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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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The Fairmont Dallas Hotel

1717 North Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: 214-720-2020   |   Fax: 214-720-7438     visit website

Dallas holds a place in American consciousness as few places in our country do. As an idea, as a national soap opera about oil, whiskey and rich white trash, and as a city of great political sorrow: national home of the grassy knoll, which afforded a last passing glimpse of a simpler America that has been gone for a long time. Dallas is also a player in the history of American Photography, of black and white footage of Lee Harvey Oswald's slaying being shown over and over on primetime television before the masses had developed an appetite for real-time violence. Dallas is a place with vast complications. The recently christened President George Bush Turnpike now bisects the liberal political landscape constructed by such figures as Ann Richardson and Lyndon Johnson. The Dallas of the 21st century is a city where the confluence of cultures and ambitions has created a dynamic landscape where urban flight has been reversed, and a footprint for inner-city idealism can be realized. The people now migrating to Dallas represent the spidery sprawl of a new America, adorned with multimillion-dollar McMansions, and cookie cutter "boomburgs" where the workers who provide a safety net for the upper echelon seek solid schools and respectable lives. Dallas, like many desirable western destinations, is a mirror of American excess, from our subdivisions and outlet malls to our waistlines and personal debt. From this dense, complicated culture comes a web of new narratives, many of which were reflected in this year's submissions.

Air

The AMTRAK station (Texas Eagle route) is located less than a mile from the Fairmont Dallas. For more information please visit the Texas Eagle Website.

Shuttle

- The Fairmont does not offer complimentary shuttle service from the airport, but our Concierge would be pleased to assist you in making your arrangements with other services. - Super Shuttle: Tel: (817) 329-3846 - Available to DFW Airport for $19.00 per person

Taxi

- The Bellman will gladly hire a taxi for you at the Front Entrance. - Terminal taxis: Tel: (214) 350-4445

Parking

Overnight Guest Rates: $22.00 (inclusive of tax) – including in-and-out privileges Daily Rates: $13.00 for less than 6 hours (inclusive of tax) with no in-and-out privileges $19.00 for more than 6 hours (inclusive of tax) with no in-and-out privileges Event Parking: $13.00 for less than 6 hours (inclusive of tax) with no in-and-out privileges $19.00 for more than 6 hours (inclusive of tax) with no in-and-out privileges Oversized: $25.00 per day (inclusive of tax) with self-park only in Annex Lot.

Rail

The AMTRAK station (Texas Eagle route) is located less than a mile from the Fairmont Dallas. For more information please visit the Texas Eagle Website.

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