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I have come across a lot of exciting material for my PhD project in the last few weeks. Documents like the papal encyclical Laudato Si raise interesting questions about the connections between the faith community’s involvement in the effort against climate change, anti-capitalism, and the moral contemplation of the environment. For instance, there are interesting […]

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I was on an evening walk through the University of Toronto campus when it occurred to me that, since the holidays had passed, it might be a good time to check if any serious damage has been done by my fall on an icy sidewalk on my way back from trying to fly my kite […]

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Housed

November 30, 2015

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For the first time since I moved out of Massey College in May, I have permanent accommodation. My aunt Roksoliana helped me move out of the room they have been kindly letting me use, and set me up with a large infusion of food as a moving out / birthday gift. For the next eight […]

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Life is hectic with advising my undergraduate students on the first written assignment while grading assignments from the graduate course where I am a TA. I have been using a few breaks to play the excellent and engrossing boardless board game Hive, both online and with the portable pocket set. I haven’t progressed to the […]

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This is going to be my busiest year yet on the teaching and (especially) the grading side. I am working as a teaching assistant for the same second year Canadian politics course which I taught last year. This time the professor has decided to structure the tutorials as debates on topics like whether to change […]

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Autumn 2015

September 23, 2015

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On the day of the equinox, it seems worth considering what the next few months will involve. I still need to find an apartment: a task which will feed into the academic work which is urgently due, but hard to achieve without a base of operations, thesis books and files outside of boxes, and access […]

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I need to be out of Innis College by the 29th, and so far haven’t found anything close to an affordable and acceptable replacement. All the on-campus residences that take grad students seem to be full, and all efforts through Craigslist, Kijiji, and Padmapper have been failures so far. Alongside the development of my formal […]

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Princeton established the Institute for Advanced Study in 1930 as a place where some of the world’s greatest minds could pursue their research without distractions like teaching and administrative tasks. Richard Feynman famously criticized the idea, saying: When I was at Princeton in the 1940s I could see what happened to those great minds at […]

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Off to Ottawa

May 29, 2015

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From Sunday to next Saturday, I will be in Ottawa for the Canadian Political Science Association conference, and to visit my excellent friends Andrea and Mehrzad. Before I go, I need to submit the final term paper for my Markets, Justice, and the Human Good course. Perhaps predictably, I am writing about economic inequality and […]

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