I celebrate the group's willingness to have an idea that would be so costly--in time, in money, in experiences of dissonance, in political standing, oftentimes in discouragement--and the further bravery to sit with it and let it bloom even in light of what it might mean in terms of these personal and professional costs. I know: I sound dramatic. I don't think I'm overstating here, though. Ideas are easy to have at universities for the most part because the university is the place built to protect the right to keep having new ideas. Ideas about the university, however, are trickier to have--they are not the ideas that the university meant for us to have when they offered us the chance to have the ideas. So I celebrate that boldness. I stand up on a high, high bleacher and wave pom poms at it.
3. What are your reflections on our last day's conversation?
4. What did you learn? Was there anything valuable?