Ken Swope participated in several conferences earlier this year. He was involved in a roundtable discussion on "The Art of War" at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS in February 2015. He presented "Rivers of Blood and Roads of Bones: Sichuan in the Ming-Qing Transition" at the Festschrift for John E. Wills, Jr., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (March 2015). At the annual meeting of the CMHS in Montgomery, AL in April, he presented "To the Bitter End: The Annihilation of the Kuidong 13 in the Early Qing." Also in April in Montgomery, Ken was commentator for the panel entitled "Commemoration and Reform: Reinventing China's Military from the Ming Debacle to the Second Sino-Japanese War" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History.