Update: Program Quick Overview
We are going back to Austin!
The 2015 SOCALLT Conference returns to the University of Texas! Special thanks to our hosts, the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) and the Texas Language Center! The theme of our conference will be The Online and Mobile Worlds of 21st-Century Language Study.
Conference Dates: April 24-25, 2015-
- Conference begins with breakfast at 8:30 on Friday, April 24!
Conference Flyer (please share with colleagues!)
SOCALLT 2015 will be held at the Glickman Conference Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The Glickman Center is on the south side of the first floor of the College of Liberal Arts building (ArtsLA) off 23th Street at the San Jacinto Circle. In addition to the food and drink vendors in the adjacent Student Activity Center, there are many restaurants within a half mile walk along Guadalupe Street, aka “The Drag.” Many more restaurants are listed in Dining Nearby.
Hotel Information (official event hotel)
The conference hotel is the Doubletree-University. Make sure you ask for the SOCALLT 2015 rate when calling to reserve a room (512-479-4000). Think about arriving in the late afternoon / early evening of Thursday, April 23 to join us for the pre-conference reception planned for all! Hotel address is 1617 IH-35 North, Austin, TX 78702. Rooms are $174 “run of the house” (1-king or 2-queen rooms). Cutoff date is April 1, 2015. Free Internet & parking. 100% non-smoking. 1 mile from conference venue. To reserve online and get the special conference rate, please use this unique SOCALLT-specific link!
Additional Accommodation Info
Star of Texas and Austin Folk House B&Bs 506 W. 22nd St., Austin, TX 78705 (866-472-6700) $143.33 to 163.33, depending on room selected. Free internet. Free hot breakfast buffet. Free parking. 100% non-smoking property. Seven tenths of a mile from the Glickman Conference Center.
Getting to & from the AUS Airport
There are several options for getting to and from the Austin Bergstrom airport. You can arrange a Super Shuttle in advance. Capitol Metro offers the Airport Flyer for $1.50 each direction, which has stops within a short walk from the conference venue and some nearby hotels. And there are, of course, rental cars and taxis.
Parking for the Conference
The closest parking to the Glickman Center is the San Jacinto garage (SJG). It is about a tenth of a mile away. Entrances are located on both Trinity St. and San Jacinto Blvd., and the rate is currently $15 per day. Another option is the Brazos garage (BRG). It is about three tenths of a mile away. The entrance is on Brazos St. and the rate is currently $15 per day. Dobie Mall garage (the entrance is located on Whitis Ave.) is about the same distance and the rate is currently $12 per day. The least expensive option is the University Co-Op garage (currently $8 per day; entrance is on San Antonio St.), which is about half a mile from the Glickman Center.
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Arts & Entertainment Info
Arts & Recreation Nearby
ACL Live at Moody Theater
Alamo Drafthouse cinema, The Ritz location
Barton Springs natural, spring-fed pool
Bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge
Blanton Museum of Art
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Esther’s Follies, long-running music, comedy, and magic troupe
Downtown entertainment districts
Harry Ransom Center
Hike and Bike Trail on Lady Bird Johnson Lake
LBJ Presidential Library
Texas Performing Arts Center
Texas State Capitol Building
Threadgill’s “Armadillo World Headquarters” (live music and restaurant)
Whole Foods Market (headquarters store)
Austin is a “foodie” town, and there are many good restaurants, with good prices, too. Here are some suggestions in all price ranges and for all tastes that are within walking distance or a short cab ride from your hotel and the conference center. There are plenty more a little farther afield. Check Yelp or Urban Spoon for more information.
Blackbird and Henry
Blue Dahlia Bistro
Buenos Aires Café
Congress and Bar Congress
Eastside King – Hole in the Wall
El Mercado on Lavaca
Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Malaga Tapas & Bar
Manuel’s on Congress
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Piranha Killer Sushi
Serranos at Symphony Square
Shoal Creek Saloon
3 Forks Steakhouse
Trudy’s Texas Star
In addition, gourmet food trailers and carts are very popular in Austin and there are hundreds spread all over the area. Here is a map that shows some of them.