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Diane Bosley Hazen
I am concerned about the direction our nation will take in the next four years. I enjoy reading, especially books by Louise Penny. We have travelled to London and Nice to visit my cousin. Trips to visit Wellesley friends are wonderful. Very grateful for continued good health. Am taking a Silver Sneakers class to get in better shape.
Merilee Serrill Grindle Profile
I retired from positions at Harvard University in 2014. At that time, I was the Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government and the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, a university-wide organization committed to ensuring space for Latin America at the university and a presence of Harvard in Latin America. Throughout the years I was at the university, I had the privilege of teaching enormously interesting students committed to careers in public service. Many of them were from developing countries and have played important roles in their governments and national and international organization. I never ceased to learn from them about the challenges they faced and innovative means of responding to them. How fortunate I have been.
Retirement has brought unexpected pleasures in the past two years. It has brought the delight of grandchildren as well as many new activities--learning to play the piano, attending lectures at Boston's wonderful Museum of Fine Arts, meeting regularly with friends, traveling a great deal, and finishing a new book project.
Yes, after a long life of writing and editing academic books and articles, I have tried my hand at a 'post-academic' history related to the Boston-Cambridge area and its relationship to Latin America, the region of the world that has been the center of my professional career. It has been a joy to dig into archives and divest myself of the humorless language and theoretical debates of academic life to write about real people having real adventures in the world. We shall see if Brahmins Abroad finds a publisher in the near future. I am now embarking on another such project, about Zelia Nuttall, an adventurous archeologist who lived most of her life in Mexico and who took on the establishment.
As for most, children and grandchildren continue to form the center of our lives and our hopes for the future. After living for many years in Wellesley, the kids left home and the dog died, so we moved to Boston's historic South End community in 2005. We love the life of this elegant and sometimes grouchy old city.
Recent vacations have taken us regularly to Paris and biking in southern France and Italy. Work-related 'gigs' have taken me often to London, Sweden, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and a long list of Latin American countries. I continue to be impressed by the ways in which diverse countries are managing to respond to the challenges that face them, whether it be the plight of poverty, the imminence of global warming, or learning to embrace more multicultural norms. Amidst so much that is difficult and disappointing in the world, innovative responses to human needs can be inspiring.
In the wake of the disheartening 2016 elections, my greatest concerns are for the future of the idea and practice of community in the world. Inclusiveness and social decency seem to be hanging in the balance, and in particular, I mourn that more women are not alive to the barriers that continue to deny so many full dignity and respect. Somehow, I had hoped that our generation and those that followed it had left a stronger legacy of civility and respect for the lives of others. Let us hope Wellesley College can redouble its efforts for new generations.