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Late October Newsletter

This is the Late October MAPACA newsletter. Our next conference is November 9-11 in Philadelphia, PA.

In This Newsletter, We Have:

  • Hotel Reservations End 10/21/23 and Travel Information
  • Conference Info - Mütter Museum Tour and Order Print Program
  • Conference Awards and Prizes
  • Our COVID-19 statement for the 2023 conference
  • McFarland Books
  • Important Dates

Hotel Reservation Cutoff and Travel Information

Reserve your room for MAPACA23 at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square today! The cutoff for room reservations for the conference is 10/21/23 by the end of the day. Use this link to book today! The Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square is located at 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

If you are traveling to the conference by airplane, you can use the SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line to travel to and from Center City Philadelphia. Historic Gray 30th Street Station is a short walk to and from the hotel (as are other Center City Philadelphia stations).

Rideshare and taxi options are also available to travel from PHL to the Sonesta Rittenhouse Square and Center City.

Conference Information - Mütter Museum Tour and Print Programs

Come take a guided tour of the Mütter Museum, “America’s finest museum of medical history.”

Tour tickets are limited to 25 attendees for a Thursday, November 9, 2023, 12:30-1:30 tour. A second tour may be scheduled later Thursday if there is enough interest. Admission to the museum is good for the rest of the day! To add the tour to your personal schedule visit the session page. The deadline to purchase Mütter Museum tour tickets is 11/1/2023.

Also, stay tuned for a special session with the director of the Mütter Museum on Thursday afternoon!

Order Print Programs

You can purchase a MAPACA 2023 print program for $10 until November 1. A limited number of print programs will be available on-site at the conference for $20. The deadline to purchase a program in advance is 11/1/2023.

Click here to purchase both the Mütter Museum tour and to order print programs.

Conference Events - Awards and Prizes

Join us Thursday, November 9, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Wyeth Ballroom, 2nd floor, as we present the Divine Impact Award (DIA) to legendary Philadelphia sports broadcaster Angelo Cataldi!

You can submit questions for Angelo ahead of time by emailing In addition, the audience will have a chance to ask questions at the Q&A portion of the DIA event.

Then, join us as we present the Lorance Award, Donald Award, and Walden Prize at the Reception and Annual meeting on Friday, November 10, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Wyeth Ballroom, 2nd floor. This year’s recipients are:

  • Lorance Award: Mary Beth Ray, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication & Media Studies, and Co-Chair of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Plymouth State University.

  • Donald Award: Brittany Tomin for her presentation “Destructive Imaginaries: Catalyzing Critical Hope in Youth.”

  • Walden Prize: Allyson Wierenga for her presentation ““How Were You Cured If None of the Others Were?”: Transcending Bodies in The Two Princesses of Bamarre and the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

McFarland Books

This is the main page for our POP CULTURE category and its subcategories. Categories of related interest include GENRE (e.g., science fiction studies), NOTABLE FIGURES (e.g., Alfred Hitchcock), and INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (e.g. women’s studies).

Prospective authors interested in writing for a SERIES can consult the series page for more information: Contributions to Zombie Studies | Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy | Companions to Mystery Fiction | Companions to Young Adult Literature | Dogs in Our World | Ethics and Culture | McFarland Literary Companions | Studies in Gaming | Studies in Heavy Metal Music & Culture | Worlds of Whedon

COVID Statement

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2023 conference this November. At this time, our conference will be mask-encouraged to support our immunocompromised community members. Remember, the proper wearing of a mask that covers your nose and mouth helps prevent community spread and protect everyone, especially immunocompromised colleagues.

Before the conference, please check to see if you are eligible for a vaccine or booster for COVID-19 or other seasonal diseases, such as the flu. Visit to find vaccination locations near you. Keeping up to date with vaccines, in line with public health and your doctor’s guidance, further supports our community.

Finally, we are asking you to do your part in contributing to the health and well-being of your fellow MAPACA attendees by staying home if you feel sick and/or are symptomatic. The Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. These guidelines may change based on infection rates in the country and Philadelphia as the conference approaches.

Important Dates

  • October 21: Hotel Reservations End
  • November 1: Purchase Mütter Museum Tour and Print Programs
  • November 9-11: 2023 Conference in Philadelphia

Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA)

P.O. Box 1358

Lansdowne, PA 19050

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