11/6 Update on Conference
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Dear ASTR members,
Thank you for your patience as we (Program Chairs Chase Bringardner, Christin Essin, and Kirsten Pullen; ASTR VP for Conferences Jill Stevenson; ASTR President Daphne Lei and ASTR Treasurer EJ Westlake; and Mei Li Brown, Laurie Krueger and Briana Baker from Ewald) continue to explore our options for ASTR 2018: Arousal—Theatre, Performance, and Embodiment. We have been in regular contact with both Unite Here and Westin representatives, and the news there is quite hopeful. Both sides believe there is a strong possibility that the strike will be resolved in the next three days.
We have also tried to find an alternative hotel. We are not able to find a hotel that can host the conference, provide rooms for attendees, and give us even a baseline level of service. We simply do not have enough time to make a new plan that will allow us to hold a conference and to communicate that plan to you. Despite our very strong efforts and our absolute will to find an alternative, we cannot move the conference.
Today, we decided to move forward in good faith that the strike will be resolved. Please keep that faith with us, and please continue to plan to join us in San Diego. As soon as we hear from Unite Here and the Westin, we will let you know. If the strike is not resolved by 5pm Thursday, we will cancel the conference. At that point, we will give you information about your registration as well as some options for those who decide to come and celebrate each other and share scholarship even without the conference, or those who might want to meet virtually. The ASTR Executive Committee will assist as much as they are able with these arrangements.
We have all appreciated the many expressions of support and concern that you’ve offered. We are also aware that this is stressful, disappointing, and difficult for all of you. We are moving forward buoyed by your faith in us, in ASTR, and in fair labor practices.
With gratitude and in solidarity –
Chase, Christin, and Kirsten