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Heterodox Academy is excited to welcome you to Denver in June for HxA Conference 2022. After nearly three years without an in-person event, we’re eager to gather and spend quality time connecting and learning together. We hope these FAQs help you understand conference goals and details.

General

  • What happens at Heterodox Academy (HxA) Conference 2022?

    The conference is a gathering for HxA members, supporters, and higher-ed stakeholders to come together to discuss open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, constructive disagreement, and the overall state of education on campuses and in K-12. Our conference is a unique opportunity to create lasting connections, think together about how best to foster heterodox cultures on campuses, and learn from thought leaders and practitioners in the field.

  • What is the conference theme?

    Our conference theme this year is Renewing Spaces of Knowledge and Trust. Great minds don’t always think alike, which makes it vital for us to think together as we produce knowledge and seek answers to urgent questions. This collaborative project requires habits of heart (e.g., empathy, perspective taking) and mind (e.g., humility, curiosity) that make us open to diverse perspectives and the pursuit of truth. But across higher education, K-12 education, and related sectors like journalism and media, these habits are threatened. Fear and distrust undermine our classrooms and campuses while tribalism throws education and research at the center of the culture wars.

    How do we address this crisis? How do we restore trust in one another, in our educational institutions, and in the teaching, learning, writing, thinking, and conversing that produce knowledge? Conference programming will focus on addressing these questions. To learn more about the conference theme, please visit our Call for Presentations (CFP).

  • Why should I attend?

    As an attendee, you’ll get access to new approaches for fostering open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in the academy and in your daily life; opportunities to find communities of practice and build strategic partnerships; and an exciting spread of sessions to choose from, ranging from practical skill-building sessions to high-level philosophical explorations of our theme. In our keynote presentations, attendees will also hear from leading thinkers on some of the most pressing issues in higher education.

  • Where and when is the conference?

    The conference will take place at the Downtown Denver Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado, June 12-14, 2022.

    Programming begins on Sunday, June 12, in the late afternoon (note: all times listed are in local Mountain Time):

    • The registration desk will be open for the day starting at 11 a.m., and we encourage checking in early to receive your conference credentials and other materials.

    • We are offering limited-capacity pre-conference workshops on Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m.; advance registration is required to attend the workshops.

    • At 4:45 p.m. we will be holding informal member meetups. Additional information will be shared in the coming months.

    • Conference programming starts at 6:15 p.m. with an official welcome and opening keynote address.

    The conference ends Tuesday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m.

Registration

  • I don’t work in education, but I’m interested in attending the conference. Can I register?

    Yes! While many of those who attend HxA conferences are HxA members or work in education, our conference is open to all who are interested in exploring the theme and the ideas at the core of our mission.

  • How much does conference registration cost?

    We offer registration in a tiered system:

    Early-bird special: $250 for those who register before March 18

    Regular rate: $300 for those who register between March 19 and May 2

    Late rate: $350 for those who register between May 3 and June 3

    At the door: $500 for those who register at the conference

    We proudly offer discounted registration rates to our members. Members will receive a promo code via email that provides a further reduced rate, regardless of when they register for the conference. If you’re not yet an HxA member, there’s still time to join to take advantage of the reduced member price. You can find more information on membership and eligibility here.

  • What does registration include?

    Registration includes access to all programming, meals, coffee breaks, and a reception. See the “food and beverage” section below for more information on meals.

  • What is the conference cancellation policy?

    Our cancellation and refund policies are as follow:

    • Conference registrations are non-transferrable.

    • Cancellations must be made in writing and sent to conference@heterodoxacacdemy.org.

    • Cancellations made before May 12 are subject to a $50 refund fee.

    • Cancellations made after May 12 are not eligible to be refunded.

Sessions and Speakers

  • What are pre-conference workshops and how can I register?

    In order to provide conference-goers with interactive professional development, we are excited to offer a number of pre-conference workshops hosted by HxA and several of our expert peer organizations. These workshops address a variety of topics and skills, all with the goal of improving our communities and practices as heterodox thinkers. We encourage you to learn more about the workshops and facilitators here

    The workshops will take place on Sunday, June 12 in the afternoon. Each workshop will run twice: once in the 1-2:30pm time slot and again in the 3-4:30pm time slot (times listed in Mountain Time). Workshop capacity is limited and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    To register, please select your workshop(s) on the conference registration page (below the main conference tickets). Conference-goers can select up to two workshops. Each workshop costs $25 and is available at two different times (1-2:30pm and 3-4:30pm); please select the time that works for you and make sure not to double-book yourself in the same time slot. If you don’t see tickets for a specific workshop and time slot, that means it has reached capacity. 

  • Who is speaking at the conference?

    To view confirmed speakers, please visit the Conference Confirmed Speakers page, which we update on a regular basis. We strive to invite thought leaders, practitioners, journalists, and scholars from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who hold diverse perspectives and welcome constructive disagreement.

  • What is the format of the conference?

    Our conference is a blend of plenary keynotes, concurrent sessions on a broad array of topics, and social opportunities. We invite you to view our full conference program.

  • I’m interested in presenting. How do I propose a session?

    PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit has now passed. We look forward to considering your proposal at a future conference!

    You can access our full Call for Presentations for additional information. 

  • Will there be time for conversation and discussion?

    Of course! There will be opportunities for attendees to connect and chat with one another about topics big and small. We will have designated conversation spaces throughout the conference venue. In the spirit of open inquiry, we will also welcome questions from the audience following our speaker sessions.

  • Will the conference be livestreamed?

    No, but a number of sessions will be recorded and made available after the conference.

    We understand that there are many reasons why people may not be able to attend in person (including but not limited to COVID-19), but after nearly three years of online programming, we believe now is the time to come together in person.

Venue and Travel

  • What airport should I fly into?

    We recommend that all participants fly into Denver International Airport (DIA).

  • How do I get from the airport to the conference hotel?

    The main modes of transportation from the airport to the conference hotel are public transit and taxis/ride-hailing apps:

    Public Transit

    Downtown Denver is connected to DIA via a rail service known as the A line. Travel from the airport to Union Station in Downtown Denver via the A line takes 37 minutes and costs $10.50. Click here for more information on scheduling and tickets. From Union Station, take the free MALLRIDE bus (which runs along Denver’s 16th Street Mall) to Welton St. The Grand Hyatt is on Welton between 17th St. and 18th St., a walk of only 1.5 blocks. Click here for more information on the MALLRIDE bus service.

    Taxi/Ride-Hailing

    The drive from DIA to the conference hotel is 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic. Uber and Lyft rides are available and typically run $35-$45, though they can be higher during times of increased demand. Please note that there are set pickup and drop-off locations at the airport for these services. More information can be found here. Local taxi services are also available at the airport, and you can find more here.

  • Where should I stay?

    We have sold out of reduced-rate rooms at the Denver Grand Hyatt, our conference venue. If you’d like to stay at the Grand Hyatt, you can make a reservation here.

    There are also a number of other hotels within a few minutes’ walk of the conference venue:

    Hilton Denver City Center

    AC Hotel by Marriott Denver Downtown

    Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown-Convention Center

    Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown

    Magnolia Hotel Denver

    Sonesta Denver

Food and Beverage

  • Will meals be provided?

    Yes, the following meals are included as part of your registration: light early dinner (Sunday, June 12), breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea, and an evening reception (Monday, June 13) and brunch (Tuesday, June 14).

  • Are there other food options available nearby?

    The hotel has an in-house Starbucks, two bars, and a small market with to-go foods available. There are also plenty of restaurants nearby in downtown Denver.

  • I have a dietary restriction or food allergy. What should I do?

    Please let us know in your registration forms. We are committed to meeting all conference attendees’ dietary needs. If you would like to speak with our conference planner directly, please email conference@heterodoxacademy.org.

Miscellaneous

  • What is Heterodox Academy? Is it a political organization?

    Heterodox Academy is a group of over 5,000 educators, administrators, and graduate students who believe diverse viewpoints and open inquiry are critical to research and learning.

    Our mission — to improve the quality of research and education in universities — is apolitical. As far as we know, we are the most politically diverse and politically balanced group or society of professors to be found in the academy. According to our members who choose to self-identify, 16% of our members self-identify as conservative, 17% as progressive, 29% as centrist, and 26% as libertarian. We see these political differences as an opportunity for constructive disagreement, characterized by humility, curiosity, and a good-faith effort to deepen understanding. To learn more about HxA, click here.

  • I want to attend, but I need financial assistance. What can I do?

    We have a very limited number of waivers available to cover the conference registration cost.

    To apply, send an email with the subject line: “Registration Waiver – Your Full Name” to conference@heterodoxacademy.org. In the body of the email, please share up to 300 words about (1) your circumstances and reasons for applying for the waiver, and (2) why you want to attend the conference and how you hope to apply what you learn in your professional context.

    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and are available to current HxA members or graduate affiliates located at American institutions. Members who apply must be nontenured faculty. Please note that we do not have funds available to cover travel or lodging costs.

  • What is the attire for HxA Conference 2022?

    Conference attire is business casual. Please note that the average temperatures in Denver in mid-June are highs in the low 80s Fahrenheit and lows in the low 50s Fahrenheit (but please keep in mind that weather there is notoriously quick-changing!).

  • Will there be internet access?

    Wi-Fi will be provided free of charge to conference attendees in all meeting rooms as well as the Grand Hyatt’s lobby.

  • Is the conference venue ADA accessible?

    Yes. Elevators are available throughout the building for ease of access, and wheelchair-accessible guest rooms are available as well. For more specific questions, please call the Downtown Denver Grand Hyatt at 303-295-1234.

    If you have questions regarding accessibility throughout the conference, or if you need to request accommodations, please contact us at conference@heterodoxacademy.org.

  • What is the COVID-19 policy for the conference?

    As we plan one of the first in-person gatherings we’ve hosted since 2019, the health and safety of conference attendees remains our top priority. To that end, we will be adhering to state, local, and venue ordinances at the time of the conference. We will make sure to let attendees know what to expect in advance of the conference.

    Heterodox Academy (“HxA”) Conference COVID-19 Disclaimer:

    Given the danger of possible infection from Coronavirus/COVID-19, including each of its now known and future strains (collectively, “COVID”), you should not attend the Heterodox Academy Conference 2022, to be held June 12-14, 2022 in Denver, Colorado (the “Conference”) unless you are prepared to follow all venue and other requirements adhered to by HxA at the time of the Conference. By your voluntary attendance at the Conference, you assume the risk of possible COVID infection and all other related risks, and you waive and release any and all covid-related claims of any kind whatsoever that you or your spouse/partner, heirs or representatives may have against HxA and each of HxA’s members, directors, officers, agents, representatives, employees and other personnel (collectively, the “HxA Parties”) from or related to your attendance at the conference. You acknowledge that many individuals and groups will be using the hotel facilities during the dates of the conference (as well as other facilities that will be used by us during such time, including without limitation restaurants), and that HxA will have little, if any, ability to control any interactions either among attendees and/or the other users of such facilities. HxA will comply with, and will ask that all attendees comply with, all applicable state and local laws, as well as all venue rules and regulations, regarding COVID-related matters. For instance, but without limiting the foregoing, the venue may require that you wear a face mask during all conference-related indoor events. You acknowledge that you will be required to affirm upon your arrival at the conference (and that your participation will be reliant on your affirming) that you have no COVID-related symptoms, that you have recently not been exposed to anyone with COVID-related symptoms, and that you will notify us immediately of any changes in your status. 

  • What happens if the COVID-19 situation changes between now and June?

    HxA continues to monitor the COVID-19 caseload, variants, and advisories put out by the CDC and FDA. We will continue to keep our members and registrants apprised of the situation, and of any possible changes. 

  • I am a member of the media. How can I request a press pass?

    Please contact us at press@heterodoxacademy.org with information about your media affiliation.

  • What if I have additional questions?

    We know that FAQs only cover so much! If you have more questions, please email us at conference@heterodoxacademy.org. We’re always happy to help.

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Please read the Recording Notice for the HxA Conference 2022.

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