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  • CHESS Humanities & Leadership Conference

    Due to COVID-19 the 2020 CHESS Humanities & Leadership Conference was canceled. We regret missing the opportunity to join together. You may access the 2020 program online. We hope to hold the conference in March 2021. Please watch this web page for updates and information on the call for proposals.
    March 14, 2020
    Gannon University


    Gannon University proudly invites students, practitioners, and faculty members to participate in our sixth annual cross-disciplinary humanities conference scheduled for March 14, 2020. The CHESS Humanities & Leadership Conference is a peer reviewed conference that highlights scholarly research within the humanities, social sciences, and leadership disciplines. The conference offers a rich opportunity to present new or emerging research, and connect with a broad scope of students, scholars and practitioners. Undergraduate and graduate students are highly encouraged to submit a proposal for this engaging one day conference. 

    History of the Conference

    Gannon University’s English Department, housed within the College of History, 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 will be 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.