Find Me at CONvergence!

Oh, goodness. CONvergence is just one day out, and it’s going to be a busy weekend. In addition to the FtB party room in the evenings (plus set-up and tear-down), I’m on six official CONvergence panels and running a salon in the FtB room on the side because we all decided we just weren’t doing enough already. Or something like that.

So here’s where you can find me talking at con. You’ll also find me at the Caribou Coffee next to the main conference hotel every morning, but I probably won’t be talking much at that point.

When the Bullied Becomes the Bully
Thursday July 2, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Bloomington
What happens when people who were bullied turn into bullies themselves? For example the video game subculture used to be looked down upon but In the wake of the Gamergate controversy some people are now perpetrators. Panelists: Stephanie Zvan (mod), Ozgur Sahin, Ryan Alexander, Meredith Gillies, Laura Terwilliger

Science Tropes that Just Won’t Die
Thursday July 2, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Bloomington
What would happen if we unlocked more than 10% of our brain? Nothing: we already use all of it. Sci-fi writers love this trope, despite its inaccuracy. Discuss where this and other tropes came from and why they refuse to die. Panelists: Renate Fiora, Scott Pearson, Marty Farley, Stephanie Zvan, Tyler Tork

Coping with Shame
Friday July 3, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Cabana Room 228 (FtB party room)
Shame serves a useful purpose in social groups, but it can also be abused. Come join a group discussion about legitimate and illegitmate uses of shame and how to cope when we feel ashamed. Moderator: Stephanie Zvan

Writing While Female
Saturday July 4, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Edina
An exploration of the specific challenges that women face in today’s writing environment. Panelists: Nicole Dubuc, Emilie Peck, Stephanie Zvan, Michi Trota, Miri Mogilevsky

Hard and Soft Science
Saturday July 4, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Atrium 6
Some sciences are more respected than others. Why? Panelists: Mary McKinley, Jamie Bernstein, Matthew Lowry, Stephanie Zvan, Rachael Acks

Dystopian Planet
Sunday July 5, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Plaza 1
How many ways can we make the world unlivable? Without clean water, air, and land. people suffer and societies can collapse. Climate change poses enormous threats. We’ll examine fictional accounts and the real threats we face from environmental harm. Panelists: Benny Vimes, Jamie Bernstein, Emily Finke, Stephanie Zvan (mod), Maggie Koerth-Baker

A Guide to Geeks and Death
Sunday July 5, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Atrium 3
So far as we know, no one’s found the key to immortality, so you’re going to die someday. Sorry. Discuss options for disposition, geeky funerals, geek-specific preplanning, and other deathly matters. Panelists: Eli Effinger-Weintraub, Jen Manna, Stephanie Zvan, Jennifer Baye

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Find Me at CONvergence!
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