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Michael Erard is Funding Advisor at the Faculty of Law.
Losing to the waves
"It felt as if part of my life had been cut off, erased"
The genie of global Dutch
"The Dutch did something different: they kept their language for themselves"
How to have a fellowship
"If you do at least half of what you say you’re going to do, you’ll be successful"
Calling all writers
Creative writing programs and community-based writing schools don’t exist here
Thinking about skiing
What used to seem joyfully improbable, sliding down a slope on two thin planks, now felt grim and plodding
Maastricht University does not practice what it preaches about learning
A serious case of homesickness
"She makes me look better than I deserve to, and I twirl her, because she likes it"
A hazardous discovery in the forest
Research into deathbed final words
There’s a paradox at the heart of Dutch language policy
Maastricht University’s language policy was devised by common sense.
Writing a book: Instead of sitting down right away, I go to the Friday market
Presume Positive Intent
You’ll be slapped back over and over until you find a safe place, cozily inside the perimeter of your job description
Wedding ring gone
As a symbol, it’s the anchor of my life
"My favorite desk, a grey Steelcase table, I found in that warehouse"
Scooter exhaust is my madeleine
A life on campus