2024 NCAIS Graduate Student Conference

Feb 10, 2024


At the Newberry

NCAIS Graduate Students will be presenting papers in a number of academic fields related to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. NCAIS faculty members and other audience members help presenters further develop their ideas and arguments through questions and constructive feedback.

The NCAIS Graduate Conference sessions are open to all students and faculty at NCAIS institutions. However, the NCAIS Liaisons’ Meeting, Graduate Luncheon, and Refreshments & Dinner are limited to student presenters, faculty liaisons, and session chairs. The NCAIS Steering Committee meeting is limited to committee members.

Schedule at a Glance 

Friday, February 9

2 pm – 4 pm: Optional Tour and Collection Presentation (Meet in Lobby)

Saturday, February 10

8:00 am: Registration Open; Coffee and Light Breakfast Available (Rettinger Hall)

8:45 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks (Rettinger Hall)

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall and Baskes Boardroom)

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall, Baskes Boardroom, and B84)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch 

• NCAIS Liaisons’ Annual Meeting (Towner Fellows Lounge)

• Graduate Student Luncheon (B91, B92, and B94)

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall and Baskes Boardroom)

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm – 5 pm: Concurrent Sessions (Rettinger Hall and Baskes Boardroom)

5 pm – 6 pm: Refreshments (Ruggles Hall)

6 pm – 8 pm: Dinner and Keynote Presentation (Ruggles Hall)

Sunday February 11

9 am – 11 am: NCAIS Steering Committee Meeting (The McRae Room, the Talbott Hotel)

The full conference program with abstracts is available here.

Logistics for participants:

If you are not presenting at the conference or serving as a session chair, but are a faculty member or student at an NCAIS institution, please email to register for the conference.

Student presenters should submit their completed papers to McNickle Center Program Coordinator Sarah Jimenez at by February 4 for peer review with their fellow panelists. 

The Talbott Hotel will accommodate faculty liaisons and chairs, as well as students presenting at the conference who completed registration. Please purchase all of your own travel accommodations and send a completed a W-9 or W-8BEN to Sarah Jimenez. Students will receive a travel stipend to put towards their expenses. Faculty should retain their original receipts and submit them for reimbursement after the conference. If you are driving, the hotel recommends the parking garage located at 900 N. Michigan Avenue. 

If you have any questions related to the conference, or would like to receive announcements and updates about NCAIS programs through the NCAIS mailing list, please send an email request to McNickle Center Program Coordinator Sarah Jimenez.