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.'.'. ':'i' POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 21,2011 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617=227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115- No. 3 Friday, January 21,2011 Boston Youth Symphony Perform On January 16, 2011, the Boston Youth Symphony orchestras performed at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University. Under the direc- tion of Music Director, Federico Cortese the orchestra per- formed Giuseppe Verdi's MACBETH. This event was sponsored In part by the Consulate General of Italy, Boston on the occasion of the 150 th anniversary of Italy's unification. Consul General of Italy, Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli makes a few remarks. Verdi's MACBETH GUEST EDITORIAL ALL THE WAY WITH JFK by Sal Giarratani On January 12, 1961 when I was still 13 years old in Sister Mary's Honor 7 th grade class at St. Rita's Grammar School, President-elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy delivered his famous "City on a Hill" speech in the State House chamber before a joint session of the Legislature. This past January 12, his great- nephew Joseph P. Kennedy Ill stood at the same dais and delivered his speech about the current at- mosphere of politics in America. He recalled the mes- sage of Dr. King and his own grandfather Bobby Kennedy, both gunned down two months apart in 1968. Kennedy, an assistant district attorney down on Cape Cod, urged all Americans to return to "service and sacrifice, integrity and dedication" and said these were the ideals "that ought to endure." Back in 1960, I was inspired by Jack Kennedy and what he said. Still in 1968, I listened to and watched both Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy. I remembered No- vember 22, 1963 five years later when both King and Bobby Kennedy were gunned down in senseless acts of violence. I remember turning 20 years old in May 1968 right in the middle of both their deaths. I still felt inspired but also jaded because good men were dying trying to. do the right thing for all of us. Back then, we weren't just Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives but Americans with a com- mon cause. We need to find that common cause again. America needs to work for its people again. Right now that isn't happening. We need to see that shining light high up on that hill again. Government needs to be that lighthouse rather than an iceberg ready to crash into us. CHI DORME NON PIGLIA PESCI, LE ORE DEL MATTINO HANNO L'ORO IN BOCCA. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. The early bird catches the worm. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The opinions expressed by our columnists and contributors are not necessarily the same as those of The Post-zette, its publisher or editor. Photo submi sions are accepted by the Post provided theg are clear,  photos. There is a $5 charge for each photo submitted. Photos can be submitted via e-maiD  yoa unt yowr photos returned, include a se- stomld weiop For even going on in Massachusetts this WINTER, log on to Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Website at For a complimentaw Massachusetts Getaway Guide, call l00-447-MASS, ext. 300. The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (Photos by Rosar/o Scabin, Ross Photography) Finding Answers on Race at the Museum by Nicola Orichuia A new exhibit on race and racism at the Museum of Science poses a question to all its visitors: "Are we so different?" It's a question that perhaps the youngest museum-goers -- the hun- dreds of students that cross the museum floors each day can answer best: "No, we're not all that different," said Khorally Pierre, a sophomore at Community Charter School in Cambridge. Pierre and her classmates were among the first to see "RACE: Are We So Different?," a tem- porary exhibit opened on January 16. "Everyone should see it," said Pierre, "because there is still a lot of racism out there and we need to talk about it." That is precisely the museum's and the exhibit curators' intent. The exhibit focuses on discussion, directing many questions to visitors with- out forcing any pre-packaged answers. "We hope the ex- hibit will spark thoughtful dialogue," said Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Di- rector of the Museum of Science. The challenge is to go beyond old social and cultural conventions to af- firm that humankind can- not be divided and catego- rized by race or ethnicity. "If museum-goers take time to reflect on their beliefs, con- front their fears, question preconceptions and chal- lenge assumptions about race, then the exhibit will be a success here in Boston," added Paul Fontaine, the Museum's Vice-President of Education. Developed by the Ameri- can Anthropological Associa- tion and the Science Mu- seum of Minnesota, "RACE: Are We So Different?" is geared to have its visitors challenge preconceptions that find their way into our minds. The exhibit's hands- on approach makes it easy and fun to learn about how concepts of race and racism developed through history and how we still live in a race-obsessed society. Not many visitors seemed to know that 1691 was the year the term "white" was first legally used, or that 1790 was the year the Naturalization Act passed, declaring that only "free white persons" could become U.S. citizens. A long time has passed since then, and many things have changed. Now visitors can debunk old racist theo- ries through various educa- tional tools. All throughout the exhibit hall there are videos of people from differ- ent ethnic backgrounds talking about race. Every few feet there are open binders, pencils and flash cards on which people can write their own experience with race. An art installation by Teja Arboleda shows faces of sev- eral different people with dif- ferent skin color morph into one another. In the middle of it all, a tall vertical panel at the beginning of the ex- hibit reminds newcomers of one of the most important sentences in the U.S. Con- stitution: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal ..." Those words, as well as the whole exhibit, hit the mark, according to Brence Pernell, a teacher at Community Charter School. "I'm im- pressed by the research that has been put into it and I appreciate the multi-faceted approach," he said. "It en- courages dialogue and dis- cussion, which need to con- tinue." As South Carolina native, Pernell took his class of 10 h graders on a field trip as part of their current studies on slavery. "This helps vis!aalize certain things we are talking about right now in class and I'm very happy to see my stu- dents engage in lively dis- cussions about the race." Dating back to 2007, the exhibit has been mov- ing around the country and is already booked for the next two years. Boston will host the exhibit until May 15, after which it will move to Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian National Mu- seum of Natural History. The exhibit in Boston will also feature an exclusive addition: A series of musical installments put together by musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund, who has been collaborating with the Museum of Science for the past several years. "It's art that complements the sci- ence aspect of the exhibi- tion," he said. "What I wanted to do was collect dif- ferent voices from the Bos- ton area to give the exhibit a local perspective." More than 250 voices of people living along Route 28 were collected and combined with music composed by Burgund and will be audible to the public starting February 3.