Science & Religion in Context
An International, Interfaith, and Interdisciplinary Conference
Philadelphia , PA , USA
June 5 through June 9, 2004
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Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science
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We are pleased that you will be attending the Science& Religion in Context conference at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia .
We hope the following information will be helpful as you plan for your attendance. Enclosed you will find travel, registration, housing and other information.
Please note that over 90 participants in this conference represent granted groups of the Local Societies Initiative; now boasting 87 societies in 26 countries on 6 continents across the globe.
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* Please note if commuting: all meals are paid out-of-pocket: breakfast: $6.50, lunch: $9.75 dinner: $13.25. Though you are not obligated to share meals with conferees, it is often of great benefit for networking and conversation to do so.
If you are traveling to the Philadelphia area by air, the most convenient place to arrive is the Philadelphia International Airport (airport code PHL). Flights to New York and Newark airports are also convenient to Amtrak transportation into Philadelphia 's 30 th Street Station.
If you require shuttle service to U Penn from the Philadelphia Airport , we suggest Lady Liberty Shuttle – fares are $8 for all passenger. NO RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR TRIPS TO PHILADELPHIA FROM THE PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT . Please note, Lady Liberty's last shuttle is at 12:00 midnight , taxi or train are the only options after that time.
The following is the procedure at the airport:
Upon arrival at Philadelphia International Airport , proceed to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage .
Have Lady Liberty Shuttle Service drop you at the Hamilton College House on Locust Walk between Walnut and Locust Streets and 39 th & 40 th Streets, where you will register for housing and drop off your bags. You will then proceed to Logan Hall, at the end of Locust Walk between Walnut and Spruce Streets and 36 th & 34 th Streets, for registration to the conference.
If you are arriving before or after the scheduled registration times on Saturday, June 5, 2003:
Have Lady Liberty Shuttle Service drop you at the Hamilton College House on Locust Walk between Walnut and Locust Streets and 39 th & 40 th Streets and register for your room there.
* To arrange return to the airport, you can reach Lady Liberty by calling 215.724.8888, via fax at 215.724.7777, or by e-mail at [email protected]*
You can also take the R-1 train from the airport to 30 th Street Station, for $6.00 , and follow the directions below. The Airport Express Train leaves 9 minutes after every half hour, and will take you to either the University City Station on Convention Ave or to 30th Street Station. The ride takes 18 minutes to the University City Station.
A metered taxicab costs about $20.00 and the ride takes about 20 minutes.
If you plan to travel by train, take Amtrak to Philadelphia to Philadelphia's 30 th Street Station, from there one can walk to campus in about 15 minutes. A metered cab costs about $5 including tip and the ride takes about 5 minutes. The SEPTA No. 30 bus runs from the station to campus. The fare is $2 and exact change is required. The ride takes 8 minutes and stops at Civic Center Boulevard & University Avenue. From 30th St Station, one may take the R1, R2 or R3 railroad lines, the distance of one stop, to the University City Station (behind the Penn Tower Hotel).
For more information using the R1, R2, R3 Rail Lines, the Subway/Surface Rail Lines, the Market/Frankford Rail Line or the LUCY Loop to get to the campus please visit:
The Bus Terminal is located at 11th & Filbert Streets in Center City , Philadelphia .
Exit the terminal and walk 1 block south, to Market Street to board the Market/Frankford Rail Line, to 34th & Market Streets. The fare is $2 (exact change is required). Or... transfer from the Market/Frankford Line at 30th Street Station, to the Subway/Surface trolley (routes #11, #13, #34 or #36) and stop at 36th & Sansom Streets, or 37th & Spruce Streets. The fare is $2 (exact change is required) and the transfer is free. A metered cab costs about $12.00.
The University of Pennsylvania campus is located in an area of West Philadelphia known as University City .
Map of Philadelphia region: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=196
Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) > Exit on South Street > Exit 346A (formerly exit 40)
Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) > Exit on University Avenue > Exit 346B (formerly exit 41)
Take the New Jersey Turnpike to exit 4 for Route 73 North. Proceed on Route 73 North to I-295 South. From I-295 South, take exit 26 of I-76 West. Cross over to Philadelphia via the Walt Whitman Bridge . This section of I-76 is also called the Schuylkill Expressway. Take Exit 346A for South Street , and turn right onto South Street to enter campus. Note: Exit 346A is a LEFT LANE EXIT.
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, South to the PA Turnpike, East-West Interchange. Remain on I-476 (The PA TP, northeast extension portion of I-476, terminates at the PA TP east-west interchange). Continue on I-476 South, approximately 3.6 miles to Exit 16A, I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway). Take I-76 East approximately 12.6 miles to Exit 346A, South Street , which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn right onto South Street to enter the campus.
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 326, Valley Forge Interchange. Take I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway) approximately 17 miles to Exit 346A, South Street , which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn right onto South Street to enter the campus.
Take I-95 South to I-676 Westbound toward Center City . From I-676 exit in less than two miles taking "exit only" ramp towards the airport marked I-76 East. Proceed less than a mile to Exit 346A, South Street , which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn right onto South Street to enter the campus.
Take I-95 North to Exit 15 signed "291 West to I-76". Follow 291 West across (Platt) Bridge to 26th Street , which leads directly onto I-76 West. Take I-76 West 3 miles to Exit Exit 346A, South Street , which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn left onto South Street to enter the campus.
There are ten, public pay parking facilities around the campus.
Map of facilities: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=419
Metered pay parking is available on many city streets. Additional parking information and policy is available at: http://www.upenn.edu/transportation
Check-in registration for the conference will take place on Saturday, June 5, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Logan Hall at the end of Locust Walk between Walnut and Spruce Streets and 36 th & 34 th Streets. Those who are staying overnight on the campus should check-in first at Hamilton College House on Locust Walk between Walnut and Locust Streets and 39 th & 40 th Streets. You should try to arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. , if possible. If you have any physical limitations requiring particular living arrangements, please contact our office as soon as possible so we can do our best to accommodate you.
Checkout time will begin after breakfast on Wednesday, June 9 th .
Conferees will stay in apartment/suites in the Hamilton College House,
also known as High Rise North, on the campus of the University of
Pennsylvania. Each resident is supplied with a bed, desk and chair,
and a dresser. Additional room furnishings vary depending on the type
of room. Rooms in Hamilton College Houses are furnished with carpets
and mini blinds. Rooms are made up of 2-4 single occupancy bedrooms,
each bedroom with a separate entrance, shared living room, kitchenette,
and shared bath. Each bedroom contains an extra-long (36"x80")
twin bed, flat sheet, top sheet, blanket, one pillow with case, desk,
dresser, and wall mounted fixtures. You may wish to bring hangers,
towels and an alarm clock with you. Bathrooms vary, as some have showers;
others shower/tub combos. Living rooms have seating for 4 to 6 people,
table and chairs, wastebaskets, and floor lamps. Public facilities
include a first floor lounge, laundries and an accessible roof top
lounge . Many facilities have special amenities such as commissaries,
pianos, pool tables, ATMs, coffee houses, vending machines, recreational
equipment and more. In all of the College Houses, safety is of the
utmost importance. Security staff are stationed at entrances around
the clock. House Managers, and a full complement of housekeeping and
maintenance staff are available in case of an emergency. Visitors
are welcome, but must be signed in by residents. For further information
about overnight facilities, call 215. 898.9319
Further information about accommodations, etc. can be found by visiting:
The University of Pennsylvania and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of recreational and entertainment facilities. A full map of area restaurants and stores is available online at:
A map of Campus Art Galleries and Sculptures can be found by visiting: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/mapsBldgs/view_map.php3?id=16
Specific pieces and galleries can be found here: http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/artHistory
For those who seek private accommodation, there are two convenient possibilities for lodging in the University of Pennsylvania area, at the Philadelphia Airport, as well other lodging throughout Philadelphia.
All meals, except Saturday reception at the registration and meeting site, will be prepared and served at the Class of 1920 Commons (known simply as “1920 Commons”). A diverse selection is available, including vegetarian options, along with fresh fruits and vegetables. All meals, from dinner on Saturday, June 5 th through breakfast on Wednesday, June 9 th will be on the campus. The cafeteria and catering services at the University provide cafeteria and buffet style meals that offer selections for everyone's tastes, including vegetarian or special diets. If you have particular needs and have not yet specified them, please do so as soon as possible.
There are no direct telephone lines into and from apartments, so please remember to bring a cell phone, a telephone calling card or credit card for outgoing long distance calls from area payphones. There are no internet connections available in the rooms.
Casual clothing and good walking shoes are the dress for the week. The weather in the Philadelphia area in early-June can vary, from comfortable and pleasant to quite cool; daytime temperatures range from the 50s to mid-70s and evenings in the 40-60 degree range. Plan on cool-to-mild days with perhaps a light jacket for evenings and a raincoat and umbrella, in case we experience spring rains. Be sure to include comfortable clothing. You may wish to bring hangers, towels and an alarm clock with you.
A significant number of science and religion books will be available at the Penn Book Center, located at 130 S. 34th Street, just a short walk for the conference site. The Penn Book Center has supplied our conference book table in previous years. In addition, the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore is located in Sansom Common at 3601 Walnut Street, a short stroll from the conference site.
From all of us at the Metanexus Institute, we welcome you and thank you for participating in Science & Religion in Context !
For registration questions or additional information, call (215) 789-2200, fax (215) 789-2222, or e-mail us: [email protected]
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