UMASS & Friends Dinner @ NAME 2018!

Yup! It's That Time of Year Again!

Celebrating NAME’s Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference, Renewing our Academic Family Connections, Redoubling our Commitments to Social Justice!!!

This year the Annual UMASS & Friends Dinner @ NAME is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at BLUE NILE ETHIOPIAN KITCHEN (1788 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-474-7214). We will inhabit most of the restaurant, it's a somewhat intimate space, with a very attentive and kind owner and staff, and a menu that is very accommodating to every kind of eater (e.g., Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore, Omnivore, Gluten Free, etc.)!

We have a reservation hold for 35 people, so PLEASE, RSVP (see link below) ASAP—if you do not RSVP, I cannot guarantee you a spot. Please pass this information on to others in our UMASS & Friends community. I STILL have only what I suspect are REALLY old e-mails for some of our peoples, so please also let me know more current ones if you have them.

The restaurant is 3 miles from the Peabody Hotel (the NAME Conference Hotel, 149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38103). We will gather in the main lobby area of the Peabody Hotel (255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801-328-2000)) at 5 p.m. to collaboratively take a cab/Uber/Lyft, etc., or you can join us at the restaurant at 5:30 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as you can). Based on a review of the “Conference-at-a-Glance” schedule, this day and time seemed to bebest for us to hold the dinner this year so that we do not miss out on major conference offerings—day time conference offerings will be winding down, and evening offerings will not be kicking off until 7 p.m. That said, if it turns out that this timeframe does conflict with something else important in the conference program for you personally, we will understand if you cannot join us (though please consider joining us for part of time—earlier or later—if you can).

The per person cost of the meal will be about $25/person (MUCH less than last year :-). Another great thing about the meal is that we will be able to order off of the full menu! Regardless of the lower meal price this year, if the cost is still an issue for you, let me know (if you feel comfortable doing so) and we can work something out discretely to defray your costs—do not let this be a reason for you not to come. By the same token, if you can afford to kick in a little something extra for someone who might need to pay less, please feel free to do so.

As always, this promises to be ANOTHER UMASS & Friends Dinner to remember!

Looking forward to it.


Christie (Chris or Christine for those of you who came to know me POST UMASS :-)

Looking forward to seeing you all in Memphis!

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 5:30pm

1788 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104


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