Reduce your dependency on others by checking your own gear when kitting up, opening your own tank, checking your own air and checking your own dive tables or computer. Use your own brain. I have heard many briefings that gave inaccurate and dangerous information, yet everyone nods knowingly and blindly follows the DM into the depths. Don’t stop at the happy smiley open water stage – do your advanced and rescue diver courses as they reduce your own risk and that of those who dive with you. Practice your skills as practiced skills are more readily retained and retained skills are the ones most likely to be automatically recalled in an emergency.
S cholars who want to write beyond the academy often ask, where are the models for such a thing? Jill Lepore is often the answer. She is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, a longtime staff writer at the New Yorker , an accomplished essayist, and a public voice for producing historical work that engages with audiences well beyond the classroom. Her publications have attended to technologies of evidence and writing, to the craft of historical writing itself, and to subjects as wide-ranging as Wonder Woman and board games. One recurring theme is the relationship between technology and progress. Benjamin Cohen, whose work addresses the intertwined histories of science, technology, and the environment, spoke with Lepore for Public Books about that theme and, more broadly, the challenges and meanings of writing for a broad public audience.