Off-Mass: Tacoma, Washington

I was in Tacoma, Washington this past weekend for the 35th annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG). This was my first time visiting the state of Washington, and it was also my first academic conference! I took some photos of the romantic Pacific Northwest surroundings, and hope you can share in the appreciation of its beauty. It looks a liiiittle different than Lawrence, don’t you agree?

Our hotel - the Silver Cloud Inn - & perfect surrounding view.

View from our hotel window! I think I could get used to this...

Tacoma wins for best fall colors. Hands down.

The conference offered a special rate at the Silver Cloud Inn, which is right on the water. I would highly recommend this hotel if you ever visit the Tacoma area; it has a great location, scenic views, and excellent service and accommodation. We took a shuttle bus (daily) to and from the University of Puget Sound, which sits atop a hill and has a glorious campus. The University of Puget Sound was where all of our conference sessions were held.

Made time to visit the famous Museum of Glass.

Glass artwork, created to honor the movement of butterflies.

Glass ships, floating in air. And look at those shadows...

Museum of Glass, and Chihuly Bridge of Glass, from afar.

I had to (hadtohadto) make time to see something¬†outside of the conference schedule, so I ran out to the Museum of Glass on Saturday afternoon. This is an easy museum to experience if you only have an hour, and they even have live glassmaking going on in their “Hot Shop” daily. So cool (or rather… hot! -literally).

A note on the conference: OSCLG is a conference specifically dedicated to Communication Studies, and emphasizes the areas of language and gender. I’ve returned home overwhelmed with inspiration and insight. I had the honor of sitting in on discussions of feminist TV shows (and do they exist?), pregnancy loss (and the communication around it), and the gender of food (hah!). I also presented my own research on the HBO series Game of Thrones. The entire experience¬†was pretty radical.

I’ll be back next week, with a post from The Mass. Hope you enjoyed this peak of Tacoma, Washington.

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