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Social Events

Opening Reception

The Opening Reception will be held on Tuesday, 7/25, from 5-7pm, at the Frank Gehry designed Weisman Art Museum on the east bank of the Mississippi River.  Enjoy beer, wine, and soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres and conversation, all set to the swinging tunes of John Jensen and the Usual Suspects jazz combo.  Renew old friendships and make new ones as you stroll among the art galleries.

You can also pick up your meeting registration packet or pay for on-site/late registration.

Cuisine Affinity Groups

Meet new colleagues over dinner!  Wed. 7/26

Minneapolis features restaurants of many different cuisines, e.g., Afghani, Argentine, Caribbean/Spanish, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Iranian, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mongolian, Thai and Vietnamese, as well as seafood, steakhouses, vegetarian and good ol’ American soul food and barbecue. On Wed. evening, 7/26, after the first full day of the meeting, we will facilitate social contact by organizing expeditions to these restaurants.

Meet folks who share your taste in food (and who knows what else). Student guides will make suggestions, hand out maps, and call taxis. Local faculty and students will be asked to go along and act as guides on what’s good and what’s great on the menus. (For a general review of Twin Cities restaurants, see or

Laboratory Tours

The possibility of lab tours with local researchers is being explored.

Lunch Options

An extensive food court on ground level of the Coffman Memorial Union features bagel, pizza, sandwich, and hot food concessions. There is a upscale (and more expensive) menu at the Campus Club on the 4th floor of Coffman. The food court will be open 7 AM-5 PM weekdays throughout the meeting.  For lunch on Saturday, when the food court will not be open, a  5-10 minute walk east along Washington Ave will bring you to food choices including bagel and noodle shops, 3 pizzerias and 3 “submarine” sandwich shops as well as Chinese, Mexican, 2 Thai, 2 Vietnamese and 3 American restaurants.

Free afternoon

Fri 7/28

Check tourism and recreation section for suggested indoor and outdoor activities.

Banquet XVII

Historic Wabasha St. Caves, St. Paul, Fri 7/28

Explore the criminal mentality in a unique dining experience wholly befitting a professional meeting on aggression.  Price includes bus transportation, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, buffet dinner with vegetarian option, awards, and SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT!

See the Meeting Registration Table for prices and deadlines.


Optional Post-Meeting Events

We would gladly explore options for those who are remaining in Minneapolis through Saturday evening, 7/29, and who would like to have an interesting and enjoyable experience in the company of other ISRA meeting-goers. Possible recreational activities/events on Saturday evening include a 3 hour ride and dinner aboard a Mississippi paddleboat, St. Paul Saints baseball game, comedy club, karaoke singing, and lawn bowling, as well as more traditional theatre, including the new Guthrie Theatre and musical venues. Please email Kelli at to indicate your interest in these excursions or request info on another type of activity.