Shut down and shut up?

“Yesterday was an edgy day. My Mellon lectures are held in the National Gallery (which is a Federal Institution) and I am, I guess, under contract to the US Federal Government … what is more, my temporary email address ends ‘.gov’ (no doubt about as close to the heart of the US political system as I’ll ever get). That all meant that if there was a Federal shutdown, there would be no lecture on Sunday …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don’s Life, 9 April]

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