UPenn 2014

SPIRE Conference Schedule                      

Friday, Sept. 26th, 2014 at University of Pennsylvania

All events take place in the Forum at Stiteler Hall (208 S. 37th Street, Philadelphia, PA.)


9:00-9:30 am, Continental breakfast (Location: lobby of Stiteler Hall)

9:30-10:15 am, Gbemende Johnson and Camille D. Burge,  “Rally around Group Identity?: Group Responses to External Threats” (Hamilton College and Villanova University)

10:15-11:00am, Niambi Carter, " Emigration Activism and the Framing of an Issue: Forging a Political Destiny for Blacks 1815-1875" (Temple University)

11:00-11:15am- Break

11:15- Noon - Bryan Brentus Carter, “And We Know This Place: Seeding the Deconstruction of American Civil Rights through Racially Coded, Neoliberal Rhetoric” (John Hopkins University)

Noon- 1:30pm- Lunch

1:30-2:15 pm, Efrén O. Pérez, “Accented Politics: How Language Shapes the Direction of Public Opinion”(Vanderbilt University)

2:15-3:00 pm, Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, “The Politics of Pan-Ethnicity: The Effects of Spanish Language Political Ads on Latino Political Identity” (University of Michigan)

3:00-3:15 pm, Break

3:15-4:00 pm, Carolina Ferrerosa-Young, “Election Fraud in the South: Southern Democrats, The Poll Tax, and the Rise of Third Party Viability, 1868-1920” (Columbia University)

4:00-4:15 pm, Break

4:15-5:45 pm, Roundtable- Balancing Work-Life  (Fredrick Harris, Jane Junn, Rogers Smith, and Ismail White)

5:45 pm - Dinner (Location: in the Forum)

Hotel Information

We do not have a designated conference hotel. Three hotels are located near the meeting location-the Sheraton, Hilton Homewood Suites, and The Inn at Penn. For ease of getting to and from the meeting and your lodging, we suggest staying at one of these hotels. 

Parking Information

There are a number of parking facilities located around Penn’s campus, all within walking distance of the conference facility. On street parking is available but not advised as most on street parking is metered and will only allow you to park for a couple hours at a time.

Parking garages are located at:

·      34th and Chestnut (entrance is located on 34th Street on the right side between Chestnut and Ludlow Streets)

·      8th and Walnut (entrance is located on 38th Street the right side of the street right past the intersection of 38th and Walnut Streets)

·      40th and Walnut (entrance is located on Walnut on the right side of the street right past the intersection of 40th and Walnut Streets)

Travel Information (courtesy of Penn Admissions)

From Amtrak’s 30th Street Station

Penn’s campus can be reached from 30th Street Station by foot (it takes 15 minutes to walk from the station to the heart of campus), by cab, or on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line (one stop to 34th and Market Streets).

From Philadelphia International Airport

The Philadelphia International Airport is located in the Southwest section of the city, approximately 20 minutes from the University of Pennsylvania campus.Lady Liberty provides airport shuttle service to and from the Philadelphia International Airport, with door-to-door shuttle service to University City hotels and residences. You can reach them at (215) 724-8888. SEPTA has Regional Rail service, which includes an Airport Line that runs directly from the Philadelphia International Airport to the University City station. University City station is only a few steps away from Penn's campus.