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You're Invited to Attend the 2022 South Central Chapter of MLA Annual Meeting

The 2022 South Central Chapter of the MLA Annual Meeting will be held September 22–27 in Houston, Texas. The conference will be conducted in-person at The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria.

Registration is now open!

The standard registration rate is $320 for members and $420 for non-members. The deadline for regular registration is September 8.

For more details about special rates for all-inclusive registration (with HLIS luncheon ticket), students and retirees, online recording access, and 1-day passes, visit the SCC/MLA website.

We look forward to seeing you at the Welcome Reception, which will be held Saturday, September 24 from 5:00–8:30 pm.

Visit the preliminary conference schedule, hotel information, registration pricing, plenary speakers, pandemic precautions, a letter from the mayor of Houston, and the invitation video on the SCC/MLA website!

Plenary Speakers

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD
Monday, September 26 at 5 pm

Dr. Hotez is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor, and Health Policy Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine; Co-Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital; Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University; Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University; and Founding Editor in Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Lou Weaver
Monday, September 26 at 9 am

Lou Weaver is co-chair for the Queer Health Committee at Doctors for Change; a founding member and current Clinic Coordinator for the Trans Legal Aid Clinic of Texas; and a consultant on LGBTQ+ issues specializing in transgender topics within healthcare organizations, law enforcement, and businesses.

About Houston

The Galleria is an upscale shopping and entertainment center in Houston’s Uptown district. It includes over 375 stores that offer everything from high fashion to sports memorabilia to the latest tech, more than 60 casual and fine dining options, and an ice skating rink.

The Galleria and The Westin Oaks offer many special amenities and accommodations, including EV charging stations, a nursing lounge, complimentary wi-fi, military discounts at select shops, and a swimming pool and fitness center for hotel guests.

For visitors who would like to explore more around Houston, our city also offers multiple art, history, and science museums, a 55-acre zoo, theaters and music venues of all sizes, and a wealth of beautiful parks and hiking trails.

Pandemic Precautions

The Galleria does not currently require face masks or proof of vaccination to visit, but they do ask that you wear a face mask if not fully vaccinated. Hand sanitizer dispensers are stationed throughout the property.

For the conference, the SCC/MLA Health & Safety Policy requests that attendees, exhibitors, and staff should be up to date with vaccines (including boosters) for COVID-19. Masks are strongly encouraged at all events. People who have been exposed to, tested positive for, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within fourteen days of the event should not attend.


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