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ATHENews - Volume 26, Number 4 - 2013 Conference Update
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2013 Conference Update

by Chase Bringardner, Vice President for 2013 Conference

Happy near end of the semester to one and all! I wanted to provide all our members with a quick update from the 2013 Orlando Conference Committee. We are making great progress on a number of fronts and are really excited about the emerging conference program.

We were thrilled to announce Bill Irwin as our keynote speaker a couple weeks ago. As a paragon of play, Irwin will contribute greatly to our conference theme and set a wonderful tone for the entire conference.

In the coming weeks, we will be launching one of our major 2013 conference initiatives, entitled PLAYdates. These facilitated excursions will provide an opportunity for members to participate in expeditions to a few select, local destinations (including The Hoop De Doo Review at Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Downtown Disney, just to name two). These excursions will allow members to engage directly with our conference site, Orlando, and take part in conversation and discussion about that site with a smaller group of excursion participants and two group leaders. Please look for an email in the next couple weeks detailing these excursions and explaining the process for signing up. Make sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

We continue to try to craft conference programming that will engage with the larger issues of our field while at the same time interrogating (playfully) our conference location.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have thoughts, ideas, or questions at

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