Don’t just stand there

first_imgFacilitate conversation, but don’t dictate. If your colleagues are at an impasse over a touchy issue, ask clarifying questions, paraphrase them respectfully, and ask for help from a third party if necessary. Don’t gang up.While the workshop’s core examples addressed gender and race, attendee Joseph Powers, director of group therapy at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, said bystander mediation skills have much broader applications.“I listen to patients all the time who are concerned about bias and prejudice toward people with psychiatric illnesses,” Powers said. “I wanted to learn some strategies to counter the bystander effect, skills that I could teach them. I think I got some good ideas.” Include someone who is being ignored. Introduce the person by name, and use welcoming body language and conversational segues to bring the person into the dialogue. Like most city dwellers, Robin Parker is used to uncomfortable public moments. “Riding back and forth on the T, I see a lot of things,” she said.But one recent evening, her attention was drawn to a group of teenage boys in prep-school khakis and their loud, crude insults about women and African Americans. Unsure whether to speak up, she finally targeted the most vulnerable-looking boy. “You’re too handsome to be talking like this on the train,” she told him.“They dropped their heads, stopped the conversation, and apologized,” said Parker, manager of Harvard’s Events and Information Center. Before she got off the train, a white man approached and thanked her, a black woman, for saying what he couldn’t.As Parker relayed her story in the Barker Center, a hush fell over the crowd. It was the end of a Dec. 7 workshop on bystander awareness, and many participants had confessed how helpless they often feel in such situations.“It’s about being able to bring the unspoken into a moment comfortably,” Parker said. But not everyone manages to be so gracious — or effective — when countering behaviors or remarks that touch on race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality in the workplace. Everyone has a story of, say, a female team member being ignored at a big presentation, a co-worker unknowingly using a racially charged figure of speech, or a minority colleague being mistaken for waitstaff at a networking reception.But in the moment, employees often clam up out of embarrassment, confusion, self-doubt, or other reasons. In the process, they miss opportunities to show solidarity and reinforce diversity as one of Harvard’s key values, said workshop co-leader Maureen Scully, assistant professor of management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.That hesitancy can be overcome with the proper awareness and practice, said her fellow presenter Stacy Blake-Beard, associate professor of management at Simmons College.“It’s like CPR training,” Blake-Beard said. “By practicing it, it becomes instinct.”The session was part of the Diversity Dialogue series hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Human Resources Diversity Initiative. The workshop drew participants from Schools and departments ranging from the Harvard University Police Department to Hospitality and Dining Services.As small groups acted out bystander responses to various scenarios, Blake-Beard and Scully emphasized how critical bystander support has become in increasingly diverse universities and businesses.“Now more than ever, as we are collaborating and competing with people who are so different from us … we need to know how to leverage differences,” Blake-Beard said.Some simple bystander strategies they suggested include:Reset the situation. Draw attention to a slight or inappropriate remark by using humor, calling for an end to the conversation, or merely saying, “Ouch.”last_img read more

Tenet Blu-Ray, Digital Release Date Set for December — but Not in India

first_imgTenet will be available on Blu-ray and digital storefronts in December, Warner Bros. has announced. The exact dates are December 14 in the UK, December 15 in the US, and December 16 in Australia. This doesn’t include India as it only applies to markets where the Christopher Nolan film released theatrically in August or September. Tenet still doesn’t have a theatrical release date in India, though the epic time-bending espionage movie is expected to premiere in the country before the end of the year. It might even happen in November, now that Maharashtra (the state with the highest number of screens) has given the go ahead for cinemas to reopen.Christopher Nolan Is Making a Mistake With Tenet- Advertisement – Of course, there’s no way to stop you from buying Tenet digitally on an international store. Imported Blu-rays are also regularly available on Amazon and Flipkart. Warner Bros. will open Tenet Blu-ray and digital pre-orders on November 10. In the US, the UK, and Australia, Tenet will be available digitally on Amazon Video, Apple TV (formerly iTunes Store), DirecTV, Google Play Movies / YouTube Movies, FandangoNOW, Fetch TV, Microsoft Store, Rakuten TV, Redbox, Sky Store, Talk Talk TV, Telstra TV, and Vudu, depending on whichever are available in your region. On disc, Tenet will be on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.Shot largely with IMAX cameras, Tenet will be available in 2.20:1 aspect ratio with some scenes in 1.78:1 at native 4K (2160p) resolution. There’s no Dolby Atmos track on the Tenet Blu-ray, which is in keeping with Nolan’s preference for lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. There’s no support for Dolby Vision HDR too, but you do get HDR10, for what it’s worth. Tenet 4K UHD Blu-ray will come with three discs: one for the Tenet 4K HDR version, one for the full-HD version, and the third for extras. Warner Bros. has announced just one feature as yet — “Looking at the World in a New Way: The Making of Tenet, an hour-long exploration of the development and production of the film as told by the cast and crew.”Tenet is out on Blu-ray and digital December 14 in the UK, December 15 in the US, and December 16 in Australia. Warner Bros. India operates with a two-month window between theatrical and Blu-ray, so don’t expect Tenet to be officially available on disc and digital before January 2021.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners Spain Book Russia Spot

first_imgGroup I:Croatia 1-1 FinlandTurkey 0-3 IcelandKosovo 0-2 UkraineStandings:Iceland 19 pointsCroatia 17 pointsUkraine 17 pointsTurkey 14 pointsFinland 8 pointsKosovo 1 point Former World Cup winners Spain have qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Albania 3-0 in Alicante in Group G.Valencia forward Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara got the goals for the 2010 winners.The match also saw fans jeer controversial Barcelona defender Gerard Pique for his support for Catalan Independence Referendum.Pique was substituted on the hour mark in Alicante with Real Madrid defender Nacho coming on in his place.Still in Group G, 4-time World Cup winners Italy missed out on top spot after they were held by visiting Macedonia in disappointing fashion. They took the lead through Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, who recently returned from injury.The team failed to build on that opening goal and they were rightly stunned by Alex Trazkowski with 13 minutes left on the clock.Group D:Austria 3-2 SerbiaGeorgia 0-1 WalesRepublic of Ireland 2-0 MoldovaStandings:Serbia 18 pointsWales 17 pointsRepublic of Ireland 16 pointsAustria 12 pointsGeorgia 5 pointsMoldova 2 points Group G:Italy 1-1 MacedoniaSpain 3-0 AlbaniaLiechtenstein 0-1 IsraelStandings:Spain 25 pointsItaly 20 pointsAlbania 13 pointsIsrael 12 pointsMacedonia 8 pointsLiechtenstein 0 pointcenter_img Qualified Teams in Europe: Russia (hosts), Belgium, Germany, England and SpainRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): Serbia, Iceland Secure Spots; Wales Suffer HeartbreakOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”Spanish Fans Boo Barcelona Star Over Catalan SupportOctober 3, 2017In “Europe”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Review (UEFA): Poland Become Sixth European Nation In RussiaOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more