Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker

H. Peter Steeves

Presenting: “Truth and Shadows: The Philosophy and Fine Art of Faking the Facts”


H. Peter Steeves is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at DePaul University where he specializes in phenomenology, ethics, and philosophy of science. Steeves is the author of several books, including Founding Community (Kluwer, 1998); Animal Others (SUNY 1999); The Things Themselves (SUNY, 2006); Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding (SUNY, 2017): and the forthcoming Being and Showtime (Northwestern U P, 2018). Steeves has published more than 130 book chapters and journal articles, has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and NEW grants, has been a Fellow at Princeton and Stanford, and was a member of an astrobiology research group at NASA Ames. He was chosen in 2011 by Rate My Professor as one of the “Top 15 Best Professors in the United States.” His current research focuses primarily on cosmology and astrobiology – on the origin events of both the cosmos and life.

Danielle Meijer

Danielle Meijer 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.

Luncheon Speaker

Jarret Keene

Presenting: “‘Keep Your Swords Above the Mire!’: A Reconsideration of the Groundbreaking 1975 DC Comics Series Beowulf”

Jarret Keene is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches American literature and the graphic novel. He has written books—travel guide, rock-band biography, poetry collections—and edited short-fiction anthologies like Las Vegas Noir and Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas. For more than a decade, Keene was the contributing music editor at Vegas Seven magazine and a book critic for Tucson Weekly. Keene is currently working on a critical examination of comic-book legend Jack Kirby’s auteur works—that is, the comics Kirby wrote, drew, and edited himself for both Marvel and DC and Pacific.