First up: Here
is the report from last week's NCA Mini-Conference: International Opportunities for Scholars in Communication and Related Disciplines
, sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. A thorough write-up of my presentation, courtesy of Grant Hannis, is included.
Morning maundering: The only time I've ever seen a Cambridge undergraduate challenge a lecturer was in relation to the ethical responsibility of ethnographic researchers to their human subjects. The lecturer fumbled the answer--which was, essentially, "No, I never went back to see them again; I just used the time they gave so generously to them to further my career." Clearly, this lecturer was not actually an anthropologist because this topic is perennially popular and much-debated at the AAA
Also: A strangely self-contradictory article
in the New York Times
today about French professors decamping to US universities. After suggesting that American fosters a more salutary, competitive and independent environment, one of its sources goes on to note, "The freedom that academics garner in France is invaluable, but with it comes a deplorable waste of talent. People interact much less through informal discussions, and there is little team spirit or consultation, in particular between faculty and students." Hmm. Sometimes I think Americans have trouble hearing that their universities are more collectivist than those in "socialist" Europe...but it's actually true.
And in other news: Sometimes I really hate my country