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AAACE 2020: Virtual

69th Annual AAACE Conference

Improving Social Engagement Through
Adult Education

**  Special Announcement: AAACE 2020 Annual Conference in Reno, NV, October 27-30 **

AAACE Leadership, the 2020 Conference Committee, and Staff continue to monitor the evolving factors related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As of June 23, the Executive Board determined it would be in the best interest of our members and attendees to cancel the in-person conference in Reno and in its place hold the conference virtually. Current developments, restrictions on gatherings exceeding more than 50 people in the state of Nevada, an international travel ban into the United States, domestic travel bans imposed by colleges and universities, and the continual spread of the Coronavirus, all contributed to our decision to move the 2020 AAACE Conference completely online, October 27 - 30. We look forward to having you join us for the online event and will be providing further details and the updated program shortly.  We appreciate your patience while we work to update information available on the website.








Conference Theme

The current state of social engagement, public and private, in our society, requires urgent attention. An observation of the discourse around us results in three apparent issues. First, it is easy to see our dialogue as divisive wherein the voicing of personal opinions is seen as an attack rather than an opportunity for debate or dialogue. Second, the expression of differing values creates enemies of the “right” and “wrong” person rather than opportunities for mutual respect. Third, and perhaps the most important, is the general lack of discourse itself. Additionally, there can be many factors that have contributed to the decline in the nature of discourse in our lives and our society such as our deep perceptions of what is right and wrong with others’ religion, politics, economic philosophy, and other ideologies. The question becomes, how can we avoid this and improve discourse through adult education?

The answer to this can be found in the answers of several questions. What is important for adult educators to “do” in the various adult education contexts, such communities of practice, the workplace, academia, and social media, that creates opportunities for improved discourse? How can those lessons be transferred into the community? How can adult education theories and practices be harnessed into a guiding force for constructive dialogue and mutual respect? How can adult education give a voice to the voiceless who have ceased engaging in discourse for fear of marginalization?

Important Dates

  • December 18, 2019:  AAACE and CPAE Co-Conference Call for Proposals opens
  • January/February 2020:  CDLT and CIAE Pre-Conference Call for Proposals opens
  • May 13, 2020, 11:59pm EDT:  All Calls for Proposals close
  • June 26, 2020:  AAACE, CPAE, and CDLT Acceptances announced
  • July 13, 2020:  Virtual Conference Registration Opens
  • August 7, 2020: Presenter Registration Deadline

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