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2014 SSEC Annual Conference


Report Summary

SSEC Annual Meeting – Rome, Italy
June 10 – 14, 2014

Thirty-four SSEC members and guests enjoyed a five-day conference in Rome and environs.  With a conference theme, Updating World History, participants enjoyed a walking tour of Rome and visits to two major historical sites.  These field trip visits were followed by a day of member presentations and the annual business meeting.  The conference was ably hosted by Academic Initiatives Abroad (AIA) Abroad Rome Center.  Scott Schlimgen is the president of AIA.  The images below capture the flavor of the conference. 

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On any tour of Rome, it is hard to miss the Roman Coliseum, which is currently undergoing extensive renovation.  

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A street in Herculaneum, a Roman city that was buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. 

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Conferees study a model layout of Hadrian’s Villa.  Hadrian was a Roman Emperor A.D. 76 – 138. 

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Villa d’Este is a spectacular villa, which displays an extensive collection of artifacts in early Roman history. 

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Eight SSEC members and respondents gave conference presentations.
Shown here are Linda Levstik (L), Carole Hahn (center), and Phyllis Fernlund (R). 

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SSEC Executive Director James Davis (R) presents the 2015 Irving Morrissett Award for Excellence in Social Science Education
to Richard A. Diem, Dean, Honors College, University of Texas at San Antonio. 

A Special Note on the Future of the SSEC

Following extensive discussion on the potential futures of the SSEC, members present at the 2015 annual meeting voted to place SSEC activities on hold through 2015.  The current task for a selected SSEC leadership group will be to develop a reorganization plan for the organization.  Tasks of the group will include, but not limited to:  rethinking the mission of the organization; re-defining the target audience, including young scholars; developing a membership recruitment plan; prioritizing publications alternatives, including revisions of current publications; and seeking potential funding.  Any SSEC member is welcome to offer ideas for this reorganization.  Send your ideas to Jim Davis, SSEC Executive Director. jamesdavis711@gmail.com

 

 
     
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