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SECAC 2018 - Birmingham, Alabama
NB: The conference hotel now has limited availability. Rooms are available at the SpringHill Suites Birmingham Downtown at UAB at the SECAC rate of $149 per night. Their complimentary hotel shuttle will provide transportation to the convention center.
Register for the conference here.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is pleased to present the 2018 SECAC conference, October 17-20, 2018, and welcome y’all to come together in a dialogue of openness and inclusivity while enjoying Birmingham’s unique vernacular, cuisine, and style.
Coined the “Magic City” in the late 19th century following a boon of iron and steel production, Birmingham has known a deep, yet complex history. Yet like the steel produced from the nearby iron-rich Appalachian foothills, the fires of civil conflict and racial division have forged a community that is home to progressive ideas, cutting-edge technology and medical research, and a rich arts culture.
Sessions will take place at the official conference hotel, the Sheraton Birmingham, located in the heart of Birmingham’s premier entertainment district, Uptown Bham, and steps from the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.
With a variety of local art galleries, James Beard Award-winning restaurants, and a hip nightlife scene leading a revival of culture and activity downtown, see how the New York Times says Birmingham is ready to surprise you.
Conference sessions and off-site programming opportunities across the Magic City will include:
Enjoy post-conference local excursions to Birmingham’s Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Vulcan Park, or outsider artist Joe Mintner’s African Village in America. Short day trips are also encouraged to nearby Hale County, where you can visit the Rural Studio and see sites where Walker Evans and William Christenberry made their iconic photographic work, or travel further south to Wilcox County, home of the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers. The SECAC conference will also coincide with the annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport, 45 minutes west of Birmingham. Presenting more than 270 folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and expert craftspeople, the festival will celebrate its 47th year with great art, music, and food.
Conference Registration opens in early August.
Individual member registration rates: early $190 | regular $220 | on-site $280
Adjunct/Independent registration rates: early $150 | regular $180 | on-site $250
Student member registration rates: early $95 | regular $105 | on-site $130
Retired member registration rates: early $95 | regular $105 | on-site $130
Early registration will be in effect through September 30; regular registration will close on October 8.
Hotel Reservations Now Open
The conference hotel, https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/SECAC, has limited availability. Rooms are available at the SpringHill Suites Birmingham Downtown at UAB at the SECAC rate of $149 per night. Their complimentary hotel shuttle will provide transportation to the convention center.
Sessions will take place at the official conference hotel, the Sheraton Birmingham. The room rate at the Sheraton Birmingham is $139 ($163.33 with taxes and fees) for single or double occupancy, with a $10 charge for each additional person. Complimentary guestroom internet is provided. A room block is set up for individual reservations. (Guests are responsible for their own charges). Note that reservations do not include food but coffee, tea, and water will be provided.
The conference begins with a welcome reception on the evening of October 17. Sessions will be held from 8 am-5 pm, Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20. The conference schedule of sessions will be published in early August.
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