For purposes of planning your travel, please note that the conference will begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11 with an Introduction to Mimetic Theory followed by dinner and an evening plenary session. The conference will conclude with a banquet on Saturday evening, July 14.
Plenary Speakers have been finalized and their lecture topics and bios are posted.
Denver International Airport is located at 8500 Pena Boulevard. The DIA website provides flight schedules and updates.
- Near Campus: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 7398 Federal Blvd, Westminster, CO 80030, 303.428.9999
- Near DIA: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Denver Intl Airport 23842 E. 78th Ave, Denver, CO 80249, 303.342.7350
[There may be other companies, but these are the only ones listed by Regis].
Public transportation in and around the Denver-Metro area is provided by the RTD bus and light rail system. The Information Desk in the Regis Student Center has several route and bus schedules which are available upon request. For additional information visit the RTD website.
Taxi cab service in the Denver Metro area is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The standard current rate for taxi cab service is an initial $1.60 and then an additional $1.60 for each mile traveled. It is also customary to tip the taxi cab driver 10% of the total fare.
Two taxi cab companies in Denver are:
- Yellow Cab: 303.777.7777
- Metro Cab: 303.333.3333
Uber and Lyft are also available in Denver.
Denver’s train station is located in downtown Denver at 1701 Wynkoop Street. Denver is served by light rail (TheRide) and by Amtrak.
On-campus: Eighty rooms have been reserved on the Regis campus in the Residence Village, a townhome-style complex. Each 3-bedroom/2 ½-3 bathroom unit is described as 3 doubles/6 persons; however, all units will be assigned as 3 singles for this conference. Details on the townhomes are here.
Campus accommodations ($60.50 per night plus a one-time charge of $10 for linens) can be selected and paid for when registration goes live around April 15.
Nearby hotels: We recommend the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. When placing your reservation (303) 427-4000, request the Regis University Rate or use this special reservation link. That is $114 per night and includes breakfast. The Regis rate is a percentage discount and is subject to fluctuation based on overall hotel occupancy. Early bookings are more likely to lock in this current rate.
A campus meal plan can be purchased when you register for the conference. Meal costs are $8.90/10.65/11.80 for B/L/D. A Saturday evening banquet can also be selected then. Registration goes live on the website around April 15.
A Colorado Theatre of Envy: Richard III by William Shakespeare
“Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end.”
On Friday evening, we will board a bus to attend the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. CSF is the second oldest Shakespeare festival in the US and features professional actors.
From the Festival Description: “The Bard’s most murderous, malicious and mesmerizing king comes to the CSF indoor stage for the first time. Richard, Edward IV’s deformed and embittered younger brother, will do anything to take the crown for himself—but once he has the throne, everything falls apart. Four centuries later, the masterful conclusion of Shakespeare’s Henriad history cycle still speaks volumes [perhaps especially for Girardians] about lies, honor and the dark side of ambition.”
SATURDAY AFTERNOON EXCURSION
Foothills Explorer Tour Description– This four-hour tour by motor coach through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is a great quick escape from the city and an introduction to the American West. Experience the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, spectacular vistas and some unique small towns. Drive through the scenic Clear Creek Canyon along Clear Creek to Golden. Visit one of many downtown breweries with time to enjoy some brew and visit with colleagues. (Note: If you want to go beyond the foothills into the mountains while you are in Colorado, see below under “Advice about Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park”).
- Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Located in Red Rocks Park, the red sandstone formations are 290 million years old. We’ll start our tour here with box lunches.
- Clear Creek Canyon: During tectonic uplift 10 million years ago, a 600-ft. deep canyon with steep walls was cut through a 2-mile wide valley. The canyon features a 1000 ft. deep V-shaped inner gorge. One of Colorado’s most pristine canyons, it largely has escaped development.
- Downtown Golden: Founded in 1859, Golden was a gold rush mining town and the capital of the Colorado Territory until 1867. Today it is home to a number of craft breweries and over 50 historic buildings. The bus will drop us off to visit downtown breweries of our choice or the oldest saloon in Colorado: The Buffalo Rose.
Box Lunch Included in Price • Gratuity Included • Beer/snacks in Golden not included. Pick Up / Drop Off: Regis University
ADVICE ABOUT VISITING ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK AND POINTS WEST/SOUTHWEST: Viewed from Denver, the Rocky Mountains look deceptively close; however, a drive into the mountains is, at minimum, a full-day event. The route of choice goes through the national park. Taking into account summer park traffic, after leaving Regis, you will reach the park visitors’ center at Estes Park in about 2 ½-3 hours. The main road inside the park (Trail Ridge Rd.) takes approximately 8 hours to drive one way, if stops are made at scenic lookout points. The last hour of the drive, close to the western park exit, is prime moose-spotting territory. Elk are prolific elsewhere in the park. Full-day bus tours from Denver are available, or you may want to rent a car and visit the park on your own before or after the conference. A number of other national parks and monuments, including the stunning and little visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, are located within 3-5 hours of Denver. Additional information is available here. The vaunted “most-white-knuckle-drive in America,” a 25-mile stretch of US550 to Durango, through Silverton and Ouray, is 5 hours away. Named the Million Dollar Highway, it was cut out of the side of a mountain in the late 1880’s. It traverses three 11,000 ft. mountain passes and features hairpin turns. And, no, there are no guard rails. Finally, if you have time for a longer adventure (at least a week), Denver is a great launching point for the “Grand Circle” of 12 national parks across 5 western states.