Accommodations

The Black Love symposium has reserved rooms at three hotels in Lawrence to meet the varying needs of attendees: The Oread, TownePlace Suites, and SpringHill Suites. Public bus transportation and services, such as Uber and Lyft, are available in Lawrence, and participants can coordinate sharing rides. Please note, the KU campus is on a hill, and thus, walking to and from hotels in the downtown area may include walking uphill and downhill.


SpringHill Suites by Marriott
1 Riverfront Plaza

SpringHill Suites is located in the Riverfront Plaza next to the Kansas River. It is within a 2-3 minute walk of downtown Lawrence and the many restaurants located on Massachusetts Street. Walking from the hotel to The Commons in Spooner Hall takes approximately 30 minutes.

All rooms are available for $110.00 per night (plus tax)

Standard check-in is 3:00 pm and standard check-out is 12:00 pm. 

In order to receive the conference rate at the SpringHill Suites, you will need to call 785-841-2700 and mention the group name "Black Love symposium/University of Kansas" when making the reservation.

Reservations must be made by August 10, 2017 to receive the group rate.

There are a number of other hotels in Lawrence. You can find a listing here. Please note that some of these hotels are not within walking distance of the KU campus or the downtown area. 


The Oread
​1200 Oread Ave

The Oread is located on the KU campus and is a 5-minute walk to The Commons in Spooner Hall, where all conference panels will take place. It is a 20-minute walk from the hotel to downtown Lawrence.

  • King Classic Rooms are available for $125 per weeknight and $179 per night on the weekend (plus tax)
  • Double Rooms are available for $125 per weeknight and $209 per night on the weekend (plus tax)

Standard check-in time is 4:00 pm and standard check-out time is 11:00 am. 

In order to receive this rate at The Oread, call 785-843-1200 and mention the group name "Black Love symposium/University of Kansas" when making the reservation.

Reservations must be made by August 15, 2017 to receive the group rate.


TownePlace Suites by Marriot 
900 New Hampshire St.

TownePlace Suites is located in downtown Lawrence.  It is within 2-3 minutes walking distance of many restaurants located on Massachusetts Street, the downtown area’s main thoroughfare. Walking from the hotel to The Commons in Spooner Hall takes approximately 20 minutes.

  • King Studio Rooms are available for $179.00 per night (plus tax)
  • One-bedroom Suites are available for $179 per night (plus tax)

Standard check-in time is 4:00 pm and standard check-out time is 12:00 pm. 

In order to receive the conference rate at the TownePlace Suites, you will need to call 785-842-8800 and mention the group name "Black Love symposium/University of Kansas" when making the reservation.

Reservations must be made by August 28, 2017 to receive the group rate.


There are a number of other hotels in Lawrence. You can find a listing here.
Please note that some of these hotels are not within walking distance of the KU campus or the downtown area.

The Lawrence Transit bus system, taxis, and car services, such as Uber and Lyft, are available in Lawrence, and participants can coordinate rides by carpooling.​


BLS Event
Live Video sessions:

Including the event keynote, will be live-streamed via KU Media Productions.

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