverty.  Every winter, millions of people have to make a bitter choice between heating and eating, and individuals and families are homeless in many towns and cities.  As we did in 1970, we mourn the loss of millions of our ancestors and the devastation of our beautiful land and water and air.  We pray for our people who have died during this past year, and during the past 523 years since Columbus showed up.I hope that you will join me in grieving, too, for our sisters and brothers in all countries; human beings, who are referred to by this government as “collateral damage.”  Keep in mind that for centuries, people throughout the Americas have been the “collateral damage” of the European invasion.  I also hope you will join me in grieving, too, for the immense suffering of our sisters and brothers in so many other countries, all human beings who suffer and face acts of terror on a daily basis.  Remember too, the hundreds of millions of people who are hungry today no matter where they live.We condemn all acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated by all governments and organizations against innocent civilians worldwide. Since the invasion of Columbus and the rest of the Europeans, Native people have been virtually nonstop victims of terrorism.  The slaughter of the Pequots at Mystic, Connecticut, in 1637.  The U.S. military massacres of peaceful Native people at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek and so many, many other places.  The very foundations of this powerful and wealthy country are the theft of our lands and the slaughter of Native peoples, and the kidnapping and enslavement of our African sisters and brothers. We remind the modern-day pilgrims that their families were often refugees, and rebuke them for their current refusal to help others who are refugees.Today, on liberated territory, we will correct some history and do so in a country that continues to glorify butchers such as Christopher Columbus, in a country that glorifies slave-owning presidents such as Washington and Jefferson and even carves their faces into the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota.On our program will be only Native speakers.  This is one day when we speak for ourselves, without non-Native people, so-called “experts,” intervening to interpret and speak for us.  That first Day of Mourning in 1970 was a powerful demonstration of Native unity.  Today is a powerful demonstration of not only Native unity, but the unity of all people who want to speak truth to power; people who want the truth to be told and want to see an end to the oppressive system brought to these shores by the pilgrim invaders.Our very presence frees this land from the lies of the history books, the profiteers and the myth makers.  We will remember and honor all of our ancestors in struggle who went before us.  We will speak truth to power.  We will remember in particular all of our sisters and brothers, including Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal and Oscar López Rivera, who are caged in the iron houses.In 1970, very few people would have given any thought to the fact that the Indigenous people of this hemisphere do not look upon the arrival of the European invaders as a reason to give thanks. Today, many thousands stand with us in spirit as we commemorate our 46th National Day of Mourning.In the spirit of Crazy Horse, in the spirit of Metacom, in the spirit of Geronimo.  We are not vanishing.  We are not conquered.  We are as strong as ever.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Global ocean heat content in the Last Interglacial

first_imgThe Last Interglacial (129–116 thousand years ago (ka)) represents one of the warmest climate intervals of the past 800,000 years and the most recent time when sea level was metres higher than today. However, the timing and magnitude of the peak warmth varies between reconstructions, and the relative importance of individual sources that contribute to the elevated sea level (mass gain versus seawater expansion) during the Last Interglacial remains uncertain. Here we present the first mean ocean temperature record for this interval from noble gas measurements in ice cores and constrain the thermal expansion contribution to sea level. Mean ocean temperature reached its maximum value of 1.1 ± 0.3 °C warmer-than-modern values at the end of the penultimate deglaciation at 129 ka, which resulted in 0.7 ± 0.3 m of thermosteric sea-level rise relative to present level. However, this maximum in ocean heat content was a transient feature; mean ocean temperature decreased in the first several thousand years of the interglacial and achieved a stable, comparable-to-modern value by ~127 ka. The synchroneity of the peak in mean ocean temperature with proxy records of abrupt transitions in the oceanic and atmospheric circulation suggests that the mean ocean temperature maximum is related to the accumulation of heat in the ocean interior during the preceding period of reduced overturning circulation.last_img read more

Palestinian university twinning

first_imgThis week, plans got underway that would see Oxford University twinned with the Palestinian University Al-Quds in East Jerusalem.Following a conference hosted earlier in the month by Oxford Society for Medicine (OSM), called “Healthcare under Siege”, plans were made to twin Oxford with Al-Quds University. The twinning project would give Oxford students the possibility of studying electives in Al-Quds Univeristy, allow for a greater share of resources between the medical schools, and establish of a long term relationship between the two universities.Proponents of this twinning initiative also hope to set up a scholarship to fund postgraduate studies of Gazan students.Omar Abdel-Mannan, President of OSM said “We have the support of a number of top people in the Oxford Medical School”. Abdel-Mannan hopes to generate support within the student body for the twinning initiative, then present the case to the dean of clinical studies.last_img read more