I went to the Publicly Active Graduate Education forum today with Page (pun unintended), a fellow doctoral student. The gathering was interesting; it was fascinating to hear scholars from different disciplines talk about what’s on their heart: how to get beyond the ivory tower to make their research accessible; how to connect with the community through their research; the desire not to mess up the community by walking away when the research is done. Really, how does one sustain research in a community after one graduates and not make others feel like they have been ‘used’?
I helped with a grant project last fall and had to discontinue my efforts this semester because I was overextended. I felt bad but one has to manage one’s time wisely.
Several ideas were proposed at the meeting and I am waiting for the follow-up.