Last updated 3.19.20

Will ALTA43: In Between be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19? 

We at ALTA understand that these are uncertain times and that the situation as it is may make people nervous to travel or be in large groups. ALTA board and staff are constantly monitoring the situation and will update our community accordingly. As the situation currently stands, ALTA43: In Between is scheduled to go on as planned from November 11-14.

Should I keep planning my ALTA43 panel, reading, workshop, or roundtable? 

Absolutely. A reminder here that although we recommend sessions have at least two confirmed participants in addition to the session organizer, they do not need to be fully populated to be accepted by the conference committee (for other tips on how to build a strong session proposal, see our website). Conference session submissions close April 20, and submissions to the Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series close May 26. At this point, we do not plan to extend these deadlines.

Can panelists who are nervous about travel participate virtually? 

ALTA board and staff are in conversation regarding how COVID-19 will affect our conference planning, and we are considering our virtual participation policy in light of recent events. However, we do not have any changes to announce at this time. 

Will I get a refund if I decide not to attend the conference for reasons related to COVID-19, after I've registered for ALTA43? 

ALTA conference terms and conditions state: “Conference registration sales are final and nonrefundable, and may not be transferred to another individual. In the event the Conference cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of ALTA… an Attendee may choose to have their registration fee refunded in full.” ALTA board and staff are in conversation about these policies in light of COVID-19, and any changes will be announced before registration opens in late spring.

What is the situation like in Tucson, AZ?

ALTA staff is currently working from home, as per guidance by the University of Arizona. For the latest news related to the coronavirus in Tucson, see and the University of Arizona’s website.  

Where should I look for updates regarding ALTA43? 

Stay tuned on our website, and follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter feeds to find out about conference updates. 


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