Exhausted after writing my eighth paper for Wesleyan’s coursera on The Modern and The Postmodern (Michael S. Roth), I decided to audit the next course (I gave up on a few first–turns out basic gene theory will require some preliminary study).

A History of the World Since 1300 (Princeton, Jeremy Adelman) has entirely shifted my thinking about globalism. At the Centre for Medieval Studies, we all started with Latin. Prof Adelman starts with China (fortunately no entrance language requirement). We learn about corridors–the paths that channel trade, innovation, conquest, atrocity, plague. 

Today we are all part of the same massive open channels, on-line and on earth. We have too little water to drink and too much water in the form of devastating storms.

We have to rethink how and what we move along the corridors. 


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