SPECIAL EVENTS

Learn about how climate change is impacting Delaware coastal communities, what threats lie ahead, and strategies underway in the First State.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Spend some time with the DRC archives through our researcher-in-residence program. Apply for time with our professional staff to help you with your research needs.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Join in on the graduate student workshop for a day filled with professional development and engaging discussions, designed to set the stage for the days to come.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn more about the extensive materials at the E.L. Quarantelli Collection that extends so much further than the books on our shelves. Be it photographs from previous field deployments, archival data, personal and professional papers of early scholars, or much more, our Open House will give a special look at our holdings.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn more about the extensive materials at the E.L. Quarantelli Collection that extends so much further than the books on our shelves. Be it photographs from previous field deployments, archival data, personal and professional papers of early scholars, or much more, our Open House will give a special look at our holdings.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Disaster Research: Innovating for an Imagined Disaster Future

In addition to the workshop on May 2-5, 2024, attendees have the opportunity to sign up for several engaging events. Please see the events and their descriptions below. Check back soon as we are still developing a link to the conference registration page to make your selection/s. 

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

THURSDAY May 2, 2024

GRADUATE STUDENT PRE-WORKSHOP

8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Audion, STAR Campus, University of Delaware
100 Discovery Blvd, Newark, Delaware 19713
(Across the street from the UD Athletics complex).

The graduate-student pre-workshop offers the opportunity to network with fellow graduate students and disaster research experts. Throughout these sessions, we will engage in activities to encourage networking and facilitate long-lasting connections. Such opportunities are essential to new and up-and-coming members of the field looking to expand their horizons and to grow into tomorrow’s thinkers, doers, and leaders. Attendees can expect thought-provoking activities that stimulate interdisciplinary discussion and help to build strong relationships in advance of the workshop. The day’s activities will also focus on introducing students to disaster-related research skills and concepts as well as exploring what the big ideas of tomorrow might be.

A boxed lunch will be provided on site. Meal selection at registration. See Planning Your Trip for information on how to take a UD Shuttle to the Audion.

Cost: Early bird $20; $30 after April 1.

Grad Workshop

Options on May 1, 2, and 5, 2024

RESEARCHER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection
Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street Newark, Delaware 19711
(Entrance through back of the building)

The E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection is offering a Researcher-in-Residence program. Attendees can apply for a session for individualized assistance from collection staff and work with collection materials that are only available on-site. Spaces for this opportunity are limited, and advance application during registration is required to ensure we can accommodate your needs. Questions? Email elq-resource@udel.edu for more information.

Free with workshop registration.

Researcher in Residence

THURSDAY May 2, 2024

OPEN HOUSE

May 2, 2024
12:30pm – Late afternoon (Time TBA) 

E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection
Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street Newark, Delaware 19711
(Entrance through back of the building)

An exciting open-house opportunity is available for attendees of the workshop. Join us at the E.L. Quarantelli Collection for an in-depth exploration of DRC’s archives and history, and explore opportunities to utilize the collection for your own future research. Attendees will have an opportunity to listen to an original recording, on reel-to-reel tape, featuring an interview segment with DRC founding director E.L Quarantelli. This segment was highlighted in the book This is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City. Other recordings of DRC founders E.L. Quarantelli and Russell Dynes will be shown. An early exhibit of documents and artifacts from Professor Quarantelli’s professional papers collection and from Professor Dynes’s family will be on display, along with other rare and hard-to-find disaster research materials. Take in photographs from DRC’s early days and learn about the important work underway at the Center. Questions? Email elq-resource@udel.edu for more information.

Free with workshop registration.

Graham Hall Entrance

THURSDAY MAY 2, 2024

POP-UP DINNERS

Evening, following the Biden Institute event, Times TBA
(attendees will be contacted)
Restaurants will be selected from those on or near Main Street in Newark, Delaware.

Anyone up for dinner? Although some participants in the pre-workshop activities may wish to reconnect with friends and colleagues over dinner on their own, we will offer several pop-up dinner opportunities. Join a graduate student from the Disaster Research Center, who will convene a small, medium, or larger group of workshop attendees around a specific topic or theme at a local restaurant. Attendees are welcome to chat about that topic, or simply get to know each other. Attendees cover the cost of their own meals. Those who register will receive additional information as the date approaches.

Change of travel plans and you would now like to join in? Contact us at the conference email and we’ll see if we can still accommodate you. Feel free to bring along a guest, if you are traveling with someone else who is not attending the workshop. Just make sure to note their attendance for the pop-up in the registration.

Cost: Free to register with workshop registration; Attendees are responsible for their own transportation, meals, and beverage costs the night of the event.

  1. Pop-Up #1: Interested in learning about the E.L. Quarantelli Collection, disaster archives, and the role of libraries and museums in disasters? Join Cornelia Posch at Homegrown Café.
  2. Pop-Up #2: Are you a graduate student (or student-at-heart) who wants to connect with other students prior to the workshop? Join Adam Andresen as he convenes this lively option at a Delaware institution: Grotto’s Pizza.

Check back as more Pop-Ups are offered.

PopUp Dinners

FRIDAY May 3, 2024

BIDEN INSTITUTE SPEAKER EVENT

In honor of DRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
Time and Location TBA
University of Delaware

The Biden Institute, established at the University of Delaware’s Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, is a world-class intellectual center and destination for scholars, activists, policymakers, and national leaders. Their mission is to influence, shape, and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy problems facing America, bringing together the sharpest minds and the most powerful voices to address our nation’s toughest problems. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center, the Biden Institute will host a featured speaker. Details about the speaker will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Free. A limited number of seats will be reserved for workshop attendees who select this option at registration. A waitlist will be made if interest exceeds available seats. Be sure to plan your travel to attend this event.

Memorial Hall

SATURDAY MAY 4, 2024

Morning Run/Walk Kickstarter 

Early morning, before the conference on Saturday, Time TBA 

Meeting point: Courtyard Marriott Hotel Lobby.
400 David Hollowell Dr, Newark, DE 19716

Parking at the Marriott or Upper Lot in Clayton Hall

Get ready to kickstart your day with some early morning fun! Join DRC graduate students Maria Porada and Roni Fraser for a FREE, friendly group run through the picturesque White Clay Creek Park, conveniently situated behind the conference hotel and center. This is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends or make new ones while enjoying a relaxing wooded environment. Whether you’re up for a leisurely stroll, a moderate jog, or a full-on 5K challenge, we’ve got you covered! We’ll set distance markers along the route giving you the flexibility to choose your own distance and adventure. Attendees can double back at any time, if they choose. You can register for the event in the workshop registration, but we welcome last-minute runners, too.

Free with registration. We welcome a selection at registration but feel free to join in last-minute that morning.

SATURDAY MAY 4, 2024

CELEBRATORY DINNER

In honor of DRC’s 60th Anniversary

Evening, following the workshop

Autumn Arch Beer Project
810 Pencader Dr. C, Newark, Delaware 19702

Join us on the last night of the workshop for a celebration of DRC’s 60th anniversary. This informal evening at a local brewery will give alumni a chance to reminisce about their time at DRC as well as its impact on their work and for workshop attendees to continue the engaging conversations stimulated by the past few days.

Cost: $50 – includes dinner and two beverages; transportation from the workshop venue and to the conference hotel provided (Registration capped at 100 people).

Celebratory Dinner

SUNDAY MAY 5, 2024

GRADUATE STUDENT OPEN HOUSE

10am-12pm  

E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection
Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
166 Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street, Newark, Delaware 19711
(Entrance through back of the building)

Students who participated in the graduate student pre-workshop or arrived after Thursday’s events are invited for a condensed open house to better understand the collection, particularly ways they might consider using the literature and materials for their theses, dissertations, or post-graduation work. Many of the same items, recordings, and material will be on display, as well. DRC’s Associate Director of Archives and Collections, Valerie Marlowe, and collection staff will be available to graduate students during this special opportunity. Questions? Email elq-resource@udel.edu for more information.

Free with workshop registration.

Graham Hall Entrance

SUNDAY MAY 5, 2024

COASTAL IMPACTS AND RESILIENCE FIELD TRIP

8:30am-10:30pm (approximate times, attendees will be notified)

Rehoboth Beach
Bus leaves from Courtyard Marriott Hotel Lobby.
400 David Hollowell Dr, Newark, DE 19716

Coastal communities in Delaware are home to year-round residents, form a growing economy, and serve a bustling tourism population (including the current President!). Interested in learning more about how climate change is impacting these areas, what threats lie ahead, and strategies underway in the First State? Join this post-workshop field trip to Rehoboth Beach and surrounding areas, led by UD faculty members and practitioners working in the state. Participants will find their own way to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel lobby for early check in and departure. There will be some time for lunch on your own and visiting some of the shops in Rehoboth Beach mid-day. The rest of the day will involve engaging discussions and site visits. A group dinner will take place at your own cost before participants return to the Marriott Hotel late Sunday night. Those who choose to stay in Rehoboth Beach to extend their visit are responsible for their own transportation thereafter. 

Cost: $125 at the time of registration. $175 onsite, if space permits.

Beach coastline