welcome to atlanta

Like many orgtheory readers, I’m flying to Atlanta today. I missed the ASA meetings last year, and so I’m ridiculously excited to go to the meetings to see all of my grad school buddies, hear sociologists talk, think about sociology 24/7, etc. While I’m there I plan on seeing a Braves game with the Scatterfolks and getting a bite to eat at Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles.What else should I be doing? More importantly, where should I be eating?

It looks like there are many good sessions to choose from this year. I’m participating in “Organizational and Institutional Politics” (Tuesday at 12:30) and will be a discussant for “Collective Behavior: Cultural and Political Processes” (Monday at 2:30). I will not, however, participate in the OOW session on “Knowledge, Work, and Innovation” (Saturday at 4:30; the ASA only allows two events per member, after all), but my name might show up on a slide somewhere in the midst of presenting. Post any other session recommendations in the comments.

And of course, don’t forget the annual blogger party! Tina has more info at Scatter.

Written by brayden king

August 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Posted in academia, brayden, fun

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  1. Last time I was in Atlanta I ate at Joel Restaurant, which was very nice though not spectacular, apparently now closed. Heard good things about Bacchanalia as well, but haven’t eaten there. The Swarthmore alumni in sociology group ate at Sylvia’s Soul Food, which was okay at best but a good venue for a group. Oops – looks like that’s closed too!

    Max Lager’s was thoroughly ordinary.

    I had a wonderful time at Ray’s in the City, but it was probably more the company–my 7th-grade science teacher, Steve Pemberton, who was a huge, positive influence on me and who now lives in Atlanta. As a nice aside, it was he, and there, who introduced me to the Green-Apple Martini, now my signature drink :)


    Andrew Perrin

    August 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  2. I am desperately hoping to find some good biscuits and gravy near-ish to the hotel area as they apparently do not know what “biscuits and gravy” means in the PNW.



    August 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  3. Definitely Mary Mac’s Tea Room – best southern food in town. Sauteed Liver & Onions will blow you away.



    August 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm

  4. I happen to like the pimento cheeseburgers at the Varsity if folks are looking for greasy fast food.

    For destination food, not near the conference hotels:

    Miller Union
    Holeman & Finch
    Empire State South– Not clear whether it’s open yet
    Any of Anne Quatrano’s restaurants, esp. Star Provisions
    Craft (1st place chicken wings at Memphis BBQ contest in May)
    Watershed in Decatur, GA

    Other things:
    It’s early in the season but scuppernong grapes may be in the local groceries (they were last time ASA was in Atlanta) and are essential for hotel room snacking/spitting.

    If you are a nature lover, have wheels, and want to get away from it all (or run into all of the sociologist birders), I led an ASA tour last time we were here to the Clayton County Water Authority’s Newman Wetlands Center:

    They have a short trail through a shady wetland area that’s really quite a beautiful heron and egret hangout, very mosquito free and kid friendly. The retention ponds are hot and less pleasant but where all the serious birding action (and by that I mean squinting at tiny shorebirds) is. If you go Saturday, the folks in the interpretive center are really helpful and will lend you binoculars, etc.



    August 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm

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