FAQ

 

Guidelines for Panelists

Below are brief outlines of the shape and timing of panels.  Participants have latitude.  Session members may prefer not to follow the instructions below but all members of a session should be consulted about the structure prior to the session.  Note that the email addresses of panelists can be found on your Speaker Center page when you click on your “Sessions” (see menu on left hand side of page).  The Sessions page should show all members of a panel, their affiliation and their email address.

  • Traditional Panel: 15 minute papers, 15 minute comments. 30 minutes discussion. [Papers due to all members of panel by May 5th.]
  • Lightning session: 7 minute talks, 10 minute comment. 30-45 minutes discussion.
  • Roundtable: 8-10 minute presentations. 30-45 minute discussion.
  • Artist/scholar collaboration:  Panelists must work out times for performance and scholar.
  • Birds of a feather: Open and informal discussion.
  • Workshop:  Pre-circulated paper, 5 minute presentations, 10 minute comment. 45-60 minute discussion. [Papers should be posted to secure website by May 5. Papers may be uploaded beginning April 15th. Workshop participants will be sent a link and information about how to upload papers. Papers will be accessible only to conference registrants].
  • Activist/Scholar conversation: Two possible formats —
    • Activists present issues in their work, 15 minutes; Scholars respond/reflect
    • Scholars frame issues in particular kinds of activist work; Activists respond/reflect
  • Poster Session:  Specifications will be sent to presenters.
  • Digital Humanities Spotlight: Instructions will be sent to presenters.

General information:  All rooms are wired and have projectors and screens. Login information will be provided at registration.  We recommend that at least one member of a panel bring a computer and that presentations be queued on one computer in advance.  Mac users will need an adaptor/dongle to hook into equipment.  We encourage you to have a backup of your presentation on a flash drive.

If you have never presented or served on a panel, we recommend the following American Historical Association articles:

For Presenters:  Everything You Need to Know About Presenting a Scholarly Paper

For Chairs & Moderators:
Everything You Need to Know About Introducing Speakers and Running a Panel Discussion

For Commentators and Members of the Audience:
Everything You Need to Know About Your Role as a Commentator or Member of the Audience

Directions for Getting to Hofstra: Driving, Train/Shuttle to Hofstra

For directions in Japanese, click here.

Driving from a location off Long Island? Best to use Mapquest or Google maps. http://www.hofstra.edu/visitors/visitors_info_drivedirect.html

From Manhattan or Brooklyn via Long Island Railroad:

To get to Hofstra University from Manhattan, take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) from Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan to Hempstead (50 minute ride, change train at Jamaica) or Mineola (35 minute direct ride).

From Brooklyn, take the LIRR from Atlantic Terminal at Flatbush and 4th Avenue. The train to Hempstead is direct from Brooklyn. If you wish to go to Mineola change trains at Jamaica station.

Once you arrive at either Hempstead or Mineola stations, look for a Hofstra shuttle bus.

If you take the train to Hempstead: Ride on cars in the front rather than the rear (The Hempstead train station building is located at the front of the train). Get off the train, exit from the station building, and look across the street to your right. The Hofstra shuttle should be parked in that location alongside a parking lot. Occasionally the shuttle will be parked closer to the station, just to the right of the station. The shuttle is either a white or blue school bus with Hofstra printed on its side. The Hofstra shuttle will meet each train arriving at Hempstead.

If you take the train to Mineola: Ride on one of the rear cars. Exit the train at Mineola and walk to your right on the platform toward the rear (in the direction from which the train came), and find a Hofstra shuttle parked on the side of the platform. At Mineola the Hofstra shuttle will meet trains arriving at 25 and 27 minutes after the hour. If you arrive at another time and the shuttle is not at the station you can use a taxi service. Taxies will be waiting at the station for customers. The taxi station is located at the front of the train. You will have to walk forward (or East) to find the taxi station. From Mineola station, it should not be more than $30 [from Hempstead, it will be cheaper]. These are often shared rides. If shared the fare will be lower but the trip longer. Ask to be dropped off at the Student Center on the Hofstra campus.

If you have questions about the bus shuttle service, call Hofstra’s public safety office at 1-516-463-6606.

For those staying at a hotel you can take a taxi from the Mineola or Hempstead train stations. We will also provide a shuttle service between the Hofstra campus and the hotels. Unless you arrive late at night we recommend that you come to Hofstra, pick up your registration packet and then proceed to your hotel via our shuttle.

Traveling to Hofstra by air:
Nearby airports include John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport.

We recommend against hailing a NYC yellow cab from the airports. These can be costly as Hofstra is not in New York City. Fares are subject to double once the taxi leaves the NYC limits.

If you want to take a cab to Hofstra, we suggest that visitors call a Long Island cab company for pickup.
All Island Transportation. Use the HEMPSTEAD – 516-481-1111 or GARDEN CITY – 516-746-2500 offices. allislandtransportation.com All Island Transportation accepts cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service. Use the South Shore office 516-437-0505. olliestaxi.com Ollie’s Taxi and Airport Service accepts cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

From JFK [John F. Kennedy] Airport by car and public transportation:

Driving: Take the Belt Parkway East. Follow signs to the Southern State Parkway. Get off at Exit 19 (Peninsula Blvd North/NOT to the South to Jones Beach). Drive along Peninsula to the north and the Peninsula Avenue becomes Hempstead Turnpike/Fulton Avenue. Keep driving east for a quarter mile or so and you see big signs fir Hofstra and overpass bridges connecting Hofstra’s north and south campuses. You will pass under one of three overhead walkways. Take a left on the road that comes just after the second overhead walkway. Take the first left and park. You will walk to the Mack Student Center, the building just north (or on the right) of Hempstead Turnpike.

Parking for visitors is free on Hofstra campus. See our campus map for the location of parking lots and dormitory buildings.

Public Transportation from JFK airport: Take Air Train from JFK to Jamaica station (10 minute ride), and transfer to a Long Island Railroad train from Jamaica to Hempstead (runs every hour). Alternatively, people can take a train to Mineola station from Jamaica [See directions above for directions to Hofstra shuttle bus at the Mineola train station.] Trains run more often between Jamaica and Mineola.

From LGA [LaGuardia] Airport by car and public transportation:

Driving:
Take the Grand Central Parkway East. This will become the Northern State Parkway East. Follow this to Exit 31A (Meadowbrook Parkway South). Take the Meadowbrook Parkway to Exit M4 (sign reads “Hempstead” and “Coliseum”). From Exit M4 of the Meadowbrook Parkway you will be on Route 24 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Stay on 24W for about one mile. Pass Nassau Coliseum on your right. Hofstra University is on both sides of Hempstead Turnpike. You will pass under one of three overhead walkways. Take a right on the road that comes just before the second overhead walkway. Take the first left and park. You will walk to the Mack Student Center, the building just north (or on the right) of Hempstead Turnpike.

Public Transportation:
From LGA the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) operates a bus, the “Q70 Limited”, that takes passengers from the airport to the LIRR Woodside stop. From Woodside you can catch a train to the LIRR Jamaica station. At Jamaica you can change for the train to the Mineola or the Hempstead trains. The bus ride should take 10-12 minutes and will cost $2.50. For further directions to Hofstra via the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) see instructions under From Manhattan or Brooklyn via Long Island Railroad above.

Alternatively, you can take a NYC Yellow Cab to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Jamaica Station.

Taxi service to Hofstra

We recommend against hailing a NYC yellow cab from the airports. These can be costly as Hofstra is not in New York City. Fares are subject to double once the taxi leaves the NYC limits.

If you want to take a cab to Hofstra, we suggest that visitors call a Long Island cab company for pickup.
All Island Transportation. Use the HEMPSTEAD – 516-481-1111 or GARDEN CITY – 516-746-2500 offices. allislandtransportation.com All Island Transportation accepts cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).
Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service. Use the South Shore office 516-437-0505. olliestaxi.com Ollie’s Taxi and Airport Service accepts cash and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

Campus map

Downloadable map here http://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/about/infocenter/infocenter_print_campusmap.pdf

Other Activities in the Long Island/Metro New York Area

In the Hofstra area:

African American Museum of Hempstead, https://www.theaamuseum.org/
Cradle of Aviation Museum, https://www.cradleofaviation.org/
Jones Beach, https://parks.ny.gov/parks/jonesbeach/
Shopping: Roosevelt Field Mall, http://www.simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field/about
Eisenhower Park, https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/2797/Eisenhower-Park
For kids:
Bounce N Play, 718-777-7529, http://bouncenplayny.com
Long Island Children’s Museum, 561-224-5800, https://www.licm.org
Chuck E. Cheese’s 561-483-3166, https://www.checkecheese.com/storedetails/ny/hempstead/527
Laser Bounce, 516-342-1339, http://lilaserbounce.com/

In New York City:

Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens are easily accessible via the Long Island Railroad from the Mineola and Hempstead stops. From Mineola you can take the train directly to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan. From Hempstead the train goes directly to the Atlantic Terminal Station in Brooklyn (see Directions to Hofstra)

In Manhattan:
New-York Historical Society, http://www.nyhistory.org/
American Museum of Natural History, http://www.amnh.org/
Central Park Zoo, http://centralparkzoo.com/?gclid=CK2rlf7z0dICFUZXDQode6AARw
Museum of the City of New York, http://www.mcny.org/
Tenement House Museum, http://tenement.org/
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, http://cmom.org/

In Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Historical Society, http://brooklynhistory.org/visitor/calendar.html
Brooklyn Museum, https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/
Brooklyn Zoo, http://prospectparkzoo.com/?gclid=CMXyp-jy0dICFdxXDQodfsUCFg
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, https://www.bbg.org/
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, http://www.brooklynkids.org/

In Queens:
MoMA PS 1, http://momaps1.org
Noguchi Museum, http://www.noguchi.org/
Museum of the Moving Image, http://www.movingimage.us

On-campus dining

Information here https://2017berkshireconference.hofstra.edu/registration/meals/

Off-Campus dining

Restaurants highlighted by Hofstra’ Student Affairs
http://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/life/life_dining_offcampus.html

Restaurants close to campus — within reasonable walking distance:

The Witches Brew
311 Hempstead Turnpike West Hempstead
516-489-9482

Turkuaz Mediterranean Gourmet
493 Hempstead Turnpike West Hempstead
516-366-1853

El Mofongo Restaurant
683 Fulton Ave Hempstead
516-280-7782

Mi Tierrita Restaurant
31 N Franklin St Hempstead
516-292-2666
Mitierritarestaurants.com

Main St. Fish & Chip
71 B Main Street Hempstead
516-483-2334

Las Arepas de Mama
44 North Franklin St Hempstead
516-280-9134
lasarepasdemama.com
El Ajicito Peruvian
246 Front St Hempstead
516-292-5724

La Candela II
205 Hempstead Turnpike West Hempstead
516-307-9891

Sushi Palace
94 Hempstead Turnpike West Hempstead
516-538-3838
Sushipalace.com

Dominican Restaurant
1019 Front Street Uniondale
516-292-5700
mydominicanrestaurant.com/home

Tipico Sazon
925 Nassau Road Uniondale
516-246-9996

Ting Ho Kitchen
577 Uniondale Avenue Uniondale
516-486-7630

FAST FOOD

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
780 Fulton Ave Hempstead
Mcdonalds
1110 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
Burger King
500 Fulton Ave, Hempstead
Checkers
461 Fulton Ave, Hempstead
Wings ‘N Things
519 Fulton Ave, Hempstead
Wendy’s
1730 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow
Subway
400 Fulton Ave, Hempstead
White Castle
19 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead
KFC
20 Hempstead Ave, Hempstead
Taco Bell
490 Peninsula Blvd, Hempstead
Chipotle
1166 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale

Accessibility

If you require specific accommodation during the conference, please let us know by emailing us at BC2017@hofsta.edu. During the conference you may speak with the staff at the Registration Desk or any of the volunteers. Volunteers are available throughout the conference to provide assistance when needed. Barrier-free parking is available throughout the campus. You are free to use parking lots close to the buildings in which sessions are taking place. For those locations see the campus map.

Fitness facilities

Passes to use the campus Fitness Center are available for $10/day. You may purchase these in room 112 Student Center when you arrive at Hofstra.

For more information on the facilities: http://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/studentservices/reccenter/recctr_about.html

Hours of operation: http://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/studentservices/reccenter/recctr_hrsoperation.html

Lodging

For information about dormitory and hotel lodging please visit https://2017berkshireconference.hofstra.edu/registration/%20lodging-dormitory-and-hotel/

The Hofstra Hospitality Center is located in 112 Mack Student Center and is open daily from 8:30 am – 10:00 pm. Staff is on-call 24 hours
a day for your convenience. They can be reached at (516) 463 – 6925. Guests who are pre-registered for campus housing who arrive outside of the Conference Registration Hours of Operation can contact The Hospitality Center to check in.

Parking

Parking is free and plentiful throughout the campus. Refer to the campus map for the location of parking lots close to the Student Center (North Campus) and the two main classroom buildings, Breslin and Roosevelt Halls (South Campus)

Childcare

Childcare: Unfortunately, we cannot provide childcare on site. The Berkshire Conference can provide a modest subsidy to help offset the cost of child care (such as a partial reimbursement of housing costs if you bring someone with you to provide care). If you require assistance, please contact Sandra Dawson at execadmin@berksconference.org

Older children (i.e. teenagers) who plan to attend sessions on their own are welcome to do so (and do not need to register for the conference separately from their parents), but Hofstra University requires that their parents sign a waiver. You can do this in person at the registration desk when you arrive.

Lactation/Nursing Rooms

We have set aside two rooms in buildings where sessions will be held (Roosevelt Hall and the Student Center) as lactation/nursing rooms. Refrigerators will also be available in or near these rooms.

Internet access

Wifi is available across the entire campus. Access [for laptops and mobile devices] has been set up via Hofstra Guest. Login and password information can be obtained at the Registration Desk or from any
of the conference volunteers. Conference participants may also use eduroam to access their home institution’s network and to navigate the conference online program.

Smoking rules

Smoking policies: http://www.hofstra.edu/about/policy/policy-smokefree-faq.html