SoonerCon Event Schedule
SoonerCon 28 is June 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Plan your SoonerCon weekend now by clicking on a guest profile to see their appearance schedule or download a PDF of the event schedule using the buttons below.
Friday, June 7, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Cultural nuances make upStar Trek’s memorable world building. Races within and outside of the Federation discover each other, work, and learn together. But Trekisn’t without its bad blood, warring factions, and competing interests. Alliances are made by an unwavering appreciation for each species’ differences that elevates the idea of common good across the universe. Is this the great legacy of Rodenberry’s genius?
Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma B2
Have you ever wanted to be an idol? Japanese idols (dance groups) are increasingly popular around the world. Learn to dance like your favorite idol! Have fun! Let your idol flag fly.
Panelists: Summer Rain Cosplay
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer A
“Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” “I grok in fullness.” “Fear is the mind-killer.” “After all this time? Always.” “What’s the point in two hearts if you can’t be a bit forgiving now and then?” “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” How do these and other inspirations from sf illuminate our reality?
Saturday, June 8, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma A2
How to be a Futurist in 6 Easy Steps - Professional Futurist Tim Morgan walks you through using Framework Foresight to explore how current changes shape the future, and how you can use foresight tools in your personal and professional life.
Panelists: Tim Morgan
Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Take a look at roles of minority characters in science fiction and fantasy before the popularity of the Black Panther film.
Saturday, June 8, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B
In a world where we can get almost anything at the touch of a button, including books, (e-books and audio books), who needs libraries? YOU do! Come learn why libraries (and librarians) are the best soldiers we have in the war against ignorance.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Virtual reality, like all new media of human interactions, opens a new can of worms regarding ethics. What are the limits of user privacy? How do we protect children? What kinds of applications may inform these choices?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: University C
Female protagonists are some of anime’s most fiercely capable, beloved, and admirable characters. Women and girls in anime reimagine cultural views on power, duty, beauty, wish fulfillment, and coming-of-age storytelling. How do empowering gender roles in anime create new twists on Japanese lore and its fantastic legends?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B
The latest installment in the ongoing discussion of censorship, political correctness, the rules of polite society, self-control, and freedom of expression. We'll briefly discuss the bad aspects of these behaviors that are alienating people and what we can do to encourage more positive interactions online and in-person. How can you express dismay without rage?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
There she is, looking radiant in her Squirrel Girl cosplay. So what do you do now? You want to talk to her, but it feels awkward. How to approach this situation without coming across as "That Guy?" A candid talk on the increasing difficulty of meeting new people and picking up on social cues.