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What I'm Up To Paul LeBlanc

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I'm reading:

I have never referenced the Harvard Business Review here, but the current Nov/Dec issue is excellent. Hooked as I am on the Netflix series Formula 1: Drive to Survive, I love the piece on Toto Wolff, the team principal for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Racing. Fascinating drive to perfection that recalls the famous story about UCLA coach John Wooden teaching his players how to lace up their sneakers. Details matter. There is also an excellent article on the five stages of DEI maturity within an organization (we have a lot of work to do!) and also a good, and related in my mind, essay on the difference between mentoring and sponsorship. Finally, love the short piece with Mo Ibrahim on inclusive capitalism at a time when capitalism, as it's practiced in the US and much of the world, is so broken.

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I'm watching:

I’ve long thought that Jennifer Lawrence’s acting in 2010’s Winter’s Bone was her best work and a tour de force. Then we watched Causeway, the new film released on Apple TV+. After going with blockbuster and conventional Hollywood fare in ways that made me despair for her best self (even if she cleaned up professionally), Lawrence returns to the small, intimate indie film world with this powerful story of trauma and healing. It reminded me of how much I love these small, grown up and smart films (think Tender MerciesSling Blade, or The Apostle) and how amazing Lawrence can be, not to mention an equally powerful performance by costar Brian Tyree Henry. Give them the Oscars now. 

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I'm listening to:

I may be the last person in America to watch the 2014 film Interstellar and I could have easily extolled its virtues as a film as my pick this month, if not for my awe at Causeway, but I list it here for its soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. It’s extraordinarily beautiful. You can see it being played here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctykf8qh288. I’ve now watched the movie twice and love it and come back to the soundtrack again and again.

 

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SNHU at its best: Celebrating our 2022 fall graduates

Posted on December 6, 2022

Two weeks ago, we celebrated our Fall 2022 Commencement ceremonies. This fall, more than 17,000 students completed their degrees with SNHU; nearly 4,000 graduates and 20,000 guests attended the ceremonies in Manchester, NH; and this weekend we will celebrate 4,500 in our virtual ceremonies.  Graduations at SNHU are always particularly celebratory, warm, and personal. They […]

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Pop Picks – November 7, 2022

Posted on November 7, 2022

What I’m watching: I’ve long thought that Jennifer Lawrence’s acting in 2010’s Winter’s Bone was her best work and a tour de force. Then we watched Causeway, the new film released on Apple TV+. After going with blockbuster and conventional Hollywood fare in ways that made me despair for her best self (even if she cleaned up professionally), […]

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Pop Picks – September 7, 2022

Posted on September 7, 2022

What I’m watching: Just saw Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis and absolutely loved it. Critics mostly were “meh” and it rated only a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. I say this as someone who doesn’t love musicals nor biopics in general, but this was so much fun. Mostly because of Luhrmann’s baroque style, visual vocabulary, and strap-yourself-in pacing. He is […]

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Pop Picks – August 10, 2022

Posted on August 10, 2022

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A broader view: Why refugee safety and security must include access to education and economic opportunity

Posted on June 30, 2022

By Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University Last week, we celebrated the strength and courage of refugees on World Refugee Day, at a moment when the refugee crisis has been thrust into focus with millions fleeing the war in Ukraine, creating the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. Now more […]

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Heartbroken and Speechless — Yet Again

Posted on May 25, 2022

I’m not often at a loss for words, but the events in Uvalde, Texas, yesterday have left me heartbroken and speechless. Just last Wednesday, I shared my reflections on the horrific events in Buffalo and Southern California. Here we are just 10 days later, and once again, our country is reeling. We must acknowledge today […]

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Pop Picks – April 25, 2022

Posted on April 25, 2022

What I’m reading Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet is stunningly good. And searing in parts, as it goes deep into the grief of losing a child in ways that are almost unbearable to read, unimaginable as it is to any parent. It’s also the intimate story of Agnes, Shakespeare’s wife (he is actually a secondary character), their marriage, family, and journey. […]

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Pop Picks – February 28, 2022

Posted on February 28, 2022

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Pop Picks – January 10, 2022

Posted on January 10, 2022

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A Look Back at 2021: Stronger Together

Posted on December 22, 2021

As I look back on 2021 this holiday season, I continue to be amazed by our students, staff, and faculty. Over the pandemic, we have seen first-hand the strength and resilience of the SNHU community. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, remote work and learning, and the ever-changing higher education landscape, our community did not skip […]

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