advice for how to present a non-fiction book to a lecture audience
January 21, 2013 8:01 AM Subscribe
I will be need to present my thesis (which is a 200 page theoretical book) to an audience in about a week. Some of the audience will have read it, but the majority will have not. The argument of the book is too complex and extended to summarize into a 10 minute presentation, so I am not sure what to present. If I try to condense it or if I select just a part to present, the result will be that the whole book will be judged based on that one part.
posted by cmp4Meta to education (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Unfortunately, there is no small part that represents the whole like that, so I'm kind of stuck as to what to do. My idea was to approach it indirectly, making a presentation that follows the spirit of the book but that does not try to reproduce it. I thought of maybe trying to produce a short film that would be related to the book but not a replication of it - but even there, one runs the risk of the whole thing then being evaluated on the basis of the film. Does anyone have any ideas how to present this so that I can do justice to the entire project rather than just having them judge a slice of it?