if not now

People are calling and writing about the USA election in an aftermath of Brexit. Everyone is upset. We’ve had impromptu worried conversations with uber drivers to and from the hospital about it. My colleague M sent round a note to us proposing we consider a teach-in or some other suspension of normality to mark this moment, to use our skills to think it through with students. The response was mixed, tending toward the status quo, invoking tuition fees, student disappointment, curricula that are already looking at current politics. I was disappointed. If not now when, I want to ask. Shouldn’t the world stop when the world ends?

But what can I say. I can’t create this conversation or meaningfully support M’s suggestion. I’m on the way out. What is it to me, one could ask.

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