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What I'm Up To Paul LeBlanc

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I'm reading:

Once in a while, there comes along a book that is so breathtakingly good that it saddens one to near its end. Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing, the story of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland and the murder of a mother of ten, is one such book. It’s about that murder, but so much more, and it reads like a novel – which only serves to remind us that real life is often more dramatic, more full of amazing characters, and often more heartbreaking than anything a writer’s imagination can conjure up. It’s one of the best things I’ve read in ages.

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I'm watching:

I am not a fan of superhero movies, nor animation in general. But Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a delight in every way. The animation, a combination of 2D and 3D, the music, the humor, and the characters are just great, as are the themes. It feels very much of our time, reminding us that the young and the diverse will save us. I grudgingly agreed to the family selection with this one and finished it wanting more. Completely satisfying.

listening
I'm listening to:

Pat collected from family and friends top ten songs of 2020 and constructed a playlist that is on constant repeat for me. I share it here. As you’d expect, it is all over the map and what is most joyous to me is the discovery of new music. Fiona Apple (her 2020 album is #1 on many critics’ lists), Phoebe Bridgers, and SAULT are just some of the delights here.

 

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What SNHU’s Global Education Movement students have taught us about online learning in the most difficult of circumstances

Posted on January 24, 2021

In the last year, COVID-19 has drastically reshaped all of our lives—how we work, shop, visit with friends and family and, of course, how we go to school.  As one of the fastest growing universities in the nation — with 160,000 online learners and 3,000 on-campus students — SNHU was uniquely suited to tackle the […]

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An Assault on Our Democracy

Posted on January 7, 2021

Yesterday was a dark day in our country’s history. Over the years, there have been presidential election outcomes I have found bitterly disappointing while others rejoiced. In other election years, I celebrated and others were crestfallen. In every instance, those who supported the winning candidate and those whose candidate lost were certain of one thing: […]

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Pop Picks – January 2, 2021

Posted on January 2, 2021

What I’m reading: Once in a while, there comes along a book that is so breathtakingly good that it saddens one to near its end. Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing, the story of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland and the murder of a mother of ten, is one such book. It’s about that murder, but so much more, […]

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2020: A Year We’ll Never Forget

Posted on December 23, 2020

As we approach the end of 2020, I am reminded that the holidays are also a time to pause and take stock of that for which we are grateful, even in a challenging year like this one. High on my list is the SNHU community. Throughout the year we accomplished so much together, including accelerating […]

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Asking Better Questions

Posted on October 12, 2020

Learning is an act of humility. In my experience, our best learning often comes when we are at our worst, when we have been most humbled. I’ve often learned more in my stumbles than in my victories and there was some hubris in every instance. Whether our foray into China, launching a start-up, or rapid […]

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Pop Picks – October 12, 2020

Posted on October 12, 2020

What I’m reading: Two related books: Humanocracy, a new book by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, and Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It, a 1989 book by James Q. Wilson. They offer very different explorations of how organizational bureaucracies work and how they might work differently and better (the Wilson book) or be reconceived […]

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Pop Picks – June 15, 2020

Posted on June 15, 2020

What I’m reading:  I am almost in despair for the way the pandemic has reduced my reading time, some combination of longer days, lack of plane time, and mental distraction, I think. However, I just finished Marguerite Yourcenar’s magisterial Memoirs of Hadrian, a historical novel, though I hesitate to call it that because A) she would likely reject […]

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The Decision to Stay with Remote Study and Work: A Deeper Dive

Posted on June 12, 2020

Our announcement this week that we will not bring students and employees back to campus in September has predictably disappointed a lot of people and I’ve received lots of messages from students and parents. A number of students have asked for a more detailed explanation, something I’m happy to do. While our communications outlined our reasoning, let […]

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Steps to Offer Hope and Empowerment: A Message to the SNHU Community

Posted on June 1, 2020

MEMO To: SNHU Community From: Paul LeBlanc Date: June 1, 2020 Subject: Steps to Offer Hope and Empowerment I have written to you after other events that have shocked our collective conscience – white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, the shootings at the Pulse nightclub, the school shootings in Parkland. With each of those terrible incidents, we felt […]

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Pop Picks – April 1, 2020

Posted on April 1, 2020

What I’m listening to:  Out of nowhere and 8 years since his last recording, Bob Dylan last Thursday dropped a new single, the 17-minute (the longest Dylan song ever) “Murder Most Foul.” It’s ostensibly about the murder of President John F. Kennedy, but it’s bigger, more incisive, and elegiac than that alone. The music is gorgeous, […]

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