Letter from the 2014 Local Arrangements Committee


Dear Members of the African Studies Association:

We are proud to serve as the co-chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee for the upcoming 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, to be held in Indianapolis from November 20-23, 2014. Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis and Indiana University-Bloomington are pleased to be serving as the local host institutions this year and are joined by Martin, Marian, and Butler Universities in this effort.  The members of the LAC have been working diligently over the past year to help publicize the conference and the call for papers to scholars and practitioners of Africa in coordination with the ASA Secretariat.  We have sought to expand participation by inviting more faculty and students to attend and be exposed to scholarship on Africa.  We have also invited politicians, diplomats, members of the broader community, and members of the ecumenical community who have provided support to African countries in a variety of ways through the years. Finally, we have been working assiduously to develop a range of activities and events to make your visit to Indianapolis an enjoyable and memorable one. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to each and every one of you in November. 

 

With more than 800,000 inhabitants, Indianapolis is the capital city of Indiana and the 13th largest city in the United States. After canvassing the globe, The New York Times selected Indianapolis as One of 52 Places to Visit in 2014.  It is truly a cosmopolitan city with 250+ restaurants for all palates and price points, 35+ hotels, hundreds of retail shops, an urban mall, and world-class museums. There are several African and Caribbean restaurants that serve delicious cuisine. Indianapolis is also the home of the Pacers, the Colts, the Indy Eleven Professional Soccer team and the Indianapolis 500. 

Indianapolis contains six thriving and distinct Cultural Districts, each offering an eclectic mix of shopping, dining and entertainment. The city’s newest amenity, the Cultural Trail, is a bicycle and pedestrian path that winds through downtown connecting visitors with these unique neighborhoods. Indianapolis also recently put in place the largest all-electric car system in the United States. Taxis are readily available and visitors can use the uber and lyft services by making reservations on their mobile phones at Uber or Lyft. 

The J.W. Marriott Hotel, the main venue for the conference this year, is a beautiful hotel that is connected via an enclosed walkway to the Indiana Convention Center. It has more than 1000 hotel rooms and is strategically located across the street from the Eiteljorg, the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Indiana State Museum. Conference attendees will find that Indianapolis is a very family-friendly city and families and children are welcome in a variety of venues that the city has to offer. There is a wonderful Children’s Museum located on North Illinois Avenue, which is three miles north of downtown. There are also several centers of African and African American life located a few blocks north of the Marriott Hotel, including the Madame C.J. Walker Theatre Center and the African American Museum at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.

Because of Indianapolis’ location in the heart of the Midwest region of the United States, it can easily be reached by plane or car and is within driving distance of a number of nationally recognized African and African American Studies centers/departments in neighboring states.  It is also possible to reach Indianapolis by Greyhound, Amtrak, or the Mega Bus.  We encourage you to examine the great rates that Frontier Airlines has to offer for round trip travel to Indianapolis from various cities in the United States.   The Indianapolis airport is in close proximity to the downtown area with various options for getting to the conference hotel, including the Go Green Shuttle.  The shuttle departs from zone 7 at the airport to downtown Indianapolis every hour and half hour between 8 A.M. and 11 P.M., seven days a week.   The cost of shuttle tickets is $10.00 each way and can be purchased online, at the airport Go Express Travel booth, or by calling 1-800-589-6004 to make a reservation.  It is also possible to make a reservation by visiting their website at Go Express Travel Shuttles. The average cost of a taxi from the airport to the hotel is $35.00 when traveling alone.  Discount coupons to a number of venues in the city can be downloaded by visiting Visit Indy and printed in advance of travel by clicking on “deals”. We will also have some of the discount coupons at the LAC Exhibit Booth that will be located in the Exhibit Hall of the Marriott Hotel. 

The Local Arrangements Committee has submitted 8 panels/roundtables under its sponsorship. They include: 

The dates and times of these panels and roundtables will appear in the preliminary and final program material of the ASA. 

The Local Arrangements Committee has planned a number of exciting events for your enjoyment as listed below:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2:00PM - 5:00PM: Indianapolis African American Cultural Heritage Tour

4:00PM: Tour of the African Galleries at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

6:00PM - 8:00PM: Private Welcome Reception, sponsored by the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club, Indianapolis Chapter, IUPUI, for the Officers of the African Studies Association, Board Members, Members of the ASA Secretariat, Members of the Local Arrangements Committee, and Special Guests   

Thursday, November 20, 2014

7:30PM: Official Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception, J.W. Marriott Ballroom

Friday, November 21, 2014

5:00PM - 8:00PM: Local Tour to Conner Prairie:  “Follow the North Star,”  a re-enactment of what is was like to be on the Underground Railroad 

 Saturday, November 22, 2014 

 10:00PM - 12:00AM: Dance Party with DJ Landon Jones 

 Sunday, November 23, 2014

 8:00AM - 9:45AM: “All Faiths” Breakfast, Co-sponsored by the Light of the World Christian Church

12:00PM (Noon): Special Exhibition Soccer Match, sponsored by the Indy 11 Professional Soccer Team, the African Students Association, the Men's Soccer Team, and the  Women's Soccer Team of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis 

2:00PM - 4:00PM: Meet and Greet Reception with Indy 11 Professional Soccer Players

We will keep a first aid kit on hand at the LAC Exhibit Booth as well as information on how to get to the nearest hospital.  There will also be discount coupons for restaurants and museums in the city. We will also provide information to you on local babysitting services, should you need them.  Members of the LAC will be wearing a badge to confirm that they are representing the African Studies Association Local Arrangements Committee.  

Last but absolutely not least we would like to acknowledge our sponsors, and thank them for their support of this conference:

Cambridge University Press

Indy 11 Professional Soccer Team 

Indiana University Bloomington, College of Arts and Sciences

Indiana University Bloomington, School of Global and International Studies

Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public Health

Indiana University Bloomington, Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs

Indiana University Bloomington, The University Graduate School

Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Office of Scholarly Publishing

Indiana University Bloomington, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Indiana University Bloomington, Department of Linguistics

Indiana University Bloomington, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of the Chancellor

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, University College

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Honors College

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of International Affairs

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of Academic Affairs

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of Admissions

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Division of Student Affairs

Indiana University, School of Liberal Arts @ Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, African Students Association 

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Women's Soccer Team

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Men's Soccer Team

Indiana University, School of Liberal Arts, Africana Studies Program

Indiana University, School of Liberal Arts, Olaniyan Scholars Program

Indiana University, School of Nursing

Lynne Rienner Publishers

Neal Marshall Indianapolis Chapter Alumni Club

Royal Air Maroc

Sagamore Institute of Indianapolis, Indiana 

Mr. Doug and Mrs. Angela Braly of Indianapolis 

The Jewell Center of Indianapolis   

Light of the World Christian Church of Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Andrew R. Klein, Dean and Paul E. Bean Professor of Law 

                   

   

We will be providing periodic updates on LAC planned events over the next couple of months. Please let us know if you have any questions, as the annual meeting approaches.  We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis, a vibrant city located at the crossroads of America.

 

Sincerely Yours,