SignWriting List
September 16, 2013

Hello Denny!
I am so glad you told us about the event at Gallaudet University.

If our SignWriting Symposium is July 21-24, and we find the funding for you to attend, can you come?

How is July 21-24 for everyone? Any other conflicts?

Val ;-)

On Sep 16, 2013, at 9:00 AM, Denny C Voreck <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi colleagues,

I plan to attend 25 years reunion and 150th Anniversary at Gsllaudet University from July 9th to 13th this summer  

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From: Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>
To: SW-L <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 08:41 AM
Subject: Re: The SignWriting Symposium in 2014

SignWriting List
September 16, 2013

Hello Claudia and everyone -
Thank you for this message and I am delighted that you and others wish to attend. Thank you for telling us - I will be talking about scheduling for the actual proceedings in a future message…right now we have to establish the dates… and I will also seek funding to help people attend, but of course all this has to be worked on - I do not have the funding yet…smile...

I have already started the process of reserving the space at the Scripps Seaside Forum  which is just a few blocks away from UCSD and Salk Institute. All the technological features needed are built into the modern new conference rooms, with full Wi-Fi (internet), a beautiful flat-TV projection screen and so forth - 8 steps from the beach, with a cafe and several motels and hotels nearby. The parking is a little limited for those with cars, but I believe I can reserve some parking spaces for us too in advance, but I know that from some of the hotels nearby, you can walk to the conference along the beach - maybe a ten minute walk - but such a beautiful walk!

La Jolla is on land that sticks out in the ocean with water on three sides - it is a little like a curved peninsula - There is a lot of fog sometimes in the morning, and we have something called "the Marine Layer" as the weatherman calls it …which means that in May, June and sometimes July there can be grey clouds from marine moisture, especially in the morning, but it usually gets warmer and sunnier in the afternoons  …because the sun is not out in the mornings and it is cool… You should bring clothing for both cool and warm weather - you just never know in July if it will be like June (cool) or like August (warmer)...

A warmer time of year is late August and September, but most people in the US have to be back at work by that time, and the only time free is the month of July - So we must hold the Symposium in July -

I am reserving a room that will hold up to 20 people. It is not available the first week in July, unfortunately.

It will be a four-day Symposium, with morning and afternoon sessions, and lunch will be provided on the room's private patio, or you can go out to the Cafe nearby.

These are the dates available. Which do you all prefer? They are Monday-Thursday:

7/14 - 7/17
7/21 - 7/24
7/28 - 7/31

Madson - I noticed you wanted the first week in July - sadly that is not available - can you come any of the above dates?

Val ;-)


On Sep 16, 2013, at 8:03 AM, Claudia S. Bianchini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

hello Valerie and all,
the part that interest me more is the "Plus I hope we can have a call for papers and presentations on SignWriting research and educational projects around the world - plus perhaps a workshop on SignWriting teaching the writing system for those who want to learn, and also maybe a workshop on learning how to use SignWriting software…"
So I hope I'll be there. I really don't know where I'll find the money, but I'll try my best :-)

2013/9/13 Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>
SignWriting List
September 13, 2014

Hi Everyone -
At this moment, I am not sure where we will find the money either, but let's start planning and then I am going to write grants for the event and maybe we can find the funding!

So right now, can everyone tell me, what dates in July are best for you? Can others tell us your schedules? 

The SignWriting Symposium 2014 will be focused on developing Wikipedias in different sign languages… We will try to help other countries to start their own Wikipedias in their sign languages… plus add to our ongoing ASL Wikipedia ...

So we will be teaching everyone how to write articles in the Wikipedias and how to manage their country's Wikipedia site too… how to do editing and how to use the software and so on …

Plus I hope we can have a call for papers and presentations on SignWriting research and educational projects around the world - plus perhaps a workshop on SignWriting teaching the writing system for those who want to learn, and also maybe a workshop on learning how to use SignWriting software…

so it will be a wonderful Symposium, and only the first of many in La Jolla I hope…

Actually this will be our second Symposium. The first one was held in Brussels, Belgium in 2005. Thank you to Kathleen Heylen and her team for making that possible!

SignWriting Symposium, 2005
Brussels, Belgium

So now we have:

SignWriting Symposium, 2014
La Jolla, California

Val ;-)


On Sep 13, 2013, at 10:20 AM, Charles Butler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Put me in at this time. I'm not sure where I will find the money, but I need to be there. 
Charles Butler
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Clear writing moves business forward.

From: Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 1:17 PM
Subject: Re: The SignWriting Symposium in 2014

SignWriting List
September 13, 2013

Yes! An exciting event. And I already know of some new conference rooms, that I just saw Tuesday evening, that are 8 steps from La Jolla Shores Beach….complete conference rooms with all the equipment necessary to have a wonderful conference, with a delightful cafe nearby and each room has its own patio and grill overlooking the water...

It is near the La Jolla Scripps Oceanography Research area connected with UCSD (University of California at San Diego) in La Jolla. It is called the "Scripps Seaside Forum" and it is absolutely gorgeous!

Take a look:

I am hoping to ask them to donate space since we are a non-profit, and if they cannot then we will find the funding…

I am going to investigate if these facilities will be available sometime in July, 2014. Watching the surfers through a big picture window while we are trying to concentrate on creating Wikipedias in many sign languages, may be a fun challenge - ha!

So we are aiming for the SignWriting Symposium taking place in La Jolla California July 2014… no matter what building houses the event ...

Can any of you come?

My question is…do you want to be here to watch the fireworks on the beach for the American celebration of the Fourth of July? (our Independence Day)? Or would you prefer mid July? End of July?

Here are some possible dates…

June 30 - July 4


July 7 - July 11


July 14 - July 18

Would you like a one-week Symposium? Or longer? If you are traveling from Brazil or Italy or Malta or…. there is jet lag and you may want some time to see San Diego before and after?

Love your feedback!

Val ;-)


On Sep 13, 2013, at 9:32 AM, Romero <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> That's a great idea Steve
> Nancy Romero
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> On Sep 13, 2013, at 9:29 AM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi list,
>> I hope we can all get together next year in 2014 for a SignWriting Symposium. Talking with Valerie, the 3rd week in July, 2014 is a possibility.
>> I created a small slideshow with some ideas to get things going.
>> I created a facebook page to help organize the event.
>> I hope this can be an international event. If you are interested in attending, please send to the list, send to me privately, or post on the facebook page.
>> Attending: in California or remotely online
>> Country:
>> Language:
>> Organization:
>> Name:
>> Major interests:
>> Will you be providing any information?
>> Presentation, paper, poster, or website.
>> Would you like to participate in any working groups?
>> Tutorials, lessons, and hackathon.
>> Are you interested in any discussion groups?
>> User interface, encoding, and standards.
>> I will be updating the slideshow as I get additional information and ideas.
>> Regards,
>> ∼Steve

Claudia S. Bianchini, PhD
MCF Licence SDL-LSF @ Univ. Poitiers (France)