The Pub, the Street, and the Medicine Cabinet: The 6th International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs

Welcome to “The Pub, the Street, and the Medicine Cabinet”: The Sixth International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs, at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

We are excited to welcome over 90 scholars from across the globe, and to present a keynote address by Joseph Spillane, Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida and author of Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States and Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice.

To see the conference program, click here (printing problems have been fixed).
To see abstracts of the papers being presented, click here.
To see suggestions of walkable downtown restaurants/cafes/bars/etc., click here.

The conference is being held by the Alcohol and Drug History Society , in partnership with the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy. It has been made possible by generous support from many quarters at UB, including the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; the Center for Clinical Ethics; the Humanities Institute, the History Department, and the Medical School.

The conference will be on June 24-26, 2011, in historic downtown Buffalo, New York, at the recently renovated Hyatt hotel and conference center.  Buffalo’s temperate and lovely summers don’t make headlines like its winters, but the city makes the most of them.  The classic downtown features historic architecture, a marina, minor league baseball, theater district, rejuvenated night life, and other low-cost amenities, all within walking distance of the Hyatt.  Public transportation links to destinations such as Niagara Falls or major museums like the Albright Knox and the Burchfield Penney.

Click here to register.



Rooms have been reserved at special rates ($120/night) at the Hyatt.  To make reservations please visit, or call 1-888-421-1442. ***NOTE:  THE HYATT IS FULLY BOOKED; NEARBY HOTELS INCLUDE THE COMFORT SUITES; HAMPTON INN and EMBASSY SUITES. ***

Transportation to the Hyatt:

We also have reserved a limited number of rooms at the University at Buffalo’s South Campus dormitories, which are a 20-minute subway ride away from the conference hotel.  Rooms ($36/night) are singles and doubles, with external bathrooms shared by the hallway.  Reservations and payment can be made on the web site where you register for the conference.

UB's welcome guide for visitors

A general guide to the area and local arrangements can be found here.