If not Greece… How ’bout Philly?
The University of Ottawa Archaeological Society is branching out and trying to get you all more involved in archaeology outside of Ottawa. Ever wonder what it would be like to be surrounded by the most famous and influential archaeologists in the world, and have the opportunity to listen to a lecture on any archaeological topic you could ever dream of? Well here is your chance. The uOAS is heading to the Archaeological Institute of America’s Annual Conference. That’s right; we are heading down to PHILADELPHIA in full force to show the archaeological world that the University of Ottawa has an amazing group of students who are passionate about archaeology.
The conference will be held January 5th-8th, 2010. But, that’s a long way off you say? Well, Early bird registration ends November 16th and it will only cost you $45 if you sign up before then. Be advised that this rate is only for members and its $90 for early bird non-student members. Membership to the AIA only costs $45 for students PLUS you get a subscription to Archaeology magazine for a year included in that price. So get a membership and then book your registration for the same cost as going as a non-member. ADDITIONALLY, the more people who sign up as members and list AIA-Ottawa as their affiliation, the more speakers and money we get each year to make our local events even better. Really, this is just a win-win situation.
We are going to be organizing rides down to Philadelphia and sharing rooms to save money on travel and accommodation costs.
If you are thinking of going to grad school for archaeology, this conference is a MUST attend. You will meet potential supervisors, network, get to know people from the schools to which you want to apply, and get an idea of the kind of research that is happening in the field right now, and what you can do with a degree in archaeology.
Not only that, but all of the big schools (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Oxford……) throw open parties for all conference attendees with lots of food, and it’s a great way to check out what these institutions have to offer.
I hope to have convinced many of you to come, and don’t hesitate to e-mail us if you have any questions or if you want to put your name on the list of people interested in attending. If you are coming and would be willing to drive (costs will obviously be split by everyone in your car) please let us know so that we can gauge how many people we will have room for.
Also, this conference is about exploring a different city, and let me tell you, I have been to the AIAs every year for the last 5 years, and Philly has by far the most to offer in terms of touristy things to do outside of the conference. I mean don’t you want to see the liberty bell, or where the declaration of independence was signed, or perhaps even more importantly run up the steps from the Rocky movie?
Want to know more? Check out the conference website.