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  • Off the cuff

    A while back, I joined in several online discussions of a wonderful essay by Jennifer L. Roberts on “The Power of Patience: Teaching students the value of deceleration and immersive attention” (Harvard Magazine). To boil this down to the essentials for the TL;DR crowd (which, in this case, would be an ironic approach), looking at […]

  • The Problematic of Things

    Recently, while on a trip to Istanbul, I fell and shattered my knee. I ended up having surgery there and, thanks to my husband’s Herculean efforts, am now back in the States coping with recovery.

  • “If Everyone is Special, Then No One Is”: Medieval Manuscripts for the Masses

    The widespread digitization of medieval manuscripts has revolutionized our field. But how has it changed the ways scholars relate to manuscripts personally?

From the Manifesto

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