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Early November Pre-Conference Newsletter

This is the Early November Pre-Conference MAPACA newsletter. Our next conference is November 9-11 in Philadelphia, PA.

In This Newsletter, We Have:

  • Hotel and travel information
  • Conference Info - Mütter Museum Tour and Order Print Program - 11/1 Deadline!; Recycling Badge Holders and BYOL (Bring your own lanyard)
  • Conference Receptions - Awards and Prizes
  • McFarland Books
  • Our COVID-19 statement for the 2023 conference
  • Important Dates

Hotel and Travel Information

We are excited to see everyone in person next week!

The Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square is located at 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Valet parking is available at the hotel’s covered parking garage located on Market Street between 19th & 18th Streets, next to the hotel entrance.

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; Recycle Badge Holders and BYOL (bring your own lanyard)

Mütter Museum Tour

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.

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.

Follow the link to purchase the Mütter Museum tour and to order print programs.

Join the conference conversation and community on social media using #MAPACA2023!

Recycling Badge Holders and BYOL (Bring your own lanyard)

We have two initiatives that will help reduce waste at MAPACA. First, please recycle your badge holders at the end of the conference at a designated drop-off point. Second, consider bringing your favorite lanyard to use at the conference. Not only will your lanyard help reduce waste, but it will also be a stylish fashion accessory and conversation starter!

Conference Receptions - 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! Bar and book sales open at 6:00. A generous reception will follow.

Mr. Cataldi’s book, LOUD, will be available for sale and he will be signing copies during the reception.

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. Come celebrate our award winners and enjoy a generous reception and cash bar.

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

  • 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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