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2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Southeast
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Western
Deadline: October 1, 2019

Southwest
Deadline: October 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: November 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

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Guide to the 2019 AAR Annual Meeting in San Diego

 

Join us for the 2019 AAR and SBL Annual Meetings in San Diego! More than 1,200 events—academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, tours, and workshops—will be offered. All sessions will take place at the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 and surrounding hotels. Conference hotels are located within easy walking distance of the Convention Center. Registration and the Exhibit Hall are located in the Convention Center, and the Employment Center is located in the Grand Hyatt.


ANNUAL MEETING OVERVIEW

The Annual Meetings are cohosted by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), making it the largest yearly convention of scholars in the fields of religious studies and theology. Combined, there are over 1,200 academic sessions offered by the AAR, SBL, and other related scholarly organizations.

  • First-Time Attendee or International Member? The AAR Annual Meeting can be overwhelming. This guide provides basic information about the meeting for new members and for those traveling from outside the United States.

The sessions, breakfasts, and receptions at this year’s Annual Meetings will be held in the San Diego Convention Center and four nearby hotels: Hilton Bayfront, Marriott Marquis & Marina, Grand Hyatt, and the Omni Hotel. All locations are within walking distance of each other. Registration and the Exhibit Hall are located in the Convention Center, and the Employment Center is located in the Grand Hyatt.

Location Map of Convention Center and Hotels

 

Facilities Addresses

San Diego Convention Center

111 West Harbor Drive

Embassy Suites Downtown

601 Pacific Highway

Grand Hyatt

1 Market Place

Hard Rock Hotel

207 Fifth Avenue

Hilton Bayfront

1 Park Boulevard

Hilton Gaslamp Quarter

401 K Street

Indigo Hotel

509 9th Avenue

Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

660 K Street

Marriott Marquis & Marina

333 West Harbor Drive

Omni Hotel

675 L Street

Residence Inn Gaslamp Quarter

356 6th Avenue

Solamar Hotel

435 6th Avenue

Westin Gaslamp Quarter

910 Broadway Circle

Noteworthy in 2019

Print Your Name Badge Prior to Arrival
Check your e-mail in early November for a special link to print your name badge and tote bag ticket to bring with you to San Diego. In an effort to cut down on lines for badge reprints at registration, Annual Meeting name badges will no longer be sent via postal mail. Print and cut out both your name badge (two-sided with hotel emergency numbers on the back) and tote bag ticket before you leave home. When you arrive at the Convention Center, use your preprinted tote bag ticket to pick up a tote bag at the Tote Bag Window, located in the A Lobby of the Convention Center, right under the Big Blue Bear. You can also pick up your lanyard and your name badge holder. Slip in your preprinted name badge in the badge holder and you're good to go. No need to stand in line at the Registration desk.

If you do not receive your name badge e-mail by November 12, please e-mail reg@aarweb.org to have it resent.

Free Wi-Fi!
A free wireless Internet network will be available throughout the entire San Diego Convention Center. The network name is SBL/AAR, and requires no password. All the hotels have Internet access available in their business centers or guest rooms. The hotels may charge a fee to access the Internet in the guest rooms, and that information can be found on the Hotel Amenity Chart.

Mobile App
AAR and SBL Annual Meetings will have a free mobile app available. With the app, you can create and customize your schedule, make notes about sessions, search for participants, share your schedule with friends and colleagues, get interactive information about exhibitors, and much more. Schedule changes are downloaded in the background when Internet access is available. See the AAR website for information on downloading the free app. No smartphone or tablet? No worries: there is also a web-based version of the Mobile App.

For questions or help using the app, see the friendly onsite tech gurus at the Mobile App help desk in the Registration area in the Convention Center.

Hotel Update
October 24 is the deadline for the special conference rates. After that date, we can no longer accept reservations for housing, and you'll need to make your own arrangements. Should you want to stay at one of our conference hotels, they are not obligated to honor the special conference rates that were in effect prior to October 24. Contact reg@aarweb.org for up-to-date information.

Plenary Sessions on "Religious Studies in Public”
Join AAR President Laurie Louise Patton for a plenary panel on Redefining the Public Sphere: The Case of 21st Century Islam (A23-140); her presidential address on "And Are We Not of Interest to Each Other?": A Blueprint for the Public Study of Religion (A23-502); a plenary panel on Expanding the Public Sphere: Plenary Convesation with Kate Bowler adn AAR PResident Laurie Patton on Becoming a Public Intellectual (A24-140); and a plenary panel on Creating a Public Sphere: A Conversation about Religion Online 25 Years Out (A25-146). Session descriptions, participants, and times are here.

For a complete list of other sessions focused on the presidential theme, see the Annual Meeting Program Book.

 

AAR Full Paper Submission Program

Full Papers Submission ProgramThe full text of papers for more than ten sessions is being made available to AAR members in advance of the 2019 Annual Meeting. During these sessions, presenters will briefly summarize their arguments, with the bulk of the time given over to discussion. These papers are available only for the few weeks leading up to the Annual Meeting. After November 20, they will be removed from the website. These pages and documents are inaccessible to search engines such as Google, so please do not share these files elsewhere.

 

All-Gender Restrooms

ALL PERSON, ALL ACCESS restrooms are available on the Street level of the Convention Center near room 507, the third floor of the Hyatt Regency near the Slate room, the street level of the I.M. Pei tower of the Sheraton Downtown, and the third floor of the Hilton City Center. AAR recognizes that there are members of our community who may feel more comfortable in an all-gender restroom. The all-gender restrooms are marked with special signage during the Annual Meetings.

Instagram Photo Contest


SBL and AAR will be hosting an Instagram photo contest during the 2019 Annual Meetings in San Diego! Start looking for the items listed below, snap a photo with your phone, iPad or other device, and upload it to Instagram using the following hashtag #SBLAAR19. Winners will be chosen daily. Valuable prizes such as gift cards and 2020 Annual Meeting registrations will be available to the winners!

How to Play

1. First, make sure your Instagram profile is Public so we can see your picture.
2. Second, snap a photo at the locations listed below to enter. Add the hashtag
#SBLAAR19 to the description or in your comments so we will be able to view it!

  • Prizes will be awarded daily beginning Friday, November 16th.
  • Daily Prizes include Starbucks and Amazon gift cards.
  • All photos must be uploaded no later than 12:00 EST, Tuesday, November 20th.
  • The more photos you take, the more chances you will have to be entered to win the Grand Prize — Complimentary Registration to the 2019 Annual Meetings hosted by AAR & SBL in San Diego!
  • Winners will be contacted via Instagram daily so be sure to check your account!

Photo Contest

  1. Take a photo of the Exhibit Hall Entrance, Annual Meeting Tote Bag, or Program Book.
  2. Take a photo with your favorite session author, presenter, or panelist.
  3. Take a photo of you buying a book.
  4. Take a photo of your favorite San Diego meal.
  5. Networking matters. Introduce yourself to someone new and snap a selfie.
  6. Take a photo of your favorite San Diego landmark.
  7. Take a selfie at a Sponsor’s booth (for a list of sponsors see your Annual Meeting Program Book).
  8. Take a selfie with the Big Blue Bear
  9. Take a shoefie (photo of your shoes) with your favorite convention center or hotel carpet. 
  10. For bonus points, find the Instagram photo spot (you’ll recognize the hashtag #SBLAAR19) in front of the exhibit hall and take a creative photo!

Not sure what Instagram is or how to upload it? Check it out at Instagram.com or upload it to your mobile device through Google Play or iTunes App Store. And follow us on Instagram at #SBLAAR19 to see updates throughout the meeting.

Complimentary Coffee Breaks

Complimentary coffee will be served in the back of the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 pm., and on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. 

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BEFORE THE ANNUAL MEETING

Remember to Pack:

  • Your Name Badge: Check your e-mail in early November for a special link to print your name badge and tote bag ticket to bring with you to San Diego. If you bring these items to the Annual Meeting, you will not need to stand in line for registration. When you arrive at the Convention Center, use your preprinted tote bag ticket to pick up a tote bag at the Tote Bag Window, located in the A Lobby of the Convention Center, right under the Big Blue Bear. You can also pick up your lanyard and your name badge holder. Take those, slip in your name badge, and enjoy the rest of the Annual Meeting! Make sure to wear your badge at all Annual Meetings events—it helps people identify you, and there are some sessions with extra security where badges will be checked.
  • Your Program BookProgram Books were mailed to everyone who registered before August 23 and did not check the "Do not send me a Program Book" box. There is a very limited supply available onsite, so don't leave your copy at home!
  • Attire is business casual: slacks, button-down tops, sweaters, blazers, skirts, blouses, and comfortable business shoes. However, presenters often dress very professionally on the days of their presentations or interviews. We also recommend you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.
  • Professional-looking business cards.
  • Notebook or laptop for taking notes.
  • An ample supply of snacks, because the lines for the closest coffee and food locations can be long and you might need to rush between sessions.
  • An umbrella.
  • You might need a winter coat, depending on the location.

Plan your Travel to the Annual Meeting
Most attendees are coming to San Diego by airplane and we have discounted flight information, airport transfer options, and general getting-around-the-city information here.

Preparing Your Annual Meeting Presentation
AAR has several helpful tips on preparing your presentation.

Audiovisual Requests
Audiovisual equipment rental costs have increased dramatically at the Annual Meeting. Recognizing that the majority of Annual Meeting audiovisual presentations involve PowerPoint or computer presentations, the AAR chose to support this trend by providing a limited number of meeting rooms with LCD projectors that can be connected to a participant’s personal laptop. AAR does not provide computers, but encourages participants to bring their personal or departmental laptops or communicate with members of the same session in order to share computer use. A podium microphone will be placed in all rooms set for 60 people or more. If your session is scheduled on the Street Level of the Convention Center (rooms 101-712), free wireless Internet access will be available. However, in order to ensure quality, video presentations should be downloaded to your laptop and not streamed over the Wi-Fi, as it may not be capable (depending on the number of users) of reliably supporting high-bandwidth applications. We do not provide laser pointers.

If you requested audiovisual equipment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation in October with details.

Late AV Requests
After July 31, each presenter who requests AV will be charged a $100 fee per request. After September 30, AV costs are the responsibility of the participant, and they will be directed to the AV provider to pay the actual cost of the equipment requested.

Before the Meeting
To check your audiovisual request at this year's Annual Meeting, check here and view your session information.

During the Meeting
If your room does not have the requested equipment or it is malfunctioning, contact Cogent Audiovisual.

The Cogent Audiovisual offices are located at:

  • Convention Center-15A in the Mezzanine level
  • Hilton Bayfront-Green Room on the 4th level
  • Marriott Marquis-Atlanta room in the Marriott Hall building on the Lobby level
  • Grand Hyatt-Show Office 1 on the Lobby level

If you plan to use a Macintosh computer, please bring any cables or adapters you own, as these are not standard across all types of Macintoshes, and we have a limited supply. If you plan on using a Mac and do not own adapters or cables, stop by the PRG Audiovisual office in the appropriate facility well before your session to let them know of your need. They will then make sure that their audiovisual techs have the correct adapter ready for your session.

If there is a need to add equipment not originally requested, participants may do so at their own expense by contacting the audiovisual company. Costs for onsite equipment can be prohibitive.

Contact the Annual Meeting Team if you have additional questions.

Getting Around San Diego

There are several transportation options to travel between the airport and your hotel, as well as around downtown San Diego.

Getting Around San Diego

There are several transportation options to travel between the airport and your hotel, as well as around downtown San Diego.

Metro Bus

Metro bus service is available to go downtown, but your hotel might not be along the direct route. Some passengers will have to walk up to 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) after riding the bus, though you can also transfer onto the San Diego Trolley from the American Plaza transfer point (see below). Use the Online Trip Planner to plan your route.

Bus service is available to and fromt he airport and downtown San Diego by way of Route 992, which stops at the airport Terminals 1 and 2 and the Commuter Terminal. To locate the bus stop, walk outside of your terminal by the baggage claim area and look for the bus sign.

 

Metro Bus Route 992. Click here for larger map.

The bus runs on a 15-minute cycle on weekdays and 30-minute cycle on weekends and holidays. Its hours of operation are from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

A one-way fair if $2.25 (USD). Bus service is wheelchair accessible.

San Diego Trolley

The San Diego Trolley is San Diego's light rail transit network. Its three lines serve many popular areas and attractions, such as downtown, the Convention Center, San Diego State University, Old Town, abd the Mexican border.

Note that the Trolley does not stop at the airport. However, the Trolley's Blue and Orange Lines make convenient transfers with Metro Bus Route 992 at America Plaza station.

Portions of the San Diego Trolley Routes. Click here for full map.

Taxis

To take a taxi from the airport to your hotel, follow the signs in the airport leading to the Transporation Plaza. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi. An approximate fare to the Convention Center is $22. You can find the addresses for the Annual Meetings properties under the facility addresses at the top of this page.

 

Shared-Ride Car Service (such as Uber or Lyft)

San Diego (SAN) is one of the airports that allows shared-ride services to pick up at the airport. When you are exiting the airport, notice the terminal you are in and follow the signs for Rideshare pickups near the baggage claim area. Riders will meet their drivers on the transporation islands: Terminal 1 (closest island to the terminal), Terminal 2 (furthest island from the terminal). More information is here: https://www.san.org/to-from/ride-share. An average fare is $40 not riding during rush hour.

 

Parking at the San Diego Convention Center

The Convention Center is located at 111 West Harbor Drive. On-site parking is available at the underground parking garage located below the building. Enter the parking garage on Harbor Drive between First Avenue and Fifth Avenue. The daily rate is typically $15. If there is another special event in the downtown San Diego areas, you will need to tell the parking attendant you are attending the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings to receive the $15 rate. No overnight parking is permitted.

 


AT THE ANNUAL MEETING

There will be no shuttles this year. All hotels are within walking distance of each other, so please bring your walking shoes and plan your day accordingly!

If you have difficulty walking long distances, please see our Accessibility Information page for information on distances between buildings and on scooter rental.

Name Badges & Registration

Registration is located in the San Diego Convention Center, outside of Halls FG.

  • Name badges will be sent via e-mail link in November. Be sure and print the name badge page and cut out your badge (two-sided) and tote bag ticket prior to arriving in San Diego. If you would like your badge printed for you at Registration, reprints from the Registration Desk will cost $5 each time.
  • Loar name badge? Did the post office not come through with the mail? Replacements are available at the Name Badge Reprint booth at Registration. While the first bad reprint will be complimentary, all additional reprints will be $5 each.

Program Book

The Program Book is your primary guide to all academic sessions, breakfasts, and receptions officially sponsored at the Annual Meetings. Program Books were mailed to everyone who registered before August 23 and did not check the "Do not send me a Program Book" box.

Thank you to the AAR registrants who opted out of receiving a Program Book and the additional registrants who opted not to have a Program Book printed for them at all. This is a tremendous help in our quest to make the Annual Meeting greener!

Last minute changes to the program will be highlighted in the At-A-Glance printed supplementwhich will be available in the Registration area. 

You can search for sessions of interest in other ways, as well. The AAR has posted a searchable Program Book online where you are able to search for sessions by keyword and session type. Visit http://papers.aarweb.org/program_book.

PLEASE BRING YOUR PROGRAM BOOK TO SAN DIEGO WITH YOU, AS WE HAVE A LIMITED SUPPLY.

The Annual Meetings Mobile App is the most functional and up-to-date way to search for specific topics, speakers, and program unit sessions.

Getting Around the Annual Meeting

Primary Meeting Locations

Most AAR and SBL sessions will be held in two locations: the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton Bayfront. The Employment Center will be located in the Grand Hyatt. Additional meetings and receptions will be held in the Marriott Marquis & Marina and the Omni Hotel.

Distances within and between Buildings

The primary meeting hotels occupy just over a 1 mile-long stretch (1.6km) along the San Diego Bay. The distances correspond with the map below, along East Harbor Drive.

  • Grand Hyatt (A) to Marriott Marquis & Marina (B) - 0.3 mi/ 0.5km
  • Marriott Marquis & Marina (B) to the first door of the Convention Center (C) - 0.2 mi/ 0.32 km
  • The Convention Center is 0.36 mi/ 0.58 km long and 304 ft/ 93 meters wide. (C) to (D)
  • The last door of the Convention Center (D) to the Hilton (E) - 0.2 mi/ 0.32 km

 

There are two ways to move to and from point (A) and point (E)--on the boardwalk by the San Diego Bay or the sidewalk along West Harbor Drive. Both routes are wheelchair accessible, over flat terrain on a smooth concrete surface. The boardwalk is a slightly longer distance, but offers a wider passage than the city sidewalk.

Attendees can enter the Convention Center via the multiple main entrances on West Harbo Drive or from a side entrance near the Hilton Bayfront. There is NO entry to the Convention Center from the Boardwalk along the Bay. To get from the Marriott Marquis & Marina to the Convention Center on Side ( C ), you must use West Harbor Drive. There is an accessible ramp on this side as well.

Hours of Operation

AAR and SBL Program Schedule

AAR, SBL, and Other Events Sessions will be held in the Convention Center, Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Downtown, Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton City Center, and Grand Hyatt.

Program Unit Sessions

 

Saturday, November 17

9:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 18

9:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 19

9:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20

8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

 

Onsite Registration and Tote Bag Pick-up

 

Convention Center Lobby A (Street Level)

 

Friday, November 16

11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 17

8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 18

8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Monday, November 19

8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20

8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

 

 

Exhibit Hall

 

Convention Center – Exhibit Hall A

 

Saturday, November 17

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 18

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Monday, November 19

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

 

Employment Center

 

Sheraton Downtown – Plaza Ballroom (Plaza Tower, Concourse Level – One Level below Lobby)

 

Saturday, November 17

8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 18

8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 19

8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Hotel Locations and Floor Plans

Primary Meeting Locations

Most AAR and SBL sessions will be held in two locations: the Convention Center and the Grand Hyatt. The Employment Center will be located at the Grand Hyatt. Other Events and receptions will be primarily held at the Sheraton Downtown, Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton City Center, and Grand Hyatt. 

Accessibility Information

Location Map of Convention Center and Hotels

Floor Plans for the Convention Center and Hotels

Street Addresses of Meeting Facilities

Emergency Telephone Extensions at Hotels

The SBL and AAR seek to foster an environment at our Annual Meetings that is safe, inclusive, and respectful. If you or someone you know is in imminent danger or experiencing verbal or physical assault, or in case of any other emergency in one of the Annual Meeting venues, contact security in the building in which you require assistance.

Venue

In House Extension

Outside Number

Colorado Convention Center

200

303-228-8030

Crowne Plaza

0

911

Embassy Suites

0

 303-592-1000

Grand Hyatt

55

303-295-1234

Hilton City Center

0

303-356-5339

Hilton Garden Inn

9 then 911

911

Hyatt Regency

55

303-486-4600

Sheraton

0

303-626-2589

 

In addition, trauma counselors are available by calling The Center for Trauma and Resilience at 1-303-894-8000. The Center provides 24-hour hotlines; advocacy; crisis counseling; and translation and interpreting center for more than 41 languages and dialects.

Exhibit Hall

A priority for anyone attending the Annual Meetings is a visit to the Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall is located on the second floor of the Convention Center in Exhibit Hall A. The AAR booth is #503. For an index of exhibitors and the Exhibit Hall floor plan, see here.

Why visit the Exhibit Hall?

  • Publishers feature the newest, latest, and greatest publications within the field.
  • Publishers often offer deep discounts off list prices at the meeting!
  • Complimentary coffee will be served in the back of the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. 

Employment Center

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As the learned society representing the most comprehensive membership in the field of the study of religion, the American Academy of Religion sponsors a variety of services that assist individuals and institutions in the employment process. For any questions related to employment services, please contact careers@aarsbl.org. Held every year at the AAR and SBL Annual Meetings, the Employment Center provides services designed to facilitate communication between hiring institutions and job candidates. The Employment Center, located in the Convention Center's Ballroom, features job listings, candidate credentials for review, a message center, and an interview facility. http://www.aarsbl.org/

Fun, Games, and Helping Others At the Annual Meeting
There are chances to play a game or win a prize at the Annual Meeting! Don't miss out on the fun.

Enter to Win in the Exhibit Hall!
Plan to visit the AAR booth (#503) and drop off your business card to enter three drawings:

  • The 2018 AAR Award Winning Books
  • Free 2019 AAR membership
  • Free 2019 Annual Meetings registration

Instagram Photo Contest

AAR and SBL are hosting an Instagram photo contest during the 2018 Annual Meetings. Winners will be chosen daily. Valuable prizes such as gift cards and a 2019 Annual Meeting registration will be awarded. Join in and have a great time!
 

Contribute to the Annual Meeting Soap/Donation Drive
The AAR and SBL have selected the GIVE Center to donate your items to at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Denver.

The GIVE Center is a program that leverages contributions, volunteers, and community partnerships to provide essential services to Denver residents in need, including families, foster youth, veterans, disabled seniors, and people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness. GIVE Center works with community partners to connect individuals and families to essential hygiene items like diapers, wipes, shampoo, soap, and other hygiene products, as well children’s pajamas.

Help us make our sixth annual soap drive an even bigger success!

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Meeting and Networking with Colleagues

Look Who's Coming and Social Media

The AAR website allows you to search for friends and colleagues who might be attending the Annual Meetings. Go to www.aarweb.org/look-whos-coming to see who’s coming to the Annual Meetings!

Take your Annual Meetings experience to the web! Use #sblaar18 to continue the conversation on Twitter or the AAR’s Facebook page.

Social Media Best Practices

AAR and SBL promote the academic study of religion and the bible across many channels: print, online, and the Annual Meeting. Social media outlets, especially "live-tweeting," can be an important means for continuing the conversation beyond the audience of an Annual Meeting session. These guidelines are intended to craft a forum that encourages an open discussion while maintaining the integrity of the scholar's work.

  1. Attendees are encouraged to live-tweet at the Annual Meeting using the official 2016 Annual Meeting hashtag (#sblaar18).
  2. Program unit chairs are invited to create hash tags for the unit to be published in the Annual Meeting Program Book.
  3. Presenters may request that the presentation not be broadcast across social media. Similar to a presenter's requests not to be filmed or recorded, attendees are asked to respect the presenters' wishes.
  4. Attribution is key. List the speaker's name and presentation title; refer to a social media handle, if known.
  5. Clearly define where the idea originated. Note direct quotes within quotation marks. Make it clear when you are summarizing an argument and when you respond with your own opinion or interpretation of it. Note when the presentation is over.
  6. Be respectful, even if you disagree.
  7. Keep the dialogue going—bring responses from social media into the meeting session (e.g., ask questions posed to the author from the Twittersphere) and remember to use the meeting hashtag (#sblaar18) so you can see who is responding to the same session you are.

LGBTIQ Mentoring Lunch (A17–147)
Saturday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Convention Center-704 (Street Level)
All students and junior scholars who identify outside of normative gender histories and/or sexualities are welcome to join us for an informal lunch. No fee or pre-registration is required. Please bring your own lunch; a cash-and-carry station will be available near the room for those wishing to buy their lunches onsite. The roundtable leaders listed were confirmed attendees as of April; other senior scholars in the field may be joining us as well.

Contingent Faculty Luncheon: What Should AAR’s New Executive Director Know about Working off the Tenure Track? (A17-146)
Saturday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Convention Center-205 (Street Level)
Alice Hunt takes the helm of AAR as executive director in July 2018: what do you want them to know about professional life as a contractual, adjunct, or non-tenure-track employee? What should the AAR—a professional membership and advocacy organization—offer to contingent faculty, and how should it educate its membership as well as the public? Join us at this luncheon, hosted by the Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Working Group, to discuss the most important issues you want our new executive director to consider. Dr. Karen Kelsky of the popular website The Professor Is In will also join us for lunch and be available for conversation. Registration for the lunch costs $13 per person and is limited to 60 people.

To register for this luncheon, choose "Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Luncheon" in the “Options” section when registering for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you may contact reg@aarweb.org to reserve your lunch.

Applied Religious Studies Breakfast (A18–2)
Sunday - 7:30 AM–8:45 AM, Crowne Plaza – Ellingwood A (Lobby Level)
AAR members who apply their degrees to work outside of the academy, or students who are interested in an alternative career path are welcome to meet and greet each other at this breakfast hosted by the AAR’s Applied Religious Studies Committee. Please RSVP by Friday, November 3, by e-mailing annualmeeting@aarweb.org.

Women's Mentoring Luncheon (A18–143)
Sunday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Convention Center-205 (Street Level)
Women who are graduate students and new scholars are invited to a luncheon with over thirty womanist, feminist, and LGBTIQ mid-career and senior scholars. Women will have the opportunity to mentor and be mentored in a context where every question is valued. Registration for the lunch costs $13 per person and is limited to 100 people. To register for this luncheon, choose "Women's Mentoring Luncheon" in the “Options” section when registering for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you may contact reg@aarweb.org to reserve your lunch.

Connecting Conversations Luncheon (A19–146)
Monday - 11:45 AM–12:45 PM, Convention Center-205/207 (StreetLevel)
The Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee (PWD) will host a luncheon for scholars and students with disabilities, as well as anyone interested in disability issues in the Academy. The lunch will follow our Special Topics Forum on Whose “Crisis?” Opioids, Chronic Pain, and Religious Responses. Please join us to continue the conversation about the intersection of activism and the Academy, as well as to discuss other issues related to disability and academic life. The luncheon will also offer opportunities for mentoring and informal connections with colleagues. Registration for the lunch costs $13 and is limited to 60 people.

To register for this luncheon, choose "PWD Connecting Conversations Luncheon" in the “Options” section when registering for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you may contact reg@aarweb.org to reserve your lunch.

Drop By to Say "Hello!"
Feel free to drop by AAR booth #503 in the Exhibit Hall to meet your regional coordinator or an AAR ambassador. Find out how you can become more involved in the AAR throughout the year!

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Annual Meeting Services

Child Care
KiddieCorp childcare is a service subsidized by the AAR and SBL for members with families attending the Annual Meeting. The childcare preregistration deadline is October 19. 

Food at the Annual Meeting
For a restaurant guide for great dining choices in Denver, see here. A Food Court will be available in the back of the Exhibit Hall. For lunch restaurants nearby, see here.

Internet Access

Need to check your e-mail or use the web? Free Wi-Fi is available on the Street Level of the Convention Center. All the hotels have Internet access available in their business centers or guest rooms. The hotels may charge a fee to access the Internet in the guest rooms, and that information can be found on the Hotel Amenity Chart.

Lounges

  • Prayer Room, Crowne Plaza – Ellingwood B: For people of all faiths who need a moment of prayer, quiet reflection, or meditation.
  • Women's Lounge, Convention Center – 112: Featuring special programming sponsored by the Women's Caucus.
  • Student Lounge, Convention Center – 113: Special programming sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee.
  • International Members Lounge, Crowne Plaza – Ellingwood A

Nursing Mothers

Nursing mothers are welcome to nurse wherever you feel comfortable feeding your child. If you are looking for a more private space, you can use the lounge in the Convention Center near room 102.

Lost and Found

Please give any lost items to the staff at the Registration desk located in the Convention Center lobby A. On Tuesday at noon, all items will be turned over to Convention Center security.

Accessibility

AAR members with disabilities or any attendees who may have difficulty getting around the meeting are encouraged to note this during registration. AAR will make every reasonable attempt to accommodate you, whether by arranging services such as sign language interpreters, assigning accessible hotel room space, or through the AAR’s taxi reimbursement policy. You can visit the Annual Meeting accessibility web page to see a complete list of ways AAR will work with you to make your Annual Meeting accommodate your needs. Please contact annualmeeting@aarweb.org if you have any questions.

Detailed accessibility information for the Denver meeting is here: https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/accessibility-information-for-annual-meetings.

Taxi Reimbursement

AAR and SBL will reimburse attendees with disabilities for the cost of a private taxi or ride-share service to travel between official AAR meeting locations, if needed. To receive the reimbursement, please submit all receipts with a letter detailing the nature of your disability, your departure point, and your destination. Only travel between official Annual Meeting locations (i.e., hotels and convention center) will be covered. Questions may be directed to annualmeeting@aarweb.org.

Wheelchair or Electric Scooter Rental

Attendees who wish to rent a wheelchair or electric scooter for use during the Annual Meeting are welcome to contact the following providers to arrange for service. They suggest you make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability.

Mountain View Medical Supply (https://mvmsinc.com) has manual wheelchairs available for $20 a day or $30 a week. Motor scooters are available for $110. They will deliver it to you for a fee. You will need to call 1-800-873-7121 for reservations.

Aspen Medical (https://www.aspenmedicalsupply.com/index.htm) has manual wheelchairs available for $20/day or $50/week. Motor scooters are available for $150 for 3 days or $170 for a week. They will deliver it to you for a fee. You will need to call 1-720-322-0101 for reservations.

Onsite Accessibility Issues

Should you encounter an accessibility issue at the Annual Meeting, please notify the hotel’s front desk so they can get the issue resolved. You may also report the problem at the AAR & SBL Registration Desk (located outside of Hall A in the Convention Center) Friday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday through Monday 8 am to 5:30 pm, and Tuesday 8 to 10 am, or email reg@aarweb.org.

Need Help?

If you have questions about the program, your membership, or events at the Annual Meeting, the staff at the AAR Member Services desk, located in the Registration area of the Convention Center, will be able to assist you. You can also seek help at the AAR booth #503 in the Exhibit Hall.

You might find the answer to your question on the Annual Meetings Frequently Asked Questions page.

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BEYOND THE ANNUAL MEETING – Things to Do in Denver

Tours

The following Annual Meeting tours still have space available. For up-to-date information, e-mail  reg@aarweb.org .

  • Paranormal and Historical Ghost Walk, Saturday 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm, $20
  • Paranormal and Historical Ghost Walk, Saturday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, $20
  • Larimer Square Historical Walking Tour, Sunday 9:30 am - 11:45 am, $18
  • RiNo Craft Brewery Tour Sunday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, $55
  • Denver Art Museum Monday 9:15 am - 12:00 pm, $12
  • Historical Houses of Worship Monday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, $40

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To see a description of each tour, see this PDF. To sign up for a tour, e-mail reg@aarweb.org. Sorry, no refunds.

Restaurants

For a restaurant guide for great dining choices in Denver, see here. A Food Court will be available in the back of the Exhibit Hall. For lunch restaurants nearby, see here.

Jewish Shabbat meals and services will be available at the conference. Advance registration and payment is required for meals. For information or to register, please e-mail shabbat@sbl-site.org

Deals and Discounts

The city of Denver is offering discounts at local restaurants and attractions! For a list of all the offers,see here.

Places of Worship

There is a nondenominational prayer and reflection space located at Crowne Plaza – Ellingwood B. For a list of local religious services, see here. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of places of worship in Denver.