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Paul B.

Madison, WI

$40/hour

Paul; Ph.D., anthropologist, regional planner, punster.

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University of Illinois (Political Science)

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About Paul

I am a broadly and deeply educated and experienced older man who has lived and worked in many places in the United States and in other countries. I have studied other languages and speak at least one other language quite well and a couple of others not so well. I write well, having written a 500 page dissertation for my Ph.D. in anthropology. I've studied other fields, including political science and regional planning. I've lived at the village level in Nepal and in New Delhi and Mumbai in India. I've studied the philosophy of science. I've worked in as anthropologist studying political systems in Nepal, farmer-managed irrigation, also in Nepal, and organic farmers in Illinois. I've read history at length and have a strong background in geography. I taught myself enough engineering to build pedestrian suspension bridges in Nepal when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Makwanpur District beginning, in 1969.

Recently, I've spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer working as a "Tutor Coordinator" in two elementary schools in Madison, WI. I worked with tutors and teachers in those schools, and tutored in both of them, in addition to a third school as well. I tutored in the additional school because of the need for someone with Nepali language skills to work with the children from Bhutanese refugee families, whose native language was Nepali. I continue to work in the same classrooms at that school, although I tutor every kind of child who needs a little help. I believe teaching is based fundamentally on the relationship between the teacher and the student. I also teach English to older adults in the Bhutanese community. These are people who are mostly illiterate even in their own language and who have never gone to school. Although I have never been formally trained in ESL, my method inevitably differs from the methods ESL typically uses, and this is where I use my knowledge of Nepali language and culture to explain ideas, words, and concepts that would otherwise be . . . foreign to them. I also use my knowledge of Nepali humor to teach. I am compensated immeasurably by my students, even though I provide my teaching for free.

I have a large vocabulary in English because I have spent time in my life studying words and their meanings and origins, and how, because of the inflected portion of our language, how English words are often assembled roots and stems of other languages. I spend a lot of time composing what I write; writing is for me re-writing, over and over again, until I not only get it right, but see things in a new light because of what the the meaning is evolving to say. The best expression of this process I've ever read came from an author, long forgotten, back in the day when we used mechanical typewriters. He wrote that if he drafted a text and it didn't look right to him, that he would "run it through the typewriter again." So that's what I do now, although with a computer and with a word processing program. I think I'm also good at understanding the odd natures of language in those sayings that can't really be translated word for word or those puns where the floor literally falls out from under you when you perceive something new. As for reading, there are times when I read something, just a few lines or even a few words, and it'll stay with me for years, like the last few sentences in Thoreau's Walden: "I do not say that John or Jonathan, that this generation or the next, will realize all this; but such is the character of that morrow which mere lapse of time can never make to dawn. The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star" and how it resembles, in it's optimism, Bill Watterson's last cartoon for Calvin and Hobbes.


I enjoy working with students of any age. I love to foster interest and curiosity, and to go beyond what we often conventionally understand to be reality.
I am a broadly and deeply educated and experienced older man who has lived and worked in many places in the United States and in other countries. I have studied other languages and speak at least one other language quite well and a couple of others not so well. I write well, having written a 500 page dissertation for my Ph.D. in anthropology. I've Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Madison, WI 53711
English:
English, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Hindi
History:
American History, Anthropology,
Archaeology,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Handwriting,
Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Anthropology

I have a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of North Carolina. I have several published articles and a lengthy dissertation on my work in Nepal. I speak Nepali well and I have lived, worked, and involved intimately in another culture, and I continue to this very day in my work with the Nepali community in Madison and with the Bhutanese refugee community in Madison who are culturally Nepali.

Archaeology

I took several archeology courses during the course-work phase of my master's and Ph.D. studies in anthropology, including Principles of Archeology and Meso-American archeology.

Handwriting

My qualifications have come recently, I think, since I am teaching English to people who have never written words in any language. There people are refugees from Bhutan, although they are culturally Nepali people and speak Nepali, a language that I also speak. We require literacy in this country, not by law, but by the daily habit of writing our names. The people I work with have never written their names. They have little if any "muscle memory" of how to write. Yet in our culture we are expected to sign our name on a daily basis. So I work with them writing, using the penmanship skills I learned over 60 years ago.

Hindi

I took all the course work I could at Duke University in Hindi while I was a grad student at the neighboring University of North Carolina. I also spent a year in New Delhi, India with the American Institute of Indian Studies studying Hindi for one year. I've spent a long time in neighboring Nepal where I became fluent in Nepali and picked up some Hindi as well. I continue to speak and read Hindi and Nepali, although I am slower at writing it.

Political Science

I major in Political Science for my B.A. at the University of Illinois and much later had a post-doc at the Workshop for Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I have worked for many years at the state and local government level in Wisconsin and I am familiar how it works or, as it were, doesn't work.

Social Studies

I am very broadly educated in anthropology, political science, geography, planning, sociology, and American, world, and South Asian history. I studied how a developing country, Nepal, was struggling to build a political democracy after 200 years of autocratic rule followed by about forty of years of an attempt to meld a monarchy with a democracy in the middle of a cold war that would destroy the county if it got hot for them. I studied how different local communities could be either well-run or poorly run and how we farmed in the Midwest influenced how we worked with one another.

University of Illinois
Political Science
University of North Carolina
PhD
University of North Carolina
Master's

Education

University of Illinois (Political Science)

University of North Carolina (PhD)

University of North Carolina (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Paul will travel within 25 miles of Madison, WI 53711.