In semi-regular Quixotic meetings, students discuss and debate a cultural object (e.g. a piece of writing, an artwork or a performance). In so doing, they expand their understanding of the diverse areas of knowledge that their peers are interested in. Any student can propose a topic for discussion.
We believe in rationality, tea and a barely controlled maelstrom of ideas.
Core Team: Lisa Beck and Hannah Schanz
Founding Parents: Ingrid Stevens, Philip Sänger, Radu Diaconescu
To propose a topic/cultural object for a discussion, to ask to be included in the mailing list, or for other contacting needs, reach out via
ucf.quixotic (at) protonmail.com .
Quixotic #31: Yellow Submarine (Friday, 3rd of February, 5pm, HS 1009 KG I)
This week, we’ll be watching the zany, trippy, and entertaining animated movie Yellow Submarine, which has the Beatles going on a bizarre adventure to save the mystical country of Pepperland. After embarking in the titular Yellow Submarine, the Fab Four cross the Sea of Time, defeat the Blue Meanies with the power of music, and enjoy themselves throughout the whole trip (pun intended). Come for a dive into late 1960s aesthetics, stay for the music. All together now!
Since the movie will be the subject of discussion on Friday, there’s no need to prepare any readings (although we don’t want to stop you). So feel free to just stop by spontaneously, there’s room for everyone!
Quixotic #30: ChatGPT (Wednesday, 14th of December 2022, 7pm, R 01 036a, Alte Uni)
On Wednesday, we plan to talk to GPT for a bit to see what it can do, and discuss some of the benefits, dangers and implications of technology like this. To prepare for the session, you may read this article as well as this one. And, if you want to find out more about the company behind GPT, feel free to click around on OpenAI’s website.
Also, we’ll be providing some festive biscuits, so feel free to bring some tea or other treats!
Quixotic #29: The Woman King (Monday, 21st of November 2022, 9:30am, Harmonie-Kino)
So far, the movie has been largely praised for an outstanding cast and epic action choreography. Yet, there are also critical opinions discontent that although the story is based on true events, it lacks historical accuracy and leans too far into fantastical heroisation.
Chaired by: Caren
Quixotic #27: Work-Life Balance (Monday, 24th of October 2022, 19:00, Alte Uni – The Common Room)
In recent years, discontent with traditional modes of working like the 40-hour work week and having a “dream job” have been more and more contested, especially by younger generations. While some people now put only a minimum of effort into work (aka “quiet quitting”), engage in semi-marxist critique of work (“I don’t dream of labor”), and view work as exchange of lifetime for money, others have taken to finding their identity in their job, monetizing their hobbies, and being driven by a strong need for productivity. Both sides have found stable footing on social media, be that hustle-culture motivational instagram posts or QuitTok, which also means that a lot of the conversations around labor are taking place in spaces where many of the most powerful people in the workforce are not actually present.
Monday’s discussion will center around personal fulfillment, popular anti-capitalism, social media and what we even work for. Before coming to the session, please read this article as well as this shorter one. And, if you want to find out more about the NGO behind the 4-day-workweek, feel free to click around on this website.
Chaired by.: Lisa and Hannah