The Orchard in Grantchester, England, is over 100 years old and remains a tranquil haven where people can converse and share ideas in the tradition of generations of Cambridge students and the notables who went there to take tea throughout its history. Among these are Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Crick and Watson, (discoverers of the double helix of DNA), Alan Turing (inventor of the computer), Rutherford (who split the atom), the writers Rupert Brooke, Virginia Wolfe, EM Forster, Sylvia Plath, Salman Rushdie, AA Milne, Stephen Fry, and royalty, such as King George VI and Prince Charles, along with the likes of John Cleese and Hugh Laurie.
In that tradition, The Economics Department inaugurated in the fall term 2010 a weekly Friday afternoon gathering between 3:30-4:30 in the Veblen Lounge for “Orchard Conversations”. There is an announced topic each week, which is philosophical in nature and which bears generally on the social sciences, but is not limited to them, to which all are invited to contribute. The idea is to spend some leisurely time in good conversation over a cup of tea with friends about an interesting topic in the best spirit of the liberal arts.
Please join us if you can!