Registration: Conference registration is available through a U of Oregon ecommerce platform. Please be sure to update your membership in the SEA. As in the past, membership is required for conference registrants.
Program: As of November 7th the draft program is available to conference participants at our submission and program site: SEA2019.exordo.com. Please check to see that your title and affiliation are correctly listed, and check back from time to time because minor changes to the program will be ongoing, as a few members may have conflicts with other panel commitments. There will be Be aware that AV equipment for computer projection is a major expense for conference organizers, and will not be available in all meeting rooms at the Hilton. Please consider using paper handouts as a alternative.
Travel Grants: As for past conferences, the SEA is offering travel grants of $250 to graduate students and independent scholars who are presenting papers or appearing on panels at the Eugene conference. To apply please contact Executive Coordinator Ralph Bauer, and indicate your institution and/or home address, the title of your paper or panel, and confirm that you are a current member of the Society.
Travel Logistics: Make travel plans soon. The Eugene airport, Mahlon Sweet Field, uses the code EUG and is served by United, American, Delta, Alaska, and Allegiant Airlines from cities shown on the map below. It is not a major hub, obviously, and fares fluctuate widely, but the end of February is typically a slow period, with lower fares.
For guests staying at the Eugene Hilton, a free shuttle bus is available to and from the airport. For those staying elsewhere, taxi service costs $20 -25 to central Eugene. Uber and Lyft will be operating in Eugene by the time of the conference.
Alternatively, one can fly to Portland (PDX) and reach Eugene by Amtrak train or by bus. Least expensive is the Bolt bus service, which departs downtown Portland for Eugene twice a day for $15 one way.
Be aware that to fly back to the Eastern Time Zone and reach your destination by late afternoon requires leaving early on Sunday or Monday morning. There are departing flights to Portland, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles between 5 and 8 am.
Conference sessions on Friday and Saturday will be held at the Hilton Eugene. On Thursday, February 28th we will be meeting at the Erb Memorial Union on the UO Campus. To reach campus from the Hilton one has the option of a half-hour walk of 1.4 miles, or a bus ride on Eugene’s state-of-the-art EMX bus service (route shown on map below). A Hilton shuttle may also be available to transport SEA participants in the morning and evening of February 28th.
Lodging: The conference hotel, the hotel formerly known as the Hilton Eugene, was recently sold and will be rebranded next spring. Our conference occurs during an interim period during which it will be known as the Hotel Eugene. Room reservations for after January 1, 2019 cannot be made using Hilton’s phone banks or website, and. SEA members will need to call the Hotel Eugene directly at 541-342-2000 and speak with the staff. The room block rate is $139/night.
Two additional room blocks have been reserved for SEA members. One is at the Phoenix Inn motel, located at the corner of Alder St. and Franklin Blvd, roughly mid-way between the two conference sites. Call 541-344-0001 and ask for the code OSEA, or use the Phoenix booking link. The rate there is $109/night but it is a much smaller hotel so call early. The second is at the Home2Suites (a Hilton affiliate), which you will find on the left edge of the map just south of the Eugene Public Library. The rate there is $135/night and includes breakfast. Reserve there through this Home2Suites booking link or by calling 541-342-3000 and asking for the Society of Early Americanists block.