Presentations & Papers

The members' presentations (known as papers) and the spirited discussions occurring afterwards, are the heart of the Round Table. Click here for a catalog of papers presented at the Club since 1913.

The Constitution and Bylaws do not set standards for the papers.  Certain practices, however, have emerged over the years.

· Papers may or may not relate directly to the presenter's specialty or occupation.
· Most papers can be presented in 25 to 30 minutes.
· Graphics are acceptable if they are important to the theme of the paper.
· The Vice President is responsible for lining up the papers for the upcoming Club year.
· The presenter is responsible for arranging an introducer.
· Each year the Executive Committee selects the best paper of the year, copies of which are made available at the May meeting.
· Papers must be submitted in a format that can be filed in the Special Collections section of the University of Oregon Library.

Papers are being schedule now for the 2017-18 club year, and if you have an interest please talk with Vice President Scott Clarke at

The 2016-17 schedule:

October 11, 2016 - David Frank: "What to make of Fredrick Dunn"
November 10, 2016 - Mary Leighton: "A Privileged Life"
December 13, 2016 - Sid Crenwelge: "The quest for the 2 hour marathon"
January 10, 2017 - Jonathan Brandt: "The Joy of Singing"
February 14, 2017 - Jim Earl: "Slow Movement"
March 14, 2017 - Barbara Mossberg: "Poetry Matters: The Unlikely but true role of poetry in our lives"
April 11, 2017 - Steve Engel: "The Beeswax Shipwreck"
May 9, 2017 - Bill Sullivan: "Red Gates of Nirvana"

The following papers were presented during 2015-16:

October 13, 2015 - Louise Bishop: "Turn the Board"
November 10, 2015 - Bob Keefer: "The World's Greatest City"
December 8, 2015 - Jim Walker: "Appropriation Before Occupation"
January 12, 2016 - Chris Chavez: "The Stories We Tell Our Children"
February 9, 2016 - Mike Kellman: "Still Young at 99 - Don't take it personally!"
March 8, 2016 - Kamala Shugar: "What do booze, bottles, bongs, death and taxes have in common?"
April 12, 2016 - Steve Engel: "Dinosaurs in the Attic"
May 10, 2016 - Wayne Parker: "Our Water Odyssey: My encounters with a Governor, a Movie Stuntman and an Ecoterrorist"