Upcoming Appearances

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8:30pm, FREE
The Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL
The Therapy Sessions
hosted by Seth Vanek, with Jess McIntosh and Michi Trota

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11am-6pm, $20
Kultura Festival at the Logan Square Emporium Arcade Bar, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
Lechon Lecture Series: “Food & Worldbuilding in Science Fiction & Fantasy” 1-2pm
with Maia Mrkvicka, Nicasio Reed, and Michi Trota

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 12-5pm, FREE
Chicago Book Expo, Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL
“One Page Test” panel 1-2pm
“Creating a Career” panel 2-3pm

Friday, December 29, 2017, 8-9pm, cost TBD
Raks Geek at Uptown Underground, Chicago, IL

PAST APPEARANCES

2017

August
Worldcon 75, Helsinki, Finland

Raks Geek at Wizard World Chicago

July
“#60: Wonder Woman” guest The Skiffy and Fanty Show, July 6, 2017

June
“The Whitewashing of Asians in Hollywood,” guest, WBEZ Morning Shift, with Nancy Wang Yuen, June 23, 2017

Raks Geek at Uptown Underground, Friday, June 16, 8-9pm

May
WisCon 41

The Banality of Evil: Collaborators and Appeasement in Harry Potter
Discarding the Cloak of Invisibility: A Candid Look at the Whitewashing in the Potterverse
Harry Potter and the Pop Culture Conference
, panelist

April
You Have Died from Exposure: The Importance of Compensating Geeky Marginalized Creators
More than a Sidekick: Expanding Visibility for Asian American Characters and Creators in Comics
Racebending.com Presents Diverse Means for Diverse Worlds
Reblog, Retweet, Resist! Hashtag Movements and Fan Activism presented by Racebending.com
C2E2, panelist

Comics, Culture, and Society at UIC, presenter

March
Raks Geek: Ready Player Two at Uptown Underground

January
ORD Camp
“Episode 71: Into the Fire,” guest, The Audio Guide to Babylon 5, January 2017
Artists Against Hate: Inauguration Protest Show

2016

November
Raks Geek at Uptown Underground

September
Raks Geek at ValorCon

Exploring the Cultural Legacy of Star Trek
Adler After Dark: Boldly Go, panelist

August
Building Communities Panel
The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival (#ChiNerdFest), panelist

July
“Which Star Trek is Your Trek?” WBEZ Morning Shift, with Gordon Dymowski, July 8, 2016

Resetting the Default
Soundtracks in Movies & TV
Diversity in Writing
Panels are Dead, Long Live Panels
CONvergence, panelist

May
All Nerds Are Socially Awkward and Other Myths
There Can Be More Than One: What Makes Strong Female Characters
SIX SEASON SERIES BASED ON THE THREE-PART TRILOGY BASED ON THE SINGLE BOOK OF THE NOT ANOTHER F*CKING RACE PANEL
WisCon 40, panelist

Interfacing with Conventions
Western Narratives: There Is No Single Voice in the West, So Why Do We Only Hear From One?
Building an SFF Community
Fire & Flow Performance, Medium and Method
The Nebula Awards, panelist

“Episode 53: Point of No Return,” guest, The Audio Guide to Babylon 5, May 6, 2016

The Cultural Impact of Star Trek
Generations of Trek: Film, TV, and the Evolution of Star Trek
DePaul University Presents: A Celebration of Star Trek, panelist

March
Fight the Power
With Great Power: Mentoring the Next Generation of Geeks
Professional Geek: How to Turn Your Passion into A Career
C2E2, panelist

January
ORD Camp

2015
October
Generation Next: How to Keep Nerd Communities Growing
Moraine Valley Community College Graphic Novel Symposium, panelist

September
Leadership Illinois, speaker

August
Geek Wars
Navigating the Fandom Multiverse
So You Want to Be a Nerd Organizer
Wizard World Chicago, panelist

July
Writing While Female
Mainstreaming of Geekdom
Diversity in Marvel and Beyond
CONvergence, panelist 

May
Race and Representation in Fandom
A Celebration of Supernatural, DePaul University, panelist

Misandry, Reverse Racism, and Other Imaginary Creatures (#ImaginaryMisandry)
Beyond the Cookie: How To Be A Great Ally and Recover from Allyship Errors (#BeyondtheCookie)
We Loved Lilo and Stitch, (#WeLovedLiloStitch)
Anger is an Energy (#AngerisanEnergy)
WisCon 39, panelist

April
Racebending.com Presents Writing Diverse Characters
From the Top Down: Creating Space for Diverse Voices
Yellow Fever, Yellow Peril, and the Yellow Ranger: Asian Americans in Geek Culture & History
Fandom, Fun & Frustration
C2E2, panel originator & panelist

Leverage 101, presented by Chicago Nerd Social Club, Geek Bar Betapanel originator & panelist

February
Fandom For All: Creating Inclusive Communities
Capaldi Is Kind of Growing On Me
Implementation of Policies at Conventions
Capricon 35, panelist

2014

October
“Chicks Dig Time Lords” The Chicago Humanities Festival: Journeys

September
THE GEEK SHOW: A Nerdy Variety Talky Thing

August
Yellow Fever, Yellow Peril, and the Yellow Ranger: Asian Americans in Geek Culture & History”
Glass Ceilings, Missing Stairs and Gate-Keepers: Geeks Still Deal With Sexism (Part Deux!)
Wizard World Chicago, Panel originator & panelist

June
Loot the Room podcast, guest

May
“Reconciliation Within SFF”
“Be Firm, Be Pithy, Be Gone”
“Women of Color in SFF”
“Another !@#$!@ Race Panel”
“Rediscovering Worlds Beyond Whiteness”
WisCon/Science Fiction Research Association Convention, 
Panelist

“Fans Weigh In: Problematic Portrayals in Whedon”
Joss Whedon: A Celebration at DePaul University

April
“Glass Ceilings, Missing Stairs & Gatekeepers: Geeks Still Deal With Sexism”
“Opening the Clubhouse Doors: Creating More Inclusive Geek Communities”
Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Panel originator & panelist

“Women, Art, Gatekeeping and Geek Culture”
Wednesdays at Swift Hall, The University of Chicago-Divinity School, guest speaker with Dawn Xiana Moon

March
“Shifting Perspectives and Encouraging Diversity in Geek Communities”
“Con Harassment Policies: Nuts and Bolts”
Chi-Fi 0, Panel originator & panelist

January
“Unmasking the Fake Geek Girl: Confronting gatekeeping and sexism in geek culture”
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago, Panel originator & panelist

2013

November
“Trashing the Doctor Intellectually”
“Typecasting the Time Lord”
Chicago TARDIS, panelist

October
“Geek Girls Are Fans, Too!”
“Dr. Who at 50”
WindyCon 40, panelist

August
“Exorcising the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl: Discussing gate-keeping and sexism in geek culture (Comic Con Edition)”
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, Panel originator & panelist 

April
“Exorcising the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl: Discussing gate-keeping and sexism in geek culture”
Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Panel originator & panelist

“Fake Geek Girls” (transcript here)
Chicago Nerd Social Club podcast, guest

Achievement Unlocked: Leave the House – Your Nerd Social Calendar
Loot the Room podcast, guest

March
Pirates of Dark City and the Fake Geek Girl.”
Loot the Room podcast, guest (begin 28min mark)

2012

April
“The Geek Girl and the Artist: Women’s perspectives on geek culture, artistic expression and gender identity”
Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Panel originator & moderator

February
Girls, Geeks, and Geek Girls
Loot the Room podcast, guest (begin 18:15min mark)

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