First International Conference

on Lao Studies


Updated April 22, 2005


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Northern Illinois University is pleased to announce the First International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS) to be held on Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2005 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA.  The main objective of this conference is to provide an international forum for scholars to present and discuss various aspects of Lao studies.  





The Lao PDR today has a population of roughly five million people, comprising an amazing complex of ethnolinguistic groups.  Moreover, the number of people in the Lao "diaspora" numbers as many as twenty-five million.  In recent years there has been an increased interest in Laos and its peoples as subjects of serious discussion by scholars and the interested public alike.  Indeed, there has been a flowering of scholarly publications on topics pertaining to Laos in the last several decades and a growing interest cultivated by the international media with its global reach. The First Lao History Symposium (, held in the Spring of 2003 at the University of California-Berkeley, heralded the burgeoning of a growing interest in Lao studies among a new generation of scholars.  This conference will build on that momentum.


The 2005 conference will feature papers on any topic concerning Lao Studies.  The First ICLS will create special panels for individuals, groups or organizations that have three or more presenters.  Topics include all ethnolinguistic groups of Laos, the Isan Lao and other ethnic Lao groups in Thailand, cross-border ethnic groups in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Burma, and Cambodia (e.g., Akha, Hmong, Kammu, Mien, Lao Phuan, Tai Lue, Tai Dam), and overseas Laotians.



FIRST International Conference on Lao Studies


Updated April 22, 2005


REGISTRATION I (conference with meals):                                                    $80.00

REGISTRATION I after April 29, 2005                                               $90.00

            ON-SITE (May 20-22, 2005, limited)                                                    $105.00



College/University Students (conference with meals):                                       $50.00

REGISTRATION II after April 29, 2005                                              $60.00

            ON-SITE (May 20-22, 2005, limited)                                                    $75.00

(College/University students include a copy of form indicating full-time enrollment during Spring 2005 academic term).  


(If you are a full-time K-12 teacher and wish to attend the conference, please contact Julie Lamb at directly; limited funding available.) 


Registration includes conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on May 21, 2005 and continental breakfast on May 22, 2005.  Cut-off date to register for conference meals is April 29, 2005.                      


The First ICLS Conference will be held in the Music Building on the campus of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA and begins with registration on Friday, May 20 at 12:00 noon.  Tentative conference schedule is: Friday, May 20, 12 noon – 10:00 pm; Saturday, May 21, 8:30 am - 10:00 pm; Sunday, May 22, 8:00 am – 12:45 pm.  


The Lao community of Elgin, Illinois will be hosting a Lao Cultural Night in Elgin on Saturday, May 21, 2005.  The evening will include performances, exhibits and Lao food.  An optional dinner may be available for a donation of $20/$15 per person.  Please pay at the door or pre-order, see information at

Please indicate your interest in the optional dinner on the registration form.  (Note: NIU is NOT responsible for this event). 


Bus transportation to and from the Lao Cultural Night in Elgin will be provided at no extra cost to registered participants of the conference. If you will need transportation to Elgin Saturday evening, please indicate on your registration form. 



If you are driving to Northern Illinois University, parking will be limited on Friday.  We have arranged for special Parking Permits for the duration of the conference.  The Parking Permit is only $2.50 and is payable with your registration.  Please park only in Lots 2, E, B and V as indicated on the NIU Parking Map at:

These lots are located to the north of the Music Building off Lucinda Avenue.  

NOTE: To make any changes or additions to your registration AFTER you have registered, please send an email to: or call 1-800-345-9472.  Do not re-register.


ACCOMMODATIONS (must be arranged directly by conference registrant):

A block of rooms has been reserved until May 15, 2005 for Lao Conference participants in the Holmes Student Center Hotel, Northern Illinois University.   


To reserve your room at the Holmes Student Center Hotel, you must call (815) 753-1444; fax (815) 753-5099; or email  Please indicate that you are attending the ICLS (Lao) Conference.  Reservations are held with a credit card. 


 Additional lodging located within 1 mile of NIU: Best Western (815) 758-8661; Howard Johnson Inn (815) 756-1451; and Travel Lodge (815) 756-3398.Lodging located 2 to 10 miles from NIU: Super 8 Motel (815) 748-4688; Harbor Inn (815) 756-3552; Holiday Inn Express (815) 748-7400; AmeriHost Inn (Sycamore), (815) 895-4979 and Country Inn & Suites (Sycamore), (815) 895-8686.  For other local lodging information, see the website at



Northern Illinois University is located 65 miles west of Chicago and approximately 40 miles southeast of Rockford, Illinois.  If you need driving directions to NIU, see maps at


Direct public transportation is currently not available between Chicago O’Hare Airport or Midway Airport and Northern Illinois University.  For limousine service information to DeKalb, see the website at


GROUP SHUTTLE (From and to O’Hare International Airport, Chicago):

Northern Illinois University will provide transportation to DeKalb in a university vehicle for a modest fee from O’Hare Airport on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20. The vehicle pickup time for Thursday, May 19 is 7 pm and for Friday, May 20 is 10 am.  The vehicle pickup point is at International Terminal 5, Lower Level, International Arrivals, Door "E". Door "E" is located across from the McDonalds' restaurant on the lower level. PLEASE NOTE: The International Terminal is separate from Domestic Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and the Airport Transit System (ATS) is the only means of transport between the two terminals.  Space on the NIU shuttle is by advanced reservation and pre-payment only - $25.00 each way (non-refundable).  The O'Hare pick up point is the same for ALL pickups at O'Hare airport.   If you are arriving at Midway Airport, there is public transportation to O’Hare for minimal fee.


Returns to O’Hare will be on Sunday, May 22 at 9 am and again at 2 pm.  Pick up for returns to O’Hare will be at the Holmes Student Center, Carroll Avenue entrance.  It takes approximately 1 ½ hours to get to O’Hare Airport from DeKalb.  Returns to O'Hare will drop off people at each terminal (1, 2, 3 and 5). To make your own travel arrangements if you are arriving on a different day, contact limousine listed at  The limo cost is approximately $60 one way. You must make these arrangements before arriving in Illinois. There is no public transportation between the Chicago airport and DeKalb, Illinois.


NOTE: To make any changes or additions to your registration AFTER you have registered, please send an email to: or call 1-800-345-9472.

On-line registration will be closed on Wednesday, May 18. You can still register by fax or phone.


Registration Form                                                                    First International Conference on Lao Studies

Activity # 7089                                                                                                                        May 20 - 22, 2005



NAME (Surname/First name) Please print clearly for name badge information 






STREET ADDRESS (qHome  qWork)  



 CITY                                  STATE                       ZIP                              COUNTRY 



DAY PHONE                                                 EVENING PHONE 



E-MAIL ADDRESS                                      FAX NUMBER  




Registration I            $ 80.00             ($90.00 after 4/29/05)                        ___________  

            On-site           $105.00           (limited)


Registration II           $ 50.00 ($60.00 after 4/29/05)                                    ___________

            On-site           $ 75.00            (limited)

  (For full-time college/university students) 



Parking Permit          $2.50                                                                           ___________


O’Hare Airport Shuttle – Arrival, Terminal 5, Door "E" (pre-paid and non-refundable)

(Drop off at Holmes Student Center, Carroll Avenue entrance):


Shuttle from O’Hare to DeKalb (May 19 at 7 PM)            $25.00             ___________

            Flight #, Date and Time _______________________________

Shuttle from O’Hare to DeKalb (May 20 at 10 AM)          $25.00             ___________

            Flight #, Date and Time _______________________________


O’Hare Airport Shuttle – Departure (pre-paid and non-refundable)

(Pick up at Holmes Student Center, Carroll Avenue entrance):


Shuttle from DeKalb to O’Hare (May 22 at 9 AM)            $25.00             ___________

            Flight #, Date and Time ______________________________

Shuttle from DeKalb to O’Hare (May 22 at 2 PM)            $25.00             ___________

            Flight #, Date and Time ______________________________


TOTAL          ___________ 

Please check:

I would prefer a vegetarian choice for my meals.                                        YES________ 


I am a full-time K-12 teacher (Please contact Julia S. Lamb).                     YES________

(Name of school__________________________________________________________)


I am interested in transportation to and from Elgin on Saturday (5/21/05).  YES________


I am interested in the optional dinner at the Lao Cultural Night (5/21/05).   YES________


All registrations are confirmed with payment. Payment should be received by April 29, 2005.


[ ]        Check for $_____________is enclosed, payable to Northern Illinois University.


[ ]        Please charge my payment of $___________to my credit card                               

            [ ] VISA    [ ] MasterCard    [ ] Discover   [ ] American Express


Account # _______________________________________Exp.  Date _____________



Name of card holder_____________________________________________________


You may also register by phone using a credit card by calling 1-800-345-9472 or on-line at:



If you have a Special Accessibility Request(s),   please respond below before April 29, 2005:



Cancellations & Refunds:

Requests for refunds must be made in writing prior to May 1, 2005.  A full refund, minus a $15 service charge, will be issued for each request.  No refunds will be made for requests postmarked after May 1, 2005.


Mail or fax this form and payment by April 29, 2005 to:

First International Conference on Lao Studies

Division of Continuing Education

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2860  USA

FAX 815-753-6900 or call 1-800-345-9472


For more information, contact:

Julia S. Lamb, Outreach Coordinator

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, Illinois  60115-2854

USA; Email:

Phone: (815) 753-1595; Fax: (815) 753-1776

First International Conference on Lao Studies Website: