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September 07, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Lowder 14

Event Description:  This talk examines how central themes within the history of anthropology—civilization, progress, freedom—are used in science fiction to address anxieties about our collective future. Our common book, The Circle by Dave Eggers, builds and expands upon classic and contemporary fiction about utopias and dystopias. For example, The Circle’s concerns about freedom, knowledge, and community are shared by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and beyond. As Eggers argues, utopias are rarely as idyllic as they may seem. This talk draws connections between The Circle and classic science fiction texts, demonstrating how an anthropological approach can help us understand our ever-changing society and fears about where we are going.
Dr. Christopher Berk is a visiting instructor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work.
Name of Sponsor Organization:  Auburn Common Book:  One Book, One Auburn
Contact Person:  David Burel, PhD

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