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Friday, May 25
 

3:00pm

Future War: Other Worlds or Other Worldly?
Radical developments in technology will forever alter the future of war. The advent of such emerging technologies as robotics, AI, VR, and synthetic biology may make war on Earth nearly unrecognizable, something from a distant world. Perhaps developments in space exploration and travel may bring these new forms of combat to new worlds. This panel will assemble a super-awesome collection of experts to discuss bleeding edge technologies and how they will change warfare. The panel will draw examples from Sci-Fi, and a particular emphasis will be placed upon considering space war in the future.


Moderators
avatar for Jesse Kirkpatrick

Jesse Kirkpatrick

Asst. Professor, George Mason University
Jesse Kirkpatrick is a Research Assistant Professor, the Assistant Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, and a Politico-Military Analyst, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Kirkpatrick is an expert on the just... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan Moreno

Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Bioethics, neuroscience, genetics, national security and popular culture
avatar for Dr. Sara Usher

Dr. Sara Usher

Non-Resident Postdoctoral Fellow, George Mason University Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
Conflict, cooperation, national security

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Friday May 25, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B
 
Saturday, May 26
 

12:00pm

SPAAACE! And Why It's Awesome!
Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham, the creators of the online graphic novel STAR POWER, love space! They want you to love space, too! Come share their enthusiasm for the cosmos in this very accessible, beginner-friendly chat about what makes outer space so wonderful. It's easier to get into stargazing and the wonders of space than you think!
This informal, fun chat about what makes space so fun, and how accessible it really is for beginners, is a perfect fit for both sci-fi enthusiasts and amateur stargazers.


Moderators
avatar for Garth Graham

Garth Graham

Artist, Star Power Comic
Born in Known Space, raised by the likes of Lazarus Long, Dr. Susan Calvin, and Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, Garth Graham has only ever partially shared the same reality as most of us. Fascinated by what might be and what isn't, rather than weighed down by the drama of what is, he has forged... Read More →
avatar for Michael Terracciano

Michael Terracciano

Author, Star Power Comic
Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

1:00pm

Heroes, Villains, and Healing
This panel is designed to help individuals understand how comic books can help heal past traumas. Blending science with science fiction and pop culture. This panel uses scientific data and research to apply the use of comics to heal past traumas. Kenneth's Book, "Heroes, Villains, and Healing" addresses this research and its application.


Moderators
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers has earned a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2008... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson B

4:00pm

A World Where Apes Evolved from Men?
A roundtable on the continuing appeal of the Planet of the Apes film franchise. The 1968 Planet of the Apes was an edgy genre film with a sophisticated avant-garde sound design and score and a charismatic cast of Hollywood stars. The social, cultural, and political issues that the films raise include tensions between science and religion, structural racism, militarism of civilian police forces, evolution, environmental degradation, social control of landscapes, medical ethics, animal rights, and nuclear war. Based on Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel, La Planète des Singes, the film spawned four sequels, one remake, three prequels, two television series, novelizations, and comic books.

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Stone Gordon

Rebecca Stone Gordon

Biological Anthropologist
I'm a biological anthropologist who studies human remains, depictions of archaeology in popular culture, horror and scifi in film and literature, disability studies, and life in the Nuclear Age. Cornelius is my favorite pop culture archaeologist and if you get me started talking about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

Audio Technologist, American University
Eric Gordon, the Assistant Director Audio & Video Systems & Services, began working for the group in 1986 while pursuing a degree in Audio Technology. In 1993, he completed a BS in Audio Technology with a minor in Anthropology. Eric continues to explore music and technology by occasionally... Read More →
avatar for Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →
avatar for Rob O’Malley

Rob O’Malley

Senior Program Associate, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rob O’Malley, Ph.D. is a Senior Program Associate with oversight of the Engaging Scientists project.  A native of the Washington, D.C. area, he earned a B.A. in anthropology and zoology at Miami University of Ohio, a M.A. in anthropology at the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Baltimore 3
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:00am

Envisioning Sustainable Futures in Science Fiction Film
This presentation will explore elements of the challenge, obstacles, and efforts to envision sustainable future worlds and transitions in science fiction film. For decades, scientists have provided reports and warnings of growing global environmental and health threats – global warming, water crises, species extinctions, resource depletion and conflicts, overpopulation, and hunger. These concerns have in turn been the source of highly emotional international, national, and local policy debates as to the nature of the problems and solutions and how these might play out in the future. Cinema, especially science fiction, has drawn upon many of these same concerns in constructing future worlds and scenarios. Many of these films have thrilled audiences with frightening apocalyptic landscapes and oppressive dystopias. Another sub-genre, what might be described as “techno-fantasy,” builds stories around convenient future technological solutions allowing for interstellar flight and colonies, nanotechnical Aladdin’s lamps, and future sources of unlimited energy. While such films may be entertaining, they are not necessarily stories about how humanity might build upon current knowledge and action to effectively address our actual global threats. This presentation examines the challenge of science fiction film in constructing scientifically plausible scenarios and visions of humanity’s transition to ecologically sustainable futures. While such cinematic visions and narratives do not easily fit into the expected action vehicles identified with “science fiction”, there is nevertheless a deep and increasing need for hopeful and plausible visions of how positive futures might evolve.
The presentation explores how imagination and scientific knowledge in film can provide not simply entertainment and escape but hopeful visions and inspiration for humanity's creation of a sustainable future world.


Moderators
avatar for Jeffrey Barber

Jeffrey Barber

President, Integrative Strategies Forum
I am currently researching how sustainability values, practices and systems are portrayed in popular culture, especially in science fiction and utopian novels, film and other media.

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B

11:00am

The Futurism of Walt Disney

Walt Disney is well-known for animation, theme parks, and Mickey Mouse, but his real passion was using technology to help shape a prosperous, peaceful future for everyone. From Walt's creation of the first sync-sound animation in 1928 to his unrealized dream of EPCOT, an experimental city that passed on with him in 1966, documentary filmmaker Christian Moran tells the amazing story of how technology created by Walt and the Disney Studio entertained and changed the world.

Discover how Walt helped the Allies win WWII, served as the catalyst for the creation of NASA, and invented the first theatrical surround-sound system, while pioneering new paths in robotics, transportation, and urban planning. This discussion will shatter the lies and negative myths that have grown up about Disney since his death, and paint a picture of him as a progressive who believed humanity could build a better world for all peoples.



Speakers
avatar for Christian Moran

Christian Moran

Writer, filmmaker, and futurist
Christian Moran is a writer, filmmaker, and futurist. His documentaries include "Ayahuasca Diary" and "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney." His written work includes "Walt Disney and Technology" and "True Life Adventures", both published by Theme Park Press... 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 11:00am - 11:50am
 Annapolis 4

1:00pm

Desperately Seeking 21st Century Sci-Fi
Examination and encouragemnent of sci-fi media (primarily TV and movies) with an eye towards a 21st century mindset and SF's ability to examine and project possible solutions to modern and future scientific and cultural problems.

Moderators
avatar for Steven Lyle Jordan

Steven Lyle Jordan

Steven Lyle Jordan’s formative years were filled with NASA’s manned space program accomplishments, the science fiction TV and movies, and the environmental movements of the 1960s and 70s.  He thus developed a keen interest for science, the environment and the future, as well... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programs, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology license... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Annapolis 4