NCA Annual Convention

NCA 108th Annual Convention: Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment

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November 17 - 20, 2022
New Orleans, LA



NCA 108th Annual Convention
“Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment”
November 17-20, 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana

Walid AfifiI’m going to take the opportunity to highlight opportunities to participate virtually in this year's NCA Annual Convention. While we are putting together both scholarly and social events for the Annual Convention that you will not want to miss, I know that some of you will be unable to attend in person but still want to be part of the discussions that occur.
To begin, for the first time, there will be six theme-based, online sessions held in the weeks leading up to the Annual Convention. The primary goal of these webinars is to provide engagement opportunities with leading scholars who have shaped conversations related to the convention theme. More information on these sessions is available on the Virtual Convention Registration webpage.
At the convention we will host nine hybrid (in-person sessions at the convention that are livestreamed to a virtual audience) sessions. Included in that lineup is a session that will spotlight the Supreme Court’s deeply flawed 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson (“separate but equal”) ruling through engagement with descendants of both original parties to that lawsuit as panelists. This discussion takes on even more weight now that Senator John Cornyn (TX) followed the SCOTUS’ ruling on Roe v. Wade by tweeting his support for overturning “Brown v. Board of Education,” the 1954 SCOTUS which essentially made “separate but equal” unconstitutional. All nine sessions are groundbreaking in their own ways.
Registration is required to view these sessions. For those who register for the in-person convention, access to the online and hybrid sessions are included. Those who cannot attend the convention in person can access these sessions by registering as a virtual attendee using the available link on the Virtual Convention Registration webpage. Virtual-only registration includes access to all events described in this column, as well as access to any virtual business meetings. Registration is $35 for NCA student members and $45 for all other NCA members. My hope is that future conventions will have greater opportunities for virtual access than the 108th Annual Convention, but, for now, I hope you join us for these events. I appreciate the Executive Committee’s financial support of these events.

Walid Afifi
NCA First Vice President