Field report here from Georgetown, where the 40th NWAV is taking place. Yesterday's program included a great panel by a bunch of the founders of the conference and this subfield of linguistics. (See picture of Dennis Preston. Click to embiggen.) That panel and other speakers have stressed points that are key pieces of how most University of Wisconsin – Madison linguists are thinking, especially heavy stress on inclusiveness across theoretical perspectives/subfields and real emphasis on public service and outreach.
By the way, next year will be at Indiana University.