Bob Pearson's Blog

Countering Hate: What Can We All Do? One Preventive Measure and One Important Debate

The recent hate-driven Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting is clearly a tragedy.  In spirit, we are all members of the Tree of Life Congregation. As we read of hate crimes all too often, it is easy to get frustrated as we wonder “what can we do”?  This is exactly why I co-wrote Countering Hate with Haroon K. …

Fall Reading List – Mother Teresa, Franz Kafka, Fear and Bad Blood

My favorite reading exercise is to read two books in a row that counter each other. It is a refreshing way to draw one’s own conclusions. This fall, I read two books on Mother Teresa. The first, titled The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, by Christopher Hitchens, shared Hitchens view in his …

Sunday Musings: How a Bot Network Takes Advantage of Twitter – New Video Series

The only purpose of disinformation is to deceive us. That statement alone should be enough to motivate us to ask “how can we not be deceived and how do we know more about how it happens”.  There are many ways, of course, but we can counter disinformation if we are willing to educate our citizens …

Iowa State University: The Importance of Language & Culture in the Business World

As someone who has traveled to 45 countries, many extensively, during my career, it was a real pleasure to say “yes” when Mark Rectanus, professor of German and co-director of Languages and Cultures for Professions at Iowa State University and Chad M. Gasta, Professor of Spanish and Chair, Department of World Languages and Cultures asked …

My Summer Reading List – from Afghanistan to Jimmy Page

This summer I didn’t follow a theme.  Just read for fun.  Hope you find a few ideas in here. First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan by Gary Schroen – the author, who is an ex-CIA agent, outlines in first person narrative how the United States …