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.