July 19 – July 21
Tufts University School of Medicine, 145 Harrison Ave., Boston MA
Where is the conference?
The Sackler Building, Tufts University School of Medicine, 136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111-1800 is in the heart of downtown Boston and Boston’s Chinatown. The Orange Line of the Boston “T” subway system serves the Tufts Medical Center stop, two blocks away. Boston’s South Station (Amtrak) is 8 minutes walk away. Logan Airport is accessible by “T” (23-32 minutes) or by the 449 bus from Otis Street. A campus map is here .
Where is Tufts?
Well, you’ll be in the Tufts University School of Medicine, which is part of the University and an important hub for Community Based Participatory Research. But the main Tufts campus is 6.6 miles away in Medford, MA, accessible by the Red Line “T” or by car. That is also where the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship is.
There are lots of hotels in Boston. Can you point me to a few that are closest to the conference?
These are the hotels that Tufts recommends in Boston itself: http://www.campustravel.com/university/tufts/visit_boston.html
You can rent Tufts dormitory rooms for $47-$68/night. Two disadvantages: (1) these are located on the Tufts main campus in Medford, a 45-minute commute away; and (2) they offer much more basic accommodations than any hotel or bed-and-breakfast. They come equipped only with a bed, desk, lamp, and sheets/blankets. Bathrooms are shared on the halls. Minimal services are provided, especially after hours.
Have the conference organizers set aside a block of rooms anywhere?
How can I pay?
Registration costs $120, $30 for students. Free admission for participants in the Summer Institute of Civic Studies. Scholarships are available for select applicants who demonstrate financial need. We are accepting checks made out to Tufts University. Please send your check to Peter Levine, Tisch College, Lincoln Filene Hall, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155. You are not registered until we receive your check, and people are signing up quickly for a conference that is limited to 120 participants. Send your check soon so we can guarantee you a place.
What’s included for the cost of the conference?
Snacks on the evening of July 21. Continental breakfast and lunch on July 22 and 23. Conference planning and facilitation. Intellectual stimulation and company.
Do I need to attend the entire conference, or may I come in for one or two sessions that interest me?
Space is extremely limited, and we’re envisioning a theme-based conference with three communities of practice working intensively on each theme. For that reason, we ask that people plan to attend, start to finish. That said, if you have time constraints but still want to be involved, contact the person managing the theme that interests you the most a(ee list below) and see what can be arranged.
Whom do I call with questions about the conference logistics?
Kathy O’Connor at 617-627-4710
What are the dates and times for this conference?
Registration will start at 5 pm on Thursday, July 21. We’ll be done by 1 pm on Saturday, July 23.
What’s the schedule?
We are working on this for now.
How many people do you expect to attend?
We’re capped at 120.
If I want to be a part of framing or mapping out an approach to one of the themes, how do I do that?
We welcome collaborators! We’ll be framing each theme, considering advance readings, narrowing or expanding the scope, etc. between now and July. If you are interested in playing a role, let us know.
Whom do I contact about the conference themes/topics?
Theme #1 — Matt Leighninger: firstname.lastname@example.org
Theme #2 — Nancy Thomas: email@example.com
Theme #3 — Karol Soltan and Peter Levine: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Will there be a call for proposals or an opportunity to make a presentation?
There is no official call for proposals. If you are interested in contributing something relevant to one of the three themes, contact the person identified above.