Social Program

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Welcome Reception following Opening Ceremony and Opening Plenary Session

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Symposium Dinner Gala cruise on the Mississippi River. Enjoy New Orleans hospitality…Steamboat Style!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Closing Party following the Closing Plenary Session, Awards Presentations, and Closing Ceremony


A wide variety of tours are offered by Gray Line New Orleans through the Concierge Desk located in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Please contact the Concierge Desk at the Hilton for details regarding tour dates, times and pricing. Be sure to ask the Concierge about conference discounts off select tours.

Super City Tour

Travel Through Three Centuries of history, legends and romance as you encounter “The City That Care Forgot!” The tour includes the French Quarter, a historic New Orleans cemetery, Bayou St. John, the Garden District, and much more!

Swamp & Bayous Tour

Take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous. Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana in a custom built swamp boat through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Barataria Preserve. Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun “joie de vivre.” These tours have been featured on Showtime, Fox Sports, and Entertainment Tonight. Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou!

Big Easy Jazz Tour

Put on your beads and take a stroll down historic and, yes, scandalous Bourbon Street. Your destination? A club dedicated to the preservation of jazz where you’ll enjoy a complimentary cocktail to start your night.

French Quarter Walking Tour

Let your own ‘local expert’ unravel the mysteries of one of America’s oldest and most unique living neighborhoods! Follow in the footsteps of historic figures as you stroll along the Mighty Mississippi, through the French Market and Jackson Square, and down the banquettes (sidewalks) of quaint streets.

Garden District Walking Tour

Enjoy a walk through New Orleans’ elegant Garden District, once part of the plantation owned by Bienville, the founder of New Orleans. This historic district is known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture.

Laura: A Creole Plantation Tour

Join us on an award winning tour as we enter the Creole world of Louisiana’s storied past on the great River Road!

Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Experience a bygone era in one of the South’s most beautiful settings – Oak Alley Plantation, built in 1839. You might even recognize this location from the movies!

Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour

New Orleans has been referred to as “The most haunted city in America.” You’ll visit several haunted sites and hear about the stories featured on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel.