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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.

Should a CEO write code?

Back in 2014 I wrote an e-letter entitled “Amazon update: when will the Justice Department step in?” “Never,” most people, even lawyers, said. But things have changed, and maybe antitrust law will move into the 21st-century. I’m thrilled to say that the time has come: the Justice Department is investigating Big Tech – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Lina Khan

By |2019-09-07T18:36:23-04:00June 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Religion for the rest of us?

“Let us pray.” On Wednesday I heard a prayer - “grace” - said before dinner for the first time in years. “Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful evening and for our fellowship.” “Help us to serve those in need.” I’d been invited to talk about the Train Campaign at the Episcopal church’s men’s dinner group. No

By |2019-04-19T13:06:36-04:00April 19th, 2019|News, Making a Difference|5 Comments

Letter from Oxford: Wives, Daughters, Mothers, and Other Women behind Famous Men

It’s International Women’s Day and I am at the History Faculty in Oxford, at the Thanks for Typing Conference organized by Wolfson College. I'll be speaking tomorrow about Sophia Mumford and Valerie Eliot, who were married to Lewis Mumford and T. S. Eliot. Here's the conference background: "When a series of tweets with #ThanksForTyping hashtag appeared in 2017,

By |2019-12-19T10:39:58-05:00March 8th, 2019|News, Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Who Says You Can’t Change the World?

You can’t change the world, Karen.” I’ve lost track of who said that to me, because it’s happened more than once. I might be on my soapbox about something or other—eliminating plastics, or transforming the publishing industry, or having an efficient and economical passenger rail service in the United States—and my friend will nod and smile

By |2020-10-09T03:31:03-04:00January 24th, 2019|Making a Difference, News, Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

How to choose the right bar (and what to do when you’ve walked into the wrong one)

We have just received advance copies of The Joy of Tippling by Ray Oldenburg. Like the bestselling The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community, his new book is packed with factual information, humor and wit, personal insights, and sound sociological observations. The Joy of

By |2018-12-05T14:55:38-05:00December 5th, 2018|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

The search for real Chinese food: Stories from cafeterias and dorm rooms

Berkshire is going to publish an American version of a cookbook originally written for UK college dining halls. It has been highly praised by experts on authentic Chinese cuisine as really excellent, accurate, and refreshing. While it was designed by professional chefs for institutional catering staff, the recipes have been cut to family-size measurements (catering professionals

By |2018-10-05T10:49:38-04:00October 5th, 2018|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

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