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Thursday, July 6
 

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: Ann Roubik, Stephanie Zuercher, Jody Wurl

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

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

2:00pm

Kristopher Carter: Musical Storyteller
Guest of Honor Kristopher Carter will present and perform selections from some of his career highlights including Emmy-winning and Annie-nominated scores from Batman Beyond, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman: Brave and the Bold, and others, leading the audience not just through the music itself, but how it is transformed to accompany some of the most memorable scenes from the projects. Panelists: Kristopher Carter

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, July 8
 

9:30am

The Life of a Mermaid
Some Mermaids at CON 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; 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

U of M Raptor Center
See live raptors such as owls, hawks, and falcons and learn about them through a variety of hands-on props and activities. Panelists: Jody Wurl

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

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

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

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

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
 
Sunday, July 9
 

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, Melissa Kaercher

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

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

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