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Personal/Theological Notebook: Dissertation Defense Snafu 
17th-Feb-2010 07:33 pm
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I had expected the scheduling process yesterday to be much more difficult, with a lot of back-and-forth negotiation between faculty member's calendars, so I was delighted when April 9th opened up as painlessly as it did to become a matching "window" in everyone's schedule. My casual announcement in my last journal entry on this surprise victory was then read this morning, leading to protesting email responses from friends regarding the overlap with the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature conference.

It just turns out to be my poor luck that the one afternoon so wonderfully free in all five faculty schedules turns out to be the same afternoon that most of my best friends in the program are presenting papers in Minnesota. So I get to be the guy who throws a party people can't come to, making this all a lot less fun than I thought it was going to be.
18th-Feb-2010 02:07 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. :/ But I am still glad you got your defense scheduled so easily -- I hear all kinds of nightmare problems regarding defense and busy professors. (Dan's advisor is going on sabbatical next year, and will have to fly back from Switzerland for his defense. yaaaay.) I hope you can at least celebrate with your friends when they all return.
28th-Feb-2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that'll be the case. All my friends have actually been really cool about it, and it's great that they really even wanted to be there. I'll probably record it anyway.

(Sorry about the delay in responding: obviously, I've been a bit distracted by finishing, both in the work and in the ecstatic post-work relaxing.)
18th-Feb-2010 04:40 am (UTC)
You may just want to collapse afterward--and have the party when you recover and your friends come back!!! I'll be doing the Yeltsin dance in my living room when you post the good results, if that helps. VICTORY OR DEATH!!!!
28th-Feb-2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
I love it that you simply know the Yeltsin dance: that remains one of the most stunning moments of television history as far as I'm concerned. My brother wanted to incorporate that footage into a cable-access tv show of his that never got off the ground in his college days. The point of the show would have been to be more "interactive" than most television, and each episode would be randomly interrupted by Yeltsin dancing and a flashing graphic announcing "BOOTY TIME" where the viewing audience were all to rise and do the Yeltsin dance while the dance footage went on. I would have loved to have seen it.

But yes, there will be plenty of time with friends, no matter how it plays out. And, as I just wrote to Nikki: Sorry about the delay in responding: obviously, I've been a bit distracted by finishing, both in the work and in the ecstatic post-work relaxing.
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