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Dean Kirkland

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Intellectually, rationally, I have a very tough time understanding how trump could have campaigned telling workers that he will bring back their old jobs.  It is beyond my imagination and understanding.  It is a crime to intentionally mislead gullible and helpless people by promising a future that simply cannot ha

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Right from when I was a kid, I have always believed that there is something in people in India that makes us feel it is normal to go far away from the places where we were born and raised.  Maybe the stories of my grandfather wer

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The weather outside has been quite dynamic and dramatic these past couple of days.  One moment, the dark sky gives me an idea of what the last hours of Pompeii might have looked like, and then it is rain and hail and ice the next. Yes, ice falling from the sky.  They fall kind of eerily

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A few months ago, the New Yorker had an essay on the presidential elections in Iceland.  I know, the most followed news item ever! ;)  I loved that essay.  It was an awesome read.  It was so neat that the country was so laid back about its candidates and the elections.  But more than the elec

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A few years ago, when a local organization filed a lawsuit against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry under the public trust doctrine, I didn't think that anything will be accomplished.  But, much to my surprise, the courts are siding with them.  Their

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My class freaked out when we got to discussing the economic geography of the future that will be highly automated.  Well, these are the latest class to get all worried; I have been doing it to students for a few years now.  Because, it has been an open secret that automation has been replacing humans at various jo

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I don't recognize my country :(

This president yells and tweets that he inherited a mess.  I suppose I have been living in a fake world all these years.  I thought Obama inherited a mess.  A mess that was so awful that The Onion had quite a headline to report on his election back in 2008: 

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I was in graduate school when I watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner on television.I. Was. Blown. Away.When Spencer Tracy delivered those lines at the end, I was all teary-eyed.Movies, like theatre and fiction, have taught me a lot about life. About humans. About what it means

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I grew up in a context in which we listened to a lot of music.  At home, it was a whole bunch of classical stuff.  And devotional too.  Then there were film songs that we listened to--Tamil and Hindi.  And then the pop music from the West.  The

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My daughter was in high school when quite a bit of science-related stuff happened all around for her to get that much more excited about biology and chemistry.  Along with her class, she wrote to Al Gore, who was then the vice president, relaying her worries about global warming and the future that she would inherit. &

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Chitler is ok, but Xitler is not!

Even before Narendra Modi became India's prime minister, I had started blogging opposing him.  Come to think of it, that experience alone should have warned me that the election of Trump as the US President was a sure thing--I back the wrong horses all the time! ;)As my anti-Modi stand hardened, a high scho

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I feel like I am missing something in my daily life if I don't do my random readings.  Am I addicted to reading and thinking?  Should I check myself into an institution? Oh, wait, I am already at one--a higher education institution ;)A joy in reading is that wonderful nuggets appear from no

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Remember this post on how the foreign aid that the US gives is sinking it deeper and deeper into the gazillion dollar debt?Go ahead, take a minute to read that and come back.You

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Chew on this!

When I cook, I like the veggies in the dishes to have a little bit of crunch, bite, body left in them. I don't like them overcooked and uber-soft.  To borrow from another culture and language, al dente!A couple of years ago, when in India, I was helping my sister in the kitchen.  I reached to tu

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Alright. Quick reflex answer needed. No deep thinking before responding. Ok?Answer with a yes or a no.Do you think that people who are convinced that humans descended/evolved from apes will, by and large, subscribe to ideas that any one human "race" is superior to another?Or, to put it di

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I remember how after the events of 9/11, the thoughts, words, and actions everywhere and every time were all related to 9/11.  It seemed like there was nothing else.It is a similar effect now.  Everywhere I go to read anything, it is all about this current president.  I wish it were not the case.

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When discussing alternatives to carbon, students suggested--and correctly--that alternatives are either expensive or cannot serve the huge demand.  The class seemed pretty confident that the way forward is to aggressi

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It took a while for me to synchronize my personal approach to knowledge with my how I engage with teaching and learning in the classroom.  You know, my commitment to a public-intellectual way of scholarship into the classroom. (I have blogged in plenty about that, like

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In the movie 20th Century Women, the young teenage boy, who is raised by his divorced mother, asks his mother a simple question.  He asks her whether she was ever in love with his father (her ex-husband.)There were many such moments in the movie, written and directed by Mike Mills.  Reading the

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One of the greatest stories ever told is from my old country.  The Mahabharata. The first time that I read the retelling of it by Rajaji, I was maybe 10 or 11 years old.  It was riveting.  The complex story that wove together a gazillion characters, and for me to keep track of the connections betw

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In contemporary America, it seems like every Republican, following their standard-bearer's lead, beats up on China, Mexico, and India--that these three countries are responsible for the stagnation/collapse of middle-class jobs and wages.Forget the economic (il)logic for now.  Here's something to consider: H

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I have sent this across to the editor.  I assume there will be some hate mail/comments after it is published ;)*****************************My 87-year old father is concerned about the Trump administration’s radical immigration plans. “What’s happening to your country?” he asked me in a recent

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I won't watch this Super Bowl, too

"The bag is not even full, and the total is almost 35 dollars?" I remarked with a laugh after the clerk rang up my groceries."Yes, eating is an expensive habit" she joined in.My groceries were nothing compared to another guy's basket.  His was a more expensive amount.  But, it was not becau

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"I am especially keen to have you involved in the panel given your distinguished track record," was a sentence in a lengthy email inviting me to a session at the upcoming international conference.  After years of marching to my own drumbeat of

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Meditate on this!

A high school friend offered to drop me at home from another's friend's home where a dozen of us (or more?) classmates had gathered to eat and chat.  Even as he smoothly negotiated the chaotic traffic, he was at ease talking with me.. I am always amazed by people who can successfully do more than one thing

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You don't need to be a believer ... to be shocked at this!

This is what happens when 63 million Republicans elect a morally bankrupt person to the Oval Office!  Makes me wonder, over and over again, how the

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It was a few months ago, well before the elections when the current POTUS was only a candidate.  The rhetoric was already heating up.  The candidate was on quite a roll with hits after hits.  During dinner with the frie

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A student met with me for the first time.  She is new to the state and the university.  As always, my first order of business was for me to know a little bit about her, and for her to know who I am.  "I like to know who my students are and where they come from.  I want the student to also know who I am,"

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Remember Khizr Khan?  The Pakistani-American who spoke at the Democratic convention?  And he was later savagely attacked by the man who was elected to the White House by

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We are the world, dammit!

When I was young, like some of my schoolmates, I too actively supported the United Nations.  I still have a certificate for having participated in the UNO Day activities.The older I got, the more I was concerned that the UN was not achieving any damn thing.  Yes, a few agencies were doing phenomenal wo

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