Pippi to Ripley: The Female Figure in Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 3-4, 2013

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

Presenters for May 4, 2013 Academic Conference (Saturday) register here

Friday Morning: "The View from the Next Step" mentoring workshops (Free of Charge)

(Center for Faculty Excellence, Third Floor of the Library)

 9:00-10:00 Getting Involved, Getting Published and Getting a Job
Newly hired faculty and librarians talk about their experiences, give advice, and field questions.

10:00-11:00 Taking the Long View: Career Stages and Transitions
Senior scholars talk about the different phases of one's career, non-traditional career trajectories, and trying to create a healthy work/life balance.

11:00-12:00 Talking about Graduate School (lunch sponsored by English Department)
Current graduate students meet with junior and senior undergraduates to talk about choosing a graduate school and adapting to its demands.

 to register click here

Friday Afternoon Workshops

Exploiting and Expanding Literacies 2013: Fantasy, Science Fiction and Imaginative Texts in the Classroom or Library($35)

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

(Textor Lecture Halls; Friends Classrooms)

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 for more details. 

Ithaca City School district students grades 7-12 who need am/pm bus transportation from their middle or high school should indicate this on their registration form.

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Saturday: Academic Conference (Free of Charge)

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 "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Being A Pioneering Feminist Science Fiction Scholar.....But Were Afraid To Ask."

9:30-10:30 Session I

Textor 101: Hunger Games

Textor 102: Crossing the Line Between Girlhood and Womanhood

Textor 103: Giving Birth, Giving Life

10:45-11:45 Session II 

Textor 101: The Works of Tamora Pierce

Textor 102: Science Fiction Radio Play: Aliens! Zombies! Apocalyptic Peril!

Textor 103: Things that Go Bump in the Night

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: Tamora Pierce (Textor 102)

2:00-3:00 Session III

Textor 101  Gender/Fans

Textor 102 Book signing for young people with Tamora Pierce

Textor 103 Speculative Woman Warriors

3:00-3:15 coffee break

3:15-4:15 Session IV

Textor 101: Kick-Ass Girls Across the Genres

Textor 102 Book signing for all ages

Textor 103 Fairytales Old and New

4:30-5:30 Session V

Textor 101  Beyond Human Heroines

Textor 102 Book signing for all ages

Textor 103  Women in Science Fiction Television


5:30-7:00 Closing Reception at Community School of Music and Arts (Free of Charge)

 330 E State St  Ithaca, NY 14850

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


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