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January 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

American Historical Association Meeting 2011: End Of Conference Notes

I’m so glad we had this time together…..

This morning I woke up to a dusting of snow.  I was in a friend’s house in Cambridge, and I toodled out for my regular breakfast at Darwin’s.  At 7:15, it was just me and the old geezers (you know who I mean:  the men whose friendships have been organized for decades around meeting each other for breakfast and the New York Times on Sunday morning.)

I passed the time prior to leaving for South Station reading an article in The New Yorker about a boomlet in the debt collection industry in Buffalo.  Debt collection may, in fact, be the city’s remaining major industry.  It reminded me that while things in higher education are not good right now, they are a whole lot better than they are, say, in construction or heavy industry.

However, this does not make the cutting of funds to the arts and humanities tolerable or right, and we must start to fight back…

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