I took this photo from a moving cab in Brasilia the other day…
September 28th, 2012

I took this photo from a moving cab in Brasilia the other day, as we raced around the vast concourse where the iconographic monument is located. The round white futurist assembly building is part of the whole complex. As you can see, the surrounding buildings share the same modernist spirit as the original monument and in fact the entire city is a great big modern urban utopia. When I was in grade six we all had to do a project on a city somewhere on the globe. For some reason, I chose Brasilia. It was only a year or so old and I guess I was fascinated by the sheer newness of the experiment. My show and tell included several images of the round assembly hall and the surrounding sculpted monuments. In the days long before the web my helpful father scrounged the public library for the photographs. Those reimages have stick with me ever since. (more…)

Okay, so this week it’s back to Ottawa
September 21st, 2012

Okay, so this week it’s back to Ottawa. The good news is that those air miles keep stacking up. The Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) had a terrific idea—invite about 40 participants from academic, public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to engage in an open discussion “Imagining Canada’s Future” –for the next five, ten, and twenty years. I was more than happy to accept the invitation and play a bit of futurism, and so high ho, high ho, off to the Capital I go…or went.

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I have two postcards this week…
September 14th, 2012

I have two postcards this week, partly to make up for a couple of weeks of bloglessness and partly because my camera is bursting with pictures of Bavaria. I have been on the road, or rather up in the air, a lot. Indeed, I am writing this from Ottawa where this week I have board meetings of the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools, and having just come from Halifax and Toronto for other appointments. And all that is on top of Germany where I just spent a wonderful week with 37 other deans of graduate studies from all over the world at what was called a Global Summit. What a privileged opportunity. Being a grad dean sure has its moments, Air Canada food notwithstanding. (more…)

Postcards From the Edge will return next week, as the Dean of Graduate Studies is out of town, and away from her computer
September 7th, 2012