Curriculum Committee News
To: SFCP Community
Re: Graduation Paper Presentations
Date: Fall 2015
Dear SFCP Community,
The curriculum committee is working on establishing a process that enables newly minted members to present their graduation papers. We wanted to share some of our deliberations to inform and solicit ideas for consideration as we work on finalizing a structure.
We discussed a twofold aim for this project. The first is concrete — establish a reliable process and venue for graduating members to present their final papers. The second is cultural — encourage more involvement with each other’s ideas and interests. Formalizing a process that welcomes graduating candidates to disclose aspects of their thinking, work and identity is likely to affect our culture in positive ways; at the very least it will increase familiarity and involvement with one another’s work and thinking.
The usual format at other institutes has been to hold a formal presentation where a senior member of the community acts as a discussant. In order to maximize the cultural impact of making us more familiar and involved with another we wanted a medium that was more "horizontal”, a convivial meeting of colleagues organized around a piece of writing. We envision it more like a book club with the author present. Wine and snacks will be provided.
The next steps for this round will be to set up two presentations at the end of March early April where 12–15 members can sign up for a meeting. Each meeting will be organized around a paper that will be discussed book club style. Abstracts and invitations will be emailed to the entire membership. The email announcement will familiarize the community with the new graduates papers, and interested members can sign up for the event.
We welcome your reactions and reflections as we hammer out the details.