1996 AHA Annual Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia

AHA Staff, September 1995

The 110th annual meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Hilton and Marriott Marquis hotels. Hotel reservation information is included on page 10 of this issue of Perspectives. The Program of the annual meeting will be mailed to the AHA members during the first week of October; it will contain the meeting preregistration form.

Many of the profession's most distinguished members will be present to deliver papers, and over 750 scholars, including 52 foreign scholars, will participate in the three day meeting. In addition, over three dozen specialized societies will be meeting in conjunction with the AHA, sponsoring sessions, luncheons, or meetings, as well as joint sessions with the Association. On the evening of January 5, John H. Coatsworth of Harvard University will deliver the presidential address, and the Association's book awards, Awards for Scholarly Distinction, Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, John E. O'Connor Film Award, Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award, and 1995 Honorary Foreign Member will be announced.

Accommodations

AHA annual meeting sessions, as well as affiliated society sessions and events, are scheduled in the Hilton and Marriott hotels. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Atlanta Hilton, the Marriott Marquis, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, and the Clarion Hotel Downtown. The Hilton, located at 255 Courtland Street, N.E., will serve as headquarters and will house the AHA book exhibits. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis, located across the street from the Hilton at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, is coheadquarters and will accommodate the Job Register facility. In addition, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, adjacent to the Marriott. Rates at these three hotels are $76 single and $86 double.

A limited number of rooms have also been reserved at the Clarion Hotel Downtown, Courtland at 70 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, N.E., three blocks from the Hilton, where the rate is $59 single or double per room, per night (plus taxes). Especially budget conscious attendees, such as students, are encouraged to take advantage of this special rate.

Hotel reservations must be made in writing on the reservation form. All reservations require a first night's deposit guaranteed with a major credit card or a check sent to the hotel. Requests for rooms will be given priority in the order received. The cut off date is December 4, 1995. After that date, the hotels will continue to process reservations and changes subject to hotel availability. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Diners' Club cards are acceptable for deposits. The credit card will be billed immediately for the first night's room rate as a deposit. All reservations will be confirmed by mail. Confirmation forms will provide change and cancellation information. A charge will be assessed for the first night if reservations are not cancelled prior to arrival. Advance notice requirements vary with each hotel. Hilton: 6 p.m. on day of arrival; Marriott: 72 hours; Hyatt: 24 hours; Clarion: 48 hours. City and county taxes on these rates total 13 percent per room, per night; 6 percent is sales tax and 7 percent is room tax.

Transportation

Flight Information to the AHA's Annual Meeting and a Chance to Win Free Tickets to Europe or Latin America: American Airlines and Delta Airlines are offering discounted rates to all those attending the meeting. The fares are valid for round trip travel between January 2 and 11, 1995.

Zenith Travel Inc., 16 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016, has been designated the official travel agency and American Airlines has been designated the official carrier for the AHA's 1996 annual meeting. If your travel plans include a Saturday-night stay over, American is offering a 10 percent discount on coach airfares and a 5 percent discount off any reduced promotional fare. If your plans do not include staying over Saturday, January 6, American will waive that requirement and you will still be able to obtain the advantages of the lower-priced fares. Please note, however, that an advance purchase requirement (most are 21 days) will apply in most cases. For information and reservations on American Airlines, call 1-800-433-1790 and ask for Star file number 6016AB. The American Airlines registration desk is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight (CST). It is necessary to request that your ticket be issued by Zenith Travel to receive these special fares. In addition, your name will be entered into a raffle for a pair of tickets to any American Airlines destination in Europe or Latin America.

This year, meeting attendees will also be able to use Delta Airlines, which is offering the same 5 and 10 percent discounts. To make these reservations, call Delta's meeting and convention desk at 1-800-241-6760 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. (EST). Ask for File Number N1400 and request that Zenith Travel issue your ticket.

Ground Transportation

From Hartsfield International Airport to Hotels

Hartsfield Airport has the largest passenger terminal complex in the world; 80 percent of the U. S. population is within a two hour flight of Atlanta. Hotels are approximately 12 miles from the airport. Taxi service costs $15 for one person and $16 for two people. A third person sharing a taxi brings the cost to $18, or $6 each. The Atlanta Airport Shuttle (AAS) offers service from the ground transportation area of the airport to all of the major downtown hotels for $8 per person one way or $14 round trip. One-way or round-trip tickets may be purchased from the AAS dispatcher at the airport's ground transportation area or from the hotels' lobby concierge. Buses depart Hartsfield every 15 to 20 minutes. The public transportation system, MARTA, has a rail line from the airport that stops at Peachtree Center (Station N1). Peachtree Center is just two blocks from the Hilton and one block from the Marriott. Trains depart every 6 to 15 minutes for downtown. MARTA costs $1.25 and is by far the most economical transportation method. All of the major car rental agencies are represented at Hartsfield Aiport; see the note below about parking at the hotels.

From Amtrak

Taxi service from the Brookwood Station costs approximately $6 for one person with an additional charge of $1 per person for guests sharing a cab. This is the only viable option from the Brookwood Station; public transit service to the hotels is not convenient.

Commuting by Car

The hotels are located just off the Courtland Street exit of I 75/85 traveling southbound or International Boulevard northbound. They are just north of the intersection of the east west interstate highway, I-20. Guests driving in on I/75-85 South exit at Courtland Street (Exit #97). At the top of the ramp, go right on Courtland past the first traffic light; the hotels are on the left. Guests coming from the south or driving in on I-20 would take I-75/85 North to the International Boulevard exit (Exit #96), turn left at the second traffic light onto International to Piedmont Avenue, turn right, follow Piedmont two blocks to Baker Street (you are now behind the hotels), turn left on Baker Street and go up one block to Courtland Street.

Parking at Hotels

Individuals staying at the Atlanta Hilton can park in the garage of Atlanta Center Limited, located beneath the hotel. Valet and self parking are available at the published rates, currently $9 and $8, respectively, for each 24 hour period. Guests at the Marriott Marquis and the Hyatt Regency are charged $15 per day for valet parking. Parking at the Clarion Hotel is complimentary based on space availability.

General Information

Group Meetings and Reunions

Societies and groups that have not already made arrangements to hold sessions or other meetings should send their requests for room space as soon as possible to Sharon K. Tune, Convention Director. Please specify preferred date, inclusive hours, attendance forecast, and any special equipment desired. The address is AHA, 400 A Street S.E., Washington, DC 20003.

Business Meeting

Resolutions for the business meeting signed by 25 members of the Association will be accepted until December 15; those received by November 1 will take precedence and will be published in the December Perspectives. Resolutions must be no more than 300 words in length. Resolutions should be sent to the executive director at the AHA office, with a copy to the parliamentarian, Michael Les Benedict, 106 Dulles Hall, Ohio State University, 230 W. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.

At its meeting on May 15–16, 1980, the Council adopted the following bylaw pursuant to Article VII, Section 14, of the constitution: There shall be a quorum for the annual meeting of 100 members in good standing.

AHA Sessions and Events

All AHA sessions will be held at the Atlanta Hilton and Marriott Marquis. The book exhibits will occupy the Hilton's Galleria Exhibit Hall located on the lower level of the hotel, one floor down from hotel registration. AHA meeting registration desks and meal ticket cashiers will be located on the second floor in the Grand Ballroom, one floor up from hotel registration. The Job Register will be located in the Marriott's Marquis Ballroom on the Convention Level. The AHA Headquarters/Staff Office will be in the Hilton's George Washington Room on the third floor of the hotel, and the Local Arrangements Committee/Press Office in the Hilton's John Adams Room.

AHA Registration

Advance Registration

Members are urged to preregister at the reduced rate of $55 (nonmembers $75; students and unemployed $35; precollegiate teachers $10). Preregistration forms will be available in several venues: they will be mailed with the ballot; they will be enclosed in the Program mailed to members in early October; and they will be available on line with the Program in October. Advance registration must be received by December 8.

Registration at the Meeting

The registration desks at the annual meeting, located in the Hilton's Grand Ballroom, will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on January 4; from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 5; and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 6. The registration desks will not be open on Sunday, January 7. Registration at the meeting will be $70 (nonmembers $90; students and unemployed $35; precollegiate teachers $10). Admission to all sessions, exhibits, and the Job Register requires a registration badge.

Book Exhibits

The exhibits will be located in the Galleria Exhibit Hall of the Hilton and will be open January 4, from 3 to 7 p.m.; January 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and January 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Job Register

The Job Register will be located in the Marquis Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis. Hours of operation will be January 4, from 2 to 6 p.m.; January 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and January 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.