|Jillian and Lucie on "The Fault in Our Stars" bench in |
Amsterdam.This was really difficult to find,
but we persisted.
No doubt the highlight of the speaking year was the three-week stint I spent in April at Central European University in Budapest, where I led a few small seminars and taught a class for graduate students. On the weekends I had the opportunity to travel around Europe a bit, and my spouse and three younger children were able to join me for the last week or so of the trip. I spent a weekend in Vienna on my own, and as a family we traveled to Amsterdam and Lucerne. Europe, I will never tire of you. I'll come back anytime.
I took multiple trips to Canada, presenting on both Cheating Lessons and Small Teaching. My Canadian hosts were uniformly gracious and friendly, and participants at lectures and workshops were all incredibly supportive and engaged in the events which I led. As far as I can tell, pretty much everyone's nice in Canada.
|Anne overlooking Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.|
How lucky am I to have married this person?
I love travel and I enjoy speaking, although they both have their down sides. Nothing energizes me like a plane lifting into the sky, a new destination waiting at the other end of the trip, or like standing in front of a few hundred people with nothing but a microphone in front of you and your work behind you. But traveling and speaking also mean endless hours standing in airport security lines, lonely nights watching Netflix on my laptop in hotel rooms, and lots of meals eaten with folks whose faces and stories I won't be able to remember a year later.
|Flagstaff. AZ, home of Northern|
2019 will see my time on the road much reduced. I have some engagements booked for the spring semester, and as usual I'll be at Ken Bain's Best Teachers Summer Institute. But in the fall--in addition to teaching and administrating as usual--I'm going to be hunkered down and writing Teaching Distracted Minds, working furiously to meet a November 2019 deadline. I'll still look for a few opportunities to present the ideas from the new book and see how people respond, but will prefer local and very limited engagements. It will be a very different fall from the one I've had this year, but it will be good. As I approach my 50th birthday, I'm glad to report that the writing fire still burns hot.
Keep an eye out here for progress updates, and have a great break.
P.S. You can keep up with my travels on Instagram at jimlang7, where I (very irregularly) post photos from my trips.