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Last Call for Conference Proposals (and a Plug for Guided Discussions)

Tomorrow is the deadline for panel and paper submissions to the 2017 S-USIH conference in Dallas.  And if you’re anything like me, you may be planning on submitting on the last day.  So, in addition to reminding everyone of the deadline, on behalf of this year’s conference committee, I wanted to draw your attention to a new kind of panel (for S-USIH at least) that appears on our Call for Papers.

Guided Discussion panels are designed to lead the audience in the exploration of four interrelated scholarly or pedagogical questions. Four presenters each take five to ten minutes to introduce one of the questions. Then the audience splits into four groups, each led by one of the presenters, to discuss his or her question.  Finally the room reconvenes, each of the presenters offers a brief summary of the group discussions and a general discussion takes place.

One of the most rewarding aspects of any conference are the scholarly exchanges that take place in the sessions. Guided Discussion panels are designed to maximize audience participation. And since the conference allows participants to appear twice on the program in different roles, you can be a Guided Discussion presenter if you’re already giving a paper or commenting in a traditional panel or roundtable.

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