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Itzhak Perlman cancels North Carolina concert over transgender bathroom law

Itzhak Perlman, the acclaimed Israel-born violinist, has canceled a concert with the North Carolina Symphony over the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law.

Perlman announced Tuesday, May 17 that he would cancel the concert, 24 hours before he was due to perform in the state capital, Raleigh.

“As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” he wrote. “As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 ‘is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.’ I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.”

The law passed in March requires that one use the bathroom according to the gender on a person’s birth certificate.

Perlman’s action follows the cancellation last month of concerts by Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and several other big-name artists over the legislation. The Cirque du Soleil circus also canceled several shows, and some scheduled conventions have pulled out of the state as well.

The North Carolina Symphony canceled its appearance and published Perlman’s statement on its website.

At the end of last year, Perlman was named the recipient of the 2016 Genesis Prize, an annual $1 million prize known as the “Jewish Nobel.” Perlman, who was diagnosed with polio at the age of 4, has indicated he will use the prize money to advance music and helping those with disabilities.

Hebrew U, Smithsonian launch Einstein project in honor of theory’s centennial

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution and the Hebrew University are marking the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity by launching an initiative to make science more accessible to young people.

The project, joining the Science Education Center at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Albert Einstein Archive at Hebrew University, will “make science, technology, engineering and mathematics more accessible and appealing to a younger generation,” the American and Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University said in a statement.

Einstein, a Hebrew University founder, bequeathed 80,000 of his scientific and non-scientific manuscripts to the Jerusalem school.

The Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, and David Skorton, the director of the Smithsonian Institution, a group of museums and research centers administered as a U.S. government agency, attended the launch of the initiative at the Smithsonian Castle, on the National Mall on Monday, May 16.

Centennial commemorations of Einstein’s groundbreaking theory were launched in November.

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