For the next few weeks, I need to take a leave of absence from my blog posting duties. So I would like to line up some guest posts to run on Saturdays from now until the end of June.
Why the leave of absence?
I will be taking my qualifying exams.
At my school this is a month-long process — three written exams, a week apart, followed by a two-hour oral defense. I am scheduled to start the written portion of the exams during the first week of June. If I survive that phase of the ordeal, then during the last week of June I will be afforded an opportunity to defend myself as a scholar and historian whom the academy would not be ashamed to call one of its own.
As the reader might guess, I have some thoughts (and perhaps an opinion or two) about this process, but for the time being I will keep those to myself. Now, I can’t promise that I won’t vent on some forum or another, but it won’t be here. I think.
Instead, I simply want to thank this marvelous community of writers and readers for the role that all of you have played in helping me to become such an intellectual historian as I am. I don’t think I would be an intellectual historian at all if it weren’t for this blog community. You take the credit; I’ll take the blame.
And I’ll take volunteers to write some guest posts, to run on Saturdays between now and the end of June. My magnificent colleague Ben Alpers, our blog editor, has agreed to handle the logistics of running the posts.
If you would like to write a guest post, please email me in the next couple of days (Lora [DOT] Burnett [AT] utdallas [DOT] edu). I will put together a schedule and send it to you and to Ben, and you can contact him directly when you are ready to submit your post.
I am ready for these tests. Oh, I’m not ready to take them; I’m just ready for them to be over. If I make it through, I’ll be playing Van Morrison’s “Brand New Day” on loop for at least a week after.
In the meantime, training days are over. Now I must suit up for battle, so that I am able to stand my ground and, after I have done everything, to stand.