2018 Conference Logistics


We encourage conference participants to arrive on Thursday afternoon and depart in the afternoon/evening on Saturday. Here are some very helpful directions to campus whether arriving by plane, train, or automobile. Flights should be into Raleigh-Durham International Airport. There are shuttles that go from the airport to campus and the nearby area. Ride shares including Uber and Lyft are widely available throughout the Triangle (includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).


There are a number of reasonably priced hotels within walking distance, a short (and free!) bus ride, or a short ride-share/taxi ride from the conference. Airbnb also has some very reasonable rates right near campus (be sure to also search in our sister town of Carrboro for listings that will also likely be on the free bus line). Below are a few recommendations, in rough order of expense.


Food included with registration:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4 | Opening Reception Light Bites | Catering by The Pig (North Carolina and vegan-friendly BBQ).
  • Friday, Oct. 5 | Carolina Breakfast | Catering by Carolina Dining Services
  • Friday, Oct. 5 | Coffee Breaks | Catering by Carolina Dining Services
  • Friday, Oct. 5 | Networking Social Casual Dinner | Catering by Mediterranean Deli
  • Saturday, Oct. 6 | Coffee Breaks & Light Morning Snacks | Catering by Carolina Dining Services

Recommendations for eating on and around campus (map created by “Navigating Food at UNC – Digitally Mapping Foodways“):


Presenters should prepare to present for 12-15 minutes. Feel free to present from memory, note cards, or with a prepared text (roughly a 7-page, double-spaced paper). PowerPoints are recommended, particularly those with nice images and limited text, but are entirely optional. There will be 15 minutes at the end of the formal presentations for questions and discussion. The presentation schedule will be available soon. Instructions will be distributed regarding how to submit your PowerPoint slides by October 1 to the conference committee.

Campus Map

The conference will take place on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus in three buildings: Dey Hall and Wilson Library. Here is a campus map in interactive online and downloadable (PDF) formats. An approximate street address for the conference location is:

204 Greenlaw Hall CB#3520, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520


Visitors to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are encouraged to use visitor parking meters located throughout campus and designated visitor parking lots. Here is further parking information for campus and for the Chapel Hill “Park on the Hill” lots surrounding the campus area. Please note that the closest UNC campus lots are Ram’s Head Deck (to the South) and Morehead Lot (to the North).


The conference was organized by the On-Site Conference Coordinators, KC Hysmith and Claire Bunschoten, and the GAFS Board of Directors with additional administrative support provided by the Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.