FAR WEST POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION 2019

Las Vegas NV - February 22-24

The FWPCA in Spaaaace!

H. Peter Steeves

Professor of Philosophy
Director of the DePaul Humanities Center

DePaul University
with

  Danielle Meijer

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

and

Sarah Moser

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

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

Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center DePaul University

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

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

(where 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 “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 “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.”