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2018 Annual Meeting
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The Society's 130th Annual Meeting will take place October 17-20, 2018, at the Buffalo Niagara County Convention Center, in Buffalo, New York, with guest rooms at the Hyatt Buffalo. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations are encouraged but not required, is “No Illusions, No Exclusions.”


Preliminary Program

The preliminary program is now available. Please review it carefully. We must receive all corrections by June 30. Email any issues with the program to and to

If your proposal indicated that you were flexible about the duration of your presentation, please take note of the time block that you have been assigned; the assigned duration is represented with each paper in the preliminary program (start times will be included in later versions of the schedule). All other presenters have been assigned the time block they requested.

Presenters, inform AFS immediately if and when your plans change, so that corrections can be made to the program. Those who don’t contact us may be subject to penalties for cancellations or no-shows (see annual meeting policies).

Annual Meeting Policies

All attendees should familiarize themselves with our annual meeting policies on accessibility, appropriate behavior and social media use; presenters should also note policies about AV, cancellations and no-shows.

Getting There, Getting Around and Where to Stay

See Local information for more about booking a room at the conference hotel and flying or driving to Buffalo.

Plan to come early to find out why the New York Times called Buffalo one of its “52 Places to Go in 2018," or to venture out for many more sights worth seeing beyond Buffalo.

The Local Planning Committee is finalizing plans for pre-conference tours on Wednesday, October 17; more information will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, they've shared ideas for self-guided excursions for those who can extend their stay, or even for those who have a few hours to get away.

Pre-conference Events

Advance registration is required for pre-conference events on Wednesday, October 17. Registration is open now for two section-sponsored professional development workshops. Information about guided tours will be released when it is available.

Mentoring Opportunities

Be a mentor or meet a mentor at the annual meeting. The AFS Mentoring Program pairs students or new professionals with established professionals so that each may get to know the other better. The Mentoring Committee will accept applications from mentors and mentees until August 1.

Letters of Invitation

Contact us at as soon as possible to request a letter of invitation if it is needed for your organization or visa application.


Contact Lorraine Walsh Cashman at with any annual meeting questions or concerns.


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