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Author Archives: Glenn McClure

Big Worlds in Small Places

Big Worlds in Small Places

  Every year for the last four, I have taught Humanities to college students for a month in El Sauce. I have lived in a variety of hotels and apartments but, regardless of the accommodations, El Sauce makes me feel at home year after year. El Sauce is a small place that has welcomed me…

Somos Hermanos – The Third International Festival of Folklore

Somos Hermanos – The Third International Festival of Folklore

Four years ago, my god son Jonathan Canning stood beside me on a stage in El Sauce, Nicaragua, facing over 1,500 people. The most famous musician of Nicaragua, Carlos Mejia Godoy, called out to the crowd, “Because Glenn and Jonathan are here singing with us, it proves that whether you come from the US or Nicaragua, from Cuba, Canada, or Brazil, we are all brothers and sisters of America!” With a roar of applause, we launched into one of Carlos’ most famous songs, Nicaragua, Nicaraguita while every voice rose up with ours.

The Rainy Season

The Rainy Season

The rainy season of Nicaragua brings sun in the morning, creeping clouds soon after lunch and short-lived, pounding rains in mid-afternoon.  The next day, we start all over again. Rarely do we enjoy a gentle warning of tiny drops, announcing the arrival of their louder, more aggressive counterparts. There is only one volume setting on…

The Morning, the Music, Mother’s Day and the Power: First days in Nicaragua 2017

The Morning, the Music, Mother’s Day and the Power: First days in Nicaragua 2017

I am teaching Humanities in Nicaragua to a group of marvelous students from SUNY Geneseo this month. Our students study great books, live in host families, and visit volcanos and historical sites. After 4th years of teaching this class, Nicaragua has become of place of good music, natural beauty, great conversation, and friends that I…

John Locke on the Ice

John Locke on the Ice

October 23, 2016 McMurdo Station Back home at the State University of New York at Geneseo, my Humanities students have been reading John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government. Locke argues for the replacement of the 17th c. British monarchy with a shared government by consent of the people. This represents the raw form of modern…

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