Conference Details for Attendees

Hello! Below are the details for the 22nd Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in Detroit, Breaking the Silence: From Rebellion to Waging Love. Some sections and use the table of contents below to assist with navigation.

***If you are finding the conference site using a navigation device (phone, GPS, etc), please be sure to type in the address (4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201), NOT “Cass Commons”.*** Navigation services do not have the correct address aligned with the conference site name, so if you just type in “Cass Commons”, the navigation service will take you to the wrong location.

Table of Contents

Check-In and On-Site Registration
Schedule & Conference Guide
Opening Session
Keynote Dialogues
Allergies & Sensitivities
Photo & Video Policy
Shuttle Information
Parking Information
Food Information
Restrooms
Technology for Presenters
Translators
Conference Bookstore
Thanks!
Contact Us During the Conference


Check-In and On-Site Registration
Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Conference check-in and on-site registration will be available beginning at 6pm on June 1st at the PTO table. Registration will open by 8:30am and close at the end of the conference close each day on June 2nd and June 3rd. Check-in and registration will no longer be open on Sunday, June 4th, but the table will still be available to answer questions and for you to purchase shirts and totes!


Schedule & Conference Guide
The can find a schedule overview HERE, our downloadable Conference Guide, and detailed conference information at SCHED. More information, like keynote guest bios, welcomes from various groups, acknowledgements, facilities maps, suggestions for dining, etc. will be available in your conference program available when you check in at the conference site.


Opening Session
Thursday, June 1 at 7:00pm EDT
Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Please join us for the opening conference session performance of Forum Theatre from the pre-conference workshop participants, jokered by Julian Boal.


Keynote Dialogues
As in some previous years we’ve committed to honoring our specific theme by coordinating keynote dialogues rather than individual speakers. We’re so excited about our keynote guests. For those of you who haven’t seen our keynote guest slate, it’s here: Keynotes & Special Guests


Allergies and Sensitivities
We often have a conference attendees who have a strong and even FATAL peanut allergies. We must ask that you support us in making the ENTIRE conference space peanut-free. We also ask that you avoid bringing any kinds of nuts to the conference site if at all possible as several attendees also have non-peanut nut allergies.

Additionally, we strongly encourage attendees to be as scent-free as possible. Many people have scent allergies or sensitives that make participation at conferences more challenging. For example, some people get severe headaches or migraines from smells. Please consider using scent free hair products, hygiene products, and abstaining from colognes or perfumes.


Photo & Video Policy
By attending this conference, participants grant permission to The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Organization, Conference, and its agents or employees to use photographs and/or video and audio taken during the conference. These images may be used in educational and documentary materials such as Public Service Announcements, Grant Applications, Video Documentaries, and both printed and online newsletters. Furthermore, participants authorize the use of images, likenesses, and voices for all program promotion, materials, and any other purposes in connection with the program deemed appropriate and necessary by The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. However, PTO is also aware that some people truly do not want to be photographed, and we want to respect those wishes. In the event that participants do not want to be photographed, notification may be indicated through the use of a red dot clearly displayed on conference credentials. Not displaying this indicator will void lack of consent and absolve the conference of any and all liability pertaining to the use of images, likenesses, and/or voices.

I hereby agree to release, defend, and hold harmless The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Organization and Conference and its agents or employees, including any firm publishing and/or distributing the finished product in whole or in part, whether on paper, via electronic media, or on web series, from any claim, damager, or liability arising from or related to the use of the photographs/video, including but not limited to any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, either intentionally or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction, or production of the finish product, its publication, or distribution.


Shuttle Information
Friday, June 2, 2017
7:20 am: Depart from St. Regis Hotel
7:30 am: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
7:40 am: Arrive at Cass Commons

10:00 am: Depart from St. Regis Hotel
10:10 am: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
10:20 am: Arrive at Cass Commons

8:00 pm: Depart from Cass Commons
8:10 pm: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
8:20 pm: Arrive at St. Regis Hotel

Saturday, June 3, 2017
8:20 am: Depart from Pick up at St. Regis Hotel
8:30 am: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
8:40 am: Arrive at Cass Commons

10:00 am: Depart from St. Regis Hotel
10:10 am: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
10:20 am: Arrive at Cass Commons

8:00 pm: Depart from Cass Commons
8:10 pm: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
8:20 pm: Arrive at Drop off at St. Regis Hotel

10:00 pm: Depart from Cass Commons
10:10 pm: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
10:20 pm: Arrive at St. Regis Hotel

Sunday, June 4, 2017
8:20 am: Depart from St. Regis Hotel
8:30 am: Arrive/depart from Towers Residential Suites
8:40 am: Arrive at Cass Commons


Parking
Please DO NOT park in the Cass Common’s parking lot. There is very limited space that will be reserved for volunteers. Many attendees should have access to parking at the Residential Suites at Wayne State University or the St. Regis Hotel. For anyone who is traveling in and does not have parking available at these housing location, please park in one of the nearby paid lots along Cass Ave. or W. Forest Ave. Parking will only be $5-10 per vehicle per day!


Food Information
This year, we are delighted to announce that we will be working with Food Not Bombs to provide breakfast June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. We will also be working with Food Labs of Detroit to offer lunch on June 2nd and 3rd. ALL provided food will be vegan and the local organizing crew has worked very diligently to work with organizations that pride themselves on sustainable, anti-violent food sourcing and production! We will also have plenty of gluten free options and information about other nearby food places.


All-Gender restrooms
All restrooms on the ground floor of the conference site will be all-gender restrooms and at least one restroom will be ADA compliant (disability accessible). Please use whichever bathroom you choose. PTO and our collaborators recognize that gender segregated spaces, such as gender segregated restrooms, are often unnecessary and harmful, especially to transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, especially people of color, often have to function the entire day without safe access to facilities due to fear of harassment and violence.

As part of our commitment to the prevention of violence against marginalized communities and support survivors attending this event, we offer gender inclusive restrooms. Please support us in our commitment to ending oppression and violence, and be respectful and affirming. If you have questions about this policy please feel free to contact any of the any PTO Board member throughout the conference.


Technology for Presenters
Presenters, we have very carefully matched the highly specific-technology requests with spaces. We believe everyone should have the capabilities requested. Please know that this a grassroots conference rather than an expensive, corporatized one; we’re in good shape with the site’s technology, but we don’t have an elaborate tech budget (because we do not charge for technology). We are confident, however, that any glitches will be addressed quickly and presentations will happen as planned. In some cases a whiteboard and markers have been substituted for the requested flip chart.

If you have questions about adapters or other tech needs, it can be a good idea to check in at the registration desk about them. We also recommend checking out your presentation space in the time between rooms being unlocked on Friday or Saturday and the start of the first sessions of the day (so between 8:30am and the first session). That way you can contact the registration desk with tech questions ahead of time.


Still seeking additional translators
If you can translate between Spanish and English or Portuguese and English, we’d be grateful if you wanted to offer an hour or two (or more!) of your time toward our translation team. Translation skills for other languages welcome, too, of course, but these are the two languages for which we have specific translation requests. If you are interested in supporting the conference community this way, please send an email to:conference@ptoweb.org. Please put “Translation for PTO” in the subject line, give us your name and phone number, and indicate when you might be available.


Conference Bookstore
The Boggs Center Book Store will run a book table at the conference, with lots of titles relevant to our conference community. The book table will be open Friday and Saturday and will be located in our main conference space on the 1st floor Cass Commons.


Thanks!
We sincerely thank you for your patience as our all-volunteer collective works to host this international gathering with more than 80 workshops, papers, and dialogues. We know the lack of a paid administrator can lead to delays with some of the many emails we receive each day. The volunteer labor model is currently part of how we can afford to encourage increased attendance of people who would not be able to afford other conferences of this kind. In the last several years, we have significantly improved our ability to welcome those who are not expressly supported by an academic institution. If you would like to volunteer to help host or support future conferences or to help us strengthen our organizing capacity, please attend the membership meeting and let us know! We’re so looking forward to welcoming you to our 22nd Annual Conference!


Need to reach us directly during the conference? Please feel free to call: 402-915-1683.

In Solidarity,
Ruthi Engelke, on behalf of the PTO Detroit 2017 Team and the PTO Board