44th Annual Conference

Kansas City, Missouri
28 February - 4 March 2018

From the President: A Note on SAM in KC

In August 2017 the NAACP issued its first ever travel advisory for a single state, Missouri, citing the fact that “African Americans in Missouri are 75 percent more likely to be stopped and searched by law enforcement officers than Caucasians” (http://bit.ly/2vtF77G). Their concern was amplified by the passage of Senate Bill 43, which makes it harder to prove discrimination in workplaces, housing, or public accommodation, and harder to win such lawsuits.

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Hotel Accomodations

InterContinental Kansas City
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112

The SAM rate for all rooms is $149 per night. In-room wifi and overnight non-valet parking are included in that rate. Reservations must be made by January 29, 2018.

Book Now

Need help? Call the hotel at (866) 856 9717 and reference SAM.

Conference Registration

Register before Feb. 6 to get the discounted price!

Register online

Print and mail a registration form

Conference Program

The preliminary conference program is now available. This document is continually updated.

Seminar Papers

Download the papers here. This link is password-protected and restricted to conference registrants. Login information will be provided to current registrants.

Poster Presentations

Presenters should review information about the poster session.

Exhibitor Information

Information for exhibitors is now available.

Honorary Member

The Honorary Members for the 2018 conference are Zhou Long and Chen Yi. More information...

Conference Events

» Thursday Sacred Harp Sing

The annual Sacred Harp Sing will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (directions). It is not far from the InterContinental and some may wish to walk. If you would like to take the bus, please sign up!

» Thursday Evening Concert

University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Orchestra, Concerto and Aria concert, White Recital Hall, 7:30 pm (busses depart hotel @ 6:45 pm)
Program TBA
Free, with conference badge

» Friday Excursions

Details about the excursions

» Friday Evening Concert

Annual Vivian Perlis Concert, featuring the music of honorary members Chen Yi and Zhou Long, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 East 40th St., 7:30 (busses depart hotel @ 7:00)

» Saturday Evening Banquet

The Chef at the InterContinental has designed a special buffet for us consisting of local specialties. On the buffet table will be sliced beef brisket, smoked chicken wings, and barbecued baby back ribs, accompanied by pit beans, creamed corn, and southern style green beans. There will also be buttermilk biscuits, old-fashioned potato salad, coleslaw, and California iceberg wedge salad. Plus dessert and lemonade! A vegan/vegetarian option will be available. Please indicate that preference on your registration form. ($50 general/$25 student)

Program Committee

Paul Laird, chair
Andrew Granade
Monica Hairston O'Connell
Nadine Hubbs
Gregory Reish
Douglas Shadle

Local Arrangements

William Everett, Chair
Alison DeSimone, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
Andrew Granade, UMKC
Martin Nedbal, University of Kansas
Craig Parker, Kansas State University
Allison Robbins, University of Central Missouri
Colin Roust, University of Kansas
Roberta Freund Schwartz, University of Kansas