Monthly Archives: September 2010

Free Fall

I’m exhausted.  My colleagues are exhausted.  The students are exhausted.  Deadlines loom large, and patience runs thin.  Nonetheless, we all indulge in the giddy pleasure of possibility.  We cannot know who will wind up following the dreams we have planned … Continue reading

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What’s Your Mission Impossible?

In the US, a certain Rhodes Scholarship committee likes to open its interviews with the query, “What is the world’s fight?” In other words, we each have the opportunity to choose and to pursue our own mission impossible.  Most of … Continue reading

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Anupam Cares

A lone, middle-aged, fair-skinned, blonde stands out in a room of South Asian business students and faculty.  When I attended Anupam Kher’s reception with and address to the Kellogg School’s India Business Club, I knew I would be in a … Continue reading

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Mapmaker, mapmaker, make me a map!

I have spent many hours over the past two months struggling to map the Lutheran congregations of colonial America for a forthcoming essay.   The above map materialized as if by magic for an earlier piece I wrote thanks to … Continue reading

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Roman Roots

According to my eleven-year-old’s understanding of history, Rome begat Britain and Britain begat America (since he’s eleven and I’m glad he likes history, I am not getting pedantic about the United States stuff – yet). Without knowing it, he is … Continue reading

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“Emerging” Adulthood

I spend much of my September enforcing internal deadlines for highly competitive and prestigious scholarship competitions.  This year, I would like to silence the author of the “emerging adulthood” thesis.  My ambitious de facto offspring revel in this new-found excuse for … Continue reading

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Following Directions

“Why can’t you do what I tell you to the first time I tell you to do it!”  I fear this phrase will be my epitaph.  I seem to say it wherever I am.  To my sons who have not: … Continue reading

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Litmus Tests II

Cubs or White Sox Oxford or Cambridge Harvard or Yale (just can’t do it) Wisconsin or Michigan Bike or Hike Boston or San Francisco Delhi or Mumbai (no bold b/c haven’t been yet!) Cape Cod or Maine Dublin or Galway … Continue reading

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Litmus Tests

I’m rather transfixed by these supposedly telling tests of one’s attitude towards life and the ways in which they do or do not align.  My predilections are in bold. Cats or Dogs Arts or Sciences Tolstoy or Dostoevsky Mountains or Beaches City … Continue reading

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Hot off the Virtual Press: From the Tenure Side-Lines

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