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Graduate students and academic staff of the Philosophy Programme at Waikato University are invited to participate in a Kaffeklatsch. Kaffeklatsch translates into English from German roughly as a social gathering for "coffee," and "gossip" or "talk."  The primary aim of Kaffeklatsch is to provide an outlet for students and academic staff to receive constructive feedback on work-in-progress. We'd like to keep the climate relatively informal, so the meeting usually involves participants consuming coffee, lunch, or some other treat.

Here's a description of a typical session.  There will be a volunteer curator who will speak for a maximum of 20 minutes, and curators are encouraged to employ some variant of the very successful Mumford Method.  Participants in attendance are welcome to ask questions or comment on the curator's work. The session will be a maximum of 50 minutes. Meetings will take place on Wednesdays from 12.00pm to 12.50pm in the Philosophy Tea Room.

Joe Ulatowski's supervisees will be required to be curator for one kaffeklatsch per trimester.