Event Hopping: Combinational theory of pollen communities and mini egg rolls

Having recently decided that I wasn’t really getting all that much marginal benefit out of slogging through MCM readings on film as a metaphor for Freudian subconscious sex desire (or something), I dropped my fourth class, leaving me with more free time than I’ve had at any time since I was, like, three years old. I needed something to fill my time, something that would be both productive and enjoyable at the same time in a way that watching twelve hours of YouTube videos isn’t. Morning Mail (slogan: “Reminding Brown students that if you’re reading this it’s time for bed”), held the key. How many intriguing offerings are there in Morning Mail every day that you never bother to check out in more depth? OK, not that many. But some. So, armed only with an insatiable hunger for free food knowledge, I set out to attend one of these events each day.

Monday
Event: Slicing Up Space–Exploring Combinational Theory
Food: Samosas and soft drinks
Summary: A lecture hosted by the Math and Applied Math DUG’s about how to cut space to create the most possible regions…Yeah, I’m already bored, too. I didn’t even get to try a samosa. But did you know you can cut a cake in 11 pieces with only four slices????
Grade: C+

Tuesday
Event: Department of Ecology and Environmental Science Tuesday Lecture Series
FoodNone
Summary: A lecture on “modeling population turnover in pollen communities in the late Quaternary,” which is not anything different from what it sounds like. In fairness, I don’t think anyone outside of the department is even expected to consider coming to these, but dear Lord there’s a reason for that. Definitely in dire need of some free food.
Grade: D

Wednesday
Event: Ivy Film Festival Presents The Sessions
Food: None
Summary: Originally scheduled for the infamous day of the hurricane-without-an-actual-hurricane class cancellation, this free screening of Oscar-contending The Sessions at Granoff was pretty dope. I noticed some definite non-students taking advantage of the free movie, which I think is ethically questionable, but whatever. Good stuff, for sure.
Grade: A

Thursday
Event: Geological Sciences Colloquium Series
Food: Holy shit yes
Summary: Blah blah blah meteors blah blah blah OH MY GOD THE GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES KNOW HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A BUFFET. Fresh fruit, chicken skewers, bacon-wrapped scallops, sesame-breaded chicken, mini egg rolls, mini eclairs, a million other things–all for a grand total of zero meal credits. I love geology! But actually the lecture wasn’t terrible, too, as I recall.
Grade: A

Friday
Event: Goddard House Speakers Tea
Food: Tea, cider, great assortment of baked goods
Summary: Another total knockout. Interesting talk on the systematic inefficiencies presented to psychiatry by the DSM, and more importantly a delicious spread including orange-chocolate cake, mint-chocolate-chip cookies, and three species of pumpkin pie. Definitely one of the classier events you can find.
Grade: A+

Sound like a good time? Create your own week of fun with Morning Mail, or, for more detail, use Events at Brown. We’ll see what else is cooking next week.

1 Comment

  1. Angelia Wang

    I’m annoyed that many of these reviews are based off the quality of food available. While you’re certainly entitled to your own opinion, it isn’t fair to the organizing committees of these events when you dismiss an interesting lecture because the food wasn’t to your standards. You also in general don’t seem to have much interest in higher-level science/mathematics in general, evidenced by your disinterest in the Math and Ecology events. If you’re going to attend a wide variety of events covering everything from abstract math to psychiatry, please try to provide more professional, objective reviews.

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