Today I had two social obligations: my first seminar for Patriarchy, Sex, and Gender in Early Modern Europe and the first meeting for the Art Appreciation Society that I’d considered joining. Once I’d roused myself at around 11am and finally detached myself from Crusader Kings II at 1:30pm I left Seán’s place and went back to my dorm for the 3pm class.
Anyway, here are a few things I saw along the way:
I thought I’d be late, considering the time it takes me to talk between Seán’s and my dorm and between my dorm and my classes, but I was pleasantly a few minutes early. In the class we divided up presentation topics (I’ll be discussing the history and “crisis” of masculinity) and then got on to talk about whether or not we think “patriarchy” as a concept is useful for historians. It was a good discussion and I really liked it, so hopefully that bodes well for the rest of the class.
Since I was already on campus and didn’t want to walk back to my dorm being as I only had two hours until the art appreciation society meeting, I stopped in the computer lab in the same building as my classes and did a bit of studying. I’ve been working on my presentation for my class on Renaissance Florence (which I wrote about here) and catching up on Duolingo, which gave me this gem of a translation:
The meeting went over fine, there was just talking about the events planned for this semester and a sign up for the mailing list. There was also a social afterwards at a local pub, but I skipped it because I had a pounding headache by that time. That didn’t stop me from thinking the main University building is absolutely gorgeous in the evening:
In my headache induced haze I stopped to get milk at a Tesco and promptly cracked up at this sign: