B. Open Impromptu Event Prompts

Round 1 - 1:30pm PST

  1. Speaker 1


    “I don't care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family.” - Jim Butcher

     

    “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” - Wayne Dwyer

     

    “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” - Coretta Scott King

  2. Speaker 2


    “I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.” - Amy Poehler

     

    “Nothing brings you together like a common enemy.” - David Foster Wallace

     

    “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” - Carl Jung

  3. Speaker 3


    “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” - Vincent Van Gogh

     

    “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” - Andre Gide

     

    “We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.” - David Levithan

  4. Speaker 4


    “Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.” - Ralph Ellison

     

    “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” - Henry Winkler

     

    “The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.” - Willa Cather

  5. Speaker 5


    “Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.” - William James

     

    “Be honest, brutally honest. That is what's going to maintain relationships.” - Lauryn Hill

     

    “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” - C.S. Lewis

  6. Speaker 6


    “Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.” - David Foster Wallace

     

    “Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.” - Hans Urs von Balthasar

     

    “There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others.” - George Matthew Adams

  7. Speaker 7


    “Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” - bell hooks

     

    “You don't get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced.” - Jay Weatherill

     

    “Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Round 2 - 9:15am PST

  1. Speaker 1


    “If you care about something enough, it’s going to make you cry. But you have to use it. Use your tears. Use your pain. Use your fear. Get mad.” - Sherman Alexie

     

    “The prerequisite for writing is having something to say.” - Langston Hughes

     

    “Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” - Celeste Ng

  2. Speaker 2


    “A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.” - Eudora Welty

     

    “The poet is either a clown or an enemy of the oppressor.” - Daniel Chacón

     

    “The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it’s a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible.” - Salman Rushdie

  3. Speaker 3


    “I am what I am and you can't take it away with all the words and sneers at your command.” - Cherríe Moraga


    “There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” - Octavia Butler

     

    “It's a funny thing... but people mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really, what guides them is what they're afraid of. What they don't want.” - Khaled Hosseini

  4. Speaker 4


    “Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace. I think liberation must come from within.” - Sandra Cisneros

     

    “Indebtedness is not the same thing as gratitude.” - Cathy Park Hong

     

    “Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power—not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.” - bell hooks

     

  5. Speaker 5


    “The act of reading outside of your experience increases empathy. It broadens our understanding of humanity and our ideas about who we are and about what we can be.” - Jesmyn Ward

     

    “There is a war that makes us adore our conquerors and despise ourselves.” - Arundhati Roy

     

    “Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end. And the speaking will get easier and easier.” - Audre Lorde

  6. Speaker 6


    “Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive.” - Jhumpa Lahiri


    “Even a snail will eventually reach its destination.” - Gail Tsukiyama

     

    “Not so deep down, we all know that safety is an illusion, that only character melds us together. That’s why most of us do everything we can (healthy and unhealthy) to ward off that real feeling of standing alone so close to the edge of the world.” - Kiese Laymon

  7. Speaker 7


    “Remember that the best medical treatment is a sense of relativism. No matter how badly you might feel, take comfort in knowing there's someone who feels much worse.” - Viet Thanh Nyugen

     

    “Imagination might not be limitless. It's still tethered to the universe of what we know.” - Chang-Rae Lee

     

    “It is the storyteller who makes us what we are, who creates history. The storyteller creates the memory that the survivors must have—otherwise their surviving would have no meaning.” - Chinua Achebe

Round 3 - 4:00pm PST

  1. Speaker 1


    Seinfeld

     

    Community

     

    The Leftovers

  2. Speaker 2


    Curb Your Enthusiasm

     

    Twin Peaks

     

    The Simpsons

  3. Speaker 3


    Episodes

     

    The Office

     

    Legends of Tomorrow

  4. Speaker 4


    Parks and Rec

     

    Resident Alien

     

    Daybreak

  5. Speaker 5


    Persons Unknown

     

    Happy Endings

     

    Cheers

  6. Speaker 6


    Sister Sister

     

    Dead to Me

     

    Lost

  7. Speaker 7


    Halt and Catch Fire

     

    Game of Thrones

     

    Mindhunter

Round:

  1. Speaker 1


    “The isolation stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, banana bread, and acceptance.” - Kat Dennings

     

    “My plan to get great skin from wearing no makeup during quarantine has really been foiled by all of the existential dread and anxiety.” - Emma Gray

     

    “I’ve reached the: Going into my closet and telling my clothes I miss them stage of quarantine.” - @pro_worrier_ on Twitter

  2. Speaker 2


    “The dumbest thing I ever purchased was a 2020 planner.” - Unknown

     

    “Pro-tip for couples suddenly working from home together: Get yourselves an imaginary coworker to blame things on. In our apartment, Cheryl keeps leaving her dirty water cups all over the place and we really don't know what to do about her.” - Molly Tolsky

     

    “I simply cannot be held responsible for the damage I do to my hair during this quarantine.” - @uhhmily on Twitter

  3. Speaker 3


    “Day 1 of quarantine: I’m going to take this as an opportunity to improve my health. Day 2 of quarantine: Due to personal reasons, I am eating a lasagna in my shower.” - Roxi Horror

     

    “My quarantine workouts consist solely of moving my weighted blanket from my bed to the couch and back.” - Sara Buckley

     

    “very apparent now that the best thing about meeting up with people in person was not having to look at your own face while you did it.” - Imogen West-Knights

  4. Speaker 4


    “This pandemic made me realize that 90% of my social life was just meeting up with friends to eat.” - @emotionallyboujee on Twitter

     

    “All months are now just march 2020 wearing a different fake moustache pretending to be a new month” - @technicallyron on Twitter

     

    “Joe Exotic wrote a country ballad about his nemesis Carole Baskin murdering her husband and feeding him to their tigers. I want to be that creatively petty.” - Riza Hawkeye

  5. Speaker 5


    “Turns out 2021 was just 2020 using a different email address to get the free trial.” - Wesley Bonner

     

    “Everyone keeps saying it is very important to keep up with your routines during this quarantine, so I want to let you know that, at this time, I will continue to not work out just like before.” - Jen Hatmaker

     

    “I’ve gone from guiltily avoiding social gatherings to guiltily avoiding zoom meetings.” - Tanya Tagaq

  6. Speaker 6


    “To liven up quarantine, I've started eating meals in a different room each day. So far, toilet soup is my least favorite.” - @marlebean on Twitter

     

    “Seems a lot like 2021 keeps asking, ‘What would 2020 do?’” - Jake Vig

     

    “Turns out when society collapses, every single person has the exact same instinct and it is to bake bread.” - Dana Schwartz

  7. Speaker 7


    “Near, far, wherever you are... make sure you’re practicing social distancing!” - Celine Dion

     

    “Movies lied about how the fall of civilisation would happen. They promised zombies and car chases with trucks covered in spikes but really its just working from home and singing happy birthday to yourself as you wash your hands.” @technicallyron on Twitter

     

    “Really looking forward to being bad at making eye contact again.” - Seth Rogen

& Imp Finals - 10:30am PST

  1. Speaker 1


    “The isolation stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, banana bread, and acceptance.” - Kat Dennings

     

    “My plan to get great skin from wearing no makeup during quarantine has really been foiled by all of the existential dread and anxiety.” - Emma Gray

     

    “I’ve reached the: Going into my closet and telling my clothes I miss them stage of quarantine.” - @pro_worrier_ on Twitter

  2. Speaker 2


    “The dumbest thing I ever purchased was a 2020 planner.” - Unknown

     

    “Pro-tip for couples suddenly working from home together: Get yourselves an imaginary coworker to blame things on. In our apartment, Cheryl keeps leaving her dirty water cups all over the place and we really don't know what to do about her.” - Molly Tolsky

     

    “I simply cannot be held responsible for the damage I do to my hair during this quarantine.” - @uhhmily on Twitter

  3. Speaker 3


    “Day 1 of quarantine: I’m going to take this as an opportunity to improve my health. Day 2 of quarantine: Due to personal reasons, I am eating a lasagna in my shower.” - Roxi Horror

     

    “My quarantine workouts consist solely of moving my weighted blanket from my bed to the couch and back.” - Sara Buckley

     

    “very apparent now that the best thing about meeting up with people in person was not having to look at your own face while you did it.” - Imogen West-Knights

  4. Speaker 4


    “This pandemic made me realize that 90% of my social life was just meeting up with friends to eat.” - @emotionallyboujee on Twitter

     

    “All months are now just march 2020 wearing a different fake moustache pretending to be a new month” - @technicallyron on Twitter

     

    “Joe Exotic wrote a country ballad about his nemesis Carole Baskin murdering her husband and feeding him to their tigers. I want to be that creatively petty.” - Riza Hawkeye

  5. Speaker 5


    “Turns out 2021 was just 2020 using a different email address to get the free trial.” - Wesley Bonner

     

    “Everyone keeps saying it is very important to keep up with your routines during this quarantine, so I want to let you know that, at this time, I will continue to not work out just like before.” - Jen Hatmaker

     

    “I’ve gone from guiltily avoiding social gatherings to guiltily avoiding zoom meetings.” - Tanya Tagaq

  6. Speaker 6


    “To liven up quarantine, I've started eating meals in a different room each day. So far, toilet soup is my least favorite.” - @marlebean on Twitter

     

    “Seems a lot like 2021 keeps asking, ‘What would 2020 do?’” - Jake Vig

     

    “Turns out when society collapses, every single person has the exact same instinct and it is to bake bread.” - Dana Schwartz

  7. Speaker 7


    “Near, far, wherever you are... make sure you’re practicing social distancing!” - Celine Dion

     

    “Movies lied about how the fall of civilisation would happen. They promised zombies and car chases with trucks covered in spikes but really its just working from home and singing happy birthday to yourself as you wash your hands.” @technicallyron on Twitter

     

    “Really looking forward to being bad at making eye contact again.” - Seth Rogen