2012 TCA Annual Conference

Conference Information

The Texas Classical Association is pleased to welcome its members to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin for the annual fall conference, November 2-3, 2012. The sessions will be held on the UT campus beginning Friday afternoon in Waggener Hall with a lecture by our keynote speaker, Dr. Gregory Bucher, Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University and former Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Charge and Managing Committee member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. His presentation entitled "A Complex Oedipus: The Tragedy of Edward Morbius" will begin at 4:00 on Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately the Blanton Museum was not able to accommodate our request for a private viewing on Friday, November 2, after Professor Bucher's lecture. However, they did offer to waive the entrance fee for those TCA conference attendees who present validation of their attendance at the conference on Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4.

The William J. Battle Collection of Plaster Casts at the Blanton Museum replicates some of the finest examples of Greek and Roman sculpture and architectural elements, the originals of which date from the 6th century B.C. to the 3rd century A.D. This collection is considered one of the most representative of casts of classical Greek and Roman sculpture in the United States and is thought to be in the best state of preservation of any such collection. For more information: http://blantonmuseum.org/visit/

Saturday's sessions will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The conference program includes a wide variety of talks of interest to Classicists in the areas of research, pedagogy and technology. Dr. Bucher will again be addressing the group on Saturday afternoon with a presentation entitled "The Anecdotal Caesar". This year's conference cost will cover breakfast and lunch on Saturday in addition to parking (pending availability) at the conference center. Registration forms, the conference schedule and hotel information are included on the next few pages.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Austin!

For full information on the conference, see our conference registration form.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the host hotel, AT&T Conference Center (labeled ATT on the previous map). The rates are $169/night for single and double occupancy (with tax it seems to be $194.35). The ATTCC has given a cut off date for holding these rooms on October 1. To make your room reservation at ATTCC , you are requested to go to this website: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/classa1012 . That should get you to a page devoted to our conference, and you can fill out the date/s and room needs there. More information about the conference center hotel rooms may be found online at http://www.meetattexas.com/hotel-information.html. The physical address is:

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705
Reservations: (877) 744-8822
Telephone: (512) 404-1900 Fax: (512) 404-1800

Less expensive accommodations may be found at the following hotels, as well as others in the Austin area. We have not arranged for a special rate at these hotels, but they are merely suggestions if you do not wish to stay at the Conference Center.

Rodeway Inn University - Downtown
0.6 Miles from University of Texas Ausin,TX,US
US & Canada: 1-800-663-3928

DoubleTree by Hilton Austin - University Area
0.6 Miles from University of Texas Ausin,TX,US
US & Canada: 1-800-663-3928

Days Inn University Downtown
0.7 Miles from University of Texas Ausin,TX,US
US & Canada: 1-800-663-3928

Super 8 Austin Downtown / Capitol Area
0.9 Miles from University of Texas Ausin,TX,US
US & Canada: 1-800-663-3928

La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol
0.9 Miles from University of Texas Ausin,TX,US
US & Canada: 1-800-663-3928

Extended Stay America Austin - Downtown - 6th Street
1.3 Miles from University of Texas Ausin,TX,US
US & Canada: 1-800-663-3928

Driving directions to the AT&T Conference Center

From Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

From the airport, exit Bergstrom International Airport and turn left on Hwy. 71, and continue on Hwy. 71/Bastrop Hwy. Take exit onto IH-35N/US-290E. Continue on IH-35N, take exit 235A toward MLK/19th St., continue to MLK and turn left. Continue down MLK to University Ave., turn right on University Ave. and enter into the hotel on the left.

From IH-35 North

From the north, exit 235A from Interstate 35 toward MLK/19th St., continue to MLK and turn right. Continue down MLK to University Ave., turn right on University Ave. and enter into the hotel on the left.

From IH-35 South

From the south, exit 235A from IH-35 toward MLK/19th St., continue to MLK and turn left. Continue down MLK to University Ave., turn right on University Ave. and enter into the hotel on the left.

From East

From the east, follow US 290 into Austin to the IH-35 south exit. Follow IH-35 south and exit 235A toward MLK/19th St., continue to MLK and turn right. Continue down MLK to University Ave., turn right on University Ave. and enter into the hotel on the left.

From West

From the west, follow State Hwy. 71 into Austin to the IH-35N exit. Follow IH-35 north and exit 235A toward MLK/19th St., continue to MLK and turn left. Continue down MLK to University Ave., turn right on University Ave. and enter into the hotel on the left.

Parking Directions for the AT&T Conference Center

The parking garage is located directly underneath the facility and has a height clearance of 7'2". The entrance/exit can be accessed on the North side of our building, on 20th Street, which is parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (19th Street).

Each level of the parking garage has two sets of elevators/entrances to the building. The set of elevators on the West side will direct you up to the Conference Center side of the facility (meeting spaces), while the set/door on the East side will direct you to the Hotel side (Hotel rooms and restaurants.)

Main Conference Center Lobby: M2 in West elevator
Main Hotel Lobby/ Check In: L in East elevator

Upon entrance to the Parking Garage, please pull a ticket that you will need to keep. If you are a guest of the Hotel and require overnight parking, please let the staff know at check in so they may assist you. Upon departure, payment for parking can be made by cash/credit in the West (Conference Center) bank of elevators in each level of the garage, to the attendant in the kiosk at the entrance/exit on LL (Lower Lobby) or from inside your vehicle as you exit. Should you have any problems exiting, you will see a button that may be pressed for assistance from UT Parking & Transportation Services. Conference attendees will be given passes that will allow them to park free.

Click here for a printable pdf visitor map of the entire campus.
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