Fridays with Faculty

What is Fridays with Faculty?

Fridays with Faculty is a biweekly lunch/dinner series during which faculty members from across the university are invited to Kirkland House to discuss topics of interest related to their professional fields, personal journeys, life advice, and beyond with a small group of students. Fridays with Faculty is a chance for faculty and students to connect beyond their own classrooms and engage in diverse conversations in a relaxed setting.

For the 2021-22 academic year, Fridays with Faculty sessions will be held in person from 12-1PM or 5:30-6:30PM in the Kirkland House Private Dining Room. Though wine, cheese, food, and desserts are typically provided, dining options will be limited this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

What is discussed?

Faculty guests are asked to start by introducing their academic and professional work. However, the heart of these sessions often involve work done in the non-academic world, recent projects or initiatives, broader life lessons and advice, and/or other areas of passion and expertise.

Of note, each session will offer ample time for attendees to ask questions and engage in thought-provoking discussion. Moreover, sessions never assume any background knowledge, so we highly encourage anyone interested to attend.

Who is invited?

All students of Kirkland House are invited to each session. An RSVP form will be sent out and up to 12 students will be offered a spot each week, given the capacity of the Private Dining Room.

As for faculty members, the Fridays with Faculty coordinators work to invite faculty to these events. We always welcome and encourage students' suggestions and will do our best to bring them to Kirkland House (see below).

When is Fridays with Faculty held?

For the 2021-22 academic year, Fridays with Faculty sessions will be held in person from 12-1PM or 5:30-6:30PM in the Kirkland House Private Dining Room. Check the Kirkland House calendar as well as your emails throughout the semester for upcoming events and information on how to RSVP.

Whom do I contact about Fridays with Faculty?

If you have any questions about the program or wish to suggest a faculty member, please contact Anika Gupta and Raj Vatsa (Resident Tutors).