Dear WHA 2012 Albuquerque Conference Attendee,
We will welcome you to the conference in a week and wanted to confirm some conference details for your final planning purposes. Please take a moment to read the entire email carefully.
The conference venues, times, panel information, hotel information, transportation, tours, and all other conference information you will need are in the World History Association 2012 Albuquerque Conference Program Schedule, with some important points listed below.
Transportation to hotels from airport
A taxi to either hotel will run between $15 and $20, which is only slightly higher than the shuttle costs. Neither hotel is far from the airport. The conference venue at Albuquerque High School is a three minute walk from Embassy Suites (see below). From Hotel Albuquerque to Albuquerque High School, it should be a $10 taxi ride. Albuquerque does have a very inexpensive and good public transportation system for those wishing to use it, and Google maps provides the best directions, routes and times to utilize it.
Custom Conference Google Map
Please see this custom Google Map with all the conference locations and details for locations below or ask hotel staff for directions.
Wednesday, June 27th
Conference Orientation and Opening Reception at Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
Please plan on first attending the Opening Reception at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History on Wednesday, June 27th at 5:30 p.m. The Conference Orientation, recommended for both new and returning attendees will cover conference highlights, new features of the conference, WHA information, and provides an excellent way to meet other attendees in an informal setting. The Conference Orientation immediately precedes the reception and will run from 4:00 - 5:30. For those wishing to visit the Museum at leisure, attendees may simply go the front desk and give their names for free entry after 2:00 p.m. Museum exhibits will also be open during the reception as well for our exclusive use.
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is adjacent to the Hotel Albuquerque and a short 10 minute/3 mile/$10 taxi ride or 30 minute/5 mile/$1 bus ride from the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa.
Preceding the conference, the WHA has partnered with AP World History to offer an AP World History Workshop, conducted by Michele Forman. A couple of seats remain available, so contact us immediately if you are interested in attending.
Thursday, June 27th
This will be the WHA's first conference held at a public high school, and you will be delighted to see the excellent facilities that Albuquerque High School offers. Albuquerque High School has state-of-the-art technology, a spacious campus, and a friendly, hospitable local arrangements committee to welcome you. You may wish to bring a light sweater to classrooms depending on air-conditioning temperatures.
ALL ROOMS will have PC computers and projectors. Please note, if you are using Mac/Apple, you will need to bring your computer and any necessary adapters for the projector. Please plan on having back up flash drives and paper copies in case of technical failure.
The Albuquerque High School Campus can be reached by walking directly North from Embassy Suites a few hundred feet, crossing Mountain Road and walking through the Career Enrichment Center to the Entrance of the school. See map for details.
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
WHA President Marc Jason Gilbert will welcome attendees at the Opening Ceremony at 8:30 a.m., followed by one of our two Keynote Speakers, Glenabah Martinez, who will present on one of our two conference themes: "Indigenous Peoples in World History."
We have a few new features to the conference this year which we hope will become permanent additions to our conferences. First, we offer a new forum for authors to reach directly to their readers and users of their textbooks in our "Meet the Author" sessions. Second, we have scheduled a poster session and invite you to engage the creators of these posters as they share their unique talents and perspectives. The conference will have a film series featuring shorter documentaries on themes related to our conference topics. There are meetings of special interest to K-12 teachers, graduate students, mentors/mentees, and affiliates--attend the Conference Orientation and see program for complete details.
This year's conference will have a variety of exhibitors, showcasing both what is new and classics in the field. Two local bookstores will also be on hand offering a variety of books, with primary emphasis on New Mexico and the region. Please see conference program for exhibit hours.
Coffee breaks, lunches and receptions
Continuous refreshments and delicious lunches will be provided for the three days of the conference, along with the three receptions and the closing banquet/awards ceremony.
Continuing Education/Graduate Course Credit
For those wishing Continuing Education credit, we partner again with University of San Diego -- please visit the conference registration check-in area for details.
Tours of Albuquerque area and New Mexico
Preceding the conference will be Optional Tours of New Mexico, including one to Chaco Canyon, one to Taos, one of the Acoma Sky City, and finally one to Santa Fe, the day after the conference ends. There are also optional tours to the top of the Sandia Mountains by cable car for dinner, and for those interested, the Santa Fe Opera is in season as well and will present two operas during the week of the conference.
For those in the know, Albuquerque and New Mexico provide unbelievable scenery and landscapes in a diverse and rich plethora of historical, cultural and recreational opportunities. We highly recommend that you arrive early and stay after the conference to take advantage of all there is to offer. Be sure to visit the excellent tourist information kiosk at the airport and in Old Town for excellent recommendations and a wealth of literature. For more tourist information, see these planning links below:
New Mexico Tourism Department:
Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau:
We look forward to greeting you in Albuquerque next week for what will be a fabulous conference in a stunning setting with many opportunities to meet friends new and old, all while promoting the field of world history.
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
WHA Executive Director