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Taking it Easy in Kalmar, Sweden

The slogan on the official visitor’s guide states that Kalmar, Sweden, is “for leisure and pleasure.” I get it. Situated beside the Baltic Sea, it is a chill city. Easy to walk. Fascinating history. Friendly folks. Kalmar Castle is a primary attraction. As the website states, its origins date to the 12th Century, and it’s one of the best preserved … Continue reading

Academic Department Chair: Two Years In

I’ve waited nearly two years to make my first post about being a chair of an academic department. Frankly, I’ve needed time to get used to the job. When I was hired, I was told it would take a year just to start figuring things out. That was true. It’s also true that I’m still … Continue reading

Stockholm: Water and Green Spaces

Stockholm, Sweden, was our arrival point for a nearly two-week study abroad experience with the University of North Alabama in May. Almost immediately, I felt at ease in the city. Not only was it my first visit to Sweden, it was my first trip to Scandinavia. Our stay was brief — just a couple of days … Continue reading