Town of Amherst
The conference will be held in the town of Amherst on the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system. Founded in 1863, “UMass” Amherst is the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of its academic, research, and community outreach programs.
The campus sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, about 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. Thus, UMass provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. In 2018, UMass was home to approximately 1,300 full-time instructional faculty and 30,593 total undergraduate and graduate students.
All official conference events will take place in, or near, the University Campus Center, which also houses the University Hotel (see also the accommodations page of this website). Thus, the grounds will be easy to navigate physically. And, for off-campus travel, we will provide nightly shuttles to and from Amherst Center and neighboring downtown Northampton to allow people to explore the numerous restaurants, bars, and other entertainment attractions.