How to be a Good Student
How to Read Philosophy
How to Write Philosophy
How to Ask For Letters Of Recommendation
Graduate study
How to be a good graduate student
How to prepare a dissertation proposal
How to write a thesis or dissertation


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 to receive constructive feedback on work-in-progress, primarily theses and dissertations.  The atmosphere is informal and usually involves coffee or some other treat.

Here's a description of a typical session.  There will be a volunteer curator for each session who will speak for a maximum of 20 minutes.  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 1.00pm to 1.50pm in the Philosophy Tea Room.

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