What’s Happening Here? Oh, Not Much…
My relatively slow posting rate in the past week—or four—derives from three events:
1. I’ve been preparing for the USIH conference. It starts tomorrow and will be in Grand Rapids. The CFP went out in November 2007, so tomorrow is the culmination of a load of work (e.g. proposal reviews, administrative issues, hundreds of e-mails, research, paper writing, panel chair searches). Even after all the work and time spent, I’m very excited about meeting colleagues and attending the presentations. Plus, I’ve never been to either Grand Rapids or Michigan. So even the trip itself will be fun.
2. This coming Monday, right after the conference, I’m starting a new job at UIC as a Visiting Assistant University Historian in this office. I’m completely excited about the change. While no job is perfect, all the indicators are pointed the right way for me. I intend to take this opportunity as far as I can. Wish me luck!
3. After 19 years of voting eligibility and having witnessed five presidential campaign cycles, this election has preoccupied me like no other. Old and new friends have engaged me in conversations touching on some of my deepest beliefs. I’ve explored new ideas and approaches to old and new issues. The good news is that my mind is made up. It was 95 percent made up before last night’s debate, but all my last doubts were swept away by 9:30 p.m. (that might also have something to do with the three glasses of wine I consumed during viewing). I can’t imagine anything happening in the next three weeks that’ll change either my mind or the situation in general. It’s been an overly long campaign, stretching from 2007 to now, so let’s hope—for the love of all that is holy—that no new catastrophe or national emergency comes up in the next few weeks to force re-evaluations. – TL