Conventions: An Open Thread

So we’re like a million bajillionty years into this blog takeover thing and I’m starting to feel the heat. I know that we’ve been pretty much discussing Skepticon non-stop, but what can I say? It’s on our minds. So I wanted to turn the conversation over to you, lovely readers–what kinds of things do you look forward to at conventions OR think conventions should have?

For example, just last week I was at Reason in the Rock in Little Rock, AK and Camp Quest Oklahoma (who will be at Skepticon, btdubs) totally blew my MIND when they were talking about how conventions such as ours aren’t accessible to the hearing impaired. I am hoping that SK6 can have ASL interpreters present and we’re going to start close captioning our youtube videos to help close the gap.

So how about you, internet–what kinds of things do you see as missing in the skeptic convention world?

This is a guest post by Lauren Lane. She is part of the team putting together the Skepticon convention next week. If you’d like to make a donation to support the largest free skeptic conference in the nation located Springfield, Missouri, you can do so here. We appreciate your support!

About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.

  • http://twitter.com/DoubtfuLei Lei Pinter

    I’m in a group of folks who caption skeptical You Tube videos so that a second team of folks can translate them into other languages. It is a fun, yet meaningful hobby.

    • Lauren Lane

      Oh my goodness! I am very interested in getting into contact with you. Can you email me at Lane722@gmail.com and we can scheme big schemes?

  • jflcroft

    What I LOVE about conventions is the opportunity to answer critical questions from people who hate my writing. It’s a great opportunity to set up a ring, put on some rhetorical boxing gloves, and have it out in a friendly way. I have never left a conference regretting the difficult discussions I’ve had with attendees who see things differently. it helps me view my own work with skepticism and critical distance, and that’s golden.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    conventions such as ours aren’t accessible to the hearing impaired. I am
    hoping that SK6 can have ASL interpreters present and we’re going to
    start close captioning our youtube videos to help close the gap.

    PLEASE try and get New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s sign language interpreter to do the job.

  • Guest1

    “the Midwest’s largest skeptic student-run conference”4 comments. everything you need to know about the relevance of the conference scene

    • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

      I think perhaps the number of people who attend conferences, and the number of people who secondarily attend them through video recordings later, and the number of people who are positively influenced by what happens at conferences for months and years thereafter are a much more accurate representation of their relevance than the number of people who are commenting here. 

      • Guest1

        Consensus!  The conference scene is ‘secondary’

        I would go further in this case too.  The ultra PC whiny line up at this conference is actually toxic and harmful to the skeptical movement.  You cannot build a real movement around professional victim-hood.