Archive for May, 2010

This past week, my wife and I watched the musical In the Heights in San Francisco.   A Broadway production, In the Heights, won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical.    A very enjoyable performance—it made me think where it stacked up amongst the various theatre performances I’ve seen over the years around the world.   Here’s my ranking of the 7 major theatre shows I’ve seen in different cities.

1. Wonderful Town– New York (more…)


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I just returned from a trip to New York City and had an opportunity to make it to Central Park for the second time in 3 months.   These visits to Central Park reminded me how much I enjoy urban parks- they add real character to the great urban centers of the world.   This has inspired a list—my favorite urban parks that I’ve been to and the reasons why…..

1. Hyde Park- London, England (more…)

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This week I attended a World Affairs council lecture titled Academic Globalization- How International Universities are Reshaping the World.  Author Ben Wildavsky, former Education Editor for US News & World Report and currently a fellow at the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation, discussed his recent book titled, The Great Brain Race, How Global Universities are Reshaping the World.

The focus of the discussion was around the increasing globalization of higher education.  Wildavsky focused on three themes:

  1. Unprecedented Academic Mobility
  2. Race to create world-class universities
  3. Emergence of global college rankings (more…)

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