PAMLA Conference AV and Parking and Directions, Oh My!

The 2016 PAMLA Conference will be held entirely at the Westin Pasadena:

Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 792-2727

Members may obtain a name badge and printed copy of the conference program at the conference registration table located in the Santa Rosa Foyer (on the second floor upstairs from the lobby) of the Westin Pasadena. Registration times are available on the conference schedule.

Go here to see a Floor Plan of the Conference with Conference Rooms

AV Information

Most of the rooms at the Westin Pasadena will have an LCD projector and screen. Panelists will need to bring their own laptop, and, if they have a Mac, the proper adaptor. There will be no laptops available for use. We will have a number of speakers that can be checked out from the Registration desk for those who need sound. Please have your chair or presiding officer email PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin ([email protected]) ahead of time to let him know if your session will need to have sound speakers that will plug into a laptop (please name the session and time of the session).

The following sessions are scheduled to be in rooms with NO LCD-projector. If there is a problem, let PAMLA Executive Director Craig Svonkin know right away: [email protected] Or 626-354-7526:

Friday, November 11, 8:40-10:10 am
Place as Archive in 20th and 21st Century Literature I (La Canada)

Friday, November 11, 10:25-11:55 am
Humanities in Crisis: A Roundtable Discussion (La Canada)
Young Adult Literature II (Los Feliz I)

Friday, November 11, 1:45-3:15 pm
American Literature before 1865 (Los Feliz I)
Creative Writing: A Shimmer of Possibility: Short Fiction and the Question of Closure I (La Canada)
Silence in Oral Narratives (Altadena I)

Friday, November 11, 3:30-5:00 pm
Creative Writing: A Shimmer of Possibility: Short Fiction and the Question of Closure II (La Canada)
Franz Kafka and the Kafkaesque (Los Feliz I)
Literary Property and “Character” in 19th Century American Culture (Altadena I)

Saturday, November 12, 8:40-10:10 am
Literature & Religion (Los Feliz I)
Spanish & Portuguese (Latin American) I (La Canada)
Women in Literature I (Altadena I)

Saturday, November 12, 10:25-11:55 am
Critical Theory (Altadena I)
Diversifying the Classics: Briging the Hispanic Golden Age to the LA Community (La Canada)
Romanticism II (Los Feliz I)

Saturday, November 12, 3:30-5 pm
Classics (Latin) (La Canada)

Sunday, November 13, 8:40-10:10 am
Back from the Dead: Language Revival as Archive, Memory, and Identity (Sierra Madre)
Drinking from the River of Mnemosyne (San Pasqual)
Latina/o Literature and Culture (San Gabriel)
Religion in American Literature I (Leishman)
Women and Work (Arcadia)

Sunday, November 13, 10:25-11:55 pm
Children’s Literature II (San Pasqual)
Comparative American Ethnic Literature (San Gabriel)
Religion in American Literature II (Leishman)

Directions to the Westin

The Westin Pasadena is located in the heart of Pasadena, a lovely city close to Los Angeles. You can fly into Burbank Airport (and take a shuttle or Uber or Lyft to the hotel or rent a car), or LAX. Burbank Airport is a bit closer to Pasadena, but doesn’t have easy public transportation to Pasadena. LAX tends to be easier and less expensive to fly into, has better public transportation, but is a bit further away from Pasadena.

Should you not wish to rent a car at LAX (or Burbank), you can pre-arrange for a shuttle, or you can take the LAX FlyAway bus to Union Station in downtown LA ( ), and then take the Gold Line light rail to the Memorial Park station in Pasadena, which is an approximately fifteen-minute walk from the Westin Pasadena ( ). If you don’t wish to walk this last fifteen minutes, you may be able to call the Westin upon your arrival at Memorial Park station, to request a pick-up.

For more information about mass transit in LA, check out the new Metro website (in Beta testing mode still, but helpful):

For more transportation and parking information, see the Westin’s transportation page here:


Self-parking at the Westin is $11 for hotel guests (no in-and-out privileges), and valet parking is $15 per night (endless in-and-out privileges). If you are not staying at the Westin, you will pay a bit more ($15 for self-parking; $17 for valet).  There is inexpensive $5 self-parking after 5 pm and on the weekends (no overnight privileges). Entrance to the self-parking garage for the Westin is on East Union St., just south of the Westin’s front entrance on Los Robles.

Copies and Printing

Hotel Guests at the Westin Pasadena may use the hotel’s small business center to print out a document, but there are only two computers available on the first floor for hotel guest use, so do plan ahead.

FedEx Office is immediately outside of the Westin. They do not have any computers for your use, but can print for you if you are able to email them something or have a document on a flashdrive. They also do shipping.
135 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 356-0483
Hours: Friday: 8:30 am – 7 pm; Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Closed Sunday