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One of the best ways to get a feel for the people and communities in which the Annual Meeting is held is to take advantage of one or more of this year’s local tours. The schedule of tours is provided below, with descriptions and capacity limits. Reservations are required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmations will be mailed prior to the Annual Meeting. If insufficient enrollment causes cancellation of a tour, fees will be refunded in full. Please see the ASA website for further details about reservations.

No matter which adventure you select, there is one common denominator: the way to experience and learn about a city is to meet with, talk to, and learn from the people who live there.

Tour 1: New Immigrant Community Site Visit
Saturday, August 16, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Fee: $5.00)
Leader: Jung Ha Kim, Georgia State University

Sociologists will have the opportunity to learn more about one of Atlanta’s fastest-growing immigrant populations and learn about the services offered this group. The site visit will include a tour of the Center for Pan Asian Community Center (CPACS), the Asiana Square (the first planned “pan-Asian” project) and the Woodgate Apartment complex. Participants will visit the Doraville, Georgia community center by MARTA rail. The tour also includes a 10-minute walk from the community center to the other areas of interest on the tour. (Walking/MARTA Tour, limited to 20 participants) * Fee includes MARTA tokens.

Tour 2: Sport Sociology: The Braves vs. The Diamondbacks
Saturday, August 16, 6:00 – 10:00 pm (Fee: $15.00, excludes transportation)
Leaders: Elisabeth Burgess, Georgia State University; Charles Jaret, Georgia State University; Ralph LaRossa, Georgia State University; Frank Whittington, Georgia State University

If you are a sports sociologist with a need for some “field” work, we have the perfect field for you: Turner Field, the home of the World Champion Atlanta Braves (well, they were World Champions in 1995). Or, if you crave a sports break after a long day of non-sports sociology, we can accommodate you, too. Join us for an exciting evening of major league baseball played by two of the best teams of last year—the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks. (We make no promises about this season or who will be pitching—of course; it could be Greg Maddox vs. Randy Johnson).

Sign up for this tour, and you will be whisked from the Marriott to the ballpark by public transportation. You will experience all the excitement, the pleasure, and the pageantry that professional sports has to offer and, if you choose, some rather expensive Polish sausages (the dogs are on you, but we provide the game tickets). Come see Atlanta’s “Field of Dreams,” which began life as the 1996 Olympic Stadium. Not exactly Wrigley (all seats will be inside the stadium) or Fenway (our walls are regulation height), or even Shea (fans are usually well-behaved), but we have our own traditions in Atlanta, so come on out with your fellow sociologists and enjoy baseball played on real grass in the cool summer breeze.

Your Atlanta hosts will guide you from the Marriott to the nearest MARTA rail station (Peachtree Center) for a short ride to the station nearest Turner Field (Five Points), which will be followed by a either a shuttle bus ride or a short stroll to the stadium. For the round-trip on MARTA, you will need to purchase 2 tokens, currently at $1.75 each, at the station. (Limited to 50 participants) * Transportation is not included in the tour fee.

Tour 3: Fernbank Birdwatching Expedition
Monday, August 18, 8:00 – 10:30 am (Fee: $30.00)
Leader: Caroline Lee, University of California, San Diego

Fernbank Museum of Natural History staff will lead this introduction to the wildlife and natural history of Atlanta. Fernbank Forest is a 65-acre tract of relatively undisturbed mature mixed hardwood forest. It is a small remnant of the type of forest vegetation that originally covered the Piedmont region of Georgia, including the Atlanta metropolitan area. Practically all of Atlanta’s original vegetation has been destroyed, first by farming and later by urban and suburban development. Visitors to Fernbank Forest can observe firsthand the primeval beauty of forestland as early explorers and southern Native Americans must have done hundreds of years ago.

Sociologists interested in education, museums, and urbanism as well as amateur natural history buffs may be interested in the Fernbank Foundation’s environmental mission in the metropolitan environment, integrating traditional museum activities with DeKalb County Schools’ science curriculum. Families may want to stay and take advantage of Fernbank’s IMAX theatre and planetarium programs. (Bus/Walking Tour, limited to 25 participants)

Tour 4: “Smart Growth” in Atlanta
Monday, August 18, 8:45 am – 12:15 pm (Fee: $6.00)
Leader: Charles Jaret, Georgia State University

The tour takes participants, via public transit, to two of Atlanta’s newest and most ambitious “smart growth” projects located at train stations along the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) route. Atlanta is known as an overly dispersed metropolitan area with low use of public transit, and its long auto commutes and traffic congestion are widely recognized as serious problems facing this city. Participants will learn how these projects are designed to help reverse this pattern by consolidating work, residential, service, and recreational activities in “transportation-oriented developments” in dense nodes. Participants will visit with project designers and planners, will be shown the developments and discuss the urban and community issues they deal with, focusing on the projects’ anticipated environmental, economic, and social benefits, the challenges of doing “public-private” urban development partnerships, and the shifting relations with the adjacent neighborhoods. These projects, and others like them, will play an important part in Atlanta’s future and it will be fascinating to take a close look at them in their early stages. (MARTA/Walking Tour, limited to 20 participants) * Fee includes MARTA tokens.

Tour 5: Carter Presidential Center (co-sponsored by the ASA Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict)
Monday, August 18, 8:45 am – 12:15 pm (Fee: $25.00)
Leader: Lynne Woehrle, Mary Mount College

The focus of the tour is Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter and his work in peacemaking and conflict resolution. Less than two miles from the Hilton Atlanta is the Carter Presidential Center housing the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and the Carter Center. This ASA tour includes a 1.5 hour tour of the Library and Museum. A meeting with the staff of the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center will follow. The Library consists of an archives and a museum. The archives is a repository of approximately 27 million pages of Jimmy Carter’s White House material, papers of administration associates, including documents, memoranda, correspondence, etc. There are also 1 million photographs, and hundreds of hours each of audio and visual tape. (Bus/Walking Tour, limited to 25 participants)

Tour 6: Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Monday, August 18, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon (Fee: $25.00)
Leader: Obie Clayton, Morehouse College

This 2.5-hour tour will introduce you to the world of higher education in black Atlanta. Atlanta is home to the largest consortium of black colleges in the world—The Atlanta University Center (AUC). This sprawling urban campus boasts six independent colleges and universities: Clark Atlanta University, The Morehouse School of Medicine, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College and Spelman College.

W.E.B. Dubois taught at Atlanta University in the late 1890’s and many argue that his Atlanta laboratory was one of the first sociology departments in the United States. We will visit the sites where he taught and wrote. The AUC was also the home to other prominent social scientist including E. Franklin Frazier, Whitney Young, Anna Harvin Grant and Robert Bullard.

The AUC was home to the civil rights movement in Atlanta and the South with four of its institutions assuming prominent roles in movement: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Atlanta University, and West Hunter Street Baptist Church. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lonnie King and Julian Bond, Ruby Doris Smith and the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, who pastored West Hunter Street Baptist Church, when he was head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, all were associated with the Atlanta University Center. This bus and walking tour will take you past seven buildings, which are on the list of national historic sites. We will see one of the largest collections of African American Art in the nation housed in the galleries of Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. The tour also includes a tour of the Atlanta Herndon House. The Herndon Home is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of struggle and achievement. It was the residence of Alonzo Herndon, who overcame slavery, sharecropping, and Jim Crow to become one of the foremost African American businessmen of his era. (Bus/Walking Tour, limited to 25 participants)