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Thursday will have limited programming at 10:00 am and 11:30 am, expanding to the full slate at 1:00 pm, which is also when autographings will begin. Friday-Monday there will be limited programming at 8:30 am, with the full slate starting at 10:00 am.
Thursday-Sunday daytime programming will end at 6:45 pm, when the 5:30 panels let out. Monday's programming ends at 2:00 pm, when the 1:00 panels are over. (See also Closing Ceremonies.)
And so, I find myself running programming for Chicon. I suppose I should say something about my programming philosophy and what I aim to do at the convention.
Perhaps most important, I feel that Chicon should be as inclusive as possible. I want everybody to feel that the convention was programmed specifically for them. If you are an artist, I want you to be able to attend panels, discussions and demonstrations which will teach you more about painting, sculpture, research, etc. If you are a costumer, I want you to be able to attend a similar range of activities which will allow you to expand your knowledge. If you are a fan in general, I want you to be able to attend panels (discussions, demonstrations, etc.) which will expand your appreciation for every aspect of science fiction.
I want Chicon to be your Worldcon. While I have a fantastic staff supporting me and planning panels, etc. for a variety of tracks, none of them can read minds (or if they can, they haven't told me). If you have a particular topic you want addressed, please let the programming staff know. While we can't promise to schedule everyone's idea, if enough people contact us with a related idea, we'll do our best to schedule it.
The program will begin on Thursday morning and run through Monday afternoon. Currently, we are planning for the majority of programming to last for 75-minutes followed by a 15-minute "passing period." In addition to this "regular" programming, we'll have some programming which lasts for longer periods and some demonstrations which are not limited to normal programming space.
Function space for special interest groups can be reserved by filling out the Special Interest Group Space Allocation form found in Progress Report 5 or contacting me directly by 18-May-2000.
You can find a listing of my staff in the Staff and Committee List. We still have openings and if anyone would like to volunteer at any level, please contact me. I can be contacted with questions or suggestions at email@example.com.
If you've never been to a convention like the Worldcon, you'll be amazed at how many different things there are to do, all day, and all night. This isn't a "single-track plus a dealers room" convention or show; this is going to be big, really big. At a recent Worldcon [www], there were at least forty (40) different things you could do just at 10:00 am on Saturday, what with panels, autographs, films, readings, workshops, games, discussion groups, and so forth. And the convention keeps going in the evening and well into the night, with more events, panels, readings, and more open parties than you'll be able to visit in one night.
We'll have some more information for you in just a few weeks, from our Programming Division head. And watch this space over the next three years, as things shape up.
(Taken from Progress Report 1)
Q. "Will the program include [fill in blank]?"
A. Yes. Seriously, while Ross Pavlac's death leaves a degree of uncertainty in the program area, we do have a few firm views (to which any and all are welcome to object):
1. Although fans have a vast variety of interests and a panel on any topic from gardening to baseball to Celtic resistance to the Reformation (a real topic a couple of years ago at a West Coast con) can draw an audience, this particular convention is devoted on a particular subset of interests, i. e., science fiction, fantasy and ancillary subjects. These traditional Worldcon topics cover so broad a range that it is scarcely necessary to pad them out with politics, religion, potted history, self-help, etc., etc. (which is not to say that such topics cannot be part of a "hard-core" SF/F program; the secret lies in the perspective from which they are viewed).
2. The program should have substance, which means that panelists have to know about their topics well in advance and should be challenged to go beyond truisms and platitudes. The dullest panels that I have ever witnessed have been those in which one speaker had an axe to grind, two had books to plug and three hadn't the foggiest idea of why they were there.
3. The whole convention should contribute to the program. The Art Show, for instance, isn't there just to look pretty. It will, if we manage properly, be an integral part of art programming. Similarly, Exhibits and the Dealers' Room offer many resources that can be utilized more fully than in the past. Those are, of course, generalities - but not, I think, meaningless ones. Comments, preferably peace-bonded, are always welcome.
Tom Veal, Chairman, Chicon 2000
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