Riding the rails

(Source: Flikr Creative Commons) “To the gentleman with the ukulele in the rear sleeper: please report to the dining car.” This isn’t the kind of announcement you hear on an airline, but I heard it on Amtrak last May. I’ve been a fan of trains for as long as I can remember.  From Lunch with Casey and model trains I’ve graduated to Trains magazine and Amtrak, but my passion for the subject … [Read more...]

Communicating with the public: absent-minded professors and the Latin Mass

  Lately I’ve been thinking about how academic ideas affect (or don’t affect) public policy.  One of my favorite sources that tries to connect the public with academic thought is The Conversation.  In its own words, The Conversation “is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public.  Our team of professional editors work with … [Read more...]

Living in exile

(Source: Flikr Creative Commons) Today, we brought our daughter home from the University of Minnesota.  The U of M is one of my favorite places in the world, if not my favorite.  It's the place I think of as home: I was an undergraduate there, met the love of my life there, spent two years in graduate school there, and made friends from all over the world. We brought our daughter back to our … [Read more...]