Professionally speaking, I'm struggling to figure out which is more important: to be known well, or to be well known. I'm not sure it's possible to do both well.
In other words, is it worth it to pursue some sort of prominent role in the national dialogue like I had when I worked at MIT? Sometimes I miss that. But it would require hitting the speaking circuit again, attending a bunch of conferences and other networking events, and more engagement in online forums. Oberlin would get recognition by association, I suppose, but at what cost? I'd have to focus less on Oberlin itself, and that's what I came here to do.
But simply focusing on Oberlin and letting the aggressive study of evolving national issues take a backseat leaves a big hole.
Ugh. No easy answer to this.