The 88th Annual Meeting was hosted by Wabash College. The meeting was a great success, and featured a total of 61 papers and 24 posters, with over 120 participants. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Stephen Morillo, who is a professor of history and the Eugene N. & Marian C. Beesley Chair at Wabash College. Dr. Morillo regularly teaches both halves of the introductory world history survey, History 101 and 102, for which he has written his own world history textbook, Frameworks of World History (Oxford University Press, 2014). He has also taught both of the History Department’s capstone courses, History 497 and 498, as well as intermediate level courses and upper level seminars on a wide variety of topics including world military history, maritime history, medieval Japan, and others. He is a Rhodes Scholar and received his DPhil from Jesus College, Oxford University in 1985, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1980.

Schedule at a Glance

Panels and Poster sessions will take place at these times on 10/13/2017:

8:00 am -
8:00 am REGISTRATION (All day, with a break between 12:00-1:30 PM ET): Detchon Center (Near main entrance to Campus Mall)
8:30 am -
10:15 am -
12:00 pm -
1:25 pm LUNCHEON-KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Knowling Fieldhouse inside the Allen Center
1:30 pm -
3:15 pm -

Each paper will be scheduled for a specific time slot within the session, and these times will appear in the printed program.


Session Guidelines

Panel Sessions (90 minutes): Three to five papers are represented on a panel, which also includes a chair. The chair introduces the panel and each author, manages the time for each presentation, and insures that the discussion is polite and productive. Each author presents an abbreviated version of his or her paper. Feedback and comments may be provided by the chair and followed by comments, questions, and discussion including the audience. The chair manages the time for each presentation to ensure that each participant has equal time.

Poster Sessions: Poster sessions will be held in the International Hall of the Detchon Center building. Attendees have the opportunity to walk through and view the poster displays throughout the day.

Audiovisual Information: All panel rooms have a projector and a desktop computer. You should come to the session with your presentation saved on a USB flash or thumb drive.

Panel Guidelines

The Role of Panel Chair
: The chair is responsible for introducing each paper and the authors. The chair is also responsible for managing the time for each presentation, making sure no author exceeds his or her assigned time slot on the program, and ensures that the discussion is polite and productive. Please allow an equal amount of time for each presenter (if 5 presenters, 12 minutes; if 4 presenters, 15 minutes; if 3 presenters, 20 minutes), followed by 30 minutes for comments from chair and audience discussion.

Poster Session Guidelines

Authors must be present to answer questions. Well-conceived poster presentations provide easily comprehensible findings. The materials should exploit the visual aspect of the poster format. For example, the use of color can highlight key aspects of an analysis, an effective way to help the viewer focus on elements the author believes are most important. Graphs or tables may be better presented on larger pages. Simply attaching the pages of a paper to the display panel does not constitute a poster presentation.

The posters will be organized by section to encourage more conference attendees to visit the posters. Presenters need to arrive 15 minutes before their session begins and have all presentation materials prepared for quick assembly. Clips supplied at each display panel can be used to attach poster materials to the panels. Presenters must remove their materials from the display panels at the end of their session for the next presenter.

Poster Format Suggestions

Title, Authors, and Institutional Affiliation: Provide this information on a strip of paper at the top of the display panel. Lettering height should be no less than three inches. The text of the paper should be visible from five feet.

Abstract: Display a one-page abstract in the upper-left corner of the display panel, directly under the title. The text should be visible from five feet.

Hypotheses, Graphs, and Tables: If clearly stated and simply displayed, these allow the reader to understand the research without extensive written explanation. Briefly identify the research design and relevant literature as well.

Clear Sequence: The layout of findings should follow the sequence of the paper clearly. Numbering figures or using arrows greatly aids the reader's quick absorption of material.

Avoid Clutter: Do not clutter the presentation with too many figures and avoid too much written material. The benefit of the poster presentations is the reliance on graphics to spark interest in reading the entire paper. More open space is easier on the eye, and its simplicity supports the clarity of presentation.

Plan Ahead: Preview the presentation prior to the conference to make sure information is legible from a distance of five feet.
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