On September 21st we held our first coffee hour of the 2022-2023 academic year. Our guest was Jim Wertsch. The paper for discussion was “Habits of Collective Memory,” extending Jim’s work in recent decades on social, cultural, national memory. In the lively discussion that followed Jim’s brief summary of the paper, Jim’s made clear his deep concern with the way in which competing narratives of nationhood become deeply ingrained, largely unconscious, habits that are very resistant to change. The results of confrontations among nations, consequently, result in “mnemonic standoffs” that cannot be changed by counter “facts.” The current standoff between Russia and NATO over Ukraine served as an example of the dangers of habitual collective memory.