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Karen Christensen is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and occasional scholar who also writes about how women gain and wield power. She is the owner and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a research associate of the Fairbank Center at Harvard, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, and founder of the Train Campaign. She was a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press, Read Karen’s occasional dispatches from the frontlines of international publishing at Karen's Letter on Substack, and follow her on Twitter etc @karenchristenze.

Gastrodiplomacy in China; T S Eliot’s Love Letters

Chinese food, anyone? I'll be co-presenting a program about gastrodiplomacy at Schwarzman College in Beijing next month, and I am looking for stories to share, from history as well as personal experience. Schwarzman College 苏世民书院 is a residential college at Tsinghua University. Schwarzman scholarships are modeled on the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford. The one-year MA program,

By |2020-05-13T17:36:53-04:00February 21st, 2020|Seeing the World|0 Comments

Tyrannical Leadership

"Show, don't tell." This is common advice for writers, and for marketers, too. I found myself thinking about "showing" this week as I made a mental list of the enlightening projects I have worked on. The Encyclopedia of Leadership is one. Here's an article from it on "Tyrannical Leadership" that is all too relevant right now. Tyranny, as

By |2020-05-13T16:12:12-04:00February 7th, 2020|Oddments|3 Comments

First Look at the T S Eliot – Emily Hale Letters (podcast)

In what one scholar called “the literary event of the decade,” on 2 January 2020, Princeton University Library opened up more than 1,100 letters that the Nobel-Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot wrote over the course of three decades to an American speech professor and amateur actress named Emily Hale. The day became even more newsworthy

By |2020-08-29T12:43:52-04:00January 14th, 2020|Berkshire Blog, Berkshire Bookworld, Podcasts|0 Comments

The Spirit of Sustainability: print or digital, which is “greener”?

When we published the Encyclopedia of Sustainability in 2012, a librarian wrote, “That goes against the spirit of sustainability.” I got a similar response this week, so I want to explain why we publish in print and online, and why online is not “green.” An ebook probably kills more trees through deforestation than an equivalent print book, and

By |2019-12-12T12:04:40-05:00December 12th, 2019|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

How does publishing really work? A guide for the unwary

A friend came to me furious because, unlike her colleagues’ publishers, the company that produced her book wasn’t arranging a launch party or media interviews. I thought that her book had been beautifully edited and produced (very quickly because the subject was time-sensitive), and that she had paid a very modest fee to have this done.

By |2019-09-24T09:25:13-04:00September 22nd, 2019|News|4 Comments

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