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INTERFACE 2004
Jun 16-18

Conference Theme: e-Learning Magic

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, AB, http://centreforlearning.sait.ca/interface2004/

Conference Contact: Ingrid Stammer; Phone: 403-319-7245; Email: ingrid_stammer@cpr.ca

Who should go?
Teachers & Trainers – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Staff developers – Curriculum specialists

The Interface 2004 conference theme, e-Learning Magic, will bring educators, administrators, and corporate trainers together through presentations, workshops, and networking in the following areas: – New ideas in analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning; – Innovative methods for the delivery of student services for e-learners; – Novel approaches to faculty professional development for e-learning.

JOINT CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL LIBRARIES (JCDL 2004)
Jun 7-11

Conference Theme: Global Reach and Diverse Impact

The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, Tuscon, Arizona, US, http://www.jcdl2004.org/

Conference Contact: Catherine Larson, Email: cal@eller.arizona.edu

Who should go? Teachers & Trainers – Technology Coordinators/Technology Specialists – Library/Media Specialists – Curriculum specialists – Researcher

The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries,” including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; digital preservation and archiving; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing. The intended community for this conference includes those interested in aspects of digital libraries such as infrastructure; institutions; metadata; content; services; digital preservation; system design; implementation; interface design; human-computer interaction; performance evaluation; usability evaluation; collection development; intellectual property; privacy; electronic publishing; document genres; multimedia; social, institutional, and policy issues; user communities; and associated theoretical topics.

INTERNATIONAL CELTIC CONFERENCE
Oct 14-17

From October 14-17th, 2004, the University College of Cape Breton will host the International Celtic Conference, Forging a Future for Celtic Languages and Cultures, under the direction of Robert Morgan, Laurent Lavoie, Hector MacNeil and Pierre Siguret.

During the 20th century, in America and Australia a significant number of languages have disappeared, the inescapable consequence of the assimilation since the seventies. The same has happened with the Celtic languages. Our conference is organized by four professors who wish to promote a genuine interest in Celtic languages. Professor Hector MacNeil teaches Gaelic language, Professor Robert Morgan is an historian, specialist of Cape Breton History, Professor Laurent Lavoie favours the maintenance of minority languages and teaches French and Professor Pierre Siguret is a scholar in French with an intense interest in Breton.

Call for papers: We are asking for papers from scholars from everywhere. The organizing committee will invite participants with the best proposals. Different applied methodologies will be presented around the question from psycho-linguistics, social linguistics, theories of language acquisition, community development and cultural promotion. Specialists of Celtic languages will be invited together with scholars on such threatened languages as Maorie and Mi’kmaq.

Entertainment: On each night of the conference there will be live entertainment: Celtic music, songs and poetry perpetuating the formidable GĂ idhlig heritage still surviving in Cape Breton and in the various Celtic countries of the world.

For further information or contributions to enhance the intellectual and economic success of the conference, you may visit our website at http://www.uccb.ca/index1.htm or email celtic.world@uccb.ca

ideaCity
Jun 16-18

ideaCity, a “meeting of minds”, is an annual conference held in Toronto, Ontario. It brings together some of the most interesting and fascinating personalities of our time, for three days of stimulating conversation, performances, thought-provoking ideas, and other social events.

The conference is not centred around any one discipline or industry, and there are no keynote or panel discussions. In fact, scripted speeches are forbidden; as the website states: “Everyone is in on the common narrative.” Rather than the usual Q&A sessions after a speaker has completed their talk or performance, the conference has adopted the practice of long breaks between sessions (and nightly parties) that invite conversation between speakers, performers, and attendees.

This year’s presenters are:

Michael Adams – (President and CEO, Environics, Author, Sex in the Snow)
Henry Aubin – (Investigative Journalist, Author, The Rescue of Jerusalem)
Robert Bateman – (Artist, Naturalist)
Jane Bunnett – (Modern Jazz Musician)
Ken Finkleman – (Writer, Director, Producer; The Newsroom)
Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra – (2 Pianos, 4 Hands.)
Derek Hatfield – (Sailor, “Around the World Alone” yacht race)
John Ince – (Lawyer, Advocate for a more sexually ‘healthy’ culture)
Robert Kennedy Jr. – (Defender of the Environment, Lawyer, Author)
Laura Kipnis – (Cultural Theorist and Author Against Love: A Polemic)
Anita Kunz – (Editorial Cartoonist, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker)
Mers Kutt – (Inventor of the world’s first personal computer)
Sook-Yin Lee – (Musician, Actor, Filmmaker)
James Lockyer – (Lawyer; Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted)
Joseph MacInnis – (Physician, Scientist, Businessman, Deep-sea diver, Author, Environmentalist)
Lewis MacKenzie – (Commander, UN Peacekeeping Mission to ‘Sector Sarajevo’; Author)
Gabor Mate – (Physician, Author, When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress)
Jaymie Matthews – (Astrophysicist, Mission Scientist, The MOST project)
Paul Moller – (Founder, Moller International; inventor of the Skycar)
Terry Mosher – (Political Cartoonist, The Montreal Gazette; Cartoon Editor, Maclean’s)
Robert Munsch – (International Best-Selling Children’s Author)
Cleo Paskal – (Travel Writer, The National Post; Producer, Channel 4; Contributor, The Independent)
Irene Pepperberg – (MIT Media Lab; Expert, Animal-Human Communications (Grey Parrots))
Lola Rasminsky – (Avenue Road Arts School Founder; Advocate for Arts Education)
George Rizsanyi – (Guitar Craftsmen to the Stars)
Harry Rosen – (Founder, Harry Rosen Inc.)
Eva Vertes – (Scientist, Researcher, student at Princeton; made a significant Alzheimer’s discovery at the age of 15.)
Paul Wells – (National Affairs Columnist (and ‘Back Page’ occupant), Maclean’s).

“In an age that seems to swing wildly between wide-eyed optimism and dire pessimism, perhaps our greatest challenge is to sustain a capacity for idealism. ideaCity is one small effort to establish a forum for the high ground of ideas and idealism.” (ideaCity website)

This year’s conference takes place from June 16th to the 18th in Toronto, Ontario. For more information regarding the conference, contact jenniferm@citytv.com or call 416 591 7400 x2475, or visit the conference website at http://www.ideacityonline.com/

Provided by Lonita Fraser

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER

InfraEDUCA 2004 – June 25 – 27 – Pragati Maidan, New Delhi – The exhibition will be synergetic platform showcasing recent developments in Basic & Primary Education, Higher Education, Coaching Institutes, Specialised Courses, Vocational Training & Career Prospects, Distant Learning Systems, International Universities and Programmes, E-Learning Tools and Educational Kits, Computer Education, Government Schemes and Programmes etc. Details: http://www.friendzexhibitions.com/infraeduca2004/index.htm.

N.A.Web 2004 – Oct. 16-19 – Fredericton, NB, Canada – The Tenth Annual International Web-Based Teaching and Learning Conference – Details: http://naweb.unb.ca

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