Titus Stahl

The Conference Manifesto

Christy Wampole on the New York Time’s Stone

Our faces have twitched as our colleagues pretend they’ve understood a speaker’s academese.

We have listened for the first five minutes of the talk, just long enough to seize upon a word around which we’ll construct a pseudo-question in the Q. and A.

We have asked a panelist if they could “talk a little bit more about that” or “unpack this a little more” or “tease that out some.”

We have listened as colleagues ask questions related to their own research but that have no relevance to anyone but themselves.

Well worth reading!