13th Amendment Day
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13th Amendment Day

Ratified on December 6th, 1865, the 13th Amendment slavery and involuntary servitude - however, Black Codes, white supremacist violence, red lining, and other factors have worked to prevent persons of color from having equal status in the United States. The 13th Amendment, though, was the first of the Reconstruction Amendments that began to transform the United States from "half slave and half free" (as Abraham Lincoln put it) to one where constitutional guarantees would apply to all citizens.

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Last Day to Register to Vote in Advance in Minnesota
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Last Day to Register to Vote in Advance in Minnesota


Register in advance by October 17 to save time on Election Day.

Who can vote in Minnesota

You must be:

You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.

You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.

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to Jul 9

CONvergence 2017 "To Infinity & Beyond"

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Speculative Fiction Against Colonialism" - Sheraton Ames
Thursday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Colonialism pervades much of speculative fiction. But post-colonial literary movements rejecting this worldview, including Afrofuturism and Indigenous futurism, are gaining more steam in the genre. We will examine these works and their significance. Panelists: Gabriela Santiago, Rob Callahan (mod), Justin Grays

"Avoiding Tokenism in Comics & Sci Fi Characters" - DoubleTree Plaza 1
Thursday, 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Creating actual diversity requires a great effort to avoid unintentionally tokenizing your characters. Tokenism, even when unintentional, is what leads to adding "diversity" for the sake of diversity. How do we engender true diversity in Sci Fi/Comics? Panelists: Justin Grays, Nat Morse-Noland(mod), Kerry Peterson, Jim Soos, Ian Truitner

"Diversity, Class Systems, and Equality in Science Fiction" - DoubleTree Bloomington
Friday, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
When writing sci-fi, the world shifts. Examples of acceptable democratic societies or functional systems in real life are sometimes reversed or broken down. Is this simply not trying hard enough? Shock value? Does diversity matter in a sci-fi setting? Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), Emilie Peck, Justin Grays, Peregrine JohnsonGregory Parks

"50 Shades of Blackface" - DoubleTree Atrium 7
Friday, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
The desire for realism is high in the cosplay community, but when does it go to far? Is it okay to change skin tone to emulate a character of a different race? Is it necessary? What is the difference between looking like another race and another species? Panelists: Justin Grays, Stephanie Stensland (mod), Sarah Molasky, Morgan Strickland, Charlene Holm

"Androids, AI, And Gender Theory" - DoubleTree Plaza 3
Saturday, 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Androids & AI in sci-fi disrupt the idea of a gender binary and play with gender fluidity in a way that implies gender is not essential or passive but a construct in which one must actively participate. How do these narratives translate to other contexts Panelists: Jamie Riedesel (mod), Susan Willson, Nat Morse-Noland, Justin Grays

"Steven Universe as Queer Space Opera" - DoubleTree Edina
Sunday, 9:30am - 10:30am
We will explore how the alternative relationship styles and structures, as well as the growth and character development in Steven Universe work to queer the traditional concepts of Space Opera. Panelists: Justin Grays (mod), Ryan AlexanderBri Donovan, Jesse Haller, Lara Richardson

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to May 28

MantiCon 2017

  • Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Diversity in Stories" - HAWK
Friday, 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Science Fiction and Fantasy stories tend to have a cis-het white male narrative. Let's talk about some stories that buck that narrative.

"TRMN 101" - OWL
Saturday, 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Are you new to Honor Harrington and TRMN? This Panel will help show you how the whole program works, How the organization is set up...

"So You Want the White Beret?" - OWL
Sunday, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Setting up a Chapter in the TRMN; what new CO's need to know. This panel will cover use of TRMN resources such as the...

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