The faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta look forward to hosting you at the 2012 Canadian Political Science Association annual conference. Plan early to come to Edmonton for a conference that marks both the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Political Science Association and the 50thanniversary of our department! Special CPSA centenary opening events begin the evening of Tuesday, June 12, following registration, with the conference running from June 13 -15 inclusive.
Among the large array of accommodations available for conference participants are off-campus hotels and on‐campus residences, all easily accessible to the conference site. Edmonton is easy to get to and easy to get around.
A visit to Edmonton for the 2012 conference offers many attractions. The campus is steps away from the lovely North Saskatchewan River valley that is part of the largest contiguous urban park in North America. Enjoy Edmonton and area museums, parks and heritage sites and displays related to, among others, the area’s First Nations, Métis, Francophone, Chinese, and Ukrainian histories and cultures. The areas directly around the campus are lively. A kilometer away is Edmonton’s funky Old Strathcona neighbourhood, with a plethora of dining, pub, and shopping options. Those staying downtown can enjoy that vital part of the city. And delegates may want to take a trip to the breathtaking Rockies or the Royal Tyrrell Museum (the famous dinosaur museum) before or after attending the meeting.
While most events will take place on campus, you will also have the opportunity to see distinct sides of Edmonton, the province of Alberta’s capital city. The Department’s reception will take place at the new Alberta Gallery of Art, a downtown building with a controversial, arresting design. The President’s Dinner is at the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall, in which you can find a waterpark, amusement park, casino, church, and ice rink. Delegates are invited to enjoy an on-campus pancake breakfast celebrating the contributions of past presidents of the CPSA, as well as an opening reception hosted by the University of Alberta’s other two Political Science programmes – those at the Francophone Campus St-Jean and the Augustana Campus.
If you have not been to the University of Alberta, prepare to enjoy the many eateries and amenities offered on campus, as well as the state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture halls designed to support a bourgeoning student population of 38,000 from across Canada and around the world.