The Boston hub will take place at Boston College’s main campus September 13-15, 2024. We welcome paper and panel proposals that speak to any aspect of the general “Event 2024” CFP. 

Boston’s hub will range widely across topics, but will feature a special keynote panel on Ecology and Famine, an optional walking tour of Boston’s immigration history, and a rare book display at Boston College’s Burns Library.

We look forward to gathering with you in Boston next September!

Sponsors

The Boston hub is grateful for the following sponsors: the Boston College Institute for Liberal Arts and the Provost’s Office; the Boston College Department of English; the Boston College Center for Centers; the Boston College Irish Studies Program; the John J. Burns Library at Boston College; Brandeis University Department of English; the University of Rhode Island Department of English

Hub Leaders

Aeron Hunt, Associate Professor, Boston College

Maia McAleavey, Associate Professor, Boston College

Locations & Logistics

Conference Venues

All sessions will take place at beautiful Boston College, easily accessible by Boston’s subway system, the MBTA. Specific events may be held in the following campus buildings:

See below for details and directions (see also this self-guided campus tour map).

Gasson Hall (map)

A prime example of collegiate neo-gothic architecture, Gasson Hall was the first building erected on Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus in 1913. The main lecture and event hall was dedicated as a gift from the Irish community of Boston. It features a large stained glass window of St. Patrick. 

Burns Library (map)

John J. Burns Library is well known for its extensive special collections of literature, history, and music. It is located in the north end of the Bapst Library building, facing Commonwealth Avenue. The Burns Library reading room is open to researchers by advance appointment on Monday through Friday from 9:30am-5:00pm.

Connolly House (map)

Home to BC’s Irish Studies and International Studies program, Connolly House is a spacious and elegant mansion house located at 300 Hammond Street, adjacent to the Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus. 

Waterworks Museum (map)

Constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style in the 1880s to serve as a high-volume pumping station for the Boston Metropolitan Waterworks, it is located adjacent to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and Boston College campus. The Great Engines Hall has been preserved and converted into a unique reception space. 

Visiting Boston

We hope your travel schedule will allow you time to explore the historic and beautiful city of Boston and surrounding areas around the conference. We encourage you to visit the City of Boston tourism site and browse the web for things to do.

Stay tuned for an optional walking tour of Boston, led by Boston by Foot.

Travel

We offer the following information to help you plan your travel to Boston College. Please feel free to contact the conference organizers for personalized advice.

Air
Boston College is located about 12 miles from Logan International Airport (BOS). Please refer to the Logan Airport website for advice on ground transportation options.

Rail
For travel to Boston via rail from other US cities, use the online Amtrak trip planner service to explore options. The closest Amtrak station to Boston College is Back Bay, adjacent to the Green Line of the MBTA transit system. Some Amtrak trains only stop at South Station or North Station, but travel to Boston College by MBTA transit is still easy (though less direct).

Bus and Trolley (MBTA or “T”)
Boston’s public transportation system is the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), also called the “T.” It includes both buses and above- and below-ground trolleys. Most stations sell MBTA travel passes called CharlieCards, though short-term visitors should purchase CharlieTickets or pay cash on board. The MBTA trip planner and some smartphone apps (including GoogleMaps) will help you plan your bus and trolley routes. 

Boston College is accessible via the Green Line (subway/trolley) of the MBTA. The Green Line has multiple branches: the “B,” “C,“ and “D” lines will all get you to Boston College. The easiest way (though sometimes the slowest) way to get to campus is to take  the Boston College “B” branch of the Green Line and get off at the last stop, which is the Boston College Station stop at the Boston‐Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue. From there it is a 10-minute walk to Gasson Hall and Bapst Library. The Chestnut Hill stop on the “D” line is a 10-minute walk to Connolly House and a 15-minute walk to Gasson Hall and Bapst Library. The Reservoir stop on the “D” line is also fairly close to campus, a very pretty 1.4-mile, 25-minute walk (past the Waterworks Museum and partly uphill). The Cleveland Circle stop at the end of the “C” line is adjacent to the Reservoir stop, with a similar route to campus.

Driving and Parking
Please consult the Boston College Transportation & Parking website for additional information on visitor parking options.

Accommodations

Hotels in the Boston area tend to be expensive, so we advise you to explore alternative options and make reservations early.

The Boston College Admissions office maintains a list of hotels and bed-and-breakfast accommodations sorted by distance from campus. Sometimes better rates may be found by searching discount sites like Hotels.com, Priceline, Expedia, and others.

Online marketplaces for room and homestays like Airbnb and Vrbo are plentiful in the Boston area and offer good alternatives to hotels.

When searching for lodging, enter Chestnut Hill, Newton, Brookline, or Brighton as the destination city; avoid properties located in Allston, Cambridge, and Somerville, as your travel to campus will probably take longer than you wish.

Contact

For inquiries, email organizers@event2024.org.

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