Jerry Shaffer started this series of events in September 1969, when he arrived at the University of Connecticut from Swarthmore College. Swarthmore had a similar tradition. It is a one hour, typically (though not exclusively) intra-departmental colloquium, starting with a twenty to twenty five minute talk by a faculty member or graduate student, filled from there to the end with lively questions and answers. Members of the department typically present work in progress. Graduate students are encouraged to present one around prospectus-time, and several during dissertation-writing time.
They occur every Wednesday during classes, around lunchtime, excepting only the first week of classes. The series has continued weekly since 1969.
At present the events occur from 12:15 to 1:15 PM on Wednesdays in the basement lounge of Manchester Hall. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Philosophy Mail Room. Please interpret that sentence in pre-internet fashion. To whit: there is a piece of paper in that physical location, with a pencil provided, on which department members must scratch their name next to one of the Wednesday dates in order to be put on the schedule. Visitors may contact a member of the department to make these scratchings for them.
The pencil scratchings are then digitized and show up on our Calendar. When it is within the group of six soonest to occur it will show up on the homepage too, as an “upcoming” event.