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2010 UCIRA State of the Arts Conference at UCSD NOV 19-21 (SOLD OUT)

The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts is pleased to announce the fourth system-wide State of the Arts Conference, to be held November 19-21st at UC San Diego. The theme of the conference, Future Tense: Alternative Arts and Economies in the University, provides a broad umbrella under which to consider the encroaching privatization of public education and the complex mix of economic, cultural and social forces currently placing pressure on the status of the arts within the research university, as well as the notion of the university itself as haven for liberal arts education.

The Conference Theme

The last two years have witnessed an unprecedented crisis on college campuses around the world, as the social compact that governed higher  education in the United States and Europe for the past half century  has begun to collapse. Universities from London to Sussex, from Athens  to Vienna, and from Berkeley to Santa Cruz, have experienced protests, occupations, walkouts and other actions directed against the  encroaching privatization of public education. This crisis has been  particularly acute at the University of California, the flagship  public university system in the United States.  Dramatic funding  cutbacks, layoffs, furloughs, and fee hikes have been combined with an upsurge in the sort of racist and sexist attacks that often accompany  periods of economic turmoil, as the perception of dwindling resources  leads to the predictable search for scapegoats.

This complex mix of  economic, cultural and social forces places particular pressure on the  status of the arts within research universities, and the very notion  of the university itself as a haven for liberal arts education. New  tensions have opened up, between the arts and humanities and  engineering and science, and between public and private funding  sources and priorities, even as new solidarities have emerged, among  and between staff and faculty, graduates and undergraduates,  disciplines and departments. This conference seeks to address the following questions:

·      How can the arts respond to this crisis?
·      What new alliances can we form both within the university campus and the communities beyond its walls?
·      What alternative economies exist for the support of artistic research?
·      What new pedagogical models and new forms of knowledge production can the arts offer as our educational  mission is both threatened and, potentially, transformed?
·      And what  forms of creative practice have been mobilized by the protests,  walkouts and occupations?
·      As the campus itself becomes a field of  symbolic resistance and contestation, from swastikas at UC Davis to  Klan hoods at UC San Diego, what are the limits and the political  implications of freedom of expression?


**THE CONFERENCE IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT & REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED**  While we are unable to take any more registration requests, there will be extensive conference documentation (including a live radio broadcast) available on our website soon.  Please stay tuned for details.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Traveling on Highway 5 (North or South)
From I-5 exit Genesee Avenue and turn west. Turn left onto North Torrey Pines Road (the second traffic signal). Turn left onto North Point Drive (the first traffic signal). You will be at the North Point Drive entrance to campus (map). A UCSD visitor information center is on the right.
Amtrak: the closest Amtrak stop to the UCSD campus is Solana Beach. Taxi service is available in Solana Beach or the 101 Bus South goes to campus and has a stop at the Estancia hotel (walking distance to campus). To book your reservation call Amtrak at (800) 872-7245.
Taxi and paid shuttle services are also available from the San Diego International airport, which is about 20 miles from the UCSD campus.

A rail system runs from the downtown San Diego train station to North County. The nearest campus stop is the Sorrento Valley Train Station, where free shuttle service is available to campus.

See also Campus Shuttle Service below.

UC Faculty and Staff: Faculty and Staff permit holders from other UC campuses are eligible for a complimentary parking permits per the reciprocity agreement among the universities. Obtain permit by presenting your valid UC ID and current home campus parking permit at the main campus parking office located in the Gilman Parking Structure.

Non-UC Attendees: You can purchase parking permits online when registering for the conference or Pay Station permits offer the convenience of buying near where you park.

1 Day permit lets you park as noted: “S” (yellow) and “B” (green) 24 hours daily “A” (red): 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.

1 Night permit lets you park as noted: “S” (yellow) and “B” (green): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m. “A” (red): 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. Meters (with no fee): 4:30 p.m. – 7:45 a.m.

If you have a Disabled Person placard, you may park without a UCSD parking permit in: Designated handicap accessible spaces, metered spaces (no fee required) , spaces marked “S”, “B”, or “A”

For additional parking information please refer to:

UCSD Campus Loop Shuttles
Shuttles marked with the yellow “L” run in both directions (clockwise and counterclockwise) weekdays every 10-15 minutes from 7 am to 11 pm.

On weekends buses run counterclockwise every 20 minutes from 9 am to 8 pm.

Coaster shuttles run weekdays between the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station and the UCSD La Jolla campus every 25-50 minutes between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm.

An east “C” and west “W” route runs during off-peak midday hours.

Questions? Call 858-534-7422 for detailed shuttle information.
Track shuttles live at


Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa
9700 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037 (877) 437-8262
Conference Group Rate: $159.00 + tax until October 19, 2010; limited availability
Across the street from campus, walking distance to on-campus shuttle service and the conference.

Residence Inn by Marriott La Jolla
8901 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (800) 331-3131 or (858) 587-1700
Conference Group Rate: from $99.00 + tax until October 4, 2010; limited availability
Approximately .5 miles from the center of campus.

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4240 La Jolla Village Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 (800) 228-9290 or (858) 587-1414
Conference Group Rate: from $108.00 + tax until October 4, 2010; limited availability Approximately 1.5 miles from the center of campus.

Please be sure to reference UCIRA State of the Arts Conference at UC San Diego when booking your hotel.

  • For a printable conference schedule, please click  SCHEDULE
  • For a printable document of the above information, please click TRAVEL INFO.
  • For a printable transportation plan, including bus schedules, please click TRANSPORATION PLAN
  • For a printable conference overview, please click OVERVIEW

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