What I just said on e-mail:
Est-ce que j’ai dit oui a cette date et oublié? Je ne m’en souviens pas et je ne trouve rien dans le courriel de l’automne.
Parlons cette semaine, à voir s’il y a une solution — je ne veux pas détruire le programme.
What it is about:
Last spring I said I would give a talk in my department this spring. I just heard from my colleague what date he wants it given, and I have something else planned. Not something I cannot cancel, but something I do not want to cancel.
He says the date was decided in the fall. I do not remember being told.
I could cancel part of my other event and give the talk. But I do not necessarily have the time to prepare it, for this date, in a way that would advance MY work. So I would sacrifice part of a research trip and also time from work on a presentation I am giving ten days after this one, at a conference, for the sake of this little talk in my department.
Should I do this for the sake of diplomacy? What I want is to give it later, in some other iteration of our home symposium, and I know that this is what a professor in a normal situation would ask for. But in this situation, that I perceive to be more delicate, should I make the sacrifice? Should I consider that perhaps there will be a secret benefit in it for me … perhaps having to pour it on research wise in February will be good for me?
(I have so much going on that I am tending to say this is not a good idea).
What would you do?