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CHAPTER 6: THE PERFECT STORM

Derber, Charles Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It was all about finding a way to do it [take out Saddam]. That was the tone of it. The president saying, “Go find me a way to do this…” Day One, these things were laid and sealed. 1

PAUL O’NEILL, Bush’s first Secretary of the Treasury, describing a National Security Council meeting just days after Bush entered the White House in January 2001

On July 15, 2003, soldiers from the Third Infantry Division, a major combat division in Iraq celebrated for its heroism, created a unique kind of storm in the desert. It started after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on July 14 that the troops weren’t going to be able to come home in September as previously promised. The soldiers and their wives felt as if they were “kicked in the guts, slapped in the face.” They had been lied to about the war, and the lies were destroying them. Listen to some of their reactions:2

“They’ve bald-faced lied to us.”—Julie Galloway, the wife of a sergeant

“If Donald Rumsfeld was here I’d ask him for his resignation.”—Specialist Clinton Deitz

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15 Between Nationalism and Pan-Africanism: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Theater and the Art and Politics of Modernizing African Culture

PETER JASON BLOOM Indiana University Press ePub

  Aida Mbowa

None of these cultures can be conceived as anthropologically independent or autonomous, rather, they are all in various distinct ways locked in a life-and-death struggle with first-world cultural imperialism—a cultural struggle that is itself a reflection of the economic situation of such areas in their penetration by various stages of capital, or as it is sometimes euphemistically termed, of modernization.

—Frederic Jameson (1986)

Modernization was an important and guiding philosophy on how best to build the newly formed nation-state in post-independence Africa. Modernization encapsulated more than the matter of industrialization and infrastructure. It also incorporated cultural efforts to bolster the psychology of the formerly colonized. Significant objectives for cultural politicians to achieve under the rubric of modernization included how to empower citizens, how to facilitate pride and allegiance to the nation-state, and how to overcome divisions or in some instances maintain ethnic specificity while facilitating national unity. The arts in general, and performance arts in particular, were a key method through which to disseminate the ideologies geared toward engendering modern subjects. The arts disseminated modernist ideologies through the artistic productions they offered their spectators who were engaging in the consumption of cultural products.

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12 NORTHWEST ENGLAND

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

Salford Quays, Manchester.

World-class cities within easy reach of the wonderful, unspoiled countryside of the Peak District National Park make the often-neglected northwest of England a must-see. If you want to get to know modern Britain, you’ll find it here. The star turns are the twin (and traditionally rival) cities of Manchester and Liverpool, reasserting themselves after decades in the doldrums while remaining firmly tied to their industrial heritage. And there’s more ancient history, too, at Chester and its Roman amphitheater.

It may not be Britain’s prettiest landscape, but the 21st-century revival of Manchester’s Salford Quays—new home to much of the BBC—makes for a fascinating case study in urban regeneration. Contrast today’s cityscape with historical depictions of the area in the paintings of L. S. Lowry—many of them displayed in a state-of-the-art cultural center named after him.

Museums, especially art museums, are another strength of the region. Liverpool has some of the finest collections outside London, including the Walker, where the paintings cover seven centuries of art history and Tate Liverpool, for visitors with modern tastes. The Walker, as well as Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery have almost unrivaled collections of British art, including several works by Turner, Constable, and Hockney. Antony Gormley’s “ Another Place ” installation has raised the status of Crosby from unremarkable seaside town to globally significant art site, with its beach studded with 100 cast-iron casts of the sculptor’s own body, faces turned to the horizon. It has to be seen to be believed.

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8 Inside the Mind of the Protégé: When Fear and Learning Collide

Bell, Chip R. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

When Fear and Learning Collide

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

Robert Frost

Fear is as personal as a fingerprint. We have a daredevil friend whose idea of a fun Saturday afternoon is to bungee jump off a bridge or skydive from a helicopter. The thought of either makes us break out in a cold sweat. What frightens one person is another person’s playground.

Understanding the protégé’s emotional state, particularly at the start of the relationship, is an essential first step of creating an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. Keep in mind that fear is far more a liability than an asset where learning is involved. A testing, contentious learning environment may bring out the adrenaline but does not bolster aptitude. Learners who are fearful tend to take fewer risks. And protégés differ in what elevates their anxiety. What is the physiology of fear, and how can that knowledge serve mentors?

Let’s take a deep dive into the mind of the protégé—especially one at the most anxious end of the fear continuum. We begin with a review of what you probably learned in ninth-grade general science or tenth-grade biology about the workings of the brain. The brain is divided into many parts. We will focus on two key parts—the cerebrum and the amygdala (see Figure 2). The cerebrum is that big gray wrinkly part that we typically call the brain. It is divided into two halves (or hemispheres)—the right side is the intuitive, creative or emotional side; the left is the logical, analytical or rational side.

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Stefanie Wortman University of Northern Texas PDF

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