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Posted on August 12, 2010 at 11:24 AM Comments comments (416)

See for the unforgettable hit list of my time this summer in the Middle East.

Yalla, On y va!

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (1)

"Yalla, on y va!" Dr. Gene, I and our Syrian cab drive were feeling optomistic and festive yelling "yalla" followed by the French "let's go! as we prepared to cross by taxi the Lebanese-Syrian border on the road to Damascus. 


For Dr. Gene (legendary doctor of jazz in case you were wondering) and myself, it was our second try to cross the border in 36 hours.  When we first arrived at the border after carefully selecting our then Lebanese cab driver under a very sk...

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New Blog Blocked in Syria

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 2:12 PM Comments comments (2)

So scratch my previous blog.  I will transfer everything back to the new blog after the 25th of July but for now, seems Syria blocks blogspot (although not wordpress) and I can't get the proxxy server to work either.


So check here until July 25, 2010.


Thanks for hanging in!



New Blog Address

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM Comments comments (2)

Its official, I have a new blog.  Beginning this week as I leave for the Middle East to support American Voices you can find my travel journal at: http//


Also check out my fellow colleagues' blogs as we head out for the adventure.

Bruce (our cellist)at or Brad (our piano teacher) at

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Convention Intergovernmental Committee Election Results

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (10)


The Intergovernmental Committee Election Results for the Convention on Cultural Diversity are as follows:


By Region:


1. Canada, France

2. Albania, Bulgaria

3. Brazil, Cuba

4. China, Laos

5a. Cameroon, Kenya

5b. Jordan, Tunisia


12:48 GST. Paris.

A Magna Carta for Culture?

Posted on June 15, 2009 at 4:28 AM Comments comments (2)

The flight was delayed, minimal sleep en route, the bags were too heavy for the metro, a wheel broke on the luggage, the elevator was broken  and its hot and muggy, but when I arrived chez Mathilde on the top floor and threw open the windows to take a nap, I took a deep breath and let the smells of Paris and the view of the Louvre amidst the rose colored clouds overwhelm me and I felt home. It is wonderful to see my french family after 2.5 years and the years in Canada have greatly ...

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A Seat At the Table: Supporting a U.S. Secretary of Culture

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (4)


Until the demise of my mother (The Minister) last year, we had a nice tradition of practicing our southern hospitality by opening our holiday table to those that couldn’t get home to family.  As a result, over the years, I cannot tell you ...

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The Arts and Cultural Policy Thesis

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (4)


The Arts and Cultural Policy Thesis

U.S. cultural policy is such a small field and I have been getting so many calls lately that I am posting this in hopes that it is helpful.  Then I can take more time to speak to individual questions and ideas. 


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