Dara Fogel, Ph.D.

Dara Fogel, Ph.D. watched the original broadcasts of Star Trek with her father as a wee lass, and has been attending cons since the age of nine. Her Orion Slave Girl costume won multiple contests back in the day, and she taught several Star Trek- and Matrix-themed philosophy courses at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of New Mexico. She was the first queen of the Norman Medieval Fair and is still an active volunteer; and was the founding director of the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair. She is the author of the bestselling Steampunk series the GrailChase Chronicles, which combines the unholy combination of speculative science, conspiracy theory, metaphysics, and romance. She has published academically and presented extensively on the philosophies of Star Trek, Steampunk, and Holographic Universe Theory. Her essay “Life in the Holodeck,” was included in Blackwell’s The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy, and in the forthcoming college textbook Philosophy and Popular Culture, due out this fall. She is delighted to be returning to SoonerCon.

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10:30 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Salon Philosophique

Open sci-fi-oriented philosophy public discussions. All are welcome. (1.5 hours)

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Meetup, General Interest, Science Fiction

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is when an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. We who suffer from this believe we don't deserve all that we have achieved. The panel will discuss ways to help get past perfectionism and insecurities. You don't have to get it right the very first time … or the tenth!

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Amber Hanneken, vickey malone kennedy, Elizabeth Leggett, Rynaga, Tall Chick Cosplay

Tracks: Business & Marketing, General Interest, Health & Wellness

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

The Hero's New Reality

The Hero's Journey, one of the most appealing narrative structures, takes a person from the ordinary to extraordinary then back again. How do these steps define a hero? How do our encounters with fictional heroes shape our worldviews when we face similar challenges IRL?

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, Selina Rosen, Bradley H Sinor

Tracks: Cosplay, Writing & Publishing, Gaming, Comics, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV

5:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Art Imitating Life, Imitating…

Since the earliest times, we have experienced the world and shared that experience by creating works of art. New ideas emerge from creative expression. Examine this symbiotic journey, as how art eventually becomes reality and vice versa.

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Daniel Erickson, Dara Fogel, PhD, Chaz Kemp, Tracy S. Morris, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Writing & Publishing, Art, Anime, Cosplay, Film & TV, Internet Life

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf

Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink, Writing & Publishing, Meetup

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

I Will NEVER Make That Again

#neveragain: Artists, costumers, crafters and makers share ugly truths about the toughest creation they've ever made, and how it shaped their work going forward. Pics or it didn't happen!

Moderator: Kathleen M O'Brien

Panelists: Kathleen M O'Brien, Julie Barrett, Tim Chessmore, Cal Custard, Dara Fogel, PhD, WandererTJ

Tracks: Art, Cosplay, Maker, Costuming & Fashion

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner B

Groupthink, Misinformation, Moral Panics, and More

Survey the behavior of those caught up in societal panics. Examples are the Red Scare, (fictional) child-abuse rings, Satanic panic and D&D, mad gassers, and such. Must a group define itself by defining and condemning an Other, even if the Other ain’t there?

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Dr Paisley, Mark Finn, Pigeon, Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman, A C Smart

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, General Interest

1:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Salon Philosophique

Open sci-fi oriented philosophy public discussions. All are welcome. (1 hour)

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, General Interest, Meetup, Science Fiction