Arisia 2018 Panel Schedule

For those of you attending Arisia (at the Westin Boston Waterfront from January 12 through 15, 2018), here is my panel schedule. Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 12

Time: 5:30pm

Room: Marina 2 (2E)

Panel: If You Didn’t Know, Now You Know: SFF Divination

SFF Authors use foreknowledge of events, whether predictive models, visions, or prophecy, to give characters future knowledge, often to solve story problems. In this panel, we’ll look at the problems this foreknowledge creates, for the characters, for the author, and for the reader.

 

Saturday, January 13

Time: 1pm

Room: Hale (3W)

Panel: Conning for Spoonies

Conventions can take a lot of energy to attend, something those of us dealing with chronic illnesses – both physical and mental – can have in short supply. Listen to our panelists discuss tips and tools for getting the most out of a convention while also managing our personal needs, and coping mechanisms for when we find out we’ve gone too far and suddenly find ourselves with no more spoons.

 

Time: 2:30pm

Room: Faneuil (3W)

Panel: Yoga & Juicing isn’t Fixing This

Disability and chronic illness doesn’t just “get better.” At some point, we accept that we live with this for the rest of our lives, and figure out how to cope and enjoy what we have. We’ll tell stories about the amusing and surprising things we see, and how we deal with it all.

 

Time: 8:30pm

Room: Marina 1 (2E)

Panel: When the Panel Goes Rogue…

An off topic panelist. An audience member who seems to think they’re on the panel. An ineffective moderator. How do you address these situations when they arise? What is the role of the moderator, other panelists, and the audience itself?

 

Sunday, January 14

Time: 4pm

Room: Marina 1 (2E)

Panel: Star Wars, 2018 Edition: The Last Jedi and More

Our annual discussion of all things Star Wars rolls around again, focusing on December’s The Last Jedi, looking at it within the framework of the franchise as a whole, with an eye towards this year’s Han Solo movie. We’ll also take a look at Rebels, Forces of Destiny, comics, games, and more!

 

Time: 5:30pm

Room: Faneuil (3W)

Panel: Wonder Woman: All the World Was Waiting For You

2017’s long-anticipated Wonder Woman, the first major theatrical motion picture adaptation of a female superhero in over a decade, instantly connected with audiences who had been waiting years to finally see a hero with whom they could identify. Come share your insights on what the film meant to you, where you’d like to see the story go, and just be amazed at the idea that it turns out they can make good, fun movies about DC properties after all.

 

Monday, January 15

Time: 11:30am

Room: Burroughs (3E)

Panel: Disney’s Second Renaissance

From 1989-1999, The Walt Disney Company experienced a period of creative resurgence known as the Disney Renaissance; The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King were artistic and financial wins for a studio coming out of a long slump. Recently, Frozen, Moana and others have led some to declare that the company is in the middle of a new success streak. We’ll discuss what we’ve seen in the past few years from this animation powerhouse, and look ahead to what’s to come.

 

Time: 2:30pm

Room: Douglas (3W)

Panel: Just the Facts: Superfoods

“Just the Facts” panels address topics where many people believe they know what’s going on, but what “everybody knows” can be inaccurate or contradictory. From kale to açai berries to coffee, we’ve had many foodstuffs pitched to us as “superfoods”. But what makes them “super”? And, for that matter, are any of them “super”?

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