So, I'm sitting here at the university, surrounded by a buffet and empty space. We're hosting a Saturday University: a series of interesting talks designed to attract part-time students to think about taking on a BA in Humanities. It's a fascinating course, designed to tease out the deeper questions about our philosophical and cultural activities.
The day is exactly the kind of thing we should be doing: reaching out to the community in new ways, providing stimulating and challenging opportunities to people who might not otherwise get a chance.
Why aren't they here? Who knows? We blanketed local radio and other outlets with publicity. We reached out to local groups. Perhaps it's us, perhaps it's the time of year, Christmas shopping, local difficulties. Or perhaps it's symptomatic of a wider cultural malaise. I just don't know.
What to do for the rest of the day? I intend to get naked and take a run through the sacred groves of academe (i.e. the corridors).