What I am doing, of course, is writing a blog post.  If I weren’t writing, I could be accomplishing any of a number of admissions tasks, especially reading Early Notification applications.  But what’s more interesting is what I’m not doing elsewhere in the School.  Right now, I’m missing a luncheon with a talk on “Designing Homeland Security Systems,” sponsored by Fletcher’s International Security Studies Program.  Since I brought my lunch with me, I could also be attending a brown-bag lunch talk with former Congressman Jim Leach on “The Role of Congress in Foreign Policy.”  The lunch is one in a series organized by Ambassador John Shattuck, who, this year, is a Senior Fellow at the Tisch College. And if I were up for a talk over pizza, the Feinstein International Center is sponsoring “Livelihoods, Power and Choice:  The Vulnerability of the Northern Rizaygat, Darfur Sudan.”

Tonight I’m going to a meeting of a community group with which I’m involved, but if I weren’t, here’s what I could be doing at Fletcher instead:  I could attend a Charles Francis Adams Lecture (Fletcher’s “premier” School-wide lecture series) by Richard Schmierer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, speaking on “U.S. Policy on Iraq:  The Challenges Ahead.”  I’ll also miss a talk that’s part of the Fares Lecture Series — “Islamism in the Shadow of al-Qaeda.” And, finally, I’ll be missing a screening and discussion of “Collateral Damage,” one of the episodes from the series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (I feel especially sorry to miss the screening, because the producer is Christine Sommers, wife of Fletcher Professor Marc Sommers.  Christine, Marc, and I have known each other since our sons were wee tots in elementary school.)

If I tried to attend every lecture, film screening, luncheon, meeting, reception, or party on the Fletcher calendar, I would never get anything done, either at home or at work.  But it’s nice to know what I’m missing, and what Fletcher students are doing.


3 Responses to What I'm not doing

  1. Sounds like a very busy schedule! Good luck with everything.

  2. Tatiana says:

    Great post, thanks!

  3. BPapers says:

    It seems like there is definitely a lot going on indeed. The talk on “Designing Homeland Security Systems” seems particularly interesting.

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