|Chicago skyline, at 6.12am|
Anyway, I have decided, given all the choices, to head to the 8.30 panel on Inequality, Immigration and Gender in Japan. If you stay within a 'broad theme', you begin to bump into people you've met at other sessions and so conversations can continue. This is one of the good things about conferences.
I spent a bit of time thereafter at a political philosophy 'roundtable' on Leo Strauss and also took some time out to look at the publishers' stands for the latest books and journals, and partake in the coffee stand offerings. The masses of books available served as a reminder of how little time we get to read these days and just how enormous our task is to stay on top of our discipline. In the culture of work intensification that is the modern university, we really are missing out on being able to do very interesting things, and ultimately the students pay the price. In the rush to account for every last fullstop, we are truly losing sight of bigger things.
|Star panel, at 6.12pm|
The final session of the day had two competing 'star panels', a really tough choice. One was a roundtable on the 2012 election featuring 'names' in Nate Silver, Ezra Klein and former Brisbane lad and now Stanford professor, Simon Jackman. Not surprisingly the room was full of people interested both in the topic but also a bit of the 'star' factor. Some interesting points on polling which I will address over on the other blog in the next day or two.
End of a long day, I tried a 'pumpkin whoopee pie', because I am committed to trying local cuisine, of course...