Conference Location

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This year’s conference will be held on the ASU Tempe Campus, 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Most conference panels and the keynotes will be at ASU’s Memorial Union, which is located in the heart of campus at 301 E. Orange St.  Here are maps of the MU: first floor, and second floor. More information is available at the MU’s website.

Workshops will be on the second floor of Matthews Center (MCENT). The opening reception is at the ASU Art Museum (FAC). The art exhibition is in the Harry Wood Gallery in the Tempe Center (TMPCT) near the Art Museum.

The Memorial Union can be difficult to distinguish from other campus buildings. It is best recognized by the solar-panel covered patio on the building’s north side.



About ASU

Arizona State University

With an enrollment of over 80,000 students and one of the largest populations of international students in the country, Arizona State University makes a welcome and appropriate home for the 2017 Annual Meeting. ASU strives to establish a model for the “New American University,” functioning as a comprehensive knowledge enterprise dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. Amongst other honors, U.S. News & World Report named ASU the #1 “Most Innovative School” of all colleges and universities in the country.


Local Dining

The conference location is walking distance from Downtown Tempe, specifically historic Mill Avenue. The area features a wide variety of dining and drink options, from handcrafted paletas (Mexican popsicles) to trendy gastropubs.

Dining Distance Map

Museums and Culture

Nearby Museums and Cultural Attractions

The Phoenix Museum of Modern Art

“Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the southwestern United States providing access to visual arts and educational programs. Top exhibitions are shown alongside the museum’s collection of more than 18,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design.”¹

Arizona Science Center

“Arizona Science Center has a rich history of exploration, innovation and collaboration. Beginning as a community project of The Junior League of Phoenix in 1980, the Center has established itself as a major institution of learning for families, teachers and students and other guests.”²

Musical Instrument Museum

“MIM displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves.”³

The Heard Museum

“Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art.”4

Parks and Hiking

Nearby Parks and Natural Attractions

Desert Botanical Garden

“For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.”¹

Hayden Butte

“’A’ Mountain at Hayden Butte is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tempe, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”²

Hole in the Rock Trail

“Hole in the Rock Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”³