DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Human rights activism and controversy

In the news: Google‘s featuring of civil-rights activist Yuri Kochiyama on its home page receives a host of news coverage about the bold advocate for human rights who stirred controversy with her professed sympathies for Malcolm X, Castro, and Bin Laden. Her life-time activism grew out of her experience as one of the Japanese Americans…

WEDNESDAY WISDOM: History and the challenge of remembering

Rabbi and cantor Angela Buchdahl commemorated Yom HaShoah with a song for her congregation in 2014 (Holocaust Remembrance Day is May 4th this year). She sang about a “history that has no words” and the challenge of remembering “too many names to name, numbers too hard to handle.” Commemorating those who perished in the Holocaust…

MUSIC MONDAY: When a Prodigy Grows Up

Violinist Midori Goto debuted as an 11 year-old, having been selected by conductor Zubin Mehta to perform with the New York Philharmonic in 1982. She gained further legendary status three years later when she played through two instances of violin strings breaking during a Tanglewood concert with Leonard Bernstein conducting. The New York Times reported…