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MALAS 2023 in Birmingham, AL

The Midwest Association for Latin American Studies is thrilled to announce its 73rd annual conference on the theme "AMERICA INVERTIDA," hosted by Samford University in Homewood, AL.

This prestigious conference will take place at the esteemed Samford University, known for its commitment to academic excellence. The university's campus embodies the spirit of Homewood and offers a dynamic setting for intellectual exchange and networking. Birmingham, AL, founded in 1871, emerged as a thriving city rooted in the iron and steel industry, shaping its trajectory from a small southern town to a dynamic urban center. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into the cultural tapestry of Birmingham, AL, with its historic landmarks, modern attractions, and vibrant arts scene.  This gathering at Samford University will foster insightful discussions and meaningful connections, all while being situated in the heart of Homewood's lively atmosphere.  

As a part of the conference experience, attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in sightseeing activities on Sunday. Among the planned stops is a visit to Vulcan, an iconic symbol of Birmingham's history and resilience. The towering Vulcan statue stands as the world's largest cast iron statue and is a testament to the city's industrial heritage. Perched atop Red Mountain, this magnificent sculpture offers panoramic views of Birmingham's evolving skyline, providing a unique perspective on the city's past and present. Conference participants can delve into the fascinating history of Vulcan's creation, which dates back to the early 20th century when it was crafted for the 1904 World's Fair. This immersive experience at Vulcan promises conference-goers an insightful glimpse into the city's heritage and a chance to appreciate the synergy between its rich history and vibrant present. 


Conference attendees are encouraged to visit Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Watch this video to learn more about the industrial heritage and its role in the development of Birmingham:

Video Credits: Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark/City of Birmingham (YouTube)

*All travel expenses will be incurred by individual participants, but the local hosts will continue

to provide information before and during the event to help participants with travel logistics. 

*Information regarding pricing on tours will also be provided. 

HOST UNIVERSITY: Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr, Homewood, AL 35229

DATESNovember 10th - 11st 2023

SITE SEEING: In Birmingham, AL - Sunday Nov. 12th


Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/Lakeshore Drive

520 Wildwood Circle Drive North, Birmingham, AL 35209

(205) 314-0274

Image creds: (Hilton)


Reservations should be individually confirmed no later than Oct 19, 2023 by calling the hotel direct (205) 314-0274. Guests should identify the group as Samford University Latin American Studies to ensure they receive the contracted group rate. Any rooms remaining in the block after the cutoff date will be returned to general inventory and sold on space and rate available basis only. Guests can also use the booking link provided by the hotel.




* A special negotiated rate of $122 +tax/night for the listed hotel has been established. A booking link will be made available in September. 


Image creds: (Samford University Athletics)

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