Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, MA invites you to join them on November 25th at 7:00pm for “Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons: A Talk about Rock, Dungeons & Dragons, the Occult, and Philosophy”:
How does Led Zeppelin connect to Gary Gygax? Can rock and roll be a religion? Is the Dungeon Master’s guide a holy text? Other than that weird kid who taught you how to play D&D in middle school, is anyone actually chaotic evil? Join three writers and gamers — Christopher Robichaud (http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/christopher-robichaud), editor of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy; Peter Bebergal (mysterytheater.blogspot.com), author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll; and Ethan Gilsdorf (ethangilsdorf.com) author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks — for a free-ranging discussion about rock, D&D, the occult, philosophy, dungeonmastery, morality, soul craft, and spiritually. We’ll probably talk about the Satan Panic of the 1980s, too, and try to decode that mysterious art on Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. Followed by a Q&A and book signing with the authors.
See http://pandemoniumbooks.com/event/head-banging-dice-rolling-and-summoning-demons-talk-about-rock-dungeons-dragons-occult-and-phi for more details.
Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, will give a lecture on “How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard” on October 30th at 4:15pm at the Knafel Center in Cambridge, MA.
Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she also has a secret history. In this illustrated lecture, Lepore lifts that veil of secrecy to reveal that Wonder Woman’s past lies at Harvard and Radcliffe.
Learn more at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-jill-lepore-lecture.
The Public Library of Brookline, MA is hosting a lecture called “Banned Books Week: When Comics Almost Died” by expert Carol Tilley on September 22nd at 7:00pm:
Sixty years ago, three events endangered comics: the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent, US Senate hearings on the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that restricted content. CAROL TILLEY, whose research into Wertham’s revealed the doctor fabricated some of his findings, takes listeners behind the scenes, to reveal this fateful year in comics history. Learn untold stories of Wertham, Senator Estes Kefauver and the kids who tried to fight the tide of anti-comics momentum.
See http://www.brooklinelibrary.org/programs/special-events/140922-banned-books-week-when-comics-almost-died for more information.
Mythcon 45 is the scholarly conference of the Mythopoeic Society at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, happening August 8th-11th. This year’s guests are author Ursula Vernon and Tolkien scholar Richard C. West.
Fantasy literature does not fit comfortably into any scheme. Both old and new, traditional and innovative, popular and elite, mainstream and esoteric, escapist and engaged, high-tech and anti-technology, fantasy defies definitions and transcends categories, dramatizing the incompleteness of our understanding of our own imaginations. At Mythcon 45 we will discuss the place of fantasy in our culture, our institutions, and our hearts.
Learn more at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/mythcon-45/.
The Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, is offering a summer course called “Introduction to Comics” the week of July 7th-11th:
Explore the steps of creating your own comic like a pro! We’ll begin by understanding the parts of a comic, and how they contribute to the whole. From pencils and inks, to plotting and dialogue, we’ll bring them all together to make comics of our own. Examples, discussions, and feedback will take place alongside studio work. Students will be introduced to one digital tool, Manga Studio, and learn the pros and cons of digital vs analog methods. By week’s end, everyone will have produced their own comic. Minimum age is 15 years.
See https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0041-0015-cf75530e7ce74db198fd5f8751e1c961 for details on schedule and pricing.
The College of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT, is hosting its Third Annual Popular Culture Conference, “American Horror from the Great Depression to the Great Recession.” On April 11th there will be a meet-and-greet dinner; on the 12th there will be three panel sessions discussing various aspects of the horror genre. For complete conference information visit https://www.csj.edu/pop-culture/.
The Odyssey Writing Workshop is a six-week workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, offering developing writers intensive, professional critiques and lectures on the major elements of genre writing. This year’s workshop will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH from June 9th to July 18th. The early admission deadline is January 31st, and the regular admission deadline is April 8th. The workshop’s writers-in-residence will be authors Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem; other lecturers will include authors Elizabeth Hand, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Alexander Jablokov; and editor Gordon Van Gelder. Visit http://www.odysseyworkshop.org to learn more about the workshop requirements.
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The University of Vermont is hosting its annual “Tolkien in Vermont Conference” the weekend of April 11th-13th in Burlington, VT. The main topic for this year is “Bombadil and Other Middle-earth Mysteries.” Watch http://tolkienvt.org/ for more information.
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Williams College in Williamstown, MA has announced the David G. Hartwell ’63 Science Fiction Symposium:
Please join us on October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th for a Science Fiction Symposium that will include readings, panels, and lectures by leading writers and thinkers from across the United States. Participants will include Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Kolbert, David Hartwell, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kit Reed, Terry Bisson, and John Crowley. The first event is a Science Fiction Reading which will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd in Griffin 3 at 4:00 PM. A Panel Discussion on Climate Change and Science Fiction will follow in Paresky Auditorium on October 23rd at 7:30 PM and the event will culminate with a Final Science Fiction Reading on Thursday, October 24th in Griffin 3 at 4:00 PM. Sponsored by the English Department, The Margaret Bundy Scott Fund, American Studies, Environmental Studies, Africana Studies and the Oakley Center. All three events are free and open to the public.
Visit https://calendar.williams.edu/event/a_science_fiction_symposium_1881#.UkcUzBB42Ch for more information.
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Stan Sakai, creator of the comic book series Usagi Yojimbo, will appear at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA on May 11th from 11:00am to 12:30pm, in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit, “Samurai!” Visit http://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/lecture-stan-sakai-happygiant-usagi-yojimbo-and-creative-process to learn more.
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