2018 PRSA Biennial Conference Update, 20 April 2018

Conference Update Memo #1, 6 April 2018

We have a preliminary list of panels for the conference.  Please click here for a preliminary copy of the program. Papers and workshops for the next PRSA conference to be held at Rutgers University in October 2018!  We have nearly 150 participants in the program!

  • Join PRSA and Register now: Conference Registration and 2017-2018 PRSA Membership
    • Please notice that there are special membership and registration rates for students and Puerto Rico residents.  Please use these appropriately.
    • Please notice that the registration fee includes three lunches and breakfasts and coffee breaks.
    • A paid-only entry policy will be strictly enforced.
  • If you don’t pay your membership and register for the conference you will not appear in the final version of the conference program! Heck, we won’t let you in!  Please pay up. PRSA needs the support!
  • The deadline for registration is June 1—Late registrations will cost more.  Non-Member registrations are higher…join PRSA now!
  • We will have a final version of the program with times/dates/rooms in early June.
  • The conference will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday 26-28 October 2018 (8AM to 6PM most days) at Douglass Student Center.  Pre-conference workshop and registration will be at the Rutgers Inn Thursday late afternoon and early evening including a workshop on mentoring within the profession.
  • We are still working on other aspects of the program that are not listed in the attached preliminary program (Puerto Rico activists roundtable, films, art exhibits, pre-conference mentoring workshop, receptions).
  • In a few days we will be sending out a note to students and Puerto Rico residents for low-cost housing for the conference at the Rutgers Inn.  It’s on a first-pay basis, so act quickly.
  • Our financial situation does not allow us to pay for a deposit to the local hotel to arrange for a discount. Make  your reservations now at the Heldrich Hotel.   We will have a shuttle from the Heldrich to the Douglass Student Center, but you can also walk (.8 miles).  The shuttle will only be available from the Heldrich. Rates right now are around $140-$212/night including doubles.  There are many other hotels in the New Brunswick, NJ area especially around route 1.  But please note that we are not responsible for your hotel reservation process.  Please plan on this early.  There is parking at Douglass Student Center and nearby so driving back/forth from a different local hotel is an option.
    • Motel 6 New Brunswick
    • Hilton East Brunswick Hotel
    • Holiday Inn Express
    • Days Hotel Conference Center East Brunswick
    • Beauty Rest Motel
    • Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
  • For technical issues with payment and registration please write to PRSA Secretary Charles Venator Santiago: (charles.venator@uconn.edu)
  • For questions about the program, write to Program Committee Chair Aldo Lauria Santiago: (alauria@lcs.rutgers.edu)
  • For information about exhibiting materials or renting a table, write to Alessandra Rosa (aless12@gmail.com).  Please put your publisher in touch with her for book exhibit tables.
  • If you want to exhibit a single copy of your book send us a copy (write to Alessandra for details)
  1. Create a Keynote speaker page linked to main page and the memo #1.

We are also very pleased to announce that we have secured economist Jose Caraballo Cueto as the keynote speaker. With a Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research (2013).  Prof. Caraballo Cueto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey campus.  He is also Director of the Centro de Informacion Censal at the same institution.  He will be presenting on “The exacerbating effects of hurricanes Maria and Irma on Puerto Rico’s (broken) economy.”  As President of the Asociación de Economistas, he has been very active in public debates about Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and government policies. He will be presenting on “The Exacerbating Effects of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on Puerto Rico’s (broken) Economy.”