learn a bunch of methods, enjoy some good weather
January is about the best time of the year to be in the Southwest. While most of your friends are out shoveling snow, you are enjoying crisp, sunny days in the 70s and low 80s. Not directly related to this, but AZ sociology is one of the best places in the world to be introduced to a variety of methodological approaches. It is certainly the part of my graduate education that I now appreciate the most.
I just found out that all of this will come together in the Arizona Methods Workshops to be held on January 6th-8th of next year (2011 for those of you who are counting). See the flyer here with cost and lodging info. Charles Ragin, Erin Leahey, Ron Breiger and Scott Eliason will be holding court on everything from centrality measures, latent variables with multiple indicators, the difference between coverage and consistency in a QCA analysis and log-linear modeling strategies. Certainly enough to satisfy even the most demanding methods head!