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Slocum in Chicago MPSA 2006

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Chicago, Illinois: MPSA 2006

I attended the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago April 20 through 23, 2006. I love the city, and Chicago is one of my all-time favorites.  At the conference, I served as chair for a panel on "Racial Stereotypes and Feelings Toward Outgroups."  My next trip to Chicago will be in April 2007 for the Midwest Political Science Association meeting.

Entering Chicago

This is a view from my plane as we approached Chicago's Midway Airport, Thursday. April 20.  In much of Chicago and its inner suburbs, houses are very close together, and many were built between 1948 and 1955 during the great boom of suburbanization around the country.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park, along Michigan Avenue near the conference hotel, the Palmer House Hilton, is beautiful in the spring.

The Bean at Millennium Park

Also in Millennium Park is a remarkable sculpture, known simply as The Bean.

From Millennium Park

A portion of Chicago's gleaming skyline, taken from the edge of Millennium Park.  The tall building on the right is the Aon Building (80 stories).

From the Crowne Plaza

Because the Palmer House Hilton filled up much faster than usual, I had to stay at an overflow hotel, the Crowne Plaza.  This photo is of the striking Presidential Towers, looking across Interstates 90/94 from the Crowne Plaza parking lot.

With Mike Miller

Mike Miller, a 2005 alumnus of  MSU's master's program in political science, is headed for great things.  Mike entered the Ph.D. program in political science at Cornell University in fall 2006, and won a prestigious fellowship there.  In 2007, Mike was appointed a personal research assistant for Cornell's eminent political scientist Theodore (Ted) Lowi.  Mike and I are at the MPSA welcome reception on Thursday, April 20.  Later this evening we would meet up with friends at a Mexican restaurant for an outdoor dinner.

With fellow Iowa graduates

I'm at the University of Iowa reception on Friday, April 21 with Michelle and Bryan Brophy-Baermann, who were contemporaries of mine in graduate school; all three of us are graduates of Iowa's Ph.D. program in political science.  Behind Michelle is Andrew, one of her outstanding students at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.  Andrew is now studying for his Ph.D. in political science.

At the Chicago Brauhaus

The same evening, I joined Wayne Steger (another graduate school classmate) and University of Iowa Prof. Bob Boynton for dinner, and we went to the Chicago Brauhaus, a truly authentic German restaurant on the city's North Side.  Here the German band is warming up the crowd, and soon dancing couples would fill the floor.

Wiener Schnitzel

My meal at the Chicago Brauhaus - wiener schnitzel, a breaded cutlet of veal served with German potatoes.  This definitely brought back some childhood memories; as an Army 'brat' living in Germany in the early 1970s, wiener schnitzel was my favorite meal.  The next evening, I would go to dinner with other Iowa folks at Klay Oven, one of Chicago's better Indian restaurants.

Leaving Chicago

A 'parting shot' of Chicago, taken through the window of my CTA Orange Line train as I rode back to Midway Airport, Sunday, April 23.

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