Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Chapter Meeting, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Dear AMS-NYSSL Members,
We and our colleagues look forward to welcoming you to Colgate University in Hamilton, NY for our annual meeting of the AMS-NYSSL chapter. The conference will run from Thursday, April 2 at 9 am through Friday, April 3 at lunchtime.

Registration and Membership/Conference Fee:  The AMS-NYSSL chapter no longer collects member dues; rather, we have moved to a “conference fee” model, where we have two rates: Regular (employed faculty, $20) and Other (student, contingent, etc., $10). You can pay this fee in cash upon arrival at the conference.

Travel to Hamilton: Hamilton is in the geographic center of New York State, approximately one hour from Syracuse, two hours from Rochester and Albany, three hours from Buffalo and Kingston, and four and a half hours from Toronto and Montreal. While it is easiest to reach Hamilton by car, the closest airport to campus is Syracuse International Airport, and the closest Amtrak train station is the Utica Station. Ground transportation is necessary, as the airport is about an hour from campus and the train station is about 45 minutes. For information on ground transportation options from either, please contact Mary Simonson at msimonson@colgate.edu.

Accommodations: We have reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels for Wed, 4/1 and Thurs, 4/2. Please note that availability is limited, so you should reserve as soon as possible, and ideally by Monday, 3/9.
·      The Wendt University Inn: 175 Utica St., about a mile from campus. $109 per night on Wednesday and Thursday nights if you reference the block “Colgate AMS Symposium.” Please call 315-824-4428 for reservations.
·      Holcomb’s B&B: 5 Mill St., about .6 miles from campus. $135 per night on Wednesday and Thursday nights if you reference the block “Colgate AMS Symposium” (you can also mention Angela Kowalski as the contact person for the block). Please call 315-228-2120 or email holcombsbanb@gmail.com to reserve.

Other lodging options include:
·      The Colgate Inn (1 Payne St., .3 miles from campus; can be quite pricey)
·      The Hamilton Inn (4480 E. Lake Rd., 3 miles from campus)
·      There are a limited number of Airbnb options in and around Hamilton
·      Hampton Inn and Suites Cazenovia (a 30 minute drive to campus, but reasonably priced rooms)

Should lodging be an issue, please contact Mary Simonson (msimonson [at] colgate [dot] edu) for recommendations or more affordable options.

Conference Meals and Refreshments: Thanks to the generous support of Colgate University, we are able to offer lunch on Thursday to all conference participants, and are also hoping to be able to offer a conference dinner on Thursday for a very nominal cost. We will also provide coffee, tea, and light snacks on Thursday and Friday mornings, and a coffee break on Thursday afternoon. In order to help us estimate appropriately, please register for the conference using the registration form above.

Conference Location and Parking: The conference will be held at various locations on the Colgate University campus, as will be indicated on the schedule. A map and on-campus parking instructions will be posted shortly.

Keynote: We are delighted to confirm that Christina Baade (McMaster University) will deliver a keynote address entitled “Vera Lynn in Nashville (1977): White Working-Class Femininity and Transatlantic Affinities” on Thursday afternoon.

Concert: On Thursday evening, we are thrilled to offer a screening of the recently reconstructed Chinese silent film The Goddess (dir. Wu Yonggang, 1934, 73 minutes) with live musical accompaniment composed and performed by accomplished pipa performer Min Xiao-Fen and jazz guitarist Rez Abassi.

Graduate Student Prize: A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the best graduate student paper at the conclusion of the conference on Friday by the Graduate Student Paper Prize Committee.

See you all soon in Hamilton!

With best wishes,
Mary Simonson and Seth Coluzzi
Conference Co-Chairs

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