If you've been reading HNA 2015 posts at this weblog the past few months, clicked on the links to "suns along the Mohawk," or browsed the 2015 Conference menu above, you are probably already aware of just how beautiful Schenectady's 22-acre Union College campus is outdoors, and how tasteful and unique our indoor venues will be for the Conference. In the column to the right, you will find links to photos, collages and slideshows with images of the Union College campus.
Beyond the lovely physical settings, there are important, but perhaps less obvious, advantages that HNA 2015 attendees will experience because the Conference is being held at Union College during an academic term. Prof. Hilary Tann, who is our Local Committee co-chair, a founding member of the Route 9 Haiku Group, and Chair of the Union College Music Department, was kind enough to give us her list of the sorts of advantages that made her so keen to bring HNA 2015 to her beloved Union College. Please add your own by leaving us a comment.
2) Because we are holding the conference during term, HNA 2015 participants will have the opportunity to see/hear their peers (Red Pine, Ion Codrescu, Michael Dylan Welch, and others) in classroom situations. There may be space limitations, but we plan to have a fair cross-fertilization between the campus activities and conference events.
3) On the practical side, because we are holding HNA2015 during term, generous college funds have been made available to us, especially for subventing the costs of bringing Red Pine (Bill Porter), Ion Codrescu, and Beijing Opera.
4) Ion's haiga exhibition in the Nott Memorial opens August 29th and will be on show all term. This is an extraordinary showcase for haiku and haiga and a time for introducing the "haiku spirit" to a new generation of students.
5) The international and cross-disciplinary scope of haiku will be felt as the contributing departments get caught up in the excitement of the conference. English, Modern Languages, History, Philosophy, Dance, Visual Arts, Music, and Asian Studies have all given their support.
6) Union College has a lovely, "New England" campus. Our venues are historical and in close proximity. We have beautiful grounds and gardens, enhanced by vibrant fall colors. No traffic noise, no hoardings, no distractions -- a quiet place which hints of the contemplative life. Ideal for haiku.