The Eighteenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association
Technology, Spirituality, Ecology June 22-25, 2017 Saint Mary’s College of California
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Saint Mary’s College of California is proud to host the 18th annual convention of the Media Ecology Association (MEA). Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s is one of the oldest colleges in the western U.S. with the original location in San Francisco and now located on a 420-acre campus in the Moraga Valley, 20 miles east of San Francisco. The convention will be held from June 22 through 25, 2017.
Media Ecology is a wide tent whose history, perspectives, and scholarly interests incorporate a broad array of academic and professional disciplines focusing on “the study of media environments and the idea that technology and techniques, modes of information and codes of communication play a leading role in human affairs” (Lance Strate, 1999). This interdisciplinary approach towards the exploration of media as environments fosters a rich discourse of investigation, and each MEA convention provides a unique opportunity for academics and professionals to come together in a relaxed, convivial and intimate environment that encourages deep conversations alongside activities that encourage friendship and fun.
The theme for the 18th annual MEA Convention is Technology, Spirituality, Ecology. This tri-part theme provides a confluence of topics that represent major global concerns in the contemporary age. This is probably best articulated in the papal encyclical from Pope Francis, Laudato Si, when he stated that “when media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously. In this context, the great sages of the past run the risk of going unheard amid the noise and distractions of an information overload. Efforts need to be made to help these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity and not a threat to our deepest riches. True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature” (para. 47).
There are two options for on-campus housing.
- Suite Style Single Occupancy with Linen $52 per person per night.
- Suite Style Double Occupancy with Linen $46 per person per night.
Following is a link to sign up for campus housing:
Meals will be provided at the convention.
Optional use of the Recreation Center is an additional $15 per day.
Concord Hilton 1970 Diamond Blvd. Concord, CA 94520 (925) 827-2000 Concord Red Lion Inn 1050 Burnett Ave Concord, CA 94520 (925) 687-5500 Courtyard Pleasant Hill 2250 Contra Costa Boulevard Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 691-1444 (Reservations: 800-279-5751) Crown Plaza Hotel 45 John Glenn Drive Concord, CA 94520 (877) 276-4600 Extended Stay America 3220 Buskirk Ave Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 945-6788 Hyatt House 2611 Contra Costa Blvd. Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 934-3343 Fax: (925) 934-5973 Residence Inn, Marriott 700 Ellinwood Way Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 689-1010 (Reservations: 800-331-3131) Lafayette Park Hotel + Spa 3287 Mount Diablo Boulevard Lafayette, CA 94549 (925) 283-3700 or (800) 368-2468 Fax: (925) 284-1621 Walnut Creek Diablo Mountain Inn 2079 Mt Diablo Blvd Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (925) 937-5050 Embassy Suites Hotel 1345 Treat Blvd. Walnut Creek, CA 94597 (925) 934-2500 (Call 1-800-Embassy and request Saint Mary's preferred rate, or book online with corporate account number 0560040514) Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek Custom Booking Link for SMC Discount 2730 N. Main Street Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (925) 932-3332 (800) 924-6835 Walnut Creek Marriott 2355 N. Main Street Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (925) 934-2000 (800) 228-9290
GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND
Saint Mary’s is accessible by freeway, public transit and train, and are within shouting distance of two major metropolitan airports. The drive to campus will also take you through some truly memorable scenery. From San Francisco Bay Bridge or San Rafael/Richmond Bridge.
If you plan to fly into the San Francisco Bay Area, you can fly into the Oakland International Airport (OAK), which is located approximately 40 minutes from the Moraga campus. There is BART train from the airport that goes to the Lafayette BART station, which is the closest to the college. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is oftentimes more convenient to fly into from through some airline carriers. SFO is a little further from the campus in distance but is also directly accessible to the BART train, which will take you to Lafayette BART.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The BART train system goes from both San Francisco Airport and Oakland Airport. You want to make sure that you catch the PITTSBURG / BAY POINT TRAIN to eventually get to the LAFAYETTE STATION, which is the closest to Saint Mary’s College. While Oakland Airport is closer to the Saint Mary’s campus, it’s actually faster and easier (no transfers) to go from SAN FRANCISCO AIPORT to the LAFAYETTE station than it is from Oakland. But Oakland is better for those who will be renting cars.
ALSO NOTE: There will be Saint Mary’s shuttle vans available to pick people up from Lafayette BART throughout the convention.
BART PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM
Our primary public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area is BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). There are two BART stations that are close to the Saint Mary’s campus – Orinda and Lafayette. The LAFAYETTE BART STATION IS THE PREFERRED STATION. Once you are at Lafayette BART, you can get a taxi or local transit bus (THE COUNTY CONNECTION – ROUTE 6), which makes regularly scheduled stops to the Saint Mary’s campus.
As noted above, we will have a FREE CAMPUS SHUTTLE VAN going back and forth from Lafayette BART to the campus throughout the convention.
Several private shuttle services are available from both San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Please be sure to book your ground transportation prior to arriving at the airport. Listed below are several companies that provide this direct service. Prices may vary and round-trip arrangements may be more economical than two one-way passages. Bayporter Express (510) 864-4000 East Bay Shuttle (925) 800-4500 Leisure Living Transportation (925) 943-1512
BY AUTOMOBILE FROM SAN FRANCISCO OR OAKLAND
Take Highway 580 toward Hayward and then Highway 24 toward Walnut Creek. Once through the Caldecott Tunnel, take the second exit, which will be marked Orinda/Moraga. Turn right and follow Moraga Way about five miles. Turn left onto Moraga Road, then right onto Saint Mary’s Road. The College is about one mile farther on the right.
– See more at: http://www.media-ecology.org/