International Conference
on Interpretation

Join us in the heart of the Champagne wine-growing region in Reims, France, for our NAI 2018 International Conference! Join interpreters from around the world as we explore the conference theme, "Inspiring Critical Thinking: Essential Questions of Past, Present, and Future."

Offsite sessions will explore sites of historical significance such as the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau Wood Battlefield and US Marine Monument, and the Chateau-Thierry American Monument; cultural locations like the Notre-Dame de Reims cathedral and local vineyards; and natural sites, such as Reims Mountain Regional Nature Park.

Conference Theme: Inspiring Critical Thinking

Essential Questions of Past, Present, and Future
Our theme for this year’s International Conference on Interpretation focuses on the essential questions that we as interpreters face in our professional lives and how interpretation can serve to articulate issues and help bridge the increasingly divisive public discourse. Communication is a key to understanding—the interpretive communication process presents and translates information in a way that is meaningful to the audience, and this is a path to education and agreement.

What is interpretation’s role in inspiring critical thinking and meaningful conversations about the challenging issues of our times? Similarly, what evolution has the profession seen in the thinking behind, and uses of, interpretation?

Complete Conference Information

Download the conference program guide for a full schedule of events.

For information on registration, lodging, schedule, off-site sessions, and the post-conference trip, download the registration packet.

NAI International Conference

Reims, France
April 16–20, 2018

The conference starts with a reception Monday, April 16. Educational off-sites take place Wednesday, April 18. (Some may have an additional cost.)


Register online
Download the registration packet

How do you pronounce "Reims"?

We don't blame you if you thought it was "Reems," but no, the word is closer to "Rance," as in, rhymes with "France." Roll the first R a little (on the back of your tongue) and let the word disappear somewhere in your throat and you've got it.