Friends of VIPEr,
If you are a fan of dystopian novels and Socratic seminars, please check out One Book, Many Conversations (manyconversations.org). The week of Oct 9-15, this organization will be hosting a series of moderated forums around the country on the classic book 1984 by George Orwell. This is a great chance to engage with colleagues, friends, and fellow citizens over a thought-provoking text that remains relevant to our present day.
I especially encourage all STEM faculty to participate. Books like 1984 and the discussions that come from them are not solely for those in the humanities. As evidence, I invite you to check out a blog entry I wrote on a chemical aspect of the novel. It can be found at http://www.manyconversations.org/oily_gin.
More details about events can found on the One Book, Many Conversations website. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.