Each November, since 1986, I’ve eagerly planned my trip to NCA’s annual convention. That first fall convention trip, I piled into a room at the Palmer House with six other graduate students and enjoyed my first of many weekends in Chicago attending NCA’s convention. While working on my M.A. at Penn State, the faculty ingrained in me the importance of attending conventions and interacting with other scholars in the field. I’ve rarely missed a convention since.
This year the convention is only a short Metro ride away for me. It’s exciting to be in the city I’ve called home since 1993! I’m looking forward to enjoying the city from a different vantage point. Woodley Park is an exciting neighborhood and near many great restaurants and nearby attractions and with the Metro only a few steps away, the location can’t be beat. More importantly, though, the scholarly activities and events planned over the next few days will be enlightening, and in the case of the opening session, entertaining. I haven’t seen Capital Steps since my first year living here! As a student of political communication, I am sure their performance will provide much food for thought. Other panels, many focused on teaching and learning issues, such as using NBC Learn Archives on Demand, a service available to all NCA members, will certainly provide new ideas that I can incorporate into classroom activities.
What convention events are you most looking forward to attending? Which city sights will you be sure not to miss? Share your ideas with our blog readers! Safe travels to everyone – see you in DC!