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Vienna Café Culture

Posted By Susan Abbott, Friday, January 15, 2016
When Rebecca Bryant offered to get involved on our volunteer team, we said yes, and asked her for some creative thinking on making the event more interactive and immersive. As a southern woman, she’ll probably hate that I’m saying this, but she is an amazingly creative thinker, and we are thrilled with what she proposed. Vienna, we learned, is the home of a rather unique cultural phenomenon, known as the café conversation. A central part of the intellectual life of this city, these are not conversations about the weather or about sports, they are conversations about the meaning of life and other weighty topics. It turns out that this tradition is so unique it has been recognized by UNESCO as an important part of humanity’s cultural heritage. Rebecca proposed that we arrange for conference attendees to experience this kind of conversation. There are actually TWO ways to experience a Vienna café conversation at this conference. The first is by signing up for the Tuesday evening event that will put you (or you and your guest) in conversation with a local Viennese over dinner. We know many of the international travelers will arrive early to adjust to the time change, and this is a great way to spend that pre-conference evening! This is a limited enrollment event, however, and only available to 50 attendees. So we are also bringing the Vienna conversation into the conference and you will experience this during one of the lunches. Lunchtime conversation is already a rich tradition for this event, and we give you lots of time to talk, to meet people and get to know them. This new twist will just make it even better, we hope. Join us and see.

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