Chris Herold

Cambridge MA
A native of Washington, D.C., Christian moved to Cambridge in the mid-'80s.
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August 25, 2014 - 2:31pm This is the second of a three-part discussion about affirmative action and the Supreme Court’s decision in Schuette vs. The Coalition to Defend Affirmation Action, which permitted Michigan’s 2006 referendum banning affirmative action and diversity. Please see the prior post (and accompanying video interviews in Harvard Square), “Speaker’s Corner: Residents Decry Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action.” How Do Our Colleges Stack Up Against Michigan’s? In the previous post, we gave the floor to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to address the social consequences of ending affirmative action in Michigan and elsewhere. How far can we boast that we do it better in Massachusetts—or Cambridge? How do the Massachusetts state schools, which continue to embrace race-conscious admissions, stack up against Michigan’s state schools? How well do our four private colleges do—Harvard, MIT, Lesley University, and Cambridge College? The original ideal in higher education of affirmative action, if not of diversity, was to approach parity between the percentages of minorities in schools and those in the general population. This particularly makes sense for public colleges and schools... read more
June 22, 2014 - 11:59am Speaker’s Corner: Residents Decry Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action Speaker’s Corner is an occasional series of interviews with passersby in Cambridge on issues of interest. This is part I of three planned posts on this topic: Part I: Speaker's Corner: Residents Decry Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative ActionPart II: How Do Our College's Stack Up Against Michigan's? Part III: Sotomayor's Impassioned Arguments Fall on Deaf Ears The May 15 Interviews: Mea Culpa I hope you'll enjoy meeting in this 8-minute video your fellow Cantabrigians and passersby, who in response to the day’s question were troubled, outraged, noncommittal, sensible, prudent, lucid, poetic, and compassionate. And introducing the resourceful David Barsir, an intern with Cambridge Community TV, who came to film the interviews, but gamely volunteered to conduct them after watching folks pass me by. For this Speaker's Corner, I oversimplified the Supreme Court's decision in the question: “The Supreme Court bans affirmative action at U. Michigan. Your thoughts?” While the truncated question was useful for piquing protest and reflection, it was unfair to my interviewer and interviewees, who in any case... read more
May 26, 2014 - 12:41pm The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, comprised primarily of black free men led by white officers, was commissioned during the Civil War to fight for the Union Army. Two of its soldiers were sons of Frederick Douglass. The regiment was supported by area abolitionists, including Emerson. Company A 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry/Colored 
Ladies Christian Relief Association is a non-profit founded in 1992 with the mission of educating people about the role of African-Americans during the Civil War and promoting civic responsibility among young people. read more
May 12, 2014 - 6:10pm An interview with McKenzie Hild and Allison Torsigliere, students organizing a youth shelter for Harvard Square. The project is sponsored by the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and the Phillips Brooks House Association. The video was shot April 28, 2014 at Harvard University. See Harvard Square Youth Shelter for more. read more
May 5, 2014 - 8:28pm I created this expressionist-style piece for the CCTV class "Making an Art Video." It was inspired by the combined gull-crow attack on doves released by the Pope and two children in January 2014. Main idols emulated are William Cameron Menzies, for Invaders From Mars, and M. C. Escher, for Day and Night. The obvious influence is Hitchcock, of course. read more
October 20, 2013 - 3:00pm Reeling and rocking brass activist street bands. See Honkfest.org for more info. read more
September 15, 2013 - 8:45pm Produced by NeighborMedia Citizen Journalists: Produced & edited by Chris Herold Co-produced by Andrew Vitvitsky Director of Photography: Maria Boykova This is the (hopefully) inaugural video in a NeighborMedia series--"Speaker's Corner"--of interviews with passersby in Cambridge on topics of the day relevant to Cantabrigians. The Speaker's Corner theme music was composed for the series by Cambridge resident Dorothy Crawford. Thank you, Dorothy! Controversy has raged in recent months over whether President Barack Obama should nominate former Harvard president (2001-2006) Larry Summers to be the new chair of the Federal Reserve. The current chair, Ben Bernanke, is expected to leave the position at the end of January 2014. The other leading contender, mentioned frequently in our video, is current Vice Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen. I've found in past attempts to interview passersby (in Harvard Square) that professors and international visitors particularly are nervous about speaking on video, presumably because video soundbytes can recontextualize speakers' words and spread them via YouTube universally and for the remainder of human history. For that reason, I... read more
August 22, 2013 - 6:49pm CCTV member videos win prizes at the Alliance for Community Media (Northeast Region) Annual Video Festival. read more
May 12, 2013 - 1:56pm Bangladesh Workers Solidarity Network pickets the Gap in Harvard Square, Cambridge, May 4, 2013. Demonstrators called for the Gap to require the subcontinental factories where its garments are made to implement higher workplace building standards. This, in the wake of Dhaka's April 24 Rana Plaza collapse with a death toll of more than 1,000. read more
April 24, 2013 - 6:01pm City of Cambridge and Cambridge Black Pastors Alliance hold vigil at City Hall in observance of Boston Marathon bombing victims. read more

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