The majority of the conference events will take place in the UMBC University Center and the Commons, including most of the sessions and workshops. In keeping with our theme of “Beyond Talking Heads,” there will be a number of sessions in other places around the campus both outside, including the Herbert Run Greenway, and inside, including the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture. Our opening keynote by President Freeman Hrabowski will take place at the conference hotel, Westin Baltimore Washington International Airport.
Home to one of the oldest, continuously operating Interdisciplinary Studies programs in the country, The University of Maryland Baltimore County UMBC is a young, mid-sized, public university in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area with a growing national reputation for pedagogical innovation, diversity and inclusivity.
UMBC campus is located just seven miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). A further seven-mile trip takes visitors to Baltimore’s city center, rich in cultural offerings of all kinds. The arts are present across a range from the “old world” glory of the Walters Art Museum and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to the contemporary American Visionary Arts Museum and three vibrant, state-designated arts and entertainment districts. Science is served by the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and Port Discovery children’s museum. Historical landmarks include the birthplace and grave of Edgar Allen Poe, and Fort McHenry, the site of the naval battle that inspired our national anthem and a variety of historical ships. Less formally, Baltimore offers a patchwork of distinct neighborhoods with bars, restaurants and entertainment to suit any taste. Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Baltimore-Washington area. The heat and humidity of summer will have dissipated and visitors can expect temperatures usually ranging from 48F/9C to 65F/18C