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Busy!

Welcome to the new subscribers for the email alerts, and apologies there have been so few (if any) updates. This is 15 min sketch of the current situation here at the Radio Blackbird headquarters: it’s very busy with other things!

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Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping…

Even in my department I occasionally have had to explain that “No, me teaching the Shang dynasty is not playing on home terrain. That’s like a historian of nineteenth century Europe teaching about emperor Augustus and the Roman empire, mkay?” Feel free to replace that with a similar 1800-2000 year interval of your choice. Chinese …

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Look at the size of that thing!

How do you explain to your colleagues that your courses cover an area larger than the US (the main frame of reference), and a couple thousand years more than they usually do, even if they’re historians? My tenure committee itself included people from political science, chemistry, mathematics, film studies/English and more. My first concern was …

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