Young, Gifted, and Cleared By State

It took less than a week for the Gambian Robot Team to break the State Department’s blockade and get the students the visas they need to attend the FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Washington, D.C. I was probably not alone in initially assuming that the whole affair could be blamed on Trump. However, I was …

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Жили были

Six years ago this month, I was teaching a course in TOEFL preparation for Russian undergraduates at a large technical university in St. Petersburg. This was at a time when terms like "Arab spring" and "globalization" still had some face value; it was OK to be optimistic. Only slightly more experienced with reading Chekhov in …

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