Now online – the final edition of A Momentary Taste of WisCon, WisCon’s daily newsletter, with news about the Tiptree Auction, a note from Jeanne Gomoll, and the last installment of the GOH Q & A with Nnedi and Mary Anne.
Now online – the Sunday edition of A Momentary Taste of WisCon, WisCon’s daily newsletter, with more GOH Q & As with Nnedi and Mary Anne, programming updates, lost and found and photo booth updates, and other news from WisCon34.
Saturday’s edition of A Momentary Taste of WisCon is now online, with news about registration for WisCon35, interviews with Guests of Honor Nnedi Okorafor and Mary Anne Mohanraj, and news about Deb Mensinger.
Friday’s edition of A Momentary Taste of WisCon – WisCon’s daily newsletter – is now online, with programming updates and news for WisCon34.
The Madison Concourse is once again offering a 20% food discount voucher for just $10 per person. Just think – you can graze that amazing salad bar (which will be available on both Saturday and Sunday this year) and get 20% off your bill!
The 20% discount only applies to your own food/drink orders; it does not apply to the entire group, unless each person in the group has a discount voucher. Stop by the Front Desk and get your discount voucher today!
Also, check out The Bar at the Concourse – they’ve whipped up some incredible WisCon libations such as the Avatar, A Pandoran Cosmopolitan; A Clockwork Orange, with Absolut Mandarin vodka, amaretto, Baileys, orange juice and cream; The Blade Runner, with light and dark rums enhanced with lime juice, pineapple juice, and aromatic bitters; Iron Man Too (your own personal armor Kir) with peach and pomegranate liqueurs added to sparkling wine; and Zombieland, a mega rum and fruit juice explosion that will have your brain ready for sampling after just one.
Of course, The Fan Boy is always there for you for no charge – water served over ice in a glass with a slice of citrus.
eCube Number Twelve is onboard and flying to you with major updates:
- Hotel Reminders & Information
- Where’s My Name Badge??
- Access News
- The Tiptree Bake Sale Needs You!
- Come One, Come All!
- Auction Gearing Up
- Grab The Best Seat In The House!
- Photographic Etiquette & Privacy Policies
- WisCon 35 Hotel Reservations, Memberships Available May 30
- Registration For WisCon 35
- WisCon Invites You To Peek Behind The Curtain
- More Info
Go to eCube Number Twelve now.
Progress Report 2 is also available online.
eCube Number Eleven is now online, with a call for WisCon volunteers, a shout-out for Deb’s Liverlovers, Tiptree Auction news, Access info, and the announcement of the brand-new, all-shiny WisCon Registration Smorgasbörd.
eCube Number One is now available online with news about a very special hotel special, ConCom vacancies, the full Tiptree Winners List and the annual WisCon33 Lost and Found list (are you missing a purple Montefiore pen?)
WisCon members who attended a WisCon 33 panel entitled “Take Back the SciFi,” have expressed serious concerns about the panel’s focus and moderation. They have raised important questions about comments and decisions the moderator made in guiding the conversation and accepting questions during the discussion of personal experiences.
The panel was intended to focus on the use of rape and sexual assault in science fiction writing and the influence of rape culture in the genre. The panel was described as “Sexual assault and rape frequently get used as symbolic plot devices with no consideration about the realities of how these events effect survivors and the people around them and the larger social realities of this epidemic. Sometimes these stories get told well but often they perpetuate social myths and stereotypes that normalize predatory behavior and make survivors complicit. How do authors work to create a culture where stories that perpetuate rape myths are not acceptable? Examples?”
However, as can happen in programming on topics such as this, the discussion shifted to personal experiences of rape and sexual assault. Unfortunately, the panel also became a place in which male survivors, their families, and friends felt marginalized and re-traumatized.
We are very sorry that this occurred. As organizers of a feminist convention, we understand that rape knows no gender.
We thank the panelists and attendees who have expressed their concerns. WisCon’s Convention Committee (ConCom) will continue to discuss these concerns and to respond to people who contact us directly. Also, ConCom members have spoken with the moderator, who may choose to respond individually. Moderators, like all program participants, are volunteers who express interest in a panel. Although we believe the moderator had no intent to harm, we know that harm occurred and we take that harm seriously. In response to member suggestions, this programming item will be offered again at WisCon 34 in a facilitated discussion format to encourage audience participation.
We understand that panelists and attendees will continue to engage in dialogue about this panel, and we welcome any additional suggestions that arise from these discussions. Please contact us at email@example.com.
If you attended WisCon33, help the WisCon concom provide you with a better con experience! Please complete the WisCon 33 Survey and let us know what you liked, what you didn’t like, and what we can improve for WisCon 34!
Thanks so much!
Did a great idea for a panel pop into your head during that intense post-panel discussion? Is there a panel that WisCon33 is missing that you’d like to see at WisCon34? Share your ideas with the WisCon34 programming committee now via the programming idea suggestion form, now open for WisCon 34.