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July 10-12, 2015
Radisson Hotel, High Point, NC 
www.con-gregate.com 

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Sunday, July 12 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Why Diversify

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There’s a lot of talk around conventions and the bigger pictures of harassment and diversity. Why should conventions look at harassment policies and the diversity of their guest list?  What value does it bring to the greater SF fandom? Convention runners and guests discuss.


Moderators
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Michael D. Pederson

Fan Guest
Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for NTH DEGREE. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the RAVEN comic book series (with artist Robert Quill) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine. | In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in... Read More →

Guests
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Butch Allen

MarsCon Godfather
James Ford “Butch” Allen is best known for his work as Chairman of MarsCon, the longest running Science Fiction Convention in Tidewater Virginia, but has a long history in Fandom in Virginia. He served as Chairman for Sci-Con, president for The Hampton Roads Science Fiction Association, and editor for “The Liberated Quark”, the clubs fanzine. Butch recently retired from NASA Langley in Hampton Virginia with 35 years of... Read More →
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Michael Brown

Gaming Guest
Outwardly a shy, retiring sort but with a rich universe occupying the space between his ears, Michael Brown finally found the doorway between the inner and outer fantasy worlds: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. He walked through that door and never looked back. Now having been in the gaming realm for over thirty years, he has played or run AD&D, Traveller, Champions/HERO, and GURPS. A (somewhat) prolific writer, he has penned articles for DRAGON... Read More →
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Carl Kesner

Fan Guest
Carl Kesner is a grumpy ol’ git and all around irascible curmudgeon. He spends his days pining for fjords and watching B-grade movies on his flat screen TV. Carl is a military brat who, by life example, underscores the truth found in the adage that says “you can take the military out of the brat, and you are left with a brat.” He lives in Virginia with his wife, Barbara (a woman on the Chesapeake Bay Seagulls’ Ten... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk, Cybil Lewis, series. Her novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction. She's a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). | | Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as CROSSED GENRES, TALES OF THE TALISMAN, and anthologies... Read More →
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Alicia McCalla

Literary Guest
Alicia McCalla writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black... Read More →
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Leona R. Wisoker

Literary Guest
Leona R. Wisoker writes a variety of speculative fiction, from experimental to horror, from fantasy to science fiction. She also loves to teach, edit (her own and other people’s work), read (mostly non-fiction these days), and tend to drink mass quantities of coffee. In her less-than abundant spare time, she is a wild garden warrior, an adventurous cook, and a champion catnapper, especially if sunbeams are available.


Sunday July 12, 2015 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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