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Join us for the NACIS 41st Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

October 13-16, 2021

The Skirvin Hilton | One Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK

Hotel reservations

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We hope to see you at our conference venue, the Skirvin Hilton, in Oklahoma City.

Our hotel reservation block sells out every year, so please make your reservations early to ensure you get the $169/night NACIS discounted rate. The cut-off date for our room block is 9/21/21. You can make your reservations online or by calling the hotel directly at (405) 272-3040 and asking for the NACIS group rate.

NACIS 2021 keynote

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Tristan Ahtone, editor-in-chief of the Texas Observer, and Dr. Robert Lee, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, will be giving this year’s keynote address at NACIS 2021. They will discuss their multi-year investigation and exposé “Land-Grab Universities” as published in 2020 in High Country News on mapping the Indigenous lands expropriated by the Morrill Act of 1862. This act established land grant universities throughout the United States, playing an important function in bankrolling the upstart American higher education system with native land holdings on, near to, and at great distances from a college’s campus. Please join us on Wednesday, October 13th for this important keynote presentation, offered to all attending the 2021 conference in Oklahoma City as well as those who are participating remotely.

Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee

The hybrid conference experience at #NACIS2021

We are excited to host our first hybrid conference this year. The most common question from those planning to attend is – “What can I expect?” You can expect a robust and engaging experience, whether you’re joining us in Oklahoma City or from home. Here are some highlights of the hybrid conference experience.

  • In-person attendees are invited to Tuesday Night Meetup while remote attendees set their alarms for Central Daylight Time. 
  • At Practical Cartography Day, currently 7 in-person live talks and 16 remote pre-recorded livestream presentations.
  • A keynote on “Land Grab Universities” with Tristan Ahtone in the room and Bobby Lee remote from the UK.
  • At the Main conference, currently 22 in-person live talks and 49 remote pre-recorded livestream presentations.
  • Two panel sessions, one held remotely and livestreamed, and one hybrid panel happening in the room and livestreamed to remote attendees.
  • Typical in-person evening social events on Wednesday (Map Gallery), Thursday (NACIS Night Out), and Friday (Banquet) for in-person attendees, and social events in Remo all three nights for remote attendees.
  • Friday’s Lunch Bunch for in-person attendees and Meet a Carto in Remo for remote attendees.
  • Saturday events include field trips for in-person attendees, and a free online workshop for anyone registered.

Travel & participation grants

Travel and participation grants are available to support the attendance of students and professionals alike, whether you are attending in person or remotely. Grant applications are now open! See our NACIS Travel Grants page for details. While there is no deadline for applications, grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis starting June 30, 2021.

Field trips for in-person participants

For those traveling to #NACIS2021 in Oklahoma City, consider staying over Saturday, October 16th to go on one of these great excursions.

  • NACIS will be offering a field trip to Oklahoma State University Library’s Maps and Spatial Data Department in nearby Stillwater, which you can sign up for on our registration form on this page.
  • NACIS attendees can also sign up for field trips to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum or the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, both led by our colleagues at the Southwest AAG Regions Connect conference. To sign up for these SWAAG trips, please visit their Regions Connect page. You will need a free AAG login to access the registration page, and these field trips for NACIS attendees appear as separate dropdown items in their registration list.

Come and explore Oklahoma with us! 

Support NACIS

Consider supporting the society through a video sponsorship or donation.

Video Sponsorship Donation

Code of conduct

All attendees are encouraged to review the NACIS Code of Conduct.

Keep an eye out for more conference updates as we get closer to Oklahoma City!

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