February 2022: From Beth-Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, February can feel like the doldrums. Winter has overstayed its welcome and spring is still figuring out if it wants to return. Even though it is a shorter month, at this point in the season it can drag on endlessly. It is important to find ways to sustain momentum when there are many demands placed on us, the semester is in full … Continue reading February 2022: From Beth-Fisher-Yoshida

January 2022: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, Welcome back to a new year. What has changed and what remains the same? Our decision making is still controlled by COVID considerations. We are fully remote in January with February and later leaning toward in person, but still undecided. We are still required to wear masks, with new guidelines of the type of mask to wear. So basically, it is still … Continue reading January 2022: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

December 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, I just returned from my first international travel, since February 2020, to Colombia, where I have been conducting fieldwork for more than seven years. It was a bit of an ordeal, but worth it to reconnect with my wonderful partners on the ground. One point I would like to highlight is that I was reminded of the longevity of their community peacebuilding … Continue reading December 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

November 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, It is hard to believe I am writing this blog that has November as the date. This year has certainly flown by. One characteristics of reaching the end of the calendar year is that we have a chance to relax during the holiday period, whichever holidays you celebrate, and reflect on this past year’s accomplishments. Some of us are brave enough to … Continue reading November 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

October 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, There is something about the practice of naming things that has a couple of effects. It draws attention to whatever is being named. It puts a place holder on it or a tag so that it is more easily referenced. It also puts clear markers around it in order to differentiate it from what it is not. In deciding on a topic … Continue reading October 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

September 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Dear SPS Faculty, National Hispanic Heritage month, from September 15-October 15, is a time to appreciate the cultural contributions this varied community has had in the U.S. For me it is a time to reflect on one of my favorite contributions to the world this community has made, salsa music and dancing.  I grew up in the Bronx, but it was not until I was … Continue reading September 2021: From Beth Fisher-Yoshida