Calling All Moderators


I could never be a moderator.
I have lots of ideas for seminars, but I could never lead one.
I enjoy being a moderator and lead a seminar most semesters.
I can’t see ever being a moderator of a zoom seminar.
I would like to see seminars that are more interactive and rely less on presentations.
I have wondered about moderating a seminar, but find the idea too intimidating.
I could imagine moderating a seminar, but I have no idea how to do it.

If one or more of these statements describes you, we have an offer we hope you will not refuse! Starting in January, the Curriculum Committee will be holding a series of informal Zoom gatherings for and about being a MODERATOR.

Each meeting will have, but by no means be confined to, a focus topic. The January 8 and February 8 meetings may be of particular interest to novice moderators, while those on January 28 and February 16 may be more relevant to current moderators. However, all members of LIR, including those who at the moment have no thought of moderating a seminar or workshop, are welcome at any of these meeting.

We envision these meetings as an opportunity for current moderators to share ideas about their experiences, for anyone thinking about moderating to ask questions, and for seminar participants to weigh in on what they have enjoyed and/or wished for.

An email notice with sign-up instructions will be sent to all LIR members in advance of each meeting. These dates and topics may change as circumstances demand.


Focus topic

January 8, 2021 at 11 a.m.
New date
What it’s like to be a Moderator
January 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. The joys and woes of moderating on Zoom
February 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. Exploring alternative formats
February 16, 2021 at 3 p.m. Maximizing social interactions on Zoom
March, TBD Thinking ahead to Zoom/Hybrid seminars

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: Pre-proposals for Fall 2021 seminars and workshops are due by March 1, 2021. Formal proposals must be received by March 24.

Questions? Email the Curriculum Committee