Programming Descriptions by Day

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Time
Program Title: Moderators/Panelists
Location
Description

Saturday, July 20th Programming Descriptions

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration

Hotel Lobby

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Madam Malkin's Consignment Shoppe Drop Off for Consignors: Bess Carnan

Grand Pre South - near Hudson A

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

MISTI-CON Video Blog: Lawrence Neals and Cassandra Neals: GeekLifeRules

Hallway Near Hudson B/C

Come out to the MISTI-Con table to share your Harry Potter and MISTI-CON stories, thoughts, feelings and adventures in our online VLOG. Interviews will be compiled and shared each morning and eventually put together as a video diary at the end of the convention.

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Volunteer Coordination Meeting: Sara Melnick and Jill Staniec

Plaza A/B

Volunteers, stop by this session to review the plan for the day and have a Q&A with the Volunteer Coordinators.

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Credence and Fantastic Beasts: Harry Potter, but Not Safe for Children?: Lorrie Kim

Salon 4

What if Harry never got his Hogwarts letter? What if instead of inheriting a vault of gold, he’d stayed with the Dursleys? With Credence Barebone, Rowling revisits her themes without the fairy-tale protections that kept Harry’s story safe. In the Fantastic Beasts universe, children kill. Coercion works. These tales are darker, the audience is older, and the magic is honest and raw. Come theorize and speculate as we revel in the excitement of mid-series hiatus. Possible TW

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Help! I'm In Love With This Kid's Dead Mom!: Grace Kendall

Plaza A/B

Have you ever fallen in love with an incredible woman, only for her to fall in love with someone else and then die? Did you then project all of your feelings onto her unsuspecting child? Many characters in popular media struggle with these problems, but don't worry: there's hope! Join me to compare how three fictional characters handle unrequited love and draw some healthy conclusions. WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS for Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Steven Universe.

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Magical SWAP Crafting Workshop: Professor Violetta Craftswick

Plaza 1/2/3

Join Professor Violetta Craftswick for a fun session of magical crafting! Using ordinary muggle items, she will show you how to transform them into 6+ Magical SWAPs, which are small handmade items that you can keep, gift, or trade with new or old friends here at MISTI-Con! SWAPs are fantastic momentos/keepsakes of a magical time you will want to remember! $5.00 Fee

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Tarot for Writers: Building Plot and Character: Cecilia Tan

Hudson B/C

In this workshop, writer and editor Cecilia Tan will show you how to use tarot cards as a tool for beating writers block and creating rich fictional stories. Creating three-dimensional characters who feel real and who tug on the reader's heart strings and writing your way out of corners are greatly helped by unlocking your subconscious, which the Tarot is uniquely suited to do for storytellers. 

9:00 - 9:45 AM

The Biology of the Beast: Dr. Jason Crean

Salon 5

Though the nature of many of the beasts that inhabit the Wizarding World is unknown, many of these magical species have been documented through the groundbreaking research performed by Newt Scamander, magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In this comprehensive talk, a biological survey of these species will be presented. Also included will be a survey of some of the magical plants as described by famed herbologist Phyllida Spore and authors like Miranda Goshawk. 

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Nowhere Safer than Hogwarts: Black Girls Create - Bayana Davis, Constance Gibbs and Robyn Jordan along with Abby Ritter

Salon 5

It is often stated in the Harry Potter series that there’s no place safer than Hogwarts. Is it because Dumbledore is the greatest wizard of all time or because Ministry security leaves something to be desired? Join us as we talk safety and security at the Ministry of Magic, Gringotts, Hogwarts, and other Wizarding institutions.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Superwholock meetup: Jodie Fox

Plaza 1/2/3

Bring your wands, your screwdrivers. Park your TARDIS or your impala. And don't forget the address is 221B Baker Street. Come hang out and meetup with over fans. Cosplay is welcome. 

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Why I Geek: Harry Potter: Discussion and Book Launch: Clay Dockery

Plaza A/B

Why I Geek: Harry Potter is a collection of stories from fans talking about their experience with different aspects of the series and their own identity. Stories include: LGTBQIA+ identitiy, the experience of African-American fans, WROCK, fan-fiction, academic fandom and much much more. This is a book preview and discussion featuring co-editor Clay Dockery and several of the contributors.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Wizarding Through the Reading Ages: Building Reading Proficiency and Emotional Maturity in the Harry Potter Series: Vicky McKinley

Hudson B/C

One of the unique characteristics of the Harry Potter book series is the way in which the author "grew" the books along with the main characters. As the series progressed the books were longer in page count and the "reading level" or difficulty also increased, making the series an excellent teaching tool. The books also became "darker," and the implications of these transitions will be discussed in the context of children's literature and psychology.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

You Won’t Need Any Ink: Dolores Umbridge and Pathological Tribalism: Brent A. Satterly, PhD, LCSW

Salon 4

Dolores Umbridge believed she was better than others. Assuming the Head of the Muggle-born Registration Commission, she reveled in “pathological tribalism.” This emerges when tribes experience cognitive biases and a polarized environment. It was her job to put “those people” in their proper place: beneath Pure Bloods. What can we learn from Dolores? How do we justify “evil” in our lives to demonize other groups? In what ways do we nurture our own egos to maintain a sense of being “better” than those beneath us? Can we cast a spell of critical thinking to see beyond our own perspectives?

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Behind the Page: Stephanie Guerdan, Cass Morris, Lindsay Ribar

Plaza A/B

Just what does it take to get a book into print? What different pathways are there from idea to page? Our Lit Track pros provide a look into the process of becoming a published author, start to finish.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Herbology 101: Susen James

Salon 4

Herbology 101 informs the listener about the importance of herbs in both the Wizarding and Muggle Worlds. It will address the usage of herbs for magickal and medicinal purposes as well as a brief history of Herbology. 

11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Madam Malkin's Consignment Shoppe: Bess Carnan

Salon 2 / Multifunction Space

Madam Malkin’s Consignment Shoppe is a chance to peruse a selection of the finest gently-used wizard gear. Come browse our racks and tables of magical items, all looking for a new life with you. Clothes make the mage, after all! A portion of all sales will be donated to MISTI.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Wizarding Crafts 101: Michelle Pudlak and Melissa Penatzer

Plaza 1/2/3

Crafting meetup! The 2017 ornament meetup was a hit so we are bringing in a new variety of Wizarding items for guests to make. Fee $0-$2 and guests pay via the honor system to a box up front. 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Resourcery: Magic for the 21st Century: Cyril the Sorcerer

Salon 1/3

I will share "The Wizards' Ancient Secret" and other knowledge that will allow wizards, witches and muggles alike to save our planet using the magic already in our hands. This a magic show for all ages. www.cyrilthesorcerer.com

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Magical Cookie Decorating: Jenn Wotchertonks, The Kitchen Witch

Plaza 1/2/3

Join The Kitchen Witch, Jenn Wotchertonks, for a fun and creative Magical Cookie Decorating workshop. We’ll use icing, sprinkles and edible food markers to decorate cookies as Hogwarts House Crests, magical beasts and Harry Potter characters. Fee $5.00

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Scene Karaoke: Lawrence Neals; GeekLifeRules

Hudson B/C

Scene karaoke is a chance for the non-singers out there to really get into the fun of performing. Select scenes from the Harry Potter films will be modified to remove one character's dialogue. While the scene is playing on the screen, a performer will take the place of that character. Be prepared to deliver your best rendition of one of Dumbledore's speeches, Professor Snape's rants, or He Who Should Not Be Named's monologues.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

20 Years of Fandom with MuggleNet: MuggleNet

Salon 1/3

"MuggleNet.com was founded on October 1, 1999 by Emerson Spartz. It quickly gained the status as the #1 Harry Potter fansite, reaching millions of fans a year and getting honoured the Fan Site Award by J.K. Rowling herself. Meet some of the staff members of MuggleNet for our 20th anniversary and learn what it's like to work for the site as we discuss the past, present, and future of fandom.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Author Reading and Q&A: Lindsay Ribar and Cass Morris

Plaza A/B

Lindsay Ribar, author of The Pros of Cons, The Art of Wishing, and Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, and Cass Morris, author of From Unseen Fire, will read selections from their current or upcoming books and will answer questions from the audience.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Wands Out: D&D 5th edition one-shot: Kitty the Wolf

Hudson B/C

Join or watch a collaborative storytelling experience, completely improvised, featuring 4-6 players and the Dungeon Master. D&D is a tabletop role-playing game where the DM serves as narrator and referee and presents the adventurers with a dilemma, puzzle, or conflict to solve using creative problem-solving, magic, and sometimes brute force. Spells have been adapted to resemble familiar Harry Potter-based magic. There will be humor, there will be monsters. Naturally, there will be dice.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Weasley is our King: Cheryl Nelson and Jennifer Drucker

Salon 4

How does Arthurian legend and the monarchy/knights of Europe connect to the noble family of the Weasley's? Come along on the quest to find out how Arthur Weasley is the legend King of the Britons through connections with stories of the past.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Wizarding Blackout Poetry: Vickie Huber

Plaza 1/2/3

Create your own wizarding poetry using the unique form of Blackout Poetry! We will use pages from cannon to create poetry inspired by the wizarding world. This version of found poetry allows anyone to create a unique piece of art. Need to bring: Pencil and Black Marker Possible TW

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Rescue Them, Protect Them, and Gently Try To Educate My Fellow Wizards About Them: Rehabilitation, Conservation and Welfare in Fantastic Beasts: Melissa Aaron and Jason Crean

Salon 5

In Fantastic Beasts, rescuing a trafficked Thunderbird launches an introverted zoologist and his case of endangered Graphorns into a complex wizarding world war. Newt Scamander is fictional, but the movies deal with real animal issues: rescuing from poor conditions, rehabilitating the injured, and ensuring they aren’t lost forever. Join Melissa Aaron, bestiary scholar, and Jason Crean, magizoologist, as they discuss the textbook, the films, and the science of welfare and genetically diverse populations.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

A Muggle Exploration of Wizarding Economics: Es Gee

Hudson B/C

This presentation explores the possible economic structure of the wizarding world. Topics will include pre- International Statute of Secrecy Britain, wizard banking, and the economics of buying and selling magical goods. This presentation will go over the basics of economics, so no prior understanding is required. Input and feedback is encouraged.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

AMA with an Editor: Stephanie Guerdan

Plaza A/B

What do book editors do? What do they look for when they’re acquiring new books? What pathways are there into the editorial side of the publishing industry? Here’s your chance to get all your questions answered! Join HarperCollins editor Stephanie Guerdan for this AMA.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Turning Creative Intention Into Action: Ni Augurey

Plaza 1/2/3

You've had this idea in your head for a while - a costume; a craft; something artistic. You want to make it, but you don't know where to start. Or perhaps you've got it all planned out, but haven't taken the plunge to act on your creativity. Friend, you are not alone; launching an original project is daunting! Step off the ledge and tap into your creativity with me as we explore the productive process.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Wizard Live!: Black Girls Create - Bayana Davis, Constance Gibbs and Robyn Jordan

Salon 4

#WizardTeam is a weekly Harry Potter podcast for true Potterheads. Each week Bayana Davis and Robyn Jordan do a close reread of the books chapter-by-chapter, discussing anything from our thoughts on the Trio’s Gryffindor behaviors to more obscure facts in the Harry Potter canon, even coming up with some strange and hilarious headcanons of our own. Start from the very beginning or join us in our current book, just beware: there are spoilers.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

History of Fanfic: Moderator: Cass Morris

Plaza A/B

Roundtable: MISTI-Con invites all attendees with fanficcing experience to come chat about it -- and how it has changed over the years! Fandoms and OTPs may come and go, but a love of derivative fiction is forever. Whether you started on AO3, LJ, FFN, AOL message boards, or alt. email lists, come chat about your experiences in the fanfic world.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

This is Halloween: Throwing the Ultimate Fandom Party*: Rouge O'Malley and Saber Tompson of Misbehavin' Maidens

Hudson B/C

Rouge O’Malley and Saber Tompson have known each other for almost a decade. And during that time they’ve put together many EPIC fandom and theme parties. Come and listen as they regale you with tales of parties past, share with you their ideas for parties future, and give you tips and tricks for your parties in the present. 18+

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Wizards of a Certain (WOACA) Age Meet-up: Jo Cobleigh

Plaza 1/2/3

Meet-up for mature witches and wizards of "a certain age" to connect and reconnect. This gathering is for witches and wizards who are middle-age and older. If you came to last Misti's informal WOACA, please join us again! If you missed it or are new to Misti, come and meet like-aged witches and wizards to bond and share stories.

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

GNOMES Trivia with MuggleNet: MuggleNet

Westchester South

Are you the wittiest Ravenclaw, the smartest Hufflepuff, the shrewdest Slytherin, or the most intelligent Gryffindor? Then, as Lucius Malfoy would ask, why don't you prove it? Bring your team of four to MuggleNet's most challenging trivia tournament to determine once and for all who among you will never require a Remembrall.

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

The Art of Wizard Dance: Irvin Khaytman

Multifunction Hall near Grand Ballroom

Have you always wanted to dance, but never knew how? Do you find yourself being a wallflower at Yule Balls? "The Art of Wizard Dance" is a ballroom dance class for absolute beginners, where Bellatrix Lestrange will teach you how to dance to the hit wizard rock song "Rodolphus."

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

HP-NYC Meet-Up

Westchester North

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

The Founders Ball

DJ Swish

Grand Ballroom

9:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Puffs:The Play - Watch Party

Plaza 1/2/3