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MAPACA Early September 2017 News: Registration Reminder, Special Events, & more!

This is MAPACA’s Early September 2017 newsletter. The next conference is November 9-11, 2017 (Philadelphia, PA).


Online registration for the 2017 MAPACA conference is open. The regular registration period runs until Thursday, September 14. Please visit for more about registration prices and details. Once registered, conference attendees can use the Ride and Room Share forum on to coordinate travel plans. And, while you are there, please be sure to complete or update your profile.

Special Events:

Masonic Temple Tour

Please join us for a guided tour of the Masonic Temple sponsored by American Studies. The tour will take place Thursday, November 9 at 11:00 am and last approximately one hour. The Masonic Temple is located at 1 North Broad Street, directly north of Philadelphia City Hall. Please arrive by 10:45 am to attend this event. Admission cost is $10.00 per person, providing we have a group of 15 people or more. Tickets can be purchased here. The tour guide will give a history of the Masons in Philadelphia, a brief overview of Masonic traditions, and a history of the building. There will be time to peruse the artifacts in the Library and Museum, as well as the gift shop before and after the tour.

Grad Student Social

Grad students! An event for grad student conference attendees will be held at the ArtBar, in the lobby of the Sonesta, from 8:30-10:30 PM on Thursday, November 9. After enjoying the MAPACA reception in the Wyeth Ballroom Foyer, head downstairs for an informal hangout. Grab a drink or a snack at the ArtBar, catch up with your conference buddies, and make new friends!

Garces Foundation Roundtable

Truly a City of Brotherly Love: The Garces Foundation Roundtable! Join us on Thursday, November 9 at 4:45 pm for a session immediately before the DIA Q&A with Chef Garces where an interdisciplinary panel will come together to talk about immigration, activism, health, and education. A staff member from the foundation will be on hand to answer questions about their work. Feel free to bring questions for the participants.

Divine Impact Award: Call for Questions

This year’s Divine Impact Award winner is Chef Jose Garces, an author, philanthropist, and Iron Chef. For this year’s Q&A, we would like to gather questions from MAPACA members and attendees prior to the November 9th ceremony. Garces’s career intersects with a lot of areas of interest including food, Latinx, and television studies (to name a few). We welcome all and any questions! Please send questions directly to Melinda Lewis ([email protected]).

Response: Call For Reviews

Response: The Digital Journal of Popular Culture Scholarship, MAPACA’s journal, is soliciting reviews for its November issue. We welcome reviews of any and all recent contributions to popular culture: film and tv shows, scholarly publications, live performances, events, and openings, etc. Email your reviews, 500 to 1,000 words, to [email protected] by October 9th for consideration in our next issue.

#mapaca17 Student Workers

The deadline for student presenters to apply to work at the 2017 MAPACA conference is September 15, 2017. Interested? Please contact [email protected].

#mapaca17 Sustainability

In an effort to embrace sustainable practices, this year MAPACA has decided to include the option to opt-in, as well as the recycling of print programs. Additionally, we ask you to reuse your badge holders from past conferences if you are able to help us cut down on conference waste. Thank you for your efforts in supporting MAPACA’s sustainability practices!


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