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Exploring the Renaissance 2014:
An International Conference

Ignatius departing Barcelona for the Holy Land in March 1523. A print by Peter Paul Rubens from his illustrated book “The Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola” (1609).

April 3–5, 2014

Tucson, Arizona

Local Arrangements:
Meg Lota Brown
University of Arizona

Program Chair:
Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler
Texas State University, San Marcos

Please join us for the 63rd annual meeting of the South-Central Renaissance Conference!

Conference Highlights

Conference Registration

Hotel Information


Post-conference Excursions

Conference Highlights

The William B. Hunter Lecture. Jeffrey Shoulson, University of Connecticut, Storrs (The Doris and Simon Konover Chair in Judaic Studies and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life)

The Louis Martz Lecture. Joseph Loewenstein, Washington University in St. Louis (Professor, Department of English; Director of Study Abroad)

Keynote Lecture. Karen Newman, Brown University (The Owen Walker Professor of Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature and English)

Conference Registration

The conference registration form should be downloaded, filled in, and mailed with a check made payable to "SCRC/UA" to: Dr. Meg Lota Brown, University of Arizona, Department of English, Modern Languages Building Rm. 445, P.O. Box 210067, Tucson, AZ 85721-0067.

Download the conference registration form here. Registrations should be postmarked by March 20 to avoid a late registration fee.

Hotel Information

The conference hotel is the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. To receive the conference rate of $119.00 (Single/Double) or $129 (Triple/Quad) per night, you must reserve your room by March 15, 2014. Reservations may be made at the phone number or email address below:

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
245 E. Ina Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: 1-800-722-2500
Fax: 1-402-246-4236


Arizona Shuttle. Attendees can take the Arizona Shuttle from Sky Harbor to the Tucson/Ina Road shuttle stop. This is the first shuttle stop in Tucson, and it is located about one mile from the Westward Look. Let the shuttle driver know that you will need a taxi when you arrive at this stop, and the driver will radio ahead for you. From the Tucson/Ina Road stop, the taxi will take you to the Westward Look. The entire trip (with taxi) will take about 2 hours and cost $39- $45 one-way, not including gratuity. Call in advance to reserve a seat on the shuttle.

Travel to the Westward Look from Tucson International Aiport (TIA)

AZ Stagecoach. The AZ Stagecoach (a shared minivan that makes up to 4 stops) will offer a special discounted fare for SCRC conference attendees.The fare is $33 one way, per person; gratuities are welcomed. Call in advance to reserve a seat on the shuttle. Refer to the conference group code "SCRC" when making your reservation directly by clicking here.

Post-Conference Excursions

This year’s excursions feature outings to your choice of one of two premier Arizona attractions – The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Mission San Xavier del Bac. The excursions will depart from the Westward Look Wyndham Resort & Spa following lunch on Saturday, April 5.

The charge for the excursions is only $10. Transportation for the excursions is being partially funded by The University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Located 14 miles west of downtown Tucson, the internationally award-winning Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) is a fusion zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden, art gallery, and aquarium. ASDM features 2 miles of walking paths across 21 acres of desert landscape, and is home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, ASDM is a private, non-profit organization widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plans and animals featured together in naturalistic exhibits. The museum also features regional gem, mineral and fossil collections. Highlights of the ASDM include the natural Hummingbird and Walk-In Aviaries, the Raptor Free Flight, the Warden Aquarium, Cat Canyon, a recreated underground cave, and several walking trails. A gift shop and several cafes are located on site.

This excursion will depart from the Westward Look Resort at 2:15 for a self-guided tour of the museum from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. The tour will leave the museum around 5:00 pm to return to the Westward Look Resort.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson, Mission San Xavier del Bac was founded in 1692 as a Catholic mission under the Jesuit order by Father Eusebio Kino. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the Mission is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. Construction of the church as it currently stands began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. Renovation of both the interior and exterior of the church has been underway for several years and continues. The church features an ornate Baroque architectural style and is filled with much of its original statuary and murals. Mission San Xavier del Bac retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners, and thus is an active Parish under the Franciscan order within the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham nation. A museum and a gift shop are located on the grounds of the Mission.

This excursion will depart from the Westward Look Resort at 2:30 for a docent-led tour of the Mission from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. The tour will leave Mission San Xavier del Bac at 5:30 pm to return to the Westward Look Resort.