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Online registration is now open, or contact the American Humanist Association office Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Eastern Time, at1-800-837-3792 to register by phone.
Full Registration ($299) includes access to all conference events from Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8 (unless separate registration is noted) and includes one (1) ticket each to the Humanist of the Year Banquet on Friday night, the Humanist Awards Luncheon on Saturday afternoon, and the Humanist Awards Banquet on Saturday evening with meals.
Student Registration ($25) includes access includes access to all conference events from Thursday, June 5 to Sunday, June 8 (unless separate registration is noted) without meals. (General seating is available during the award ceremonies.)
Registration-only passes (without meals), single-session tickets, and banquet-only tickets are available. Contact the AHA at 1-800-837-3792 to register by phone.
You can book your hotel room at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel through the hotel’s personalized page or by calling 1-800-325-3535 (mention the American Humanist Association).
Yes! Access to the Friday Night Banquet, Saturday Luncheon, and Saturday Night Banquet is open to all conference registrants (or those who bought a single-session ticket). General seating will be available. The ceremony begins at 8:00pm for the Friday and Saturday Night Banquets and 1:00pm for the Saturday Luncheon.
Contact Maggie Ardiente, AHA communications director, at 202-238-9088 ext. 116. Please provide your full contact information (mailing address, phone number, email), a title and summary of your speech, and any audio-visual requirements.
All speakers are volunteers and receive free registration (not including banquet meals); travel expenses and honorariums cannot be provided at this time. Please note that we get dozens of requests for speakers, and we regret that we cannot accept them all.
The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel does not provide a free shuttle to and from the Philadelphia airport. There are several other transportation options:
Check-in Registration for the AHA conference will open at 8:00am on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Registration will be open throughout the conference between 8:00am and 8:00pm.
The AHA Registration Table will be located on the Mezzanine Level (2nd Floor) of the hotel. If you registered online, please bring a copy of your printed registration.
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 Thomas Paine Day Tour is a fun bus tour to enjoy after the conference officially ends at noon on Sunday, June 8! If you’ve never toured Philadelphia before, especially lead by a historian and expert on the Age of Reason author Thomas Paine, be sure to sign up and join your fellow conference attendees for more fun. The Thomas Paine Day Tour is NOT included with your Full Registration; you must sign up separately for an additional $35 per person. More information can be found here.
Philadelphia will be warm in June, with a high of 79°F and low of 59°F. However, hotels tend to keep the meeting rooms cold, so we recommend bring a light sweater or jacket.
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.
Yes! The American Humanist Association is partnering with Camp Quest West to present the Camp Quest Kids Program for Ages 5-17 and Child Care for Ages 0-4! Visit the Camp Quest Kids Program for more information.
Please contact Maggie Ardiente, communications director, at 202-238-9088 or email@example.com.
Plenty! The Sheraton Downtown Hotel is located in the heart of Center City in Philadelphia. Attractions within walking distance to the hotel include the Philadelphia Museum of Art (20 minutes), the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University (5 minutes), the Franklin Institute (8 minutes), JFK Plaza-LOVE Park (8 minutes), and the Barnes Foundation (8 minutes). Other attractions just a short cab ride or longer walk away include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Penn’s Landing. Visit the Independence Visitor Center website for more details.
The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel provides two dining options: the Lobby Bar (cocktails and light fare from 11:00am-1:30am Monday-Saturday, and 12:00pm-1:30pm on Sunday) and The Terrace (breakfast and lunch daily from 6:30am-2:30pm and 5:00pm-10:00pm). Room service is also available from 6:00am to 11:00pm.
The famous Reading Terminal Market, with an extensive food court and farmers market, is located three blocks from the hotel. The market is open on Monday-Saturday 8am – 6pm & Sunday 9am – 5pm.
A full list of restaurants within walking distance can be found here (PDF).
The last day to reserve hotel rooms at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel under the discounted room rate is May 5, 2014. 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.