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Pacific Conference on the Humanities, Fine Arts and Entertainment

Palm Springs, California

December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Early-bird Deadline: Sun, October 2nd, 2016
Submission Deadline: Wed, November 2nd, 2016
Extended Submission Deadline: Mon, November 28th, 2016

While intentionally interdisciplinary, this conference likely is of most interest to those with interests in:

History | English | Art | Music | Dance | Theatre | Cinema | Entertainment | Hospitality

From the earliest times, people have found means to process, document and express their understanding of the collective human experience. The traditional means continue, through speech and plays, through writings and readings, through drawings and artwork. More recent means include cinema, theme parks, and video games. We encourage presentations that explore any or all of these vehicles of expression, including individual case studies, market trend analyses, or systematic consideration of the differential impact of medium on understanding.

As with all events offered by The Sisu Advantage, this event is run in parallel with another conference. The intent is to break down traditional discipline silos and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Registration to this event allows attendance to all sessions and events of both The Pacific Conference on Social/Mass Media and Communication and The Pacific Conference on The Humanities, Fine Arts and Entertainment, at no additional cost.

A California Connection:


The humanities are as important today as in the time of Plato, although taking different forms and capitalizing on new means of expression. Whereas philosophy was the purpose of a public speech in a bygone era, today that philosophy may find expression through literature or art, through the melody or words of a song or through literature, through cinema or through other forms of entertainment. Today California is the epicenter for much commercial activity involving the fine arts, music and television production, standup comedy, and entertainment theme parks.

Frontier Workshops

Each conference weekend, a specialty workshop is offered that exposes attendees to open-source productivity tools that are freely available, such as "R Packages", that are specifically designed for teaching and research in the discipline(s) and topics that are the focus of that weekend.

The R Statistical Computing Environment is a free, downloadable software system for both basic and state-of-the-art data visualizations and analyses.

It is the leading programming language for newly introduced algorithms, and more than 7,000 “R Packages” are available for download to save you from needing to “reinvent the wheel” in your own work. We solicit requests from attending delegates and select one or two to present at each workshop. No prior experience with R or programming is expected.

Following are a sample of “R Packages” representative of those we cover:

  • Pre-K through K-12 Education // Language Learning
    → “shiny Package”: for building interactive web data visualizations
  • Community College and University Ed// Distance and Lifelong Learning
    → “knitr Package”: for presentation and publication of reproducible work
  • Social/Mass Media and Communication // Fine Arts and Humanities
    → “tm Package”: a comprehensive framework for text mining and web-mining
  • Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences // Economics and Social Sciences
    → “vegan Package”: for ordination methods like multidimensional scaling
  • Statistical Computing and Data Mining // The Science and Art of Business
    → “rattle Package”: A GUI for classical and tree models and data mining
  • Energy, Climate Change and the Environment // Technology and Public Policy
    → “EnvStats Package”: for environmental statistics and EPA guidance


Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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(760) 322-6000
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