History

5:00 PM | Location: University C

Game Show: Real or Alternative History?

Two teams of contestants decide if certain "facts" are alternate history or really happened. Audience participation encouraged!

Moderator: Phillip Drayer Duncan

Panelists: Phillip Drayer Duncan, Peri Charlifu, Dr Paisley, vickey malone kennedy, Kimber, Tracy S. Morris, Ted Pennella, Joey “Okie Space Queen” Rodman, Mel. White

Tracks: History, General Interest, Contest, Gaming

7:00 PM | Location: Hotel Suite (look for location on the signage boards)

Historical Fashion Exhibit

SoonerCon attendees are invited to join costumer and historic-clothing collector Ms. Kathleen M O'Brien in her parlor for a viewing of antique and vintage garments. Questions welcome! (2 hours, come-and-go viewings.)

Moderator: Kathleen M O'Brien

Panelists: Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, History, General Interest

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Retrofuture: Visions of the Future from the Past

From robots that clean and tablet computers, to jetpacks and flying cars. Join the fun as our panelists discuss how the past saw the future! What did they get right, what did they get laughably wrong?

Moderator: Mel. White

Panelists: Mel. White, Mark Alfred, Tim Frayser, Sheila Hartney, Chaz Kemp, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: STEM, History, Culture & World Affairs, Science Fiction, Pop Culture & Entertainment

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Roots & Influences: Mythology in UF

Authors discuss how mythology from various cultures plays a role in their urban-fantasy works and in those of other writers they admire.

Moderator: Mark Finn

Panelists: Mark Finn, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Kyri Hester, Karen Thrower

Tracks: History, Writing & Publishing, Supernatural & Paranormal, Fantasy

3:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Spiritualism & the Occult in Victorian Times

Victorian culture across the world had a broad and complex relationship with spiritualism and the occult. Let's discuss!

Moderator: Bekah June

Panelists: Bekah June, Tim Chessmore, Kathleen M O'Brien, Jeff Provine, Rie Sheridan Rose, Karen Thrower

Tracks: History, Supernatural & Paranormal, General Interest

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Comic Book History 101

A (brief) history of the hundred years of comic books, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age. What's worth reading today?

Moderator: Alan J Porter

Panelists: Alan J Porter, Tim Frayser, Sally Hamilton, Chaz Kemp, Matthew Price, ET Wardwell

Tracks: History, Comics

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

Fandom Past, Present, and Future

Conventions have been happening, officially, since 1939's Worldcon. But...why? Panelists share nerdkind's lore about con traditions, the history of sf fandom, and how congoers today are defining pop-culture trends and building new media markets.

Moderator: Larry Nemecek

Panelists: Larry Nemecek, Aaron Bossig, Sara Felix, Tim Frayser, Kimber, Paula Helm Murray

Tracks: History, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Culture & World Affairs, General Interest

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Folk and Fantasy, Kith and Kin

Modern fantasy and urban fantasy often draw from oral and academic histories of folktales worldwide. How are these best incorporated into today's sf stories? And what's the line between appreciation and appropriation of these cultural myths in making new media mythologies?

Moderator: Rhonda Eudaly

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, David Carrico, Shai Fenwick, A. Lee Martinez, Ted Pennella, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: History, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing, Fantasy

Noon | Location: Hotel Suite (look for location on the signage boards)

Historical Fashion Exhibit

SoonerCon attendees are invited to join costumer and historic-clothing collector Ms. Kathleen M O'Brien in her parlor for a viewing of antique and vintage garments. Questions welcome! (3 hours, come-and-go viewings.)

Moderator: Kathleen M O'Brien

Panelists: Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: History, Costuming & Fashion, General Interest

10:00 AM | Location: Noble

King Arthur's Knights and the Search for the Holy Grail

Anthropologist Mel. White shares the fascinating history and mythology of the legendary search for the Holy Grail.

Moderator: Mel. White

Panelists: Mel. White

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, History, General Interest

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

How the Little Dragon Got So Big in Art

Dragons in early art tended to be smaller than a horse. Today's dragons are mighty and massive. What caused dragon inflation? An open discussion about the size discrepancies of dragons in art.

Moderator: Ted Pennella

Panelists: Ted Pennella, David Carrico, Tim Chessmore, Teddy Harvia, W J Hodgson

Tracks: History, Art, Culture & World Affairs, Fantasy