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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture invites you to attend its Sixth Conference at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Downtown Minneapolis Thursday, October 27 to Saturday October 29.  We plan a full schedule of engaging concurrent paper sessions and roundtables and several plenary events, lectures and presentations, including nationally known memoirist Lorraine Dusky, historian Margaret Jacobs, and renowned documentary filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem.  Our program will also feature a retrospective of adoption plays produced from within the Twin Cities Asian American theater community, and a roundtable on the Social Welfare History Archive at the University of Minnesota, the premier U.S. source for archival materials related to adoption in the United States. 

We are offering special registration pricing for members and affiliates of local sponsoring organizations, including University of Minnesota departments of Asian American Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare/Social Work, the Immigration History Research Center, African American Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Social Welfare History Archive, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, Sociology, and Psychology, Carleton College, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, Metro State University, St. Olaf College and AK Connection,.  If you are affiliated with one of these local institutions, departments or organizations, please register at  https://asacconference2016.wordpress.com/sponsor-registration/ .

Non-sponsor affiliated registrants, register at https://asacconference2016.wordpress.com/membership-registration-hotels-travel/ .

Your conference registration will include access to all sessions and special events, the catered opening book reception Thursday afternoon (featuring adoption studies books published by conference participants since our last conference), continental breakfasts on Friday and Saturday mornings, lunch on Friday, Wi-Fi access in the conference space, and reduced priced parking at the conference hotel.  Our conference banquet will take place at Northrop Auditorium, preceding Deann Borshay Liem’s screening and presentation in the same location.  You must buy a banquet ticket to attend the dinner, but admission to the film screening is included in your conference registration.

Social workers, social work CEUs will be provided upon request at the conference with your paid registration.

Single day registration is available. In addition, we are seeking student volunteers to work registration all three days and for our Saturday evening events. Volunteers will be compensated with full or partial conference registration, depending on availability. Please contact Kim Park Nelson at parknelson@mnstate.edu for questions or for more information.