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Wednesday, July 5
 

9:00am

11:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

12:00pm

The Bridge
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 12:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Shipside

9:00pm

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 9:00pm - Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00pm

Volunteers & Information Table
Panelists:

Wednesday July 5, 2017 9:00pm - Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00am - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Consuite
 
Thursday, July 6
 

8:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:00am - Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

12:00pm

12:00pm

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:30pm

Based on Science
How does worldbuilding differ in worlds based on hard science (Pern) vs soft science (Star Wars)? Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub, Aimee Kuzenski, Joseph Jay-Dixon, Sara McAtee, Peter Larsen (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Beyond the Magical Girl
Is female empowerment in anime real or just a story line? Which titles have female characters that are active heroes and which just have events happen to them? Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Brian Casey, J.C. Horvath, Michael Grimm, Meredith Gillies

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Black Panther's Origin and History
T'Challa (Black Panther) was created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby in 1966 and is considered to be one of the most intelligent characters in the Marvel universe. How does the history of this character and the fictional nation of Wakanda reflect world history? Panelists: Jonathan Palmer, Morgan Strickland, Sam Stiles, Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Breaking into YouTube
How do you start your own YouTube channel? We'll talk about everything from making your own videos and starting a YouTube channel to getting subscriptions and more. Panelists: Nicholas Boden, Steve Sylvestre, Luxander Pond (mod), Kat Surth, Squall Charlson

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Creating Inclusive Fan Spaces
Nerd clubs are great, but membership tends to be monochromatic. How can organizers encourage diversity and make all kinds of geeks feel welcome? Panelists: Shannan Paul (mod), Hal Bichel, Dave Stagner, Josie Browning, AlysshaRose Jordan

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

End of Empires
Why do we keep putting the Roman Empire into our stories? Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Elizabeth Bear, Tim Lieder, Mitchell Faas, Michael Carus

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Geeky Careers You've Not Thought About
How does one take a geeky hobby and make it a career? Composers and the like need to start somewhere. Panelists: Harris O'Malley, Tania Richter, Dan Stiglich, Sherry Johnson, James Harkin

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Geeky Photography
What are the best ways to photograph conventions and fandom? Lighting? Background? Posed vs. candid? Panelists: Danielle McKay, D.L. Fitzwater, Norman Cates, Roger Pavelle

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Invasive Species
When, if ever, is it possible to bring a species into a new environment? What are the potential consequences. Let's discuss the outcomes of historical examples. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, PZ Myers, Vernon McIntosh, Jen Dixon, Renate Fiora (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Weaponry in Cinematic Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Weapons & warfare have played an iconic and powerful role in sci-fi/fantasy films. Explore the use of weaponry in sci-fi/fantasy in cinema from the Highlander's sword to the Klingon bat'leth. We'll watch fight scenes, view replicas, & demonstrate tech. Panelists: Jason Hilton, Lee Fillingsness, Amanda Day, Nick Krekeler, Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 6, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

CONvergence for the Socially Anxious
CONvergence can be an intimidating experience for even the most seasoned and social geeks. Thousands of people, mostly strangers, often loud. Stimulation overload of all of the senses. How do those who struggle with social anxiety deal with it? Panelists: Aimee Kuzenski, Ben San Del, George Miller, Grace Ulak, Michael Zecca

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Dealing with the Aftermath
Traumatic events happen and repercussions can endure for a long time. How do comics, TV series, etc. deal with the effects? Panelists: Maggie Schultz, Nicole LaBat, Elizabeth Bear (mod), Kellee Isle, Severina Hein

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

Doctor Strange Fan Panel
Marvel now has a superhero whose powers come from magic: let's discuss. Panelists: Bryon Stump, Michelle Farley, Jacob Gulliver, Christopher Jones, Joseph Peterson

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Geeky Small Businesses
Strategies for starting and running a geeky small business. The discussion will include funding strategies, selling online, involvement with local conventions & festivals, developing unique creations, testing the market, and working with fellow artisans. Panelists: Aric Stewart (mod), Dorianne Jarchow, Tania Richter, Mitchell Faas, Squirrel "Beth" Jankowski

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

How Military Experience Influences Storytelling
Do soldiers spin the best yarns? Join a panel of storytellers including filmmakers, writers, and game masters for a discussion on the ways in which their training and experiences serving in the military influence their storytelling. Panelists: Ian Truitner, Kyle Dekker (mod), Paula Merns, Bowie Sessions, Sara McAtee

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

LGBT+ People in Utopian Societies
“Utopia” from the Greek words for "not" and "place." While LGBT+ utopias of today usually refer to isolated places without discrimination from the straight world, where do LGBT+ people fit in utopian societies of the future? Panelists: Lee Blauersouth, Donald Kaiser (mod), John Till, Kendra Akin, Jamie Riedesel

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Non-Compliant Geek's Guide to Self Care
Geeks are experts at re-imagining the world around us. So, let's question society's body shaming narrative on wellness, commit the radical act of self-acceptance, and reclaim our heroic destiny. Your non-compliant journey starts now. Panelists: Justine Mastin

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Religion in the Future
How will current religions evolve as time progresses? What new variants will arise? What about completely different religions that may come from encounters with aliens? Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), PZ Myers, Hertzey Hertz, Samantha Bitner, Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Speculative Fiction Against Colonialism
Colonialism pervades much of speculative fiction. But post-colonial literary movements rejecting this worldview, including Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism, are gaining more steam in the genre. We will examine these works and their significance. Panelists: Rob Callahan, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, Gabriela Santiago

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Storytelling Podcasts
Night Vale. Limetown. The Black Tapes. Tanis. Doorway To The Hidden World. So many podcasts now are exploring audio drama, especially in fantasy and magical realism. What do they have in common? What's different? What other podcasts are out there? Panelists: Jim McDoniel, Dee Bitner, Molly Glover, Jerry Stearns, Sam Stiles

Thursday July 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:00pm

Art of the Dress Registration
Register for Art of the Dress Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central B

3:00pm

Costume Wars Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

3:00pm

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

3:30pm

2016 WTF Movie Review
In the spirit of 12 Angry Men, the panel deliberates over what went wrong with genre films of 2016. Sure we had Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, and Doctor Strange, but we also had Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman, and Independence Day: Resurgence. WTF 2016? Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Jonathan Palmer, Jacob Gulliver, Tim Lieder, Severina Hein

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

AI in Science Fiction: From Evil Overlords to Companions
There is a diversity of AI in writing and film, from benevolent to malevolent. How does an AI become good or evil? Are they just programmed that way? Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Jamie Riedesel, Eric Zawadzki, Lyda Morehouse, Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Alton Brown Fan Panel
If you have to ask, you don't watch the Food Network.... Panelists: Stephan Stomberg, John Seavey, Nicole LaBat, D.L. Fitzwater (mod), Adam Poetter

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

Can Fandom Change the World?
Have you ever wondered what would happen if we geeks/nerds/fans could combine our energy into one project? If we could change the world even in a little way, for the better? Should we be promoting other conventions, mentoring artists? Panelists: Renate Fiora, Michael Lee, Patrick Marsh, Anna Besmann, Hal Bichel (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Healthy Relationships in the Geek Community
We believe geek relationships are the best ones, but they will fail without some important philosophies. Discuss friendships to romance, the spectrum of possibilities therein, and the importance of concepts like honesty, openness, and acceptance. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Dorianne Jarchow, Michelle Farley, John Heimbuch, Lara Richarson

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

How to Fail Gracefully
Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. Maybe you've worded something poorly or were misinformed on a topic. Maybe you didn't think a decision through and something went the wrong way. It happens. But how we react in these situations is what matters most. Panelists: Gabriela Santiago, Jennifer Manna, Marguerite Krause (mod), Sara McAtee

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Quality LARP Props
How do you create quality LARPing props without breaking the bank or spending hours on Pinterest? Come get ideas from our panelists. Panelists: Norman Cates

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

The Cosmic Perspective
Neil deGrasse Tyson refers to the “cosmic perspective” when it comes to managing anxiety about day-to-day life. Scientists share and discuss the many facts about the universe that make modern earthly problems feel insignificant. Panelists: Dan Berliner, Melanie Galloway, PZ Myers, Luxander Pond (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Ready, Steady, Flash!
Four pro writers are given a phrase, around which they must each write a piece of flash fiction. Live, in front of the audience. They have 5 MINUTES in which to write it. At the end of each round the the audience votes on the best. Panelists: Lee Harris, Paul Cornell, Joseph Scrimshaw, Monica Valentinelli, C. Robert Cargill

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Reading - Elise Matthesen
Panelists: Elise Matthesen

Thursday July 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

Apocalypic Plagues: Threat or Ghost?
Are we overdue for the next pandemic? Will we ever face the motaba virus or plagues like it? How have we overcome the plagues of the past. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, PZ Myers, richard hurley, Tim Lieder (mod), Kris Coulter

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

It's Been Written Before
Writing is hard. Many works fall back on the tropes and cliches that are common in the field. How do writers break out of those patterns, or at least freshen them up? Panelists: Emma Bull, John Seavey, Monica Valentinelli (mod), Jai Nitz, Lois McMaster Bujold

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Legends of Tomorrow
Dr. Who meets DC Comics, it's the show about time-traveling superheroes. Let's discuss the newest comics-based show to come out of the CW. Panelists: Lee Harris, Mark Goldberg, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Anna Besmann, Josie Browning

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Movies and the Problem of Evil
An emboldened Us vs. Them divisive cultural discourse sets the stage for investigating evil in movies and TV, from space operas and superhero sagas to the more banal and everyday. What do these figures represent culturally & psychologically to viewers? Panelists: Michelle Farley, Justine Mastin, Niles Schwartz

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Volunteering at CONvergence
Interested in getting involved at CONvergence, but unsure of how to start or where you'd like to volunteer? Come learn about how it operates, the types of available volunteer opportunities, and what it's like to be a part of the volunteering community. Panelists: Hope Christiansen, Erin O'Brien, Heather Zastera, Justin Ropella, Lauren Sindt

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

What IS a Space Opera?
Many stories take place in space, but what makes a space opera? In this panel, we'll talk about what criteria add or exclude a story from the genre. Panelists: Garrick Dietze, Norman Cates, Jerry Stearns, Edward Eastman

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Late to the Party Podcast
A live recording of the popular nerd-splaining podcast Late to the Party, along with a panel discussion on how to create and maintain a podcast on a budget, even if that budget is practically zero. Panelists: Robb Hollyday (mod), Bernadette Jones, Joe Weinberg

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:00pm

Cassini: End of an Era
Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn for 13 years, gathering info about the planet and its environs. The mission ends shorty by plunging into the planet itself, in a firey end to an amazing mission, presented by a former member of the flight team. Panelists: Bridget Landry

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

GPS Writing Contest Winners
Past winners of the annual GPS Writing Contests read from their winning work. This year's winners are announced. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Reading - philip andrew bennet low
Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

Matrix Tag
Players choose the roles of Agent Smith, Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, or play an Agent or Zionist. Any number of people can play, joining in and leaving at any time. Panelists: Shannon Green

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

5:00pm

GPS Charity Auction
Preview only. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

5:30pm

Morgan and Maren: SlytherPuff
Maren and Morgan: Slytherpuff perform original songs based on their favorite fandoms. Their songs range from party music to heartfelt ballads, based on fandom favorites like Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Trek, and more. Panelists: Morgan Strickland, Maren Aalgard

Thursday July 6, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

6:00pm

Big Fun Radio Funtime
Big Fun Radio Funtime uses the premise of old time radio shows to play with modern concepts like dragons on airplanes, interstellar bureaucracy, and the naming conventions of dungeon parties. We are happy to return to CONvergence for our third year of audio silliness. Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions. Panelists: Dawn Krosnowski, Tim Wick, Windy Bowlsby, Angela Fox, Christopher Jones, Charles Hubbell, Salsa Sterling

Thursday July 6, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Computer FAQ
Computers. We all know what they are. Or do we? Come ask some experts anything you want to about these inventions. Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub, James Renken, Dave Stagner, Raychel Benson, Jason Dean

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Feminist Icons in Comics
Which female characters truly inspire? Should we discount the early history of some (ex. Wonder Woman)? What makes a character feminist? Panelists: Jennifer Manna, Kristina Halseth, Morgan Strickland, Severina Hein, Josie Browning

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Gaming as a Gateway Drug
How does gaming spur your interest in other topics? Did they get you into studying history, politics, technology or were you really going to pick up the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire for fun anyways? Panelists: Monica Valentinelli, Kenneth Justiniano, David Rust, Eric Zawadzki

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

GeekFit
Panel for geeks who like to work out, run, swim, cycle, or anything else. Discuss what works and what doesn't, gyms that are supportive of geek culture, etc. Maybe find a group of fellow geeks to both run marathons and marathon Netflix with? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Vernon McIntosh, Jon Durmin (mod), Adam Poetter, Lara Richarson

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Geeky Spending
How do you justify your geeky spending habits? How do you limit your budget to make sure the rent still gets paid? Panelists: Ben Ellis, Patrick Marsh (mod), Greg Orange

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

7:00pm

Science Education: The Next Generation
Many states have attempted to improve their science education standards by adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). What are NGSS's strengths and weaknesses? With Minnesota's science standards up for review, will NGSS be the best choice? Panelists: Michelle Krnnedy Cadieux, Renate Fiora, Peter Larsen

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Ames

7:00pm

Star Wars Rebels Fan Panel
Let's talk about season 3. Panelists: Michael Carus, Keane Amdahl, Jen Riehm, Zach Nyhus

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

This Year in Board Games
What board games hit your table this year? What new titles delivered the hype or disappointed? What classics still hold dear to your play group? Whether you're new to table top board gaming or a veteran, join the annual board gaming conversation! Panelists: Kyle Dekker, Hertzey Hertz, Satish Jayaraj, Pat Harrigan, Scott Holm

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Westworld Fan Panel
Let's gather to discuss Westworld. A Wild West–themed amusement park populated by android hosts. Westworld caters to high-paying guests, who may indulge in whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Grace Ulak, Squall Charlson, Michelle Farley

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
An epic adventure awaits us all and it begins here! We will introduce and welcome our Guests of Honor, recount a tale or two, and celebrate the beginning of another CONvergence. Join your Master of Ceremonies Paul Cornell and - of course- Connie as we strive for an epic tale worthy of song. (Wagner ain't got nothin' on us.) Panelists: Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Dawn Krosnowski, Ian Truitner, Seanan McGuire, Kristopher Carter, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Jai Nitz, Lois McMaster Bujold, Paul Cornell

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

The Fandom Menace
Stepping out of the airlock into the void left by the Nick Atoms, The Fandom Menace brings a new twist to classic SF & fantasy themes from Rocky Horror, Buckaroo Banzai, Hitchhiker’s Guide, Labyrinth, Flash Gordon, Red Dwarf, John Williams, and more. Panelists: Nick Rezmerski

Thursday July 6, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

8:30pm

Aro/Ace Relationships
Come talk about topics related to identities that fall on the asexual or aromantic spectrums. Share your experiences and insight or ask questions if you're unsure. Discuss representation and share recommendations. Meet others like you here at Con. Panelists: Rory Ni Coileain, Charlene Holm, Ryan Alexander, Susan Willson, Graham Barr

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Ames

8:30pm

ASL 101
Come learn about ASL. Bring your questions. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

8:30pm

Don’t Go There: Taboo Topics and Triggers In Art
PC critics and enthusiasts alike debate where the line should be drawn when it comes to potentially offensive topics in film, TV, literature, and live comedy. What is an artist’s responsibility to those who are easily triggered? Is any topic off limits? Panelists: Emma Bull, phillip andrew bennett low, Jonah Rees, Jennifer Manna, Derek "Duck" Washington

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

8:30pm

Old Man's War Series
What would it be like to be young again? How far can you modify the human form and still be human? Let's talk about the John Scalzi's series. Panelists: Dave Margosian, Adam Whitlatch, Vetnita Anderson, Jody Wurl, Sarah Molasky

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Rick Riordon Worlds of Young Adult Adventure and Mythology
From Percy Jackson to House of Cain, he uses mythology as a backdrop for his Young Adult stories. Talk about what makes this work compelling. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan, Samma Johnson, George Miller, Echo Martin, Raederle Sterling

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Soul of Wit
Short story and flash fiction authors discuss their writing techniques and provide tips on how to make the most of a limited word count. Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Aimee Kuzenski, Ben San Del, Elizabeth Bear (mod), Roy C. Booth

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Speculative Fiction as a Guide for Resisting Fascism and Autocracy
From Star Wars to Hunger Games; from V for Vendetta to Handmaid's Tale; from Farenheight 451 to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, speculative fiction is full of resistance to fascism and autocracy. What can we bring from these works into our everyday lives? Panelists: Jen Riehm, Gabriela Santiago, Bri Donovan, Kristin Tipping, Scott Lynch

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Squirrel You Know It's True
The Squirrel Girl fan panel! Let's discuss our favorite super hero. What makes her so compelling? Will she ever get her own movie? Panelists: Sarah Barsness, Michael R Underwood, Nicole LaBat, Elise Muellerleile, Squirrel "Beth" Jankowski

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

State of Science
It's 2017 and science is moving at a roaring pace. Let's talk about the greatest breakthroughs this year, including both corporate and academic hits that my not get as much press. From front page to popular only within that discipline, come get inspired. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Dan Berliner, PZ Myers, Vernon McIntosh, Peter Larsen (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

The Expanse Fan Panel
Set in a future where humanity has settled our solar system but is unable to leave, life changes for everyone when an alien molecule is found. Covering six books, five short stories, and now a series on the Syfy Channel. Panelists: Rick Ellis, Maggie Schultz, Kris Coulter, Eric Zawadzki (mod), Morgan Strickland

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Karl Brown
Scatological songs, Atari and toy piano. Karl Brown has been writing comedy songs over the past decade, performing them at MarsCon, FuMPFeST and other venues. Recordings have been heard on the Dr. Demento Show, The FuMP Sideshow, and Mad Music. Panelists: Karl Brown

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

8:30pm

Smackdown 2017: Robot Rampage
The deadliest droids duel to to destroy, as our panel of gadgetry gurus analyze each annihilator to decide which will dominate and which will disintegrate! Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher, Tim Uren, Kelvin Hatle, Bridget Landry, Shannan Paul, Christopher Jones, Norman Cates

Thursday July 6, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

Becoming a Scare-Actor
Wonder who's behind the makeup when running for your life in a haunted house? How can YOU get such a killer job? What do owners look for when hiring? Local haunt owners & scare-actors will discuss how to get hired & what to expect from the job. Panelists: LauraJean Krueger, Todd Murray, Elise Muellerleile, Squall Charlson

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

Cleavage Optional: Gender, Cosplay, and Genderbending Cosplay
How is the cosplay experience different for women and men? Why is gender bent cosplay so popular? What fans aren't doing it and what characters aren't being gender bent? What does this mean for trans and non-binary characters and fans? Panelists: Dana Baird (mod), Grace Ulak, Anna Besmann, Lara Richarson, Bess Stuvenoxend

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Fantasy TV
Emerald City, The Magicians, Lucifer, Preacher, Outcast, Grimm, 11.22.63, Outlander, the Time After Time remake, and more. What is good and bad in the television landscape right now? Panelists: Kristina Halseth, Laura Bidgood, Lauren Wells (mod), Sam Stiles

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

Gaylaxians Book Discussion Update
North Country Gaylaxians read 10 to 12 books with positive portrayals of GLBT+ situations and characters or from GLBT+ authors in a year. This panel will give an update on the books we’ve read, which we thought were good, which we disliked, and why. Panelists: Donald Kaiser (mod), Claudia Slovacek, David Lenander, Kendra Akin (mod)

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

10:00pm

Philosophies of Dune
"Dune" is a deep work that grapples with not only sci-fi concepts, but those of philosophy and morality. There's even a book on the subject. Let's talk about eugenics, the dangers of AI, and the Fremen, among other things. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Karl Wolff, Michael Carus, Eric Rinn, Zach Nyhus

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

Superheroes Rated R
With the release of Watchmen and Deadpool, will Hollywood continue expanding the number of superhero movies with an R rating? What about going even further? Panelists: Aaron Coker, Jonathan Palmer, Matt Gamble, Eric Chu, Sean Casey

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender and the Comic Book Medium
Even though mainstream comics has finally admitted women are definitely reading as many (if not more) comics then men, there still are not that many female writers and editors. This panel explores the changing face of comics and how far we have to go. Panelists: Bri Donovan, Morgan Strickland, Severina Hein, AlysshaRose Jordan

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE
MC, Poet, Producer, and Educator performing Boom Bap Xicanx (Chicano) Futurism. Exploring future wastelands and cityscapes full of “watch bots”, sci-fi updated “chupacabras”, and “chainsaw-handed, fire-eyed peace droids.” Panelists: Adam Rangel, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

10:00pm

Mystery Movie Sing-a-Long and Stage Performance
Though we’ve done it before, Rarely Have Participants Savored such a film like this. Raucous Happy People Singing songs about other worlds, a kind of music, and theaters that play two consecutive movies of the science-fiction genre. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

2017 Foreign Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Back for 2017, MSFSFF present the Out-of-This-World Sci-Fi Short Film Festival featuring the best in genre short films produced by filmmakers from outside around the Pale Blue Dot. VOTE for your favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards! Panelists: Troy LaFaye

Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

Late Night Music Circle
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

Ask a Submariner: Foul-Mouthed Sailor Edition
Approximating life in a starship crew, learn about day-to-day life on a submarine from those who have lived it! All audience questions will be answered with varying degrees of dignity. No Recording. This panel may contain mature content and mature scotch. Panelists: Kyle Dekker (mod), Doug Kirks, Dan Stiglich, Andrew McKay, Christopher Baye

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

New Anime
What are the new titles that you should know about? Panelists: J.C. Horvath, Michael Grimm, Jen Riehm, Nick Stoner, Sam Stiles

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:30pm

Pan Galactic Gargle Blasted with Douglas Adams
In our continuing "[drinks] with [author]" series, we celebrate the life and works of Douglas Adams, who created the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while lying around drunk in a field. Who can make the best Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? Let's find out! Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Pat Harrigan, Jerry Belich, Matt Kessen, Dawn Krosnowski, Tim Uren

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Star Wars Holiday Special
November 11, 1978--a day that will live in fan infamy. The day that Bea Arthur, Harvey Korman, and other 70's TV staples joined the cast of Star Wars for Life Day. What motivated this abomination of schlock trash and why can't we stop watching? Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Todd Murray, Teresa Bolwerk, Philip Glover, Amanda Fineran

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

The Post Apocalyptic Worlds of Mad Max, Oblivion & The Book of Eli
The post-apocalyptic genre has exploded of late and the worlds of these narratives are just as fascinating as the stories themselves. This panel will look at these unique post-apocalyptic worlds & the things that make them up to ignite conversation. Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Adam Whitlatch, Matt Gamble (mod), Craig Smith, Michael Carus

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

Lyritics Presents: Geek Nation
Lyritics (Leer-ə-tiks) is a nerd-core hip-hop trio based out of Minneapolis. Opening for Lyritics will be Mr. Rogers & The Make Believe Friends. Hosted by Adam Quesnell. Panelists: Lyritics, Adam Quesnell

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:30pm - Friday July 7, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson

11:59pm

Time Travel for the Ages (dance)
Our collective of CONvergence DJs jump throughout time to bring you a jumpin’ and jivin’ night of future retro music, classics, electro swing, remixes, mash-ups, and more! Panelists:

Thursday July 6, 2017 11:59pm - Friday July 7, 2017 5:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 12:00am - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside
 
Friday, July 7
 

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

9:30am

Alternative Sports and Geek Culture
Whirlyball, Roller Derby, Martial Arts, Wrestling and even Quiddich leagues are thriving! Let's explore the wide range of different alternative sports that intersect with geek culture and talk about why they appeal to us. Panelists: Chris Stockton, Windy Bowlsby, Heather Dickinson, Dani Indovino Cawley, Lathan Murrell

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Astroculture: Farming for space farers
It’s been said that we have the capacity to feed the entire world. But will we be able to feed the next one or even the journey to get there? Join our panelists for a discussion of how we can produce enough food during extended space travel. Panelists: Vernon McIntosh, Jon Durmin, Michelle Krnnedy Cadieux, Joseph Jay-Dixon, Kourt Remund

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Bridget Landry's Kids Science Corner
You're never too old to learn, and you're certainly never too young. JPL scientist Bridget Landry is on hand to answer all the burning questions of our youthful panelists about space travel, parallel universes, Mars rovers, & if Santa lives on the moon. Panelists: Bridget Landry, Teddie Bowlsby, Gillian Chan, Brendan Johnson, Signe Joy Frethem

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30am

Costuming on a Budget
Costuming has the potential to become an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have break your budget. We will discuss where to get low-/no-cost materials and taking advantage of networking and barter/trading. Show off your thrifty creations! Panelists: Dorianne Jarchow, Adam Poetter, Lara Richarson, Kath Dimmich Mahaffy, Michelle Farley

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

Get Paid: Contracts & Copyright
Being a genius is the easy part. How do you get paid for your work? That’s the challenge. Come get insight on getting paid, keeping your rights, and other cool stuff. Panelists: J. Boone Dryden, James Renken, Troy LaFaye, Dave Walbridge, Mitchell Faas (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

How Real is that Magic?
Magic is a staple of fantasy and sci-fi but what do actual pagans and those who study magic think of its portrayal? We will discuss how magic is used in media and how it stacks up to real practices. Panelists: Melissa Olson (mod), Kenneth Justiniano, Joseph Peterson, Jen Dixon, Lis Morton

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Listing D&D on Your Resume
How can you include your geeky pursuits on your resume? Doing so can help you stand out from the crowd. Panelists: Norman Cates, Cetius d'Raven (mod), Bess Stuvenoxend, Kristin Daley

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

Old Farts Of Cosplay
Cosplay isn't just a hobby for the younger generation. Some of us have been at it a long time, or found cosplay later in life. Let's talk about how the hobby has changed through the years and the joys and challenges of being an old fart who cosplays. Panelists: bill Hedrick, Rae Lundquist, Dirk Ykema, James Harkin (mod), LauraJean Krueger

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Whalon

9:30am

Podcasting 101
Our panel of experienced podcasters will give you tips on and answer questions about all areas of podcasting. Yes, you can do it, too! Panelists: Jerry Stearns (mod), Kevin Eldridge, Shannan Paul, Sharon Stiteler, Kyle Dekker

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Reading - Aimee Kuzenski
Panelists: Aimee Kuzenski

Friday July 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Ames

10:00am

Art of the Dress Registration
Register for Art of the Dress Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central B

10:00am

Costume Wars Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

10:00am

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

10:00am

11:00am

YogaQuest Presents Star Wars: The Original Trilogy Abridged
We're headed to a galaxy far, far away in this narrated yogic adventure! No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary (lightsabers are optional). Come as you are and pose nerdy with us! May the force be with you. Panelists: Justine Mastin

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

11:00am

Celebrating the Coen Brothers
Minnesota’s own Coen Brothers have been making films for 32 years. This is a panel to talk about all things Coen and Coenesque. Their techniques. Their influences. Their common themes. And everything that makes them such an enduring force in cinema. Panelists: Skazka 9000, Niles Schwartz, Tim Lieder, Nathan Anderson, Lara Richarson

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Fatness and Fandom
Fat bodies are everywhere in real life and fan communities, yet fat representation is sorely lacking in the media we consume & often what we ourselves create as fans. Come discuss this issue and what we can do to make our works and spaces more inclusive. Panelists: Jordan West, Briana Lawrence, Nick Glover, Ben Ellis, Echo Martin

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

Gravity in Fact and Fiction
What books/movies/TV shows treat gravity right rather than assuming that it just works. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Maggie Schultz, Renate Fiora, Patrick Marsh, Michael Zecca

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

Kirby's Fourth World
Jack Kirby's space opera, "The Fourth World" was cut short and cancelled before its planned conclusion. But his work changed the comic book industry and created DC big bad, Darkseid. Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Jon Durmin (mod), Jesse Haller, Sean Casey, Edward Eastman

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Considering a Plug-In Electric vehicle or curious to learn more? Panelists will share their experiences and enthusiasm for EV-related topics including 2nd gen. 200+ mile range vehicles, deployment of fast charging infrastructure in Minnesota, and more. Panelists: Kevin McCormick, John Fagnant, Brian Anderson, Erik Haggstrom, Birch Hansen

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

11:00am

Rogue One
Ever wonder how the Rebels got the Death Star plans? Now we know. Let's talk about the 2016 Star Wars film. Panelists: Michael Carus, Eric Zawadzki, Dani Indovino Cawley, Nick Krekeler

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

The Odd-Numbered Star Trek Curse
Star Trek: The Motion Picture,III The Search for Spock, V: The Final Frontier, Generations, Insurrection.. These films are considered the red headed step children of the film canon. We're going to look into why and why they deserve to be re-evaluated. Panelists: Aaron Coker, Michael Shappe, William Leisner, Kris Coulter, Garrick Dietze

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

This Canon is Fired: Redefining the 'Must Reads' of SF/F and Comics Canon
Lists of genre greats often include lots of white men and not much else. What works and creators are being left off of these lists? Who's on the lists that shouldn't be? What do the new canons look like? Panelists: Kath Dimmich Mahaffy, Shannan Paul (mod), Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, Dana Baird

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:00am

Weta Digital: A Look Behind the Pixel Curtain
Norman has been working at Weta Digital for the last 16 years, on films from Lord of the Rings, all the way up to the upcoming Valerian. He'll have some behind the scenes videos to show and can also answer questions (if he can). Panelists: Norman Cates

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Candles Enough
Female filk and parody duo. We are eclectic in our music and our styles, swinging from as filky as filky gets to straight-up pop covers. And then the parodies. We do a lot of parodies. We sing in tight harmonies and perform with a single guitar. Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00am

Reading - Lois McMaster Bujold
Guest of Honor Lois McMaster Bujold will be reading her work. Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:00am

Signing - Harris O'Malley
Panelists: Harris O'Malley

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding open. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

12:30pm

American Gods
Compare and contrast the television adaptation of American Gods with the novel written in 2001. How do themes from both the show and the book resonate in today's society? Panelists: Morgan Strickland, Laura Bidgood, Lauren Wells, Severina Hein, Dani Indovino Cawley

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Creating the Perfect Monster
What makes a visually interesting monster in story or art? What real world examples and total flights of fancy float your boat? Panelists: Ansley grams, Patrick Marsh (mod), Seanan McGuire, Anna Besmann, Holly Chamas

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Diversity, Class Systems, and Equality in Science Fiction
When writing Sci-Fi, the world shifts. Examples of acceptable democratic societies or functional systems in real life are sometimes reversed or broken down. Is this simply not trying hard enough? Shock value? Does diversity matter in a Sci-Fi setting? Panelists: Lana Rosario, Emilie Peck, Justin Grays, Peregrine Johnson, Lara Richarson

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Fire the Head Canons
This ain’t no slash-fic! We’re talking Fan theories that elevate and enhance the canonical stories, characters and properties and why the digital age - particularly with mainstream outlets like Amazon Worlds - is the best time to be a superfan. Panelists: Taylor Cisco, Renate Fiora, Dave Stagner

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

I Want To Be Ms. Frizzle: Using Sci-fi and Fantasy as Teaching Tools
Everyone wanted to be in Ms. Frizzle's class as a kid (well, except Arnold). Now that we're teachers, how can we use fantastical elements in our classrooms to encourage our students and drive their learning? Panelists: Dan Berliner, PZ Myers, Michael Zecca (mod), Jen Dixon, Peter Larsen

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

New Technology in Media
Not just for geeks, technology has dramatically changed how we make and watch popular entertainment. Let's discuss some significant advances from recent years. Panelists: Ian Truitner, Kristin Tipping

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

So You Want to Build an Arcade Machine?
Dive into an informational session about building your own arcade machine, a stand-up cabinet that can play thousands of types of games. Panelists: Sean Berry

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Soundtracks in Film
What are the best movie and TV soundtracks, from classic to current? What makes a soundtrack good? How well it fits the story? How objectively good the music is? A combination? Panelists: Dave Margosian, Jonah Rees, Scott Keever, Nat Morse-Noland, Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Tanya Brody
Harper-Singer-Songwriter. With the voice of an angel and the heart of a poet, Tanya Brody makes both traditional and original songs come to life and touch the soul. Panelists: Tanya Brody

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

12:30pm

Is Anyone There? Searching for Life on Mars with the 1976 Viking Landers
In 1976, two Mars landers tested for life in its red soil. The tiny gadgets aboard weren't perfect and suffered from huge design compromises. How did they work? And what did they REALLY find? Come see what promises to be an engaging and informative talk. Panelists: Jay Gallentine

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Reading - Adam Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Signing - Kathryn Sullivan
Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30pm

Signing - Lois McMaster Bujold
Guest of Honor Lois McMaster Bujold will be available to sign her work. Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30pm

Electric Cars Up Close
Don't just talk about electric cars, get up close and personal! sit in one, talk to the owners and be part of the future! Play your cards right maybe get a ride in an electric car! Panelists: Kevin McCormick, John Fagnant, Brian Anderson, Erik Haggstrom, Birch Hansen

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Outdoors

2:00pm

99 Problems But a Pitch Ain't One
So you've got a great idea, shot a video, wrote a comic/novel...now what? Join this panel of industry professionals and learn about prepping, packaging, and presenting your content to the right people, at the right outlets, in the right way. Panelists: Catherine Schaff-Stump, Lee Harris (mod), Michael R Underwood, Taylor Cisco, Madeleine Vasaly

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Beginning Robotics
What is the difference between a slot car motor and a belt drive motor? Is it feasible to make a walking robot as a hobbyist, like big dog/little dog? This panel will introduce you to basic robotics for hobbyists. Panelists: Aric Stewart (mod), Michelle Krnnedy Cadieux

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

Firefly At 15
Joss Whedon's space western turns 15 this year. Is it shiny or would you toss it out an airlock? Come discuss the full canon: series, movie, and comics. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Mark Goldberg, Monica Valentinelli, Tex Thompson, Sean Berry

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Foresight is 2020: From Speculation to Reality
Of all the inventions, ideas, behaviors, and discoveries imagined in science fiction and satire, which have come to pass? Which stories and authors had the clearest foresight? Who comically missed the mark? What do today's speculative tales foresee next? Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub (mod), Renate Fiora, Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Gerry Anderson's Firestorm
Tired of CGI blockbusters? Long for the days of models, miniatures, and REAL explosives? Concept Illustrator Eric Chu presents a sneak peek into a new project from the mind of Thunderbirds/Space 1999 creator Gerry Anderson. Things blow up good--REAL GOOD Panelists: Eric Chu

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Introduction to Hip-Hop as Literature
Join an exploration of hip-hop's role as a modern literary movement, including recommendations for artists and works (both local and worldwide) to get started in the genre. Panelists: Bri Donovan, Rob Callahan (mod), DJ Kool Akiem, Heather Dickinson, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Ladies of Star Wars
A tribute to the royal and rebellious women of the Star Wars universe. Our favorites, our frustrations, and a moment of silence for our beloved Princess. Panelists: Kris Heding, Peregrine Johnson, Alison Anderson, Dani Indovino Cawley, Katarina Larsen

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Return of Mystery Science Theatre 3000
It was back for Thanksgiving. Are we thankful? What did we like about the reincarnation? Panelists: Dee Bitner, Brian Watson-Jones, Kristin Daley, John Seavey

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Take a Pew, Pew, Pew! Organized Religion in SciFi/Fantasy
Beyond "The Force", how do creators deal with organized religion (and disbelief) in science fiction and fantasy? What do they get right, wrong, and what do they reveal in their thinking? Panelists: Caroline Symcox, Lyda Morehouse, Tim Wick, Bill Stiteler (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Sword Masters Live
Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo demonstration. See dynamic performances by trained students from White Tiger Martial Arts! Watch, be wowed, and ask questions. Discover your inner warrior today! Panelists: Sarah Wurdeman, Mark Wurdeman, Melanie Galloway, Alex Bolton, Heather Sigstad, bill Hedrick, Kayla Curtiss, George Richard, Simon Gibson, Stephen Poeschl

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Kristopher Carter: Musical Storyteller
Guest of Honor Kristopher Carter presents, and may even perform, some of his career highlights and tells you something about how each piece was conceived and used. Panelists: Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

2:00pm

Reading - Briana Lawrence
Panelists: Briana Lawrence

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Signing - Adam Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

2:00pm

Signing - Jai Nitz
Guest of Honor Jai Nitz will be available to sign his work. Panelists: Jai Nitz

Friday July 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

2:30pm

TryForce
3 piece nerdy pop culture cover band from the twin cities.Through drums, bass and saxophone we cover all kinds of video game, movie, TV show, and popular theme songs. Panelists: Luis Benavides

Friday July 7, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

3:30pm

Building a Religion
When gods get involved, adventure happens. Whether riffing off of pantheons familiar to readers, or creating new ones as they build new worlds, writers face a challenge when they incorporate religion into their stories. What works and what doesn't? Panelists: Eric Zawadzki, Jon Olsen, Joseph Peterson, Lois McMaster Bujold, Michael Carus

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

Dark Tower Fan Panel
Steven King created it. And did you really read that last chapter, even though he told you not to? Panelists: Molly Glover, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Charlene Holm, Craig Smith, Melissa Duhn

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Gender Swapping in in Movies
Several recent movie remakes have changed the genders of the characters, including Ghostbusters, Ocean's 8, Roadhouse, and Splash. How has this change affected the movies and what is the greater social impact? Panelists: Jordan West (mod), Matt Gamble, Allyson Cygan, Seanan McGuire, Dani Indovino Cawley

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Indie Tabletop Games
Scythe, Tak, Secret Hitler: there's been a boom in independent and crowd-funded tabletop games. Designers and fans alike talk about the best indie tabletop games on the market now, what's to come, and how indie games impact the mainstream industry. Panelists: Scott Holm, Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Siege Engines and You
Want to know how to attack a castle? Well then you’re in luck. Not just siege engines but strategy, castle design, usurpers, how the use of magic changes things, and why wars used to take winters off. Panelists: Dave Walbridge (mod), H. Savinien, Geoff Wessendorf

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

Space Opera as Serious Literature
Particularly since the development of so-called "new space opera" (Benford, Brin, Bear in the US; Banks, McAuley, McLeod in the UK), it's clear that the sub-genre has taken on new seriousness as a place for writers with literary and intellectual ambition. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan, Dave Margosian, Aimee Kuzenski, Norman Cates

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Star Trek Retrospective
Let's look back over the past 50 years... Panelists: Aaron Coker, Taylor Cisco, Bridget Landry, William Leisner, Tracee Lee Cocco

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

Thunderbirds Are Go Fan Panel
Thunderbirds Are Go is an excellent modern reboot of the 1960s Gerry Anderson puppet series, using CGI and modelwork, but retaining all the charm (and one of the cast!) of the original. Its now into its second series and even on Netflix. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Paul Cornell, Joan Marie Verba, Edward Eastman

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Illegal Alien Icons
A presentation of how race has shaped the world of superheroes since 1938. Panelists: Jai Nitz

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Reading - Naomi Kritzer
Guest of Honor Naomi Kritzer will be reading her work. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Signing - Briana Lawerence
Panelists: Briana Lawrence

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

3:30pm

Assassin's Guild Boffing Practice
Are you not feeling particularly competitive and just want to hit friends, loved-ones, or other con-goers with foam padded weapons? Feel free to do so in this practice event. No need to feel intimidated, relax and have fun fighting! Panelists: D Alex Nicol

Friday July 7, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

4:00pm

Art of the Dress Orientation
If you have registered for the Art of the Dress Show, come line up and get last-minute tips for the show. Mandatory for Art of the Dress participants. Panelists: Gregory de Danann

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

4:00pm

Ear Candy
Female fronted electro pop punk fun!!! Hailing from Mpls, these ladies aim to get you on the dance floor! With synthesizers and electribes, costumes, and tight-ass choreographed dance routines, each live show is unique. Panelists: Carol Cunnington, Dawn Kuehl

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

5:00pm

CONvergence Events Open Meeting
Get an update on the latest with the organization that runs CONvergence with members of the Convergence Events Board of Directors. Panelists: Margaret Eastman, Amy Mills, Thomas Keeley, Ishmael Williams, Jonathan Palmer, Liz Hernandez, Nadim Khalidi

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Props and Practical Effects in Film
What are the processes behind creating props and practical effects in Hollywood? What are the benefits of practicals over CGI? Panelists: Eric Chu, Norman Cates

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Queering the Epic
Let's talk about LGBT+ representation - or possible representation - in our favorite epics -- Star Wars (Poe and Finn, Chirrut and Baze), Star Trek (rebooted Sulu), Marvel Cinematic Universe (yo, Deadpool!), DC (Wonder Woman), and other favorites. Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Skazka 9000, Rory Ni Coileain, Nathan Anderson, Kris Heding

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Refugee Lifehacks
Guest of Honor Interview: Saymoukda Vongsay shares the life skills she learned growing up as a refugee, and how they've informed her approach to writing and a career as an artist. Panelists: Rob Callahan (mod), Saymoukda Vongsay

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Starry Room
What's in the night sky besides stars that you can see with the naked eye? (Assuming that you're not in a city.) Panelists: Dan Berliner, Michael Zecca (mod), Sean Berry

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:00pm

Stranger Things Fan Panel
THIS is the Stranger Things fan panel. Panelists: Courtney Azar, Adam Whitlatch, Renate Fiora, Kiah Nelson, Michael Carus

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

What to do When They're Watching You
Science fiction writers have long been concerned about a surveillance state, but recent technologies have made this fear more and more realistic. What technologies are watching us and what does science fiction tell us to do about it? Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Dave Walbridge, Craig A. Finseth, Jamie Riedesel, Eric Zawadzki

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Writing Near Future Sci-Fi
If you're world-building 600 years in the future, you have a lot of latitude in what sort of a world you're making. But what if you're setting a story or RP 50 years or 20 years in the future? What will tech and culture look like? Panelists: Lana Rosario, Tyler Tork, Naomi Kritzer, Will Shetterly

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Podcast
This would be a live podcast recording, which I think would be best suited to a panel room. I'd love to get a guest of honor, if possible, but I'll need to wait to see who they are/whether this event is selected before I can do so. Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low, Joseph Scrimshaw, Joshua Scrimshaw, Ben San Del

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

Reading - Michael R. Underwood
Panelists: Michael R Underwood

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

Signing - Anthony W Eichnlaub
Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

5:00pm

Art of the Dress Costume and Couture Show / Cirque Intergalactique
Strap yourself in and prepare for lift off, this variety show will be sure to bring you to infinity and beyond! Witness gravity defying acts by aerial artists and acrobats, as well as many other shooting stars of bellydance, singing, comedy and more! Houston, it would be a problem if you missed this! Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

5:00pm

Matrix Tag
Players choose the roles of Agent Smith, Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, or play an Agent or Zionist. Any number of people can play, joining in and leaving at any time. Panelists: Shannon Green

Friday July 7, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

5:30pm

Ionosphere Casting Shadows
High-tech guitar ambience and dream-like interludes. When does a guitar not sound like a guitar? Todd Madson's super relaxing ambient guitar soundscapes appears once more to provide a soothing alternative to the sometimes frenetic con atmosphere. Panelists: Todd Madson

Friday July 7, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

Best Indie Comics
It's a large comics universe out there, and there are many great comics published outside the Marvel and DC Universes. Hear what other titles our panelists would recommend and feel free to offer your own suggestions. Panelists: Garrick Dietze, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, Christina "DZA" Marie, Sean Casey (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Marvel on Netflix
We'll be talking about Marvel's shows on Netflix. What do you think of the direction the shows have taken? Do you like the darker tone or would you prefer the lighter tones of the MCU? What shows have been your favorite? How is the future looking? Panelists: Catherine Schaff-Stump, Lee Harris (mod), Tim Lieder, Keane Amdahl, Severina Hein

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Opera in Space: Music and Art of Alien Races
From infamous Klingon Opera to the Star Wars Cantina band, music and art of alien races adds tapestry to a developed fictional universe. Let's talk about what works in these imagined intergalactic cultures and what just doesn't. Panelists: Lana Rosario, Dave Stagner, Scott Keever, Jonathan Killstring, Kristopher Carter

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

Pixar's Story Writing Rules
Pixar has published 22 rules to aid in writing stories. Which ones work? Do any NOT work? Panelists: John Heimbuch, Melissa Olson, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Dave Walbridge, Tex Thompson

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Romance and Adventure
Science fiction and fantasy focus on adventure but the best make you care about the characters. How do writers create characters that readers invest in? When love, particularly romantic love, is a motivation, how do they make that believable? Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold, Jody Wurl

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Skylarks and Lensmen, The Classic Space-Opera of E.E. 'Doc' Smith
E.E. "Doc" Smith created many of the basic themes of what would become "Space Opera" in his Skylark and Lensman series of novels--both for good and for bad. Learn about the founder of space opera in this panel. Panelists: Scott Lynch, Edward Eastman (mod), Scott Jamison

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

7:00pm

Tactics in Space
How would a military spaceship "hide" in space? How would a spaceship appear to sensor systems in various wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g. infrared, ultraviolet)? What gravitational methods can be used to search for spacecraft? Panelists: Geoff Wessendorf, Dan Berliner, Sean Berry, Christopher Baye, Michael Carus

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Ames

7:00pm

Joseph Scrimshaw’s ATTACK of the HEADCANON!
Join comedian Joseph Scrimshaw (Screen Junkies, ForceCenter, RiffTrax) for an hour of “geek-flavored” comedy about trying to live up to your pop culture heroes. Thrill to tales of action figures purchases gone wrong, bad dating advice from Twin Peaks, and drinking The Doctor’s beer. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Judging a Book by Its Cover
Two competing teams of "literary experts" explain the plot of a book, based only upon the cover art they see on the screen. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Tim Wick (mod), Dawn Krosnowski, Molly Glover, Nick Glover

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

CONvergence Poetry Slam
Nerds have words & we want to hear them! Show up, sign up, and if the lottery gods are kind you may be drawn to read two three-minute poems to an audience of drunken strangers, and watch your heart and soul assigned numeric value by our celebrity judges. Panelists: Allison Broeren, Rob Callahan, Tim Uren, phillip andrew bennett low, Saymoukda Vongsay, Dan Marlow

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

2017 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Since 2008, the Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival has been bringing you the best in genre short films produced by filmmakers around the midwestern USA and Canada. VOTE for your favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards! Panelists: Troy LaFaye (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

8:30pm

50 Shades of Blackface
The desire for realism is high in the cosplay community, but when does it go to far. Is it okay to change skin tone to emulate a character of a different race? Is it necessary? What is the difference between looking like another race and another species? Panelists: Justin Grays, Charlene Holm, Stephanie Stensland, Sarah Molasky, Morgan Strickland

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20th Anniversary Panel
Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered 20 years ago. In this panel we'll revisit Sunnydale, our favorite slayer and all of her friends and discuss what we loved (and hated), what holds up (and what doesn't) and how the show influenced TV and fandom. Panelists: David Brennan, Keane Amdahl (mod), Lauren Wells, Jenn Jensen, Severina Hein

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Enterprising Individuals Live!: The Wrath of CON!
Revenge is a dish best served cold, but nostalgia is best consumed immediately! Join us as a panel of Star Trek authors and fans discuss Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for a live taping of the Enterprising Individuals podcast! Panelists: William Leisner, Patrick Tomlinson, Christopher Jones, Aaron Coker, Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Fantastic Beasts
The first movie in the proposed five part series came out last year. What did we think? How did it expand the canon of the Harry Potter universe? What are you hoping for in the rest of the series? Panelists: Bryon Stump, Catherine Schaff-Stump, Allyson Cygan, Meghan McManus, Windy Bowlsby

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Slash Panel
Buckle your seatbelts, it's time for the annual panel about same-sex shipping! From Yuri on Ice!!! to married space monks, let's talk State of the Slash Union 2017. (This is an 18+ panel; talkin' about the porn is definitely on the table.) Panelists: Bess Stuvenoxend, Skazka 9000, Jo Thrace, Lyda Morehouse (mod), Kes S

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Story-Driven Spacecraft Design
How do the needs of the story drive spacecraft design? From the ark ships of "When Worlds Collide" to the X-wings of Star Wars, what parts of the design are needed for the story and what parts are open to interpretation? Panelists: Alex Musial, Kyle Dekker (mod), Eric Chu, Michael Carus

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

The Magic and Mythology of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
An examination of the interesting implications about the world of Equestria and the magic therein based on the TV show, including cutie marks, destiny, history, the pony life cycle, and princesses. Panelists: Samantha Bitner, Destiny ZIebol, George Miller, Willson Borchert, Chrysoula Tzavelas

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

To Infinity
Mathematicians, physicists and philosophers help you wrap your head around the concepts of eternal time and infinite space, of calculus conundrums and unfathomable quantities, of the science behind the things that have no beginning and no end. Panelists: Renate Fiora, Sean Berry, Jon Olsen, Dan Berliner

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Ames

8:30pm

Powerpoint Karaoke
Four "experts" must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before, and the slides make no sense! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Bill Stiteler, Melissa Kaercher, Molly Glover, Sharon Stiteler, Paul Cornell, Tim Wick

Friday July 7, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

A Play in Klingon? How Do You Do That?
Panel discussion of how a show like A Klingon Christmas Carol is brought to life. This includes pronunciation and language lessons, stage combat, Klingon culture, blocking and costuming. May also include short character exchanges in Klingon. Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), Tim Uren, Kelvin Hatle, Gregory Parks, Meredith Gillies

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

10:00pm

Doctor Who This Season and Beyond
What do we think of the new series so far? What do we hope of a new Doctor? Panelists: Ben Ellis, Michael Lee, Tim Lieder, David Brennan, Alison Anderson

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Shipping and Anti-Shipping
The idea that a fictional relationship is too controversial to be accepted isn't new to fandom, but the rise of organized anti-shippers exploded in 2016. Can we set community standards for anti-shipping so that it doesn't ruin fandom for everyone? Panelists: Josh Sadoff, Susan Willson, Scott Jamison (mod), Graham Barr, Bess Stuvenoxend

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

The Dick Grayson's Butt Fan Panel
Seriously, why is Dick Grayson's butt such a big deal? These panelists are happy to tell you. Panelists: Jen Riehm, Christopher Jones, Jimmy LeDuc, Sam Stiles

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Walking Dead Fan Panel
Over but not forgotten...one last chance for the TV fan panel. Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Kris Coulter, Cat Choy (mod), Kristina Halseth

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

Xenobiology 101
Given the vast diversity of life on Earth, how might life from other worlds (real and imagined) have evolved differently? Why do tauntauns smell so bad? Is Superman an invasive organism? Where do baby tribbles come from? Panelists: Vernon McIntosh, Jon Durmin, Darren Abbey

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

Drinking with Geeks
Geeks discuss and imbibe alcohol. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw (mod), Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Bill Stiteler, C. Robert Cargill, Laurie Richardson

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

Genius Pi
A masterful music manipulation of epic proportions! Genius Pi, led by Zummy, is a St. Louis based nerdcore band who is always ready to rock your socks while you gawk and squawk! The agenda? Hit every genre of music known to man and beast. Panelists: Master K, Mike Zummy Zumwalt

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

10:00pm

Vilification Tennis
Vilification Tennis is exactly the kind of show your parents warned you about. Crude, clever, and crass, it is the ultimate comedy trigger warning. If there is a topic you don't think is funny, you’re probably right. And we’ll probably make a joke about it anyway. Because we’re horrible people. If you would like to be horrible with us, come watch! Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

In Conversation with Seanan McGuire
Join McGuire for a Q&A session with a twist. She'll answer any question you ask her-anything-but the answer you get may not be the one you expect. Strong language and adult concepts are virtually guaranteed. Panelists: Seanan McGuire

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

Medicine and Star Wars
The objective of this panel presentation is to elucidate and discuss the multifaceted components of the Star Wars films that have relevance to medical care in a galaxy far, far away and how it correlates to modern medicine and biomedical science on earth. Panelists: Caleb Schultz

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

Transgender 101
Trans and gender nonconforming people have become far more visible, in society and in the geek community. What's the deal with pronouns? What is gender identity & how is it different from sexual orientation? What is and isn't appropriate to ask? Panelists: Kyle Andrew, Samantha Bitner, Nathalie Crowley, Adam Hochberg

Friday July 7, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:30pm

Late Night Music Circle
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

BDSM: So You Want to Enter the Kink Community?
In recent year, kink and BDSM has become a bigger part of society. But how do you go about breaking in? Come learn about the Twin Cities Kink Community, rules and guidelines about behavior, and how consent plays a major role in what we do. Panelists: Susan Willson, Kendra Akin, Samantha Bitner, Michael Carus, Rakhi R

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

Living the Gimmick Life
Local Minnesota wrestlers talk about their life in wrestling, being on the road, training, their inspirations and goals. Panelists: Arik Cannon, Terry Fox

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Whalon

11:30pm

Menstruation Representation in Post Apocolyptic, Dystopian, and Futuristic Media
Discussion on the lack of representation of menstruation in post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and futuristic media including fiction, television, and film productions. Panelists: Alee Ellingsberg, Jessica Silk, Tom Teeple, Heather Rand-McKay (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

The Arrowverse
DCCW has a TV universe that rivals Marvel in the form of what's commonly referred to as the 'Arrowverse' (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl). What makes these shows work and where do they need improvement? Is there room for more growth? Panelists: Jon Olsen, Keane Amdahl (mod)

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

The Pun-el
The Tradition Returns (or is that regurgitates...)! People sitting in a big room throwing puns at each other without fear of flying fruit! (Named for the great Kryptonian comedian...) Panelists: Edward Eastman, Brian LaBounty, Margaret Eastman

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Twin Peaks
As the TV sensation returns 25 years later, we discuss its current status in a long-form TV landscape it pioneered, old & new cast members, the place of Mark Frost's book, and the unprecedented creative control Showtime is giving director David Lynch. Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Garrick Dietze, Kris Heding, Adam Lueck, Pat Harrigan

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

Killer B's Improv Movie Show
As clips of strange movies play onscreen, a team of voice actors and musicians create a whole new soundtrack... without ever seeing the movies before! It's film, improv comedy, and live music all in one, plus a 75% chance of rubber-suit monsters! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher (mod), Jerry Belich, Salsa Sterling, Kelvin Hatle, Molly Glover, Tim Uren, Scott Keever

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

Revenge of the Nerdlesque (18+)
The nerdiest burlesque artists of the Twin Cities return to the HarmCon stage with a vengeance for another round of geek-infused burlesque and cabaret performance art! See characters from con loved movies, tv, books, and comics in a whole new light. Panelists: Mona Montague, Holliedazzle, Sinasaurus Vex, Killjoy Rider, Opiumm Hayze, Anjela

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson

11:30pm

Exploring the Multiverse (dance)
Tonight we offer musical stylings from several dimensions to get your dance, funk, and groove on. 11:30p - DJ Curium's Dance for Peculiar Con-goers WANTED: Witches, Wizards, Muggles, Tributes, Vampires, Aliens, Monsters and all other Beautiful Creatures. Be our guest as we step through the looking glass to transverse the fantastical world of soundtracks from shows and movies of all our favorite Young Adult books. Music for the young and the young at heart. 12:30a - DJ Kool AkiEM From underground mixtapes in the early nineties and the various Micranots releases, to 2006's Mixtape Deluxe, DJ Kool Akiem formerly of the Micranots and DJ for MF DOOM has been providing a steady diet of funk to the public for years now. 1:30a - Symone Smash-It Symone Smash It, the symulated space siren, is a vocalist, producer, and performer with 15+ years of experience in music and stage presence. Along with her producer, Eye Dyed, she's created the electronic space pop album “Symulation;” and is set to claim “the universe” as her stage. 2:30a - DJ Nitrogen DJ Nitrogen has been a mainstay on the CONvergence main stage for years and has also opened for dozens of national touring acts. Nitrogen is a seven time winner at TwinCitiesNightclubs.com annual Twin Cities Best Club DJ contest and has been a resident at many of the top Twin Cities night clubs for well over a decade and will be playing a mix of many different electronic genres with the sole purpose of getting the room moving. 3:30a - Matt MacInnes Matt MacInnes (aka Machinnes) hails from Sweden and has been a DJ and producer for 20 years. A restrained playing style reveals deep and melodic tunes that often flow between electro, techno, and house; perfect for getting lost on the dance floor. Previous audiences include North Star Roller Girls, First Avenue, and Soundscene warehouse. 4:30a - Still awake? We probably are. Come ask for some songs and see what we’ll play. Panelists:

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday July 8, 2017 5:30am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:00am - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside
 
Saturday, July 8
 

8:00am

Masquerade Performer Orientation
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00am

Masquerade Technical Rehearsal
Performers will be assigned a 15 minutes slot during this time. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

9:30am

Giant Lizard Theater: Infinity Edition
From ancient dragons and dinosaurs to roaring atomic kaiju, anything goes in this open space panel on speculative poetry with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, exploring the themes of infinity and more! Bring your creativity! Panelists: Bryan Thao Worra, Lathan Murrell, Sandra Lindow (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Whalon

9:30am

How to Attract an Audience
Marketing professionals and artists with a proven track record for generating buzz share their dos and don’ts when it comes to marketing art and convincing potential audiences to pick up your book, attend your show, or follow your podcast. Panelists: Anj Olsen, Harris O'Malley, Michael R Underwood, Tania Richter, Echo Martin

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Latinx Empowerment Through Latinx Heroes
Latinx characters like Suicide Squad's El Diablo, Rogue One's Cassian Andor, Young Avengers' America Chavez, & MCU's Claire Temple provide a heroic mirror for the Latinx community to see ourselves and our culture. Let's talk about why that's so important. Panelists: Bri Donovan, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, Jai Nitz, Andrea Peraza, Clarissa Goldsmith

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Law in Sciece Fiction
Panelists discuss the role of law and government in various sci-fi properties. Possible topics could include anything from Robocop, Judge Dredd, and Minority Report to Star Wars, District 9, and V for Vendetta. Panelists: J. Boone Dryden (mod), J.C. Horvath, Derek "Duck" Washington, Jamie Riedesel, David Stegora

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Logan Movie Fan Panel
Logan was the Wolverine movie we have been waiting for since Hugh Jackman first popped his claws in 1999. We'll discuss and celebrate the character's complete run, with emphasis on how Logan delivered on a promise 17 years in the making. Panelists: Satish Jayaraj, Severina Hein

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Modern Treknology
Which century is this? We have communicators, we can 3D print objects, we have practical applications for antimatter, and our computers talk back to us! Join us to discuss the ways that Star Trek has influenced the development of tech in our world. Panelists: Jen Riehm, Madeleine Vasaly, William Leisner, Ib Jensen, Heather Dickinson

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

Pokemon Go Fan Panel
Let's discuss the whole impact of this game. Panelists: Dirk Ykema, Rachel Pollack

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

The Life of a Mermaid
Mermaids who have attended con for years will bring their tails for all to see in person, we will discuss the good the bad and the ugly about being a mermaid. Discuss different tail types and artists, and answer any questions our guests may have and more! Panelists: Alyssa Adair, Tanja Page, Ashley Falenschek

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

Reading - Anthony W. Eichenlaub
Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Ames

9:30am

U of M Raptor Center
Panelists: Jody Wurl

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00am

11:00am

Harisen Daiko Preview
A quick preview of the thundering taiko drums that await in Harisen Daiko's Sunday performance on Mainstage (home of the Taiko Sci Fi medley!). Stop by the garden court to get a taste of Harisen BRINGING THE BOOM! Panelists: Steve Sylvestre

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

11:00am

Avoiding Cultural Appropriation in World Building
Whether designing a game or writing a story, it's important to avoid appropriating cultures and perpetuating stereotypes of real-world peoples. We will examine common pitfalls, and discuss how to create truly original and authentic fictional worlds. Panelists: Joseph Jay-Dixon, Kenneth Justiniano, Morgan Strickland, Jen Riehm, Cam Banks

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Honorverse
David Weber's series is a well-regarded space opera. Come talk about what makes it a great story. Panelists: Michael Shappe, Kevin Horner (mod), Scott Lynch, Michael Carus, Garret Bitker

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

11:00am

How to Storyboard
A how-to session on the art of storyboarding for visual media. Panelists: Ian Truitner, Sean Berry

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

LEGO Batman
Did they get the Lego world right? Did they get Batman right? How are things in the brick world going? Panelists: Samantha Bitner, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Michael Zecca, Christopher Jones, Meghan McManus

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

Of a Certain Age
What stories feature older characters as the hero? How do these stories hook readers? What can you learn from them when the storyteller does the job well? Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold, Lyda Morehouse

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

Alabaster Stratocaster
with collaborator of 20 years Bless the Machines. Enjoy some awesome sci-fi music and a mesmerizingly weird alien dancer. Blend of live acoustic guitar singer-songwriter songs with prerecorded highly produced space operas. Panelists: Paul Carolan, Niles Randolph

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00am

I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue
This is a British radio game show – basically an excuse for 4 panelists and the host to play childish games for an hour. Come watch our panelists play Mornington Crescent and One Song to the Tune of Another! Panelists: Lee Harris, Paul Cornell, Tim Wick, Seanan McGuire, Caroline Symcox

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Superman: The Golden Age
Award-winning playwright phillip low has created an adaptation of Superman's earliest appearances! Come listen to a full-cast reading of Jerry Siegel's eccentric two-fisted street justice, dispensed by the ultimate interstellar immigrant. Panelists: Kelvin Hatle, Dawn Krosnowski, phillip andrew bennett low, Joshua Scrimshaw, Tim Uren

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Meet Geek Partnership Society
The local nonprofit GPS exists to support our local fan community. Find out how they can connect you to your fandoms and grow partnerships. Learn about their events and activities. Panelists: Ann Roubik

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

Reading - Roy C Booth
Panelists: Roy C. Booth

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:00am

Signing - Jessica Walsh
Panelists: Jessica Walsh

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding closes at 8:00 PM. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

12:30pm

Anime on the Rocks Podcast Live
Podcasting about anime and alcohol fueled nonsense doused with a little bit of intrigue and comedy. This episode we intend to jump into anime's place within intergalactic drama, adventure, horror and sexiness. Join us for our second live recording ever! Panelists: Michael Grimm, Ryan Sparks, Alfonso Maldonado, Jeff Henry

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Beyond Creation: Diversity in Media
They say that if you want more diversity, you should go out and create it yourself, but that's just part of what needs to be done. We'll discuss all the important factors of being more inclusive in the media we create and consume. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Jessica Walsh, Patrick Marsh, Morgan Strickland, Sara McAtee

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Geeks in the Arts Scene
Let's talk about being a geek in more traditional art scenes. From installations, exhibitions, and performance art with speculative fiction and geeky themes to attitudes and cultural trends, where do we fit in? Panelists: Jen Riehm, Meredith Gillies, Kristin Tipping, Holly Chamas, Saymoukda Vongsay

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Internet of Things (In)Security
We're buying and installing them at a furious pace. What are we creating? Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, James Renken, Cary Christopherson, Ib Jensen, Sean Berry

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Orphan Black in Review
Now that the final season of Orphan Black has aired, discuss how the conspiracy played out, the complexity of family dynamics, the science behind the plot, and the extraordinary craft that went into making the sestras. Panelists: Jennifer Paulus, Grace Ulak (mod), Kiah Nelson, Jody Wurl, Alison Anderson

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Scoring in Films
What makes an iconic film score? What makes one forgettable? How do directors use score to effect the story? Let's talk sound design. Panelists: Matt Gamble, Nathan Anderson, Dave Stagner, Scott Keever, Kristopher Carter

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Universal Design Principles IN SPACE!
What features and amenities would a space ship have to be designed with to be universally accessible for humans with disabilities? Let's imagine, and plan out, a truly accessible space ship. Panelists: Echo Martin, Adam Poetter (mod), Alisha Srock, Heather Dickinson

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Boys Don't Make Passes At Girls Who Wear Glasses
This comedy storytelling dorkfest will tickle you with real life observations from the geek perspective and fog up your glasses with torrid tales of nerd romance. Wait, did we say torrid? We meant awkward, embarrassing and unrequited. Panelists: Curt Lund, Laura Bidgood

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

12:30pm

Cold-blooded Mythology
Curious about scaly, creepy, crawly critters? Join members of the Minnesota Herpetological Society for a hands-on presentation of their native and exotic cold-blooded companions. Panelists: Anna Toenjes (mod), Raelene Rueber, Ellen Heck, Josh Mahlow, Marie Hulslander

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Comic Book Writing 101
How and why most creative writing class stink when it comes to comics. Panelists: Jai Nitz

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Reading - Cynthia Booth
Panelists: Cynthia Booth

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Signing - Naomi Kritzer
Guest of Honor Naomi Kritzer will be available to sign her work. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30pm

Signing - Seanan McGuire
Guest of Honor Seanan McGuire will be available to sign her work. Panelists: Seanan McGuire

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30pm

Assassin's Guild Boffing Tournament
Welcome to the 12th annual Assassin's Guild Boffing Tournament! Compete against your fellow con-goer by hitting each other with foam padded weapons! Trophies will be awarded to the top combatants! Panelists: D Alex Nicol

Saturday July 8, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

1:00pm

Space Lounge
Visit the best transit station lounge in space and enjoy your layover. Social hosts are available to help you select appropriate smoothie refreshment between stops, double-check arrivals and departures, or direct you to your next departure point. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

2:00pm

Ancillary Justice
Ancillary Justice is a about a ship, in human form, getting justice for its murder. Come discuss the trilogy. Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Michael Shappe, Paul Weimer, Sarah O'Connor (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

Educational Apps
We had Oregon Trail. What has it grown into? What are the new ones that we should be looking into? Panelists: Sharon Stiteler, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Peter Larsen, Kerry Peterson, Katarina Larsen

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Funny How? Dissecting the Frog
Why are some things funny? Has any single theory of comedy emerged as the best predictor of what makes people laugh? How the hell do you write a good joke? Comedy writers/performers discuss these and other questions about the elusive nature of humor. Panelists: Eric Chu, Shannan Paul (mod), Ben San Del, phillip andrew bennett low, Meghan McManus

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

It's a CONspiracy: Our Abduction
For the fourth year running, Molly Glover, Jeremy Stomberg, Tim Wick, and Nick Glover bring you The Truth (tm) about REAL and TOTALLY NOT FAKE things going on in the world around you... and also lizard people. Panelists: Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Tim Wick, Jeremy Stomberg

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Lois McMaster Bujold Fan Panel
Discuss Bujold's writing, your favorite characters and story lines. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Kristina Halseth, Sean Berry, Marguerite Krause (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Movie Year in Review
From indie darlings to foreign films to big-budget blockbusters, let's discuss everything from the last year of film. Panelists: Alex Musial, Matt Gamble, Michael May, Norman Cates, Melissa Kaercher

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Star Wars 40th Anniversary
It's been 40 years since that courier ship first appeared on the screen. Let's look back and talk about the best - and worst - of the phenomenon. Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Todd Murray, Zach Nyhus, Kris Heding, Bess Stuvenoxend

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

VR: Fad or Staying?
A lot has happened in VR in the last year. New viewers, platforms, and applications continue to arrive. What are the best uses of the technology? Will it be around in a few years or just have been a passing fad? Panelists: Ross Conklin (mod), Luxander Pond, Allyson Cygan

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Why Dystopia is Not Dead
There is something about the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre that keeps readers, TV, and movie fans coming back for more. What is it about the end of the world fiction that keeps us coming back? Is there an end in sight? Panelists: Anthony Eichenlaub, J. Boone Dryden, Monica Valentinelli, George Miller (mod), Seanan McGuire

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

The Leprechaun Pirates
Arrgh Begorah! Here be the Leprechaun Pirates! A Folk-punk Renaissance festival band. A merry band of singing pirates cursed to take the form of leprechauns. Panelists: Justin Hartley, Beth Hansen, Kent Hansen

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

2:00pm

Reading - Jessica Walsh
Panelists: Jessica Walsh

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Signing - Cynthia Booth
Panelists: Cynthia Booth

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

2:00pm

Signing - Roy C Booth
Panelists: Roy C. Booth

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

2:00pm

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

3:30pm

Battlestar Galactica - Designing for Global Annihilation
Eric Chu recounts his experiences working on SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica and the design challenges he went through bringing the world of evil murderous robots and explosive space battles to life. Panelists: Eric Chu

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Dungeon Apprentice: How to be a Great Dungeon Master
Ever wanted to run your own D&D game but never dared take on the role of Dungeon Master? Experienced dungeon masters will provide beginner tips for hosting a great night of D&D and share their stories of how and why certain campaigns went terribly wrong. Panelists: Brian Casey, Michael May, Kenneth Justiniano, Nat Morse-Noland, Kristin Daley

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

How Do You Blow Up a Space Cruiser?
Space Opera is full of heroic, last-ditch battles between enemy space ships. Searing laser beams and exploding antimatter bombs! Come find out about our panelists' favorite space-based sci-fi weapons and whether or not they could ever really exist. Panelists: Samantha Bitner, Adam Poetter, Steven Theiss, Christopher Baye

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Jodorowsky's Dune
Come talk about the documentary, which details Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to film "Dune" in the 70s. Many genre projects owe their existence to the failed film and we'll talk about why. Panelists: Aaron Coker, Ben Ellis, Melissa Kaercher (mod), Garrick Dietze, Michael Carus

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Punk Variations and Space Opera
A discussion of how the various punk sub-genres cross-over (or the potential for) with space opera. The Victorian/Edwardian and American Gilded Age fascination with space and the planets beyond lends itself well to retro-future space opera. Panelists: Roy C. Booth, Tyler Tork, David Stegora, Jonathan Killstring (mod), Ty Blauersouth

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

Why Do We Game?
Tabletop games have become the cool new hobby for adults. What is it about tabletop gaming that draws us in? Let's talk about why we game, how we game, what games we play and what all that says about us as gamers and people. Panelists: Rebecca Kludy, Wil Kludy, Kerry Peterson (mod), Scott White, Sam Stiles

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Geeks Without God Live
The Geeks Without God podcast began at CONvergence exactly four years ago. Over two hundred and fifty podcasts later, they return for another live recording with special guests! Panelists: Tim Wick, Nick Glover, Molly Glover

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

The Faithful Sidekicks
Award winning songwriting/performing Acoustic Geek Comedy Rock duo plays funny original songs about the geeky stuff they love, like Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, coffee, cats, computers and more. Panelists: Eric Distad, Jen Distad

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

3:30pm

Animating Batman Through Music
Guest of Honor Kristopher Carter will take you through a tour of the music scoring the various animated incarnations of the Caped Crusader, from Batman: The Animated Series to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and everything between. Panelists: Kristopher Carter

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Eye in the Martian Sky: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
MRO not only observes Mars, but it also supports landed missions by scouting landing sites and relaying their data once they arrive. Come hear a former member of MRO's operations team speak about how we study Mars and the vast amount we have learned. Panelists: Bridget Landry

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Reading - Catherine Schaff-Stump
Panelists: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Signing - Lois McMaster Bujold
Guest of Honor Lois McMaster Bujold will be available to sign her work. Panelists: Lois McMaster Bujold

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

3:30pm

Group Signing
This signing is for Invited and other Participants to sign their work. Panelists: William Leisner, Tex Thompson, Adam Whitlatch, Briana Lawrence, Jessica Walsh, Joan Marie Verba, Axel Kohagen, Harris O'Malley, Michael R Underwood, Taylor Cisco, Anthony Eichenlaub, John Heimbuch

Saturday July 8, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

5:00pm

Creating a Story with Tarot Cards
Demonstration and audience participation. The attendees will create a story line in the panel. A little imagination can take you a long way. Let's see if we can come up with the next great sci-fi or fantasy novel. Using tarot cards we will create a story. Panelists: Elise Matthesen, John Heimbuch (mod), Holly Chamas

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Pie eating contest
Join Dean and Amara in the garden court for a pie feeding frenzy. You better bring your appetite. Panelists: Chris Pederson

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

5:00pm

(Fake?) Science in the News
How do you know when to trust a news report about the lastest fantastic discovey? What should you consider before clicking? Panelists: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Anthony Eichenlaub (mod), Dan Berliner, Vernon McIntosh, Naomi Kritzer

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

Asian Folklore 101
We all (sort of) know about the various flavors of European folklore, but most of us don't know about what's from Asia. Come and learn. Panelists: Patrick Marsh, Eric Chu, Saymoukda Vongsay, Bryan Thao Worra

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

Creating Appealing Scientific Subjects
Is a plasma reactor (like the one on Enterprise) realistic? There are so many sci-fi shows today, how do you know what is realistic science and what isn't. Authors have to be creative, but follow a certain code when it comes to their novels. Panelists: Seanan McGuire, Jerry Stearns

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

David Lynch's Dune
What did Lynch get right and what did he get wrong in his filmed version of the Frank Herbert Classic? Let's talk about it. Panelists: Paul Weimer, Kris Coulter, Norman Cates, Scott Lynch (mod), Michael Carus

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

PTSD Representation in Geeky Media
In every form of media, PTSD has been used as a plot device or character development. This disorder is shrouded in mystery and seems misunderstood by both writers and audience. Panelists with first-hand PTSD experience discuss the nuances of our disorder Panelists: Haddayr Copley-Woods, Skazka 9000, Amy Fischer, Luxander Pond, Michael Spaulding (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

The Dark is Coming
There's a total solar eclipse coming August 21. Here! In the US! How are you going to see it? Panelists: Michael Zecca, Michael Kingsley, Sean Berry, Christopher Baye

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Ames

5:00pm

The Great Beyond: Discussing Death in Popular Culture
Is death in pop culture becoming more prevalent? If so, what does it mean for modern TV and film? What does it say about our times? Is this Joss Whedon’s fault? When is death used to best effect? Will a Marvel character ever stay dead? Panelists: Gabriela Santiago, Jonah Rees, Monica Valentinelli, Emma Bull, Justine Mastin, Emilie Peck

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Wonder Woman Movie Fan Panel
Amazon princess Diana meets American military pilot Steve Trevor when he is washed ashore. After learning from him about the ongoing events of World War I, she leaves her home to end the war. Panelists: Alexandra Howes, Taylor Cisco, phillip andrew bennett low, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Severina Hein

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Geek Comedy Showcase (18+)
Featuring Aiden (stand-up comedy, not for children) and Peter the Great (stand-up comedy for cosplay conventions) Panelists: Aiden Milligan, Peter Haugen

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

5:00pm

Meteorites! Coming to a Planet Near You!
Meteorite collecting is a lifelong exploration into both history and science. Come see a collection of hundreds of specimens and a comprehensive presentation on the topic. Stay after for a chance to hold a piece of The Moon and Mars! Panelists: John Shea

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

5:00pm

Group Signing (cont)
This signing is for Invited and other Participants to sign their work. Panelists: J. Boone Dryden, Roy C. Booth, Catherine Schaff-Stump, William Leisner, Tex Thompson, Adam Whitlatch, Briana Lawrence, Jessica Walsh, Joan Marie Verba, Axel Kohagen, Harris O'Malley, Michael R Underwood

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

5:30pm

Masquerade (doors)
House opens. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

6:00pm

Masquerade
The CONvergence Masquerade is where those friends you used to have who disappeared for seven months in preparation for this convention can finally be seen again. Come see what they locked themselves away for. Showcasing the talents of costumers spanning all skill levels from beginners to masters, awards are given by judges for both workmanship and presentation. While the judges are deliberating we will feature a performance by Fearless Comedy Productions! Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Anime for the Sci-Fi Fan
Sci-fi fan? There's anime for that! Let us introduce you to some anime that you might like to watch which we promise probably won't involve tentacles or a socially awkward teenager collecting a harem. Probably. Panelists: Bob Johnson, Bolt Vanderhuge, Punch Rockgroin, Gristle McThornbody, Liana Hansen

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
Spoiler Alert--we're going to talk about the new movie, which has been out only a couple weeks. Our lovable band of rogues are having another adventure. Will Quill get with Gamora? Will we ever see anything as cute as baby Groot again? Let's dance! Panelists: Alexandra Howes, Dave Margosian, Aaron Coker, Samantha Bitner, Jai Nitz

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

Stargate Fan Panel
All things Stargate, the movie, the shows (SG-1, Atlantis, SGU). What worked, what didn't? What made the characters great? And what made the best episodes stick with you? Panelists: Courtney Azar, Norman Cates, Chelsea Okey, Lathan Murrell

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

Storytelling, Slam Poetry, and Spoken Word Artists
Tradition states that, millennia ago, Homer and Ovid performed their works before live audiences. Can David Sedaris and Russell Simmons be considered their heirs? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Ben San Del (mod), phillip andrew bennett low, Satish Jayaraj, Sam Stiles

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

7:00pm

The Exorcist Comes to TV
The Exorcist Universe descended on TV this season. How has the television version expanded the story started in the movies? Is it an improvement or just a different facet of The Exorcist? How does the television show present the modern Catholic Church. Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Ann Laabs, Melissa Olson, Axel Kohagen, Kelly Jo Ernst

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Feng Shui Ninjas
The Feng Shui Ninjas have survived attempted murder, mutilation, attempts to escape, and the Little Mermaid treatment over the past year, and triumphantly return to the HarmCon stage to, um... well, it's likely to surprise us too! Panelists: Tami Murck, Justin Hartley, Dave Stagner, John Kentner

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

7:00pm

Obsessed Podcast: Whiskey
A live recording of comedian Joseph Scrimshaw's hit comedy podcast about liking things a lot! Joseph hosts a panel of pals obsessed with the adult beverage, whiskey. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw (mod), Sara Scrimshaw, Tim Wick, C. Robert Cargill

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Mega Panel
The panel where we talk about anything and everything *except* the CONvergence Masquerade. If you are interested in everything *except* the masquerade, this is the panel for you! Panelists: Jeremy Stomberg, Molly Glover, Derek Mahr, Melissa Kaercher

Saturday July 8, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Game of Thrones Fan Panel
Come talk about the show and our expectations now that it's ahead of the books. Panelists: Eric Zawadzki, Craig Smith, Meghan McManus, Sean Berry, Michael Carus

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

8:30pm

Grimm: The Final Season
The last season has aired. What did we think of how the story wrapped? What were your favorite moments? We will be focusing on Season 6, but there will likely be some series retrospective discussions as well. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Ann Laabs, Jennifer Manna

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Ames

8:30pm

Local Urban Fantasy
A panel of local authors of urban fantasy, stories set in or around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Panelists: David Lenander, Lyda Morehouse (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

8:30pm

Spooky Archie Comics
The Archie comic characters have changed with the new titles, moving to more horrific and disturbing themes. Come talk about this trend and whether it will spread to other comics. Panelists: Harris O'Malley, Jai Nitz

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Subversive Sci-Fi of Paul Verhoeven
Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's Hollywood films have been blockbuster hits (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct) and objects of ridicule (Showgirls, Starship Troopers). We discuss how he is one of moviedom's most iconoclastic of genre infiltrators. Panelists: Matt Gamble, Tim Lieder, Greg Orange, Norman Cates, Adam Lueck

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

The Making of Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals
Join the team behind the breakout play, Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals, to learn about the ideas on racial identity, colonialism, religion, and politics that went into this story. With Saymoukda Vongsay, DJ Kool Akiem, Bryan Thao Worra & Rob Callahan. Panelists: Rob Callahan (mod), Bryan Thao Worra, Saymoukda Vongsay, DJ Kool Akiem

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Truth That's Weirder Than Fiction
Are we living in an SF novel right now? What real-world weirdness inspires our fiction and what real-world stories are far too implausible to ever fly in a fictional work? Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Emilie Peck, Morgan Strickland, Jen Dixon

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

VR in Movies and Games
Both Hollywood and the gaming industry are utilizing new graphics technology. Let's talk about what's already out and what we're hoping to see. Panelists: Stephan Stomberg, Evva Kraikul, Ross Conklin, Tony Bruno (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Ben San Del
Slacker robots, suicidal ghosts, interactive tombstones and disapproving gargoyles — a four-time Minnesota Fringe Festival Audience Pick encore winner performs original stories on these and other near-future/supernatural speculations. Panelists: Ben San Del

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Sheraton Gibson

9:00pm

Art Auction
Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:00pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 1:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30pm

Sci-Fi Erotica Read-Aloud: The Drinking Game
Another year, another carefully curated selection of the...best...in sci-fi erotica, helpfully discussed, deconstructed, and diagrammed by your panel of experts. Panelists: Windy Bowlsby, Kristina Winn, Katie MacInnes, Kate Cornish, Katherine Affeldt, Scott Raleigh, Molly Hair, Claire Alexander

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:30pm - 10:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

Androids, AI, And Gender Theory
Androids & AI in sci-fi disrupt the idea of a gender binary and play with gender fluidity in a way that implies gender is not essential or passive but a construct in which one must actively participate. How do these narratives translate to other contexts Panelists: Justin Grays, Jamie Riedesel, Susan Willson, Nat Morse-Noland, Skazka 9000

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

From Fetishism to Feminism: Horror, Anime and Beyond
Final girls, all-female battleship crews, mythological heroes recast as women: let's talk about how tropes rooted in sexism and objectification can be reinterpreted as empowering narratives by those being objectified and why that happens. Panelists: Michelle Farley, Michael Grimm, Michelle C, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Lara Richarson

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Minnesota Awkward: Conversation and Mingling Tips for the Socially Challenged
Let's face it. Geeks are awkward. Minnesotans are shy. We need help. Networking experts and CONvergence goers who have overcome awkwardness tell their stories and offer advice for improving small-talk, flirting, and conversational technique. Panelists: Harris O'Malley, Ben Ellis, Grace Ulak, Adam Poetter, Bess Stuvenoxend

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Peele-ing back 'Get Out'
Jordan Peele's new horror flick "Get Out" was different. It was very, very different. But the world it presented around race was, literally, scarily familiar. Let's break that down. Panelists: Derek "Duck" Washington, Morgan Strickland, Gregory Parks, AlysshaRose Jordan, Bryan Thao Worra 2

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

Preacher Fan Panel
Who've thought Preacher would be developed for TV? Well, it has and we're gonna talk about it. How true to source is this adaptation? What's changed for the better? Panelists: Jeremy Stomberg, Sean Berry

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

Space Opera Anime and Manga
From Macross to Tenchi Muyo, Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and so, so many more, Anime and Manga offer us amazing, developed worlds for Space Opera. It can be hard to explore them all, but we'll try! Panelists: Jen Riehm, Nick Stoner, Scott Jamison (mod), Scott Mattson

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

Supernatural 12 seasons and beyond!
The Winchesters are hunting for a 12th season and already renewed for a 13th! Between finding Lucifer and trying to figure out what the British Men of Letters want, Sam and Dean already have their hands full with Castiel, Crowley and Mom! Panelists: Nicole LaBat, Jennifer Lundstrom, Jennifer Manna, Alexandra Howes (mod), Holly Chamas

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

Table Top Space Opera
What are your favorite table-top games with a space opera theme? Panelists: Kyle Dekker, Michael Carus, Jonathan Killstring (mod)

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

10:00pm

The Rise of Women's Comic Book Clubs
There are three feminist comic book clubs in the Twin Cities alone and similar groups have been popping up all over the US for the last few years. What makes these groups so popular? Why the sudden increase? Club leaders talk about their experiences. Panelists: Katy Rex, Jordan West, Millie Adelsheim

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Ames

10:00pm

StarF
Comedy infused nerdcore hip-hop. Come witness the magic of a local performer shouting songs about the internet, video games, taking selfies, and everything in between. Panelists: Alex Alverson

Saturday July 8, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Sheraton Gibson

11:00pm

To Infinity Minus One…and Back Again! (dance)
This evening's dance starts with our traditional 2-hour celebration of science-fiction and geek-related music in all forms. Let’s explore the reaches of the universe as we groove to the classics and rock out to the latest parodies and tributes. 11:00p - Sci-fi music “hour” It used to be an hour. Really… but we all love geek music and it’s fun to dance to, so why not make the most of it? 1:30a - Fenris A sonic shapeshifter specializing in the manifestation of electronic sounds ranging from electro, techno, ebm, synth and new waves. 2:30a - dv8 It should come as little surprise that one of the persons responsible for the wonderful tech behind the CONvergence Mainstage is also responsible for some of the most wonderful music. Get ready to bonuce to some Euro electro, aggro-tech, and everything within that spectrum. 3:30a - noise noise has been a mainstay of music at CONvergence since its inception. Favoring fast and spooky music, expect dark beats that journey through words of science fiction and fantasy themes. Wearing black-light reactive clothing is highly encouraged. 4:30a - DJs Lost in Space It’s time to find out way back from the brink, and to do so will take the coordinated effort of every one of our performers to navigate back through the chaotic expanse. We’re going to party all the way home (or at least until sunrise) and we’d love you to come along for the ride. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 6:30am
DoubleTree Main Stage

11:30pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
The Evil League of Evil invites you to attend Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Don't forget to attend "Can't Stop the Serenity" on August 11th, 2016 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. Panelists: Barbara Jungbauer

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

Late Night Music Circle
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists:

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

2 Panel 2 Furious
A new Fast & Furious film has roared into theaters! Is it a worthy addition to this increasingly ambitious and bonkers franchise? Are you new to the series and are wondering what's going on? Did the panelists bring enough Corona this time? Join our FAMILY Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Derek Mahr, Windy Bowlsby

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Barbarella Fan Panel
The cult classic about a sexy astronaut saving the peaceful future from a return of evil. Come discuss the beauty and the cheesiness of this beloved film and its spinoff media. Panelists: Sarah Barsness (mod), Garrick Dietze, Lara Richarson

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Whalon

11:30pm

Bridge Building 101
The command deck, or bridge, is the heart of the vessel. The team that brought you HMS Artemis Simulator will discuss design, materials, and execution. Learn how they did it and tips on how you can too. Panelists: Jill McTavish, Don Hackett, Brian Horton, Christopher Thompson

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

Star Wars Counseling
Joseph Scrimshaw, comedian and co-host of the Star Wars podcast, Force Center, tries to make people feel better about whatever part of Star Wars they're upset with. The light side of the force is calling... let it in. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Molly Glover, Jeremy Stomberg

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

The Golden Age of Radio Horror
A discussion of the great horror and suspense shows from the golden age of radio, including Suspense, Lights Out Everybody, The Witch’s Tale, The Shadow, and more. We'll talk about classic episodes, not-so-classic episodes, and the people who made them. Panelists: Scott Jamison, Bill Stiteler, Joshus English Scrimshaw, Kai Stewart, Tim Uren

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

The Dregs
The Dregs are a musical comedy act that combine irreverent versions of traditional folk music with their own original songs like 'Pissing off the Geeks' and 'Satan Planted Dinosaur Bones.' Panelists: Tim Wick, Trevor Hartman, Paul Score, Molly Zupon, Susanne Becker, Rachael Salisbury

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30am
Sheraton Gibson

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Shipside
 
Sunday, July 9
 

9:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Consuite

9:00am

9:30am

A Comprehensive Guide to Independent Publishing
There are a lot of guides to self-publishing, independent publishing, and small presses. However, those guides may not cover everything. The purpose of this panel is to cover issues and challenges that may not be covered elsewhere. Panelists: Linda White, Harris O'Malley, Michael R Underwood, Joan Marie Verba, Ty Blauersouth (mod)

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

Flash Gordon (1980)
Let's talk about the sole sci-fi entry from director Mike Hodges. How did the film get made? How did Queen come to do the soundtrack? Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Paul Weimer, Kyle Dekker, Garrick Dietze

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Gravity Falls Fan Panel
Let's chat conspiracy theories, nightmare demons, and adorable sweaters at this Gravity Falls fan panel. Panelists: Anna Besmann, Jonah Rees, Graham Barr

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Laomagination: Building Southeast Asian Speculative Arts Movements
While Southeast Asian culture has extensive epics, space opera is still an emerging field. Using Laos as a case study, we'll look at possible directions for the genre. How might the Vietnam War, ecological / economic / political concerns impact tales? Panelists: Bryan Thao Worra

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Whalon

9:30am

Miles in Charge
Miles Vorkosigan, a genius hampered by his disabilities on his home world of Barrayar, becomes a force to be reckoned with once he starts exploring the galaxy. Explore Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga and why having Miles in charge is not always a good thing. Panelists: Kerry Peterson, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jody Wurl

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Ms. Marvel Fan Panel
Marvel has four different heroes under this same overall title. They're all good, but which is your favorite? Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan, John Seavey, Tim Lieder, Lyda Morehouse (mod)

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30am

Parenting in Troubled Times
Our world seems beset by unsolvable problems and unwinnable battles, from Global Climate Change to the rise of Fascism. How can we, as parents, raise socially aware children without passing along our fears and worries to the next generation? Panelists: Anj Olsen, Vetnita Anderson, Michael May, Peter Larsen, Katarina Larsen

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

Steven Universe as Queer Space Opera
We will explore how the alternative relationship styles and structures, as well as the growth and character development in Steven Universe work to queer the traditional concepts of Space Opera. Panelists: Justin Grays, Ryan Alexander, Bri Donovan, Jesse Haller, Lara Richarson

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

The Many Failures of Dungeons & Dragons
Possibly the most widely played RPG, D&D has some mighty flaws built into its design and play. Can they be overcome by good players, house rules, or in-game purchases? Panelists: Monica Valentinelli, Dave Walbridge, Kevin Horner, Cam Banks

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Why Are All the Blerds Sitting Together in the Garden Court?
Why is there a differentiation? Aren't we all one geeky community? The panel will explore what it's like to be considered an outsider within your own community, the meaning of the term “blerd” and how it’s not just a pop-culture reference. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, AlysshaRose Jordan (mod), Gregory Parks

Sunday July 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Ames

10:00am

11:00am

Crowdfunding 101
Kickstarter, Indigogo, and many others. What are your experiences, both as a project manager and as a backer, on the various sites? Panelists: Anj Olsen, Elise Matthesen, Luxander Pond, Mark DiPasquale, Sam Stiles

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Mapmaking
This panel will cover techniques, tips, and other information for people who want to make their own fantasy and sci-fi maps. Panelists: David Rust, Tex Thompson, Tania Richter, Linda White, Michael Carus

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Ames

11:00am

Finding Inspiration in Genre
Genre media can be the muse that leads people to new hobbies and careers. Talk about your journey. Panelists: Lana Rosario, Jordan West, Dana Baird, Norman Cates, Joseph Peterson

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Martial Arts in Media
Martial arts has always had a special place in SF, fantasy, and anime. From Chirrut's staff work in "Rouge One" to sword work in "Kill Bill," what representations of martial arts make actual martial artists cringe and which are genuine. Panelists: Aric Stewart, Adam Whitlatch, Eric Chu, Ian Truitner, Alison Anderson

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Space Opera in Video Games
Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, and Destiny are all well known examples. Come talk about these and other examples of this year's theme applied to video gaming. Panelists: Stephan Stomberg, Meredith Gillies, Jonathan Killstring (mod)

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

Star Trek: Discovery
Let's discuss the newest addition to the Star Trek family. What worked, what didn't, and what do you hope to see from the show going forward? Panelists: Aaron Coker, Rick Ellis, Taylor Cisco, Michael Shappe, Gabriela Santiago

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

What do YOU Want in Your Local Geek Culture Magazine?
Come join TwinCitiesGeek.com, your local geek culture online magazine, for a round table discussion and listening session. Tell us what YOU think a Minnesota geek culture magazine should be, what you want to see more of, or whatever else is on your mind! Panelists: Hal Bichel, Madeleine Vasaly, Garrick Dietze

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

11:00am

When Nerd Niche Goes Mainstream
With superheroes all the rage these days, self-described old-school nerds talk about what it was like back when enjoying comic books would get you beat up in school and the pros and cons of when your niche interests go mainstream. Panelists: Dave Margosian (mod), Harris O'Malley, Michael R Underwood, Allyson Cygan, Derek Mahr

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:00am

From Fan Fiction to Professional Writing
Brichibi and Snow Cosplays met through fanfiction and roleplaying, which later spiraled into a writing career. This panel will go into how they managed to do that, and how fanfiction writing became one of the best ways to practice their craft. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Kritzer, William Leisner, Jessica Walsh

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

GPS Live Auction
All silent auction items that went to voice auction will be sold at this charity auction benefiting the Geek Partnership Society. Panelists: Ann Roubik

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Pick up only. Panelists:

Sunday July 9, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

12:00pm

Registration
Panelists:

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

12:30pm

Disney's LGBT+ Problem
We'll cover the scope of queerness throughout Disney's cinematic history including coded characters, queer villains, and why Disney's purported "first openly gay cinematic character" in Beauty and the Beast is a poor effort at best; harmful at worst. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Bri Donovan, Sara Spookystitch, Stephanie Stensland, Tracee Lee Cocco

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Eastern vs. Western Horror Tropes
How do regional customs, superstitions, and histories differently shape horror originating from Eastern and Western cultures? What is lost in translation when adapting these stories, and how necessary is cultural literacy across the horror genre? Panelists: Ansley grams, Stephan Stomberg, Axel Kohagen, Lathan Murrell

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Legion
"I have to know...is this real?" "Legion" is a series on FX network, focused on the often-controversial Marvel Comics character, David "Legion" Haller. In this panel we'll talk about the show and David's presence in the comics. Panelists: Kevin Horner, Dirk Ykema, Jennifer Manna, Daren Johnson, Sean Casey

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Mythic/Spiritual Visions in Film
Mythic frameworks in classics 2001 and Star Wars intimate spiritual wonder, while leaps of faith in Midnight Special, Hail Caesar, Stranger Things, etc continue to evoke transcendence. In an ostensibly secular world, why do these themes persist? Panelists: Jessica Walsh, Emma Bull, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Norman Cates, Tim Lieder (mod)

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Norse Mythology in Contemporary Society
The re-emergence of Norse Mythology in our modern psyche is suggestive of a move back to nature while exploring our own inner-nature. Contemporary Authors such as Gaiman and Riordan have either expanded or exploited this interest. Panelists: Gabriel Hilmar, Severina Hein, Sam Stiles (mod), Will Shetterly

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Wynona Earp Fan Panel
Let's talk about the TV series, the comic, and how they relate to each other. Panelists: Craig A. Finseth, Grace Ulak, Jody Wurl

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

12:30pm

Zombies as Political Metaphor
Zombies are frequently used as a political metaphor. What are some of your favorites? GoHs Seanan McGuire and Saymoukda Vongsay discuss how they have used zombies in their works. Panelists: Seanan McGuire, Saymoukda Vongsay

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Iconography
Visual storytelling boiled down to simple ideas. Panelists: Jai Nitz

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Reading - Taylor Cisco
Panelists: Taylor Cisco

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sheraton Ames

12:30pm

Art: Impossible
Watch as talented artists are given impossible challenges! Could you create a CONvergence-themed amusement park in thirty minutes? How about design a new Doctor Who costume in five minutes? These artists create the impossible! Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Dawn Krosnowski (mod), Christopher Jones

Sunday July 9, 2017 12:30pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

1:00pm

Harisen Daiko Drum Group
Easily the premiere go-to event for those that aren't still sleeping in their Sunday, Harisen Daiko presents CONvergence with a unique interpretation of science-fiction themes via traditional Japanese percussion and performance. Panelists:

Sunday July 9, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

2:00pm

Alan Moore
In a field known for eccentricities, Alan Moore is still the strange one with comics where the apocalypse turns out to be a good thing, writing Lost Girls which is a beautifully rendered Tijuana Bible and retiring for a 1200 page novel. Panelists: Stephan Stomberg, Tim Lieder, Jon Durmin, Roy C. Booth, Sean Casey (mod)

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Book to Movie
Which ones were successful? Which ones didn't work? Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Nathan Anderson, Patrick Marsh, Grace Ulak, Cat Choy

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Meet The Real-Life Honor Harringtons
From Starbuck, Ellen Ripley, Cordelia Naismith, Honor Harrington, Nyota Uhura, and even General Organa, how do fictional accounts of being a woman in the armed forces compare to real life? Come explore this topic with real women U.S. military veterans. Panelists: Paula Merns, Sara McAtee, Courtney Azar (mod), Chelsea Okey, Jen Peters Kyseth

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Overwatch Fan Panel
Blizzard has entered the first-person shooter genre with this sci-fi storied tale. Did they get it right? Does the story work? How's the gameplay? What's your favorite character and strategy? Panelists: Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Seanan McGuire

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

This is Your Brain on Video Games
Do video games cause violence? How are they used for social good? Why did we cry when Aerith died? This panel explores how video games affect your brain, for good and for ill. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Ansley grams, Evva Kraikul, Allyson Cygan, Anna Besmann (mod)

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub: The Rick & Morty Fan Panel
Let's come together and discuss Rick & Morty, one of the most subversive science fiction cartoons. Where is the show going? Is Rick suicidal? Why are Beth & Jerry co-dependent? What is going on with galactic empire? Discuss all theories and tropes. Panelists: Tex Thompson, Greg Orange, Lara Richarson, Derek Mahr, Kevin Horner

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Get Off My World! A Doctor Who Podcast
A live recording of the Doctor Who podcast Get Off My World! Serious analysis, cranky opinion, and more! With Joshua Scrimshaw, Kelvin Hatle, Ariel Leaf and Pat Harrigan. Panelists: Joshua Scrimshaw, Kelvin Hatle, Pat Harrigan, Ariel Leaf

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Whalon

2:00pm

Picking up the Spare: New Horizons at Pluto
Pluto, last of the (former) planets to be explored, saved a few surprises for us. Come see the pictures and hear the latest theories of this remarkable object. Panelists: Bridget Landry

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Reading- William Leisner
Panelists: William Leisner

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheraton Ames

2:00pm

Signing - Taylor Cisco
Panelists: Taylor Cisco

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

2:00pm

Hello Sweet-Tea!
The Victorian Lady Doctors invite you to join us for a Tea Party. Come dressed as your favorite Doctor, Companion, Villain, or Dedicated Fan. Various tea and dainties will be on offer. Photography encouraged. Tomfoolery highly encouraged. Panelists: Natasha Jo Krentz

Sunday July 9, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

3:00pm

Reverend Matt's Monster Science: The Zoology of the Galactic Empire
As part of his acclaimed series ("Part science. Part comedy. All monsters."), Rev. Matt discusses the zoology of a galaxy far, far away; tauntauns, banthas, acklays, Kowakian monkey-lizards, that horrible pig-like thing drinking water on Jakku, and many more! Plus jokes! Panelists: Matt Kessen

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

3:30pm

Aging Poorly: Pop Culture and the Test of Time
Is Seinfeld as funny as you remember? Is The Dark Crystal really that good or is it just the nostalgia talking? Why do The Beatles persist while Falco falters? What makes something timeless and how can today's pop culture avoid aging poorly? Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Rick Ellis, Dana Baird, Michael May, AlysshaRose Jordan

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

Cosplaying with Disabilities
Should your disability influence your cosplay choices? How can you work your mobility aid into your costume? Come for tips, strategies, philosophies, and stories about cosplaying while disabled. Panelists: laura cannata, Amy Graves, Alisha Srock, Josie Browning, Mary Helen Inskeep

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Face Value: Why Do We Believe False Things?
That thing you posted.. It's not real. Why do humans keep believing false things over and over, even though it's easier than ever to check the facts? Discuss the history and psychology of false beliefs and how they apply to the modern, digital era. Panelists: PZ Myers, William Donohue, Kayla McGrady, Sara McAtee, Lathan Murrell

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Geeky Sharing
How to share your fandom with children and teens: both yours others. What is appropriate for each age level? Panelists: Anj Olsen, Vetnita Anderson, Rachel Traynham, Kerry Peterson, Katarina Larsen

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

Hitchhiker's Guide Fan Panel
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - book, audio drama, mini-series, movie - is there anything it can't do? Come talk about Douglas Adams' most famous work. Panelists: Stephan Stomberg, Tim Lieder, Greg Orange, Grace Ulak, Patrick Koozy

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

I Love Everyone in this Bar: The Good Parts of Being a Fan
It's important to discuss the problems and issues within geek culture, but it's also important to celebrate the massive amounts of awesome. What's your favorite thing about being a fan? What do you love about conventions? When do you squee the hardest? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Samantha Bitner, Maggie Schultz (mod), Norman Cates, Naomi Kritzer

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Legalities of Developing Planetary Resources
We're not talking about Earth. We're talking the moon, Mars, asteroids, and other such bodies. What are the legalities? Panelists: J. Boone Dryden, Mitchell Faas (mod), Michael Carus

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Whalon

3:30pm

New Hollywood Tropes
Let's discuss the NEW Hollywood tropes and how they continue to recycle, remake, and reuse the same story arcs and character types, regardless of the fact that more and more female leads and heroes of color exist. Panelists: Jonathan Palmer, Taylor Cisco, Shannan Paul (mod), Christina "DZA" Marie, Kristin Tipping

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Saga Fan Panel
What makes this epic tale of lovers from warring planets on the run for bounty hunters, as told in flashback by their daughter, so good? Discuss the visuals and language of this popular comic. Panelists: Tex Thompson, Jennifer Manna, Cynthia Booth, Lara Richarson

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Reading - Chrysoula Tzavelas
Panelists: Chrysoula Tzavelas

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sheraton Ames

3:30pm

Signing - William Leisner
Panelists: William Leisner

Sunday July 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

5:00pm

Closing Ceremony
As this chapter of our continuing saga clones to a close, join us as we celebrate our victories, hail our heroes, and say farewell until our next grand adventure. Mistress of Ceremonies Bridget Landry joins Connie in bidding adieu to our Guests (as well as anticipating next year's 20th anniversary!). Panelists: Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Seanan McGuire, Ian Truitner, Dawn Krosnowski, Kristopher Carter, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Jai Nitz, Lois McMaster Bujold, Saymoukda Vongsay, Bridget Landry

Sunday July 9, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage
 
Monday, July 10
 

10:00am