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UDC 2006

Against the Neoliberal Tide: Media and Democracy in the 21st Century - An International Conference of the Union for Democratic Communications 
May 18-21, 2006 
Boca Raton, Florida
Hosted by the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters 
Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida

Thank you to everyone who attended the UDC Conference and helped make it a success.
Thanks also to our volunteers. We couldn't have done it without YOU!

Photos - Click Here

Get your 2005 UDC Conference T-Shirts - A collector's item! 
(They say "2005" because they were designed especially for the postponed November '05 event.)
If you would like to get your hands on one, please send a $15 check payable to UDC in US funds to:

James Tracy
Florida Atlantic University 
School of Communication and Multimedia Studies
GS 238 
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

There are lots of XLs left in various colors, but for specific information, please contact James Tracy.


Conference Schedule
Click here


Information related to: Restaurants | Hotel | Registration | Airports | Visitors



  • Norman Solomon, Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy
  • Deborah James, Director, WTO Program, Public Citizen

As people from nations around the world look to the prospect of self determination in a new century, they are increasingly confronted with the social and economic ultimatums of for-profit transnational corporations. While the neoliberal agenda would have us believe that the market is a natural phenomenon, that agenda calls for the complete, no-holds-barred business domination of the media and almost every other human and natural resource, thus further jeopardizing the possibilities for democratic debate, dissent, and meaningful social change.

Featured speakers will be complemented by presenters on a wide range of topics, video and other media presentations, and tables with information about regional organizations involved in activism and democratic communications.

The conference will be held in Boca Raton, Florida, and hosted by the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Film and Video Programs, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and the Lifelong Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton is on the Atlantic coast in south Palm Beach County, approximately 25 miles from both the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach airports, and 50 miles north of Miami.

For more information on why the UDC Conference is rescheduled, please click here

Restaurant Information
A list of restaurants and a map will be available at the conference. 

(Restaurants, Eateries, Coffee Shops and Markets - Within 2 Miles)


  • Publix Supermarket and Pharmacy
    21230 Saint Andrews Blvd
  • Palladio Market - Grocery/Deli/Prepared &Take-out Foods (Vegetarian offerings)/Fresh Produce (Including organic) Wine & Beer 
    Glades Plaza Bldg 8
    Phone: (561) 368-7988
  • King’s Gourmet Market - Deli & Bakery (some organic produce), Prepared & Take-out Foods, Wine & Beer 
    1900 N. Military Trail
    Phone: (561) 368-2600


  • BP Gas Station
    5440 Glades Road - Corner of Butts Road and Glades Road 
    Phone: (561) 391-4410


  • In the Holiday Inn Hotel – Mario’s of Boca 
    Breakfast |  Lunch |  Dinner
    Located on property, Mario's of Boca features breakfast, lunch and dinner. This family friendly Italian restaurant boasts a very extensive menu for both lunch and dinner with a daily lunch buffet.

Fine Dining

  • New York Prime
    2350 NW Executive Center Dr
    Phone: (561) 998-3881 
    North of Glades Road – on or around Executive Center Drive
  • Morton's Steakhouse 
    5250 Town Center Circle
    Phone: (561) 392-7724 
    Boca Center Plaza - .25 mile

Casual Dining
North of Glades Road – on or around Executive Center Drive

  • Houston's Restaurant Boca
    1900 NW Executive Center Cir
    Phone: (561) 998-0550
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill 
    2004 NW Executive Center Cir
    Phone: (561) 997-5492 
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill 
    2301 Glades Rd 
    Phone: (561) 443-5540

Boca Center Plaza - .25 mile

  • Sushi Ray
    Japanese Restaurant 
    5250 Town Center Circle 
    Phone:(561) 394-9506
  • Uncle Tai’s (Chinese) 
    5250 Town Center Circle 
    Phone: (561)-368-8806

Glades Plaza - .25 mile

  • Sushi Masa Japanese Restaurant 
    2200 Glades Rd
    Phone: (561) 347-0008
  • TooJays Original Gourmet Deli – Dining room and take out 
    2200 Glades Rd # 700
    Phone: (561) 392-4181
  • Brewzzi
    2222 Glades Rd
    Phone: (561) 392-2739 

 Town Center Mall ( In or Around) - .56 miles

  • Cheesecake Factory – Near Mall
    5530 Glades Rd
    Phone: (561) 393-0344 
  • Stir Crazy - In Town Center Mall 
    Phone: (561) 338-7500
  • Legal Sea Foods – In Town Center Mall 
    Phone: (561)-447-2112

University Commons Shopping Plaza – East of Interstate 95 at 1400 Glades Road - .75 mile

  • J. Alexander's 
    Phone: (561) 347-9875 
  • P F Chang's China Bistro
    Phone: (561) 393-3722 
  • Brasserie Mon Ami 
    1400 Phone: (561) 394-2428

Glades Plaza - .25 mile

  • Cold Stone Creamery of Boca Raton 
    2200 Glades Rd.
    Phone: (561) 353-1410
  • Don Pan International Bakery 
    Glades Rd Ste 103a
    Phone: (561) 391-6966 
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
    2200 Glades Rd Ste 202
    Phone: (561) 347-1750 
  • Quizno's 
    2200 Glades Rd
    Phone: (561) 447-0505
  • Starbucks Coffee Company 
    2200 Glades Rd
    Phone:  (561) 391-4255 

Town Center Mall Food Court Fast Food Establishments

Cajun Grill | Chick-fil-A | CrepeMaker | First Avenue Deli | Flamers Charbroiled Hamburgers & Chicken | Great Steak & Potato Company | Le Petit Bistro | Maki of Japan | Manchu Wok | Salad Creations | Subway Villa Pizza

Boca Center Plaza - .25 mile

  • Starbucks Coffee Company 
    5200 Town Center Cir
  • McDonald's
    5200 Town Center Cir
    Phone: (561) 391-5185 
  • Nipper’s Bar and Grill - Sports Bar 
    21069 S Military Trail
    Phone: (561) 338-4111

University Commons Shopping Plaza – East of Interstate 95 at 1400 Glades Road - .75

  • Jamba Juice – Fresh Juices and Smoothies
    Phone: (561) 620-8895


Hotel Information

You may now contact the Holiday Inn to rebook your hotel reservations.
Holiday Inn Boca Raton Town Center - Click here to go directly to the hotel's website. 
1950 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 1-561-368-5200
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-781-5611

Single/Double: $79
Suites (King size or two Double beds, plus sofa pull-out): $109

IMPORTANT! - Be sure to mention that you will be attending the UDC Conference, hosted by Florida Atlantic University


Conference Registration Form
Forms are available here. Sorry, there is no online registration.

Credit Card Payment Form 
Forms are available here. Sorry, credit card payments cannot be made online.


Area Airport Information

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

  • Distance: approx. 22 Mi / 35.4 Km
  • Tri County Airport Express: approx. $17 USD each way. Check in at transportation podium outside baggage area, lower level curbside. 1-800-244-8252 or 954-561-8888.
  • Taxi Fee: approx. $50 or more (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 25 minutes
  • Alternative transportation: Click here for information on ground transportation.
  • Click here for driving directions from FLL to the Holiday Inn.

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

  • Distance: approx. 21 Mi / 33.4 Km
  • Palm Beach Transportation: approx. $50 USD each way, up to four people. Transportation desk, each end of terminal building, Level One. 561-684-9900.
  • Taxi Fee: approx. $50 (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 25 minutes
  • Alternative transportation: Click here for information on ground transportation. (Scroll down to bottom of page.)
  • Click here for driving directions from PBI to the Holiday Inn.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

  • Distance: approx. 50 Mi / 80.5 Km
  • Taxi Fee: approx. $90 (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 60+ minutes
  • Alternative transportation: Click here for information on ground transportation.
  • Click here for driving directions from MIA to the Holiday Inn.


Area Visitor's Information


The 2005 Union for Democratic Communications Conference in Boca Raton, Florida has been rescheduled due to October's Hurricane Wilma. The new dates are May 18-21, 2006. The conference will be held at the same hotel, the Holiday Inn Boca Town Center, and at the same rate, $79/room, $109/suite.

For further information you may contact:

  • Mike Budd (mbudd@fau.edu) Office: 561.297.3856, or
  • Jim Tracy (jftracy@fau.edu) Office: 561.297.6265

For an official letter announcing the postponement (in PDF), click here(Requires Adobe Reader. To download a free copy, click here.) 

**Participants Who Registered Prior to Hurricane Wilma (Late October 2005)** 
Please email Stefanie Gapinski to let her know whether or not you will be attending the May conference. If you do not plan to attend, the conference program will need to be adjusted. Also, if you require a refund at this time, send Stefanie an email and she will submit the paperwork to the University's Cashier's Office. It may take several weeks to process the paperwork so your patience is greatly appreciated. gapinski@fau.edu



Page created: 24 April 2006 
Page last updated: 14 June 2006

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