Summer Workshops

A couple times a month, I take a look at the Legal Scholarship Blog.

I think it’s interesting to see who is giving talks where, and I have occasionally learned about a relevant paper that someone is workshopping (and willing to share) before it is posted on SSRN.

In recent weeks I’ve noticed that a high percentage of the entries on the site seem to be for faculty who are giving talks at their home institutions, and I was wondering whether schools have internal summer workshop programs. While such programs might not be feasible at all schools — for example, when the temperature starts breaking 110 degrees here in Phoenix (which is an extremely pleasant place to live for almost the entire year), many of the faculty at ASU head for cooler climates — I’d be interested to hear from people at schools where summer workshops are the norm. Are speakers mainly drawn from inside the faculty? How often do you have workshops? What is attendance like?

On a different note, I wanted to thank Dan and the rest of the CoOp bloggers for inviting me to post here over the last couple of weeks. I’m heading out of internet range for the rest of the month, so this will be my last post.

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4 Responses

  1. I. Glenn Cohen says:

    Here at Harvard we have a full internal faculty workshop twice a week. Because we have so many great visitors presenting during the year, this ensures time when the permanent faculty can present their work.

  2. Randy Picker says:

    Once a week at Chicago. This is our Thursday lunch work-in-progress workshop. Good attendance, with some variance as vacation schedules move around. Definitely worth doing.

  3. Dan Markel says:

    Hi Carissa,

    we have about 6-8 primarily internal workshops during May and June at FSU. During the school year, the slots are generally for visitors, but we have a variety of informal opportunities for juniors or others to present on a more ad hoc basis.

    Enjoy being off the grid.

  4. In the summer, Minnesota has weekly lunches where our own faculty usually present works much less developed than the norm for a “work in progress” talk. More like “please comment on what I am working on this summer.” I did it both this summer and last and it was extremely helpful to me, and it also is a really good way to coordinate faculty coming in and seeing each other in the summer.