For the past two years we have been running an informal talk series, "What's the Big Idea?" (WBI), three times per quarter. The aim has been to introduce faculty across campus to each other as well to some of the ideas that are being tackled across campus. Those who participated seemed to enjoy the learning experiences as well as the opportunity to meet colleagues in an informal setting (with some good refreshments!).
With that in mind, this year we are trying a new experiment in cross-disciplinary dialogue. "WBI 2.0" will have a different format and venue: two times per quarter (dates are listed below) we will take over the lovely Hayward Room at the Hanover Inn from 5-7 PM for drinks and appetizers for faculty members. At around 5:30 we'll stop to hear a few faculty tell the group (no slides!) a "big idea" that is driving their current work. Anyone present is welcome to comment. Following this "idea interlude" folks are encouraged to stay and mingle until 7.
Once again, our goal is to create a mechanism to help speed up the process of random interaction that often plays an important part in the generation of new ideas. The first session is coming up on Tuesday, September 24th. We hope you will join us.
With warm regards,
WBI 2.0 Dates
(all Tuesdays, 5-7 PM in the Hayward Room at the Hanover Inn)
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