Local Conference Arrangements

The 74th annual meeting of the Southeastern Renaissance Conference (SRC) will convene on October 13-14, 2017, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, with funds and other assistance provided by the Department of English and the South Carolina Honors College. Nina Levine is Chair of the Department of English, and Andrew Shifflett will be the conference host.

 

SESSIONS AND REGISTRATION
By September 8, please let us know if you plan on attending this year’s meeting.  SRC Members may register for the conference here: https://southeasternrenaissance.org/conference/register-for-conference/.
Conference sign-in will open at 12:00 pm on Friday, October 13, outside the Gressette Euphradian room in Harper Hall.  Participants can obtain Conference programs and name tags at this time.
All conference sessions will be held in the Gressette Euphradian room in Harper Hall on the USC campus. Harper Hall is used by the South Carolina Honors College and is located on the beautiful and historic Horseshoe (www.sc.edu/visit/map).
The first session will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 13, and the conference will conclude at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 14.

 

BANQUET
All conference registrants are invited to attend a complimentary banquet on the evening of Friday, October 13, in McCutcheon House, which is located on the Horseshoe immediately adjacent to Harper Hall. The banquet will feature Italian fare, with a choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees, as well as a selection of wines and beers.  There is the promise of musical entertainment. Seating will begin at 7:30 pm.

 

LODGING
The conference hotel is the Inn at USC Wyndham Garden Columbia (803-779-7779; www.innatusc.com/#gref). The Inn at USC is a short walk from Harper Hall and McCutcheon House (www.sc.edu/visit/map). It features a cocktail lounge, library, and fitness center, among other amenities. Book by September 13 and mention “USC Department of English” to receive the special conference rate of $159, which includes a full made-to-order breakfast.  Parking is available for $10/day.
Conference attendees may prefer to make arrangements with the Marriott Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC (803-799-7800; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/caecd-courtyard-columbia-downtown-at-usc). There is no special conference rate, but the Marriott Courtyard does offer discounts to those who book and pay well in advance.

 

DIRECTIONS AND LOGISTICS
Columbia is served by major highways, airlines, and Amtrak’s Silver Star. See the website of the Columbia, SC Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.columbiacvb.com) for more details. There you will find driving directions (www.columbiacvb.com/visitor-information/getting-around/directions), a link to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (www.columbiaairport.com), and information about dining, entertainment, weather, transportation within the city, and other matters of interest.

 

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS
While in Columbia, conference attendees may also want to see the USC production of Twelfth Night at Drayton Hall Theatre featuring Louis Butelli as Feste (www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/OnStage), catch any films shown at the Nickelodeon Theatre (www.nickelodeon.org), visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (www.riverbanks.org), and (immediately after the conclusion of the conference) stroll through the Soda City Market on Main Street (www.sodacitysc.com).