On being interrupted

Posted: April 29, 2012 by Jender in good intentions gone awry

I’m a grad student who gave a short talk to members of my department (some faculty and some grad students). The talk went well, everyone was very helpful, and overall I thought it was a great experience. However, I was interrupted during the talk and Q&A more than any other speaker in recent memory and on several occasions a professor with whom I’ve worked answered questions before I could get a word out. I think it’s easy for professors to see their students, but especially their female students, in this sort of paternalistic way. They think they’re helping, but it’s frustrating!

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