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Slocum in New Orleans 2004

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New Orleans, Louisiana: 2004 SPSA

After meeting in either Atlanta or Savannah, Georgia each year from 1998 to 2002 (no 2003 meeting was held), the Southern Political Science Association held its annual conference in New Orleans, January 8 through 10, 2004.  At the convention, I presented a paper, "Attitudinal Antecedents of Racial Hostility: An Investigation Employing Overtly and Implicitly Racial Stimuli."  I also met up with some fellow political scientists at other schools (and several students), and we took in some sights and experienced Bourbon Street for two evenings.  Like Savannah, New Orleans is a wonderful subtropical destination with beautiful historic homes and other tourist attractions, including its streetcars and the colorful French Quarter district, including Bourbon Street.  New Orleans is much larger than Savannah, and its French, Cajun and Caribbean influences shine through in the city's wonderful cuisine.  Here are some pictures from my trip, all taken with my digital camera.  I took every picture myself, except for those I appear in.

Besides presenting my own paper, I also chaired a panel on "Race and Politics in the South."  Here I am (on the far right) giving opening remarks at this panel.  Saturday, January 10, 2004.

The conference site was the Hotel Intercontinental on St. Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans.  You can see the streetcar tracks in the middle of the street, especially in the lower right corner.  New Orleans is famous for its streetcars (see next picture).


Here is one of those streetcars along St. Charles Avenue right beside the Hotel Intercontinental.

This blues band was one of several we saw in one of Bourbon Street's many live music venues.  Thursday, January 8, 2004.

Here we are at Cafe du Monde, one of New Orleans' prime breakfast spots (Saturday, January 10, 2004).  We are enjoying beignets (pronounced ben-yays), French pastries rolled in confectioner's sugar.  After I had finished mine, there was at least a full cup of confectioner's sugar remaining in the paper bag the pastries were served in!  This is rich food, not diet food!  But it is one of those 'musts' in experiencing New Orleans fully.

I took this picture at a fountain off the walkway along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, between Cafe du Monde and Jackson Square, one of the city's best shopping districts.  On the far right is Dr. Walter Huber, a political science professor at Muskingum College in Ohio.  (From left to right) Kylie, Charlotte, Michelle and Amanda are his students, all of them interested in graduate study in political science.  Kylie and Charlotte presented a paper at the SPSA convention - an excellent way for undergraduate students to enhance their prospects for  admission to a master's and/or doctoral program in political science.  Saturday, January 10, 2004.

Shortly after passing the fountain, we encountered the Mississippi River steamboat the Natchez (named after the Mississippi city of the same name).  Pictured are Andrew Dowdle (political scientist at the University of Arkansas), his wife Jennifer Dowdle, Walter Huber and his four students.

A shot of the New Orleans skyline, taken at one of the exits from Jackson Square shopping mall.

The Double Zero Band, one of the many street bands/performers I saw in New Orleans' French Quarter district.  Another performer I saw was playing an electric guitar with his hands, and simultaneously the bass guitar - with his bare feet!!  And the music sounded great - basically a jazz guitar solo and a walking motif on the bass guitar.  It was breezy and perhaps 52 degrees at the time - that is cold for New Orleans, even in January.

Jennifer Dowdle, Andrew Dowdle, Walter Huber and I are enjoying Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's, a famous Bourbon Street establishment (Thursday, January 8).  At conventions, political scientists often attend panels by day - and enjoy evenings out!

I took this and the following pictures in the French Quarter, Saturday, January 10, 2004.  The buildings feature distinctively French doorways, windows and beautiful, ornate cast-iron balconies.

Some of those balconies wrap around the corners of buildings, as shown here.  We did not go to Antoine's, but it is one of New Orleans' most revered restaurants - but dressy and expensive!  Entree prices range from $20 to $60.

Most of the buildings I photographed, like this one, are on Royal Street, which runs one block away from and parallel to Bourbon Street.

More beautiful French Quarter architecture.

More beautiful cast-iron detail on French Quarter balconies.  Although it is one of the most visited districts in New Orleans, the French Quarter is not thought to be the safest, especially at night.  A few days before my trip, Ray Davies, the lead singer of the 1960s rock band The Kinks, was in the French Quarter with a woman companion when two young men tried to snatch her purse.  He gave chase and was shot in the leg; his wound was not life threatening.

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