Transportation – Denver Information


Transportation to the Westin Denver Downtown

The Westin Denver Downtown is in a central location, allowing conference attendees easy access to many of the excellent restaurants, museums, independent bookstores, coffee shops, and stores in the area. To make your way to the hotel for this exciting event, consider the following available options. For additional information, please visit

  • Rental Vehicles: The conference hotel is approximately 27 miles from the Denver International Airport (DEN)—a 35-minute drive. The hotel has two parking options for hotel guests: 1) on-site parking is $35.00 USD per day and 2) valet parking is $45.00 USD per day.
  • A Line Commuter Train: Traveling to downtown Denver, the commuter train will “run every 15 minutes during peak travel times.” Tickets may be purchased for $9.00 USD per day “and includes unlimited rides on the A Line during a single business day.”
  • Denver Super Shuttle: This shared ride service is available for approximately $30.00 USD one way. Reservations are required in advance. To book a ride, visit
  • Taxi Service: From the airport to downtown Denver, there is a flat rate of $55.57 USD (the airport access fee already included). Additional fees may be incurred for multiple stops, if electing to share a cab.
  • RTD Bus Service: The RTD public bus service offers transportation to the area for a nominal fee of $9.00 USD for a one-day pass. Buses will “depart approximately every 15 minutes during peak hours and drivers will help you load and unload your luggage. All buses are wheelchair accessible.”

Free MallRide

Besides walking and exploring all that the Mile High City has to offer, one of the best ways to move around downtown Denver is to use RTD’s Free MallRide shuttle bus, which stops at every corner on 16th Street between Civic Center Station and Union Station. Available to passengers seven days a week, this shuttle service “starts running at 4:59 a.m. on weekdays, 5:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and 6:30 a.m. on Sundays” and “continues throughout the day with the last complete round-trip of the night starting out at 1:21 a.m.” For more information on this free service or to review the Free MallRide map, please visit

Free MetroRide

In addition to the FreeMallRide service, RTD offers Free MetroRide during the “weekday rush hours (5:15 am-9:00 am and 2:30 pm-6:30 pm) and provides convenient connections to bus, light rail, and commuter rail.” Free MetroRide provides its passengers access to 18th and 19th streets in downtown Denver with fourteen select stops between Union Station and Civic Center Station. Look for RTD stops with a “white canopy and/or marker with a map of the route and downtown area.” For more information on this free service or to review the Free MetroRide map, its drop-off locations, and schedule, please visit the RTD website at


TODAY – Last Day to register at regular rate for the SSAWW Conference

Today is the last day to register at the regular rate for the SSAWW Conference 

All conference participants must be current SSAWW Members. If you renewed your membership in the last two weeks, your status may not be updated in the Membership Directory yet, but if you are unsure about membership status, please email

2018 Triennial Conference – Book Display

2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference – Book Display

For those interested in having their books on display at the 2018 SSAWW Triennial Conference, we will be partnering with The Scholar’s Choice to meet that need. They will be displaying books throughout the conference in Molly Brown, where our book/journal exhibition and art exhibitions are scheduled to take place. Please reach out to your press and have them contact Mary Lynn Howe at Scholar’s Choice for additional information; her E-mail address is

SSAWW Conference – Registration Desk Volunteer Needed (Registration Waiver – Respond ASAP)

One of the volunteers at the registration desk has had to withdraw from the conference; therefore, we need to fill a vacancy on Wednesday evening from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

This position comes with a full registration waiver (or reimbursement, if the individual selected has already paid). If you are interested, please e-mail at as soon as possible.  This is not restricted to graduate students, though we would prefer to open the position to a graduate student, independent scholar, or early career scholar.

SSAWW Conference Reminders – One week left to register

View the updated Conference Program
Hotel Reservations at the Westin Denver Downtown (there are still a handful of rooms remaining in the second block for some of the conference days)
There’s still time to sign-up for some of these wonderful conference events.  Click the title to read more about each event or the link to sign-up and reserve your spot!

CFP: Woodress Scholar Research Grants – Willa Cather (Deadline: 12.30.2018)

Woodress Scholar Research Grants (2019)

Willa Cather

The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces the availability of a Research Grant for visiting scholars. This grant provides financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Lincoln, NE, for four consecutive weeks, in order to conduct research on Willa Cather using Cather resources in Nebraska and at UNL.

Applications are invited from early career scholars, advanced graduate students, recent PhDs, and faculty not yet tenured. Projects should reflect the need for research at the UNL Archives and in Nebraska. Each Woodress Research Grant is $4,000 and the scholar is expected to be in residence in Lincoln for four consecutive weeks during March 1 – December 20, 2019. The Cather Project will assist with advice about travel, lodging, and a trip to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska (2 ½ hours by car) to enable the scholar to research materials in the Foundation’s archives and visit the area of Cather’s childhood.

The Cather Project produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries hold the largest collection of Cather letters to and from her; edited typescripts; manuscripts; multiple editions of her works; and many other Cather-associated materials.

Funding for the grants is from the Roberta and James Woodress Fund (created from a gift by Roberta and James Woodress; Mr. Woodress was an eminent Cather biographer and emeritus professor of English at University of California-Davis).

To apply, please send, as e-mail attachments, to Beth Burke at, the following items:

  • your c.v.
  • a statement of no more than 3 pages describing the proposed research project and the importance of materials and resources at UNL to your project
  • a sample of scholarly writing (20-25pp: preferably focusing on Cather, though not necessarily exclusively)
  • In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommenders to Beth ( Letters should be specific to the fellowship and proposed project rather than general letters of recommendation from your job placement dossier.

The deadline for submission of materials is DECEMBER 30, 2018 and we will inform successful applicants by FEBRUARY 1, 2019.

Guy Reynolds, Director, The Cather Project 309 Andrews Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68588-0396

(402) 472-1919;

CFP: The British Society for Literature and Science 14th Annual Conference (Deadline: 12.7.2018)

CFP: The British Society for Literature and Science Fourteenth Annual Conference, Royal Holloway University of London, 4–6 April 2019


The fourteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at Royal Holloway, University of London, from Thursday 4 April until Saturday 6 April 2019. Keynote speakers will include Professor Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway) and Professor Angelique Richardson (Exeter).

The BSLS invites proposals for 20-minute papers, panels of three papers, or special roundtables on any subjects within the field of science, and literatures in the broadest sense, including theatre, film, and television. There is no special theme for this conference, but abstracts or panels exploring one of the following topics are especially welcome: (1) how the literatures of Africa, the Americas, Asia, or Australasia address, interact with, or respond to the discourses of science; (2) the digital humanities; (3) the writing, reading, and interpretation of human nature; (4) innovative or progressive models for uniting the sciences and the humanities.

In addition, we are hoping to put together sessions with looser, non-traditional formats, and would welcome proposals from any person or persons interested in making presentations of approximately ten minutes from notes rather than completed papers. The hope is that this format will encourage longer Q&A sessions with more discussion.

Please send an abstract (200 words) and short biographical note (50 words) to the conference organiser, Dr. Mike Wainwright,, by no later than 18.00 GMT, Friday 7 December 2018. Include the abstract and biographical note in the body of the email.

All proposers of a paper or panel will receive notification of the results by the end of January 2019.

The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of the conference.

Information concerning onsite accommodation and local hotels will be forthcoming. Membership: conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged).