Dear members of the Harvard community,Two years ago, our first-year students arrived amid the blustery remnants of Hurricane Hanna. This year, her cousin Earl appears poised to lend a little torque to the start of our academic year. Hurricane or no, the bustle of activity that sweeps onto campus in late August and early September always ushers in excitement, change, and a renewed sense of possibility. For those students, faculty, and staff arriving at Harvard for the first time, welcome. For those of you returning from far or near, welcome back. As I said yesterday at Morning Prayers in Appleton Chapel, this remarkable place belongs to every one of us, and it’s our shared opportunity to grab hold of its extraordinary promise and make it real.As we look ahead, I invite the Harvard community to join me and Charlie Gibson, former host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and now a visitor at the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, for a year-opening conversation on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. in Sanders Theatre. I look forward to answering questions — both from my distinguished interlocutor and from the audience — and to offering some thoughts on the priorities and challenges we will face together in the year ahead.I hope you will join us. Click here for more information. For now, here’s wishing all of us a year of favoring winds.Sincerely,Drew Faust
Representatives from Harvard University traveled to Havana last weekend to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education. The agreement signals renewed commitment between Harvard’s 12 Schools and the ministry to support faculty and student research and study in Cuba.The memorandum also enables expanded opportunities for potential collaborative research and cooperation between Harvard and Cuban universities, such as short courses, internships, research visits, publication of research articles, and academic workshops and conferences. The agreement encourages Cuban students to apply for admission to Harvard and programs through normal channels.The academic partnership was signed Saturday by Mark C. Elliott, vice provost of international affairs at Harvard, and Aurora Fernández, vice minister of higher education in Cuba. Harvard faculty and staff responsible for organizing and preparing for these activities and present at the ceremony at the Hotel Nacional were Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin-American History and Economics and professor of African and African American Studies and of history; Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico in the Department of Government; and Erin E. Goodman, associate director of academic programs at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).The agreement designates the Rockefeller Center as the coordinating body for joint activities. The Cuba Studies Program at DRCLAS, co-chaired by de la Fuente and Domínguez, has supported Cuba-related research and study since its creation in 1999. The program regularly hosts visiting scholars from Cuba and runs a regular seminar series in Cambridge. Since 2007, the center has run a study-abroad program in Cuba in the fall semester in collaboration with the Universidad de la Habana.You can read more about the activities of the Cuba Studies Program here.
Migration is not a tale of numbers. Although too often reports on the massive global population shifts of the past few decades devolve into statistics, the real stories are those of the people — the individuals who choose or were forced to leave a place previously defined as “home” and seek another.That was the focus of Masha Gessen’s lecture “How We Think About Migration,” delivered Wednesday at Paine Hall. In this, the first of two lectures on “How Do We Talk About Migration” that Gessen delivered as part of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, the author and journalist focused exclusively on individuals, giving the sold-out crowd narrative snapshots of real people uprooted and often still on the move.“I’ve been thinking about what a concentrated effort to tell stories about migration would look like,” Gessen said to open the lecture, which was sponsored by the Office of the President and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. After brief introductions by President Larry Bacow and Mahindra Center Director Homi K. Bhabha, Gessen began the share the stories of people affected by migration.Gessen reached back decades to start with the story of Ali Rexha. Born in Ulcinj, Montenegro, Rexha immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 5. When Gessen met him in 1999, he was back in the seaside resort town, working with the U.N.’s refugee agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Gessen drew on earlier reporting for Slate, The New Yorker, and other outlets to focus on specific details — how oddly appropriate it was that Rexha, who is now working to find shelter for the more than 30,000 Kosovars who fled the Balkan war zone for safety in Ulcinj, had a background in hotel management, for example — to bring the stories to life, showcasing the person who had been uprooted by war or social upheaval.Masha Gessen, who is the author of the award-winning book “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” delivers the Tanner Lecture on Human Values. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerSome of the tales were linked by locale or circumstance, others were not. What became apparent, as the accounts accumulated, were the emotional costs of unwanted change. Layla, for example, is a transgender woman from Chechnya. She had moved to Moscow, but when Russia became increasingly hostile to the LGBTQ community, she decided to leave. To do so, however, she had to return to Chechnya to gather documents, and to do it safely, she reversed her transition — stopping hormone treatments and having her implants removed — twice. The process, Gessen explained, took years. Layla eventually made it to Mexico and then was detained trying to cross into the U.S. She is now in a detention center, said Gessen. “She says she has never felt safer in her life.”Others had never wanted to leave. Reyda Linn was a journalist and LGBTQ activist in Russia, who “kept getting arrested for these incredibly imaginative protests,” said Gessen. Linn’s marriage was one of them. Her wife, Sofya Grozovskaya, is transgender, and thus, under Putin, was not recognized as a woman. That meant the two could marry legally, even in an increasingly homophobic state. But while they could not be denied marriage, they were forced to wed behind closed doors, and their safety became increasingly tenuous. After three months, the couple left Russia for France.“The very idea that Sofya and I might be separated makes me nauseated,” Gessen recalled Linn saying.Unwanted separation was a theme that kept recurring through the 57 stories, including those of Gessen’s family: “There are as many opportunities to separate families as there are segments in a refugee’s journey,” said Gessen.In the discussion that followed, Jacqueline Bhabha, the FXB Director of Research, professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, questioned the definition of home as a place of safety. She pointed out that home is often dangerous — especially to women and children. Gessen acknowledged this, but returned to the idea of home — and of borders in general.“I don’t think there’s anything just or morally justifiable about borders,” said Gessen. “When we talk about migration, the premise of that conversation is the existence of borders, which I don’t think should be the premise of any conversation.”More important, Gessen stressed, are the stories of individuals, which of course far outnumber those presented Wednesday. “What I tried to do is tell these stories without generalizing,” Gessen said. “As it turns out, it is almost impossible to tell an individual story without trying to explain why I am trying to tell this story, which is when you start to generalize.“For every story I wrote there is a notebook with three, five, 20 stories that I didn’t write. They were perhaps less clear; they were perhaps similar to the story I wrote. Even my stories can’t fit the reporting, which is a tiny slice of what I am trying to describe.”The second lecture, “Some Ideas for Talking About Migration,” was given at Paine Hall today.
On Monday evening, Ashish Sharma of the department of civil and environmental engineering addressed climate change across the world and in America during a lecture entitled “Global Warming and Social Justice: Fighting for Vulnerable Chicago Neighborhoods” to kick off Notre Dame Energy Week. Sharma, a specialist in the environments of the Great Lakes, said changing temperatures in the past century and an increasing number of floods and wildfires since 1950 across the globe point to the fact that global warming is an urgent issue.“You could have flooding. You could have cold spells. Or there could be extreme events like hurricanes and tornadoes,” he said. “These signs are showing that global warming is real.”Sharma then explored the deepening income gap between the rich and poor in Chicago, the city at the center of his research. He said this divide has been increasing for decades. Chicago now has the eighth-highest income inequality of cities in America, he said.“What we’re seeing is an increasing social divide,” Sharma said. “We need to start measuring cities.”Sharma said there is simply not enough data collected from cities. This problem is the crossroads of social injustice and environmental science; the solution going forward is to understand the ways our cities work. Current data, from crime analytics to city temperatures to health problems within the city of Chicago, are “typically proprietary, fragmented and closed,” Sharma said. He has been part of a project called Array of Things (AoT), which installs sensors around the city of Chicago to track information like traffic patterns, emissions rates and other data that could be relevant for study. Sharma said his goal is to install 500 sensors.“100 sensors are operational as of last year,” he said.The data collected from the AoT sensors are publicly available. The system will be used not only as a sensor network, Sharma said, but also as a platform for testing new sensor technologies. He said he hopes the sensors will be cheap enough to be installed in any major city, but still smart enough that they can accurately track patterns. He said he envisions the information being used in local governments, so they can better discern where to invest money.“Cities should have, in the board room, energy scientists, city planners and social scientists at the same table speaking the same language,” Sharma said.The AoT system, gathering and analyzing data from so many different facets of city life, will predict the most important places to target for change, he said. Based on the data so far, Sharma said this means trying to install green roofs in the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago. Sharma’s studies have shown that green roofs absorb heat from the industrial cityscape, which in turn leads to a healthier population. The hottest neighborhoods in Chicago are the poorest, so Sharma said they need green roofing the most.Notre Dame Energy Week continues tomorrow with the lecture “Kodiak, Alaska: How an Energy Co-Op Went 100% Renewable” by Darron Scott, CEO of Kodiak Electric Association.Tags: Array of Things, Climate change, Energy Week
Governor Jim Douglas on Thursday announced $161,000 in Historic Preservation Barn Grants for 19 farms to help preserve their barns for future generations. In a ceremony at the Elm Brook Farm in East Ryegate, which received $10,000 to repair its cow and horse barns, the governor noted that the program aided two of Vermont s most important industries, agriculture and tourism. The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. Our farms not only provide jobs and a bond to our agricultural past, they help sustain our tourism industry by preserving our working landscape, Governor Douglas said. I am very pleased that the state can assist in preserving these magnificent structures for future generations.The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of agricultural buildings with matching funding of up to $10,000 for a variety of capital repairs. Eligible projects include repairs to roofs, foundations, walls, sills and overall stabilization.In making decisions on funding, the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation prioritizes projects, giving particular emphasis on working barns to keep them in service and significant agricultural buildings in critical need of repair. The competition for these grants is very strong, because there are so many more worthy projects than we have funding for, Governor Douglas said. Even in these difficult times, we must make investments in our infrastructure, and these grants encourage the barns owners to invest in their upkeep and preservation.Since its inception twenty years ago, the program has provided more than $1.4 million and leveraged many millions more to bring new life to roughly 200 historic agricultural buildings. Every year we lose barns to a variety of conditions, but these modest grants help stem that tide, Douglas said. The owners of these barns are to be praised for taking action to preserve them.For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: http://www.historicvermont.org/financial/barn.html(link is external)Advisory Council for Historic Preservation 2009 Barn Grants:Cummings Farm Barn, East Montpelier: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, straighten and/or rebuild stone foundation, and re-grade and create drainage.Damkot Barn, Jericho: $10,000 to replace roof.Davitt Farm Barn, Maidstone: $1,900 to repair high drive.Elm Brook Farm Barns, Ryegate: $10,000 to replace sill and install new section of foundation for the cow barn and to replace foundation and siding for the horse barn.Fish Farm Barn, Tinmouth: $10,000 to repair/rebuild center section of barn.Gaylord Farm Barn, Waitsfield: $10,000 to repair frame and replace deteriorated siding and windows.Harlow Brook Farm Barn, Hartland: $10,000 to rebuild stone foundation and repair/replace sill, repair posts, floor, siding and doors.Kittell Farm Barn, Sheldon: $9,350 to rebuild stone foundation, repair sill, joists, posts and siding, re-fasten and paint metal roof, and add drainage.Lamoille Farm Barn, Cambridge: $10,000 to repair foundation, replace sills, re-flash/repair cupola, and repair frame, siding, windows and slate roof.Mix Barn, Tunbridge – $10,000 to replace sills, repair frame, roof and foundation, re-sheath walls as necessary.Morey Farms Barn, Troy: $2000 to repair frame, rebuild stone foundations, replace roof, and install windows and doors.Pratt Barn, Richford: $9,750 to repair frame and foundation, and partial roof replacement.Regier Barn, Cavendish: $6,250 to repair stone foundation, replace deteriorated sill, repair frame, and paint metal roof.Simplicity Farm Barn, Brookfield: $10,000 to jack and straighten barn, repair foundation, and repair/replace sills, frame and siding.Vermont Woodworking School Silos, Fairfax: $7,250 to repair/replace bases, walls and roofs.Weathervane Barn, Greensboro: $4,500 to repair cupola and remediate powder post beetles.Willowell Foundation Barn, Monkton: $10,000 repair frame and replace roof.Woodlawn Farm Barn, Royalton: $10,000 to replace roof.Ziegler Barn, South Londonderry: $10,000 to repair west corner of barn, repair frame, sills, posts and floor, rebuild foundation, and install new roof.Source: Governor’s office. East Rygate. July 23, 2009.
Source: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Aug 28, 2009 The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) has announced that $484,300 in grant funds have been awarded to develop homegrown biofuels through its Vermont Biofuels Initiative (VBI). The purpose of the VBI is to foster the development of a viable biomass-to-biofuels industry in Vermont that uses local resources to supply a portion of the state’s liquid fuel energy needs in an effort to help the state meet 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2025. The VBI is funded by a Congressionally Directed Award from the Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy through the U.S. Department of Energy, various private foundation sources, and the Vermont General Fund.The VSJF awarded $224,300 in strategically-directed funds, as well as an additional $260,000 from five competitive grant rounds designed to accelerate the development of Vermont’s biofuels production. Funds from the VBI are helping to support over $1million worth of on-going biofuels projects throughout the state.In total, Senator Leahy has secured $2.9 million over the course of three federal appropriations bills for biofuels research, development and demonstration projects in Vermont. The Senator announced the level of funding he has secured for the VSJF while touring the North Hardwick Dairy, a recent grantee, on Friday. Senator Leahy stated that “Vermont Sustainable Job Fund’s new Biofuels Initiative is forging a partnership with farmers across our state that will help identify the best matches among potential new energy sources, the resources on our farms, and the needs of our communities. This is the kind of practical help with the ways and means of production and of marketing that can open the doors to new markets and to greater value for farmers. This initiative fits squarely at the intersection of fuel security, economic development, agricultural diversification and self-reliance. It’s a good step here in Vermont, and it could also benefit other rural communities across the country.”The VSJF is providing farmers, entrepreneurs, and educators with opportunities to build markets for sustainable development through the Vermont Biofuels Initiative. “VSJF grants are supporting diversified, value-added operations, education and workforce training. The projects we fund will help Vermont’s dairy and other farms control fuel and feed costs by producing biodiesel and protein meal, and also create new sources of farm revenue and markets for local livestock feed, vegetable oil, and bio-based energy,” said Biofuels Director Netaka White.According to VSJF Executive Director Ellen Kahler, “the projects we are funding are representative of a unique agricultural model emerging in Vermont and the region. Unlike the large mid-west operations, the “New England model” of biofuel production is focused on rotational cropping of grains, grasses, cover crops and oilseeds for local consumption. VSJF is very grateful for the interest and support Senator Leahy has shown for community-scale biofuel production for local use.”The VSJF is also working with UVM Extension and the Biomass Energy Resource Center on a staff directed Grass Energy Research project and with the Vermont Center for Geographic Information to develop a Renewable EnergyAtlas for Vermont. Even greater levels of US DOE funding will be made available in 2010 through competitive grant rounds and staff directed projects, all aimed at developing a vibrant biofuels market, creating new economic opportunities for farmers and creating new green jobs in Vermont.The VSJF is a nonprofit organization formed by the State Legislature in 1995 to provide early stage grant funding and technical assistance to catalyze and accelerate the development of markets for sustainably produced goods and services. The VSJF currently focuses on biofuels development, sustainable forest products industry development, and the expansion of local food systems in Vermont.For more information on the Vermont Biofuels Initiative and available funding, visit www.vsjf.org(link is external).15 Biofuels Grant Awards Totaling $484,300 Announced Today Include:• Biofuels Feedstock Analysis for Oilseed Crop Research and Development,Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont & State Agriculture College / UVM Extension, Burlington, $67,000.• Biofuels Feedstock Analysis for Grass Energy Research and Development,Dr. Sid Bosworth, University of Vermont & State Agriculture College / UVM Extension, Burlington, $58,500.• On-Farm Oilseed Processing and Biodiesel Production, John Williamson,State Line Biofuels, Shaftsbury, $30,000. • Small-Scale Biodiesel Production Research Facility, Roger Rainville,Borderview Farm, Alburgh, $40,000. • Biomass-to-Biofuels Industry Network Development, Andrew Perchlik,Renewable Energy Vermont, Montpelier, $28,800.• Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Andrew Knafel, Clearbrook Farm,Shaftsbury, $20,000.• Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Jon Satz, Lilyquest Farm /Otter Creek Biofuels, Brandon, $20,000.• Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Larry Scott, Ekolott Farm,Newbury, $17,000.• Oilseed Crop Research and Development, Nicholas Meyer, North HardwickDairy, Hardwick, $13,000. • On-Farm Biodiesel Facility, William & Mark Mordasky, Rainbow ValleyBiodiesel, Brandon $65,000.• Biomass-to-Biofuels Course Development, University of Vermont andState Agricultural College, Burlington, $20,000.• Biomass-to-Biofuels Course Development, Vermont Technical College,Randolph, $20,000.• Algepower, Algae Production Techniques, Gail Busch, Montpelier,$20,000.• Carbon Harvest Energy, LLC, Algae Feedstock Research and Development,Williston, $20,000.• Bourne’s Energy, Biofuel Blending Project, Morrisville, $45,000.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York East End freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has written a joint letter with Tea Party ultra-conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to slam President Obama for letting his former campaign field director get involved with Israel’s upcoming elections.Signed by both men, the Jan. 29 letter criticizes the role of Jeremy Bird, who worked on both Obama’s successful presidential campaigns, for helping organizers of V15 or “Victory 2015” in their fight to replace Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the right-wing leader of the Likud government. The two politicians also sought to make an issue of V15’s partnership with OneVoice, a nonprofit group that twice got grants from the U.S. Department of State last year. In a recent article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, cited by Cruz and Zeldin, Bird was mentioned for having brought in a research team that “has really ignited sparks” in V15’s effort.“Of course private American citizens are free to engage in political activities according to their inclinations,” write Zeldin and Cruz, “but given the overtly partisan nature of this particular case, we are deeply concerned by the relationship that also exists between OneVoice and the U.S. Department of State.”Titled “Has President Obama Launched a Political Campaign Against Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu,” this letter marks the first time Zeldin has signed on with a senator to weigh in on a hot-button issue. Cruz may not be a household name on Long Island because he did not appear with Zeldin as he campaigned in the East End’s First District. But as long-time political observer Elizabeth Drew wrote recently in The New York Review of Books, “Ted Cruz has set himself up as the leader of the handful of Tea Party members in the Senate but he also brought pressure on House members last year to back the government shutdown.”Cruz and Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in the House, are calling upon Secretary of State John Kerry to make “a thorough investigation.” They say they’re worried that U.S. taxpayer funds “are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election—and specifically to campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu—something all would agree would be highly inappropriate.”But when Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month, weeks before the Israeli election on March 17—and did so without informing the White House or the State Department—the administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill were quick to call it a direct interference in that country’s election. They pointed out that the surreptitious invitation was orchestrated by the current Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, a former Republican political operative, born in America, who is so close to Netanyahu that he is known as “Bibi’s brain,” according to The New York Times. Dermer cut his teeth in GOP politics starting in 1994 during the Republican takeover of Congress under Rep. Newt Gingrich.In the November elections, Zeldin, a major in the Army Reserve who served in Iraq, rode a nationwide Republican wave to victory over six-term incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent. In 2008, when the two men first ran against each other, Bishop handily defeated Zeldin 58 percent to 42 percent, but that was a presidential election year when turnout was high, especially for Democrats.In the 2014 mid-terms, only 28.8 percent of the eligible population voted in New York—the fourth lowest in the country in a year that saw the lowest voter turnout in 70 years, according to The New York Times—when Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the top of the ballot running for re-election. Cuomo, a lifelong Democrat, apparently had very short coattails. By contrast, Zeldin may have benefited in his race from Speaker Boehner, who made two campaign appearances for him: a fundraiser in Bridgehampton and another in Farmingville.Maybe when Zeldin’s up for re-election in 2016, some observers wonder, he’ll be spending time on the campaign trail with Cruz.
Brindisi is holding an open house right in his office Thursday morning before his swearing-in ceremony. He says he expects some supporters from the 22nd district to come as well as family. Brindisi says his biggest challenge so far has been navigating around the city and to the different house office buildings. WASHINGTON (WBNG) — The next U.S. Congressman for New York’s 22nd district has arrived in Washington, D.C. Stay with 12 News Thursday for behind-the-scenes coverage of Brindisi’s first day on the job. Despite having a new office in a new place, Brindisi says he will still be working toward the same things he pledged during his campaign in New York. “I’m going to spend a lot of time throughout the district, including the Southern Tier, by doing town hall meetings. That’s something I pledged to do along the campaign: hold lots of town hall meetings, give constituents lots of opportunities to express their concerns to me in person,” Brindisi told 12 News Wednesday. His staff says he will spend an average of three weeks there every month. Brindisi says his first order of business was taking a picture with the name plate outside of his office. Then, he worked with his staff on moving furniture and setting up computers. 12 News reporter Annabelle Flaherty was there Wednesday as Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat, was getting settled into his new office in the Cannon Building.
“You try to incorporate their needs and their wants to create that balanced space for them. We literally start from the ground up. We start with the flooring,” Smith said. “Everything else just falls into place. It’s amazing.” “Overwhelming. It always is. It doesn’t matter how many you do,” Smith said. “It’s extremely overwhelming, and what keeps you continuing to do projects like this.” Five-year-old Watson lives with hypotonia, a condition the causes low muscle tone, as well as developmental delays. “It is wonderful to see that you’re making their life just a little bit easier as they’re dealing with the challenges they’re dealing with,” said Kelly Smith, president of A Room To Heal. “The months that you spend, planning and prepping a room is worth every second when you see that child and that family walk into the room,” Smith said. “Not only are you making the child’s life easier, you’re also making the life of their family members easier giving them that space to heal in.” So as Watson spends her first night in the new space, Smith sat back in reflection. VESTAL (WBNG) – Layla Watson’s bedroom got a makeover on Saturday, as A Room To Heal helped create a safe healing space for her as she struggles with a serious medical condition. As Watson continues her fight, the non-profit organization wanted to give her an area all to herself. Not long after, Smith got the idea of a ‘Frozen’-themed room. So when the reveal came, the ‘Frozen’ room didn’t keep the mood cold, but warmed it up instead. Smith and her team met with Watson’s parents, physical therapist and others to help better a better sense of what Watson could benefit from in a healing room. A Room To Heal additionally takes on one or two community projects a year, creating healing-based settings to reach a larger number of people.
The outing marked the third time in recent weeks that the pair have been spotted together. They were first photographed arriving at a Halloween party on October 31, with the E! personality dressed as Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura character and the teen sporting a candy bra, pink shorts and a neon bob wig. One week later, they uploaded similar photos to their Instagram Stories while having dinner with Disick’s ex Chloe Bartoli’s twin sister, Marie-Lou Bartoli, at Tre Lune restaurant in Montecito, California.Scott Disick and Amelia Gray Hamlin Shutterstock (2)While the duo, who share an 18-year age difference, have continued spending time together, a source recently told Us Weekly exclusively that their relationship is “nothing serious at the moment” and that Disick is “dating around and having fun.” The insider also revealed that Marie-Lou, 30, was “the one who introduced the two of them,” noting that the rumored couple “hit it off right away.”The Flip It Like Disick star’s hangouts with Hamlin, who is the daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, come on the heels of his August split from Sofia Richie, whom he had dated on and off since 2017. Prior to Amelia Gray, he was seen out with models Bella Banos and Megan Blake Irwin. Richie, 22, for her part, has moved on with entrepreneur Matthew Morton; Us broke the news of their romance in October.- Advertisement – Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – More than friends? Scott Disick and Amelia Gray Hamlin appeared to confirm speculation that they are dating with a cozy outing in Malibu on Monday, November 16.The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, wrapped his arm around the model, 19, as they walked along the beach in photos published by TMZ. Hamlin was all smiles as she rocked a floral bikini, while Disick kept it casual in a black T-shirt and matching swim trunks.- Advertisement – “Matt and Sofia are totally a thing, and he’s really excited about it,” a source told Us at the time. “They both run in the same circle and have known each other. So, it’s easy and fun for both of them. Sofia’s family approves of him, which is super nice for her.”Disick most famously dated Kourtney Kardashian from 2006 to 2015. The exes share three children: Mason, 10, Penelope, 8, and Reign, 5.“Scott has always loved Kourtney,” a source exclusively told Us earlier this month. “The door is open on his side in case she ever wants to take their relationship back to a romantic place.”- Advertisement –