MWCBS Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
315 Chestnut Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
The room rate is $159 per night. You can use this link to make your reservations https://aws.passkey.com/event/49056792/owner/988/home or call 888-421-1442 and be sure to mention that you are with the Midwest Conference on British Studies. The room comes with complimentary Wifi.
Parking: The hotel provides valet parking for $36 per day. An alternative is to use a public parking garage. Kiener Plaza Parking East/West offers parking for $20 per day Monday-Friday and $7 on weekends. It is open 24-7 and is located two blocks from the hotel. You can find more information here: https://www.stlouis.interparkonline.com/KIENER-PLAZA-EAST-PARKING/Location/SL003
Travel to Hotel from Lambert International Airport:
MetroLink is the light rail service that runs from the airport to the downtown area. The ride from the airport takes about 40 minutes and runs about $3.00 to the MetroLink Civic Center. From there, you can take the bus or taxi to the hotel or walk about 25 minutes. The light rail link is https://www.metrostlouis.org/trip-planner/
There is also a shuttle service available here: http://www.gobestexpress.com/
Please use the following link to register for the conference. Your registration includes the Friday evening reception and plenary talk.
The rates this year are the following:
- Early Registration (through August 31): $120
- Late Registration (beginning September 1): $140
- Early Registration Graduate Students (through August 31): $90
- Late Registration Graduate Students (beginning September 1): $110
- Saturday Luncheon and Keynote Address: $35. There will be a buffet with vegetarian options.
Please note: all panelists must register for the conference by Friday, September 29, 2017. Participants will be able to pick up conference materials beginning on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 28th on the Fourth Floor of the hotel. Sessions begin Friday morning at 9:00 am with the conference materials available again available on the Fourth Floor starting at 8:00 am.
Student Travel Grants: The registration process will also allow you to donate to the MWCBS Student Travel Grant fund, which helps subsidize costs to the annual conference for the youngest members of our organization, who find it increasingly difficult in these times of shrinking university budgets to secure conference funding. The MWCBS relies on member contributions to fund the grants, and the donations we receive will determine the number of awards we are able to give out. Donations are tax deductible since the MWCBS is an official 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The Travel Grant Application was distributed by the Program Chair via email and the deadline is September 1, 2017.
Friday Reception and Plenary Address: On Friday, September 29th, there will be an early evening reception and plenary address beginning at 5:00 pm in the Park View Room. The plenary speaker is Dr. Jonathan Sawday, Saint Louis University, who will be speaking on “Rule, Britannia? The Genesis and Afterlife of a National Song.”
Saturday Luncheon and Keynote Address: On Saturday, September 30th, there will be a luncheon at Noon and the graduate student award and keynote address beginning at 12:45 pm. The keynote, titled “Beyond God, Country, and Empire: The United Kingdom and the Transnational Turn in World War I” will be presented by Dr. Tammy Proctor, Utah State University.
For program related questions, please contact:
Christine Haskill, Ph.D.
Program Committee Chairperson, MWCBS
Assistant Professor of English
Kendall College of Art and Design
of Ferris State University
For all other conference related questions, please contact:
Eric G. Tenbus, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair
University of Central Missouri