Just returning from a week in Oregon. In addition to visiting family I gave a 4 hour workshop on Cartography in GIS at the GIS in Action conference in Portland on Tuesday.
The workshop covered some of the basic concepts of cartographic design, especially the idea of visual communication and the effect of design on enhanced communication with maps. I tried to add in as much technical information as possible (I think that's what most of the attendees were after), but in the end this was mostly about exposing GIS map makers to the idea of cartography as a means to create well functioning maps, rather than just pretty ones.
Links to slide deck and outline notes below. I know there are other cart and GIS educators on here so feel free to liberate whatever you desire from them, just give me credit if you end up using the deck as is.