2015 International SRV Conference

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Date/Time
Date(s) - June 10, 2015 - June 12, 2015
All Day

Location
Providence Biltmore Hotel


The Sixth SRV International Conference (June 10-12, 2015 in Providence, RI, USA)

We invite you to reserve the dates on your calendar to attend the sixth international conference on Social Role Valorization, which will be held June 10-12, 2015, at the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.  Our conference committee is composing the content of the conference, which we expect will feature key figures in the SRV movement, but even in advance of the determination of the content we want you to plan to come.

The conference hotel is an elegant, newly-renovated circa 1921 building.  Our plenary and concurrent sessions and our meals will all be held on the top two floors, with spectacular views over the city.  Our location is at the very center of downtown Providence, within two blocks of the beautiful riverfront and surrounded by dozens of restaurants of every price range within three blocks.

The Providence Airport is twenty minutes away, with free hotel shuttle.  International travelers can easily fly into Boston Logan Airport and then take a a one-hour train ride to Providence.  There is a free shuttle from Logan to the train station.  Trains run hourly, and our conference hotel is directly across the street from the Providence train station.  For commuters, there is valet parking under the hotel.

The conference is set for a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to encourage travelers to consider additional nearby visits.  Boston, Newport, and Cape Cod are each an hour from Providence, and New York City is a two-and-one-half hour ride by frequent trains.  Local conference organizers Jo Massarelli, Tom Doody, and Jack Yates, would be pleased to help you arrange local study tours relevant to human services, art and architecture, or history.  We will be planning pre-conference workshops for June 8 and 9 as well.

The registration fee for the conference, which includes meals, is $500 USD.  There is likely to be scholarship assistance available, so please communicate with the registrar to ask.  Rooms at the Providence Biltmore at their special conference rate are $170 per night.  Note that each room has two king-sized beds and kitchenette, and the cost is per room, not per person;  therefore we can stay there very frugally by planning to share the room with friends or colleagues.

The conference is still over two years away, but we understand that some of you might have financial allocation and timing reasons to register early, so we have set that up already.  To register, you can send a check made out to “Keystone Institute” to Betsy Neuville at Suite 200, 940 East Park Drive, Harrisburg PA  17111  USA.  To pay by credit card or electronic fund transfer, write to Betsy via e-mail at  eneuvill@keystonehumanservices.org. and she will set that up for you.  Betsy’s telephone, if you need it, is 717-909-9425.  If you need to request a reduction in the registration fee, write to Jack Yates at  jyates@peopleinc-fr.org, or call him at 508-468-8923.   Register for hotel rooms directly with the Biltmore Providence, and be sure to tell them you are with the SRV Conference:  ProvidenceBiltmore.com, or call 401-421-0700.

The conference web-site is  http://srvconference.com.  Information will be added to that site as decisions are made.

With any questions about the conference, please write to Jack Yates at jyates@peopleinc-fr.org, or call him at  508-468-8923.  Thank you.