Monday, May 15, 2017

I Took My Child to Work -- digging up skeletons

For Take Your Child to Work Day, 2017, Cognoscenti published

I Took My 11-Year-Old Daughter To Work ... In Sudan:



Last year, I took my daughter to one of my part-time jobs: to northern Sudan, where she accompanied me as I worked as an archaeologist.
No, I’m not crazy, and yes, her mother knew (and we are still married). Ironically, the first time I ever suggested going to Sudan by myself, it took weeks to convince my wife that I would be safe.
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Monday, May 01, 2017

Protesting Lessons

February 3, 2017, Cognoscenti published:

History Repeating: Lessons From The Civil Rights Era For Maximizing The Power Of Protests


At least one elected official and his advisors seem eager to confirm the adage that “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” As Americans gird themselves against societal upheaval and figure out how to respond, it’s worth noting that we can learn from history in an effort to repeat past successes.
How do you oppose a government? There have been articles written on how Italy finally rid themselves of a kleptocratic businessman-prime minister, or how Venezuelans confronted an authoritarian president. While there are lessons to learn from both of those situations, the United States has an excellent example of a successful protest movement to model ourselves on from the Civil Rights Era.
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