The overview schedule, with program updates and changes, can be found here:

The final program without and with abstracts, as well as versions for e-readers and Kindle, can be found at these links: (on iOS devices, open in iBooks; on Android, open in Play Books) (email to your Kindle email address)

SLSA registrants can also attend HSS and PSA sessions:

The full poster program for PSA, HSS and SLSA is here:

The SLSA poster program with abstracts is here:


Conference-at-a-Glance below.

Plenary Speakers

Darryl Cunningham

darryl photo copyDarryl Cunningham lives in Yorkshire, England. He went to Leeds College of Art and is an internationally published cartoonist and writer. For many years he worked in mental health – an experience that informed his first graphic work, Psychiatric Tales, a book written with the aim of exploding myths about mental illness, while also telling the story of the author’s own struggles with depression and anxiety.

Cunningham followed this with Science Tales, a series of graphic essays on controversial science subjects that include: the Andrew Wakefield/MMR/vaccination scandal, homeopathy, chiropractic, evolution, climate change, and gas fracking. This book looks at the facts of each subject and sorts the truth from the myths.

Then, Supercrash: How To Hijack The Global Economy, a book about the long rise of neoliberal politics in the Western world. It contains a biography of the novelist and political thinker, Ayn Rand, an overview of her influence on modern politics, and a detailed breakdown of the causes of the 2008 financial crisis.

In 2015 Cunningham was involved with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Art Of Saving a Life project, as one of 30 world-renowned photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians to impress urgency on the global community to reach all children with the life-saving vaccines they need.

He is currently working on a new science book, Graphic Science, which will take a close look at the lives and work of seven scientists, spanning three centuries, and looking at fields as different as geology, botany, chemistry, and astronomy.


Margaret Edson

edsonMargaret Edson was born in Washington, DC, in 1961.  Between earning degrees in history and literature, she worked on the cancer and AIDS inpatient unit of a research hospital.  She wrote the play Wit in 1991.   It was widely rejected, then produced in 1995.  After some more rejection it was produced in New York and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999.  The HBO production, starring Emma Thompson and directed by Mike Nichols, won the Emmy award for best film in 2001.  The play has received hundreds of productions in dozens of languages, and it was revived on Broadway in 2012 with Cynthia Nixon.  The text is used in classrooms ranging from high-school English to graduate bioethics seminars.

Ms. Edson has been a public schoolteacher since 1992.  Currently she teaches sixth-grade social studies at Inman Middle School in Atlanta.

Conference at a Glance

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Registration opens 11 am

Session 1: 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Coffee/Tea Break 1:15 – 1:30

Session 2: 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Coffee/Tea Break 3:30 – 3:45

Session 3: 3:45 to 5:45pm

Dinner break

Reception: 7:30-8:30pm

Friday, November 4, 2016

Session 4: 8:30-10am

Coffee/Tea Break: 10-10:15am

Session 5: 10:15-11:45am

Lunch (on own): 11:45-1:30pm

Session 6: 1:30 -3:30pm

Coffee/Tea Break: 3:30 to 3:45 pm

Session 7: 3:45 to 5:15pm

Plenary session with Darryl Cunningham: 5:30 – 7pm

Poster reception: 7:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Session 8: 8:30-10am

Coffee/Tea Break: 10-10:15am

Session 9: 10:15-11:45am

Business Lunch (included in registration): 11:45-1:30pm

Session 10: 1:30 – 3:30pm 

Coffee/Tea Break: 3:30 to 3:45 pm

Session 11: 3:45 to 5:15pm

Plenary session with Margaret Edson: 5:30 – 7pm

Reception: 7-8pm

Dance: 10pm – midnight

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Session 12: 8:30-10am

Coffee/Tea Break: 10-10:15am

Session 13: 10:15-11:45am

SLSA Wrap Up: noon-1pm