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What I'm Up To Paul LeBlanc

reading
I'm reading:

Recently finished J.G. Ballard’s 2000 novel Super-Cannes, a powerful depiction of a corporate-tech ex-pat community taken over by a kind of psychopathology, in which all social norms and responsibilities are surrendered to residents of the new world community.  Kept thinking about Silicon Valley when reading it.  Pretty dark, dystopian view of the modern world and centered around a mass killing, troublingly prescient.

watching
I'm watching:

Guiltily, I watch the Patriots play every weekend, often building my schedule and plans around seeing the game.  Why the guilt?  I don’t know how morally defensible is football anymore, as we now know the severe damage it does to the players.  We can’t pretend it’s all okay anymore.

listening
I'm listening to:

Was never really a Lourde fan, only knowing her catchy (and smarter than you might first guess) pop hit “Royals” from her debut album.  But her new album, Melodrama, is terrific and it doesn’t feel quite right to call this “pop.”  There is something way more substantial going on with Lourde and I can see why many critics put this album at the top of their Best in 2017 list.  Count me in as a huge fan.

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People and Places

Hell’s Nerds, a Week in Arizona by Motorcycle

Posted on November 13, 2017

It has become commonplace for people taking motorcycle trips to make two observations: that riding a motorcycle is like meditation and that meeting “locals” across the country is a reminder that people are mostly good and kind, even when they seem so different than the rider.  Four friends and I just completed a 1400 mile, […]

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Picking Good Fights and Playing in the Traffic: My Thoughts on Leadership

Posted on November 3, 2017

I’ve long read Adam Bryant’s “CEO Corner” piece in the NY Times, a weekly interview with CEOs reflecting on leadership and their own practices.  Last week, Bryant wrote the final column, a distillation of his favorite takeaways and reflections.  For those interested in leadership, it’s worth the read. I think about the topic quite often.  […]

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SNHU Welcomes New Board Members

Posted on October 13, 2017

Today, I’m thrilled to welcome three new Trustees to the SNHU community, who join us with diverse backgrounds and skill sets.  We knew we had key gaps to fill, needing an experienced attorney on the Board, someone with government experience, and someone with deep background in finance and investments. Last fall, I also shared with […]

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Never Stop Learning: A Memo to the Campus Community

Posted on October 2, 2017

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen our society more politically divided, our national dialogue less civil, or our differences seemingly more stark and less tolerated.   Perhaps driven by the national election and the media on both sides of the political aisle, those tensions have seeped into every aspect of daily life.  Family gatherings have become […]

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Board Meeting update from Palo Alto: A Foray into the Future

Posted on September 28, 2017

TheSNHU Board of Trustees sets aside one of its three annual meetings as a “learning meeting,” traveling somewhere to learn more about some aspect of the work we do. We did D.C. a couple of years ago, doing a deep dive into higher education policy. Earlier this year we met in Palo Alto, making a foray […]

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A Moral Duty: Why SNHU is Expanding Refugee Education Across the Globe

Posted on September 28, 2017

  I write this blog while on a flight to Beirut, where I’ll meet our dynamic duo of Chrystina Russell and Nina Weaver, the fearless and passionate leaders of our effort to bring American college education to refugees around the world. We’re meeting with our partner in Lebanon, the American University of Beirut (seen as […]

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After Charlottesville

Posted on August 16, 2017

MEMO To:                          SNHU Community From:                     Paul LeBlanc Date:                     August 16, 2017 Subject:                In the Aftermath of Events in Charlottesville Like so many, I watched with outrage and near despair at the violence and hatred of those who marched on Charlottesville last weekend.  Those emotions were exacerbated by a lack of moral leadership and the false […]

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Father’s Day 2016

Posted on June 19, 2016

[Happy Father’s Day.  I wrote the post that follows below for a previous Father’s Day and then received more email in response than for any other post on my blog before or after.  People shared similar, lovely memories of their fathers.  My father passed away early on the morning of Father’s Day fourteen years ago, so […]

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A Muslim perspective on Orlando

Posted on June 13, 2016

The following statement is written by Mustafa Safiia, an SNHU staff member.  Mustafa is Syrian, has lost his country, and embodies all I prize in a colleague, a friend, and a fellow American.  He is incredibly hard working, rising at 4 AM to work on his PhD, before coming to work.  He is gracious, loyal, […]

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In the wake of Orlando, a message to campus

Posted on June 13, 2016

My message to the campus community in the wake of Orlando.   To our Faculty, Staff, and Students, I’m not often at a loss for words (as some of you like to teasingly remind me), but the events in Orlando this weekend are both heartbreaking and numbing.  Forty-nine of our fellow Americans dead, more than […]

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