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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 2016 will be the 75th anniversary of the AHA’s founding, and we’re excited to celebrate with you! We’re anticipating this conference to sell out, so be sure to book your conference tickets early.
You can register online here or call the American Humanist Association at 1-800-837-3792 during normal business hours. Full Registration at the early-bird discounted rate is available until December 31, 2015. Partial Registration (without banquet meals), Student Registration (without banquet meals), Day Passes (good for one full day at the conference without meals), and Single Sessions (good for one session of your choice without meals) tickets will be available after January 1, 2016.
Contact Meghan Hamilton, AHA development and social media assistant, at email@example.com. No phone calls or postal mail, please. Please include:
• Full contact information and brief biography
• Proposed title and brief summary of your presentation
• Length of your presentation
• Audio/visual requirements
• Previous speaking engagements (include links to audio video clips)
Topics may include, but are not limited to: civil liberties, humanist philosophy, atheism in the United States, progressive politics, science, religion, social justice, race, LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, death with dignity, environmentalism, and climate change.
All proposals must be received by January 15, 2016. Conference speakers are volunteers who will receive complimentary conference registration (without meals); travel and lodging expenses are the speaker’s responsibility.
Please note that we get dozens of requests for speakers, and we regret that we cannot accept them all.
You have two options: O’Hare International Airport (40-45 minutes to the hotel) and Midway Airport (20-25 minutes to the hotel). O’Hare serves American, Alaska, British Airways, Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, United, Virgin America, Volaris, Westjet, and others. Midway services Southwest, Delta, Sun Country, Volaris, and others.
The conference will be held at:
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
The hotel does not provide a free shuttle to and from the airport. However, GO Airport Express offers shuttle service to and from O’Hare and Midway airports at a special rate for guests staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick. Please visit the Hotel page for more information on shuttle service, parking, and directions.
The 75th Annual Conference takes place May 26-29, 2016. The main conference begins with the Welcome Reception on Thursday, May 26 at 5:00pm, and ends on Sunday, May 29 at noon. A post-conference activity (to be announced) will take place on Sunday, May 29 and may be added to your Full Registration.
Pre-conference workshops, which are available to all Full Registration attendees, will be held Thursday, May 26 in the early afternoon. These workshops are geared toward local chapter leaders and/or Humanist Celebrants, but any conference attendees may attend to learn more.
You can find the most up-to-date changes to the conference schedule here.
Check-in Registration for the AHA conference will open at 8:00am on Thursday, May 26. Registration will be open throughout the conference between 8:00am and 8:00pm unless otherwise noted. Signs will lead you to the AHA Registration Table.
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.
The official hashtag for the AHA 75th Anniversary Conference is #ahacon16. Be sure to tag @americnhumanist when you use Twitter, and feel free to add other hashtags like #humanism, #humanist, or #75years.
For the second 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 #ahacon16, 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.
Chicago will be moderate in late May, with an average high of 74°F and low of 56°F, but the weather could change drastically. Hotels tend to keep the meeting rooms cold, so we recommend bring a light sweater or jacket while you attend sessions.
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 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.
Yes! The American Humanist Association is partnering with Camp Quest West for the fourth year in a row to provide a Camp Quest Kids program and child care for the duration of the conference. Your children will enjoy activities hosted by experienced Camp Quest West 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. A detailed schedule of the Camp Quest Kids Program will be provided at a later date. For questions, contact Camp Quest West Director David Diskin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Merrill Miller, AHA communications associate, at 202-238-9088 or email@example.com.
Plenty! The Museum Campus, home to the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium, is located minutes from the hotel. Other area attractions includes Soldier Field (home of the Chicago Bears), the Museum of Science and Industry (one of the largest science museums in the world), and Chicago’s Navy Pier (shopping and boat cruises). Of course, no visit to Chicago would be complete without taking the elevator to the top of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the tallest building in the United States!
For more information on Chicago activities, click here.
The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel has five dining options:
• Shor Grill (classic American steaks, seafood, and pasta)
• Forno (casual Italian offering salads, sandwiches, and oven-baked pizza)
• Daily Grind (café for specialty coffees, baked goods, and snacks)
• M/X (sports lounge serving appetizers and drinks)
• Point of Interest (bar)
To see a list of restaurants near the Hyatt Regency McCormick, click here.
The last day to reserve hotel rooms at the Grand Hyatt Denver under the discounted room rate is May 5, 2016. If you have called before this date but rooms are no longer available, please contact Maggie Ardiente at 202-238-9088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for offering to volunteer! Our host chapters provide the number of volunteers needed for our conference. If you are member of the Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland, End of the Line Humanists, or the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, please inquire with these groups about volunteering.