Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Of Cannibals and Conferences

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 10th, 2015

If you want to hold a conference at my university, you need to fill out a delightful form called a "risk assessment" in which you list all of the potential dangers attendees might encounter and speculate about how to avoid them. Those risks include delegates getting lost on their way to or from the campus, tripping on their way to dinner, or not knowing the location of building exits in the event of a fire.
As I completed the risk assessment for my conference on cannibalism — in which I admitted the possibility that participants could become ill while hearing some of the papers presented — I realized that I had some thoughts about organizing my first conference. From bureaucratic hurdles to choosing catering, I learned some things about what I’d do the next time to try to make everything run smoothly.

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