Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Professor Grossman tilts up onto the tips of his toes and shifts his weight from one leg to the next.
It is a rough count. Peering over the room was not easy with the towering speakers blocking his view of the entire left side. He stands at the bottom of a set of steps that would soon lead him onto the makeshift stage, commonplace for a conference room as such, even if this hadn’t been expanded twice the normal size to meet demand for his talk. A technical glitch with the microphones gave him ample time to take in the audience, something he never did in his own lecture hall. He catches himself grinding his palms together.