Networking Opportunities

Exhibit Hall

Want to meet people who share your research specialties? Throughout the convention, NeMLA hosts tables devoted to specific disciplines for networking with people who share your research specialities. These tables are available everyday at the Exhibit Hall, and Sunday at our yearly brunch, free to all registered convention participants. 

Receptions at SPACE Art Gallery in Downtown Pittsburgh

Friday, April 13, 1-2 PM
Saturday, April 14, 1:30-2:30 PM

812 Liberty Avenue

Pre-registration is required.

NeMLA invites you to receptions at the SPACE Gallery, a short distance from the Omni William Penn, to enjoy light refreshments and a tour of a unique exhibit, Marx@200—inspired by the 200th birthday of Karl Marx on May 5, 2018.

Marx@200 is a spirited, thoughtful, and international exhibit that responds to some of the big social and economic issues of our time. The artists engage with Marx’s image/work, confront capitalism, and dream of revolution. Included are an equal proportion of male and female artists from more than a dozen countries, including Angola, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy and South Africa. This exhibit is curated by Carnegie Mellon University professors Kathy M. Newman (English) and Susanne Slavick (Art). It is sponsored by the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Click here for more information about the exhibit. 

Receptions and tours follow the Comparative Literature and Pedagogy and Professionalism and Anglophone Literature and Diversity Special Events.

Evening Receptions

Thursday, April 12, Omni William Penn, Bob & Hope Dolores Room, following the Opening Event
Friday, April 13, Omni William Penn, Grand Ballroom, following the Keynote Event
Saturday, April 14, 8:30-10:00 PM, Omni William Penn, Frick, following Area Special Events

Our evening receptions, held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, feature designated areas for networking.

All are welcome, especially early career scholars. NeMLA’s board members, administration, and staff visits all networking events, so you meet and share your NeMLA experiences with the people who put this conference together!

Graduate Student Caucus Meet and Greet

Friday, April 13, 8-9:30 PM, Omni William Penn, Palm Court Lobby Bar

Join our caucus members to socialize and network with fellow graduate students with drinks and snacks.

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Caucus.

Women's and Gender Studies Mentorship Program Breakfast

Saturday, April 14, 8:00-9:00 AM, Omni William Penn, Bob & Dolores Hope Room

Now in its seventh year, the Women's and Gender Studies Mentorship Program welcomes new participants, mentors, and mentees. This interdisciplinary mentoring program pairs senior faculty mentors with junior faculty and doctoral students. The 2018 convention will feature a breakfast for current and prospective mentors and mentees and all Caucus members.

For more information or to volunteer to serve as a mentor, please contact us at

The Breakfast precedes the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus Business Meeting.

Organized by the Women's and Gender Studies Caucus.

Annual Creative Writers and Editors’ Reception, sponsored by Modern Language Studies

Saturday, April 14, 6:30 PM, Omni William Penn, Bob & Dolores Hope Room

Have a drink, something to eat, and engage in discussion with editors and writers from universities across the region. Discuss what you have seen so far at this year’s conference, have a friendly chat, and think about editing and creative writing session ideas and readings for upcoming conventions. And of course, it is a great place to make connections and to share experiences as editing and creative writing professionals working in a rapidly-changing academy and publishing marketplace!

The Reception will precede Dawn Lundy Martin's presentation.

The sponsor of this reception, Modern Language Studies, is the peer-reviewed journal representing the wide-ranging critical and creative interests of NeMLA members.

Organized by the Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing Area.