With its important role in the 1960s US Civil Rights struggle and as home to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta offers an excellent site in which to convene a conference dedicated to issues of inequality. The US Parks service operates a Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, which includes the Dr. King’s childhood home as well as his final resting place. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta will also be of interest to CIES attendees.
Atlanta hosted the 1996 summer Olympics and its downtown features the large, welcoming Centennial Olympic Park, a short walk from the CIES 2017 conference hotel. Tourist sites worthy of a visit include the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola Museum, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Zoo Atlanta. Piedmont Park located in Atlanta’s midtown area features expansive walking and running trails.
Atlanta’s airport is a major international hub making for easy flights and connections for attendees coming from across the US and from across the world. MARTA rail lines offer a quick and easy way to travel in from the airport to downtown.
Additional information on exploring Atlanta is available here. The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau has prepared a special CIES 2017 savings pass that will give conference attendees special discounts on a range of attractions.