107th Annual Conference
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
Sponsored by the College of Humanities of San Francisco State University
Co-sponsored by Mills College
Founded in 1899 as a teacher-training school, San Francisco State University is now the flagship campus of the California State University system. SF State University's faculty, staff, and more than 29,000 students reflect the vibrant ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the San Francisco Bay area. The University attracts a large number of international students and sends many undergraduates to study abroad. In addition to its academic mission, the University is actively committed to community and civic engagement. The College of Humanities, where the 2009 PAMLA conference sessions will be held, includes fifteen departments and programs and is home to several centers. Likely of special interest to many PAMLA members, the College houses the Poetry Center, which runs a famous poetry reading series and manages the American Poetry Archives, a substantial audio and video collection of original recordings. In November SF State Museum, also in the College, will display an exhibition featuring Egypt under the theme "Roman Africa” (Mon-Fri 11-4). The world's longest running webcam looks out of the Humanities building at the café that will be providing the conference coffee.
Most of the conference accommodation is located a few miles from campus in downtown San Francisco. You can walk from the hotels near Union Square through Chinatown to North Beach and the City Lights Bookstore. Visitors can ride the cable cars, take a ferry to Alcatraz, go on a walking tour, sip tea in Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden, inhale the Pacific air at Ocean Beach, stroll along Crissy Field, or visit one of the city’s many museums, for example the de Young, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the SFMoMA, the Asian Art Museum, and the newly re-opened California Academy of Sciences. For cultural events, there is the San Francisco Opera House, the San Francisco Ballet, and several theaters. The city is also renowned for its fresh, often adventurous cuisine. A half-hour drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County can take you to the magnificent redwood grove of Muir Woods.
Additional information about the 2009 annual conference has been archived, but you can download the conference program below.