Quite the number of days have flown by since I've last written, and I dearly apologize for the radio silence. All I can say is that learning to teach while balancing anything else in life is no easy feat.
But time has gotten away with itself, like it usually does, and it's here again--next weekend is everyone's favorite Chicago con! C2E2 is, as usual, doing its very best to paint the town nerdy. There are some fabulous guests scheduled, and some wonderful panels.
And after doing 3 panels over the course of the past year, how could we not sign ourselves up for another? Yes, that's right, we're back.
But instead of limiting ourselves to the topic of the Fake Geek Girl (old news anyhow), we're going to be harping on Glass Ceilings, Missing Stairs, and Gatekeepers: Geeks Still Deal with Sexism. Over the course of the year, we've been quite delighted to have the privilege of speaking out--both on panels and in writing--about this issue, yet have been intensely frustrated by some of the doubt and skepticism that we've encountered around the most basic issues of sexism. We've had enough of beating that dead horse. We're just going to assume that we're all on the same page--there is sexism in the geek community--and move forward to more productive discussions on what we can do about it. We've got a lot of ideas, not to mention a lot of issues to tackle, so come see us on Saturday April 26 at 2:45-3:45 pm in room S401AB in McCormick Place! Organizing the panel is the infatiguable Michi Trota, moderating is the talented Sooshe Bot, and also joining me is Erin Tipton, Carlye Frank, Kate Lansky, and Dawn Xiana Moon.
Nor are we the only panel sponsored by the Chicago Nerd Social Club. You'd be remiss in your loyalties if you didn't at least consider attending some of these events (though fitting them on your schedule might be a trick):
If you want more conversations about diversity, then you should head to Opening the Clubhouse Doors: Creating More Inclusive Geek Communities. It's moderated by Jeffrey Smith, features Michi Trota and Karlyn Meyer, as well as the authors Mary Anne Mohanraj and Mary Robinette Kowal, and the amazing Batman writer Scott Snyder! Friday at 6:30pm. Don't miss this one. Seriously.
If you're a Whovian, then come to Who's Doctor is it Anyway? a Fan Village session run by Gordon Dymowski of CNSC and the Chicago Doctor Who Meetup, with plans to discuss entry points, favorite Doctors, and episode recommendations. Saturday at 11:45 am.
And make sure you've had your brunch/lunch before you attend Masticate! Geek Bar Chicago's Food & Beverage. There will be lots of talk about fantastic edibles and drinks, but unfortunately no tasting. Sunday at 12pm.
With all these panels and many more, I'm really looking forward to what promises to be a great weekend. I'll be reprising my Merida cosplay on Sunday, which is always fun. But more exciting is my first run as a genderbent Bilbo Baggins! You can spot me running around with a genderbent Thorin Oakenshield.
Without further ado, I'll see you at C2E2!
Header image by the wonderful Satrun Twins, who have an Etsy store and a booth at C2E2!