Conference Details

Beyond the Breaking Point: Searching for Buoyancy

Undoubtedly most of us came out of the COVID pandemic feeling a bit off balance and wanting to steady our upside-down lives. Despite the return to more normal daily activities and routines, we live differently today as survivors of the pandemic. We look around and know that there are pressing human, environmental, social, and cultural elements that need our attention. While you come explore the city of Long Beach, discover through a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific, contemplate our Hispanic-Serving (HSI) and Asian-American, Native American, Pacific-Islander-Serving (AANAPISI) CSULB, enjoy our keynote conversation with filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Abod, may you gain new insights into our human experience and the tools at our disposal for collective and continued survival and well-being. Enjoy!

Dr. Jennifer Abod

Dr. Jennifer Abod

As a Jewish feminist, Dr. Jennifer Abod has spent over five decades passionately addressing inequality as particularly experienced by women across age, race/ethnicity, class, sex, gender, and sexuality. Beyond her role as Assistant Professor Of Communication and Women’s Studies, Dr. Abod is an award-winning radio broadcaster, documentarian, talk-show host, and director of four documentary films. Her films have screened nationally and internationally. Her most recent film short, Nice Chinese Girls Don’t: Kitty Tsui, won best documentary in Poland. The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen was featured on the show, To the Contrary on PBS. Look Us in the Eye: The Old Women’s Project, was the first documentary to address the relationship between sexism and ageism. The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde, has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

At the height of second wave feminism, Dr. Abod was the singer in the New Haven Women’s Liberation Rock Band. She now sings jazz standards weekly at Chez Bacchus, a restaurant here in Long Beach.

It is an honor for the CSULB University Honors Program, as host of the 2024 WRHC Conference, to welcome Dr. Abod and celebrate her life’s accomplishments along with those of so many other bright, bold, strong, talented, and generous women.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

12:30-4:30 PM Optional Exploration of the Long Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific

(Optional time to explore the Pike, Pine Street, Queen Mary, and more)

1:00-4:00 PM Conference Registration- Hilton lobby

6:00-8:00 PM Welcome Reception, Scribendi Launch, LB Hilton

Friday, March 29, 2024

7:30-9:00 AM- Shuttle from LB Hilton to CSULB-  Departs: 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00

7:30-9:00 AM- Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00 AM- Registration

8: 45 AM- Welcome, USU Ballrooms

9:00-9:50 AM- Session I, USU Conference Rooms

10:00-10:50 AM- Session II, USU Conference Rooms

11:00-11:50 AM- Session III, USU Conference Rooms

12:00-1:00 PM- Lunch, Entertainment, Grad Fair

1:00-2:00 PM- WRHC Business Meeting

1:15-2:15 PM- Poster Session

2:30-3:20 PM- Session IV

3:30-4:20 PM- Session V

4:30-5:30 PM- Session VI

5:30-6:45 PM Dinner, Entertainment

7:00-8:00 PM- Keynote Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Abod

8:00-10:00 PM- After Party!, USU bowling, foosball, pool tables

8:15-10:15 PM- Shuttle from CSULB to LB Hilton-  Departs: 8:15, 8:30, 9:30, and 10:15

(Enjoy Informal time together in Downtown Long Beach, Hotel Lobby)
TIME Description Location

Optional Exploration of the Long Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific

(Optional time to explore the Pike, Pine Street, Queen Mary, and more)

Long Beach Pike
1:00PM-4:00PM Conference Registration LB Hilton Lobby
6:00PM-8:00PM Welcome Reception, Scribendi Launch LB Hilton
6:00-6:30 PM Game, Art showcase, Performance TBA
6:30-7:30 PM Land Acknowledgement, Conference Welcome, and Greeting from WRHC, Pasta Bar TBA
8:00 PM

Scribendi Launch

Scribendi is a nonprofit annual print publication that publishes creative work from undergraduate Honors students from more than 200 institutions in the Western Regional Honors Council. Published primarily by students at the University of New Mexico Honors College, Scribendi solicits work in categories including poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, foreign language, visual art, photography, and open media. The 2022 edition of Scribendi was a finalist for the Pacemaker Award from the Associated College Press, scholastic journalism’s highest prize.


TIME Description Location
7:30AM-9:00AM  Shuttle from LB Hilton to CSULB-  Departs: 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 LB Hilton
7:30AM-9:00AM Continental Breakfast LB Hilton
8:00AM-9:00AM Registration USU Ballrooms
8:45AM Welcome USU Ballrooms
9:00AM-9:50AM Session I USU Conference Rooms
10:00AM-10:50AM Session II USU Conference Rooms
11:00AM-11:50AM Session III USU Conference Rooms
12:00PM-1:00PM Lunch, Entertainment, Grad Fair TBA
1:00PM-2:00PM WRHC Business Meeting TBA
1:15PM-2:15PM Poster Session TBA
2:30PM-3:20PM Session IV TBA
3:30PM-4:20PM Session V TBA
4:30PM-5:30PM Session VI TBA
5:30PM-6:45PM Dinner, Entertainment TBA
7:00PM-8:00PM Keynote Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Abod TBA
8:00PM-10:00PM After Party!, USU bowling, foosball, pool tables  USU
8:15PM-10:15PM Shuttle from CSULB to LB Hilton Departs: 8:15PM, 8:30PM, 9:30PM, and 10:15PM TBA

Poster Presentations (45 minutes)  

  • The poster presentation session will be an interactive event in which individuals or groups of two present their research on posters. The recommended poster size is 24” x 36” and shall be of professional conference quality. Presenters should be prepared to answer any challenging questions regarding their research. 

Oral Presentations (10 minutes per presenter with 5 minutes Q&A) 

  • The oral presentation sessions will allow presenters to discuss and show their research. The presentation may include audio or visual aids. Presentations will be organized into panels of 3 participants based on research similarities. If you have a predetermined panel, please note that in your form. 

Workshops (45 minutes) 

  • The workshop sessions will consist of presenter/s teaching various skills to attendees through hands-on training, spirited discussion, and active learning. Each workshop can be as formal or informal as the speaker desires. Interactive materials are welcome but will not be provided. 

Explore CSULB & Long Beach 

Here you will find resources and exploration ideas for pre and post conference: 

Aquarium of the Pacific:  

On-Site Learning Experience 

How the Aquarium Speaks to our Conference Theme: 

Beyond the 100 exhibits, the aquarium is a hub to explore climate resilience, support endangered species, and rescue programs in the City of Long Beach. Like our post-pandemic lives, the aquarium offers opportunities to experience how nature and ecosystems have hit breaking points and must adjust for survival and well-being.  

Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific (Optional Educational Experience) 

  • 2024 WRHC Conference attendees can choose to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific at a discounted price of $29 (only available after 12, noon) 
  • Optimal times to visit that do not conflict with conference events: 
    1. Thursday, March 28th after 12, noon (end visit by 5pm) 
    2. Saturday, March 30th after 12, noon
  • RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED to guarantee your visit
    Make your reservation here: (Note: Select option 2 for a free reservation in order to apply discount upon arrival) 
  • Discounted Cost with flyer is $29 and you pay when you arrive at the Aquarium ticket office

Keep in Mind: 

  • Travel time from your arrival airport to the Long Beach Hilton 
  • Lunch needs (30-45 minutes if you need to walk and order your food) 
  • Getting to the Aquarium of the Pacific (20 minute, 0.7 mile walk from LB Hilton) 
  • Our Welcome Reception is on Thursday at the Long Beach Hilton beginning at 6:00pm. 
  • Remember to take the discount flyer with you when you go purchase your ticket on the day and time of your reservation.