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The Association for the Study of Play
41st Annual International Conference
March 4-7, 2015
University of Texas at San Antonio

TASP 2015 Conference Program

*Presenters and participants must register for the conference. Convenient online registration is available. Please see registration link below.

Our 41st Annual Conference is a conference uniquely hosted by 4 universities: Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), University of Incarnate Word, and Texas A&M University at San Antonio (TAMUSA). San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the USA with a multicultural, especially Mexican American, influence that hosts more than 30 million visitors a year. San Antonio is also the home of Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible 25 acre theme park for children with and without disabilities, which admits anyone with a physical or cognitive challenge free of charge. In addition, San Antonio is the location of a new Children’s Museum due to be opened in Spring 2015. We welcome you to join us for an exciting conference with special rates and scholarships for students!

Our first keynote speaker on Thursday is Howard P. Chudacoff, George L. Littlefield Professor of American History and Professor of Urban Studies, Brown University, presenting on the history of play. Our second keynote speaker on Friday is Gail Melson, Professor Emerita in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Purdue University, presenting on animals in the play cultures of children.

A reception will be held in recognition of Joe Frost, Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus at University of Texas at Austin, on Thursday 5-7 p.m. at the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio where the Frost Play Collection is housed. Arrangements have been made for conference participants to have easy access to the collection 3 days prior to and during the conference.

A TASP Banquet will be held on Friday evening from 6 p.m. until midnight at the DoubleTree Hotel. We will have a plated sit-down dinner consisting of your choice of garden or caesar salad, cashew crusted chicken (with vegetarian option), seasonal vegetables and rice, mustard cream sauce, lemon swirl cake, freshly brewed coffee, and iced tea. There will be an open bar, entertainment by Our Lady of the Lake Mariachi band, a banquet speaker, and then a DJ to provide music and dancing!

Please join us for southern hospitality in San Antonio!

Conference events will be held at UTSA downtown campus and at the Doubletree Hotel W. César E. Chávez Blvd. and Frio Street, San Antonio.


Hotel Arrangements.

Student Travel Grants.