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APA's 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug 18-21, will feature a handful of special programs handpicked by APA President Ronald F. Levant, EdD, for their local or professional interest. He welcomes members to these events:

Convention opening session

The 113th Annual Convention will kick off with an opening session on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. The session's program features entertainment and dynamic speakers.

  • Arlo Guthrie will perform at the opening session as he stops through on the 40th anniversary tour of "Alice's Restaurant"--a song that inspired a whole generation's commitment to social consciousness and activism (for more, see the April Monitor). Also included on the 40th anniversary program are Arlo's old favorites, such as "Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag," "The Motorcycle Song" and "Coming Into Los Angeles."

  • Judith Rodin, PhD, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, will be honored with the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Rodin will also give a plenary lecture on Friday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. Her talk is titled "The university as an agent of change: Transforming individual behavior and community engagement."

APA Night at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

On Friday, Aug. 19, from 7 p.m. to 9:50 p.m., Levant will host a special APA Night at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W. The Society of Indian Psychologists, APA Div. 18 (Public Service) and Div. 18's subsection, Psychologists in Indian Country, are co-sponsoring the event. Attendees will be able to purchase the indigenous cuisines of the Americas at the museum's Mitsitam Café, which features Native foods found throughout the Western hemisphere. Free tickets will be available to 2,000 APA members. Advance and onsite tickets may be picked up at the APA Special Events Desk in the APA Registration Area during registration hours on Wednesday, Aug. 17, through Friday, Aug. 19.

APA open house

On Friday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the APA Central Office at 750 First St., N.E., will be open for touring. Stop by the APA building to see the library and bookstore, and don't miss the "Art of the American Psychologist" exhibit in the Executive Office.

APA and American Psychological Foundation awards ceremony

APA and the American Psychological Foundation (APF) will honor outstanding researchers, practitioners and educators with a variety of awards at this year's convention. The awards fall into five categories: science, practice, public interest, education and international affairs. The APA/APF Awards Ceremony is planned for Friday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel.

Many award recipients also will give talks at other convention sessions. For the most current times, dates and locations for the sessions, see the 2005 convention program, available in July.