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Paris Climate Talks and the Encyclopedia of Sustainability

The global press is chasing many stories, from the tragedies of terrorism and displaced people to the display of hubris, xenophobia, and general nuttiness that we call a US presidential election season. As far as we're concerned at Berkshire Publishing, the crucial story of the week is the Paris climate talks, and today we are waiting

By |2015-12-13T07:56:05-05:00December 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Berkshire 宝库山 at the Frankfurt Book Fair

It is the golden season, when the Berkshire Hills light up with flaming reds and golds and tawny oranges, but I am in Frankfurt, Germany, for the famous book fair that began in the 17th century. Mar Kaiser, the Berkshire editor who manages our China projects from the lovely city of Heidelberg, Germany, joined me for a number

By |2015-10-16T11:20:23-05:00October 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CHINA Town Hall comes to the Berkshires, Karen Christensen to speak

The National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) is mentioned in the opening to today’s New York Times feature on Chinese president XI Jinping's first state visit to the United States. The #NCUSCR has been at the center of US-China people-to-people exchanges since 1966, and is soon coming to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

By |2015-09-22T06:36:07-05:00September 22nd, 2015|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

What Did Greece Ever Do for Us?

When I look at the New York Times and half the headlines are about Greece, I wonder if the world has gone nuts. Then I get a lecture on the European Union and the role of Germany, and international lending and globalization, and social welfare. But, I argue, there are a lot more important places, and bigger

By |2015-08-26T08:22:36-05:00July 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today in Guangdong

I’ll be spending the day with our partners in Guangzhou, the Guangdong People’s Publishing Group, and found this article from the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China an excellent overview of the region. If you don’t know Guangdong, or that Guangzhou is the current name for the city formerly called Canton, this will get you up to speed.

By |2015-07-13T18:37:36-05:00June 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Berkshire in Beijing

Internet restrictions in China make it hard to do ordinary, innocuous things - check the New York Times headlines, post a garden photo to Facebook - but I'm hoping to be able to post updates via my blogs. The sky is blue in Beijing and I'm thrilled to be here again, with many people to see

By |2015-06-02T04:55:52-05:00June 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Au revoir to a global point of reference

Berkshire Publishing’s tagline is about to change, but before we make the switch I’d like to explain why we have been, for ten years, “A global point of reference.” This was partly a play on two meanings of the word reference. In early days, we were known for our encyclopedias – reference books that lived in the reference

By |2015-05-19T12:02:20-05:00May 19th, 2015|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Our global team at work

I woke up in Massachusetts and responded to an email from Mar Kaiser, our Germany-based editor, who said she'd just heard from Kara Lozier, who is currently working from Uzbekistan. I sent a WeChat to Tom in Beijing, and then it was time to pour my first cup of tea. There are emails from our production

By |2015-05-19T10:49:55-05:00May 19th, 2015|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Climate Change: Moral Challenge

2015 is a crucial year for progress on global cooperation and Pope Francis knows it, making climate change the focus of his first “encyclical,” a kind of proclamation. He will speak on the subject at the UN General Assembly in September, all this to lend a sense of urgency to the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in

By |2015-05-10T06:18:04-05:00May 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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