Nicole Suveges, a funny, kind person, has died on an HTS mission in Iraq

The HTS program lost its 2nd Social Scientist this week, Nicole Suveges. She was funny and kind and one of the first people I met in the program. 11 other people, military and civilian were also killed in the explosion. The official announcement from the HTS is below (original link: http://humanterrainsystem.army.mil/In%20Memoriam.htm) It is with great … Continue reading Nicole Suveges, a funny, kind person, has died on an HTS mission in Iraq

US Embassy in Germany Protects Americans from Soccer Fans Armed with Bratwurst

Tonight is the semi-final Euro-cup match between Germany and Turkey. People here in Germany really like soccer, and do things like watch it on outside screenings.  But the US Embassy is on its toes! Americans in Germany are warned that such sporting events can result in boisterous behavior, and even a fight now and then.  At … Continue reading US Embassy in Germany Protects Americans from Soccer Fans Armed with Bratwurst

High Schools and Declensionist Narratives

Years ago at a conference, I heard a paper about “declensionist narratives. “  Declensionist narratives are the stories we tell each other about how/why today is an even bigger mess than the past.  Since most people prefer complaining to praising, such narratives are quite common.  They include your uncle who talks about how kids were … Continue reading High Schools and Declensionist Narratives

Freshman Drinking and Coming of Age Rituals

Every society has coming of age rituals, and institutions where they occur.  Each society nees to figure out how to transfer rights and responsibilities from anxious adults, to their children. This requires adults to surrender some of their authority, and youth to take up some responsibility. This is often a process fraught with dangers, and … Continue reading Freshman Drinking and Coming of Age Rituals