The largest yearly confab of Mensans anywhere, the American Mensa Annual Gathering started as a small, two-day meet-and-greet at the New York Belmont in 1963. The event now spans five days and features a sprawl of talks, games, and entertainment unlike any other.
We have a fantastic party in the works for Annual Gathering 2020! Kansas City is a revolution of creativity, music, food, art, and spirit … and we get to enjoy it all week! Come see all of your friends and make some new ones. Missouri loves company, after all!
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Nestled at the heart of Kansas City’s storied Crown Center, the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center will serve as our main event hotel, with a limited number of additional rooms available at the adjoining Westin Kansas City. Programming will be split between both hotels, and attendees will need to travel between them daily via an indoor skywalk. We suggest choosing the right hotel for you based on convenience and amenities.
Relax and recharge after a day of reunions and thought-provoking programming in well-appointed, oversized guest rooms and suites, smartly accessorized with Sheraton Signature and Heavenly beds, flat-screen TVs, large work areas, and free Wi-Fi.
Join us for the 2020 Annual Gathering Gala Dinner, an entertaining evening filled with food, friends, and a special speaker soon to be announced. Gala guests have over the years been treated to musings and insights from speakers such as Adam Savage, Penn Jillette, and Wil Wheaton.
Dinner includes a steakhouse wedge salad and your choice of red wine-braised short ribs with a pinot noir sauce, seared organic chicken Florentine with a sun-dried tomato cream sauce, or a Provençal vegetable tian topped with a goat cheese crust and smoked peppadew coulis.
Before it hits our plates, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes with what we eventually eat. The ongoing developments within our food supply are staggering: gene-edited crops, plant-based proteins, breakthroughs in how we understand nutrition, the consolidation of suppliers, agriculture’s escalating biological arms race, changing climates — it’s enough to churn your stomach!
Sponsored by the Mensa Education and Research Foundation, this one-day educational symposium provides a forum for Mensans and the general public to explore, debate and evaluate a major issue of long-range importance to society.