Take one very bright researcher who poses interesting positions about the overriding importance of culture (as opposed to institutions). Mix that with the very tedious, and unnecessary, reading of a paper with one brave interrupter in 40 minutes. What you get is a student audience - probably required to be there - which is bored to death. When Q&A finally arrived - the last 15 minutes - Professor Rose came alive and animated with direct responses to some difficult questions. Had the first 40 been like the last 15, this would have been a very worthwhile use of everyone's time. As it was . . . not so much.