The University of California, Davis will host the 2020 SALALM conference on June 5-8, 2020, drawing on venues at UC Davis and in nearby Sacramento.
The hotel selected for the conference is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade located on the Sacramento River and very close to Old Sacramento, with a number of excellent restaurants and historical and recreational sites nearby. The hotel rates are comparable to recent SALALM conference hotels, at $185/night (plus the following taxes: 12% occupancy, 3% tourism, and .45 cents CA tourism Assessment fee). However, these are not just your average single hotel rooms: every guest area is a two-room suite composed of a bedroom with two queens or one king and a living room with a pull-out sofa bed, separated by a common bathroom, making these accommodations more conducive to sharing than most hotels. Two people can share for the same price; up to 4 people can occupy a room, with a $25 charge for every third and fourth person. In addition, this rate includes free shuttle service to and from the airport (a savings of approximately $30), a free made-to-order breakfast with, for example, an egg and omelet station (a savings of approximately $15), free WIFI throughout the hotel, and a daily afternoon happy hour from 5:30-7:30 pm with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The hotel also includes two on-site restaurants and a pool and gym. In addition, there is sufficient meeting space for our needs.
UC Davis is an ideal host for this conference, as it has a number of high-ranking and unique cross-disciplinary programs in enology, viticulture and agriculture. The University has its own teaching and research wine fields, winery, and wine tasting program, as well as a Wine Librarian at Shields Library who oversees extensive viticulture and enology collections. Because of its proximity to the renowned U.S. wine regions of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, UC Davis also develops industry relationships and offers its students the opportunity to connect with winemakers and vineyard managers, many of whom are LatinX and especially Mexican-Americans whose families have worked in the wine industry for generations.
UC Davis is also the home of The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, which houses the Departments of “Viticulture and Enology” and “Food, Science and Technology,” a Winery, a Brewery, a Tomato Industry Pilot Plant, a Milk Processing Lab, and the “Olive Center,” “Honey and Pollination Center,” and “Center for Wine Economics.” All of these entities experiment with and incorporate green technology maximizing local sustainable environmental capabilities and actively monitor and display water, energy, carbon and chemistry footprints in real time.
UC Davis’s Programs in Agriculture and Forestry (both part of the College in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) rank first in the United States and second internationally and offer various programs attending to the issues of food justice and food security. These include “Agricultural Economics” and “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.” Additional departments and programs of relevance who constitute potential collaborators include The Global Engagement Division of The College of Agricultural and Environmental Science; The World Food Center; Latin American & Hemispheric Studies, which offers a course in Native Foods and Farming of the Americas, and Chicana and Chicano Studies.
We plan to spend the first day of the conference, Friday June 5, at UC Davis, with the keynote address by Amelia Morán followed by the host reception. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the various labs and centers indicated above. Thus, we highly encourage arrival on Thursday, June 4.
We look forward to sharing these resources with you and to your participation at SALALM 65!
Sarah Buck Kachaluba, SALALM President 2019-2020
University of California, San Diego
Roberto Delgadillo, Chair of Local Arrangements SALALM LXV
University of California, Davis