The 15th Annual World History Association Conference will be held at California State University at Long Beach with registration and hospitality beginning at 3:00 PM Thursday, 22 June, and running until 7:30 PM. Sessions begin Friday morning, 23 June, and run to 1:00 PM on Sunday, 25 June 2006. The preliminary program is available for viewing at http://conference.thewha.org/draft_program.pdf.
The conference’s dual themes are "Teaching World History," and "The Americas in World History." Conference keynote speakers are Tom Laichas of Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, who will deliver the address “From Charnel House to School House: Event and Lesson in World History,” and Thomas Bender, professor of History at New York University, who will speak on “ Global History and the Making of the United States.” See our exhibitors
Faculty at CSULB are currently planning a pre-conference teacher workshop on Teaching World History, which will take place all day on 22 June. Details will follow on the conference webpage.
On-line registration for both the conference and the workshop is now available at http://register.thewha.org. Persons who are not currently members of the WHA but who plan to attend the conference can also join the WHA at this website, thereby saving themselves $50 in conference fees. An early registration savings of $10 is also offered to all who register before 1 May. WHA members who register before 1 May pay $110; non-members pay $160. A steeply reduced conference fee of $35 is also offered to all matriculating students (with proper ID). For anyone who cannot attend the entire conference, one-day, half-price passes are available for Friday or Saturday (Sunday is free for day-pass holders). Accompanying spouses and companions who desire to attend only the conference's evening receptions can purchase a special badge at $20.
The conference fee includes hospitality on the afternoon of 22 June, three continental breakfasts, five additional refreshment services, and two evening receptions.
The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) has secured off-campus
rooms at special rates at two hotels: The Marriott Renaissance Hotel ($149 per night) and the Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport ($89 per night with upgraded larger rooms available at a higher rate for larger families).
The Mariott Renaissance is an executive-level hotel located in the heart of downtown, amidst fine restaurants, tourist attractions, nightlife, and shopping and about five miles from campus. Connection with the CSULB campus is through an inexpensive and direct bus system or by car. The Holiday Inn, which is also about five miles from campus, has shuttle service from and to the airport and occasional shuttle service to the campus but should be used only by persons with autos.. Currently the Sales Manager of the Holiday Inn is exploring the possibility of securing a special auto-rental rate from Enterprise for all conferees, not just those staying at the Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn should be the hotel of choice for conferees with accompanying families.
Parking is free at the Holiday Inn and costs $8 per day at the Renaissance.
Conferees who desire to reserve rooms at these reduced rates must contact the hotels directly and identify themselves as WHA conference participants. Rooms at this special rate are available from 20 June through 25 June. Information regarding accomodations and links to the hotels can be found on the conference registration form at register.thewha.org. The Conferences Committee urges those who plan to stay at the Renaissance to make their reservations early; only 25 rooms have been reserved there.
Additionally, the LAC has secured 42 on-campus rooms at the quiet and attractive International House, each of which comes with FULL BOARD (i.e. 3 daily meals in the university cafeteria) and free on-campus parking. Because the daily rate is so low--$55 per person for a double and $85 per person for a single--and because the number of reserved rooms is limited due to competing summer programs on campus, conferees who desire to take advantage of this extraordinary deal are urged to 1) double up by sharing a room with a colleague and 2) reserve a room as soon as possible. Reservation and payment for campus housing MUST be made at the time of conference registration and on the conference registration form on the WHA website.
Regarding that website, consult its conference page for periodic information, updates, and new links.