I had little time to provide daily updates, so I posted once
and then reported the news from the Duckies
. Much happened on the last two days of the conference:
- Heaps more conversations with new and old friends.
- The Online Media Caucus business meeting. The caucus is thriving--its membership is growing, it had eight panels (an allotment of three and then much co-sponsoring), and the new regime is ready to rock. The incoming chair happens to be my first McGill phd student--Brent Sasley.
- The Duckies!!!
- The Poker Game! We had to find an empty conference room as a very sensitive neighbor complained 5 minutes into our gathering. The game ended when the power went out. In between? Many bad decisions, some good luck, and much mirth.
- Saturday involved more conversations, including with an Oxford grad student who sought to talk about the international relations of ethnic conflict.
- The last panel for me was a roundtable on military deployments and parliamentary votes. I kind of wore two hats--as the Canadian guy to talk about the Canadian experience (I mostly repeated what Phil Lagasse has told me/written over the years) and as the comparative civ-mil guy.
- Dinner with Cullen Hendrix, who used to be the young hotshot from my old grad school.... and now the next director of the Sie Center at U of Denver, so I admired the gray in his beard stubble.
- A whiskey lesson from an expert:
Twas one of the best ISA's I can remember--lots of fruitful conversations, heaps of useful feedback, met many new people, saw most of my old friends. Very much worth the trip.
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