The 2014 RMGP Regional Meeting of the AAR, with the SBL and ASOR, will be held on the University of Denver’s campus. All panels will take place in Sturm Hall; lunches will take place in the foyer outside Sturm 151, where the AAR and SBL keynote speeches will be held.
Travel and Parking
The University of Denver is conveniently located on Denver’s light rail system, at the University of Denver stop. Those who prefer to drive to campus can find limited street parking (please note that hourly parking limits are enforced) and pay parking in the lot directly west of Sturm Hall.
Thanks to the generosity of the Iliff School of Theology, free parking will also be available on Saturday and Sunday in Iliff’s west (larger) parking lot. You can find building and parking maps here. The walk north from Iliff to Sturm should take no more than 10 minutes.
Visitors to the University of Denver can access the Internet by choosing the “guest” option when prompted by the log in browser. There’s no charge and no password required.
A block of rooms will be held at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Cherry Creek, a short light rail ride from campus. Rooms will be available for $84 + tax and will be available until February 28, under the booking code “Regional AAR Conference”. (The hotel offers free breakfast, internet, and parking.) Conference participants may wish to share a room with others; there is no additional charge for a second person occupying the same room.
March can be a snowy lion or a sunny lamb in Denver. Check out historical averages and predicted weather here.
Denver / area attractions
Staying on after the conference or arriving early? Denver has a terrific array of cultural attractions, as well as outdoor activities.
To see a late winter / early spring landscape dotted with art installations, visit the magnificent Botanic Gardens, with a terrific children’s garden and play space for those traveling with little ones.
Visit Denver’s downtown arts complex, which includes the Denver Art Museum, History Colorado, and will soon include the Kirkland Museum of Decorative and Colorado Art. The well-regarded Museum of Contemporary Art is also nearby.
Feel like going for a bike ride? Denver’s Bcycles are now rentable year-round, and their big tires mean comfortable peddling even if the bicycle paths are wet or slushy. There are miles and miles of biking paths in the city – the Cherry Creek Bike Path will take you downtown to Confluence Park to the west or out to Cherry Creek Reservoir to the east, and from Confluence you can head north or south, as you like. Download a detailed map here, or check Google for a path overview.
Just want to stretch your legs with a walk? Washington (“Wash”) Park is the city’s largest park, with a 2 1/4 or 2 1/3 mile loop, depending on whether you walk on the pavement or the gravel. You can see a map here and find more information, including specific distances, here.
Sticking around through the end of the weekend? You may be interested in attending the Abrahamic Initiative’s annual Everding Lecture:
“The Heart of Islam: The Qur’an, Muhammad’s Life and Teachings, and Islamic Spirituality”, with Omid Safi, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sunday, March 30, 3:15pm, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral (1350 Washington St.). Free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit the Abrahamic Initiative’s Facebook event page.