Southern Chapter • AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOR IRISH STUDIES • Annual Conference 2016
Most conference sessions occur at 25 Park Place, part of Georgia State University, one of the Southeast’s leading research universities. Just a couple of blocks away, the official conference hotel is Marriott's Residence Inn Downtown.
Conference Hotel Reservations
To reserve a room at Marriott's Residence Inn Downtown, click here. The hotel's address is 134 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Renovated just last summer, Residence Inn Downtown sits only two blocks from 25 Park Place, the Georgia State University building where most of the conference sessions take place. Until 5:00 pm on Friday, March 26, 2016, a block of rooms is reserved for attendees. Some of these are studio suites, and the others are one-bedroom suites. All of the former and some of the latter have fold-out couches, so sharing is possible with close friends or family members. All suites have equipped kitchenettes, and rates include complimentary breakfast and free wireless internet.
The special conference rate is $132 per night, plus $26.12 per night in taxes and fees. Combined, the above yield a drive-out price of $158.12 per night for a room. Conference participants using Marriott's Residence Inn Downtown can also avail of a discounted rate for hotel parking: $18 per night. (Please note that while the internet hotel reservation will indicate the standard $28 per night for parking, the invoice will charge only $18 per night.)
Subject to space availability, it may be possible for a conference attendee to arrive up to three days prior to the conference and/or stay on up to three days afterwards. To check and proceed further (if interested), please make direct contact with Ms Brenda Archie in the sales department of Marriott's Residence Inn Downtown: email@example.com.
Venue for Panels
25 Park Place
Panels take place in 25 Park Place (Atlanta, GA, 30303), the building that houses Georgia State University's English and History Departments. No conference activities occur there on Thursday (April 14), but it's the venue for Friday morning’s panels and everything on Saturday. From the conference hotel (Marriott's Residence Inn Downtown), head right upon leaving the lobby via the Peachtree Street exit. After about a block, you'll see Woodruff Park, across Peachtree. On the other side of the Park, there's a tall, white building with a branch of SunTrust Bank on the ground floor (and lots of construction barriers off to the side). That building is 25 Park Place. The History Department is on the 21st floor, while the English Department is on the 23rd. Panel A of each Session meets in Room 2150 on the 21st floor. Panel B of each Session meets in Room 2343 on the 23rd floor—also the floor for morning coffee and pastries, as well as Friday and Saturday registration. Each room has a system-connected PC on the podium, laptop connectivity, a projector, and a microphone.
Venue for Thursday Evening & Friday Afternoon
Speakers Auditorium in the Student Center
Click here for a Georgia State University campus map, which shows 25 Park Place, as well the institution's Student Center, which contains Speakers Auditorium, the venue for Professor Foster's Thursday keynote and our post-lunch Friday activities. To get to Speakers Auditorium from 25 Park Place: begin by facing the front of the building. To the right, past the construction, locate Edgewood Avenue. Turn left onto Edgewood and walk about two blocks. You'll come to a funky intersection at the corner of Hurt Park. Keeping that Park on your left, veer down Gilmer Street. Go one long block. When Hurt Park ends, look across Courtland Street. You'll see the Student Center, which has a statue of a panther—one of the university's symbols—in front of it. The Speakers Auditorium is on your right once you enter the Student Center. From 3:30 pm on Thursday (April 14), that location will feature registration for the conference. Collect your registration packet before or after Professor Foster’s keynote address. If you arrive on Friday or Saturday, registration will be available on the 23rd floor of 25 Park Place.
For participants coming to 25 Park Place or Speakers Auditorium in the Student Center by MARTA, click here for a PDF with directions.
Direstions: Airport to Hotel
Reaching the conference hotel—Marriott's Residence Inn Downtown—from the airport is very straightforward. The easiest, cheapest, and fastest method is MARTA: Atlanta’s subway system. From baggage claim, just follow the signs for Ground Transportation/MARTA. The station, called Airport, lies within the terminal complex and constitutes the southern end of the south-to-north Red and Gold lines. Take any train. They all serve Peachtree Center station, the stop just past the busy Five Points station. Alight at Peachtree Center station and leave it via the Peachtree West exit. The conference hotel is more or less across the street at 134 Peachtree: the intersection of Peachtree and John Wesley Dobbs. Its telephone number is (404) 522-0950. While quite nondescript at street level and, thus, easy to walk past, the the historic building does feature a distinguishing red-neon sign, spelling its name, in the center of one side. The airport-to-hotel journey takes between 30 and 40 minutes, whether by MARTA or taxi. The roundtrip MARTA fare is $6 ($2.50 each way, plus $1 for the mandatory Breeze Card). If you're interested, MARTA also offers various short-term passes (such as 3-day passes).
Alternatively, you can get a taxi from the airport directly to the hotel. The address is: Residence Inn by Marriott-Downtown Atlanta, 134 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. The one-way taxi fare should be about $25.
Directions: Getting to Hotel by Car
Click here for a webpage produced by the hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott-Downtown Atlanta, that allows you to enter your starting address and then generates customized driving directions. Conference participants enjoy a special parking rate of $18 per day (versus the usual $28 per day), with unlimited in and out privileges.
The conference host has generated a document—available here—that details driving directions to the Student Center, the venue for the opening event, from north and south (approaching Atlanta on I-75/I-85) and from east and west (approaching Atlanta on I-20).
Venue Downtown Atlanta
Most conference sessions occur in 25 Park Place, a modern building belonging to Georgia State University, one of the Southeast's leading research universities. The official conference hotel—Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown—is just two blocks away, and prior to 5:00 pm on March 26, 2016, conference attendees can avail of specially discounted room and parking rates.
Conference registration of $200 (or $125 for current students) includes not just all conference sessions and the keynote address, but also the conference dinner on Thursday; the ACIS-South business lunch on Friday; and a concluding party on Saturday night. In addition, it covers morning coffee and pastries—plus some daytime snacks—on Friday and Saturday.
Keynote Prof. Roy Foster
The Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, University of Oxford—and the author of such studies as Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 (Oxford University Press, 2014)—Roy Foster plays prominent public roles in the United Kingdom and Ireland, writing for mainstream publications, broadcasting, and giving public lectures.