It is with great reluctance that we have decided to cancel the PCCBS conference in Riverside starting on March 20. We do so with infinite regret. Nevertheless we must also acknowledge that we are in extraordinary times.
Both the CDC and many of our universities has recommended that we avoid unnecessary travel, and tempting though it is to consider the PCCBS necessary, it really isn’t. Furthermore, UC Riverside is cancelling in class exams in favor of online options and exhorting us to avoid all face to face events. We must accept this grim reality.
Registration fees: We will return registration fees directly to you. Our treasurer, Lisa Cody has not deposited checks, so they can be shredded or returned to you; Paypal payments will be returned via Paypal. Should you wish to convert your registration into a contribution to our now tax-exempt organization, she will issue a receipt for tax purposes. Those of you who have reserved hotel rooms should be able to cancel them without penalty. We cannot, alas, do anything about airline ticket purchases, but if you need a formal letter, we can provide that. Graduate students who encounter difficulties should contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m very sorry not to be seeing all of you in Riverside. I’m extremely grateful for Tom Cogswell’s extraordinary hard work which put together an outstanding program. We will all miss seeing each other and learning from each other. I look forward to seeing everyone next year!
We will be in touch shortly about some of the business-related aspects of the conference.
Susan D. Amussen
Professor of History
President, Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies