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The 2017 Conference theme is “Guardians of the Lexicons.” It’s very loosely based on the film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” We chose it because it is both serious—a creative statement about the editor’s role of strongly and passionately guarding and caring for all the languages in our country—and fun, letting our imaginations run to sci-fi and playfully branding ourselves as superheroes for culture.

The theme is not intended to dictate the content of our sessions and speakers, although we would welcome sessions or other ideas for the conference that are inspired by it. It may, however, influence the social and networking portions of the conference, which are still in the planning stages, so stay tuned for more on those. If you have ideas around using the theme in the conference, please let us know on Facebook or send them to