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Exploring the Renaissance 2011:
An International Conference

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March 3-5, 2011

St. Louis, Missouri

Local Arrangements: Donald Stump
St. Louis University
Thomas Madden
St. Louis University

Program Chair: Sean Benson
University of Dubuque

Please join us for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the South-Central Renaissance Conference as well as the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Queen Elizabeth I Society. We plan to commemorate these twin occasions with special sessions and festivities, including special performances of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing and newly composed songs about Elizabeth and her age.

Participants will stay at the nicely appointed niche Hotel Indigo located at 4630 Lindell Blvd. (phone: 314-361-4900). When phoning for reservations, please mention that you are attending the SCRC conference. The hotel’s website does not allow booking at the conference rate. Hotel reservations must be made by February 13, 2011, to receive the conference rate of $89/99 a night. Since alternative accommodations near campus are limited, graduate students are encouraged to consider dual occupancy.

Hotel Indigo is easily accessible from St. Louis International airport by taxi, shuttle, or train (see below). It lies at the heart of the Central West End, an area of interesting shops and fine restaurants, and is just seven blocks from the University and two blocks from Forest Park, site of the St. Louis Art Museum, History Museum, Zoo, and Science Center. We’ll be able to shuttle attendees quickly (approximately 5 minutes) to Saint Louis University for the conference.

The main entertainment for the conference is a performance of Much Ado about Nothing by the Saint Louis University Theatre. Visiting director Tim Ocel has created a staging in the Italy of the 1930s in order to explore the play’s crossing and re-crossing of the boundaries between comedy and tragedy. The performance of the play was specially commissioned for Exploring the Renaissance 2011. There will be a panel discussion by Tim Ocel and his design team at a late-afternoon conference session on Friday, March 4.

The Saturday afternoon outings following the conference will be to the Saint Louis Art Museum and also to the City Museum--a five-story converted warehouse filled with activities for children and adults ingeniously created around objects cast off or abandoned by area industries. There is an indoor circus, an aquarium, five-story shoe-slides, underground caves and tunnels, craft areas, a train, outdoor ball pits and climbing mazes, a roof-top carousel, and much more. Free shuttles to both museums will be provided.

Conference participants may also, if they choose, attend a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by St. Louis’s premier acting company, the Repertory Theatre. For information and tickets, go to Transportation is by taxi or personal car.

Transportation Data

By taxi or train from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL):

  • Distance: 8 miles southeast to hotel
  • Taxi (one way): $30.00
  • Time by taxi: 20 minutes
  • Time by train: 15 minutes

By Metrolink light rail from Lambert Airport:

  • Stations: Take any train from Lambert and get off at Central West End
  • Train fare: $2.25 one way
  • Distance from Metrolink stop to hotel: 0.5 mile
  • Taxi from train station: $5.00
  • Walking directions: Come out of Central West End station and turn right on the street in front of you, which is Euclid. Proceed north for 5 1/2 blocks. The hotel is located on your right at Lindell and Euclid.

By car:

  • From Interstate 64, take the north Kingshighway exit.
  • Go north on Kingshighway for 0.8 mile.
  • Turn right on Lindell Blvd. and go just over a block. The hotel is on the right at 4630 Lindell.