Dear Members and Friends,
We write to update you on plans for the annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, scheduled for 29 October – 1 November 2020 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.
At this time we are planning to meet in person in Baltimore, provided that city and state officials will sanction meetings of groups of 250 or more at the end of October. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will inform you of developments that will affect us as they become clear.
While circumstances could change, we are taking the following steps to ensure participants’ safety:
* Because of the necessity for social distancing, rooms in which papers will be presented will have fewer seats. Seating capacity for every room must be followed.
* The hotel ballrooms will be used for panels as much as possible, which will allow the spacing of seats to meet current social distancing guidelines.
* Masks covering the nose and mouth will likely be required.
* We may not be able to hold receptions as we have in the past. We will follow all health guidelines and hotel policies regarding receptions.
While these changes will make the experience different than in past years, we have chosen this path because other options are not viable ones for the SCSC. We have explored the possibilities of meeting in either a hybrid in-person and virtual format or a fully online format. Unfortunately, the Society does not possess the logistical or the financial resources to organize a hybrid or an online conference.
Please click here to book hotel reservations at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel to attend the 2020 annual meeting of the SCSC in Baltimore, MD. The SCSC rate is $209 per night for up to 4 people in a room, plus 15.5% state and local taxes. (Tax rates are subject to change without notice.). If circumstances prevent us from meeting, enough notice will be given to permit cancellation of hotel reservations.
Please click here to register for the conference. Again, if circumstances prevent us from meeting, registrants will have at least three refund options: the registration fee may be donated to the SCSC and can be used as a 2020 tax deduction; it can be postponed as the registration fee for the 2021 annual meeting in San Diego; or it can be completely refunded.
The past spring, when the pandemic was getting worse with each passing day, over four hundred of our SCSC colleagues stood up and said, “Count me in.” We are putting the program together based on those proposals and it promises to be as robust and enriching as past conferences have been. We will keep membership informed of further developments as the date of our meeting approaches, and we wish you well.
Susannah B. Monta, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., and Glynn Family Honors Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Vice President and Program Chair, SCSC
Bruce Janacek, Professor of History, North Central College, Executive Director, SCSC