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This paper describes the architecture of a “conscious” software agent, Conscious Mattie, who is socially situated. We’ll focus on consciousness and conceptual learning.  CMattie gathers seminar information via email from humans, composes an announcement of the next week’s seminars, and mails it to members of a mailing list that she maintains. Through further interaction with seminar organizers, CMattie learns new variations to seminars, such as a colloquium, that must also be announced, but is to be handled differently.  In this paper, we discuss in detail the functionality of CMattie’s perception and consciousness modules that bring about socially situated intelligence.  Using a limited capacity global workspace that coordinates with the perception module, CMattie communicates with human seminar organizers.  Through such interaction CMattie gathers missing information and learns new concepts for use in composing the announcements. Here a “conscious” software architecture and its mechanisms are proposed as a method for designing and implementing useful, socially situated, software agents.