The Evolution of Sci-Fi Fandom

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When and Where:
Sunday, November 10, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
at Center for Inquiry

Suite A, 350 Canal Walk, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Special Venue Instructions: Free metered parking on Sunday.
Sci Fi
Maurice Broaddus, Leah Leach, Lisa Meece, Miranda Montooth, Michelle Mussoni


Event Description:


Sci-fi fandom is evolving to be more diverse, but, as seen in recent Twitter harassment of Star Wars actors and controversy at the Hugo awards, not everyone reacts well to change. A panel of experts will discuss how we got here and where we are going.

Sci-fi media has largely catered to white males and this event invites discussion around the evolution of greater representation by women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in science fiction literature, media, and fandom. We’ll also discuss attempts by some to frighten, silence, and sabotage these authors and actors as well as how other fans have rallied to create a more inclusive sci-fi community. Moderated by Starbase Indy CEO Lisa Meece and featuring Gal's Guide to the Galaxy founder Leah Leach, fantasy and horror author Maurice Broaddus, LGBTQ+ Youth Group Trainer Candice Gary, and cosplayer Michelle Mussoni, this is event aims to leave attendees questioning their own responses to sci-fi media and examine how their own social groups can be more welcoming. 

Street parking is free on Sundays. Take stairs down to canal level or use the elevator at the canal on New York Street. For any parking difficulties or directions, call 317-423-0710.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 6.

Presented by Starbase Indy, Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy, Center for Inquiry, and Indiana Youth Group. 

Image Credit: Leah Leach