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'Quick Conversations' event helps faculty explain research 

Speed dating for researchers? That's what Quick Conversations was all about. More than a dozen faculty from multiple disciplines came together on April 25 to learn about each other's research – very quickly.

Sitting across from temporary partners, each person had only two minutes to explain a current research project to a colleague before switching to listening mode for the next two minutes. Each partner pair then had only one minute for Q&A before rotating to totally new partners to start the process all over again.

"The basic idea is that, in a very short amount of time, we share something about our research," said Bat-Ami Bar On, professor of philosophy; chair of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; chair of the Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belongings Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE); and organizer of the session. "You don't get to be polite, but nobody should feel rejected. This is not about rejection; it's about connection. At the end, we will be more connected than we are now."

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Last Updated: 6/22/14