Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 294. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2018-12-24 12:32:34+00:00 From: Marinella Testori
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.284: Yuletide & solstitial celebrations and gratitude Dear Willard, Many compliments to you and people at King's Lab for bringing 'Humanist' to a new life this year. To you, them and all the readers of the List, my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019. Kind regards, Marinella ----------------------- Marinella Testori, Ph.D., AKC. Data Analyst and Linguistic Annotator for Latin Il giorno venerì 21 dicembre 2018, Humanist ha scritto: > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 284. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2018-12-21 10:03:51+00:00 > From: Willard McCarty > Subject: Yuletide & solstitial celebrations and gratitude > > An old and very close friend of mine, a medical doctor in Friesland, > recently retired for the second time, marked the occasion with a > lecture to the younger doctors he was tutoring. His title: "Boatcoach: > Waarom iedere dokter een boot zou moeten bouwen" ("Why every doctor > should build a boat"). The Powerpoint slides he sent along to amuse me > show he meant exactly what he said -- photos of him in his > boat-builder's workshop are there to demonstrate that he knows what he's > talking about. I knew already, having spent time under his tutelage > helping him finish off a boat he now regularly sails in. He was a > talented doctor by all accounts, deeply compassionate, highly skilled > and practical. Strolling with him around Leeuwarden we have met many > former patients who are now friends. > > There are, of course, good reasons for a medical doctor electing to do > something else beyond a certain age. The professional metamorphosis of > an academic in the human sciences, if not most of the others, is less > dramatic, more of a shedding off of institutional duties to take on a > larger proportion of devotions to scholarship -- and their associated > duties. For me, tending to Humanist is one passion among others that > bridge the ante- and post-retirement eras. It is a continuing > exploration or enactment of something the significance of which I > learned from Jerry McGann: that this work of ours is all about the > conversation, probing, sometimes upsetting, sometimes outrageous, ever > more challenging -- all about reaching for that "hem of a quantum > garment". Humanist serves other purposes as well, of course. But it's > the intellectual conversations and provocations that are its reason for > being. > > As nearly everyone here will know, I do this sort of meandering musing > every year at this time. This year is particularly special, for were it > not for the quick, effective and crucial help of the King's Digital Lab > (KDL), its Director, James Smithies, and his colleagues Brian Maher and > Tim Watts, Humanist might well never have recovered from the > catastrophic failure of its server earlier this year. To James, Brian > and Tim we all owe a great debt. Others jumped in with offers of help, > for which I'm very grateful, but KDL not only had all the skills and > facilities ready to go but also, given my long association with King's > College London, it seemed most fitting. Now, in its day to day > operations, Humanist runs as smoothly as (choose your metaphor). Not > only smoothly but elegantly as well. > > Given the culturally, linguistically and geographically wide > distribution of Humanist's membership, the Christmas-Winter Solsticial > associations that I cannot escape (nor wish to) pose an insuperable > challenge to formulating a suitably idiomatic greeting to everyone. So > -- forgive me, translation required -- Happy Christmas to everyone. > > Yours, > WM > -- > Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), > Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; > Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary > Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist > (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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