In line with this year's SHOUT week theme "The Personal is Political" and keynote speaker George Takei's iconic role on Star Trek, PCB will host a panel called "Re-imagining Society: Sci-Fi, Utopias, and Social Justice." Panelists will discuss how science fiction and other imagined alternate universes enable us to re-imagine existing societal structures. What do utopian and distopian stories reflect about our culture? How do alternate universes comment on our societal issues? How do they take the personal and make it political? Most importantly, how can we use what we learn from examining these worlds to improve our own?