2021 Travel and Visitor Information

Conference Program 

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Discover Milwaukee, an easy-access destination on beautiful Lake Michigan, featuring an exceptional blend of acclaimed restaurants, brewery tours, and lakefront festivals.

There’s an undeniable energy in fun, urban-easy Milwaukee. While still celebrating our beer brewing heritage, the city now has a powerhouse arts scene, big-city attractions, revitalized historic districts, numerous James Beard-nominated chefs, and a burgeoning locally-sourced culinary movement.

Milwaukee’s über-cool combination of cherished tradition and modern attitude is reflected in our architecture and in a variety of walk-around, character-filled neighborhoods. The city’s German heritage is celebrated along cobblestoned Old World Third Street, and the emerging Walker’s Point area is already nationally acclaimed for its locally made cheese, chocolate, ice cream, coffee, and craft beers.

Stroll down the picturesque RiverWalk – past the “Bronze Fonz” statue of Henry Winkler’s beloved “Happy Days” character – to the Historic Third Ward. This six-square-block, converted warehouse district contains the city’s highest concentration of art galleries, as well as theaters, specialty stores, restaurants and nightlife, and is anchored by foodie paradise Milwaukee Public Market, ranked among the top markets by Frommers.

Milwaukee is the only city in the world where the city icon along the spectacular, Lake Michigan shoreline – the Milwaukee Art Museum – literally opens its “wings” to welcome all. Next door, maritime heritage meets 21st century cool at Discovery World with its high-tech displays and fresh and saltwater aquariums. It is also the summer berth for Wisconsin’s official tall ship, the S/V Denis Sullivan.

Milwaukee is your destination for fun and entertainment – any time of the year!

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For visitor guides, maps and much more, go to https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/

Travel Information

Milwaukee is an easily accessible travel destination with Mitchell International Airport (MKE) or through Chicago’s O’Hare or Midway Airports. Wherever you are coming from, be assured that complication-free travel is possible.

Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport is conveniently located just six miles south of downtown Milwaukee. Whether traveling from around Wisconsin or making the short drive from northern Illinois, Mitchell Airport is easily accessed from I-94 via Exit 318 (Hwy 119).


We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.

Food Information

  • Following the guidance of public health officials, we are not providing group meals as we typically would during a conference. Instead, we are happy to feature a number of on-campus and near by eating options. We have also worked to ensure adequate travel and eating time between events.
  • You can review options below using the convenient searchable site Visit Milwaukee:
  • Food at UWM  (usually closed on Saturdays but due to campus event, open as listed below)
    • The Union Grind (coffee, tea, snacks) is open as shown below:
      • Friday, October 8th, 7:30am to 4pm
      • Saturday, October 9th, 10am to 3pm
      • Friday, October 10th, 7:30am to 4pm
      • Saturday, October 9th, 10am to 3pm
    • Union Station will also be open with hot food options
  • Food Near UWM – walkable
    • Noodles &Company (3121 North Oakland Ave At, E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211)
    • Halal Guys (3133 N Oakland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211)
    • Qdoba (3101 N Oakland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211)
    • Sals Pizza East Side (2974 N Oakland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211)
    • SALA (2613 E Hampshire St, Milwaukee, WI 53211)
  • Food nearby – walkable
  • Food ideas further away – Look on Brady Street or Downer Ave, or in the Riverwest Neighborhood such as…
  • Coffee/Tea
    • Roast (2132 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53211)
    • Stone Creek (2650 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211)
    • Colectivo (2999 Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53212)
  • Groceries
    • Outpost Natural Foods
    • Metro Market
    • Pick N Save


COVID-19 Information

  • As the conference is being hosted by the University of Wisconsin, all attendees are bound to university public health guidelines. These include:
    • Vaccines are not required to attend the conference or be on campus, though they are strongly encouraged. Unvaccinated students and staff enrolled at the university undergo weekly mandatory testing.
    • Mandatory masking for all individuals on campus. This includes all students, staff, and visitors. According to the university, masks are required, “when in the same room such as a classroom, lab, conference room, bathroom, hallway, lobby or waiting area…Face coverings do not need to be worn while eating or drinking.”
    • In terms of ventilation, according to the university, “UWM follows state specifications to make sure that indoor air quality is optimal. Our goal is to continue running heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment/systems at design standards and find that this continues to work well. The HVAC systems in campus buildings bring outside air into the system, which is then filtered. Once the operating temperature is reached, the air is recirculated in the building in a process that includes more filtering and mixing with outside air.”
  • In order to reduce the risk to attendees, the conference will not be providing catered meals but instead has mapped nearby (i.e., on campus) and local food options, and built adequate time into the schedule. These food options are detailed in the conference program. Attendees should bring their own reusable coffee/hot drink mug, as well as a water bottle.
  • More information on the university’s COVID-related policies can be found here.

Presenter Information

  • All conference sessions will run 1.5 hours (90 minutes).
  • All panels will have chairs/moderators to help keep time, and facilitate a question and answer period.
  • If you plan to show slides, videos, or other electronic materials, make sure to bring a laptop and the appropriate adapters to connect to the in-room projectors. You will have access to a projector but we can not provide individual laptops or connectors.
  • For those presenting on panels, we ask that you observe the timing guidelines below to ensure adequate space for all:
    • 5 person panel = 14 minutes per presenter and saving 20 for Q & A
    • 4 person panel = 18 minutes per presenter and saving 20 minutes Q & A
    • 3 person panel = 20 minutes per presenter and saving 30 minutes for Q & A
  • Many people have indicated that they are only coming for one or two days of the three day conference. Please keep in mind that we do our best to foster a collegiate atmosphere, so please consider attending sessions other than your own, to help others receive feedback and engage in public scholarship. This is especially true as the conference will have a smaller than typical attendance.
  • Sessions in the schedule marked “virtual/hybrid” will be made available to those joining the conference online. Throughout these “virtual/hybrid” panels, as well as our “traditional” in-person sessions, some presenters will be in-person and others not. We are doing our very best to assist with this but please communicate and coordinate as much as you can within your panel. We will have a limited staff on site throughout the conference, and will have volunteers in the hybrid rooms to help make this work.
  • For those presenting virtually (i.e., not in-person):
    • All presentations will be via Zoom
    • You will have the option to screen-share to show slides.
    • Please avoid the use of video unless you are experienced sharing video via Zoom…it can be tricky
    • All presenters are asked to join the Zoom link 5-10 minutes before the session begins.
    • We are working to find the ideal way to distribute links to the sessions so watch your Inbox for details.


Tabeling at the Conference

We will provide limited space for individuals, organizations, and vendors to have table space at the conference. The tables are 8′ long and will be located in a central part of the university and in close proximity to the conference registration. Those staffing tables are welcome to set up 9am on 9/8/21. All table material must be removed by 4pm 9/10/21. Those with tables are welcome to table throughout Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The costs for tables are below:

  • Full 8 foot table: $50
  • Half/shared table: $35

Tabelers can plan to showcase their materials in the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center (LEC) located near the corner of Kenwood and Maryland, and parking in the Union parking garage.

If you would like to reserve a table, please get in touch as soon as possible. Tabelers will be invoiced electronically for the reservation. Tables are available on a first come, first served basis, and are in limited supply. Please reach out if you have questions or would like to reserve yours.