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Resources

The Fall 2015 Meeting has now concluded. Thank you to all who participated in person and online. Free resources from the event are listed below, and more will be added as they come available.

New Interpretations of Paul
Audio and informal blog report 

A God Self-Disarmed
A blog report on Jack Miles' lecture, "If Jesus is God, what God is he?"

Why Biblical Scholars Need the Public (and Vice Versa!)
A blog report on Harvey Cox's lecture, "How to Read the Bible"

Fall 2015 Report on the Jewish Wars
A Christianity Seminar report

Tillich and God in Atlanta
A report of the Seminar on God and the Human Future

Westar Public Lectures

Harvey G. Cox, Jr.

How to Read the Bible

Many intelligent people do not know how to read the collection of songs, prayers, history, legend, annals, parables, poetry, and other genres we call the Bible. Though the Bible remains the world’s bestseller—frequently quoted, misquoted, interpreted and misinterpreted—it’s hard to know how many people actually read it. What is clear is that many who do find it frustrating and bewildering. And they often revert to an unreflective literal reading. Harvey Cox observes that the more educated one becomes, the less likely that is. He will explore the primary lenses—literary, historical, and practical—commonly used to bring the Bible into focus, revealing its rich diversity and meaning, and offering a contemporary activist version that wrestles with issues of feminism, war, homosexuality, and race.

Harvey G. Cox, Jr. is Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard University. Described by Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of the Church’s most creative thinkers, he is a prolific author, renowned scholar, and revered teacher whose course on God and Money was the most subscribed at Harvard Divinity School in fall 2014. His many books include Secular City (1965), selected by the University of Marburg as one of the most influential books of Protestant theology in the twentieth century, How to Read the Bible (2014), The Future of Faith (2009), and When Jesus Came to Harvard (2004). In 2014, he received the Yale University Alumni Award for Distinction in Theological Education.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
10:30–11:30

Jack Miles

If Jesus is God, what God is he?

After 9/11/2001, certain fundamentalist Christians denied that the Allah of the Qur’an could be equated with the God of the Bible. Nineteen hundred years earlier, as the biblical canons were coming into being, Marcion of Sinope denied that the God of the Jewish Scriptures could be equated with the God of Jesus Christ. The nascent church rejected Marcion’s own rejection of what became the Old Testament as well as much of what became the New Testament. Later Christianity, however, has never come to terms with his reasoning—namely, that the character of the deity is so different in these two scriptures as to be incompatible. Jack Miles will explore how we might address that disparity today, though doing so, he warns, must entail a kind of farewell to the Jesus of history.

John R. "Jack" Miles (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies with the University of California at Irvine and Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. A writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, Miles is the author of several books, including GOD: A Biography, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1996, and Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, which led to his being named a MacArthur Fellow for the years 2003–2007. Most recently he served as the general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Religions (2014).

Sunday, November 22, 2015
13:30

Westar Academic Seminars

Christianity Seminar The Two Jewish Wars
and the Emergence of Christianity

The two Jewish revolts and the ensuing wars of the late first and early second centuries are typically understood as important, but mostly tangential, to the writing of what we call “early Christian” literature. At its fall 2015 meeting, the Christianity Seminar will investigate deeper connections between the developments associated with the Jewish wars and the early literature of Christianity. The seminar will ask how not only Roman imperial violence and infringements, but changing Judean politics, loyalties, and self-understanding, shaped this literature and contributed to the emergence of Christianity in this period.

  • How and why did the Jewish tradition after 70 CE begin to fragment into rabbinic Judaism and various Jesus movements?
  • What was the significance of the Jewish revolts in 66 and 130 CE to the emergence of Christianity?
  • What were the factors or reasons that led to the separation of Christianity from its mother religion Judaism? When were communities aware that the separation had taken place?
  • Can one imagine a scenario in which Judaism and Christianity did not develop into separate traditions?

Five Propositions to be Assessed

  1. The state-sponsored violence of the Roman Empire was a primary factor in the formation of “Christ groups” and early Christianity.
  2. Diaspora theory provides the clearest frameworks for understanding the history of the Christ groups of the first two centuries.
  3. Jesus’s violent death served as an image for community belonging for some Christ and early Christian groups in the face of systemic and widespread imperial violence, nuancing their simultaneous belonging to and difference from some.
  4. “Belonging” and “identity” are more complex analytical categories, and offer more social traction, than “religion” and “faith” for describing the process and content of the emergence of early Christianity.
  5. Christ-groups should be understood primarily through their connection with and belonging to ancient Israel.

Session One (1–2:45 pm)

Christine R. Shea, Ball State University, Presiding
Maia Kotrosits, Denison University, Introduction (10 min)

Arthur J. Dewey, Xavier University
Switchback Codes: Paul, Apocalyptic, and the Art of Resistance (30 min)

Lane C. McGaughy, Willamette University
God, Retaliation, and the Apocalyptic Scenario (30 min)

Hal Taussig, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Integrative Issues and Voting (35 min)

Break (30 min)

Session Two (3:15–5:00 pm)

Ruben R. Dupertuis, Trinity University, Presiding
Glenna S. Jackson, Otterbein University, Presiding

Heidi Wendt, Wright State University Main Campus
From the Herodians to Hadrian: The Shifting Status of Judean Religion in Post-Flavian Rome (45 min)

Bernard Brandon Scott, Phillips Theological Seminary
Review and Evaluation of Martin Goodman’s Rome and Jerusalem: Impact on the Rise of Christianity (30 min)

Nina E. Livesey, University of Oklahoma
Integrative Issues and Voting (30 min)

Break (90 min)

Session Three (6:30–8 pm)

Jason D. BeDuhn, Northern Arizona University, Presiding
Stephen J. Patterson, Willamette University, Presiding

John Marshall, University of Toronto
Judean War and Judean Diaspora: Class and Networks (45 min)

Hal Taussig, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Integrative Issues and Voting (45 min)

Friday, November 20, 2015
1–2:45, 
3:15–5, 6:30–8 PM

Seminar on God REVISEDThe Radical Tillich
Reclaiming a Strategic Atheism

Some of the greatest philosophers of human history, including Socrates and Jesus of Nazareth, were accused of atheism in their time. “Atheism” is historically understood as the rejection of belief in a transcendental being, but it serves a radical purpose: by undermining the assumptions of human knowledge, it pushes theology to new frontiers of thought. In many ways, there would be no breakthroughs in knowledge without “atheism” working at the edge of accepted norms. In November, on the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the Seminar on God and the Human Future will honor Paul Tillich by revisiting his ideas about atheism.

  • What theological and ideological debts does modern Western culture owe to Tillich?
  • What are the edges of Tillich’s thought on theology and American culture?
  • In what sense has Paul Tillich opened a frontier for a postmodern Christianity?
  • If atheism is the proper response to the concept of God as a Supreme Being, what other definitions of God—if any—are worth pursuing?
  • How can atheism be employed strategically as a theological “axe at the root of the tree”? How can it force theologians to confront their own assumptions?

Session One (9–10 am)

David Galston, Brock University, Presiding

Russell Re Manning, Bath Spa University
Retrieving the Radical Tillich I (20 min)

Joseph A. Bessler, Phillips Theological Seminary, Respondent (10 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Break (30 min)

Session Two (10:30–11:30 am)

John C. Kelly, University of Nevada, Reno, Presiding

Russell Re Manning, Bath Spa University
Retrieving the Radical Tillich II (20 min)

Karmen MacKendrick, Le Moyne College, Respondent (10 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Break (90 min)

Session Three (1–2 pm)

Jarmo Tarkki, California Lutheran University, Presiding

Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College
Paul Tillich and the Plastic Being of God (30 min)

Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas
Tillich’s Discourse on Political Theology (30 min)

Break (30 min)

Session Four (2:30–3:30 pm)

Joseph A. Bessler, Phillips Theological Seminary, Presiding

John D. Caputo, Syracuse University
David Galston, Westar Institute
Answering Our Question about Strategic Atheism (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Saturday, November 21, 2015
9–11:30 AM, 
1–3:30 PM

Public Forum on Westar Seminars (Associates Forum)

What significant results emerged from the discussions of Westar’s Christianity Seminar and the Seminar on God and the Human Future? What is the relevance of Seminar findings both within and beyond academia? Seminar chairs Bernard Brandon Scott and David Galston will each present a ten-minute overview of key Seminar outcomes and then open the floor to audience questions.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
9–10 AM

Participation in Academic Seminars

Westar has developed a new model of scholarly discourse that is open, public, accessible, collegial, and rigorous. Its academic seminars engage leading scholars from accredited institutions worldwide, while also embracing the public and the media as observers and participants.

  • Westar Fellows, who indicate in advance which seminars they wish to join, will be given a place at the table.
  • By invitation only, scholars who are not Fellows may also get a place at the table. Interested scholars should contact Academic Director David Galston.
  • All others, scholars and non-scholars alike, are welcome to audit the seminars.

Seminar Papers

The Seminar Papers, which will become available in November, are the basis for the discussions in the Friday and Saturday sessions. They will not be presented orally at the event. Persons wishing to follow the discussions should read the papers in advance.

Electronic copies of the Seminar Papers are available to the public and will be posted when they come available, usually 2 to 3 weeks prior to the event. Hard copies of the papers will be available at a cost of $25 each.

Read online
Order hard copies of seminar papers

Polebridge Books & Authors

The Real PaulNew Interpretations of Paul

Scholars have chipped away at the conventional construct of Paul for the past generation. This session is a panel discussion of Bernard Brandon Scott, The Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge (Polebridge Press, 2015) in which Scott offers his synthesis of the new interpretations of Paul that have emerged since Krister Stendahl first challenged the conventional construct in 1963.

Perry Kea, University of Indianapolis, Presiding
Mark D. Nanos, University of Kansas, Panelist (15 min)
Pamela Eisenbaum, Iliff School of Theology, Panelist (15 min)
John Dominic Crossan, DePaul University, Panelist (15 min)
Bernard Brandon Scott, Phillips Theological Seminary, Respondent (15 min)

Sunday, November 22, 2015
4–5 p.m.
Complementary event for registrants

SBL-Westar Institute Public Lecture

John Dominic Crossan

Interpreting Divine Violence in the Bible

The Society of Biblical Literature and Westar Institute are pleased to announce joint sponsorship of a new public lecture series featuring major scholars addressing important cultural issues that relate to the study of religion. The first lecturer is John Dominic Crossan, whose lecture is based on his latest book, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation (HarperOne, 2015). Crossan will describe how the biblical God oscillates between non-violent distributive justice and violent retributive justice. Since Jesus is the image of God for Christians, his teachings and example provide the norm for the biblical God, the discriminant between divine violence or non-violence. Scholars have discovered that the historical Jesus advocated, practiced, and modeled non-violent resistance to violent oppression. His lecture, as well as the book Exhibit Hall, is open to the public free of charge.

John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago. A leader in the field of biblical studies, having served both as the SBL President and as co-chair of Westar’s Jesus Seminar, Crossan is the author of twenty-five scholarly books and a frequent lecturer to general audiences. He has written twenty books on the historical Jesus in the last thirty years, four of which have become national religious bestsellers: The Historical Jesus (1991), Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994), Who Killed Jesus (1995), and The Birth of Christianity (1998).

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Free event
International Ballroom South (LL1)

AAR/SBL Program Highlights

A full Westar registration grants access to all AAR and SBL sessions—a practically inexhaustible smorgasbord of topics related to the study of religion—as well as to trips to local tourist attractions, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change and the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Preliminary information about the AAR/SBL sessions, including session descriptions, locations and times, is not yet available. Check back soon for links to both programs. Copies of the print program will be available for pickup at the meeting.

Young Leaders in Religion

Helping clergy and other leaders ages 20 to 45 to translate and transform religion scholarship into meaningful forms for their communities

Westar Institute is forming a new Young Leaders in Religion Forum. If you are between the ages of 20 and 45, and are a trained religious leader in church, arts, chaplaincy, non-profit, social advocacy, new faith community or social service work, we invite you to join this new solidarity network, which launched at Westar’s national meeting in Santa Rosa, March 18–21, 2015. At that time participants came together to raise and address issues, challenges, and goals, and to identify leaders to help shape the future of Young Leaders in Religion at Westar. The Fall 2015 Meeting will continue that important work.

Westar is actively seeking interested members for this new forum. If you feel you or someone you know would be a good candidate for this program, please contact academic director David Galston for more information: dgalston@westarinstitute.org

Young Leaders in Religion should not use the regular registration form to sign up for the Fall 2015 forum. Please wait for instructions from the Young Leaders in Religion program committee.

Orientation Meeting

Meet and greet fellow members and advisors of the Young Leaders in Religion Forum (YLRF). Get some tips on how to take full advantage of the week’s events. Hear an update on future directions of the YLRF program and share your much-needed insights and ideas about what you’d like to see happen with the program. Friday, 10–11:30 a.m. 

Pub Theology Night

This is an informal gathering to get to know one another, discover unexpected connections and opportunities to collaborate, and of course, chat about all things theological and philosophical over beer, wine, or a cool glass of milk. No judgments here! Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Translating the Jewish Wars

What do the Seminar findings on the Jewish Wars mean for faith communities? How does it affect Jewish-Christian relations? Three YRLF respondents will join scholars in offering responses to these and other questions emerging from Friday’s Christianity Seminar sessions. All national meeting attendees are welcome to attend this open forum. Saturday, 4:00–5:30 p.m.

Translating God

Is “strategic atheism” possible? How might it be employed effectively in community? What is Paul Tillich’s legacy for pastors and other leaders in their daily work? Three YRLF respondents will join scholars to respond to these and other questions emerging from Saturday’s God Seminar sessions. All national meeting attendees are welcome to attend this open forum. Saturday, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Schedule

Friday, November 20

10–11:30 am
Young Leaders in Religion orientation session

1–2:45 pm
Session 1, Christianity Seminar

3:15–5 pm
Session 2, Christianity Seminar

5–6:30
Meal break

6:30–8 pm
Session 3, Christianity Seminar

8:30 pm–
Young Leaders in Religion pub theology night

Saturday, November 21

9–11:30 am
Session 1, Seminar on God and the Human Future

11:30–1
Meal break

1–3:30 pm
Session 2, Seminar on God and the Human Future

4–5:30 pm
Young Leaders in Religion Forum, Translating the Jewish Wars 

5:30–7 pm
Meal break

7–8:30
Young Leaders in Religion Forum, Translating God

8:30–10 pm
SBL Reception

Sunday, November 22

9–10 am
Public Forum on Westar Seminars

10:30–11:30 am
Harvey Cox, How to Read the Bible

11:30 am–1 pm
Meal break

1–2, 2:30–3:30 pm
Jack Miles, If Jesus is God, what God is he?

4–5 pm
New Interpretations of Paul

Monday, November 23

Open day - opportunity for sightseeing and/or participation in AAR/SBL program

Tuesday, November 22

9:30–10:30 am
John Dominic Crossan, Interpreting Divine Violence in the Bible

Dates & Deadlines At-a-Glance

June 22     Early Bird Registration Deadline

Aug 17     Pre-Registration Deadline
Register by this date to receive SBL name badge & program book in mail; otherwise these must be picked up onsite.

Oct 23    KiddieCorp Pre-registration deadline
More information & how to register.

Oct 31     Hotel discounted room rates expire
Some hotels may honor the rate after this date. More information.

Nov 1     Registration cancellation deadline

Nov 9     Accommodation cancellation deadline

Nov 17     Registration Deadline
Registration after this date is available only through AAR/SBL at a higher rate. 

Nov 20–22    All Westar events

Nov 21–24     All AAR/SBL events, Exhibit Hall open

Registration and Fees

All Westar events, along with Registration and the Exhibit Hall, will take place in the Embassy Hall Ballroom of the International Tower at the Hyatt Regency. See "Meeting Location" below for more details.

Not a Westar member? You can add a Westar membership ($45) to your registration and register at the member price. Westar members receive a subscription to The Fourth R magazine (6 issues annually), discounts on national meeting registration, and 20% off Polebridge books & media. Learn more.

Already registered for the AAR/SBL meeting? Your AAR/SBL registration lets you attend Westar academic seminars. It does not, however, give you access to Westar public lectures. To sign up for the public lectures, see option 2 below.

Westar Fellows who registered through AAR/SBL may join in Westar academic seminars at no additional charge. But, in order to estimate how many places to set at the seminar table, we need you to fill out the Westar online registration form. Clicking on three boxes—(1) I have registered thru AAR/SBL, (2) I am an academic, and (3) I am a Westar Fellow—will let you tell us in which seminars you plan to participate. This is for planning purposes only.

Option 1
Register for full Westar Meeting

For a full meeting registration plus the option to register a partner for the full meeting or just for one/both public lectures, choose Option 1. A Westar full meeting registration gives registrants—including Fellows—full access to the Westar meeting, including academic seminars and public lectures, and full access to the AAR/SBL program, including the exhibits and the reception, as well as to the convention hotel room block. This is an all inclusive registration.

Upon completion of your Westar registration, you will receive instructions for completing your AAR/SBL registration (at no additional cost) and gaining access to hotels. Learn about hotel options.

MembersNon-members
Early Bird Registration (By June 22)$160$200
Pre-registration (By Aug 17)$180$220
Registration (By Nov 17)$210$250

Option 2
Sign up for public lectures only

Those who do not wish to attend Westar academic seminars, the AAR or SBL programs, and who do not want access to the hotel room block, may sign up just for Westar public lecture(s) on Sunday, November 22nd. Lecture attendees can pick up a day pass to the exhibit hall at the event.

MembersNon-members
Public Forum on Westar Seminars (Associates Forum)$10$20
Harvey Cox$20$20
Jack Miles$40$40
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Admission is available at the door for public lectures only.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Fall 2015 location

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Meeting Location
All Westar events, along with Registration and the Exhibit Hall, will take place at:

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Embassy Hall Ballroom
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30303

A name badge, which comes with a full registration only, will be required to access the Exhibit Hall and all sessions, except the Westar public lectures. If you are attending public lectures only, please come straight to the Embassy Hall Ballroom. Lecture attendees can pick up a day pass to the Exhibit Hall on site.

Accessibility
Westar members with disabilities or any attendees who may have difficulty getting around the meeting are encouraged to note this during registration. View the AAR's Accessibility Information Page. You can also get information directly from the Hyatt Regency Accessibility page.

Seminar Papers
For more information about seminar papers, including when they come available and how to order hard copies, click here.

Registration cut-off date & refunds
Full registrations must be received at the Westar office no later than Tuesday, November 17. Walk-on registration is available for public lectures only. Refunds are available if requested by November 1, minus a $40 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available on request. Attendance at Westar events qualifies for CEUs for clergy and other educators. Full attendance at Westar’s Spring or Fall semiannual meetings earns 2 CEUs (.5 per day). Please notify us of your interest when you register, or fill out the CEU request form. During the event, applicants will be asked to check in with a Westar staff member each day on arrival and departure. A certificate will be sent immediately following the event. Please call 503-375-5323 with any questions. 

Full Registration Resources

Exhibit Hall
The Polebridge Press bookstore will be located in the Exhibit Hall at Booth #1509, along with approximately 150 other publishers featuring books on a wide spectrum of subjects from religious studies to hermeneutics to philosophy, often at deep discounts on cover price. A name badge, which you receive with a full registration only, is required to access the exhibits. Lecture attendees can pick up a day pass at the event for access to the Exhibit Hall Sunday only.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Saturday, November 21, 8:30 am–5:30 pm
Sunday, November 22, 8:30 am–5:30 pm
Monday, November 23, 8:30 am–5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 24, 8:30 am–12:00 pm

Hospitality
Westar national meetings are more than the sessions themselves; Westar is a community of people who enjoy candid, intellectually honest conversations about religion in general and Christianity in particular. A hospitality suite will be made available each day for casual conversation with other attendees. Usually the room is available between and after sessions. Check back soon for more details.

Hotel Options
AAR/SBL has negotiated special conference rates at twelve luxurious and convenient hotels for meeting attendees. Please note that you can only get the special conference rate by booking a full Westar registration (which includes an AAR/SBL registration). Hotel conference discounts expire 10/31/2015, though some hotels may honor conference rates after that date at their discretion. Hotel rooms rates are effective beginning Thursday, November 19. Hotel room rates do not include the average of 12.5% percent hotel room tax. The single/double/triple/quadruple room designation denotes the number of room occupants, not the number of beds. A triple room means three people are sharing two double beds unless a rollaway bed is requested at an extra charge.

Hotel reservations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will not be any hotel shuttles but all hotels are within a 15-minute walk from the convention center. If you would like to view the hotel descriptions and prices available for the 2015 annual meeting prior to registering, see the Hotel Locator Map and Rates and Hotel Amenities Chart.

Internet Access
Complimentary internet is available in the Hyatt Regency lobby, meeting rooms, and guest rooms.

Restaurants & Sightseeing
For information about restaurants and sightseeing in the immediate vicinity of the meeting, a good place to start is the Downtown Atlanta website. Atlanta attractions include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Centennial Olympic Park, MLK Jr. National Historic Site, Inside CNN Studio Tour, the High Museum of Art, and the Georgia Aquarium, all linked from the Atlanta Tours and Sightseeing page. 

Child Care
AAR/SBL hosts a children’s program called Kiddie Corp. The program is for children ages 6 months through 12 years old. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Meals must be supplied by parents or purchased when checking your child in each day. Register by October 23, 2015 to guarantee a place.

Travel Information

Air Travel Discounts
Delta and United Airlines are the official carriers of the AAR & SBL Annual Meeting and Avis is the preferred rental car supplier. For the benefit of our conference attendees, a discount is available and is valid a few days before and after the Annual Meeting ends, depending on carrier. To take advantage of these special discounted fares, you can call or make reservations directly through their respective websites listed below. Discounts do not apply to certain restricted fares and exclude sale fare inventories.

If you book through your own travel agency, be sure to give them the appropriate discount code below.

CarrierPhone NumberWebsiteDiscount Code
Delta Airlines1-800-328-1111www.delta.comNML6C
United Airlines1-800-426-1122www.united.comZUME390393
Avis Car Rental1-800-331-1551www.avis.comZ245795 (AWD#)

Transportation from Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Rapid Transit Train – MARTA
Arriving air travelers should follow the Ground Transportation signs to MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). The fare gates are just a few feet from the baggage claim areas. Take the MARTA train to the Peachtree Center Station. You may either take the Doraville Gold Line or the North Springs Red Line. At Peachtree Center, exit to the Food Court and follow signs to the Hyatt Regency or Marriot Marquis Hotel. People who are staying in other properties may get more specific directions from their hotels. For more information, visit http://itsmarta.com/rail-schedules-or-route.aspx. MARTA fare is $5 for a round trip ticket, and $1 more if you don’t already have a Breeze Card.

Taxis
A set fee prevails between the airport and downtown of $30. There is a $2 charge for each additional person and a $1.50 flag drop fee. Taxis can be found in the Yellow Bus aisle.

Shared-Ride Vans

The AAR and SBL are partnering with Super Shuttle this year for dates between November 18 and 28. Shared shuttle service is available 24 hours a day with a reservation. They are offering a discount of $1 off one-way trips ($15.50), or $4 per roundtrip ($29). There are two ways to book Super Shuttle:

  • Go to the AAR/SBL Super Shuttle Site to book your shuttle. Note that only AAR & SBL hotels are listed on this link.
  • Call 1-800-258-3826, and give the discount code VSBT4. Attendees will be charged $2 each way if you choose to call in your reservation. Please have the address of your hotel ready.

Upon arrival, follow signs to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the SuperShuttle ticket counter to speak with a uniformed Customer Service Representative. The counter is located in the Domestic Terminal's south-side baggage claim area, in the corridor immediately to the left of the escalator from the inter-terminal train. The ticket counter is staffed from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM daily. Most shared-ride shuttles pick up on the Green Bus Aisle, which is located outside in the Ground Transportation Center between the Domestic North and South Terminals.

Arriving International Passengers
The Atlanta airport has a relatively new (2012) International Terminal. If you are arriving directly from an international flight, you cannot access secured areas of the Airport after you pick up your luggage at the international terminal baggage claim. The airport has a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service that goes from the international terminal to the main terminal (15-minute ride). From the main terminal, you have access to the domestic terminal’s ground transportation center at the west of the building, which includes MARTA. If you are flying back directly to an international location, you must go to this terminal to check in as well.

Hanging signs will assist you with identifying loading and unloading zones for each ground transportation service:

Taxis: Yellow/Zone 1
Local Shuttles: Green/Zone 4
International Shuttle Connector (to main airport terminal): Red/Zone 3

Parking at the Annual Meeting
Each hotel has different parking rules and rates. Please check at the property that is most convenient for you for accurate information. The Hyatt Regency offers hotel parking (indoor valet) with in/out privileges. There is no self-service parking available.

The charges are as follows:

0-1 hour $ 10.00
1-2 hours $14.00
2-4 hours $18.00
4-6 hours $24.00
6-24 hours $32.00

Additional Parking - Should the underground lot become full, additional parking is located at 31 Baker Street, located ½ block away from the hotel. The rate is $18 per night for this parking.

For more information, please see the Hyatt Regency Transportation page and Parking page. If you are planning on driving in, and would like a more economical choice, you might want to park at an outlying MARTA station and take the rail in. Hyatt Regency Atlanta is connected to Peachtree Center Train Station via Peachtree Center Mall. From http://itsmarta.com/rail-schedules-or-route.aspx, you can click on individual train stations to view their parking information. See above for more MARTA information.