I came to San Diego to give a speech at the retirement party for my mentor, friend, and dissertation chair, Richard Madsen, a world renowned bridge builder who is known for his work in sociology of religion and culture, established the field of sociology in China, founded the UC Fudan Center, and who is now retiring.
This was one of the hardest talks to write because in being asked to write about how Richard was a mentor to me, I had to write about myself. I’ve known Richard since I was 18 years old in 1998 and he is the reason why I am even in grad school now.
It was an honor to give the speech. I’ve included the text below.
In talking about Richard’s role in supporting me through #gradschool, I didn’t get to mention all the other suppper critical committee members, sociology staff, friends, and family who helped me along the way. But alas, this was just about Richard. I will write about others once I’m invited to talk at your retirement party :)
i am so grateful to Katrina Richards for organizing the party. Thank you Kenyatta Cheese, Leah Muse-Orlinoff, and Katrina Richards for helping me access some of these memories to express the texture of Richard’s soul.