Monthly Archives: June 2009

Brazilian Jazz

Last night my daughter and I went to a benefit concert put on by my daughter’s high school friend, Carrah Flahive, to support the Pueri Cantores Children’s Choir.  Carrah was trained to be an opera singer, but got into jazz.  … Continue reading

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ERWC Leadership Symposium

On Tuesday I went to a “Leadership Symposium” for the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) at the L.A. Crowne Plaza hotel near LAX.  I chaired the California State University task force that developed this course, so I was delighted … Continue reading

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What Do Faculty Do?

Apparently, California State University is facing a 20% budget cut in 2009-10, about $583 million dollars.  As campuses make plans for cuts, some people have begun to ask, “Why do we need all of those professors, who only teach 12 … Continue reading

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Writing For Busy People

Today I facilitated a workshop for faculty called “Writing for Busy People,” otherwise known as the “Professional Writing Institute.” We had ten participants: three people from the library, one from kineseology, one from computer science, one from education, one linguist, … Continue reading

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Lake Biwa

We left Kyoto to spend two days in Otsu on the shore of Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan. Otsu is only two stops away from Kyoto Station, about a 20 minute ride, but it is very different. Kyoto … Continue reading

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Kyoto and Nara

Our time in Yokohama went well. We are now in Kyoto, and the Granvia Hotel, which is actually part of Kyoto Station. Here is the view from our window: The shinkansen (bullet train) tracks are right below us. We hear … Continue reading

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