A Learning Experience II

Class Highlights from the Week of July 13

We started the week with a day-long focus on climate change, looking at risks, scenarios for the future, and the roles and responsibilities (personal, government, business) for engaging those scenarios.

 The rest of the week was spent in the Middle East, beginning with a seminar on “An Islamic Challenge to the West”. We then got more specific with seminars on “The Gulf: Oil and Islam”, “Iraq An Unnatural State?” and “Iran: A Rogue State?”  The week concluded with three seminars on China’s emergence as a world power: “The Political Economy of China’s Economic Development”, “China’s Role in Globalization and Multilateral Trade”, and “China’s Geopolitical trajectory: Conflict or Cooperation?” Continue reading “A Learning Experience II”

To Dare Greatly

It is not the critic who counts… not the one who points out how the strong stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena… the one whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and who spends him or herself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if failing, at least fails while daring greatly so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat…. Theodore Roosevelt

A Work In Progress

My inner-reptile self hungers for revenge, for retribution. It craves harsh justice for those who have flagrantly and repeatedly ignored the law and trashed cherished Constitutional principles.  It wants to see prison doors closing on those who committed us to illegal wars, destroyed our reputation abroad, repeatedly violated basic human rights, and fostered an era of greed that left our economy in shambles.

Continue reading “A Work In Progress”