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Prepping for APSA 2015

This year’s American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting takes place September 3-6 in San Francisco, where over 6,000 of the world’s foremost academic political scientists will gather for four days of lectures, sessions, networking, and scholarly discussion. This year’s theme, “Diversities Reconsidered”, promises to ignite intellectual discussion among all participants while still staying grounded in the current state of the nation’s political climate.

New to APSA 2015 is the 2015 APSA Annual Meeting app, available via the App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World, or Windows Store, where users can easily access the Event’s Agenda, stay up-to-date with alerts and notifications, and engage socially with other attendees. Not the most technologically savvy attendee? No worries, APSA has included a simple “how-to” guide to get the application up and running on your Smartphone or Tablet and keep you engaged over the course of the conference.

Every year, Oxford University Press authors are honored in APSA’s annual awards ceremony. This year the C. Herman Pritchett Award, given annually for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist, is being given to Ran Hirschl for his book Comparative Matters. Oxford would also like to highlight the recipient of the Martha Derthick Book Award, author Nancy Burns, for her book The Formation of American Local Governments. Published in 1994, this book is being recognized as the best book on federalism and intergovernmental relations published at least 10 years ago.

APSA dedicates an extensive amount of resources to keeping all of its members “in-the-loop” as to the status of the organization. First time attending the conference?  Join APSA for a brief orientation and learn about the capstone sessions and events at the First Time Attendees Breakfast (Thursday, Sept.3 @7:00am). For experienced conference goers, be sure not to miss the Presidential Address (Thurs. Sept.3@6:15pm) where APSA President Rodney Hero kicks-off the 1st night of the annual meeting, setting the tone for the days to come. Of course, what conference day would be complete without an evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and dancing? Join fellow attendees at the Opening Reception (Thurs. Sept 3@7:30pm) and dive into the world of the American Political Science Association.

Have questions for OUP? Stop by booth 310 in the exhibit hall to check out our latest booksjournals, and online resources in Politics. Join us to celebrate the premier online resources offered by Oxford with host David Pervin, Saturday, September 5, from 7-8pm in the Franciscan D room. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served! Don’t forget to follow @OUPPolitics on Twitter and engage with other users using #APSA15 in your tweets!

Finally, after a day of intellectual stimuli, enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer! Tour of the famed Alcatraz Island. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks at a MLB ballgame at AT&T Park, the home of the Giants. This beautiful City by the Bay will have you begging for some more “California Love”. Check the map below for food recommendations, must-see’s, plus all the sights and sounds of San Francisco.

Image Credit: “Untitled” by Sudheer G. CC-BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr.

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