Many WPC attenders are being hosted by local Quakers, but I booked a hotel room at the conference hotel, and used my new data phone's GPS to find my way to it (will never be without GPS again!). Deep basement parking - pretty tight - but when I checked in, I got a parking pass for $10 a night that allows me to come and go from the parking ramp, if I choose. I'll likely just keep my car there, though, as I got a spot close to the elevator, which will make it easy to pack my goods and store them in the car when I check out on Saturday. Besides, there's not much time that won't be taken up with the conference.
The concurrent sessions and plenary sessions are all in the Monoma Terrace building, 15-20 minutes away by foot on the other side of the Wisconsin State Capital building. A shuttle will be running if it is raining too hard, but I'll probably get plenty of walking in.
I spent a good chunk of time tonight poring over the schedule. Other than an optional institute (which I didn't sign up for), and the films shown tonight, the conference proper starts tomorrow. Because I'm doing an institute on Saturday, I only have a few concurrent session slots available, so I need to choose them wisely. Last year, many sessions I wanted were too full. This year, there are some really large rooms, so hopefully the sessions I really want won't fill up too quickly.
Tonight, because of how long it took me to get my stuff moved and unpacked, I missed the first set of evening film screenings. I'm going to make an effort to go to a film the next two evenings. Here are three of the films I wished I could have seen - perhaps I'll get my hands on these and watch them with colleagues over the lunch hours:
Miss Representation - how media shapes the expectations (limited) for women and girls - available though Netflix and Amazon video: http://missrepresentation.org/
Cracking the Codes - personal stories 23 leaders in anti-racism work (Peggy McIntosh as one who is well-known) - others include Amer Ahmed, Joy DeGruy, Ise Lyfe, Hugh Vasquez and Tim Wise. Info at http://crackingthecodes.org/
What Makes Me White - prompts "honest reflection about the invisible influence of whiteness on [white people's] personalities and their life choices. http://www.whatmakesmewhite.com/