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Semi-Final Program Grid for Thomas Holtz

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Thomas Holtz 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.

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 3:00 pm: A Survey of Kickass Animals that Probably Don't Exist (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Thomas Holtz (M), Diana Peterfreund, Norm Sherman, Howard Waldrop, Jean Marie Ward
From the Goatman to the Mothman, Yeti to Yowie, and Dodo to Ogopogo. From Bloops to Blobs, Giant Owls to Lizard men, Chupacabres to Mongolian Deathworms. From the foul smelling Skunk Ape of the Florida Everglades, to the brain eating Nandi Bears of Kenya, this course is a basic introduction into the study of absurd animals which purportedly exist based on the sightings and information gathered by stammering lunatics, drunken peasants and other researchers in the field.
Saturday 5:00 pm: Steering SF Back Toward the Future (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell (M), Charles E. Gannon, Thomas Holtz
Science fiction once was about the future, but now look at it. How we redirect the field away from alternate history and steampunk toward something that might actually happen? Is science moving too quickly for writers? Or have things just gotten too complex?
Sunday 12:00 pm: The Dodo and De-Extinction (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Thomas Holtz (M)
Thomas Holtz discusses the dodo and the conditions that lead to its extinction. He then discusses how they may be coming back.

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