Copenhagen Posters and Presentations

October 7, 2011

I’m hearing two kinds of questions about this assignment, and I wanted to post some general answers here so that you aren’t floundering over Thanksgiving.

First, the individual topics concerns. If you’ve read the instructions carefully, you’ll have noticed by now that you don’t have a lot of space to present, say, the entire life story of the person you’ve chosen to write about or the complete history of a theatre movement. I want your poster to be accurate, I want it to be impeccable, and most of all I want it to be interesting. Find an angle that illuminates something about the play — something in Bohr’s life that happened after his fateful conversation with Heisenberg, or the contrast between verbatim and the dialogue in Copenhagen, would work nicely. Write 200-300 words about it, and find something interesting and informative to tell us during your presentation — maybe some additional details not included in the poster, or some illustrative examples. Your goal is to show the other people in your lab what kind of research is possible in relation to the topic you’ve chosen, and to show yourself whether this is something you’d like to pursue for the research essay. 

Now, the group worries. Let me be clear. If there are problems in your group that you cannot resolve, the drastic solution is always available to you, all the way up to the day of the lab on October 19 or 20: if someone in your group is creating a problem that you have not been able to resolve, your group can ask for that person to be eliminated from the group. The person would receive a mark of 0/20 and would need to make an appointment with me. This is not a decision that your group can make without consulting me, but it is one that is available to you.

However, let’s see if our conversation in class on Tuesday can help to circumvent such drastic steps. Be nice, work hard, and everything will be just fine. Well, fine for everyone except the Thanksgiving turkey.