The 44th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association will be held in the historic city of Portland, Maine from October 10th - 13th. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described his hometown of Portland as "a jewel by the sea" and that still holds true today.
Portland is one of the most vibrant and inviting small cities in New England. The scenic Old Port area by the waterfront boasts cobblestoned streets and handsome 19th century buildings. With less than one hundred thousand residents, it frequently appears on lists for the "ten best small cities in the United States." In recent years its reputation as a "foodie" town has grown as its chefs and restaurants received prestigious James Beard Award. It's not surprising that this year Portland is a contender for first place.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which caters to this fast growing demographic, located its national headquarters on the University of Southern Maine (USM) campus in the newly constructed Wishcamper Center, directly adjacent to the new Osher Map Library (OML) addition. Both these buildings were part of an expansion undertaken by USM in 2007. The university is very proud of this facility, and it was designed with events like the meeting of the International Visual Literacy Conference in mind.
The sessions for the IVLA Conference will be held in the Clarion Hotel and the new addition of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine
More information on Portland can be found linked from the Convention and Visitors Center.