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Semi-Final Program Grid for Day Al-Mohamed

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Day Al-Mohamed may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Friday 5:00 pm: Diversity In Fiction (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Eric Choi (M), John Edward Lawson, Emmie Mears, Sharyn November
How do authors portray minorities, differently abled, and gender roles in their stories? Science Fiction and Fantasy have come a long way and have often been at the forefront of these issues. What else needs to be done?
Friday 7:00 pm: Are Prose Superheroes Still Novel? (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Matt Betts, Andrew Fox, James Maxey (M), Sherin Nicole
Although more frequent now, why are there so few costumed superheroes in prose? Do fancy costumes just work better in visual media? Or does urban fantasy featuring people with paranormal abilities satisfy the need?
Saturday 10:30 am: Reading: Day Al-Mohamed (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed
Saturday 12:00 pm: Lightening Students' Backpacks: Text Books in the Digital Age (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Dr. Alice Armstrong, Michael Dirda, Thomas Holtz (M), Heidi Ruby Miller
How are textbooks changing in the age of digital content? What is the effect of EBook sharing and lending libraries? What changes when teachers can easily construct their own 'texts'? Or can textbooks be replaced with more interactive media?
Saturday 5:00 pm: White Out (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Philippa Ballantine, Sherin Nicole (M), Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
LeGuin complained that many Earthsea covers whitewashed the characters (as did the SciFi movie). The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities?
Sunday 9:00 am: Not Another Lawyer Joke (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Jim Stratton, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
So we all know lawyers just make the stuff up as they go along. Or is that just the ones in fiction? How does fiction and popular media portray the law and lawyers? What do they do right and wrong? What about all those Law and Order shows?
Sunday 3:00 pm: Historical Alternates (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed (M), Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alan Smale, Howard Waldrop
Can you still write alternate history when few Americans know real history? Is that why so many alternate histories focus on Civil War and WWII? How can authors of alt hist use signposts that suggest enough about real history so people can understand the alt one.

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