Celui-là tissera des toiles, l’autre dans la forêt par l’éclair de sa hache couchera l’arbre. L’autre, encore, forgera des clous, et il en sera quelque part qui observeront les étoiles afin d’apprendre à gouverner. Et tous cependant ne seront qu’un. Créer le navire ce n’est point tisser les toiles, forger les clous, lire les astres, mais bien donner le goût de la mer qui est un, et à la lumière duquel il n’est plus rien qui soit contradictoire mais communauté dans l’amour. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"One will weave the canvas; another will fell a tree by the light of his ax. Yet another will forge nails, and there will be others who observe the stars to learn how to navigate. And yet all will be as one. Building a boat isn’t about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It’s about giving a shared taste for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love." (Trans. by S.M. Colowick)
I've been fortunate to have the sort of teachers who give students a taste for the sea. They spanned many disciplines--political science, classics, engineering, philosophy--but they all shared an unashamed enthusiasm for their subject and a commitment to making their students push themselves beyond what they thought was possible. To the best of my ability, I do the same.
In Spring 2018, I am teaching an introduction to computational tools course for social scientists again.
Previous courses taught include: