FAR WEST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION 2019

Las Vegas NV - February 22-24

H. Peter Steeves
Professor of Philosophy
Director of the DePaul Humanities Center

Danielle Meijer
Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, DePaul University
Artistic Director, Aleph World Fusion Dance

Sarah Moser
Aerialist, dancer, stuntwoman, former cast member of Cirque du Soleil

Sean Clark
Screenwriter and award-winning playwright

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!

H. Peter Steeves

he specializes in phenomenology, ethics, and philosophy of science. 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

(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

She also performed Fire Cyr Wheel for Cirque “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.”