Roger Strand: "Quality, Meetings and Transitions"
What defines a good first year experience? What defines a good FYE conference? In his classic novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", Robert Pirsig claimed that quality is not to be sought in objects themselves but in the relationship between subjects and objects and, we would add, between subjects. Others conceive of quality as "fitness for purpose". What are the purposes of the first academic year - successful exams for all? What is the purpose of an academic encounter - professional networking; the exchange of knowledge; a violent change in perspective; a transition? In his lecture, Roger Strand will discuss concept of quality and apply them to FYE discourses and practices.