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Saturday, May 26
 

4:00pm EDT

Interview with a “Vampyre”... A Conversation with the Creators of Nightmares
You’ve read the books and seen the movies, now meet the creative spirits behind the horror... Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, Vlad Tepes, and The Count.

Come listen to the stories behind the stories that kept you up at night, with some horror icons. Miss Lane delves into questions like...
  • Where did the classic science-fiction tales originate?
  • What was fiction and what was science?
  • Why was Frankenstein’s Monster so pissed off?
Starring:
  • Dean Howarth as Victor Frankenstein
  • Rachel O'Connell as Mary Shelley
  • Tony Casperite as Vlad the Impaler
  • Eric Stevenson as the Count
  • Grace Myers as Miss Lane the Moderator
  • The Monster (as himself)

Enjoy a Light Hearted Chat with the Dark Minds of terror for some irreverent fun and fascinating facts about your favorite Horror Icons!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dean Howarth

Dean Howarth

The Natural Philosopher
Dean Howarth, a veteran physics teacher, brings history to life at museums, historic sites, festivals, conferences, schools, science and history camps, and other institutions with connections to both science and history. For over 20 years he has engaged in historical interpretation... Read More →

Staff
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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
 Annapolis 4
 
Sunday, May 27
 

2:00pm EDT

Why Are They Spiritual Machines? AI and Religion
Cognitive science removed the necessity for thinking about mind as an embodied soul, and replaced it with a computational theory of mind. So why is humanity so interested in making intelligent machines our spiritual companions, guides, and gods? This panel will pull together science fiction and science fact to contemplate questions of religions and machines. Are there religious motivations at work in robotics and artificial intelligence research? What should we make of literature, television, and films centered on confrontations between AIs and traditional (human) religious beliefs? What do our machines, and the stories we share about machines, tell us about the human spirit?

Moderators
avatar for Phil Frana

Phil Frana

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, James Madison University
Philip Frana is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He is currently writing a book on the history of artificial intelligence, The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Klein

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Michael Klein is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and Director of the Cohen Center for the Humanities at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). He teaches a course about zombies, and uses science fiction literature and film as a means of exploring... Read More →
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Joe Loyacano

Instructor and Academic Advisor, James Madison University
Joe Loyacano is an Instructor and Academic Advisor in the School of Media Art and Design at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He teaches The Mind and Brain in Literature and Film, and his interests include art house cinema, film adaptation, new media writing, and the art... Read More →
avatar for Barry Luokkala

Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... Read More →
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PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D