Welcome to SLIG

We have an amazing week planned, full of in-depth academic education with some time for networking, food, and fun on the side. Please take time to peruse the extra pages being added this month - special events, SLIG Night at the FHL, Tech Day, and more.

The Schedule of Events will help you plan your travel dates and evenings while there. Please feel free to direct your questions to our team; we are happy to help. Contact information may be found on the main SLIG page.

SLIG 2018 Theme: Ancestral Tapestries

Tapestry: the fruit and vegetable market; Wikimedia commons

Credit: The Fruit and Vegetable Market, designed by Zeger Jacob van Helmont and Augustin Coppens, woven by Urbanus Leyniers; Wikimedia Commons.

Tapestries have been used for centuries to tell stories, warm or decorate walls, and celebrate special occasions.

They are uniquely woven with solid vertical (warp) yarns that don't show and horizontal, non-continuous (weft) yarns creating the pattern in a way that allows the final design to show on both sides. One can only begin to imagine the detailed effort required to manage the multiple colors woven into the tapestry that creates each part of the story.

I somehow imagine my heritage being much like a tapestry -- woven of the bits and pieces, successes and failures, special events and challenges, celebrations and cultural traditions from each of my ancestor’s lives. While my personal tapestry may be unique, just like the market scene shown above it naturally shares common threads with many others.

This theme, Ancestral Tapestries, will be woven throughout SLIG 2018 into keynote addresses, special events, contests, and other activities. While it is but a backdrop to the academic program we come to attend, it will hopefully provide occasional moments to celebrate, study, and explore the threads we have in common, as well as the unique heritages from which we descend.

I look forward to seeing you at SLIG!

Peg Ivanyo, Director