Bassam Kurdali will host a workshop called 'Animation and rigging in Blender' at Siggraph. He writes:
I'm teaching a Blender workshop at siggraph 2011- I believe the first time a blender course has been part of the official conference- hopefully not the last!
From the announcement on the Siggraph site:
An introduction to Blender for users of other 3D software. The talk focuses on rigging and animation for "unusual" setups: effects sequences such as growing, timel apse, and motion graphics. But it also touches on some of Blender's character-animation tools and add-ons, modeling materials and rendering, and the Blender "mental model" for user interfaces, data structures, and scripting.
Date+time: Sunday, 7 August 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: The Studio/West Building, Ballroom A