FAR WEST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION 2019

Las Vegas NV - February 22-24

2019 Program

Program Draft

The FWPCA in Spaaaace!

This coming summer—on July 20, 2019—we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful landing on the moon and the first time humans set foot on a planetary body other than the Earth. Today, as we contemplate a future on Mars and perhaps even a Trump-led Space Force, the echoes of Matt Damon in The Martian and countless actors zipping around as Buck Rogers precede us. From Sputnik on, we always take the best and the worst with us wherever we go—even beyond the planet. For at least the last century, colonialism, racism, and patriarchy have been at the fore when we have conceptualized our presence in space. Yet there are outliers. Georges Méliès’ celebrated 1902 silent film, A Trip to the Moon, makes the problem of imperialism central to the narrative. Gil Scott-Heron’s indictment of privilege in the form of the poem/song, “Whitey on the Moon,” landed just weeks before Neil Armstrong took his small step. And long ago, native Hawaiians sang and danced praises to the moon without ever thinking it was appropriate to try to visit their lunar neighbor. From first orbits, to the moon, to Mars, and beyond, we will think together about the aesthetics, ethics, politics, and social-cultural import of space travel, inaugurating the thirty-first annual FWPCA/ACA with an evening featuring live dance performances and out-of-this-world surprises and souvenirs for everyone in attendance!

Keynote and Luncheon Speakers

H. Peter Steeves

Director of the Humanities Center DePaul University and Professor of Philosophy

Steeves is the author of eight books, including Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding: Phenomenological
Aesthetics and the Life of Art (SUNY, 2017) and the forthcoming Being and Showtime
(Northwestern UP, 2020). His current research focuses primarily on cosmology and
astrobiology—on the origin events of both the cosmos and life.
Danielle Meijer

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy at DePaul University and Artistic Director
of Aleph World Fusion Dance

she specializes in the thoughtful fusion of over a dozen different dance styles from around the world, including Argentine tango, the court dances of Indonesia, and Southern Indian Bharatanatyam. Meijer’s graduate degrees are in experimental
psychology, and she is currently working on her first book, a project focused on the philosophy
of child liberation.
Sarah M. Moser

Former cast member of Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” where she specialized
in the Cyr wheel and aerial cerceaux, performing as various characters in the show.

She also performed Fire Cyr Wheel for Cirque’s “One Night for One Drop” annual charity show in 2016
and will be an artist in the upcoming 2019 production as well. Moser has presented her work across the globe in various corporate shows and has collaborated several times with L.A. Opera. She is also a SAG-AFTRA stuntwoman and has performed in such television shows as “Modern Family” and “American Housewife.”
Sean Clark

Screenwriter and award-winning playwrightscreenwriter and award-winning playwright

Sean Clark is a screenwriter and award-winning playwright. He has more than thirty produced scripts to his credit as a writer and over a hundred more as a producer. His writing credits include Coach, Evening Shade, Northern Exposure, Early Edition, Sliders, Sirens and several others including five series pilots. His play Eleven-Zulu won the Lorraine Hansberry Award for the Best New Play dealing with the Black experience in America. He wrote one of the very first episodes of Northern Exposure which has been honored by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 100 Best Written Television Shows of all time. He is a member of the Writers Guild and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Featured Speakers 

H. Peter Steeves

DePaul University

Professor of Philosophy
Director of the DePaul Humanities Center

Sean Clark

Screenwriter and award-winning playwright

Honored by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 100 Best Written Television Shows of all time

Danielle Meijer

DePaul University

Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy
Artistic Director / Aleph World Fusion Dance

Sarah M. Moser

Aerialist, dancer, stuntwoman,

former cast member of Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana”

Hotel Registration

The conference activities will take place at:
The Palace Station Hotel & Casino
2411 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Please make room reservations directly with the hotel at 1-800-634-3101 and use the code PCIFW19.

The hotel has been recently remodeled, with modern, updated guest rooms. Palace Station offers a pool, complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport, a fitness center, several restaurants and gaming on site. Accommodations for attendees are available at a reduced rate. For more information, please visit this link for reduced rates for attendees.