Killing Two Stones with One Bird:

Seizing the Opportunity of Coinciding Deadlines   January 22, 2021: Chairs and Directors Narrative Are Due to A&S [Arts and Sciences] Personnel January 22, 2021: Marketing Message on the newest “Not my First Rodeo” post must go out into the world (If that post does not yet exist, this will pose a problem).   An…

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Let There Be Accountability on Earth, And Let It Begin with Me (And Millions of my Fellow Citizens)

For longer than we may have realized, we have been living in desperate times. Nonetheless, many Americans have been lucky to live in circumstances that permitted them to pay only sporadic attention to our chronic calamities in the arenas of public health, employment, social conflict, governance, and politics. That changed on the afternoon of Wednesday,…

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The Promise and Peril of a Positive Perspective on The New Year

A Horoscope that Went to the Wrong Address You can relax as 2021 begins. January 1, 2021   The year 2020 is over. The year 2021 has barely begun. How on earth are we supposed to deal with that? The onset of a new year has always presented the temptation to imagine that we have…

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“Next Stop: The Twilight Zone

(Though We May Already Be There)   This highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you’re on a through route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable. . . . Go as far as you like on this road. Its limits are only those of mind itself. Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re…

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History’s Essential Workers

A Search for Lessons in the Elusive Lives of Interpreters and Translators   “Cultural intermediaries—namely, translators and interpreters—in contact zones turn verbal gibberish into dialogue, and they enable the clashing cultures to understand one another.” Taylor Cozzens “Between Nations: Language Barriers and Cultural Intermediaries in Panama”   “I have associated with some of the most…

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