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Welcome to ICFA!

Are you not coming after all? Please let me know so I can cancel your attendance in the computer system. We don’t give refunds this late but rather will credit you; you must use the credit within 2 years. If you don’t inform us of your desire to cancel, the credit won’t appear.

To clarify, there is no need to confirm your registration with me. If you are receiving this email, you are registered. I only need to know if you are no longer planning to attend and wish to cancel. Otherwise, please save your greetings for in person tomorrow!

The registration desk will be open for you to pick up your badge during the following hours:
Wednesday: 11am-6pm
Thursday: 8am-12pm, 2:15pm-6pm
Friday: 8am-12pm, 2:15pm-5pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

The program will be available via the Sched app! Although we have optional hard-copy schedules in both long and short forms, the app will be continuously updated and therefore will be the most correct. You can also view the schedule online here (, but the app will still be more up-to-date.

In a web browser…
• Website:
• Password: See the email associated with your Membership and Registration for the password.
• You will now be able to see a schedule of sessions, which you can filter.
• From Schedule, you have several other options. Click around and have fun!

In the Sched app…
• Download the app to your phone.
• At the search prompt, type “icfa” and you should see the ICFA43 conference, which select.
• Password: See the email associated with your Membership and Registration for the password.
• The app view of sessions is like the pocket program. It is not as detailed as the web browser view.
• If you have created an account, you can add and remove sessions from your personal schedule through the app. We encourage you to add a headshot to your profile.

• This year’s hashtag is #ICFA43.
• View ICFA’s Accessibility Policy: Please note that the hotel’s airport shuttle is not handicapped accessible.
• Highly collectible merch featuring this year’s artwork will be available for purchase at the Registration desk. Meal tickets will be available for purchase until sold out ($48 for the luncheons and $65 for the banquet). Outstanding membership and registration fees must be paid before you can get your name tag. The Reg desk accepts cash, checks, and credit cards (but cannot take AmEx on site).

See you soon!
Emily Midkiff, IAFA Registrar (iafareg AT

It is with great pleasure that the IAFA Executive Board announces that Carol McMullen-Pettit will be assuming the position of On-Site Technical Officer (OSTO) at this year’s ICFA.

The OSTO is crucial to the functioning of the conference: they are responsible for all technology use ​for and at ICFA. This includes purchasing ​audio visual equipment, setting up and tearing down projectors/screens in the break out rooms, ​liaising with the Book Room coordinator for A/V storage, and liaising with hotel personnel for events that require equipment we don’t own.

We would like to thank Sean Nixon for his twelve years of outstanding service in this position (his IAFA volunteerism in general dates back to the early 2000s). Sean oversaw our investment in new equipment and, as any attendee in recent years can attest, very little went wrong on his watch. When it did, he was always there instantly to solve the problem, as if by magic. He will be taking over the Treasurer position from Bill Clemente as of this ICFA. Thank you Sean!

For those of you who do not have the pleasure of knowing Carol McMullen-Pettit, she has been attending and volunteering for ICFA since she was a tenth-grade high school student in Boca Raton. Carol attended the University of Florida while the conference was in Texas but resumed her attendance at the conference with its return to Fort Lauderdale (and her transfer to FAU). Carol finished her BA in Anthropology, and then her subsequent certification in Secondary Social Sciences in Education, all while married and producing the first two of her three children. She has held a variety of teaching positions, culminating in more than ten years of working as a Social Studies and Reading teacher for At-Risk Youth, and for nearly the last twelve years, with The Princeton Review as a test preparation instructor, tutor, and presenter. She lives in Hollywood, FL with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and a hedgehog.

Welcome aboard, Carol!

It’s almost time for ICFA! Please see the call for volunteers, two invitations, and your own handy-dandy packing list below.

If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please let me know so I can ensure your attendance is canceled in the computer system. We don’t give refunds this late but rather will credit you; you must use the credit within 2 years. If you don’t inform us of your desire to cancel, the credit won’t appear.


ICFA runs on volunteers, and we could always use more. For each hour you volunteer, you’ll earn $10 toward your registration fee (to be refunded following the conference). Sign up here:

If you’ve already signed up, THANK YOU! The schedule will be distributed soon.


All are invited to the BIPOC Caucus’s Counter Space at the Cove for the Guest of Honor Nisi Shawl’s reflections on “Depicting Your Truth” Saturday at noon.

If you’d like to lunch after Nisi’s presentation (we’re not unmasking during her remarks), we have a limited number of brown bags available for a reduced price of $5, subsidized by generous donations to the BIPOC Caucus for this event. If you are able, please consider paying the conference’s full price for the brown bag ($10.00), so that our subsidies can continue to benefit all who might like to attend and feast the body as well as the mind. This offer to preorder closes today, March 7th. If you do not preorder, then regular brown bags will be available as usual on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve your reduced price brown bag(s) for our Saturday event, please log into your IAFA account and then click this link:


Everyone attending the conference is invited to this year’s SF Theory Roundtable reading. This year, the readings are the excerpts from Isiah Lavender III’s Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Philosophy of a Movement and the discussion will moderated by Gerry Canavan. The link to the page with the PDF and password should be in the email account associated with your membership and registration.


Your stylish IAFA badge holder. (If you don’t yet have one, they are available for purchase on site for $5.) Pro tip: put it in your luggage and leave it there at all times.
Your computer dongle if you are using AV.
Your call for papers, graduate program description, or other handout you wish to target to this specialized audience. A table is set aside for these handouts. Pro tip: People have stopped taking handouts in favor of photographing them on their phones. Design accordingly!

See you next week!

Emily Midkiff

IAFA Registrar