We’ll be posting updated information about Charleston 2017 in the next few weeks.
Got a question that’s not answered here? Contact Meghan Hamilton, AHA conference coordinator, at 202-238-9088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Humanist Association, the oldest and largest humanist organization in the United States, has held an annual conference since its founding in 1941 so that humanists, atheists, and freethinkers can gather together for a weekend of informative lectures, networking, and fun activities. The year 2017 will be the 76th annual conference of the American Humanist Association! We’re anticipating this conference to sell out, so be sure to book your conference tickets early.
Click here to register for the AHA Annual Conference through Cvent. The full registration package is $399. Registration for students, speakers, and volunteers is also available (subject to approval). Partial registration packages will be available soon. All registration levels can add the Post Conference Cruise of Charleston Harbor to their registration package. Register today!
Registration levels in detail:
Full Registration includes access to all plenary sessions, workshops, the Welcome Reception, the Friday Night Banquet, Saturday Luncheon, and Saturday Night Banquet with meals. Partial Registration includes all of the above without banquet meals (general seating for the banquets start at 1:00pm for the Luncheon at 8:00pm for the Night Banquets). Student Registration is similar to Partial Registration, but you must have a current student ID to be eligible for the rate. Day Passes (good for one full day at the conference without meals) are available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only.
Single-Session Passes (defined as one speaker/panel presentation) or Banquet Passes (general seating for the Friday Night Banquet, Saturday Luncheon, or Saturday Night Banquet) is limited to 3 for the entire conference) is available by phone only at 1-800-837-3792.
If you would like to participate in our annual conference as a speaker, or know of someone who you’d like to suggest as a speaker, please contact Meghan Hamilton at email@example.com or by phone at 202-238-9088.
Charleston International Airport is located within close proximity of the conference hotel and is the best choice.
From Greenville-Columbia – Go I-26 East towards Charleston and take Exit 213A. The exit ramp brings you to Montague Avenue. Follow Montague one half mile to International Boulevard and turn right onto International Boulevard. The hotel is on the left.
From Charleston – Take I-26 West towards Columbia exiting at Exit 213 to Montague Avenue. Turn left at the traffic light onto Montague. Follow Montague three quarters of a mile to International Boulevard. Turn right onto International and our hotel is on the left.
From Savannah-Jacksonville – Take I-95 North to Exit 33. This brings you to Highway 17. Travel until you reach the interchange for I-526 to North Charleston-West. Follow I-526 to Montague Avenue, exit and turn right. Follow to International Boulevard. Turn left onto International. The hotel is on the left.
Our hotel is located adjacent to the Charleston Area Convention Center off of International Blvd.
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center in Charleston offers a free shuttle to and from the airport with 24 hours a day service.
Driving from the Airport:
Head northeast on International Blvd toward Dreamliner Drive, approximately 89 feet. Make a U-turn at Dreamliner Drive and the destination will be on the right.
For a map and directions to the hotel, click here.
The 76th Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association will take place from June 8th to June 11th, 2016.
You can find the most up-to-date changes to the conference schedule here.
Once you check in, our staff will provide you with your nametag and banquet tickets (if applicable), plus our official Conference Program Book containing a full conference schedule, descriptions of the sessions, and map of the hotel. AHA staff will also be on hand throughout the conference if you need assistance.
Please wear your name badge at all times during the conference. It serves as your pass to access the conference events.
More information coming soon!
The Friday Night Banquet, Saturday Luncheon, and Saturday Night Banquet (included with Full Registration) are the conference’s award ceremonies for our Humanist of the Year and other award recipients. You can see who will receive the 2017 Humanist Awards on the schedule. Partial Registration, Day Pass, or specified Single-Session ticket holders may also attend, but meals are not included (unless you purchased a meal ticket in addition to your registration). A cash bar will be available during the Friday and Saturday Night Banquets only from 7:00pm-8:30pm.
If you are attending the banquets, you will receive a paper ticket to receive a meal, which you MUST have with you at the banquets in order to receive a meal. Please do not lose this ticket (we suggest storing them behind your namebadge). If you selected vegetarian or vegan meals, it will be noted on your ticket.
Everyone will be served the same plated meal. Bread service, coffee, and tea are included. If you selected Vegetarian or Vegan when you registered, you will receive the vegetarian or vegan meal and dessert outlined below. Switching of meals from meat to vegetarian or vegan (or vice versa) at the last minute will not be allowed.
Please note that the meals below are subject to change based on the availability of ingredients and decisions by the hotel chef and catering staff. Hotels do their best to accommodate allergies or other dietary restrictions but can make no guarantees.
More information coming soon!
If you hold a Partial Registration or Day Pass (Friday or Saturday), you are welcome to attend the Friday Night Banquet, Saturday Luncheon, or Saturday Night Banquet ceremonies without a meal (though you can purchase a meal separately if you choose). General seating takes place anytime between 7:00pm and 8:00pm for the Friday or Saturday Night Banquets, and 12:00pm-1:00pm for the Saturday Luncheon. Usually, Partial Registration or Day Pass holders use this time to grab lunch on their own from the hotel or a local restaurant nearby.
The awards ceremony program begins at 8:00pm for the Friday and Saturday Night Banquets, and 1:00pm for the Saturday Luncheon. General seating is set theater-style behind the banquet tables and is open seating. A large viewing screen will be available.
The official hashtag for the AHA 76th Annual Conference is #ahacon17. Be sure to tag @americnhumanist when you use Twitter, and feel free to add other hashtags like #humanism or #humanist.
For the third year, the AHA will be using Cvent’s SocialWall, a live interactive, full-screen display of social media posts during the conference! When you post on Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #ahacon17, your tweet or photo may be shared on the big projector screen in between plenary sessions and during the banquets!
You are welcome to use your mobile phone, laptop, or tablet to tweet or post photos during conference sessions; free wifi will be available in most of the conference meeting rooms. However, please be respectful and do your best to not be disruptive to the speaker(s) or those around you.
Yes! We will be selling books written by most of the speakers and awardees at this year’s conference. We encourage you to buy your book early to ensure you have a copy. Author signings will take place in the Exhibitors Area immediately after each speaker’s session or at the end of the banquet ceremonies.
More information coming soon!
Thank you for offering to volunteer! Our host chapters provide the number of volunteers needed for our conference. If you are member of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, please inquire with this group about volunteering
Yes, as an authorized exhibitor or advertiser! More information about purchasing an Exhibit Table or advertising space in our 75th Anniversary Conference Program Book is here. We are expected to draw over 500 humanists, atheists, and progressive activists from across the country, giving you an opportunity to introduce your organization/cause to new audiences!
Average temperatures in Charleston in June are high 85 degrees, low 74 degrees. Though our conference is held in the early part of summer, it may be hot and humid outside, so bring light clothing if you plan to explore the city. However, hotels tend to keep the temperature of the meeting rooms cold (in anticipation of a large number of attendees making the rooms warmer), so we highly recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater to wear during the conference.
Casual dress is acceptable for attending our breakout sessions throughout the day. Some attendees choose to change into business casual or business attire for the evening banquets. Formal attire is not necessary. Hotels tend to turn the air conditioning on very high, so bring a light sweater or jacket to wear indoors.
The AHA’s 76th Annual Conference is a welcoming event for all those interested in humanism and the work of the American Humanist Association. We expect all conference attendees to respect others, even those they may disagree with.
In general, prohibited conduct includes any abusive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s ability to enjoy and participate in the conference, including social events related to the conference. Any clear violation of the law will be immediately referred to local police.
The American Humanist Association and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center cannot be held liable for any injuries or losses that take place during the course of the 76th Annual Conference, including pre- and post-conference events.
Yes! The American Humanist Association is partnering with a children’s program to provide and child care for the duration of the conference. Your children will enjoy activities hosted by experienced volunteers while you attend conference sessions.
This program is FREE for all ages, as long as you purchase at least one Full Registration or Partial Registration. This cost covers meals, field trip fees, and transportation.
More information coming soon!
Please contact Merrill Miller, AHA communications associate, at 202-238-9088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience Civil War history with the Battle of Fort Sumter at the national monument. Fort Sumter National Monument consists of three sites situated on or in the busy harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, the park’s main visitor center, occupies a waterfront location in Charleston’s Liberty Square. Fort Sumter itself is situated a little over three watery miles from downtown Charleston on a man-made island at the mouth of Charleston harbor.
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.
Charles Towne Landing
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off of the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail.
Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime
Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop a naval & maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece. It’s also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum.
If you want to optimize your shopping time and save a few, head to our outlets and malls. Just off the peninsula lies some of the best shopping for those who love to find a good deal.
Within walking distance:
Authentic Lowcountry cuisine in downtown Charleston:
The hotel is also within walking distance of Tanger Outlets, which has over 30 restaurants
The last day to reserve hotel rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel & Convention Center under the discounted room rate is May 8, 2017. If you have called before this date but rooms are no longer available, please contact Meghan Hamilton at 202-238-9088 or email@example.com.