Q: Will Dream Lab 2023 be in person or remote?
Predicting the future has been particularly tricky lately but, as of now, we are planning on hosting Dream Lab 2023 in person on Penn’s campus in Philadelphia … mostly. The East Asian Studies and Digital Humanities course will only be offered remotely.

Q: If Dream Lab 2023 is held in person, will there be additional precautions taken in light of the on-going pandemic?
Dream Lab organizers are paying very close attention to the public health situation and our first priority is the health and safety of participants and instructors. We will be following all protocols from the University of Pennsylvania regarding in-person gatherings including guidance on participant masking, proof of vaccination status, and symptom reporting. To see the university’s current public health guidance, click here: https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/content/public-health-guidance

Q: When will registration for Dream Lab 2023 open?
Registration is now open!

Q: How much will registration for Dream Lab cost?
Dream Lab charges a registration fee so we can fairly pay the instructors who plan and teach the courses and to arrange for them to be in Philadelphia for the week. We have a slightly discounted fee for students as well as a discount for registering BEFORE MIDNIGHT May 19, 2023 (because early registration makes it easier for us to plan). We have also reduced the fee for the East Asian Studies and Digital Humanities course which will be held entirely remotely. The prices are as follows:

Before midnight May 19, 2023:

  • Early Regular, in person: $500
  • Early Student, in person: $400
  • Early Remote (East Asian Studies & Digital Humanities ONLY): $250

After midnight May 19, 2023:

  • Regular, in person: $600
  • Student, in person: $500
  • Remote (East Asian Studies & Digital Humanities ONLY): $300

Q: What housing options are available for Dream Lab participants?
In addition to the usual assortment of hotels and Airbnb options, we are happy to be working with Penn’s Conference Services to provide on-campus housing for $57 per night/per person + 15.5% occupancy tax. If you do not have a Penn Card, you will need to purchase a temp card for $29. To sign up for on-campus housing, follow THIS LINK. Please note that sign-up for campus housing will close at MIDNIGHT May 19, 2023.

Q: What is the schedule for Dream Lab 2023?
A: Though each class will develop it’s own schedule, participants in Dream Lab 2022 should plan to be in class from 10am until 5pm Monday (6/5) through Thursday (6/9). Coffee will be available before classes begin and there will be snack breaks in the mornings and afternoons.

Q: Will food be provided for participants at Dream Lab 2023?
No. In an effort to reduce the cost of attending Dream Lab, we will not provide catering as we have in the past. When we looked at the numbers, we realized the cost of catering per person was actually quite expensive and that these costs make up a significant chunk of the registration fee. Because there are dozens of dining options at a variety of price points within easy walking distance of Penn’s library (including grocery stores), we decided to let participants manage their own meals. We will provide coffee and snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Q: Is there a Code of Conduct for Dream Lab 2023?
A: Yes, and we take it very seriously. You can read the entire statement here: https://web.sas.upenn.edu/dream-lab/codeofconduct/

Q: Who should I contact if I have a question or problem?
A: Contact your instructor first but you can always contact Stewart Varner via email at svarner@upenn.edu

Q: Will Dream Lab 2023 materials be made available to people who could not attend?
A: Each instructor is deciding what can and cannot be made available. Check back after Dream Lab is over for information abut how to access any materials that are made available.