The third Rod Serling Conference at Ithaca College, titled “Celebrating 50 Years of the Twilight Zone,” will be held Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd in Ithaca, New York. The conference “interdisciplinary academic conference dedicated to the works of Rod Serling,” according to Ithaca’s website for the event. George Clayton Johnson, who wrote seven episodes of The Twilight Zone, will be the keynote speaker this year. Johnson also co-wrote the novel Logan’s Run, which was turned into a movie in 1976 (and a short-lived television series during the 1977-1978 season).
I was fortunate enough to attend the first two Rod Serling Conferences (in 2006 and 2008) and meant to write about the conference earlier but it slipped my mind. I won’t be able to make it to this year’s conference but I’m sure it will be just as fascinating as the earlier ones. There will be plenty of sessions to attend, including “Stark Humanity: Serlingâ€™s ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight’,” “Adapting The Twilight Zone to Graphic Novel,” “Early Attempts at Science-Fiction and Fantasy” and “From Serling to Simpson,” plus a marathon screening of episodes and much more.
For more information about this year’s conference, check out Ithaca College’s website.