|Jonathan is one of my first PhD student. |
His work always took aim at mine.
|Pete has taught me more than just|
|The Civ-Mil hangout was a great success even if, well,|
some didn't discover us for a while.
I don't do what I do to get this validation or affirmation. I do what I do because of what I have seen over the years, because I want to help folks, and because I want to help improve this profession. Of course, it feels good to help people and it feels good to be thanked for it, so it is not entirely altruistic. Indeed, I had a good time at the ISA as the various pics indicate. And it feels far better to be part of a community than to be alone. Twenty five years ago, I would wander around the conference looking for a familiar face. Now, I can't go five steps without seeing someone I know.
|Junior Scholar Symposium is a|
structured effort to mentor the younger
folks and have them help each other.
Another difference compared to the past? A couple of very good friends were facing doubts about their place in the community and about their responses to various events. I had the chance to immediately pay forward the affirmation I received this week. These people are terrific, doing great work and serving the IR community in many ways. I was glad I could be there for them, as others have been there for me.
|The Duck of Minerva is not just us dudes, |
but Amanda and Charli were elsewhere
I am so very grateful for those who have helped me along the way, and I am very gratified that I have been able to help others. Academic kindness is a thing.