The Department

by Henry on December 21, 2007

What happens when a bunch of Harvard pol-sci grad students, with, in Dan Drezner’s words, too much time on their hands, decide to make their own version of ‘The Office’?

It works pretty well (a) because there really aren’t all that many differences between academic politics and the office politics of a paper manufacturer, and (b) because while scholars don’t necessarily make great actors, we do have that ‘not quite comfortable in our own skins and trying to make meaningful conversation but having it filled with awkward pauses’ thing down cold.

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Timothy Burke 12.21.07 at 3:29 pm

The interesting game to play while watching is to try and guess if there are people who aren’t in on the joke. I couldn’t help but think that there were a couple of people who might not have fully grasped it.

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Jabuka 12.21.07 at 3:57 pm

The Bill Kristol fan was kind of…disturbing.

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amelia 12.21.07 at 4:23 pm

you know, a couple of years ago, in a political science department that shall remain nameless, a similar episode of “hijacking the zeitgeist” led to the second-years’ performance of a skit about team teaching — called, IIRC, “brokeback seminar.”

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polthry grad student 12.21.07 at 10:13 pm

Why is it always the theorists who get it in the end?

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aaron_m 12.22.07 at 6:12 am

“Why is it always the theorists who get it in the end?”

I do believe the question answers itself.

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