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From the BBC:

“The study says the ageing population in the UK “offers higher education institutions a serious challenge”.

It says universities should set up centres in areas where there is a high density of retired people.

They should offer a range of courses such as moving from full-time to self-employment, ageing healthily, human rights and environmental citizenship.”

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I’m not sure about the particulars, but even beyond the older generation this article provokes thoughts about the role of the university in local life. Oftentimes, it seems, universities are viewed as transcendent institutions with little direct connection to the cities in which they are located (major sports not included); however, this article makes the point that universities could, in fact, provide a very tangible local service asĀ  civic institutions. During my own time at IU, the university library department offered technology classes for anyone who wanted to takeĀ  them; I think initiatives like this are excellent media through which to connect to local society and establish universities as intimately connected with their geographic locations.

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Graduate studies are well underway for the fall term, and it’s been a whirlwind so far (especially last week). Every once in a while, a nice, quite day will sneak up on you, but not often – usually, there’s plenty of reading and discussing to be done. I must say, though, that even with the heavy load, I’m still incredibly lucky – after all, I get to “do” history all day, every day, in a small, intimate atmosphere with some very interesting people. Sometimes (rarely), an undergrad will even show up for assistance, so a small element of teaching (my ultimate goal) is thrown in there, too.

Do I wish I had time to work on the podcast every single day? Yes, very much so. I don’t think a day passes when I don’t think about how much fun it was when I was able to put out a show every two weeks or so and hear from listeners in the following weeks. I am thinking especially of those people who have supported me through the long term and given me encouragement all along the way – TB from TX, WN from UK, and more. Contrary to what you may think, though, I do still spend no small amount of time pondering the show and what I can do with it now.

I’m currently working on a project that’s not strict historical research on my own part, per se, but I think it will still be interesting when it’s completed (and when I’m legally allowed to post it here) and am pondering putting out an audio version of it. I was also offered an incredible opportunity this morning for an event in London on Tuesday 20 October, but, being a lowly graduate student, the finances simply aren’t there to be able to get to London and stay there for a few days. Still, though, receiving invitations remind me of how rewarding British History 101 has been to me, and I sincerely appreciate all the kind words that have been sent my way. I’m still thinking of all of you, and we will have to gather ’round the microphone sometime soon – if for no other reason than to avoid TB coming after me with a large stick to “motivate” me!

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