I hope you are all healthy and successfully adapting to these new and changing circumstances. I know many of you are learning new technologies for teaching, others are juggling child or elder care with research and writing, and many are already envisioning new ways to appreciate the landscape while still maintaining distances.
After more than a week of research and deliberation, we can now report some of our plans associated with postponing our 2020 Conference.
We plan to go forward with one component of our usual meeting, the paper and poster sessions scheduled for Saturday, 9 May. We have been in touch with the presenters and session chairs, most of whom have agreed to participate. We will be in touch soon with details about registering for the virtual conference.
We will move the rest of the San Antonio conference activities, the planned tours and plenary as well as new paper and poster sessions, to May of 2021. The Plymouth conference, originally planned for May of 2021 will be postponed to 2022. We will be in touch soon with the dates.
We will also move forward with refunding the San Antonio conference registration fees. Registrants will be contacted by treasurer Claudia Brown to explain the refund process.
I want to thank some of the folks who have been working especially hard as we moved through our decision making: First to Brent Fortenberry and the San Antonio team for being so patient and generous about rethinking their conference; we all look forward to seeing it next year. To Ritchie Garrison and the Plymouth team we owe similar gratitude. The Executive Committee, Christine O’Malley, Kim Hoagland, Bill Littman, and Claudia Brown, have all been thoughtful and good humored, as their other duties became more challenging in a rapidly changing situation. The chair of the Papers Committee, Andrew Dolkart, has taken on an array of new tasks, as have many Board members. Michelle Jones, our conference coordinator, stayed in touch even while delayed in Morocco. I have been moved by everyone’s willingness to help.
Claire W Dempsey