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2017 AAACE Conference  - Adult Learning for All Specialties
Christy Rhodes, AAACE Conference Chair

It is amazing to think that the 2017 AAACE Conference is right around the corner! We’re still putting the finishing touches on a few things, but the conference schedule is now complete. We’ll be posting it soon, but here is a bit of what will be offered in Memphis from Wednesday to Friday:

156 concurrent
55 roundtable
26 shared concurrent
17 poster sessions 

Our proposal review team has selected a phenomenal lineup to illustrate the conference theme of the unified voices in adult and continuing education. These sessions represent the Adult Learning, Colleges & Universities, Community and Non-formal Education, Health Professions, History and Philosophy, Program Management, and Workforce Development, to name just a few. With the variety of topics offered, the only problem you’ll face is deciding which sessions to attend!

We are also pleased to announce that we will be joined by Drs. Jovita Ross-Gordon, Amy Rose, and Carol Kasworm in their Wednesday keynote address Making a Difference: Challenges and Possibilities for a Diverse Field, in addition to Dr. Dan Pratt who will share his thoughts on teaching adult learners in a variety of contexts in his Friday keynote address Variations on a Theme of “Good Teaching”. In addition, Susan Williams will offer an extended concurrent session to share highlights of current and historical community education projects as the Highlander Research and Education Center celebrates its 85th year of community-based adult education.

You’ll also want to save some energy for our Wednesday evening event at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. Your ticket includes an authentic Memphis barbecue meal and a self-guided tour through 260 artifacts, 40 films, oral histories, and interactive media depicting five centuries of the history of resistance to injustice and events that inspired people around the world to stand up for equality. This event is part of our efforts to raise funds to sponsor graduate student scholarships for the annual conference.

AAACE is also proud to announce the publication of the International Compendium of Adult and Continuing Education (ICACE) and invite you to join us for book signings, panel discussions, and conference sessions throughout the CIAE pre-conference, CPAE co-conference, and general sessions.

See you soon and we look forward to hearing your voice in our chorus of adult educators. Early-bird registration rates will be offered through September 15th so register online and make room reservations as soon as you can at . Also, feel free to contact us with any questions at

See you in Memphis!


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