I have been following the discussion regarding suggestions for the next
conference. I agree that new folks, especially grad students, should be
scheduled somewhere near the middle -- far enough into the conference to
have seen what goes on but not at the end when everyone is tired.
The biggest conflict seems to be between inkshedding and oral
discussion. At the last two Inksheds, inkshedding has entirely
precluded oral discussion. I find this unfortunate -- I think that the
two forms of response complement each other and that the one should not
substitute for the other. Since there are always compromises to be
made, I'd like to suggest that there be a few minutes for traditional
oral discussion after each group of presentations with maybe two or
three major inkshedding opportunities during the day. People should not
feel compelled to inkshed on every presentation, but could use the
opportunity to synthesize or pick out high points or points of contention.
That being said, I think that White Point was one of the best Inkshed
meetings we have had for a long time!
Dr. Doug Brent
Associate Dean (Academic)
Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary
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