The Inauspicious Debut of a Scholarly Presenter

With several holiday-season academic meetings just completed, I imagine that many graduate students are back on campus trying to recover from the horrors of making their first scholarly presentation. I know it took me a while.

Last year marked my own debut as a presenter at academic conferences. By January 1996, I'd gotten unexpected good news: three acceptance letters for three proposed presentations, on different topics and at different conferences. Four months later, I was