by AndrewMc | 8/21/2009 12:00:00 PM
Each morning at 9:15am sharp, some of the faculty in my department and a couple of others get together to have coffee and talk about stuff. There are some conservatives, and some liberals, and the conversation can be quite lively. I don't go, largely because I'm not a coffee drinker, and largely because I tend to teach at that time of day. The crowd trends a bit older, as well, and I'm not up on my 1950s football players. Still, it's a cool gathering that people have been doing for as long as anyone can remember (which means, before 1966 when one of the faculty arrived and "coffee" was going on).
Similarly, each Friday afternoon, some of the faculty in my department get together to have beer and talk about stuff. There are no conservatives--they don't drink because they're religious conservatives as well as political and social conservatives. Too bad for them. I do attend Beer Friday, and I make sure that my teaching and meeting schedules don't conflict with this event. We're usually joined by some folks from the Anthro, English, Soc., Art, and Philosophy/Religion departments. It's lively, and very informal. I understand that many other departments on my campus have their version of this tradition (Math does "AfterMath" each Friday, Biology does their thing, etc). It's a nice tradition (ours began in the early 1970s) and helps socialize the faculty.
Drinking liberally. Now there's an organization I can get behind.
What's on your mind this fine Friday afternoon?