2014 Conference

MWASECS 2014 Conference:
The City in the Eighteenth Century
October 17-19, 2014

Co-sponsored by the departments of English and History, College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The Aladdin Hotel
1215 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-421-8888

Registration form and final program now available.

Kansas City Guides: Costume Rental, Dining, and Entertainment

  • CONFERENCE TIMELINE:
    Panels will start on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 am.
    Our keynote address (by Dr. George Justice of Arizona State University) will take place over dinner on Friday evening.
    On Saturday evening, there will be an eighteenth-century country dance, co-sponsored by the Metro Kansas City chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. (Beginners are welcome; lessons will be provided!)
    The conference will conclude with a docent-led tour of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Sunday, early afternoon.
  • HOTEL:
    Here is the link provided by the conference hotel, the Aladdin, for room reservations at the conference rate.
    Alternately, you can go to the hotel’s website and enter the group code UMK.
    If you prefer to make a reservation by phone, please call the hotel at 866-270-9274; be sure to mention that you are with the U.M.K.C. DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH 18TH-CENTURY CONFERENCE to get the conference rate.
    Rooms at this rate are $119 (plus tax) for one or two people, $129 (plus tax) for three people, and $139 (plus tax) for four people.
    The rate is guaranteed until Sunday, September 14. If you do not make a reservation by that date, you will be charged at the hotel’s standard rate (which is currently coming up at $150 to $170).
  • GETTING HERE:
    The hotel’s website has directions for those traveling by car.
    If you are arriving by air, the nearest major airport is Kansas City International Airport (MCI), which is served by most major airlines.
    Shuttles from the airport run about $20 round trip. Super Shuttle accepts reservations, but does not require them for trips from the airport.
    Taxi fare from MCI to the hotel runs about $46. There are taxi kiosks at each terminal.
    If you prefer to rent a car, here are the rental-car companies that serve MCI.
    The hotel offers valet parking with unlimited daily in-and-out privileges for $16.
    Anyone traveling by train? Kansas City’s Union Station is served by Amtrak. Taxi from the station to the hotel runs about $8.