In weekly 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: 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 .

Because of restrictions related to the Corona pandemic, our meet-ups have been moved to a video meeting room using Big Blue Button on our ILIAS page, which you can join here.



Quixotic #16: Why I Hope to Die at 75 by E.J. Emanuel (Monday 22nd of March 2021, 17:00, Big Blue Button videocall on the ILIAS group)
Quixotic is back and this time we are knockin’ on heaven’s door, tackling one of life’s inevitabilities: Death. What is a good and meaningful death? What is its connection to ageing? How has the modern access to constant medical supervision in relatively private circumstances affected our relationship to death? These are just some of the questions we want to explore, with an essay by renown oncologist and bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel as the basis of our discussion. (Reading here. Must be read beforehand.)
Chaired by: Philip

Special: The Big Random LAS Students’ Meet-Up (Wednesday 31st of March 2021, 17:00, Wonder Common Room)
Chaired by: –

Quixotic #17: Movie Night (Monday 5th of April 2021, time and film TBA, Kast.gg)
Chaired by: Ingrid, Radu and Philip

Recent meetings:

Quixotic #12: Where Have All the Geniuses Gone? by Darrin McMahon (Thursday 18th June 2020, 12:00, Big Blue Button videocall on the ILIAS group: LINK)
In our first ever virtual meet-up, we’ll be talking about what makes genius: nature, nurture, others’ perception or maybe even a medical condition like the “savant syndrome”. The article serving as a starting point for the conversation is by Darrin McMahon, a historian at Florida State who specializes in the history of “genius”. (Reading here. Must be read beforehand.)
Chaired by: Philip, Ingrid and Radu

Quixotic #13: Library Maketh City (Thursday 25th June 2020, 12:00, Big Blue Button videocall on the ILIAS group: LINK)
This week we’re trying something different. Whereas frequently we discuss a single text we all read, this week we’re asking each participant to bring their own story.
Cities are fascinating systems of many moving parts, and their evolution throughout history is riddled with interesting mishaps and inspiring triumphs, many of which have to do with libraries: community centres, elite collections, repositories of knowledge and social levelers. In recognition of this richness, we’re asking each participant to this week’s discussion to do their own bit of research and tell us a story from a city’s past that we might not have known, related to the theme “Libraries”. Instead of the usual debates, the conversation will weave around the tidbits we bring.
(You are welcome to join even if you don’t prepare, but it’s more interesting if you do.)
Chaired by: Radu

Quixotic #14: Meditation and Success Gurus: Truth and Scam (Tuesday 30th of June 2020 at 18:00, Big Blue Button videocall on the ILIAS group: LINK)
This week we’d like to take a deeper look at personal growth and productivity, delving into the spheres of matcha, meditation and miracle mornings. There will be no required reading. However, we kindly ask you to reflect on your own personal relationship to this field, as well as to do a bit of research i.e. checking out various blogs or YouTube videos. Additionally, you are invited to read Bertrand Russell’s In Praise of Idleness, representing an opposite viewpoint.
Chaired by: Philip

Quixotic #15: Cultures of Food, Literally and Figuratively (Tuesday 7th of July 2020 at 18:00, Big Blue Button videocall on the ILIAS group: LINK)
This week at Quixotic, we’re talking about food – specifically, fermented food! We invite you to embrace the Zymologist in yourself, learn about the science and culture behind fermented foods, and share your findings on Tuesday! Fermented  foods are produced or preserved by microorganisms, and they are ubiquitous around the world. They include beer, kefir, kimchi, ayran and bread, among others. To prepare, find yourself a nice food to research. A suggested starting point is this List of Fermented Foods.
Chaired by: Ingrid

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