Welcome to The Place of Religion in Film! We’re looking forward to meeting you all!

We wanted to pass along a few pieces of information by way of a welcome to Syracuse.

Here on the website you can find the schedule at a glance and panels schedule of all concurrent sessions. All concurrent sessions will be held in Newhouse 2. Please use the entrance on Waverly Ave; we’ll post directional signs marked with our logo to help guide you.

We’ve included a series of maps to help you navigate campus. Here you can find an area map which includes local restaurants, a campus map, a detail of the buildings we’ll be using, and a map of the Newhouse complex. You can also find information on accessing campus Wi-Fi.

We strongly encourage you to be mindful of Syracuse weather. Spring has begun to make an appearance and the snow is steadily melting, which means warmer weather and wetter, muddier walks. Waterproof shoes are always a good idea if you plan to do much walking. Also, don’t let the warmer weather fool you: Syracuse springs are tricky. Mornings will still be chilly and days can often me overcast if not rainy. Bring an umbrella; you most likely won’t regret having a coat and dressing in layers.

If you plan to drive, park in the Waverly lot on Thursday night. On Friday, the University Ave parking garage will offer a reduced rate ($8); please note that the garage will close at 7:00 p.m on Friday and will not be open on Saturday. On Saturday, use the Waverly, Harrison or Lehman lot. All are noted on the area map. In all cases, tell the parking attendant that you’re attending a conference with the SU Department of Religion. There are also other paid garages in the area, including at the Sheraton, if you’d prefer.

To get you caffeinated on Friday and Saturday mornings, we suggest Café Kubal on University Avenue. They have a selection of coffee, tea, pastries and a few more substantial breakfast options. There’s also a Starbucks on University Avenue. Both are across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

Also, check out a few of the fun things to see and do in the area if you’ve got the time and inclination.

If you’re on Twitter, follow us @religionSU; the conference hashtags is #religioninfilm.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you all soon!