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Workshop on Making Academic Presentations

Tom Robertson, PhD
Making Academic Presentations

Time: 8 pm Nepal standard time | Date: 13 July 2023
Platform: Zoom (online)

Making academic/professional presentations of original research can be complicated, given the need to present arguments in the clearest and most efficient way possible alongside keeping the audience engaged as well. This workshop will help understand some of the most important things to remember when preparing for a presentation at a conference or a seminar. We will look at some common mistakes that are usually made when presenting and designing presentations, as well as some best practices that can be followed to avoid pitfalls. The focus will be on developing the skill of making good academic presentations for students and researchers alike.

The workshop is aimed primarily at those making presentations at the Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya but anyone interested can apply to join. There is no participation fee to be part of the workshop.

Thomas (Tom) Robertson is a historian and the former director of Fulbright Nepal/USEF. Before Fulbright, he taught American and global history for 10 years at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. His recent publications include ‘Kathmandu’s “Flash Floods” Are 4 Decades in the Making’, Nepali Times, July 31, 2021; ‘The Insect that Changed Nepal’s History,’ Nepali Times, March 28, 2018; ‘New Frontiers, World War II Technologies and the Opening of Tropical Environments to Development’, in The Development Century: A Global History, edited by Stephen J. Macekura and Erez Manela (Cambridge University Press, 2018); and ‘DDT and the Cold War: American Social and Environmental Engineering in the Rapti Valley (Chitwan) of Nepal,’ Journal of American History (March 2018).

Professor Robertson has created several videos with tips and guidelines about nonfiction writing. Individuals can visit his YouTube channel called Mitho Lekhai here for videos with tips on writing and more. Videos focussing on making professional presentations are listed below:

Mitho Lekhai Videos: Pro Presentations, Full Version, 35 mins
Pro Presentations  Tom’s Mitho Lekhai Videos  FULL

Mitho Lekhai Videos: Pro Presentations, Short Version, 12 mins
Pro Presentations  Tom’s Mitho Lekhai Videos  SHORT

Individuals interested in applying for the workshop can fill out this Google Form. The application deadline is 10 July 2023.

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