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It's not often that you can hear a lecture by celebrated author Malcolm Gladwell, then discuss it with a colleague over fresh oysters. But that's an opportunity that thousands of APA members can take advantage of at this year's Annual Convention, Aug. 14-17, in Boston.

APA has lined up a dazzling slate of speakers in addition to Gladwell, who is speaking at the opening session. Others include University of California, Santa Barbara, neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga, PhD, who will share his research on the puzzling, and fascinating, world of people with split brains.

Presidential programming will feature symposia on the many ways that psychologists can help solve the top challenges facing society today.

The meeting also boasts 85 continuing-education (CE) workshops and more than 200 CE sessions to meet every psychologist's needs.

And don't miss the opportunity to cheer on your colleagues at the APA/American Psychological Foundation award ceremony, where psychology's top honors will be given in the areas of science, practice, public interest, education and international affairs.

After you've had your fill of professional development, refuel at one of Boston's many fine eateries, such as the Union Oyster House, which opened in 1826 and was a favorite restaurant of statesmen from Daniel Webster to John F. Kennedy. And if you have kids in tow, check out the three-story jungle gym and the "science playground" at Boston's Children's Museum.

Geographically, Boston is a small city, but this year's convention attendees are sure to find out just how much science, culture and history can fit into less than 90 square miles.