Society for Cross-Cultural Research Newletter

Volume 24, Number 2

Fall, 1996

In This Issue
Society for Cross-Cultural Research 26th Annual Meeting Report from Incoming President, Susan Abbott
The President's Column Lew Hendrix, President
This and That Roy Malpass
International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Marshall Segall
Cross-Cultural Research Melvin Ember, Editor
Summer Institutes in Comparative Anthropological Research Carol Ember
Newsletter News Leigh Minturn, Editor
International Conferences  


Report from Incoming President, Susan Abbott

The 1997 Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross- Cultural Research will be held at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The hotel was built in 1859 on the plaza next to the Alamo just two blocks from the famous Paseo del Rio or River Walk that meanders through the center of the old city of San Antonio. It's a wonderful location for our meeting and will attract a good attendance of both old members and those newly interested in what the SCCR has to offer. So make your plans now to present your latest research, visit with your friends and acquaintances, and learn what one of the Southwest's great cities has to offer.

I want to encourage all of you to generate interesting symposia for the meeting. It is clear from our membership survey published in the spring issue, that no matter how attractive the location, you come primarily because you want to hear interesting papers about exciting research. I am busy contacting people and encouraging them to get involved. I want all of you to do the same so that we can create a memorable meeting for all of us. We've got a great location so let's put together a great intellectual experience to go along with it!

This year, as Program Chair, I am open to different formats for sessions. The traditional format of related papers, each getting 15-20 mins is fine as far as it goes. But it is not the only possibility. Perhaps you are interested in hearing one or two people discuss at greater length recent works on the same or closely related topics followed by substantial time for in depth discussion with the audience. Perhaps you would like to have a workshop on some interesting and potentially useful methodologies you've always wanted to learn more about. Whom might we ask to give this kind of workshop? If you have ideas, contact me by e- mail, letter, or phone and let me hear about them. I'll follow through and arrange these kinds of events. Registration forms are at the end of this newsletter.

The meetings will begin Wednesday evening with registration and a reception; the first paper sessions will start at 9:00 AM on Thursday morning and continue through Sunday morning. The banquet will be scheduled for Friday night. There will be at least one other evening reception with cash bar. I am planning the usual morning coffee services to help you get your eyes open and your minds in gear.

If you have never visited San Antonio, you are in for a treat. The weather should be pleasant in late February. San Antonio dates from the early eighteenth century and has an old Spanish flavor and multi-cultural heritage. Nearby are several old Spanish mission sites; and the hill country towns to the north like New Braunfels reflect their origins in substantial German settlement in the last century. It's the former starting point of the Chisholm Trail. The city is home to several museums with foci as diverse as Texas prehistory and history, circus memorabilia, fine arts, and U.S.Army medicine from the Civil War to the present. There are botanical gardens, 3 lakes within the city limits offering sailboating and fishing, and for the exercise-minded --3 one mile jogging trails through the downtown area. Many excellent restaurants are available including dinner boats boarded from the Paseo del Rio. I will be sure to schedule sufficient free time during the meeting so that you can taste something of this attractive city.


The Menger is an attractive historic hotel in central San Antonio. The room rates for our meeting are a standard $90 per night for both single and double occupancy. These are a special group rate. The hotel will guarantee this rate until January 19, 1997. After that time it will release any remaining rooms and you will not get our group rate. Room rates are subject to local tax which is currently 15%.

Hotel self parking is currently $4.95 plus 7.5% tax per day; valet parking is $9.95 per day. Hotel reservations can be made directly with the reservation service of the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Their toll free number is 1-800-345- 9285. Be sure to name the SCCR when you make your reservation so you can get our special room rate.


Group rates have been arranged through American Airlines which has a hub in the Dallas/Ft.Worth airport north of San Antonio. They have many flights each day connecting to San Antonio. To arrange your tickets through American Airlines and receive the group discount, you must phone their First Call Desk at 1-800- 221-2255 and give our Star File # 1327LS. This is the only way you can receive our special discount. Be sure to tell them when you call to make your reservations that you are traveling to attend the Society for Cross- Cultural Research's Annual Meeting so proper credit can be given.


For those wary of the air, Amtrak stops in San Antonio with 3 times a week on the Miami/Los Angles route; 3 times a week on the Chicago route; and there is daily service via Austin, Ft.Worth/Dallas, Little Rock, St.Louis, and Springfield.

The San Antonio Airport is 13 miles north of the city center and is served by several airlines. Taxi fares from the airport to the city center are $14-$16. There are also airport shuttle services provided by Star Shuttle. They charge $6 one way; reservations can be made by phoning (210) 341-6000. 24-hour advance reservations are recommended. Auto rental services are available at the airport from all the major national chains. You might also consider some of the locals like Chuck's Rent-A-Clunker (210) 922-9464.

Within the city, street cars provide rapid transit about the city and will get all of us to the historical sites. including the Spanish Governor's Palace, La Villita, St. Paul Square, the Southwest Crafts Center, Institute of Texan Cultures and the King William area. There are 95 regular bus routes in the city, 4 regular downtown streetcar routes, as well as taxis. You will do just fine without a car.


Both the Alamo and the Chisholm trail are part of American history and folklore. The Alamo is one of many mission-forts that Spanish priest founded in their new-world territories. Texas was a province of Mexico until the American and some Mexican settlers, dissatisfied with authoritarian rule from the distant Mexico city, proclaimed their independence in 1835. On February 23, 1836, the army of the Mexican General Santa Ana, attacked the Alamo. The 183 Texans stationed in the mission.held out under siege, to give the Texan troops, under General Sam Houston time to organize. When Santa Ana finally took the Alamo on March 6, his troops shot the wounded and burned all bodies. The dead included two popular folk heros, Davy Crockett a famous frontiersman and congressman from Tennessee, and James Bowie, inventor of the bowie knife, a hunting knife and weapon widely used by western settlers. The news incited widespread public indignation. Six weeks after the fall of the Alamo the Sam Houston's Texas troops of defeated Santa Ana's army, captured the Mexican General and established the free Republic of Texas, with Huston as its first Governor. The battle cry "Remember the Alamo" has remained as part of the folklore of Texas and the United States.

The Chisholm trail is the most famous and one of the longest of the cattle drive trails used by Texan ranchers after the civil war to drive to Missouri where they could be shipped to Eastern states on the newly built transcontinental railroad. The Chisholm trail was over 1000 miles long.

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