Date/Time Event Name and Description Guest Speaker(s) Location
Tuesday November 11
3:00pm-4:20pm The Tradeoff Between Anonymity and Accountability
Exploring the real world consequences of online behavior in everyday life. From celebrities to the average person, we as a society must decide about growing concerns between online anonymity and free speech versus social responsibility.
Andy Bennett
SHSU Director for Center of Excellence in Digital Forensics
College of Sciences
LSC 320
5:00 pm-6:00 pm Ready Player One Juried Art Show and Reception
Select student art entries will be displayed in paint, sculpture, sketches, digital art, and photography. LSC Art Gallery Fine Arts contest prizes awarded for Best in Show ($250), Second Place ($150), and Honorable Mention ($100).
Michael Henderson
SHSU Associate Professor and Department Chair of Art
College of Fine Arts and Mass Communications
LSC Art Gallery
Wednesday November 12
10:00 am-11:00 am Meet and Greet Ernest Cline in the LSC Mall
Ernest Cline will be outside in the mall area in front of the LSC along with his DeLorean (You know, the Time Machine).  Come meet Ernie, take a selfie, and discuss Ready Player One.
Ernest Cline
Author
Ready Player One
LSC Mall (outside)
11:30 pm -1:00 pm Author’s Luncheon with Students Invitation Required
Student Ready Player One contest winners and other selected students are invited to lunch with author Ernest Cline.
Ernest Cline
Author
Ready Player One
LSC 304
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Ready Player One Author Art Gallery Visit
View and casual discussion of student art inspired by Ready Player One with author Ernest Cline.
Ernest Cline
Author
Ready Player One
LSC Art Gallery
3:00 pm -4:00 pm Keynote Address
Mr. Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One.
Ernest Cline is planning to drive his tricked-out DeLorean to Sam Houston State University! Cline will speak about Ready Player One, the tale of a penniless teenager’s journey through cyberspace to find hidden treasures and save the world from an evil corporation. Ready Player One was a New York Times bestseller, and Warner Bros. bought the rights to a film adaptation before it was even published. Now Cline has finished writing Armada, another novel about another teenager with the power to save the world from an alien invasion. Universal Pictures has already bought the film rights.
Ernest Cline
Author
Ready Player One
LSC Ballroom
4:00 pm  – 4:30 pm Book Signing
Bring your copy of Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Author
Ready Player One
LSC Ballroom
Thursday November 13
9:30am – 10:50am Playing Games, Making Games, Learning Through Games
Today more than ever before, students’ interests begin with technology and its use. Computer games stand as one of the most attractive technologies. The focus of this presentation is to find the best and the most exciting ways for students to become engaged in research and exploration during the process of designing and developing computer games for instruction. Participants discuss the idea of developing computer games for education and learn to create a game.
Andrey Koptelov
SHSU Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education
LSC Kat Klub
11:00am – 12:20pm Close Your Eyes, Touch Your Nose: A Vaccine for Cultural Viruses
The viruses that infect our computers pale compared to the viruses borne by our symbol systems.  Language carries colossal cultural baggage in the form of mindsets that are as insidious as the worst of the malware sneaking onto our hard-drives.  Through a presentation of photos, Dr. Dan Phillips will explore how these mindsets impact the building industry, as well as our food, clothing, resource consumption, and belief systems.
Dan Phillips
SHSU Alumnus
The Phoenix Commotion
LSC Theater
12:30pm – 1:50pm Bearkats Read to Succeed Academic Affairs Recognition Luncheon – Invitation required
Student, Faculty, Staff, and Committee Recognition
Student Contest Winners and Project Presentations Featured
Dick Eglsaer
Mary Robbins Student Presenters & Contest Winners
LSC 320
2:00pm-3:20pm Expanding Your Virtual Vision. Let’s Welcome the Fab Five! 
In this virtual age, there are infinite ways to receive and share information. But there is much to be said about good old fashioned human interaction. No matter who you are dealing with, body language and other signals can often provide a wealth of information that you simply can’t find on line. This session will focus on the evolution of communication and how to make the most of it.
Kelli Arena
Global Center of Journalism and Democracy
College of Fine Arts and Mass Communications
LSC Theater