2014 Conference

Feb. 27 to March 1, 2014 - Washington, D.C.

The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row

Humane, Inhumane, Human

In keeping with HERA's mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2014 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.

Questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Marcia Green (mgreen@sfsu.edu), Sarita Cannon (sncannon@hotmail.com), and Erin McCoy (erin_mccoy@hotmail.com).

Calls for Papers Closed


Conference Headquarters

The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row is a luxury hotel in Washington, D.C. that embraces the style and grace of a bygone era. Nestled among world-class boutiques, unrivaled dining and iconic monuments, The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C. is perfectly situated in Dupont Circle, one of Washington's most vibrant neighborhoods. With the Dupont Circle Metro less than two blocks away from the hotel, famed Washington, D.C. attractions such as The White House, National Mall, and the Lincoln Memorial are at your fingertips.


Keynote Speaker Announced

Anne Midgette
Classical Music Critic, The Washington Post




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"The Ethics of Classical Music"

Anne Midgette is an American journalist and classical music critic. She lived for 11 years in Munich, Germany, reviewing opera, music and art throughout Europe for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and other publications.

In 1998, she returned to the United States, and after several other writing stints, she became the first woman to review classical music for The New York Times on a regular basis. She continued as a classical music critic, theater critic and arts writer for the newspaper from 2001 to 2007.

In January 2008, Midgette took over as classical music critic for The Washington Post. Midgette has also co-authored two biographies. With Herbert Breslin, she wrote the book The King and I, about Breslin's 36 years managing the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, which was published in 2004. She subsequently collaborated with the pianist Leon Fleisher on a book about his life, My Nine Lives, published in November 2010.


Featured Reading Announced

Okey Ndibe
Author, Foreign Gods, Inc. (2014, Soho Press)

“We clearly have a fresh talent at work here. It is quite a while since I sensed creative promise on this level.” —Wole Soyinka, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“This gritty, poetic, at times hallucinatory novel, humorous and then heart-rending and tense, narrates a journey that feels true and lived in the soul. Okey Ndibe takes his readers on a transfixing and revelatory journey from bitter bad faith to hard won, deeply moving and adult redemption. I feel grateful to have read this remarkable novel.” —Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name


Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, Room Rates/Availability

Reservations for the conference hotel, the Fairfax at Embassy Row, must be made directly with the hotel through the online link on HERA’s conference webpage (see below), or by phoning the hotel at 888.627.8439 and mentioning the HERA conference special rate.

Depending on availability, you may extend your stay 3 days on either side of the conference dates and receive the same room rate. Please call Monique at the Fairfax to make these arrangements at 202.835.2116.

Reservations for the conference hotel must be made by Jan. 27, 2014, in order to get the $139 conference room rate, BUT there are only a few rooms left at the $139 rate. The next level of rooms will be $159 and then possibly go up to $179 and higher.

Click here for a direct portal for HERA members: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/HERA

Getting to the Hotel

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - Whether you are flying into one of the region's three major airports or riding the rails of Amtrak into Untion Station, getting to the Metro bus and rail systems from these transportation hubs is easy.

METRO: Ronald Reagan Airport (yellow line) to Gallery Place in the direction of Ft. Totten. At Gallery Place, switch to the Red Line towards Shady Grove. Exit at Dupont Circle (Q street Exit) the hotel is 1.5 city blocks from the exit.

Depending on the time of day the fare is $2.00 to $6.00 and takes 34 minutes.

>Click here for a map from the Metro stop to hotel.

CAR: Follow Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's driving directions for Metro stations near major highways.

CAB: Guests arriving from DCA (Ronald Reagan) have an opportunity to take a cab or Metro to Dupont Circle. A cab is approximately $20 one way. Depending on the time of day, the drive is 15-25 minutes.

From BWI and Dulles airports the distance is 40-45 minutes and can range from $55-75 one way.


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Nearby Attractions

Ideally positioned adjacent to Dupont Circle, the conference headqauarters, The Fairfax at Embassy Row is just steps away from the famed Phillips Collection, the Anderson House, and a wide array of unparalleled dining and shopping options.

Should you wish to venture further, The Fairfax at Embassy Row is less than two blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro. Guests can easily travel to Connecticut Avenue for a shopping trip, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for live music, or The National Zoo.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel is also just moments away from The White House, Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Smithsonian Museum.

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Getting Around D.C.

The Dupont Circle Metro stops is less than two blocks away. Metro is a convenient way to get around the Washington, DC metropolitan area. You can explore the city and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs without the hassles of traffic and parking or the expense of gas.

>Click here for a link to D.C.'s Metro system - bus and trains.