Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) US Holocaust Memorial Museum CHAUTAUQUA – Chautauqua Institution and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum have announced a jointly presented online program titled “The Tehran Children: Iran’s Unexpected & Suppressed Connection to the Holocaust,” inspired by Mikhal Dekel’s 2019 memoir Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey. Dekel will participate in each segment of the two-part, 90-minute presentation, to air live beginning 7 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 8, on the Institution’s CHQ Assembly video channel.A finalist for the 2020 Chautauqua Prize, Tehran Children tells the little-known story of the of the more than 1 million Polish Jews who fled the Nazis by traversing the Soviet Union, and in particular nearly 1,000 children who were evacuated to Iran. Dekel’s late father, Hannan Teitel, was one of these “Tehran Children”; the book is the culmination of her decade-long journey to understand the 13,000-mile odyssey at the core of his young adulthood — an experience which he never talked about, though it informed every aspect of his being.The program is part of the Museum’s Sardari Project, with IranWire.com. Today Iran’s leaders actively suppress and deny Holocaust history and spread antisemitic propaganda and conspiracy theories. As a result, Iranian citizens are largely unfamiliar with their country’s role during World War II. The first segment of the Dec. 8 program will be a panel discussion exploring Iran’s role in this lesser-known Jewish refugee rescue and how this discovery has the power to shape identity and transform the perspective of young Iranians. Dekel will be joined in conversation by Arash Azizi, a journalist with IranWire and former international editor of Kragozaran, an Iranian daily newspaper, and author of the new book The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, US, and Iran’s Global Ambitions. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Edna Friedberg, a historian with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.The second segment, an Author’s Talk, will feature Dekel in conversation with Chautauqua Institution Director of Literary Arts Sony Ton-Aime on the power of the storyteller, how history and current events shape the writer’s identity and perspective, and, specific to Dekel’s life, how new knowledge has informed one Holocaust descendant’s identity.The two-part “Tehran Children” program will be presented among the complimentary offerings of Chautauqua’s CHQ Assembly platform. Audiences are invited to pre-register for the free program at tehranchildren.chq.org. Each segment of the program will conclude with a live audience Q-and-A.“Today we think of the Iranian regime’s Holocaust denial and antisemitism, but there is also a rarely told story about the Iranian people welcoming Jewish refugees during WWII,” said United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “Exploring lesser-known aspects of this history can challenge our assumptions which is what good education does.”“Chautauqua Institution is honored to reconnect with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and to continue a partnership that began in 2018 when Sara Bloomfield delivered a stirring and poignant lecture in our Amphitheater. That lecture, during a week on ‘History and Memory in the 21st Century,’ has a clear and meaningful through line to this co-presented program on the Tehran Children,” said Michael E. Hill, president of Chautauqua Institution. “We at Chautauqua feel mission-bound to facilitate these important cross-cultural and historically minded conversations, as part of our exploration of the best in human values through civil dialogue. In our current political and societal moment, we are proud to provide opportunities for understanding, and we thank USHMM for their enthusiastic partnership.”
The University of Georgia turfgrass program in Tifton is linked to elite athletic programs across the country, but it’s caught the eye of international sporting officials as well. One variety being tested at the UGA Tifton Campus now is slated for the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, when golf is re-introduced as an Olympic sport. Zeon Zoysia grass is a turfgrass variety developed by David Doguet and Blade Runner Farms in Poteet, TX, but it’s currently being tested on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Tifton campus. Zeon Zoysia grass has attributes that make it easier to grow in warmer climates, and it is preferred by many golfers. “It has a stiffer leaf blade so the golf ball sits perfectly in the fairway. Golfers love it,” UGA turfgrass breeder Brian Schwartz said. Schwartz and Doguet formed a collaboration allowing Schwartz to research Zeon in Tifton, including the entire set of parent material that was used in its development.“In the rough, with taller mowing heights, the ball lie is actually different than in Bermuda grass,” Schwartz said. “It’s really rewarding if you hit your golf ball in the fairway. It’s pretty penalizing in the rough.”Golfers around the world will have a chance to test their skills on Zeon Zoysia during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be first time golf will be an Olympic event since 1904. Zeon Zoysia will be used on a newly constructed course. It possesses qualities highly sought after by both golfers and golf course superintendents.“Low maintenance is the big thing,” Doguet said. “It has high quality and very fine texture, but it’s very low maintenance, too; less fertilizer, less water, less chemicals. That’s what they were really attracted to — a high-quality surface without all the input.”The Olympic Committee selected Zeon Zoysia after visiting the Atlanta Athletic Club, where Zeon is used. Zeon, which is shade tolerant for rough areas and excels in the sun, is starting to be used more on golf courses, Schwartz said.Typically, Zeon Zoysia sod is more expensive and it can have different disease pressure than what is commonly seen in Bermudagrass. However, the long-term costs of growing Zeon are likely less than many other grasses because of its low input requirements. Doguet said that four years ago, he shipped Zeon Zoysia to a grower in Rio in small quantities to be expanded. It soon grew to half an acre. Once the project got established, it expanded more rapidly. Today, there are 25 acres of Zeon Zoysia grass being grown in Rio.“I think it’s the biggest turf project in the world, to be involved with the very first Olympic golf course. That’s an amazing feeling,” he said.For more information about the Tifton turfgrass breeding program, see the website at caes.uga.edu/about/hottopics/displayBrief.cfm?pn=Water%20and%20Drought&dn=water&pk_id=3758&Tifton%20Turfgrass%20Breeding
The Batesville Bulldogs Middle Track School team hosted North Decatur and St. Louis in a 3-Way Meet.Girls Team Results: Batesville 61, North Decatur 53, St. Louis 20.Boys Team Results: Batesville 73, North Decatur 48, St. Louis 13.BMS Track Results vs. STL & ND (4-27)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.