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Slocum in New Orleans 2005

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New Orleans, Louisiana: 2005 SPSA

For the second year in a four-year run, the Southern Political Science Association held its annual conference in New Orleans, January 6 through 9, 2005.  At the convention, I presented a paper, "The Impact of Racial Stereotypes on Affective and Cognitive Responses toward African Americans" and was chair and discussant on the panel "Race and Ethnicity in the States."  New Orleans has wonderful food and a variety of entertainment, making it a very lively venue for professional meetings.

Here I'm presenting my paper at my Thursday afternoon panel, January 6, 2005.

I had to go no further than an outdoor courtyard at my hotel, the Intercontinental New Orleans, for a little visual splendor.  The colorful tile circle shows tropical looking flowers, perhaps orchids or hibiscus.  It's easy to imagine a reception on this patio, which opens off the fifth floor of the hotel.

David Redlawsk (Department of Political Science, the University of Iowa) and me at one of the SPSA receptions.  Like me, David studies political psychology.  I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1997, and David began teaching there a couple of years later.  I met him at a political psychology conference in Seattle in 2000.

With me is Dr. Andrew Dowdle, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas.  Andrew and I are longtime friends from our graduate school years at the University of Iowa.  We're having a drink at the Hotel Intercontinental bar.

On Decatur St. on the edge of the French Quarter you can take a horse and carriage tour of the French Quarter.  This was one of the more colorful carriages; later this afternoon I took a tour in a different one, but when the weather was drier.

St. Louis Cathedral, one of New Orleans' renowned landmarks, Saturday, January 9, 2005.  Later this afternoon I walked by again and a wedding inside had just ended; the couple, friends and family were just leaving the church.

On Friday, January 7 I rode the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to New Orleans' Garden District, which is famous for its beautiful homes and lush subtropical plants and gardens.  Here is one of the more striking houses I saw in the Garden District.

Another Garden District house.  The entire city of New Orleans is below sea level and protected by a system of levees.  It is one of the rainiest major cities in the country (over 60 inches of rain falls in an average year), and is prone to hurricanes from the Gulf of Mexico.  A major hurricane striking just to the west of New Orleans could breach the levees, sending 6 or more feet of ocean water into every square inch of the city and creating a massive and long-duration flood that experts predict may kill thousands of people.

On my web page for the 2004 SPSA convention, I mentioned a street musician who played the bass guitar with his feet and the guitar with his hands.  Here's photographic proof!  He has been performing like this for about ten years.

And now for the nightlife!  In 2005 the activity level on Bourbon Street was much higher than in 2004, no doubt because in 2005 the weather was much warmer.  On our evenings out, the streets were lively but not packed like sardines.

Myself, Wayne Steger and Andrew Dowdle, eating at Old Nawlins Cookery in the French Quarter, Friday, January 7.  This was the beginning of a long, fun evening.

Wayne and Andy, on Bourbon Street later the same evening.

We spent most of the evening at Pat O'Brien's, where we visited over a few rounds of that famous establishment's Hurricanes.

This fountain lights up the large outdoor patio at Pat O'Brien's.

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