Medieval Association of the Pacific

Annual Meeting

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

March 11-12, 2005

Conference Registration

Please return the registration form with a check to cover the cost of the registration fee and meals selected no later than February 25, 2005, to William N. Bonds, History Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. Please make checks payable to “MAP Conference.” The cost of advanced registration is $35.00 US; $45.00 US for registration at the event. Graduate students pay for meals selected but not for the registration fee. We will be able to issue refunds only for cancellations made by February 25.

Spouses, partners, and significant others may register for the conference without joining MAP, but all those attending sessions and receptions must be registered and have an official badge.

For those attending the MAP meeting, a buffet lunch is available at SFSU’s Seven Hills Conference Center on Friday and Saturday for $11.00 per person per day. Morning coffee/tea with pastries, afternoon coffee/tea, and the closing reception are available without cost. Those wishing to attend the MAP banquet at McCormick & Kuleto’s seafood restaurant in Ghirardelli Square may select from among three main courses and pay accordingly: salmon [$49.00], chicken [$39.00], vegetarian pasta [$29.00]. Salad, dessert, wine, coffee, service and taxes are included.

Conference Location

Except for the banquet, all the activities of MAP’s meeting in 2005 will take place on the campus of San Francisco State University. Although SFSU enrolls approximately 28,000 students, the campus is among the smallest in the CSU system. Thus, it does not take long to walk from one end of campus to the other. [See the accompanying campus map.]

Registration, breaks, lunches, the publisher’s exhibit, and virtually all concurrent sessions are scheduled in neighboring buildings associated with SFSU’s Conference Center [Seven Hills, Towers, and the Cantina]. These are located near the public parking garage, on the western side of the campus. The two plenary sessions will meet in an auditorium in the Humanities Building, a few minutes walk from the Conference Center. The session scheduled to meet at the DeBellis Collection in the library will allow participants time to examine the exhibit of rare, early books on Dante and other fourteenth-century Italian authors.


Because there are no suitable accommodations near San Francisco State University’s campus, we have selected the Handlery Union Square Hotel, an attractive, mid-size, full-service hotel in downtown San Francisco. Its website is Located at 351 Geary Street [near Powell], the Handlery provides easy access to many of San Francisco’s attractions. It is only a few blocks from the Powell Street BART and Muni Metro Stations. BART runs from both the San Francisco and the Oakland airports to the Powell Street station. Muni Metro’s outbound M car runs from the Powell Street station directly to San Francisco State’s campus. The Handlery is also just a few steps from the Powell-Hyde cable-car line, which can take you to MAP’s banquet in Ghirardelli Square.

The group rate at the Handlery is $120.00 per night for a double room [plus 14% tax]. To secure this rate you must make your reservation by February 15, 2005 and mention either “Medieval Association of the Pacific” or “ ME 0310.” You must make your reservation directly through the hotel’s reservation department:

Phone: 415-781-7800

Fax: 415-781-0269


San Francisco has many other hotels from which to choose. If you must rely on public transportation, however, we would recommend those with easy access to Market Street. At the high end, these include the Hyatt Regency [Embarcadero station], the Palace [Montgomery station] and the Four Seasons [Powell station]. More affordable hotels include the Renaissance Parc 55 [Powell station], the Mosser (with limited amenities) [Powell station], and the Ramada Plaza [Civic Center station]. We have not reserved rooms at these hotels, but all have websites and you might secure a good rate using an internet service.

Travel to and from San Francisco and San Francisco State University

From SFO and OAK airports to downtown San Francisco. Taxis are available on demand from both airports [$25-$37 from SFO], and shuttle vans from SFO [$12-$17]. The cheapest, if not the easiest way to reach downtown San Francisco is to use BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit]. Detailed information about travel on BART to and from both airports is available at the BART website. In brief, at SFO you can walk to BART [5 to 15 minutes, depending on your terminal] or take the airport’s free AirTrain shuttle from any terminal to BART. From SFO to downtown San Francisco [Powell station] BART takes about 20 minutes and costs about $6.00. From OAK you can take the AirBART bus to BART [Coliseum station] for about $2.00 and take BART to downtown San Francisco [Powell station] for about $6.00. From OAK, travel time is about 45 minutes. From Powell station, the Handlery Union Square Hotel is three blocks up Powell Street to Geary and a half -block left on Geary.

From downtown San Francisco to San Francisco State University: Public Transportation. At the Powell station take Muni Metro’s outbound M car [$1.25], which will run underground for several miles beneath Market Street and Twin Peaks before emerging at the West Portal. Continue on the M car for another mile or so, past the Stonestown shopping center to SFSU [19th Avenue and Holloway]. From that stop it is about a ten-minute walk across campus to the Seven Hills Conference Center. Alternatively you may take BART to the Daly City station. On Friday from the Daly City BART station you can transfer to SFSU’s free shuttle for the 5-minute ride; however, on Saturday from the Daly City BART station you must rely upon SF Muni bus #28, which runs every 20 minutes and costs $1.25.

If you plan to make regular use of the SF Muni system, you might find it useful to buy a short term pass [good on buses and cable-cars as well as Muni Metro.

From elsewhere in the Bay Area to San Francisco State University.

Those traveling by car to SFSU from the south [the Peninsula] should take I-280 north to the 19th Avenue [Highway1] exit [where you exit left]. Shortly after exiting, try to stay in the right lanes, which will give you access to Junipero Serra Blvd. Proceed on Junipero Serra for one long block to Holloway. Turn left and drive west first on Holloway and then on Font Blvd., past SFSU’s campus until you reach Lake Merced Blvd. Turn right and then right again onto the campus. Public parking is in the multi-level parking garage [$5.00 per day].

After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, those traveling by car to SFSU from the north should take the 19th Avenue [Highway 1] exit. Proceed south on Park Presidio, through Golden Gate Park, to 19th Avenue. There you have two choices: Either follow 19th Avenue south, past Stonestown Shopping Center to Holloway Avenue. Turn right and proceed west first on Holloway and then on Font Blvd. past SFSU’s campus, to Lake Merced Blvd. Turn right and then right again onto the campus. Or, alternatively, after passing through Golden Gate Park turn right on Lincoln Way and drive west for about sixteen blocks. At Sunset Blvd., turn left and proceed south, angling left around Lake Merced to reach Lake Merced Blvd. Continue south for a few blocks, past Winston Drive, until you reach a left-turn lane that will lead you onto campus. Public parking is in the multi-level parking garage [$5.00 per day].

Those traveling to SFSU from the East Bay can take BART and transfer either to the SF Muni Metro outbound M car at a shared BART/Muni station on Market Street or to the SFSU shuttle bus or Muni Bus #28 at the Daly City BART station. After crossing the Bay Bridge, those traveling by car should proceed south on US 101 until it joins I-280. Take I-280 southwest to the Mission Street exit. Follow the poorly marked signs to Brotherhood Way and proceed west on Brotherhood Way to Lake Merced Blvd. Turn right on Lake Merced Blvd. and proceed north, past Font Blvd. Just beyond Font Blvd., turn right onto SFSU’s campus. Public parking is in the multi-level parking garage [$5.00 per day].