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2019 Jack Williamson Lectureship Guest of Honor

Alex Rivera


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The 43rd annual lectureship will take place Thursday and Friday, April 4-5, 2019 with Guest of Honor Alex Rivera along with writers, friends and fans from across the region. Alex Rivera is a digital media artist and filmmaker who, for the past twenty years, has been telling new, urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, which won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan and other countries. Rivera's work always skews towards discussing the surreal elements of political realities, and it always strives to be both accessible and critical. His work demonstrates that complex arguments can be made clear and simple through the audio/visual medium.

Visit Alex Rivera's website:   http://www.alexrivera.com


Schedule Schedule


2019 Jack Williamson Lectureship

Schedule of Events

(Subject to changes)


All events are open to the public and all except the luncheon are free.


Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 43:30 p.m.ENMU Art and Anthropology Building Room 110Short films created this semester by students in the ANTH 493 Anthropology of Science Fiction class will be shown.
5:00  p.m.ENMU University Theatre CenterThe film Sleep Dealer will be shown, followed by a Q&A session with screenwriter and director Alex Rivera.  Refreshments will follow.
Friday, April 510:00 a.m.ENMU Campus Union Building Zia Room  (2nd floor)Guest of Honor Alex Rivera will discuss science fiction film and his work in the field.  Clips will be shown.
11:30 a.m.ENMU Campus Union Building Ballroom  (2nd floor)Toastmaster Connie Willis and Guest of Honor Alex Rivera will speak at the lectureship luncheon.  Tickets are $10 per person and advance reservations are required (575.562.2315 or planning.analysis@enmu.edu).
1:00 p.m.Golden Student Success Center Presentation Area  (1st floor)For the second year, a tabletop gaming session will be held.
1:30 p.m.ENMU Golden Student Success Center  (2nd floor)Tours of the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library will be held in the newly renovated Special Collections, upstairs in the Golden Student Success Center.
3:00 p.m.

ENMU Golden Student Success Center Room 216 and 217 (2nd floor)

Panel discussions on various science fiction and fantasy topics will be held at 3:00, 4:10, and 5:15 p.m.   (Panel topics are posted below.)
Saturday, April 610:00 a.m.Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building Room 111Writing workshop with Connie Willis.  Contact David Sweeten (david.sweeten@enmu.edu) for further information.



Tentative Schedule of Panel Discussion (Subject to change)
  GSSC 216 GSSC 217

3:00 p.m.

Lights, Camera, Aliens!  Hollywood and SF

What are some of the best current films and TV shows in science fiction and fantasy?  Why? Which are the worst?   Which older shows or films are always worth re-watching? What works (or authors) will never get into film or TV? Why? What films/TV do you think should never have been made?

Show me the Money!  Writing for Fun and Profit.

It's no crime to want to sell the work you write, but there are some choices you need to make to accomplish this successfully.   How do you progress from concept to trade back?  What are the pitfalls to avoid?

4:10 p.m.

The Other: Something Different This Way Comes

As Octavia Butler said, "There's nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns." How is SF/fantasy shaping and defining "the other" in film and fiction?  What discoveries are shaping readers and their expectations of what SF can address? How does the work of Alex Rivera enter this discussion?

Trends in SF YA

Including:  the diversity of character/ethnicity/religion/orientation, a reboot of popular series, dark and grittier stories, pushing boundaries, horror/dark fantasy/fairy tales

5:15 p.m.

She Blinded Me with Science (or, Some Science with Your Science Fiction)

What scientific concepts are the all-time favorites in SF and fantasy? Lycanthropy? Genetic engineering? Anthropology? Space/time travel? Evil robots/evil machines?  Why these? And what's coming? 

Hogwarts Revenge: Harry Potter v. Lord of the Rings

How do these series (written and film versions) compare as quintessential SF/fantasy?  What are the grounds for determining "the better" of the two (if that's even relevant)?  What's the next great series on the horizon?


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Patrice Caldwell




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