At the beginning of March, I was honoured to be the guest of the Wendt Character Initiative at Dubuque University in Iowa. The university hosted a conference on “Character and Place” and I presented the plenary public lecture at this conference. It gave me the opportunity to think further on the shaping (and deforming) of character in the present context of declining empire. Not surprisingly, I found myself drawn to song to help me bring together the themes of the lecture. And so I turned to the Martyn Joseph/Stewart Henderson song, “Whoever it Was that Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home.” The lecture ends with Martyn’s “Let Yourself.”
Receive this as my interim sabbatical report.