One of my favorite conferences each year is NASAGA. It starts Wednesday night and runs through Saturday in Valley Forge, PA. It's a chance to explore games and simulations in traning and teaching - you play many games and explore how you could apply those games to different settings.
More information is at http://www.nasaga.org/page/conference-2011
You can still sign up at http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=976185 and get hotel rooms at http://www.radisson.com/nasga/! Come, learn, and play!
I did an hour-long live show for WNPR about board games. We talked first about how board games are changing and then about game design. The final segment focused on what I'm working toward for libraries and schools.
You can listen to this show at http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/node/15955