Pippi to Ripley: Women and Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Comics, May 1-2, 2015


Pippi to Ripley began in 2011 as an act of Guerilla Academe created by Katharine Kittredge and three of her undergraduates: Adam Ellerson, Ryan Ende, and Giovanni Colantonio.

Today, Pippi to Ripley is a comprehensive community outreach event that includes four components: a professional development conference for middle and high school teachers; a science fiction and fantasy quiz competition; an academic conference for scholars of science fiction and fantasy, and a series of critical thinking and creative workshops for youth.  It is now being offered in collaboration with the Ithaca Community Arts Partnership's "Spring Writes" Literary Festival.  For information about this event go to


This year we are pleased to be partnering with ITHACON40, one of the longest-running comic book conventions in the Northeast.  ITHACON will be held in the Emerson Suites in the Ithaca College Campus center from 10am-3:30.  Admission to ITHACON is free.For more information, please see

Friday Panels and Workshops for Educators and Librarians (register through Tompkins County BOCES)

(Campus Center)

This professional development day for teachers and librarians is open to participants from any school district, as well as the home school community.  Registration is $35. 

For more information, and to register go  New users must create a TST BOCES "My Learning Plan" account by hitting the "Need an account" button on the left.To find descriptions, search the TST BOCES programs and use "Exploiting and Expanding Literacies" as your search term.

Friday Evening: Panel on Women in Comics

A knowledge competition which allows four person teams to demonstrate their expertise in all things fantasy and science fiction.  Divisions will be: Middle School, High School, and "Open" Division.  Free Purity Ice Cream; great prizes. For more information go to:

Saturday: Fantasy and Science Fiction-themed Workshops for Young People (Free of Charge)

(Textor Lecture Halls; Friends Classrooms)

see events/ for more details. 

click here to register

Saturday: Academic Conference (Free of Charge)

Presenters for May 2, 2015 Academic Conference (Saturday) register here

This is a traditional professional conference.  Panelists will each have fifteen minutes to read a paper or give a presentation.  This will be followed by time for questions. For more information on specific panels and presenters go to //

8:00 Registration (Hallway of Textor)

9:00-9:30 Conference Opening Textor 102

Marleen Barr , Founding Mother of Science Fiction Criticism

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch 

Conference participants can purchase an all-you-can-eat (including salad bar) ticket at Registration or at the door of  the Campus Center Cafeteria for $9.25

1:00-2:00 Keynote Speech: Bruce Coville (Textor 102)

5:30-7:00 Closing Reception Emerson Foyer (Free of Charge)

 Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Elizabeth Bleicher at or (607) 274-1531.

Saturday Evening: Tori Cup Competition ($10/per team)

(Textor Lecture Halls; Friends Classrooms)

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