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  • CHESS Humanities & Leadership Conference


    We are appreciative of the interest and support in the CHESS Humanities and Leadership Conference. Unfortunately, this year’s conference has been cancelled. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing our new and returning attendees and presenters at our next conference in 2024. 

    Any questions can be directed to Dr. Lori D. Lindley, at 814-871-7549 or

    History of the Conference

    Gannon University’s English Department, housed within the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS), initiated the first CHESS Humanities Conference in Spring 2015 to give students studying within the Humanities an opportunity to present their research. The conference grew to include a multitude of presenters across the disciplines, and has emerged as a small yet impactful scholarly collective. Thus, a one-day event to promote undergraduate and graduate scholarly work has evolved to include faculty, practitioners, and community members. In 2016, the conference instituted a peer-review process, and in 2019, published its first conference proceedings.

    In 2020, the conference was directed by Gannon University’s Organizational Learning & Leadership program, and the name of the conference changed to the CHESS Humanities & Leadership Conference. The conference remains a regional peer-reviewed opportunity for students and faculty to share and develop their scholarship. It also serves as a one-day point of connection for all learners who value the sharing and discourse of ideas.

    Previous Conferences

    2015                   2018

    2016                   2019

    2017                   2020