Even in these unsettled, dollar-driven days, I’m glad for certain things about UTMB. One of those things is the people—you people—in all your hues and languages and opinions, ideas, backgrounds and beliefs. We come to campus to study or work, bound by this thing we call “UTMB” into a community. Because of this community, I have friends very different from me, from foreign and distant lands like Southern India, China and the Texas Panhandle, people whose beliefs or lifestyles or eating habits are foreign and mysterious to me. I learn from you, am enriched by you, by what you say, share and think.
This week, UTMB celebrates “Common Threads” and its diversity. At the risk of getting bombarded by email about spending money/time/energy this way during these difficult times, I’ll go on the record: I’m all for it. We can’t turn our backs on what makes us strong, and an appreciation and understanding of diversity in all its guises and permutations makes us strong in many ways. Before you disagree, try and find time to take in at least one session. A schedule of events is online. Personally, I’m looking forward to the “Rolling” film, to Calle Sur, and to the spirituality and suffering discussion.