Program Logistics

Q: When is the summit?
A: Programming begins at 1pm Friday, February 2 and ends at 2pm Sunday, February 4. Key programming is planned for Friday and Sunday, so please plan to attend all three days.

Q: What is the hashtag for the summit?
A: #UnrigTheSystem

Q: Will I be able to live stream the summit?
A: Yes, please visit

Q: Are there any rules specific to the summit?
A: We have crafted participant guidelines to foster a productive conversation that we encourage all attendees to read. Please also review the code of conduct that incorporates relevant Tulane University rules and regulations.



Q: Where on Tulane University is the summit taking place?
A: All conference panels and workshops will take place at the Lavin Bernick Center (LBC), Tulane’s state-of-the-art student life center and at the Rogers Memorial Chapel. Plenaries and our Saturday night event will take place at McAlister Auditorium, the world’s largest self-suspended concrete dome, located adjacent to the LBC. View directions to the LBC and parking info on Tulane’s website.

Q: How accessible are the facilities? Is there accessible seating?
A: The Conference will take place at the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane, an accessible building. You can find details on building accessibility here.  Our panels and workshops will have flexible seating and room monitors will be instructed to reserve space at the front of each room for accessibility. Our plenary sessions and Saturday night event will take place outside Lavin-Bernick in McAlister Auditorium. There is accessible seating at the front of the auditorium. Please note that the bathrooms at McAlister and the Rogers Memorical Chapel are NOT wheelchair accessible.



Q: Where should I stay?
A: There are few traditional hotel options walkable to Tulane — consider the Park View Historic Hotel. We have reserved a limited number of reduced rate rooms located in the heart of New Orleans at the Sheraton Hotel, for $190 per night (only until January 11). You can book at the Sheraton here. There are also many AirBnB and hostel options closer to Tulane.

Q: How far is the Sheraton from the conference? How long does it take to travel to the conference by public transportation?
A: Tulane University Conference Center is about 4.5 miles from the Sheraton. You can travel between the two via streetcar, bus, cabs, and Uber or Lyft. Traveling between the conference and the Sheraton takes a little over an hour by streetcar, and 20 minutes by car. Also note that it’s local Mardi Gras weekend, so it will be hectic, with the streetcar lines down for part of the day. Plan accordingly!


Q: What transportation options exist from the airport?
A: You can travel between the airport and hotel / Conference Center via bus, cabs, mass transit and Uber or Lyft. You can find additional information here.

Q: Is there parking available on the Tulane campus?
A: There is a parking garage a 5 minute walk away on the Tulane campus. Anyone can park their car on campus during the weekend for free. For Friday, $5 passes can be purchased in advance here. Keep in mind that due to local Mardi Gras traffic will be heavy and main roads may be closed for parts of the weekend to accommodate parade routes.
Q: Will there be shuttle buses back to downtown?

Yes! On Friday night, we will run a one-way shuttle service from Tulane campus to the Howlin’ Wolf venue (downtown New Orleans) on Friday evening. The shuttles will leave at 6:15 p.m. on Freret Street near the LBC and are first come, first served (limited to 500). On Saturday night, the shuttles back to the Sheraton hotel (downtown New Orleans) will leave at 10:30 p.m.on Freret Street near the LBC and are first come, first served (limited to 500).