What is a Pforum?
Started by former faculty deans Jim and Sue McCarthy, way back in the late 1990s, pforums are an evening dinner/talk series offered 3-4 times per semester. We begin with a special dinner in our residence for our guest and a small group of students and members of our senior common room (by sign up). This is followed by an invitation to all members of the Pfoho community --students, tutors, SCR members, and staff -- to come together for fancy dessert set up in the alcove outside the Hastings Room (no sign-up needed) and a conversation/lecture/concert (usually held in the Hastings Room or the Holmes Heritage Room) with a compelling guest speaker. Past speakers have included academics, activists, journalists, poets, entertainers, and more.
What's in it for me?
Students consistently report (on the house life survey) that it is one of their top favorite things to do at Pfoho. In fact, seniors who attend pforums often tell us how much they regret not going to them earlier on (like their sophomore year). It's a chance to interact with senior faculty and learn incredibly cool new things. Plus, you get a chance for a home-made meal in Anne and John’s house (on a rotating basis) and a fancy dessert (always).
What days are Pforums held?
We generally hold them on a week night Tuesday through Thursday. The small dinner starts at 6, dessert will be served at around 7pm, and the talk or performance goes from about 7:30 to 8:15 or 8:30. We may occasionally experiment with a different format.
Do I have to dress up?
No, you do not have to dress up.
By the way, what's the SCR, anyway?!
The SCR, or Senior Common Room, is both a physical space (next to the Hastings Room) and a concept. SCR members are typically current faculty and staff of the house, as well as affiliated current and emeritus professors and other folks (e.g. Nieman fellows, visiting professors) who are invited to participate in house life. Our hope is that SCR members will connect with students around shared interests; you can read more about the SCR on the Pfoho website.