The conference is an opportunity for those of us in the Scottish-North American community to share views, values, experiences and best practices. The conference aims to raise awareness of Scotland and Scottish culture; to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various government, academic, non-profit and private sector organizations that operate in the Scottish-North American community and to identify opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration within the community.
The conference is presented by the founding partners, the CHICAGO SCOTS and The American-Scottish Foundation in association with the hosting partner, St. Andrew's Society of Detroit and additional co-sponsors, Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA) and the Toronto, Ontario-based Scottish Studies Foundation.
SNALC encourages hopes you will add your voice to the conversation - joining us in person or via our YouTube hock up. Attending in person will allow you the opportunity to network and meet with North American Scots and visitors from Scotland.
Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas with key figures from Scotland, America and Canada on topics affecting and involving the Scottish-North American community both here and in Scotland.
Following the opening evening Highland Dinner on the Friday night we will begin a full day of Panels and Discussions with a networking relaxed evening on the Saturday to conclude the day. Sunday morning is our time for final discussions and discussion of the weekend.
The theme of this year's conference is The Scottish North American Diaspora: Our Scottish Ancestral Roots and Cultural Pathways That Guide Our Journey.
As in the past, conference organizers expect to have active participation from the Scottish government, VisitScotland and other key Scottish and Scottish-North American missioned organizations.