The symposium venue is the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia’s Center City (www.sofitel-philadelphia.com). The hotel is located one block from the Rittenhouse Square, amid the city’s principal business and shopping areas and close to its historical attractions.
You can find information in the Official Visitor and Travel Site about how to get to Philadelphia and how to get around the city.
Moreover, you can calculate a route to the Symposium venue in Sofitel’s official Location page.
Symposium participants should book a hotel room on their own at the Sofitel Hotel (the symposium venue) or some other hotel in the relative vicinity of Rittenhouse Square, such as Marriott, Westin, Hilton Curio Collection, or Rittenhouse Hotel.
Those of you coming from Penn State might also consider the Club Quarters Hotel, since they have special rates for PSU members (don’t forget to use the PSU login). Other Universities might have similar agreements with Club Quarters, so please check with them, or ask your Adminstrative Office about this possibility.