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A Celebration of Star Trek

Star Trek Symposium

Stardate: May 7, 2016 — 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
Daley Building, 8th Floor

View the day's itinerary in the program outline.


Producer Keynote: Brannon Braga


Emmy-nominated Brannon Braga is currently a writer, executive producer, and co-creator of the drama series Salem, WGN America’s first original series. Braga also served as executive producer and director on FOX’s re-launch of Cosmos, the iconic 1980 television miniseries from Carl Sagan and as executive producer and Writer on FOX’s Terra Nova along with Steven Spielberg. Prior to that, Braga was an executive producer and writer on the award-winning drama series 24. Braga also created Flashforward and served as an executive producer on the series. Braga previously worked as writer and executive producer on the sci-fi drama series Threshold.

Braga was a key creative force in one of the most enduring and well-known science-fiction franchises as a creator, writer and executive producer of more than 300 episodes of the Star Trek series. For over 13 years collectively, he worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. His film credits include Mission: Impossible II, Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact. In 1990, Braga received the prestigious Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Internship, which led to his involvement with Star Trek. He attended UC Santa Cruz.

Academic Keynote: Lincoln Geraghty


Lincoln Geraghty is Reader in Popular Media Cultures in the School of Media and Performing Arts at the University of Portsmouth. He has interests in science fiction film and television, fandom, and collecting in popular culture. He is author of Living with Star Trek: American Culture and the Star Trek Universe (IB Tauris, 2007), American Science Fiction Film and Television (Berg, 2009) and Cult Collectors: Nostalgia, Fandom and Collecting Popular Culture (Routledge, 2014). He has edited The Influence of Star Trek on Television, Film and Culture (McFarland, 2008), Channeling the Future: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (Scarecrow, 2009), The Smallville Chronicles: Critical Essays on the Television Series (Scarecrow, 2011), and, with Mark Jancovich, The Shifting Definitions of Genre: Essays on Labeling Film, Television Shows and Media (McFarland, 2008).

Writer Keynote: Lisa Klink


Lisa Klink started her career in the world of Star Trek, writing for Deep Space Nine and Voyager before coming back to Earth for shows like Martial Law and Missing. She’s also written two issues of Batman for DC Comics and contributed a short story to the anthology Empower: Fight Like a Girl. Lisa now writes novels, including three books in the Dead Man series and All In, co-authored with Joel Goldman. She’s also a five-time champion on Jeopardy!


  • Leonard Nimoy Tribute Lecture: John and Maria Jose Tenuto
  • The Science and Technology of Star Trek
  • Generations of Trek: Classic, New, Film, TV
  • The Pedagogy of Trek: Teaching Star Trek in the 21st Century
  • Philosophy and Star Trek: Or, why Starfleet Needs a Chaplaincy Corps.
  • Reevaluating Deep Space Nine
  • Boldly Going: The Future According to Star Trek
  • Star Trek and a Culture of Inclusivity
  • Otherness and Privilege in the Star Trek Universe
  • Gender and Star Trek
  • The Cultural Impact of Star Trek
  • Fandom of Star Trek
  • Inspiring Fans: Fan Work of Star Trek
  • Queer Identities in Cosplay and Fandom
  • The Federation: The Politics of Trek
  • A Special Roundtable with Fan Phenomena: Star Trek
  • Performing Star Trek
  • Klingon Culture and History
  • Klingon Language Institute
  • Interactive Audience Debate: Fantasy Crew Draft


Live Long and Prosper: Pop Culture Colloquium Celebrates 'Star Trek'