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International Conference On Interpretation

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?

Conference Rates*
Early Bird $295 US
(through February 2, 2018)

Regular Registration $425 US
(after February 2, 2018)

Full individual registration includes all conference sessions; meals to include morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, welcome reception and closing banquet dinner; and an off-site study session including transportation and lunch (some off-site sessions require an additional fee).

*Costs are listed in US dollars.

Special Terms and Cancellation
NAI's cancellation policies reflect the need to supply final numbers to conference facilities, caterers, and transportation providers.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed, postmarked, or faxed by March 20; a nonrefundable processing fee of $100 will be assessed. Emailed cancellations should be sent to registration@interpnet.com.
  • Cancellations cannot be made by phone.
  • Changes to off-site sessions can be made on this registration form until March 20, subject to availability.
  • Additional event or meal tickets are nonrefundable after March 20. No refunds for additional events or meal tickets will be given at the conference.
  • No refunds will be given after March 20.

 

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When
4/16/2018 - 4/20/2018
Where
The Centre International De Séjour De Champagne
Reims, France

Program

   

1. Included Items (must pre-register)

 
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions

 
Featured Attractions
1. Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
2. Belleau Wood Battlefield and US Marine Monument
3. Chateau-Thierry American Monument

NAI is excited to offer conference participants an exclusive tour of these three sites. Join personnel from the American Battlefield Monument Commission who will guide you through the cemetery where nearly 2,300 American service personnel are buried. You will visit Belleau Wood, a small forest where thousands of soldiers and marines confronted entrenched German forces and where trench networks and fighting positions can still be seen today. The final site is the American Monument that sits on “Hill 204” overlooking the Chateau-Thierry and commemorates the efforts of US and French forces stopping the German advances along the Marne River. The monument also houses the newest ABMC visitor center.

During this study tour we will examine the American tradition of commemorating the decisive role of the WWI American Expeditionary Force in the Aisne-Marne campaign and how this reflects the evolution of interpreting the Great War. America’s intent in commemorating the American Expeditionary’s role in WWI during the Aisne-Marne Campaign was to help soothe a terrible trauma. The Aisne-Marne Campaign sites are a testimony to America’s will to honor and glorify the role and sacrifices of the AEF. The maintenance of these sites, and the interpretation of the stories they tell, is one of the numerous ways America strives to never forget those who fought and died during the Aisne-Marne campaign.

Notes for Participants
Cost: Participants $70; Guest tickets $100 (can be purchased below) 
Maximum Number of Participants: 50
Minimum Number of Participants: 25
Meals Included: Lunch
Accessibility: Tour involves some walking and time on a bus. Please  wear weather-appropriate comfortable clothes and shoes.

Offsite registration closes March 20, 2018.
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
4/18/2018 8:30 AM
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
4/18/2018 8:30 AM
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
4/18/2018 8:30 AM
A city steeped in history where you can walk the streets of the Romans and crowned kings of France.

Reims was founded circa 80 BC before the Roman conquest of northern Gaul, and served as the capital of the tribe of the Remi— whose name the town would subsequently echo. Steeped in rich history the city of Reims tells a story that begins in ancient times and covers two thousand years leading to modern-day France.

Take a guided tour and learn from a local guide as you walk the ancient city of Reims. This offsite will start with a tour of the famous Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, the architectural marvel and jewel of Gothic art that witnessed the coronation of French kings. You will continue on to explore the city streets and learn about the city’s historic sites and famous buildings as you walk past La Place Royale (pictured), La Place du Forum, l’Hôtel de Ville, La Porte Mars, Les Promenades, La Place Drouet d’Erlon, and the Church of Saint-Jacques. At the end of the tour you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Notes for Participants
Cost:
Included in registration; Guest tickets $55 (can be purchased below)
Maximum Number of Participants: 50
Minimum Number of Participants: 30
Meet-up Location: Reims tourist board about 20 meters from the cathedral
Meals Included: Lunch
Accessibility: This offsite will include a lot of walking so please dress weather appropriate and wear comfortable shoes.

Offsite registration closes March 20, 2018.
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
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8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4/18/2018 8:30 AM
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
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8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4/18/2018 8:30 AM
Discover the natural and cultural heritage of the Mountain Regional Nature Park, a protected area located just outside of Reims, with a guided tour of the many wonders the park has to offer. Visit the Faux de Verzy, an enchanted forest of twisted beach trees and knotted, deformed trunks that remain a mystery for botanists.

The park is also home to several species of large mammals, including deer and wild boar, as well as unusual plant life, thanks to the park’s uniqueness and biodiversity. The park, considered a national treasure, is remarkable not only for its wealth of flora and fauna, but also for its important production of wood and the location of many vineyards and Champagne caves. Participants will consider the region’s environmental dimension, economic function, and social role, as well as the multifunctional nature of forests and the issues associated with their management.

Notes for Participants
Cost:
Participants $65; Guest tickets $95 (can be purchased below)
Maximum Number of Participants: 50
Minimum Number of Participants: 25
Meals Included: Lunch
Accessibility: Tour involves some walking and time on a bus. Please wear weather-appropriate comfortable clothes and shoes.

Offsite registration closes March 20, 2018.
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
Time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
4/18/2018 8:30 AM
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
4/18/2018 8:30 AM
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2. Off-Site Study Sessions
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4/18/2018 9:00 AM

3. Post-Conference Trip

 

Join colleagues as you explore the Champagne region from Reims to Paris. This post-conference trip will depart from Reims on Friday, April 20, at 2:00pm and take you first to Chateau-Thierry, the City of Fables. There you will walk in the heights of the old town and discover the old castle, a pleasant fortified site where the ramparts offer a superb view of the rooftops of Château-Thierry and the Marne Valley. You will also have a chance to admire the beautiful medieval ruins as you follow the interpretive signs along the trail. These include the imposing Door of St. John, the well-preserved ramparts dotted with towers, and the old keep.

From Chateau-Thierry a coach will take you to Epernay where you will check-in to the Best Western Hotel de Champagne for a two night stay, rest for a bit and meet up for a nice three-course French meal and take a stroll down the Avenue de Champagne, known as the “richest avenue in the world.”

After a restful night, day two will start off with a visit to the town of Ay-Champagne, site of the oldest cooperative in Champagne. Here you will spend two hours on a private visit with an English-speaking guide as you explore:

  • The history of the cooperative
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  • The wine room
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  • The centenary cellars
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  • The Museum of Champagne’s Work Crafts with a visit through the vineyard (weather permitting)
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  • The Villa Collet—Champagne tasting of Collet Champagne house

From there it is on to a three-course lunch in Saint-Imoges at Le Bois Joli. After lunch you will board your coach and be transferred to Hautvillers Village (the cradle of Champagne). Closely linked to the history of the grand cellarer Dom Perignon, the village of Post-Conference Trip Champagne Region from Reims to Paris Friday–Sunday, April 20–22 Hautvillers is nestled at the crossroads between the Marne valley and Montagne de Reims.

After spending time in Hautvillers you will be transferred to the Moet & Chandon champagne house. The cellar visit, led by interpreters, will invite you to discover the Moet & Chandon expertise of our oenologists and the legacy of a know-how developed over time and passed through several generations of cellar masters. This tour also includes a tasting.

After a day of seeing some of the beautiful sites the Champagne region has to offer you will have time to go back to your room to refresh before meeting for a three-course meal.

You will depart for Paris on the third day of your trip and stop along the way in Provins.

Provins offers a unique opportunity to experience a 12th- and 13th-century merchant town, site of the fairs of Champagne. It is a real showcase of medieval architecture (military, religious, and civil) and it is one of the few towns in France that can boast over 50 listed monuments with historical value. Your visit will be capped by a three-course lunch before transfer to Paris. We will work with participants on drop-off locations – airport or hotel.

Notes for Participants

Minimum Number: 10 (Please note if we do not meet the minimum of 10 by March 15 the post trip will be canceled)
Cost: $1,050 per guest based on double occupancy (single supplement available) — includes all lodging, meals (lunches and dinners include wine, mineral water, and coffee), transportation, guides, and tour fees
Sites included: Chateau-Thierry, Epernay, Ay-Champagne, SaintImoges, Hautvillers, Provins
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3. Post-Conference Trip
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4/20/2018 - 4/22/2018
4/20/2018