Reaching back into the archives (I’ve been blogging long enough to have archives!) and offering this as semesters and terms begin to wind down.
I am waiting. I am waiting hopefully and patiently for the pendulum to swing in the other direction. I am waiting for a cultural shift that will stop glorifying busy and that will stop measuring our worth by our ability to multitask, work long hours, and turn our smartphones into near-permanent appendages.
(And rest assured, I am guilty of all these things).
For now, however, I know that this means tilting at windmills. So instead, I will write in defense of sabbaticals–both big and small. At its most literal sabbatical comes from the Hebrew word “shabbat” or sabbath and means ceasing or taking a time of rest–typically, ceasing from work, so that attentions can be devoted elsewhere. In the academy, of course, it is a break from teaching and other quotidian responsibilities, so that you can take time to do research, travel to archives, work in the lab, develop new…
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