More than 1,000 students in four catered LSE residences eat together each weeknight during term time, and from time to time host ‘Chow Down’, an event which gives students, School governors, staff and friends the opportunity to share a meal together (this one last year was hosted at Bankside).
On 25 February 2014, it was Passfield’s turn, and LSE Director Craig Calhoun visited ‘Chow Down’ to share conversation over dinner with the residents. He was joined by Warden Richard Perkins, who facilitated the event and oversaw the proceedings.
Attendees of previous ‘Chow Downs’ have been impressed with the strong sense of community and connection within the halls. They also enjoyed the opportunity to meet students in a relaxed setting. Craig Calhoun joined the good feedback the next day on his Twitter feed @craigjcalhoun.
The inspiring motto of the ‘Chow Down’ invitation is a quote from Oxford scholar and thinker Theodore Zeldin:
When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards. Conversation has to explore new territory to become an adventure.
Residential Services arranges ‘Chow Down’ events regularly. If you interested in attending an event, contact: email@example.com