Chris Herold

Cambridge MA
A native of Washington, D.C., Christian moved to Cambridge in the mid-'80s.
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Chris Herold

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November 6, 2014 - 9:32am 1,500 superheroes raced 5 kilometers in Cambridge on October 26, 2014. It was the sixth annual such benefit for On the Rise, a day program for homeless women. See NeighborMedia correspondent Mary Holbrow's article and OnTheRise.org for more. read more
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
April 24, 2013 - 10:41am Neighbors assemble at Mt. Auburn Hospital after reports that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brought there. 4/19/13 read more
April 5, 2013 - 12:21pm Workers v. Le Meridien Hotel Le Meridien Hotel workers continued their push for job security, better benefits, and the right to unionize yesterday with a City Hall rally and march to the Central Square hotel. Unite Here Local 26 Hospitality Workers Union, Harvard’s Student Labor Action Movement and other supporters joined in. . Harvard divested in 2012 from the Norwalk, CT parent company HEI. MIT, which formerly owned the hotel and still owns the land, has demurred. . The City Council declared a City of Cambridge boycott of the hotel in 2012. . “In March 2012, over 70% of the workers at the non-union HEI Le Meridien Cambridge hotel raised concerns about their workloads, salaries, healthcare and quality of guest services with hotel management,” states the approved October 2012 resolution by City Councillor Kenneth Reeves and Vice Mayor Denise Simmons. “Since then, management has shifted a greater portion of healthcare costs onto its workers.” . The resolution noted that the Council normally holds festivities at Le Meridien-MIT but ordered “that the City Council instruct the City Manager and all City departments to boycott the services provided by HEI Le Meridien…and that [the City... read more
March 8, 2013 - 3:23pm .Cambridge Eco-Log. A journalist considers local weather and ecology as a microcosm of our global climate. . The weather is weird. How weird is it? Dearth of snow, record snow, 100-degree summer days. Everyone’s worrying about the weather. Isn’t the weather supposed to be weird—in the sense of abnormal—in Cambridge, in New England? “Don’t like the weather in New England,” Mark Twain asked. “Wait a few minutes.” “There is a sumptuous variety about the New England weather that compels the stranger's admiration—and regret....In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” Twain’s New England weather report: Probable nor’-east to sou’-west winds, varying to the southard and westard and eastard and points between; high and low barometer, sweeping around from place to place; probable areas of rain, snow, hail, and drought, succeeded or preceded by earthquakes, with thunder and lightning. But it is possible that the programme may be wholly changed in the meantime. Science concurs. A report on Massachusetts’ climate by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) explains: [C]ontrasting air masses and the relatively frequent passage of storm... read more
January 22, 2013 - 5:05pm A Walk in the Dark presents the first episode of Exquisite Corpses's "The Crimson Bowtie," produced by Christian Herold, and created--exquisite corpse improvisational style--by Cantabridgians Ellen Wilbur, Karl Shoaf, and Andrew Held, and Arlingtonian Nicholas Herold. This is the fruit of a terrific CCTV podcast class with Jordan Tynes. It is a murder mystery; this episode is 13 minutes. Project Website:A Walk in the Dark read more
November 1, 2012 - 9:47pm 3-1/2 minutes. read more
June 2, 2012 - 11:40am . My music video from the CCTV class taught this spring by Aviv Rubenstien. Includes CCTV stalwart Erik Brown. Thanks to Erik, Stephen Marx, Nader Shaar, Shirin Mozzafari, and the other brilliant, generous, and talented folk at CCTV. Thanks especially to Nicole Belanger, NeighborMedia.org and CCTV for giving me the opportunity to do this. Shot in West Cambridge. read more
May 31, 2012 - 6:09pm West Cambridge hits the streets for its annual Memorial Day Parade. As seen from Lowell and Mt. Auburn Streets with Mt. Auburn Hospital in the background. read more
March 31, 2012 - 5:16pm . Encounter regional fashion and food bloggers in a conference milieu. Shoe fashion show begins at the 7:20 mark. For more information about participants, go to the BlogBetterBoston.com website. Music by Boom Boom Beckett: Attenti al Ladro (http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/103120). read more
March 9, 2012 - 11:49pm . NeighborMedia Citizen Journalists conduct 2012 Election Primary interviews. Interviewees include U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts State Representative Alice Wolf, both Cambridge residents. Interviews conducted by Andrew Vitvitsky, Chris Herold, and Joan Squeri. Produced and edited by Chris Herold ELECTION RESULTS 6,975 = All votes cast in Cambridge March 6 in the Democratic, Republican, and Green Party/Rainbow Party primaries. The following are total votes and percentages of all votes cast, by party. Write-in candidates within party primaries, blank ballots, and no-preference votes are not included, so the the totals and percentages do not total up. DEMOCRATIC (only Obama on slate, so only committed voters came out; total votes cast for Democrats = 4,886). Obama: 4,489, 64% (all votes cast, not just Dem; ditto with below percentages) REPUBLICAN (total votes cast for Republicans = 2,023). Romney, 1,193, 17% Paul, 426, 6% Santorum: 244, 3% Gingrich: 75, 1% Bachman: 6, 0.9% GREEN/RAINBOW (total votes cast for Green/Party candidates = 66). Stein: 57, 1% Mesplay: 2, .03% Mikkelson: 1, .01 Uncertified election results are from the Cambridge Election Commission... read more

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