If this happens I will find a way to be there! If it so happens that we can arrange a symposium for this summer I'm all for it (though there is one week in June and one week in July during which I am supposed to be away at other conferences, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that a conflict doesn't arise).

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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March 14, 2013

Hello Claudia and everyone -
I am glad to see interest in the idea of a SignWriting Symposium in La Jolla!

Back in 2005, thanks to the hard work of Kathleen Heylen and so many wonderful people in Belgium & Europe, there was a 2-day Symposium that went very well in Brussels -

First European SignWriting Symposium, Brussels 2005

I attended through Skype a little - I met a few people while they were attending -

I do not travel because of health reasons, so if you all are able to come to La Jolla, which is a beautiful city on the ocean in San Diego, in Southern California (near Mexico)…it would be wonderful - a great place to be a tourist and enjoy the beach etc.

And La Jolla is famous for researchers, such as Carol Padden, Ursula Bellugi, Karen Emmorey, Rachel Mayberry and so many others - There is Salk Institute, UCSD, SDSU and so forth. We might be able to arrange to hold the SW Symposium under the auspices of one of these research labs at the University - so that would be a great way for all of you to benefit talking to other researchers etc…

I would suggest a longer SW Symposium - as you suggest, Claudia - in depth lessons in SignWriting taught by me, Adam Frost, and other skilled Signwriters and teachers too, like yourselves...So we could make it a series of SignWriting courses or workshops over a period of two weeks or a month  - maybe the University could provide a dorm for participants -

What about June - July 2013?

I know in Brazil June and July is your winter time - can any of you come?

How many would like to come? We have no funding - so you all will have to find your own funding to come - if the University can donate the space that will be the first step, and of course we hope you will come over to my home for a party in-between classes - smile -

Anyone seriously interested?

Val ;-)


On Mar 14, 2013, at 4:56 AM, Claudia S. Bianchini <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> A simposium in La Jola... that's a great idea! I really hope it will be done!
> Claudia
> PS: please, not during the university lessons period (september-may) because to come from euope a couple of days will not be enought and it's hard to lose more than 1 or 2 lessons :-)

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College