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​A limited program is offered for spouses and partners of CAOs. Registration at a separate fee level includes the opening reception and buffet dinner and all plenary sessions. Additional opportunities include a welcoming coffee hour, breakfast discussions, and a presentation on the history of New Orleans. The optional trips on Monday and Tuesday afternoons require an additional fee.

Spouses and partners who wish to attend only specific events, such as the welcoming buffet dinner or an optional trip, should sign up for those activities only and not register for the full Institute.



Welcome and Keynote Address

Jeff Selingo

Welcoming Reception and Buffet Dinner




Plenary Session

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Welcoming Coffee

Diane T. Aquila, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, University of St. Thomas (TX)

Book Discussion: Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

Anita Girelli, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Randolph College

Free Time for Lunch

Spouses and partners who would like to have lunch or explore New Orleans together should gather in the hotel lobby.

Optional Excursion: Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

Spouses and partners interested in an excursion to Mardi Gras World should purchase tickets on the website ( for the 2:00 p.m. tour on Sunday, November 6. The group will travel to Mardi Gras World together. Please email Anita Girelli, chief academic officer spouse at Randolph College, if you will participate (



CAO Spouses and Partners Breakfast Discussions


Plenary Session

Katherine W. Phillips

Why We Read What We Read: Selections from My Bookshelf

Lisa F. Sheffield, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Brevard College

Discussion Sessions


Free Time for Lunch


Optional Excursion: City Tour

Fee: $49 per person (Separate registration is required:



Planning for 2017

Diane T. Aquila, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, University of St. Thomas (TX)

Discussion Sessions


Closing Plenary Session

Carl E. Wieman

Optional Excursion: Swamp Tour

Fee: $60 per person (Separate registration is required: