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Friday, September 1 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Utopia vs. Dystopia

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Scholars discuss the portrayal of utopian (and dystopian) futures in science fiction writings: What are some of the common themes? Have these portrayals changed with time? What are the odds we are heading towards these futures (or trying to move away from them)?

Moderators
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Michael Pederson

Michael D. Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for Nth Degree. Mike began his career as a writer/publisher in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series and edited and... Read More →

Speakers
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Thaddeus Howze

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... Read More →
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Diane Samuelson

Diane Samuelson has a Master's degree in 20th Century English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.  Research interests include Golden Age sf, utopian/dystopian literature, underlying philosophies of sf, and early comics.  Diane is also an actor, ballroom dance instructor, cellist, and martial... Read More →

Volunteers
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Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM.  Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion.  Her Masters is in bioethics, in which she explored the personhood status of great apes... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
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